Top Gaming Chair Under $200 (2020)

In 2020 iControlPad have reviewed over 65 chairs, and we picked the E-WIN Gaming Racing Chair as the best gaming chair under $200. The E-Win hit the sweet spot in terms of price, features, build quality and offers some great ergonomics for gamers (more on this below).

 

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Top Pick
E-WIN Gaming Racing Chair 330lb Adjustable Tilt Back Angle and Armrests Ergonomic High-Back Leather Executive Computer Desk Office Chair Calling Series Black Grey
GTRACING Gaming Chair Racing Office Computer Game Chair Ergonomic Backrest and Seat Height Adjustment Recliner Swivel Rocker with Headrest and Lumbar Pillow E-Sports Chair Red
Homall Gaming Chair Office Chair High Back Computer Chair PU Leather Desk Chair PC Racing Executive Ergonomic Adjustable Swivel Task Chair with Headrest and Lumbar Support (Blue)
Musso Ergonomic (Black) Gaming Chair Adjustable Esports Gamer Chair, Adults Racing Video Game Chair, Large Size PU Leather High-Back Executive Office Chair
Homall Gaming Chair Office Chair High Back Computer Chair PU Leather Desk Chair PC Racing Executive Ergonomic Adjustable Swivel Task Chair with Headrest and Lumbar Support (White)
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E-WIN Gaming Racing Chair
GTRACING Gaming Chair Racing Office Computer Game Chair 
Homall Computer Executive Gaming Chair 
Musso Ergonomic Esports Gamer Chair
Homall Gaming Chair
Prime
Seat size
21.7-22″
16 x 19.68”
19.8 x 20.5”
20.9 x 19.7”
19.8 x 20.5”
Backrest
20.7 x 29.3”
20.86 x 48.82”
22.5 x 30.5” 
23.3 x 33.2”
22.5 x 30.5” 
Adjustable seat height
16.1 – 20”
13.7 – 18.5”
17.3 – 21.5”
18.2- 21.9”
17.3 – 21.5”
Top Pick
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E-WIN Gaming Racing Chair 330lb Adjustable Tilt Back Angle and Armrests Ergonomic High-Back Leather Executive Computer Desk Office Chair Calling Series Black Grey
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E-WIN Gaming Racing Chair
Prime
Seat size
21.7-22″
Backrest
20.7 x 29.3”
Adjustable seat height
16.1 – 20”
Price
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GTRACING Gaming Chair Racing Office Computer Game Chair Ergonomic Backrest and Seat Height Adjustment Recliner Swivel Rocker with Headrest and Lumbar Pillow E-Sports Chair Red
Title
GTRACING Gaming Chair Racing Office Computer Game Chair 
Prime
Seat size
16 x 19.68”
Backrest
20.86 x 48.82”
Adjustable seat height
13.7 – 18.5”
Price
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Homall Gaming Chair Office Chair High Back Computer Chair PU Leather Desk Chair PC Racing Executive Ergonomic Adjustable Swivel Task Chair with Headrest and Lumbar Support (Blue)
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Homall Computer Executive Gaming Chair 
Prime
Seat size
19.8 x 20.5”
Backrest
22.5 x 30.5” 
Adjustable seat height
17.3 – 21.5”
Price
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Musso Ergonomic (Black) Gaming Chair Adjustable Esports Gamer Chair, Adults Racing Video Game Chair, Large Size PU Leather High-Back Executive Office Chair
Title
Musso Ergonomic Esports Gamer Chair
Prime
Seat size
20.9 x 19.7”
Backrest
23.3 x 33.2”
Adjustable seat height
18.2- 21.9”
Price
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Homall Gaming Chair Office Chair High Back Computer Chair PU Leather Desk Chair PC Racing Executive Ergonomic Adjustable Swivel Task Chair with Headrest and Lumbar Support (White)
Title
Homall Gaming Chair
Prime
Seat size
19.8 x 20.5”
Backrest
22.5 x 30.5” 
Adjustable seat height
17.3 – 21.5”
Price

Best Gaming Chair Under $200

The E-WIN gaming racing chair will win your heart thanks to its ergonomic finish and longlasting design. Not a lot of racing style gaming chairs can achieve what E-WIN does: applying premium parts and a minimalist design while costing less than $200. If you need the best overall gaming chair, the E-WIN is a great choice.

