Corsair T1 Race v2 review – My experience with the Corsair gaming chair

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Corsair T1 Race v2 review - My experience with the Corsair gaming chair

My first Corsair gaming chair is ready for testing. I bought the Corsair T1 Race v2 for about $ 269 in a special offer, on Amazon it costs around $ 340 and thus already competes with models in a quite good price range. You can see it more often now that gaming brands provide catalog goods from the Far East with their own logo to participate in the gaming chair market.

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Corsair has been known for high-quality mice, keyboards, headsets, RAM, SSDs and more. Now the US company has its own chairs on the market for a few months, of which the T1 Race is the very first to be subjected to a test by me. I have the v2 version here, which is the newer one that comes with screwable side panels and a new cushion cover compared to the T1 – otherwise everything is supposed to be the same here.

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Corsair

T1 Race v2

Steel frame without cross braces, nylon base, cold foam upholstery, PU cover on contact surface, PVC on backside

4D armrests, non-locking rocker function, backrest can be tilted 180°, smooth-running nylon skate wheels, max. load 120kg

Where to start in my T1 Race Test....

The chair is standing 3 meters next to me while I’m pounding these words into the keyboard. Why 3 meters? The Corsair T1 Race smells. Or stinks? It smells very strongly of plastic & chemicals. Despite it being 3 meters away, I can still smell the cover. Not because the smell pulls up to here, but because I have just neatly fumbled the chair and my hand has taken exactly this smell. So it was obvious to me to mention this point first and foremost.

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I’m really trying to find as many positive things as possible about my Corsair gaming chair, so that people don’t scream that I’m too spoiled and that I only badmouth all cheap models. The chair is not one of the cheap ones at all with its almost $ 330 – and yet it’s hard for me to find points that justify the price – because the quality doesn’t really appeal to me, at least not in relation to the price paid.

The structure in the Corsair T1 test

I can’t complain about the assembly. The chair comes in more parts than the S300, Racer 1 or any noblechairs chair, but that’s not really a problem – whether I have to tighten 5 or 15 screws for a chair I want to use in the long term – screw it. So the assembly is a little different from other manufacturers in the price segment, but that’s not a direct criticism.

Design des Corsair Gaming Stuhls

The T1 Race looks like a typical gaming chair at first, and that strikes me as positive. After all, we want a decently designed and shaped chair. The use of different patterns makes the chair particularly attractive. On the armrests we find a 3D pattern that reminds me of carbon, PU variations are also used in other places for a pretty look. Look good? Check. But is the build quality of the T1 Race also convincing?

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Corsair T1 Race in practice test - Now it goes into detail

Now it’s time to get down to business. I will now present the chair to you step by step with pictures. If you read my personal evaluation of the individual parts, keep in mind: I always make these evaluations in relation to the price. And this is about $ 340. And this much in advance: It wouldn’t be worth that to me. There are cheaper variants that can do more…

The PU cover of the T1...

… stinks terribly. But we’ve already had that. However, the feel is basically not bad. I directly dug through my gaming chair collection again and found out: The PU leathers at AKRacing, DXRacer, Nitro Concepts and noblechairs feel softer. Only the cover, not the cushion. Whether it feels soft to the hand or not so soft, I don’t really care. We often sit on it with clothes on anyway.

 

But the smell makes me very suspicious. And I have to be honest: I wouldn’t like to sit on it with naked skin, because the odors are very strong. And if you touch the chair, your hand smells of it for a while. The Corsair T1 Race has now been built for two weeks and unfortunately still smells very strong, so you have to be patient.

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By the way, it is also quite certain that the cover smells so strongly, not the upholstery. Because that is made of polyurethane and polyurethane is supposed to be odorless.

 

Above all, the quality of the cover material seems to be poor. Because from other models in the price range I do not know these strong chemical and acrid odors. I do not know what this cover was treated with, but that it is healthy for humans, I can hardly imagine.

Improperly covered, some wrinkles

In the pictures you can see the many wrinkles that the cover throws. These would not affect the seating comfort, but for $340 we may demand a little more quality. And I’m looking here unfortunately on all corners, but do not quite find.

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In any case, this lack of quality is noticeable in many places. But that is still one of the less serious problems. Personally, I wouldn’t mind it at all and would quickly get used to it. But if you know, like I do, that it could be better, you have to criticize it.

