Gaming chairs do not help you play the games better, as the manufacturers would have you believe. They generally mimic the aesthetics of the racing seat and often offer more adjustment options than your standard, inexpensive office chair. But there is a parcel of these types of chairs, and not all companies think much about comfort or durability.
This is where Secretlab stands out. It was founded in 2014 by former esports players Alaric Choo and Ian Ang, and the company quickly built a reputation for quality by using better materials and offering a decent warranty (three years, but it is expandable to five years for $ 50 or with a media post from your chair). Its new Titan Evo 2022 Series gaming chair is more refined than ever, with improved support and better durability.
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I had no problem putting the Evo together. The finished product has an angular design with a gold T on the backrest alongside Secretlab logos, carbon fiber effect panels and red stitching against black polyurethane (PU) leather. It’s clearly a gaming chair, but it’s not as garish as many others. There is a wide range of other color and finish combinations, all more striking than your average office chair.
The first thing I noticed after hopping on the seat was the firmness of the cold cured foam. This type of foam retains its shape longer. It was shocking at first, but it’s very supportive and has proven to be comfortable for hours of continuous sitting.
Secretlab says the Titan Evo 2022 has been in development for two years. If you’ve seen its predecessors you’ll be wondering exactly what took two years because it looks a lot alike. But the improvements are all under the padding. First of all, there are now clearer size options: Small, Regular and XL.
The company has also gone for magnets: the memory foam pillow, interchangeable padded armrests, and the panels that hide the side bolts are all magnetized, so you can easily remove or put them in place. The magnetic pillow is one of my favorite parts of this chair. It’s fun and removes the unsightly strap around the back. It doesn’t slip off easily and the cooling gel layer inside is welcome in hot weather.
The idea of interchangeable magnetic armrests seemed more fanciful. The set that comes with the chair is perfectly fine, and I was wondering why someone would change them. But Secretlab then sent me Technogel armrests to try, and … now I understand. They are amazing. Not only are they incredibly soft and supportive, the gel also has a cooling effect. They’ll be an optional upgrade soon, but there’s no word on pricing just yet.
More importantly, the Titan Evo offers greater adaptability. Having more ways to adjust a chair means you can tailor it precisely to your body, helping you sit more comfortably and ergonomically.
Dials on the left and right adjust the height and curvature of the lumbar support to accommodate your spine. This improved lumbar support is the biggest improvement over previous Secretlab chairs and encourages good posture. The levers under the Titan Evo adjust the height and apply a tilt lock, and there is a tilt lever on the right. I appreciate the wide tilt range, but if you lean back when pulling the lever, it can stick and then suddenly snap in an unpleasant way. The armrests are also fully adjustable. You can move them back and forth, side to side, adjust the height, and change the angle.