Pros:
  • Professional matte design
  • Very ergonomic
  • Easy assembly
Cons:
  • Slightly large for smaller users
  • Wheels make slight noises
  • Minor armrest adjustment struggles

Adjustability   

The E-WIN is fully adjustable parts from top to bottom – a reclinable backrest down to 155 degrees (which is good but may be considered a con for some chair fanatics), armrests which you can slide further or towards you, and a seat height adjustment that elevates and lowers seamlessly.

Size & Weight  

Anyone with a height range from 5’6” to 6’3” will find the E-WIN an ideal chair – according to satisfied customers. The backrest and seat rest are wide enough to accommodate any body type since there are minimal paddings on the edges. The seat rest measures at 21.7 x 22” and the whole chair can support up to 330 lbs according to their specs.

Materials  

The designers of E-WIN made some smart decisions when it came down to the structure. The metal frames are not too frantic that results in a chair that feels like a skeleton when seated. The high-density foam takes responsibility for the overall comfort but they are well-placed as flat surfaces instead of multiple bumps; lots of customers do not like these bumps since the pads are for preventing a driver from swaying too much from his seat – a feature that gamers (who are constantly stationary) do not need.

To address such issue, E-WIN made certain that they did not exactly follow a race car’s seat design but more of just an office chair that took inspiration from a driver’s seat. As a result, there are lots of space for you to move on. To finish the E-WIN chair, it is upholstered with top-tier PU leather that has a matte finish. The arms are padded and the height adjustment is supported by a Grade-4 gas lift. The wheels are silent too.

In short, the E-WIN feels more like a $399 chair thanks to the professional design yet it is quite affordable for the middle-class hardcore gamer.

Comfort   

The E-WIN is an e-winner when it comes to comfort. People buy it because the word of mouth is that the E-WIN chair is one of the most comfortable and underrated gaming chairs ever made. This is due to the materials and pleasant design that resulted in a harmonious finish where comfort and ergonomics work properly in a racing-style chair.

Assembly  

The E-WIN is also reputable for its easy assembly. In fact, customers find it so easy, they did not need to use the instruction manual at all. The parts are sorted properly and screwing each portion does not feel like a struggle. As said by happy gamers in forums, the assembly will only take you a few minutes to finish.

Conclusion  

There are plenty of reasons why we put the E-WIN gaming chair on top of our list; ergonomic, easy assembly and very valuable especially in its price range. The matte surface also makes it visually appealing – like a humble type of the usual gamer aura that you seldom find in the saturated market of gaming chairs. If you need a good reason to buy a gaming chair that costs less than $200, the E-WIN sets a perfect example.

Best Value Gaming Chair Under $200

We already listed the GTRACING as part of our under 100 bucks review but for the value that you get that costs much lesser than $200, this bad boy is quite affordable for the perks that it showcases. An all-purpose office-racing seat hybrid, the GTRACING chair is cheap yet chic.

Pros:
  • Simple assembly
  • Durable upholstery
  • Silent wheels
Cons:
  • Fixed armrests
  • Needs more adjustments after assembly
  • Leather gets warm after long seating

Adjustability   

As we mentioned above the GTRACING is an epic chair for the money and was even covered in our Best Gaming Chair Under $100 review. The GTRACING chair prides itself as a racing-style chair with the benefits of an office chair. It benefits from a backrest with full 180-degree reclining and leaning action, customizable armrests, and smooth height adjustment. Head pillow adjustment makes it easy for players of smaller sizes thanks to the garter that lets you arrange the pillow height.

Size & Weight   

If you are a tall and averaged-bodied person from around 5’10” and above, the GTRACING chair could make you struggle as most tall customers have been complaining about its backrest and bucket-type seat. Oppositely, this is a good seat for gamers with a height range of 5’2” to 5’9”..While the seat rest may feel too tight, the backrest is wide enough to get you moving.

  • Seat rest: 16 x 19.68”

  • Backrest: 20.86 x 48.82 x 51.97”

 

Materials   

PU leather and high-density foam are the main materials for the GTRACING chair. The overall design looks and feels sturdy thanks to the absence of out-of-place stitches; in fact, there are minimal stitches on the GTRACING. Of course, the foundation uses metal frames and hard plastic supports the very base of the armrest and feet. The PU wheels also do their job properly with silent rolling and smooth movement.