Positive: The Rollerblade wheels

They are actually pretty cool and I would like to see them more often with other manufacturers. You get here namely inline rollers made of rubber and they really run absolutely whisper-quiet and noiselessly over the floor. You really hear nothing here and almost floats over the ground. Once tapped, this chair rolls through the very smooth-running rollers several meters.

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So I have found something positive: The casters. But just as the unclean cover is not a loss for seating comfort, the casters are not a significant gain when you consider the other ergonomic features of the Corsair Gaming Chair.

Armrest: Cool design, slightly damaged

The 3D pattern of the armrests looks cool, I like that. I can’t say anything particularly good or bad about the armrests either: they are just normal 4D armrests. What I find only a pity is that the one armrest already arrived with a quirk with me.

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I would have gotten used to it quickly, but when you buy a chair for just under $ 300, you’re a bit pressed for the time being.

Seating comfort: Why 70% of us can barely use the T1

The main problem with the Corsair T1 Race in the test is probably the overall shape of the chair. After all, I can’t imagine that many of us will be able to sit on it adequately at all, because the strange dimensions exclude what I estimate to be 70% of the buyer base.

T1 Race without lumbar cushion unusable

I’m going to show you why I find the construction of the Corsair Gaming chair so incomprehensible. For the record, when I went to buy a new bed last year, the rude mattress salesman told me I had “a hip like a 9-year-old.” Bum. My hip is actually very narrow. And now this:

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The side bolsters of the backrest go absolutely steeply outwards and I even have to press myself into this gap a little. And that with a hip circumference of only 90cm. Take but directly times n tape measure and measure with you.

 

The question: How many people will fit into this chair?

 

Women in particular often have wider hips and not all of us men are slim either. Therefore, if you’re not very slim, you’re out of luck.

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My test person is also close to the limit: And that at 167cm and 53kg body weight. She really isn’t broadly built.

T1 Race with lumbar cushion also unusable

A lumbar or lordosis pillow is intended to fill the curvature of our spine and thus support and relieve our back muscles. The prerequisite for this is, of course, that the lumbar cushion also has the shape of the lordosis. And now let’s take a look at the lumbar cushion of the Corsair T1 Race in the test:

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I would be surprised if this fits at all in anyone’s hollow back. It’s just not that long, the cushion shouldn’t be that deep. Using the chair with the cushion feels just as wrong as using it without. It’s not so much a pleasant support as a foreign body that doesn’t feel like it belongs there.

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The cushion forces me to stretch out my stomach. I am quite sure that everyone who already owns this Corsair gaming chair sits on it without a lumbar cushion.

Seat experience with T1 Race - Conclusion

It’s not worth writing further about the seating comfort, because my experience here with the Corsair chair is already clear: I can’t sit comfortably on this. And most of you won’t be able to either. The T1 Race’s side bolsters are just so constricting that I find it uncomfortable to sit on the chair.

 

Without this faulty design, the chair could be quite comfortable. And for those who are narrower than me, the chair might even be comfortable, I can imagine. As a final point, however, there is now the price, which I feel is not quite appropriate for the performance offered.

Alternatives to T1 Race: More chair for less money

For $ 233-245 there is, for example, the S300 from Nitro Concepts. The armrests are similarly adjustable here. The only difference: The armrests of the S300 cannot be moved from the inside to the outside, so they are 3D instead of 4D armrests. On the other hand, the S300 has no constricting side panels. The T1 Race can support up to 120 kg, the S300 up to 135 kg.

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The padding on the seat of the T1 is considerably thinner. A bit more foam would have been appropriate there. The S300 is available with a fabric or PU cover, while none of the covers smells unpleasant here. Overall, the chair makes a much more valuable impression at a lower price. I would definitely go for nitro concepts if in doubt.

 

The T1 Race’s rocker mechanism has an angle of 0-10°, while the S300’s is 0-14°. The mechanisms are not lockable on either chair. The S300 has steel cross braces in the backrest, while the T1 Race has rubber cross braces. This may not play a role in comfort at first, and perhaps not in longevity either, but it is at least a higher material input.

Alternative for a little more money and much more chair

For hardly more you can buy real premium chairs, like the noblechairs EPIC for $330. Also the ICON is not that far away in price and Secretlab also comes with some more features. The EPIC and T1 Race are similar in design, but in terms of features, quality and workmanship, it clearly surpasses the T1 in my opinion.

