How long do you play games on a single day? Most people play for 2 hours on average on a single day and that is according to a survey that was released in 2019. However, with the Covid-19 situation, that number is definitely going to increase.
Since we are likely going to be spending the majority of our waking hours in front of a computer, it would be best that you think about getting the best budget gaming chair.
Read further to find out what our recommendations are.
What is the Difference Between an Office Chair and a Gaming Chair?
One of the most common questions that people ask is what is the main difference between a gaming chair and an office chair?
Well, there are plenty, but one thing that you just have to keep in mind is that gaming chairs are designed to help you sit comfortably for prolonged periods of time. In short, they put ergonomics into practice.
You see, when you just sit on a normal chair and you are playing games for hours on end, you run the risk of putting your spine in an uncomfortable and prone position. You might not notice it now, but over time, you are slowly (but surely) damaging it.
Gaming chairs are made in a way that provides ample lumbar support so that it not only protects your spine during prolonged sitting but it also makes it comfortable for you to sit on it as well.
This is not to say that office chairs are not comfortable or ergonomic, but this is to say that gaming chairs, in particular, are made with comfort and ergonomics in mind.
Best Budget Gaming Chairs
1.Homall S-Racer Gaming Chair
Price: Starts at $160
One of the most highly praised gaming chairs on the market, the Homall S-Racer is a pretty good choice for people that do not want to spend a lot of money on such a thing.
The design of the chair is similar to DXRacer chairs in the past, which is a brand that popularized gaming chairs.
As you know, it is a racing style gaming chair that is complete with a head pillow and another one for lumbar support.
It has adjustable armrests so that you can tweak that whenever you are playing or doing some office work.
You get three different color combinations such as black/red, red/blue, and blue/black so there is plenty for everybody.
It makes use of premium PU leather on the outside and some comfortable foam on the inside so you will have no problem sitting on the chair for extended periods of time.
This chair is also an all-in-one in the sense that it can support up to 300 pounds of weight. So, if you are a skinny person or if you are overweight, this product can handle your weight.
2.Respawn 200 Racing Style Gaming Chair
Another racing style gaming chair, the Respawn 200 is another comfortable and ergonomic chair that you can sit on for hours and hours without any problems.
What I really love is its base because it uses a steel-tube frame that is not only sturdy, but is also capable of supporting weight of up to 350 pounds which is pretty insane.
You can recline this chair up to 130-degrees so that you can take a nap from time to time. Its armrests are adjustable both in height and depth.
Although I love the previous recommendation, the problem with it is that it uses PU leather on the main side of the chair where you will sit. That means that because it is not a breathable material, you will definitely be sweating after a while which might make people uncomfortable.
The Respawn 200, however, has a breathable mesh material to prevent that from happening. Whether you want to play for long hours or just a couple of minutes, it won’t make you sweat at all.
You also have 5 different color options to choose from so that you can match the aesthetic with your setup.
3.Vitesse Gaming Chair
Although people like the design of most gaming chairs, there are some that would prefer a more subdued look and that is where this next recommendation comes in.
The Vitesse Gaming Chair has almost similar features to the chairs that are mentioned above with one major difference- it has an all-black aesthetic.
That just means that you can use this chair in your home or even in your office and no one would recognize that it is indeed a gaming chair. It is that subtle.
People that play for long periods of time will experience some sleepiness at some point and this chair provides you with a reclining feature that goes back up to 180-degrees. You don’t have to worry about it breaking because the material is quite sturdy and it has a locking mechanism to keep the chair in place.
The head pillow that comes with the chair is a bit bigger than others and that is probably due to the fact that it is one of the only budget gaming chairs that have a 180-degree reclining functionality.
Although the variant I am talking about here is the all-black version, there are a couple of color options to choose from as well.
4.Corsair T3 Rush
A bit on the pricier side but is still considered as a ‘budget’ offering, the Corsair T3 Rush is a pretty good one.
Just like the Vitesse gaming chair above, the T3 Rush also has a 180-degree reclining feature that allows you to take a couple of naps from time to time.
Instead of using PU Leather, Corsair makes use of a breathable soft fabric material that ensures that you are not going to get sweaty during long gaming marathons.