Comfort   

GTRACING is generally a comfortable chair but there are some regions that need addressing – specifically the seat rest. Although, we have to admit that the foam feels a bit stiff – a texture that is arguably good or bad depending on how soft you want your seat to be. While the backrest is wide and the armrests are padded properly, nobody ever likes a bucket-type seat rest for a chair. If you are wondering what the purpose of the bucket-type seat is, it is an intentional design for drivers so they do not slip off their seats on sudden actions like swerving or if the vehicle flips. In the case of many racing style chairs – including GTRACING – they still include this feature to accurately replicate the actual driver seat – a feature that should be banned for future racing-style chairs since gamers just sit there (unless the game rocks them like an actual car collision, but who are we kidding?)

But if the seat rest is not an issue to you, then there are no major problems with this chair.

Assembly   

The GTRACING is mostly reputable for the simple assembly. In fact, a lot of customers consider this as the strongest feature of the GTRACING. There is an instruction manual that comes along with the seat but you mostly do not need it especially since the parts are segregated into sections to help you determine which are the bottom parts and the upper regions. Screwing and attachment are not difficult too.

Conclusion  

Overall, the GTRACING is a good all-around gaming chair without the fuss of spending too much. This gaming chair is highly valuable for its high-grade materials and wide backrest. It has a very reasonable and affordable price with adequate features that will still leave you satisfied with it.

Looking for a DXRacer gaming chair? We reviewed the best DXRacer gaming chairs for 2020 in our top 5 round up review.

Best Budget Gaming Chair Under $200

The Homall computer chair is one of the cheapest that you can find within the $100 to $200 range. It does so many good things right for an affordable mid-range seat with some common flaws found in any gaming chair. For what it’s worth, The Homall Executive is durable and customizable enough to make this budget chair worth your while.

Pros:
  • Very affordable
  • Great for tall players
  • Easy-to-follow assembly
Cons:
  • Quality depends on distribution
  • Foam may feel too tough
  • May feel the metal frames frequently

Adjustability   

The Homall Executive’s adjustments are quite decent: 360-degree swivel, slidable armrests, and long backrest that reclines down to 150 degrees. It is basically all the necessities you need for an ample gaming chair but it may seem like a bit of a let-down if you are seeking for a chair that can lay down to 180 degrees.

Size & Weight  

Tall players will get comfortable with Homall’s right ratio. Experienced 6-ft gamers consider this as just right for their height and weight, but that does not mean shorter players will not enjoy it. May we remind you that the Homall only costs just above $100 so it’s pretty much a bargain, no matter what your size is. Besides, you can always adjust the head pillow vertically whenever you want. This also makes it a great gaming chair for the kids and teenagers especially if they want to play Fortnite for long hours.

  • Seat rest: 19.8 x 20.5”

  • Backrest: 22.5 x 30.5”

  • Seat height adjustment: 17.3 – 21.5”

 

Materials  

Even for a cheap price, that does not excuse the Homall from using grade-A materials. Upholstered with PU leather within a high-density foam, the Homall Executive lives up to its name – it does make you feel like a big boss executive who loves gaming a lot. The feet are attached with PU wheels too so expect nothing but silence and smooth motion when moving with the chair.

Comfort   

Some players like the comfort of the Homall, some do not. Depending on what chair the seller gives you, you better hope it is one of the stronger types. Reviews and forums have always had mixed receptions with the Homall Executive. Some say it’s cheap and you get what you pay for, others claim that the Homall feels much better than the higher profile chairs available. In other words, the Homall Executive that you receive may either feel like a Gamer CEO’s throne or sitting on steel beams. You better hope it is the former but hey, it’s only just above $100.

Are you big or tall? See our review of the best gaming chairs for big and tall people fresh for 2020.

Assembly  

If Redditors and customers said their 13 yr old kid without prior assembly knowledge managed to set up the whole gaming chair, then that makes it easy for everyone. Individual parts are sorted properly, the manual is simple enough to read and the screws tighten up easily. The assembly should only take you around 30 minutes to an hour to completely finish given that you know how to screw and connect at the most basic level.