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Conclusion: Buy Corsair T1 Race? My experience from the test

I can’t recommend the chair for $340. If there was the Corsair T1 Race v2 for $240, it would look different – for the money it would be ok. But with the real price I can not make friends, for that it hapert in too many places and there is simply the competition then rather in question. The most important points again in short:

It looks like Corsair tried to save a bit on all corners and edges so that the chair would be cheap to buy. The thin padding, the fragrant cover, the wobbly lever, small damages and unclean seams and dents in the seams. I think there was a savings fox involved.

I am dissatisfied with the gaming chair from Corsair, I expected more. And immediately to those who think I only want to recommend the expensive chairs: The chair belongs to the premium segment in terms of price and I even recommend a chair that costs less instead. So it’s definitely not about money here.

AKRacing vs DXRacer vs Vertagear – which one to buy?

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AKRacing vs DXRacer vs Vertagear – which one to buy?

The biggest question among guys interested in premium gaming chairs seems to be: Which brand makes the better chairs? AKRacing or DXRacer or Vertagear? I have to admit that it is not easy to make this decision since all three manufacturers offer high quality products with great style. With Vertagear making its impressive first appearance on the market it really did not get any easier.

 

In this article I will tell you if there is a winner in the duel AKRacing vs DXRacer vs Vertagear or if it is going to be an overall draw. Regardless of the outcome this article will make your decision of choosing one of those premium brands a lot easier!

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DXRacer vs AKRacing or Vertagear - strengths & weaknesses!

Ok let’s get down to the comparison: From my experience with all these brands and chairs I can say that qualitywise they are basically all the same. So all three manufacturers have high quality standards and they all make great chairs … but there are some minor differences that I want to point out. When you consider the following table keep in mind that we are criticizing on a very high level and you can definitely not make anything wrong with buying either of these chairs.

DXRacer

DXRacer

PRO's
  • established brand
  • largest selection of chairs
  • offers seats for every stature (the Tank series is able to carry 440 pounds)
  • very active on the esports scene
  • many different styles and colors
  • offers cheaper chairs as well as premium models
  • has fabric and PU-Leather chairs
CON's

  • not every model comes with all the features: for example the armrests of the F-Series move only up and down
  • some chairs can only carry up to 220 pounds
  • not a lot of upgrade accessories available

AKRacing

AKRacing

PRO's
  • established brand

  • 2nd largest chair selection

  • offers seats for almost every stature

  • many different styles and colors

  • cheap entry into the premium sector (Prime Series)

  • offers mainly cheaper and averaged prized models (1 Premium, being the ProX)

  • has fabric and PU-Leather chairs

  • Every chair is able to carry at least 330 pounds

  • accessories like silent caster rolls or bigger gaslifts available

CON's
  • not every model comes with all the features: for example the armrests of the Prime Series move only up and down

  • product availability in the U. S. is not that great

  • company lacks a bit of presence on the esport scene

  • selection lacks bigger chairs for larger statures

Vertagear

Vertagear

PRO's
  • the manufacturer considers community feedback very actively

  • every model, from cheap to expensive, comes with modern features like 4D-armrests

  • Offers Sets for almost every stature (the P-Line is able to carry 440 pounds)

  • 4 different styles and many colors available

  • cheap entry into the premium sector (SL 2000)

  • Offers 4 differently prized models (1 Premium, being the PL 6000)

  • Every chairs is able to carry at least 330 pounds

CON's
  • the chair selection is a bit smaller (the new Triigger Line is on the way though)
  • only PU-Leather available
  • not a lot of upgrade accessories available

The table illustrates the AKRacing vs DXRacer vs Vertagear “debate” but before you get all too serious about the single facts think about this: All in all it is not really a question of which brand is the best but rather which chair fits my personal needs and budget best. The aside the CONs in general sound a lot harsher than they are. Let’s take a look at some of those aspects:

Not every model comes with all the features

While this might be right for DXRacer or AKRacing, it is not really an argument against any of these brands because you can simply choose a model, that comes with the features you like. Same goes for the “some models carry only XXX pounds” argument.

Not a lot of upgrade accessories available

This is true for any brand but AKRacing – the thing is: The AKRacing accessories also fit Vertagear or DXRacer chairs. In the end this is also not a thing that should influence your buying decision.

Selection lacks bigger chairs

Ok this one can be a decider when you are looking for a new gaming chair BUT only if you need a big chair like the DXRacer Tank Series. If not, this should not bother you at all.

