Maxnomic Commander S in test: My experience with the chair from NEEDforSEAT

Maxnomic Commander S in test: My experience with the chair from NEEDforSEAT

I finally get around to testing a Maxnomic gaming chair. I have the Maxnomic Commander S on test, which according to my research is identical in construction to the Commander III. This test report with my experiences is thus analogously applicable to the entire Commander series. Maxnomic, the brand of NEEDforSEAT is undoubtedly one of the best known brands in Germany next to noblechairs, DXRacer & Co.

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Why did it take so long with the test, despite countless inquiries? More about that in a moment. If the details are rather annoying and you are looking for a pure review, just scroll a little further and you will get the usual information and my experiences with the Maxnomic Commander S.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Maxnomic

Commander S BWE
identical in construction Commander S III & PUE

powder-coated aluminum base, cold foam upholstery, PU cover, large standard castors, softpad armrests

4D armrests, lockable rocker mechanism, tiltable backrest (I estimate 135°, no specification in the store), max. load capacity of 150kg, continuously adjustable lumbar support

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Why no tests of Maxnomic chairs came so far and why they refuse to cooperate with me

Since 2015, I have written mails to Maxnomic and also called to check out cooperation possibilities. My mails always remained unanswered, but when I called the 3rd time, they put me through to the CEO himself, who then told me why he wanted nothing to do with me.

 

Blame it on an ill-considered statement on my part combined with the unforgiving nature of the management at Maxnomic. In 2014 I started building gaming-stuhl.de and in the first few months I was still green behind the ears. In a comment on the site in 2015, a visitor asked me if DXRacer or Maxnomic was better.

 

My cheeky answer back then: “Maxnomic seems like a copy of DXRacer to me”. After my today’s experience nonsense of course. I apologized directly on the phone to the managing director personally when he spoke to me about it, but I obviously encountered unforgiveness.

Why did I say that?

The company NEEDforSEAT sold DXRacer chairs themselves until the founding of the Maxnomic brand and apparently decided at some point to establish its own brand. For me, the impression was, without much thought, that they were now copying the previously self-distributed chairs under their own name.

 

This is not the case and this statement in one of the hundreds of comments on my page was absolutely unqualified. Therefore, once again: I take back this statement and apologize for it.

Management considers my work not neutral

The maintenance of this website costs a lot of time and also money and of course I try to earn something with it. I receive a small commission for recommendations that lead to a purchase – this is called affiliate. People at Maxnomic think that affiliate and independent consulting are incompatible. I see it differently:

 

Maxnomic does its work well and earns its living with it. I also do my job well and contribute something to my livelihood through it. Two parties, both deal “professionally” with chairs, but I am groundlessly accused of lack of independence. I think that’s a shame, because you can be sure:

 

I always test and recommend as objectively as possible. There have also been enough chairs that I could not evaluate well and also classify as not recommendable, although I could earn money with it in case of a positive result. But I don’t do it.

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Marco's TOP recommendations - find your computer chair!

On the page now linked, you’ll find my absolute favorites from the more than 20 chairs tested. I have tested in detail and tell you exactly what is important in the individual models and what they bring you. There you also have the opportunity to view the test reports:

There really is something for everyone here: for those who want to save money, those who don’t want to spend so much money and those who simply want the very best. Take a look and find the chair that suits you personally:

▷ To Marco’s Top5 with reviews, pictures, videos & more! ◁

Solid features: Commander in the test comes with common functions

The features of the Commander S are convincing on paper and include everything I would want in a chair in this price range.

The Commander definitely comes with a very decent package of features that you would want for a chair in this price range. But what makes the chair stand out additionally is the lumbar support. I like this better than the use of lumbar cushions.

My experience: Can the Maxnomic chair convince in detail?

As usual, I will guide you through the test report and the features of the Commander S BWE, which is identical in construction to the Commander S III, with many photos. You will find out whether I will recommend the chair in the end in my conclusion.

Dimensions: A lot of space with the Maxnomic Commander?

One of the most complained about features of common gaming chairs has always been the overly restrictive side bolsters on the seat, which annoyed any gamer who is a bit wider or simply likes to sit very wide-legged. There was a lack of space. Therefore, many a brand decided at some point to build the chairs with flatter seating surfaces, including Maxnomic. This made a positive impression in the test.

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As you can see from the picture, we can hardly find any elevation here and thus pretty much anyone who doesn’t exceed the maximum load of the chair should be able to fit and sit comfortably.