It has 4D armrests which just means that it has amazing adjustability for maximum comfort. You can choose between three color options such as gray/charcoal, charcoal, and gray/white.
This would’ve been the perfect gaming chair on this list if it wasn’t for its size support. This chair is best suited only for people who are under 220 pounds of weight, so those that have a bigger frame would have to look elsewhere.
5.Furmax PU Leather Gaming Chair
As mentioned before, not everyone is a fan of racing-style gaming chairs because the aesthetic doesn’t suit a professional or office environment. Well, if you want one that can be used both in your home or in the office, then the Furmax PU Leather Gaming Chair is a worthy consideration.
What I love about the chair is that you can buy one that suits your build. That means that even if you are over 250 pounds, there is a bigger model that will fit you perfectly.
In order to put your mind at ease, this Furmax chair makes use of a tubular steel frame and a 5-star nylon base to ensure that the lower parts of the product remain stable no matter how long you intend to sit on it.
It is not breathable because it makes use of polyurethane leather, but it is still quite comfortable when compared to other similar products.
The chair also comes with a head pillow and lumbar support so comfort is never going to be an issue.
Its all-black aesthetic makes this chair fit right in even in an office.
6.Elecwish Ergonomic Gaming Chair
While most people would fit on any gaming chair out there, there are some that would have to buy a much bigger one if they are on the larger side. That is where the Elecwish Ergonomic Gaming Chair excels at.
This is one of the bigger gaming chairs on the market and this is one that I can wholeheartedly recommend for people who are over 250 pounds (but not more than 330).
It has a wide seat and its PU leather material ensures that you are going to be comfortable with the occasional sweating (that is common in such material). It does, however, come with high-density elastic foam to make it even more comfortable. In fact, it is so comfortable that you might want to sleep on it.
The chair has a reinforced base so that it can support the heavyweights without any problem. And, I really love that the tools that you need to install the chair are included in the package.
If there is one thing that I do not like about this chair it would be that the armrests are not as adjustable as others. It is still comfortable though because there is some padding to it which makes it ideal for using your gaming keyboard when typing or playing games.
7.Merax High-Back Ergonomic Racing Chair
Considered by many as one of the best budget gaming chairs out there, this Merax gaming chair does deserve some praise, mainly because it is one of the only chairs out there that has amazing adjustability.
You see, you want to buy a chair that provides the best comfort for you and that means that you want one that you can tailor to your needs.
The Merax High-Back Ergonomic Racing Chair definitely fits that bill. You can recline it back up to 170-degrees and it can support a person up to 250 pounds.
There are a variety of color options and the company backs this product up with a solid 2-year warranty.
It is mostly made of PU leather which means that although it is comfortable enough, some occasional sweating may occur due to the nature of the material.
While it does provide amazing adjustability, make sure that you assemble this one with a partner as the process can be tricky.
8.AKRacing Core Series EX Gaming Chair
Most gaming chairs that you can find on the market make use of PU leather as its main material and that is to help cut down on costs. The last chair on the list doesn’t do that.
The AKRacing Core Series EX is a gaming chair that is so comfortable that it is praised mainly for that reason. It makes use of Polyester material that makes you want to sleep on the thing because it just feels good.
It has a steel base that is capable of supporting weight of up to 330 pounds which should pretty much fit everybody.
You can recline the chair back up to 180 degrees and its included head pillow and lumbar support are comfortable enough to use for extended periods of time.
I love the fact that the wheels also make it easier for you to go from point A to point B without a hitch.
It is definitely one of the heavier gaming chairs on the market, but that just resembles the quality of the product itself.
The AKRacing Core Series EX is one of the only gaming chairs that provide you with a solid 5-year warranty. Sure, it is a bit more expensive than most chairs on the list, but for $250, this product is actually a steal in my opinion.
Amazon Luna- Everything You Need to Know About Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service
It seems that cloud gaming is the future as a lot of companies are pooling their resources just to make things happen.
Amazon Luna is Amazon’s foray into cloud gaming and it is going to be available soon. Read further to find out more information about this new experience.