Only PU-leather available

Both PU-leather and fabric surfaces have their ups and downs. None of these materials is just “better”, it is a case of personal preferences. It maybe makes a game chair company less interesting for people that go straight for fabric seats, but for everyone else this should not be taken too seriously.

 

Let’s just stop right here. Got my point? Don’t just scan the table for black and white statements and rather ask yourself: What do I really need and what do I prefer? Then follow the buttons at the bottom of the table and check out my model comparison of all three brands.

And the winner is ... DXRacer! No wait, it’s AKRacing ... or Vertagear?

I could go on but I really just wanted to proof the point, that there is no overall winner in the battle of gaming chair brands. AKRacing or DXRacer or Vertagear – stop asking that question and start your search for the perfect game chair from another angle.

 

Your main criteria should be:

 

  1. Does the chair fit my size and stature?
  2. Do I like its optics?
  3. Does it have all the features I want?
  4. Does the Seat fit into my budget?
  5. Is it available?

Who cares what brand is printed on the pillow if the chair is just right and awesome in every aspect. So for each and every one of you guys I strongly recommend you to check my comparison right here: ▷ Most comfortable and best chairs for gaming!

 

Final conclusion: The battle AKRacing vs. DXRacer vs. Vertagear has no clear winner. It comes down to the chairs qualitys and your personal preferences. Take the table above as a little help, but don’t bite too firmly on it.

My PC gaming chair: PU-leather or fabric?

A pro pc gaming chair made out of fabric or pu leather.

My PC gaming chair: PU-leather, fabric, real leather oder hybrid leather?

A pro pc gaming chair made out of fabric or pu leather.Aspects like stability, design and rocking are important, but you shouldn’t forget to think about the surface material. Would you rather have a leather or a fabric gaming chair? The material is really important because you certainly don’t want to sweat like a pig in the summer, do you? And you don’t want your seat to be covered in sticky dirt and stains either, do you? Then you should read this short article before choosing your personal PC gaming chair. Leather vs. fabric, who wins the battle?

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Should my PC gaming chair be covered with PU leather, fabric, genuine leather or hybrid leather?

I can’t make that decision for you, I can only recommend what seat cover I would choose if I had to buy a new PC gaming chair right now. Ultimately, you have to make this decision by paying attention to what YOUR priorities are. So ask yourself the question: what are my priorities? Would I mind sweating a little more during longer gaming sessions? Do you really sweat the same on every faux leather cover? Did my parents teach me how to eat right, or am I going to screw up my PC gaming chair? And so on. Question yourself and read my words:

Gamechanger of the artificial leather cover - hybrid material

Unlike the classic faux leather, this cover is breathable and still brings the classy “leather” look. It consists of a PU and vinyl mix, is abrasion resistant, pleasant to the touch, breathable and easy to clean. If you now think that PC chairs with this material must surely be expensive, you are wrong. The price difference to normal PU covers is only small.


There are not so long gaming chairs with this cover on the market. Noblechairs has released an edition with this cover in 2019 – the noblechairs Black Edition. The usual features of each chair remain the same, only the cover has changed.

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Haptics, appearance and seating feel of the materials

The look and feel is, of course, a matter of taste. One likes it better in a cozy look, the other prefers a noble look.

PU leather, faux leather, genuine leather and hybrid material

Many people like the classy look of leather furniture and PU leather is cheaper than real leather. I like the look too and have tested several PU leather gaming chairs.


I would rank the seat feel the same for PU leather, faux leather and genuine leather. Of course, the feel is slightly different depending on the quality and material, but all three covers have the same seat hardness.


The new hybrid material, on the other hand, is a bit softer and also provides a slightly softer seat.

Soft and warm fabric cover

Especially in winter, some might find a fabric cover more pleasant, since the chair does not bring this “cold feeling” with it when you first sit on it, like a real leather or faux leather chair. Which of course is also a purely personal feeling.

 

A seat with a fabric cover is usually softer than any other cover. Of course, it also depends on the particular upholstery of the chair here. In all my gaming chair tests, however, it has also been shown that the same model with the same upholstery is softer when it is covered with fabric.

To sweat or not to sweat - that is the question

Slipping off the seat at some point while gaming because the cover is not breathable is very unpleasant. Especially in high summer, gamen is simply less fun.

Imitation leather covers

PU leather gaming chairs sometimes make you sweat a bit more, that’s the main reason why some people don’t like PU leather. This material is not always really breathable, and so some gamers sweat on a PU leather chair in the summer and then feel very uncomfortable while gaming. A few hours go by, and suddenly you realize that the seat is just as sweaty as the backrest. Is that what you want? No one wants that. You want to feel comfortable on your PC gaming chair.

