Gaming chairs don’t help you play games any better as manufacturers would have you believe. They usually just emulate the racing seat aesthetic and often come with more adjustability options than your standard, cheap office chair. But there are a lot of these types of chairs out there, and not every company gives much thought to comfort or durability.
That’s where Secretlab stands out. It was founded in 2014 by former esports gamers Alaric Choo and Ian Ang, and the company quickly built up a reputation for quality by using better materials and offering a decent warranty (three years, but it’s extendable to five years for $50 or with a social media post of your chair). Its new Titan Evo 2022 Series gaming chair is more refined than ever, with improved support and better durability.
Under the Seat Changes
I didn’t have any trouble assembling the Evo. The finished product has an angular design with a gold T on the backrest alongside Secretlab logos, carbon fiber effect panels, and red stitching set against the black polyurethane leather (PU). It’s clearly a gaming chair, but it’s not as garish as many others out there. There is a wide range of other color schemes and finishes, all more striking than your average office chair.
The first thing I noticed after hopping on the seat is the firmness of the cold cure foam. This type of foam maintains its shape for longer periods of time. It was jarring at first, but it’s very supportive and proved 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 very similar. But the improvements are all beneath the upholstery. First off, it now comes in more clear sizing options: Small, Regular, and XL.
The company has also gone all-in on magnets—the memory foam pillow, swappable padded armrests, and panels that hide the side bolts are all magnetized, so you can easily take them off or plop them on. The magnetic pillow is one of my favorite parts of this chair. It’s fun and does away with the unsightly strap around the back. It doesn’t slide out of position easily, and the layer of cooling gel inside is very welcome on a warm day.
The idea of swappable magnetic armrests seemed more gimmicky. The set that comes with the chair is perfectly fine, and I wondered why anyone would switch them. But Secretlab then sent me some Technogel armrests to try, and … I get it now. They’re amazing. Not only are they incredibly soft and supportive, but the gel also has a cooling effect. They’ll be an optional upgrade soon, but there’s no word on pricing yet.
Most importantly, the Titan Evo offers greater adjustability. Having more ways to adjust a chair means you can have it precisely conform 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 fit your spine. This enhanced lumbar support is the greatest improvement over previous Secretlab chairs and encourages good posture. The levers beneath the Titan Evo adjust the height and apply a tilt lock, and there’s a recline lever on the right. I appreciate the wide range of the recline, but if you lean back as you pull the lever, it can stick and then ratchet suddenly in an unpleasant way. The armrests are fully adjustable too. You can move them back and forward, side to side, adjust the height, and change the angle.