Google has paved the way for cloud gaming to come to the fore with the release of the Stadia not too long ago. Although it was mired with a lot of different issues, it seems that the company has found a way to make things work.
Amazon also wants in on the action and although there are some similarities with Luna and Stadia, there are also some stark differences as well.
Before I begin, I just want to explain the concept of cloud gaming. Basically, instead of downloading games to your gaming PC or whatever platform you choose to install them, you will just stream those games using data centers that are scattered all over the world.
It should go without saying that you need to have a fast internet connection to make this happen and so that you will not experience high latency (which was a huge problem when Stadia launched).
That being said, the premise of Google Stadia is that you need to either purchase an individual game so that you can play it at any time (forever) or you could subscribe to the monthly plan and play the games that are on offer every month (and continue to play them so long as you’re subscribed).
With Amazon Luna, you will be presented with different channels that you can subscribe to. Each of these channels has different games on offer which makes this quite appealing for game developers to show their mettle.
Right now, the platform is still in beta and there are only two channels available at the moment- Amazon’s own Luna Plus and the Ubisoft Channel. The latter will have 50 games that you can play right away and more Ubisoft games will be added in the future.
Keep in mind that this channel-based system makes it so that developers can price their services accordingly. It remains to be seen how much Ubisoft will charge individual users, so stay tuned for that.
1080p and 4K Gaming
Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna will support both 1080p and 4K resolutions. Of course, the latter would be more taxing and you will need a fast internet connection to be able to enjoy high-fidelity gaming. I suggest that you get a WiFi 6 router and a compatible device to make the most out of your experience.
Unlike Stadia, Amazon Luna is more flexible in that it supports a lot of different devices. Not only can you play on your PC, but you can also choose to play it using your iOS devices, Android phones, and you can even utilize the company’s own FireTV devices as well.
Now, there has been this entire debacle about Apple’s 30% cut on every app in its App store but the good news is that Amazon can circumvent that.
You see, when you are going to play on your iOS devices, the application will actually be a PWA or a Progressive Web App. Basically, the game that you want to play will run in a contained web browser instead of it being an actual application that you install in your device. This bypasses the whole 30% cut issue which is a good thing.
NVIDIA Hardware Use
According to a recent Steam survey, the vast majority of PC users are all using NVIDIA graphics cards. This is a good thing for Amazon Luna because it means that it can support a lot more people.
That is because the company’s cloud gaming service will use NVIDIA GPUs instead of AMD cards (which Stadia uses for graphics processing).
Supposing that Amazon Luna will be more popular than any other cloud gaming service out there, NVIDIA will enjoy huge profits as a result.
Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites
Twitch is arguably the most popular streaming platform today and Amazon is looking to forge a partnership with the said service to allow you to stream your games to the popular website.
The said platform is widely used as a means of generating revenue- something that is quite popular today due to the recent pandemic.
This move also makes it appealing as well as more and more content creators can use Amazon Luna to reach a broader audience.
New Controller with Alexa Support
Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna also requires you to get a special controller. The good thing is that the control will have a microphone so that you can use Alexa for specific voice commands.
What’s interesting about the Luna’s controller is that it is completely connected to the Cloud, which means that you do not have to pair it with the specific device you are going to use to play games online.
According to Amazon’s website, it should have a grippy texture and will feature low-friction thumbsticks that provide maximum performance across the board. By using the controller’s microphone, you can actually tell Alexa to fire up the specific game that you want to play, so long as it is inside the channel that you’ve subscribed to.
Amazon Luna is quite enticing, at least, on paper. It is shaping up to be a better cloud gaming service compared to its competitors but the service is still in beta, so there are more things that need ironing out before its official release.
Right now, there are only two channels that are available and Ubisoft hasn’t imposed its pricing yet. The Amazon Luna channel is priced at $6.99
If you are interested in getting in on the action, you can be an early beta tester by subscribing to the service.
Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.
Acer Nitro XV340CK Review- A Greatly Competitive Ultrawide Gaming Monitor Under $500
Ultrawide monitors used to be a niche display in that the only people who work on productivity tasks and creative workloads usually buy them.