 

Chair covers made of PU (polyurethane) are offered in different quality classes – “Grades”. So there are Higher Grades, which are accordingly higher quality, and lower Grades. On PC chairs with a High Grades cover, you sweat less than on lower Grades. Ultimately, it also depends on how much you sweat. Some people tend to sweat a lot more than others, so you have to decide how important this aspect is to you.

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Breathable hybrid material

The new hybrid material is considered particularly water and air permeable. The breathable material reduces sweating on the chair and leaves the classic PU material in the shade.

Fabric cover

That you sweat less on a fabric-covered chair is nothing new. The material is nice breathable and air permeable.

Genuine leather

Together with the hybrid material and fabric covers, genuine leather is considered the most breathable cover material in a PC chair.

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Cleaning and care of materials

Who wants to constantly subject their chair to complete maintenance? Probably not many. It should be as uncomplicated and easy to care for as possible.

Easy care PU leather and hybrid leather

One advantage of PU leather is that you won’t have too much of a problem if you get your PC gaming chair dirty with food or something, because it’s very easy to clean. You can simply wipe the dirt off your seat.

Real leather in need of care

Real leather can also be cleaned easily and quickly with a cloth. However, you should take good care of your genuine leather chair and treat it with leather care from time to time in order to get the most out of the good cover for as long as possible.

Dirt magnet fabric

I have to admit that stains have a much better chance on fabric-covered PC gaming chairs. If you like to eat while gaming, you might get stains on your chair once in a while. Synthetic leather, hybrid material or genuine leather can be easily wiped off – fabric covers, on the other hand, readily absorb dirt and need to be cleaned with upholstery cleaner or similar if they are more heavily soiled. For minor soiling, however, cleaning with a wet cloth should also suffice.

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Durability of your PC gaming chair

Who decides for a gaming chair would like to have of course also as long as possible something from him and not that the cover after irdgendwann dissolves or becomes cracked.

Different service life for PU covers

In terms of durability, not all gaming chairs with a PU cover can be lumped together. As already mentioned, there are higher grades and lower grades that also differ in terms of durability. Very “cheap” synthetic leather covers can dissolve softeners over time, which are a problem for health on the one hand, and for the durability of the leather on the other. The cover can thus become “brittle” over time and form unsightly cracks.

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Hybrid leather

Covers made of the hybrid material are said to be more durable than PU covers. The material is of higher quality and less sensitive. I would say that the hybrid material is between artificial leather and real leather in terms of durability. How long the cover with this material really lasts, I can not say yet. The chairs with this cover have not been around long enough for that.

Durable genuine leather cover

Genuine leather is known to be quite a durable cover material. With proper care, your chair can really age with this cover.

Fabric coverings

With a fabric cover there are also differences in quality. It can happen that after some time individual threads peek out of the seat or the backrest. But here, too, it depends very much on the respective quality and workmanship.

Important to note - pets and chair covers

You have a cat or a dog at home that would like to jump on the chair? You should consider this when choosing the right cover for your PC gamer chair. Even if your pet would not intentionally scratch your chair, accidents can still happen quickly with the sharp claws.

 
In this case, I would definitely advise you against a genuine leather chair. It would be just too bad if the expensive chair with the good cover quickly gets scratches. Even a faux leather cover would not come off so well here. A chair with a fabric cover might be best for you. Sure – the fabric cover can also get the animals broken, but scratches are not so visible and can be concealed if necessary even better.

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In my opinion a no-go - covers made of PVC

PC chairs with a PVC cover are fortunately very rare. In my opinion, it is simply the cheapest cover you can take. It doesn’t feel nice and reminds me of a thick PVC paddling pool liner. Due to greasy substances – like skin grease – softeners come off the cover. -> Bad for the health and durability of the cover.

Conclusion: Which cover should it be?

Which cover is better or worse is not so easy to say. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages, and in the end it all depends on personal needs and wishes.


In addition, there are also great differences in quality among the individual materials. One manufacturer uses high-quality materials, the other less good.

Other important features of a gamer chair

You want to know what else is important for you when buying a chair? Then take a look at our -> gaming chair test, where you will find other important factors such as upholstery, backrest, mechanics, adjustment options, size advice and much more.

 

If you have any further questions or need help choosing the right chair, feel free to contact me.