Date: Friday , May 19, 2017
I have never aspired to be a furniture reviewer. In fact, in many ways, the subject does not appeal to me at all. So why am I spending my time writing a "gaming chair review?" Well, it actually all happened by accident as I reported back in January.
After doing this review business for about two decades, you can probably imagine how many emails I get a day from marketing folks that want us to review its product. Many times I am "flippant," to put it nicely, in my reply if I actually take time to type one. Lately, I have seen an onslaught of "gaming furniture" requests. Well, I got one the other day from Vertagear, and it was for a very expensive and somewhat badass looking gaming chair from its Triigger Series. This thing is $900! Most of the time these guys are just fishing for free links here on HardOCP. So I replied with basically, "Sure! Send it on over for review."
Well alrighty. Looks like I have committed to doing a gaming chair review. Now on another note, this experience made me recall feeling a good bit dickish one morning and getting into a bit of an email conversation with another marketer telling him, "Sorry, but we do not review chairs." Seems like I owe Scott Richards at Arozzi an apology. His desk matches my chair. Yes, my chair that I now review. What the hell is wrong with me?
But the truth of the matter is that I have spent a lot of money on computer chairs over the last three decades. And a lot of you have spent a lot of time and money when it comes to computer chairs as well. The amount and depth of response I actually got about the chair review surprised me. It seems like a lot of you are wanting feedback on "gaming" chairs. I read all 170 posts....yes, 170 posts (actually more as of now since I bumped the thread) about a gaming chair and its subsequent review, and I did take notes on what our esteemed HardOCP readers thought was important in a gaming chair review, and I will be trying to hit on many of the points and qualities that seemed the most important. Also, this seems to be getting to be a bit more on peoples' minds as more products populate this "gaming furniture" space, that I was even asked to create a subforum on HardForum.com to address this.
Besides trying to address readers concerns, it seemed evident to me that I could in no way do a "real" chair review in a week. The fact of the matter is to review a computer chair, you need to use it, and use it for a good while. While somewhat arbitrary, I decided that three months usage should be a timespan in order to gain some actually "data," even though this is totally subjective. Do not expect me to write a lot of chair reviews, but hopefully the few we do publish here at HardOCP will be well done. After spending time on this first review, I would suggest that one month is a solid enough window to write a chair review, but we will see how that moves along in the future. I actually already have my next chair here to review now.
Today's review is of the Vertagear Triigger 350. This Triigger 350 was supplied directly from Vertagear for review. This chair and optional headrest sells for $900 with Prime Shipping at Amazon, and can certainly be found online at other specialty retailers. Vertagear does offer a less expensive model in all black sans the fancy paintjob and headrest for $700. Of course we opted for the red and black model as those colors are close our hearts around here.
Triigger 350 - Gaming series is the latest addition to Vertagear gaming chair product family. The Triigger Line 350 features over 350 individual components which are meticulously assembled together to construct the astonishingly beautiful chair.
And that is about all Vertagear has to say about its chair. It is very apparent that Vertagear is confident that the Triigger 350 can market itself. You can however head over to its Features Page and mouse over the chair to see a bit more explanation.
The Triigger 350 is one of Vertagear's highest end models, as you can likely tell from its price. The mesh seat and back are constructed from DuPont TPEE (thermoplastic polyester elastomer) Mesh. The frame of the Triigger 350 is built from aluminum alloy and this particular model comes with an "automotive grade" paint applied. The base of the chair a dual spring hub, constructed from steel alloy with silicone bushings and manganese that maintains balance while you recline and move around. This chair weighs in at 55lbs/25kg.