Fortunately, the display technology has evolved and gamers, too, can enjoy a much wider screen.
Today, I am going to review the Acer Nitro XV340CK which is a 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor that is priced competitively.
Even though this is marketed as a gaming monitor, the Acer Nitro XV340CK actually doesn’t look like it. It looks simple and I love the aesthetics, especially if you want to place this in your office.
The only thing that might make you think that this is a gaming display is that red accent that you can find on the base of the monitor but that’s about it.
Anyway, let’s start with the stand. Aside from the aforementioned red accent, the stand provides good ergonomics.
It gives you the ability to swivel the monitor a complete 360 degrees, you can tilt it to 35 degrees back and you can adjust the height up to 5.9 inches. Because this is an ultrawide monitor, you cannot put this thing in portrait mode.
I love the fact that this monitor has slim bezels. At only 0.4 inches, you can place another monitor right beside it and it wouldn’t really take a lot of screen real estate at all.
The overall build quality is good. Despite the fact that it doesn’t feel premium, at least when compared to the best gaming monitors out there, it still feels sturdy nevertheless.
For the ports, you get two Displayport 1.4 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. Due to the wealth of ports on offer, you can use this for your PC or your game console.
The only thing that might be cumbersome for some users is that the OSD controls are situated at the back of the monitor- particularly on the bottom right side. The buttons are also a bit smaller than usual, so you may have a hard time pressing the right ones.
The Acer Nitro XV340CK has a 34-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 21:9. It is the same as other ultrawide gaming monitors that you can find on the market so there is no problem with that.
You do have the option to enable the picture-in-picture mode so that you can divide the display in two if you wish to fire up two different programs at the same time. This is why it is not only a handy gaming monitor, but it can also be used for office work as well.
Its contrast and brightness leave much to be desired. With a native contrast ratio of 1048:1 and peak SDR brightness of only 247 nits, it is not the best display when it comes to these things.
However, its redeeming quality is that its colors are accurate. After calibration, I got 95% sRGB, 82% AdobeRGB, and 81% DCI-P3. It is relatively color accurate and it would have been nice for creative workloads, but its peak brightness just falls short of making it an ideal display for such use-cases.
It is also worth noting that if you are in a well-lit room that the brightness could be a huge issue. The good thing is that the display’s matte finish can help reduce glare significantly, though you will still find that it is not bright enough in some situations.
I am surprised by the fact that there is literally no color bleed on the Acer Nitro XV340CK. This is unheard of, especially since ultrawide monitors are notorious for this.
Sure, its peak brightness and contrast could have improved, but gamers are not especially focused on those things. If anything, it is the performance of the display that usually takes the cake and I am happy to report that you won’t be disappointed with the Nitro XV340CK.
Normally, with IPS panels, they tend to not have a good response time, but that is actually not the case here. At just 5.3ms, it is definitely one of the best out there even when compared to other, more premium models.
How about input lag? This is a speed monitor and as expected, input lag is minimal. At just 4.2ms, I am really blown away by the performance of this thing. Every keypress on your gaming keyboard will register almost immediately and that is really great from a competitive standpoint.
It is also worth noting that its 144Hz refresh rate is ideal, especially since most gamers are clamoring for high refresh rate displays anyway.
This is a FreeSync gaming monitor and you can enable this variable refresh rate feature in both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.
To get a hold of the said features, it is important for you to know that you should use the DisplayPort cable that is included in the box. There is also an included HDMI cable if you want to use this display for your Xbox or Playstation consoles.
With all of those things being said, if I were to ask you how much this thing costs, what will be your guess? If you’ve guessed around $700, you’re wrong.
The Acer Nitro XV340CK is priced at just $450! At that price, you are getting a relatively color-accurate monitor, a really fast display with minimal input lag, and a vast number of ports that you can use for your PC or game consoles.
Sure, its contrast and peak brightness could have been improved, but if you are talking about raw gaming performance, the Acer Nitro XV340CK blows other ultrawide gaming monitors out of the way.
Just make sure that you have a nice gaming PC for this thing to work nicely. Other than that, I highly recommend the Acer Nitro XV340CK for its price and performance.
