It is understandable that people want to play for hours and hours. You have your gaming setup built to your standards and you want to spend time with your friends while playing your favorite games.
While that is good and all, you must also ensure that you are sitting in a comfortable position and one way you can do that naturally is by sitting on a nice chair.
In this article, I will go over some of the best gaming chairs in 2020 so that you not only sit comfortably in them but also do it with style.
What to Look for in a Gaming Chair?
I must admit that, back in the day, most gaming chairs are quite over the top when it comes to aesthetics. Sure, we have come to embrace the aesthetics of those racing-style gaming chairs, but not a lot of people find them comfortable.
Fortunately, companies these days ensure that they not only create something that has that ‘gamer’ aesthetic but they also make sure that their chairs are comfortable to sit on for hours and hours.
That being said, one of the most important things that you need to look for in a chair is lumbar support. Supposing that you are a gamer, you might be spending at least 2-3 hours a day on your computer. But, if you spend a lot more, it is imperative that you get a chair that supports your spine in the right way.
You see, most gamers typically slouch or put too much strain on their backs that it could potentially lead to posture changes, as well as damage to one’s spine.
A good gaming chair is one that not only provides lumbar support but also adds nifty features such as a pillow, adjustable armrests, a reclining feature, and so much more.
Of course, the choice of material is also something worth considering. While a leather gaming chair would look nice, you might find it uncomfortable, especially if you sweat a lot. In that case, a chair with a more breathable material may be perfectly suited for you.
Best Gaming Chairs in 2020
Back then, people swear by the use of DXRacer gaming chairs, but they have since been overshadowed by other companies who are always innovating in this front.
Secretlab is one of the best companies to turn to when looking for great gaming chairs and its Omega line of products is what pundits would consider as the standard when it comes to gaming in comfort and style.
You see, the company has made several improvements to make its Omega gaming chair so much better. First is that the choice of materials has been upgraded. For instance, the company has put a much more comfortable version of PU leather and its memory foam padding ensures that all of your body that touches the chair will be embraced by something that is really nice to sleep on.
Aside from that, the lumbar, as well as the head pillows have also been upgraded to ensure that both your spine and head are comfortable even during extended periods of gaming.
The chair can recline up to 165 degrees so you can also use it to catch a nap while you are waiting for a game or so.
While this is a perfect chair for most users, people who are over the 240lb weight limit might want to look for something else.
Other than that, the Secretlab Omega takes the cake for the best gaming chair in 2020.
2.AKRacing Core Series EX Gaming Chair
Price: Starts at $300
While the first recommendation is what I (and a lot of people) would consider the best, this next one is great for people who have larger builds.
The AKRacing Core Series EX is what I would recommend for people that are over 300 pounds. Its strong metal base ensures that it can handle even the heaviest loads which is a really nice thing.
Although this is a racing-style gaming chair, its head and lumbar pillows are quite comfortable that you could probably fall asleep because of how they conform to your body.
Everything about this chair screams ‘comfortable’. The armrests can be adjusted just the way you like it and the caster wheels allow you to go from point A to point B with ease.
If you do not like black, there are also other color schemes you can choose from. The chair is pretty good as it is, but if I had to nitpick, the price jump is probably not warranted simply because the non-EX version is much similar to this (but doesn’t support a whole lot of weight).
Still, this is a nice chair to have if you have a rather large frame.
3.noblechairs Epic Real Leather
Price: Starts at $600
If you want a gaming and office chair hybrid, look no further than the Noblechairs Epic Real Leather.
As you can tell by the name, this chair, unlike all of the other recommendations on this list, uses genuine leather as opposed to PU leather. Now, what are the differences?
Well, genuine leather lasts longer which means that you can have this thing for the years to come. Such material is also more comfortable and it does a pretty good job of dissipating sweat and water as well.
Genuine leather is also good to the skin, especially for people that are sensitive to PU leather.
Aside from using real leather, this product also has 4D armrests that you can adjust accordingly and has a robust base to ensure that you do not fall off while you are on it.
As you can see by the price, it is not cheap. However, we are talking about the best of the best here and for the money, the noblechairs Epic Real Leather is worth it.
As mentioned earlier, one of the most important things to consider when you are buying a gaming chair is how comfortable it is for your back and spine. If you want maximum comfort, the Vertagear SL5000 has got you covered.
Instead of PU leather, Vertagear used PVC leather on this product which is a bit better in terms of its ability to repel water and sweat.
The chair also has thick memory foam padding at the back which ensures you can comfortably play your games without worrying about your spine.
I am also impressed by how easy it is to install this thing and everything is carefully outlined in the instructions which are pretty neat.
Its 4D armrests also allow you to adjust its height and swivel to make things more comfortable for you.