 

Conclusion  

Comfort levels may be polarizing for some but for a gaming chair this cheap, the Homall Executive is worth every cent. Whether you want an entry-level chair or you want to save up a lot because you just need something fancy and comfortable to sit on while playing your favorite games, the Homall Executive is an excellent choice – making it the best budget racing style chair in our list.

Best Premium Gaming Chair Under $200

If you really want to know what a pro gamer’s chair feels like, minus the excessive budget, the Musso Ergonomic hits all the right spots. From its lavish look, down to its seat-feel, the Musso gives you that premium experience of what posh gaming truly feels like. Comfortable, perfectly ratioed size and weight, this jet-black esports chair is a beauty to behold. 

Pros:
  • Very comfortable
  • Beautiful design
  • Highly adjustable
Cons:
  • Quite expensive
  • Assembly takes quite some time

Adjustability   

The Musso Ergonomic may not be the most flexible gaming chair (it can only recline down to 170 degrees and lean up to 90 degrees) but it still offers a complete gaming chair experience with smooth adjustability; there is little to no struggle whenever you adjust the backside, the height or the arms. Also, the Musso features a rocking function adjustable armrest – a feature that you can only find from chairs within the $200 to $400 range. The only portion that would make this more luxurious is a flippable feet rest.

 

Size & Weight  

But does the Musso Ergonomic cater to players both tall and short? Yes, it does. While it is centered more towards the tall 6-ft gamers, it is still a welcoming seat for shorter people from 5’11” and lower. It can support up to 300 lbs and the seating area is comfortable enough for gamers of multiple sizes. The Musso Ergonomic is not just premium in terms of looks; it is premium in terms of accommodation to a wide range of players.

  • Seat rest: 20.9 x 19.7”

  • Backrest: 23.3 x 33.2”

  • Seat height adjustment: 18.2- 21.9”

 

Materials  

However, to keep the chair under the $200 price range, Musso uses PU leather upholstery, hard plastic for support, and high-density sponge for support. While there is nothing wrong with those, the Musso Ergonomic could have been a recipe for a first-class airplane-like chair. Also, the smooth-rolling caster wheels make sure your chair does not make noises or feel like you need to exert a lot of effort in order to move – which is one of the best features in the chair. But hey, you get what you pay under $200 and we’d say that the materials are very reasonable. But does the comfort level stand out or will sink down to its metal frames?

Comfort   

In terms of comfort, Musso Ergonomic does exceptionally well thanks to its user-friendly finish. Personalization is the main forte of the Musso thanks to its abundant adjustability that caters to whichever preference you want in a gaming chair. The PU leather feels comfortable, the foam is neither too soft nor too stiff and the armrests do a good job at… well, resting your arms after high-pressure matches.

The backrest feels just right for the spine, the lumbar pillow does not treat itself like a cumbersome obstacle on your lower back – since it is soft enough for you to lean on for hours – and the head pillow is so relaxing to the point where you may want to get your forty winks on the chair just after 5 winning streaks in a ranked match.

In short, it is a comfy chair to sit on. The Musso honestly feels more like a high-quality TV room recliner rather than a generic spine-hurting edgy gaming chair.

Assembly  

When it comes to the Musso Ergonomic, that’s where things get a bit complicated. You see, before you experience all that high-class gaming comfort level, you will need to get through its assembly process. According to buyers and players on forums, the assembly is not too hard but you will need to have some attention to details. There are lots of nooks and crannies to take care of and not doing it correctly may result in short-term longevity for the Musso. You will need to read the manual thoroughly; otherwise, you may end up assembling the whole chair for hours.

Although if you already have prior experience in setting up a gaming chair, this should only take you around 15 to 30 mins to complete.

Conclusion  

Professional design is what makes the Musso Ergonomic worth your while. Sure, the assembly may take some time and it may not be as cheap as the rest of the chairs on this list but if you are willing to invest a large sum of money on a strong gaming chair, then the Musso Ergonomic esports will deliver an esports experience right in your home.

Best Cheap Gaming Chair Under $200

When you absolutely need a cheap gaming chair that is way less than $200 and slightly more than $100, we cannot recommend you anything else than the Homall Gaming Chair. It has all the fundamentals of a general-purpose gaming chair which you can use for work reasons or for pure gameplay. Even if the chair costs less than anything in this list, that does not mean the parts and the experience is cheap too… mostly.