Design: High quality and simple with small criticism

The design of the Commander I like basically very well and I have deliberately chosen the black and white variant, a noble color combination. Basically, the chair also stands here exactly as I imagined it, however, I have a small comment:

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Because the leather is white, you can see relatively many wrinkles on the backrest, with black leatherette, the wrinkles may also be there, but are less noticeable. I do not really mind these wrinkles, but you might. Therefore: Do you mind these small design deductions, then order the Maxnomic Commander S rather in black, because it should hardly be noticeable.

Base & casters: Stable and "normal

What else: There can’t be that much special about a base and casters. These two components should not really be interesting for you, because they differ rather insignificantly per chair.

 

The base is made of painted steel. The advantages: It withstands loads very well and looks good due to the black paint.

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In the store, NEEDforSEAT calls the installed casters “standard casters” themselves, and they are. They are normal casters, which we also know from standard office chairs. Design-wise, the casters are generally not that important to me, even if there are certainly casters that look nicer. Such nicer and quieter casters are available separately in the Maxnomic store.

Workmanship: Flawless & precise except in my case

The workmanship of Maxnomic gaming chairs like the Commander leaves nothing to be desired. The chair looks and feels like it is worth its purchase price, and in my opinion it is. Everything is sewn nice and straight and every seam is in place, with one exception:

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I think I just had bad luck there. Such small mistakes happen everywhere and Maxnomic’s production is not infallible. So you don’t have to worry that such errors would also occur with your chair. I assume that this is an isolated case, as it will also happen with other major brands.

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Otherwise, everything is straight and in place. The remaining seams leave nothing to be desired in terms of workmanship.

Marco's TOP recommendations - find your computer chair!

On the page now linked, you’ll find my absolute favorites from the more than 20 chairs tested. I have tested in detail and tell you exactly what is important in the individual models and what they bring you. There you also have the opportunity to view the test reports:

There really is something for everyone here: for those who want to save money, those who don’t want to spend so much money and those who simply want the very best. Take a look and find the chair that suits you personally:

▷ To Marco’s Top5 with reviews, pictures, videos & more! ◁

Maxnomic test: My experience with the individual functions

The Maxnomic Commander S comes with decent features and functionality. How well these can be used and what comfort this means in the end, I would like to show you briefly.

Rocking function lockable in 5 positions

The rocker mechanism is now standard on most gaming chairs. This also works flawlessly and allows the user to lock the position in 5 different positions. You have to adjust the resistance of this mechanism to your body via the dial underneath the seat.

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Backrest adjustable 135° to the seat surface

Some manufacturers allow 180° here, another 155° and the next finds that 135° is sufficient, as with the Maxnomic Commander. And I see it similarly. I don’t really need the 180° angle, no sow can sleep restfully on such a chair. For me, the 135° is enough to watch YouTube videos or movies in front of the computer, for example, and to lie a bit more comfortably.

4D armrests under test

Once a highlight, now state of the art: 4D armrests. Unthinkable in this price range. The armrests can be easily adjusted in all 4 directions, and below the seat they can be adjusted outward or inward again.

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I have nothing at all to criticize about the armrests. I’ve only seen cooler armrests in the RECARO Exo Platinum, which is in a different price league.

My favorite: Variable lumbar support

I already loved this new feature on the noblechairs HERO and I’m happy about it here as well: Instead of a lumbar cushion, which you can hardly build uniformly for each lordosis, here is a variably adjustable lumbar support.

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You simply have to turn this wheel and the lumbar support shows up more prominently if you want it to – or not. The most sensible solution for me in the area of lumbar support.

Seat comfort: Does the Commander deliver?

How can I say… At Maxnomic may not like me, but I’m not vindictive and therefore honest: Yes, he does. I can report nothing negative about the seating comfort. It sits very comfortably in my Maxnomic Commander S test and I could easily spend several hours a day on this piece of furniture.

 

I like the hardness of the upholstery foam and the lumbar support, the pleasant armrests and the neck cushion provide a pleasant comfort level.

Conclusion of the test: Buy from Maxnomic?

Basically everything is right with the Commander S. The small seam defect should not be taken into account, so the Maxnomic chair plays in the upper league of well-known brands in the test, and rightly so. So if this model is your favorite among all the brands and models, then dig in.

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It is regrettable for me, of course, that people basically reject me and my work at Maxnomic. To some extent that may be my fault, however I feel that 4 years after a personal apology for a misstep in word choice, one could practice reconciliation and forgive – but that probably won’t happen again.

 

Until then, this will be my only review of a Maxnomic chair from NEEDforSEAT.

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