If I had to say a negative, it would be that the same material that is used for the back could have been used on the main seat itself to make it even more comfortable.
But, for what it’s worth, the Vertagear SL5000 is indeed one of the best out there.
Not a lot of people are fans of racing-style gaming chairs and if you are one of them, you would probably love this one.
The Brazen Puma is a pretty comfortable gaming chair sans the usual head and lumbar pillows that usually come with conventional gaming chairs that you can find on the market.
Its build is robust and its design is subtle which means that this can be used as an office chair as well (great for people with work from home setups).
The chair makes use of a blend of plastic and leather and the company has used memory foam as the padding so you will know that it is quite comfortable to sit on for hours.
The setup process is a breeze and I love the fact that this is one of the more budget-friendly chairs on the market.
The only problem with this chair is that it might not be that comfortable for people who are over 6 feet in height because this product is a bit shorter than the others.
However, it can still support over 120 kilograms of weight, so it should fit most people.
6.Autonomous ErgoChair 2
The Autonomous ErgoChair 2 is part of the ergonomic chair class that is perfectly suited for both gamers and professionals alike.
It doesn’t have that usual gamer aesthetic but what it does have its superb comfort. Whether you are planning to play on long marathon gaming sessions or if you intend to sleep on it for a couple of hours, this chair is perfectly suited for those.
Instead of using a leather material at the back, it makes use of a meshed fabric which means that it is more breathable. This is ideal for people who sweat a lot as the material can help with air circulation in the back.
Although it doesn’t come with a head pillow, it does have a special accessory that you can attach that will support your head in the best possible way.
Sure, it is expensive, but if you want a chair that you can use in the office and at home, the Autonomous ErgoChair 2 definitely fits the bill.
7.Corsair T3 Rush
You might think of Corsair as a brand that makes high-quality PSUs, gaming mice, and whatnot, but did you know that the company also offers gaming chairs as well?
The Corsair T3 Rush is a new and improved version of the company’s gaming chair and it has received a lot of notable improvements.
For one, the chair itself is quite comfortable now thanks to the combination of sturdy fabrics, as well as memory foam in the main area of the chair.
Aside from that, it has the ability to recline up to 180 degrees so you can literally sleep on this thing without any problems (assuming that your weight doesn’t go beyond 260 pounds).
People who have this particular gaming chair love the fact that the head and lumbar pillows are quite comfortable to rest your head and back (respectively) for hours and hours.
Although there is a lot to love about the Corsair T3 Rush, it is only suited for people with a height below 6’3. Otherwise, this chair might be too small for your frame.
When buying a gaming chair, it is also important to look at the max supported weight of the product before you buy it. That is because if you are too big for the chair, it might get broken because of your weight.
That being said, the noblechairs Hero is perfectly suited for large-framed players thanks to its ability to support weight up to 400 pounds.
What’s more, the chair is not as comfortable as the other gaming chairs on this list, but it is certainly passable given the choice of materials.
The company has opted for more breathable materials because large-framed gamers tend to get sweaty more often than their slimmer counterparts.
It’s easy to install and the aluminum base ensures that it can support even the heavyweights.
Aside from its middling comfort, the chair doesn’t come with head and lumbar pillows. If these do not deter you from buying such a product, then this is a worthy purchase nonetheless.
9.Vertagear Gaming Series Triiger 350
This is probably the most expensive chair on this list, but it has its reasons why it has a higher asking price.
The Vertagear Gaming Series Triiger 350 is a special one because its design tries to combine both gaming aesthetics with the comfort of an ergonomic office chair.
The backrest is made of breathable mesh that ensures that there are no more sweaty gaming sessions if you intend to play for quite a long time.
Vertagear also made use of calfskin leather on the seat itself to make sure that it will last for a very long time.
Everything about this product screams premium so even if it is quite expensive, every dollar you spend is going to be worth it.
While it should suit most gamers, it might not be ideal for larger builds or people who are taller than 6 feet.
Still, if you want the best of both worlds, this gaming chair is the one that you should consider getting.
10.Corsair T2 Road Warrior
If the previous Corsair chair is suited for most builds, the T2 Road Warrior is ideal for bigger people.
The company really knows what materials to use for maximum comfort. Corsair made use of microfiber cloth on the head and lumbar pillows and it used faux-leather for its cushioning, and they’ve also included a bit of texture on its 4D armrests so that your arms won’t slide anywhere and should stay in their rightful place.
Upon inspecting the product, you might see that the area of the headrest has some perforations at the side. This just means that the said area is more breathable and, therefore, reduces sweating if you intend to play for long hours.
Its caster wheels also deserve some praise here thanks to their ability to glide with ease no matter what flooring you have.
In all gaming setups, it is imperative that you have a good gaming chair to go along with your expensive gaming mouse and keyboard. Always remember to never skimp on comfort!
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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