Pros:
  • Extremely cheap to buy
  • High quality despite price
  • Good adjustability
Cons:
  • Takes long to assemble
  • Foam feels a bit stiff

Adjustability   

For the most part, the Homall is quite generous when it comes to adjustability excluding the fixed armrests. You can tilt the backside down to a full 180 degrees, the height adjustment elevates and lowers smoothly and the head pillow is easily adjusted to your tallness. Homall Gaming may not be the most customizable chair but hey, it is good for its price.

   

Size & Weight  

The Homall Ergonomic is generally good for players of all heights and sizes but it mostly fits best for the taller players. The whole chair can support up to 300 lbs and the seating area has sufficient room for your thighs to move. Even if you are a smaller player, that should not deter you from enjoying this chair since it can generally adjust to your height.

  • Seat rest: 19.8 x 20.5”

  • Back height: 22.5 x 30.5”

  • Adjustable seat height: 17.3 – 21.5”

 

Materials   

The upholstery for the Homall is made with standard-issue PU leather plus high-density foam for the pillows, durable metal frames and plastic supporting base for the arms, legs and wheels. Seat adjustment is also fitted with a class-3 gas lift to give you that smooth ascension and descent. Overall, it is quite standard – it is everything you need in a default gaming chair. As for durability, consumers have claimed the Homall has been with them for years and without damage, so that means a lot.

 

Comfort   

Even for a cheap price, the Homall is quite ergonomic due to good leg spacing and minimal back pads. Arguably, the Homall gaming chair one of the most relaxing racer chairs today especially for its price. It even puts gaming chairs costing $300 or more to shame because those have almost the same specs as the Homall but with more gimmicks. Consequently, people are disappointed and call them overpriced. But for the Homall, the cost is just right.

Yet, it still suffers from common PU leather issues such as the backrest making your backside sweaty after long hours and the accumulation of lots of heat when you sit for a long time that you would think this should also be considered a seat warmer.

The PU wheels, of course, do their job naturally in seamless movement and silence.

 

Assembly  

What happens if you opt for a cheaper product? A more complicated assembly. In fact, a lot of experienced Homall users say the assembly is single-handedly the worst part of the chair – unclear instructions and widely dispersed parts. Without prior knowledge on chair assembly, this will give you a hard time unless you consult YouTube videos (which exist quite a handful) but if you need a step by step guide, check out the forums – a lot of them made custom instructions to make it easier for you to understand.

 

Conclusion  

If you need a racing type gaming chair that is just more than $100, then the Homall Ergonomic is the best choice. Comfortable with a good number of adjustments and roomy leg space, the Homall Ergonomic is perfect for budget gaming. Do mind the assembly, though – you should definitely regard the YouTube videos set it properly unless you already have prior chair assembly experience.

What We Would Buy  

As usual, everything breaks down to your preference. If your budget is within $100 to $199, then this list of the best gaming chairs under $200 should help you narrow down your choices.

However, if you truly want a chair that makes every cent worth it thanks to stellar comfortability and easy adjustability, you will want to buy the E-WIN Ergonomic. If you need something cheaper than that, the GTRACING chair is a great second choice. Need a more budget-friendly chair that sacrifices some adjustability in favor of basic gaming chair features? The Homall Computer Executive does the trick. How about something more elegant and supreme in exchange for around $150 to $199? The Musso Ergonomic is your top answer. But if you want the cheapest of the bunch just because you want a gaming chair for the sake of having a gaming chair and nothing else, the Homall Gaming is right for you.

It all depends on your situation and reasons. Click on the links to see which one is best to answer your gaming chair questions and needs.

 

Buying Guide  

Office or Racing Style?  

There is a huge divide in the gaming community whether an office or racing chair suits better for a gaming set-up. Generally speaking, it all comes down to looks: if you like simplicity but with the slight edginess of a hardcore gamer, go with a more calm office style gaming chair. If you prefer a sporty look, the racing style is an obvious choice.

Office chairs (or at least the subtle ones) have limited customization but have a lot of leg space and provides the best comfortability and ergonomics – especially the ones with back mesh to keep air circulating around where you sit.