HyperX Cloud Stinger S- A Comfortable 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
As an audiophile, I’ve always loved HyperX’s gaming audio solution. They are inexpensive and for the price, you are actually getting sound quality that you normally would only hear from expensive products.
In today’s article, I am going to review the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. This is a budget offering that aims to improve upon the original Cloud Stinger with the inclusion of a 7.1 surround sound option.
Do I recommend this headset? Find out later on in the article.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger S is actually quite similar to the original version. It has the same pleather ear cups that envelope your ears quite nicely and the clamping force of the headset itself is actually quite okay.
I’ve been receiving reports that there are some people that have problems with the tightness or, shall I say, how loose this thing can be. But that will probably be a result of the size of your head and not the actual product itself. For me, the fit was okay, but your mileage may vary.
Although this thing is predominantly made in plastic, the overall build quality is good, though I would advise you not to throw this headset when you lose a round in a MOBA game or first-person shooter.
There is a microphone on this headset and just like the original, it is not removable. It would have been nice if you could remove it when you are not using it because even if you fold the microphone (which also acts as a way of muting it), you will still see it which can be annoying at times.
This thing is quite simple and all you have for the controls is the volume slider that is located on the right ear cup.
While other HyperX gaming headsets come with a carrying pouch, I am sad to say that the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t have one.
All you get in the box aside from the headset is a USB dongle that is attached to a relatively long cable and some documentation. And, since you use this thing completely wired, it can also be used in your Playstation or other game consoles as well.
The 3.5mm analog cable should be inserted in the USB dongle if you wish to use its 7.1 surround sound implementation, but if you are just going to watch movies or play non-competitive games, I suggest that you do not use it.
There are two modes that you can utilize if you are going to use the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. You can use its 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy stereo sound or you could insert that into the included USB dongle and use the 7.1 surround sound feature.
Keep in mind that if you are going to use the 7.1 output that it is only supported on the PC since you will need the NGENUITY software to enable it.
That being said, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S’ sound signature leans more toward being bright and with a little emphasis on the bass. This seems to be the preference of the majority of gamers since lower frequencies can make those in-game sounds pop-out more.
I also love the mid frequencies as it is quite balanced as well. I’ve had no problems listening to in-game dialog and when I am using the microphone, it just works really well.
Although the high frequencies are okay, I would say that it is the weakest of the bunch, though not so much as to diminish the overall sound quality. You will still hear the sibilance of the cymbals and lead guitars, but it is not as pronounced as the lower and mid frequencies.
As for the 7.1 surround sound, you should enable it in the companion software and it is only available when you are on the PC.
Anyway, its surround sound is okay but I say this because it is a budget gaming headset. If you compare it to the more premium ones, this is subpar at best. Still, you could enable it in your favorite games but I will advise against it if you are just listening to music or watching movies.
Despite a relatively good clamping force, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t do so well in terms of sound isolation. People around me can still hear what I was listening to, so this might not be ideal if you are playing at night and there are people sleeping.
There is usually this notion that budget headsets have horrible microphones but not the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. In fact, I would go on to say that it has one of the better ones on the market.
Instead of sounding tinny, the microphone quality of the Cloud Stinger S is full-bodied and my teammates can hear every word I said without any problems.
The volume of the microphone is also quite good as well. Normally, with budget offerings, you tend to sound a bit ‘too far’ but that is not the case here.
Overall, I am quite pleased with the microphone. The only thing that I do not like is that the flippable microphone may impede your vision sometimes, but I think that you can adjust to this.
For a budget headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is definitely one of the better sounding ones. I also love the fact that the microphone’s quality is top-notch and it can even go head-to-head against its more premium counterparts.
I am just a bit disappointed that you do not get a carrying pouch with this one because other HyperX gaming headsets have them. But, this is a minor inconvenience.
I did not feel the need to talk about the NGENUITY software mainly because it is pretty barebones and all you can do with it is to enable the 7.1 surround sound, adjust the volume and microphone, and that’s about it. There is no equalizer present which is quite odd.
Still, for what it is giving you, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is highly recommended. This thing costs $60.
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