The importance of a good chair for gamers and those working from home honestly can’t be understated. Switching to a mostly work-from-home position, where I game in the evenings and on weekends, my DXRacer falling apart forced me to explore new options. From day 1, the Soutien Ergonomic Office Chair from Flexispot has really been a radical (and great) shift from utilizing gaming chairs for both my day-to-day work and for gaming.
At first glance, this chair looks like your typical office chair. Mesh back, fabric seat, and additional headrest, you’ll see these features in many office settings. What’s really appealed to me about this chair, though, is the additional adjustable lumbar support - perfect for someone who has absolutely abused his back over the years in almost every chair he’s owned.
Setup is easy, and the instructions are clear. From opening the box, it took me about 10 minutes to get the chair fully set up and ready to go, which was great because getting away from a broken chair was very much needed!
I wouldn’t call this chair “plush,” but when it comes to posture, that’s a good thing. Usually, chairs that are too plush end up becoming a problem for my posture, and I’ve seen a marked difference in how I sit from day one. The adjustable angle, combined with the lumbar support and headrest, has kind of forced me into a better sitting position than any of the previous chairs I’ve used in the past. While not “plush,” it is comfortable to sit in for an entire workday if need be, as well as marathon gaming sessions.
In most cases - a chair is a chair, right? There’s only so much you can talk about in terms of quality. That said, the Soutien Ergonomic Office Chair is comfortable, it breathes really well unlike leather chairs that can really warm up the longer you sit, and the adjustability of the many different components means that you can find comfort no matter the desk (mine) you’re using. In the past, I’ve found myself using the standing function of my desk more regularly than I do now—the need to stand up to alleviate the stress on my back was much needed.
I’ve put this chair through its paces; usually chairs can break down in some way or another within a period of time, but after two months I’ve seen zero difference between day one and day 60, which means I likely won’t have to replace this chair for a very long time. Despite frequent changes to height and seat angle, there’s been no degradation in hydraulics or components of the chair, which is an issue I’ve run into with past chairs.
This chair is fantastic, and there’s really only one main con that I see from day-to-day use. It is really more of a minor “tall person” issue. Standing at 6’2”, the chair doesn’t rise as high as I’d like, with the max height being just a little under where I’d like it to be. Incredibly minor, but people taller than me may run into some issues in terms of best height for good posture.
Soutien Ergonomic Office Chair - Verdict
While designed for office use, people looking for a really solid gaming chair at a great price should take a look at the Soutien Ergonomic Office Chair as an option. While gaming chairs definitely look cooler, after using this chair at length I’m going to have trouble going back to that style of chair when it comes to comfort as well as posture. If you’re in the market for a gaming chair, and don’t have much issue stepping away from a gaming-styled chair (and the associated price), then this chair is definitely worth taking a look at.
TechRaptor reviewed the Soutien Ergonomic Office Chair with a review chair that was sent to them by the manufacturer, Flexispot.