Meanwhile, a lot of gamers like the racing style chairs because these chairs make them stick to the gaming status quo; it offers the best in personalization and customization – and it generally turns your gaming set-up look much better no matter the brand you buy.

In the end, it all depends on what you want and what you need.

Best Gaming Chair Brands?  

The most common popular gaming chair brands such as Secret Lab, Razer, HyperX, DXRacer and CLUTCH CHAIRZ deliver competent racing and office-style chairs. However, these cost a fortune – much like any accessory or furniture inside the gaming category.

But if you are planning for low-cost but effective brands, we highly recommend sticking to the chairs mentioned in the top 5 – especially E-WIN and Musso.

 

About Ergonomics  

Gaming chairs – especially racing style types – always get mixed receptions: on one hand, a gaming chair makes you look like a true gamer and you can customize your seat to tailor your needs and preferences; while the other always bring up comfort issues, hardened seats, constricted leg space and back sweating.

Office chairs get a free pass since their only flaw is limited customization. But as for racing style, you will need to do some extensive research before you buy; some may cost as much as $399 but does not live up to what Pewdiepie said, others are selling at an expensive price for the sake of its high profile name while others cost less but offer more than the triple-A companies.

 

Size  

Most of the time, gaming chairs are fully adjustable from the backrest to the armrest. It is mostly tilting and leaning action with some occasional flipping and bending. Other gaming chairs – especially the expensive ones – even have a switchable feet rest in case you want to treat the gaming chair as a fully-fledged recliner. Depending on your height, you may need to do strict research on the gaming chair that you like – perhaps the backrest is too short, the armrests do not have cushions or the leg space is too narrow.

 

Materials  

The most common gaming chair material is PU leather – Durable and comfortable enough while retaining a reasonable price; this leather is one of the major determining factors of the chair price. Cheap to mid-range chairs use PU leather and plastic but higher-end seats add some fabric, real leather and memory foam into the mix in order to showcase a more premium product that promises optimal comfort and great value.

 

Value  

You are buying a gaming chair for several other reasons besides long gaming sessions: maybe you are a content creator on social media, or maybe your work lies on your PC and you need a chair that will keep you on your seat for hours without feeling any body aches. To get the most value out of the chair you are planning to buy, it must address these issues.

Although, if your purpose is to be like the rich gamers with NASA-tier PCs, then you will need to buy a gaming chair that costs more than the $200 range.

FAQs  

Are Gaming Chairs Worth It?  

That varies whether you want to flex how much of a gaming nut you are or if you just want something more to your theme than a regular office chair. Most people buy gaming chairs because of the chair’s representation of their GAMER nature. Some buy it just because they are streamers or internet personalities.

We will not sugarcoat this: gaming chairs are expensive – much like anything else labeled as a gaming brand. But if you insist on showing your gamer pride to the community, then a gaming chair is truly worth it.

Gaming Chairs vs Office Chairs  

You may think there is a huge difference between a gaming chair and an office chair. Most of the time that is true but take note that gaming chairs exist for the sole purpose of showcasing the video game culture. Most are built as racing seats because they claim to give you better gaming experience.

However, there are some unnecessary elements to a gaming chair – particularly the grooves and the huge pads along the backrest and seat rest. The reason a car seat has pads on the sides of the backrest and seat rest is so that you experience minimal shaking when you collide or when your car is turning. In the case of a gaming chair, these are just for show. Reality speaking, would you be shaking and sliding while playing? No – you would just lean forward and focus on the screen.

Office chairs are simple: they are chairs made for computer-related work and recreation. And since PC gaming is technically computer recreation, an office chair works fine as a general-purpose seat.

Can gaming chairs be used as office chairs?  

You can use a gaming chair for work but it can only be good depending on how you use it – even if it is not part of the best gaming chair under $200 list. A lot of gaming chairs are culprits of causing body aches and back sweating but if you find a proper one – which over more than 90% of the gamers in social media groups like it – then yes, a gaming chair can be used as an office chair. As long as it keeps you sitting comfortably for hours on end, it is good enough.

 

Editor & reviewer of gear from iOS control pad’s to high-end PC gaming hardware. He’s been gaming since the 1980s and mostly plays CS GO & Overwatch.