Date: Thursday , September 06, 2018
As always, we have supplied you with a riveting and suspenseful video in which we unbox and build the Corsair T2 right before your eyes. The entire process took around 20 minutes and was simple and straightforward. If you want to look at the T1 next to the the T2, you can hop to this portion of the video and see those side-by-side.
The one big takeaway from building the T2 is that you need to make sure and remove the red cap from the top of the gas lift. This is stated in the instructions. If you do not do this, and you seat the chair on the gas lift, you will no longer be able to adjust the vertical height of the chair. To remove the chair seat from the gas lift cylinder after you have sat in it, will likely require the use of tools that you may not have on hand. I know this from experience because I did not remove the red cap from the gas lift when I built the T1. In order to remove the seat from the gas lift, after I sat in it, required the use of a vice, a dead blow hammer, and several wooden blocks in order to keep from damaging the chair base.
I am not sure why Corsair supplies the gas lift with the red cap place. No other chairs that we have reviewed have had this protective cap on the gas lift. When I reached out to Corsair on the T1 build and explained that the gas lift was not functioning, Corsair asked, "Did you remove the red cap?" It was obvious that I was not the first person that this had happened to. That all said, had I read the instructions, which I thought I had, this issue would not have happened. I am not harping on this point for two paragraphs in order to bag on Corsair, but rather make sure that you do not make the same mistake that I did, on the first build.
Out of the box, the T2 has a great look to it. It also feels very well built. As you might notice in these pictures, the top of the seat back looks to come very far forward at its top edge. We will discuss this more on the next page.
The seating surface is very well done. All of these pictures were taken after sitting the chair for two months. You can see where the upholstery is pulling some at the very edges and giving some slight wrinkling, but nothing what I would consider "bad."
The seat back is well constructed too. It is embossed with the Corsair logo, but is not in-your-face. As you can see in the video, the back does have a rather large embroidered Corsair logo so that anyone seeing it from behind will know immediately what brand the chair is.
The armrests on the chair are very well done, but pretty much standard in the industry now. These are cushioned and I had no issues with these ever being uncomfortable on my elbows during the usage. The armrests move up and down, side to side, and twist in and out as well.
The seat back hardware is fully covered. Corsair even added a bolt cover plug for both sides so that the finish is smooth.
We did have one issue with the seat back hardware cover coming loose after about a month of use. I personally do not ever move the seat so it is not an issue with me reaching down and pulling the release handle many time. The fix however was easy as it just required me pulling the tab from the top cover and pushing the bottom cover back into place. The bottom just snaps in place and is not held on with any screws or other permanent types of fasteners. The issue very much could have been me not snapping it in place fully to begin with.
A lot of people's gripe with the T1 chair was the plastic base. Corsair has corrected this with the T2 and made the base out of aluminum. It appears and feels to be extremely solid. The casters are actually not casters at all, but rather rollerblade style wheels. If you are moving around a lot in your chair, this type of wheel has all kinds of advantages over traditional casters.