A Detailed Review
Alright so there is DXRacer and there is NeedForSeat, but I never really questioned the fact that DXRacer is the number one gaming chair manufacturer – up until 2014. In late 2014, when I was still living over in Germany I visited the Gamescom – for those of you who don’t know: One of the biggest gaming conventions around the globe. I have been attending Gamescom since way back in 2009 because I really enjoy following the big esport tournaments that take place at it.
So in 2014 at Gamescom I had the opportunity to try an Akracing chair at the Caseking booth and I have to say I was surprised how good these gaming chairs were. I felt comfortable and all in all just great sitting in this chair, almost or even just as great as I feel in my DXRacer. I went over to a guy working at the booth and asked him a few questions about the company.
He told me that Akracing is a young brand from Europe producing quality gaming chairs. Since then Akracing was getting more and more popularity, especially in Germany but also on the Swedish esport scene. At the least when Akracing started their cooperation with Sweden‘s own Ninjas in Pyjamas – a.k.a. NiP – everybody noticed that there was a new sheriff in town.
If you are asking yourself at this point: Who is better, DXRacer or AKRacing? – well I am going to discuss that in another article. Today I’m going to review the Akracing Player gaming chair for you guys, which is the chair a friend of mine bought earlier this year.
My test object the „Akracing Player“ on paper
Beforehand I am going to give you a quick overview about the technical features of the Akracing gaming chair. The numbers look quite promising, don’t you think:
- Model: Akracing Player (AK-6014)
- Seat measurements: 17.3×21.7 inches
- Sitting height: 16.9-20.1 inches
- Steppless gas lift
- user weight: 396lbs
- Lumbar- and neck-cushion
- Wheels are soft and „floor-friendly“
- Adjustable backrest: Angle up to 180 degrees
- 12 degree rocking function
- Massive metal frame
- High quality PU-leather surface
Even though this gaming chair is covered in PU-leather material – I’m more of a fabric guy – the technical data looked really promising in my eyes. But let’s see how the Akracing review went on.
Step one: Unpacking and setup of the Akracing chair
The original package weighed about 30 kilos – that’s about 66 pounds – and contained the backrest, the foot with the lift, the seat and armrests as well as a set of tools and gloves. The screws where already lightly screwed into the corresponding holes which was quite handy. All in all my first impression was really positive!
In a good 30 minutes I had everything firmly screwed to it’s right place and the brand new Akracing Player gaming chair stood in front of us. At this point I can already say that all the parts and materials felt and looked very valuable – a really good start into our little Akracing chair review, but let’s get down to test-sitting!
„Test-sitting“ on the Akracing gaming chair
The pads below the seats slip made a cosy but also a very durable impression on me which speaks for a long durability – an important factor. Every part, the backrest, the armrests and the seat height is very easily adjustable so everyone who is between 5 foot 3 and 6 foot 7 should be able to find the right setting for his size – at least that’s what I think.
Let’s talk about weight: The Akracing Player can endure players to up to 396lbs – that’s a lot! So especially if you are on the bigger side an Akracing gaming chair might as well be the best solution for you.
The first thing you notice when you sit down on this gaming chair is the soft but strong spring that carries your weight. Next up you feel the backrest gently tilting back which also feels very comfortable. In addition to that the wheels run really smooth as well as silent and seem very floor-friendly.
To sum this up I would say that the Akracing chair reminds me a lot of my DXRacer chair review and that by all means is very positive!
Alright, let’s get serious. My friend – the lucky owner of this Akracing gaming chair – gave me the opportunity to test his Player for a whole workweek. A normal working day for me basically means 10-12 hours of sitting… yeah I know, but what can I say? I got a job to do.
To cut a long story short: The Akracing chair did a great job and is in no way inferior to my DXRacer. Even after 6, 8 or 10 hours of sitting I still feel energized, showing no major sign of fatigue and that’s exactly where a good gaming chair makes a difference! I can’t repeat enough how much better a quality gaming chair is compared to an $80 discounter PC chair.
„Alright now tell me which one to choose, Akracing or DXRacer!“
Again, I’ll cover this matter in another blog post, but I’m going to give you the most important advice – and basically everything you need to know – that will help you to choose the right gaming chair:
Find a gaming chair that fits your size! If you have done that it all comes down to your preference regarding style and color. That’s it because quality wise there is barely a difference between DXRacer and Akracing.
Great company, great product – the Akracing gaming chair gets a clear recommendation to buy from my side! I also like the fact that Akracing is cooperating with NiP because it raises some good memories in a Counter-Strike nostalgic like me.
So if you are on the hunt for the best gaming chair available you might as well choose an Akracing model, they are just as good as the DXRacer ones!
All advantages of the AKRacing at a glance:
- Excellent quality
- Awesome styles rich in variety
- Very resilient
- Floor friendly
- Fits almost every body size
- As good as the DXRacer chairs!