November 12, 2019
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DXRacer is among the most well known companies making gaming chairs. The company has a long list of sponsors and affiliates in professional gaming, but that’s not where they began. Check out my opinion below in this DXRacer review.
Roots in luxury
The company started in 2001 as a luxury sports car seat manufacturer. And, if you’ve ever sat inside a luxury sports car, you know this background holds merit.
When turning their focus to gamers, DXRacer wanted to make no sacrifice in terms of quality and comfort. Directly from their website:
“…we take great pride in the quality of every product we make. We design our chairs with ergonomics in mind and elevate them with racing flair. The result: Extreme comfort for healthy gaming.“
So, how did they do? How good is the quality of the DXRacer gaming chairs?
Three years ago, I purchased a DXRacer chair. I estimate an average of 3-5 nights per week that I sit in the chair while gaming and/or working at my desk. Generally, I will spend 4 or more hours sitting in my chair.
After 3 years of consistent use, the chair’s condition is still like-new. There are no rips, tears, or scratches in the fabric, and the color has not faded. I think it’s also worth noting that my Australian cattle dog will sometimes jump up onto the arm rests for attention, and there are still no scratches.
The materials used are not cheap or flimsy. DXRacer appears to have chosen high quality fabrics and other materials to ensure durability of their chairs which is exactly what you want in any product from any company.
Gaming support: posture and ergonomics
- Posture: the position you hold your body while standing or sitting
- Ergonomics: relating to or designed for efficiency and comfort
The cushion of DXRacer seats are firm, yet comfortable. A firm cushion means your body will not sink into the seat, and this helps prevent slouching or other imbalances in posture.
If your gaming chair had a soft cushion, your pelvis and thighs would not be fully supported. In this situation, if your weight was not evenly distributed, one side of your body would sink further into the seat—adding excessive strain to your hips, your pelvic bones, your spine, and your muscles. Common conditions include:
In some of DXRacer chairs, there is a raised V-shape in the cushion. This design helps guide your legs and keep your pelvis on the back portion of the cushion, a tip we discuss in detail on our gaming posture page.
The V-shape also makes sitting cross-legged uncomfortable; this is beneficial since sitting cross-legged is poorly balanced and would add strain to your pelvis, lumbar spine, and the muscles of these regions.
The DXRacer chair also includes a tilt mechanism enabling the backrest to be lowered to any angle down to 130°, with the ability to lock in place at any point.
DXRacer chair features
The recline feature on these chairs is excellent. Reclining the backrest decreases compression force on the discs in your lower back. In long term, this will reduce your risk of lower back degeneration and pain.
The backrest set with the same type of firm cushioning as the seat. The backrest is also a bucket-seat style—certainly a carryover from DXRacer’s former luxury car design—which provides incredible comfort and support.
The bucket-seat design prevents sideways leaning of the trunk—called scoliosis—which may otherwise create abnormal strain on your trunk muscles, core muscles, and spine.
Unfortunately, to date, the DXRacer chairs do not provide adjustable lumbar (lower back) support—a feature that seems to be becoming the industry standard for car seats.
Instead, the chairs come with a lumbar pillow. However, a pillow is a “one size fits all” feature for support. Since everyone’s body is different, this approach is not optimal for helping prevent back pain. The gold standard would be to have a firm, adjustable lumbar support.
Similarly, the chair comes with a neck pillow, but this is another one size fits all solution. Likewise, the gold standard would be to have a firm, adjustable cervical support.
Aside from the less-than-optimal neck pillow, the headrest is slightly recessed into the chair. This is an appropriate design as it allows for you to hold your neck in an appropriate position—over your shoulders—when seated.
Adjustable arm rests
The arm rests on the DXRacer chairs are equipped with two adjustment mechanisms. One to move the arm rests higher or lower and a second to turn the arm rests inward or outward.
The height adjustment has 6 levels, so you should be able to find that sweet spot where your forearms lie on the arm rests without pushing your shoulders upward towards your ears.
Arm rest position is another point discussed in further detail on our posture page. Furthermore, inappropriate arm rest position may lead to injury:
The rotational aspect of the arm rests helps provide support for different types of activity. For example, using a mouse and keyboard will usually require a different arm position than holding a console controller in front of you.
Lack of padding in the arm rests
The arm rest padding—or rather, the lack of arm rest padding—is my only real complaint with DXRacer chairs. The arm rest surface is unforgiving and uncomfortable. There are times where my elbows are actually sore because the surface is so firm.
To combat the issue of unforgiving arm rests, I’ve used towels or other pieces of clothing to create my own padding. With the amount of cushion and comfort in the seat and backrest, it was an unfortunate surprise that the arm rests were not more comfortably designed.
Our DXRacer review and conclusion
Overall, the DXRacer gaming chairs are amazing. DXRacer is one of the best ergonomic solutions for gamers and streamers, and I am very pleased with the overall quality of their chairs. At some point, my current chair will finally wear out. And, when this happens, I will definitely browse through what’s new at DXRacer.
Esports Healthcare approves and recommends DXRacer for postural and ergonomic support.
I’ve looked at their newer chair designs, and while the adjustable lumbar support still is not yet available (DXRacer, if you’re reading this…), the arm rest designs seem to have changed. Hopefully, this change includes better padding.
What chair are you using? Do you have a DXRacer? We would love to hear your feedback to provide more reviews and recommendations for you!
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