GAM­ING CHAIR Vertagear Rac­ing Se­ries S-Line SL4000 Gam­ing Chair

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Vertagear is new to the grow­ing gam­ing chair mar­ket. With so many peo­ple ded­i­cat­ing hours of their free time to sit­ting in one place while im­mersed in a game, com­fort and pos­ture be­come more than just an af­ter­thought. Al­though any good-qual­ity of­fice chair is usu­ally suf­fi­cient for com­fort, a gam­ing chair of­fers a lit­tle more, with a look and feel that com­ple­ments some gam­ing gen­res, such as rac­ing and flight sim­u­la­tors. Vertagear’s SL4000 sits in the mid­dle of its range, with the SL5000 and SL2000 sit­ting on ei­ther side.

It isn’t cheap, though, and at £215 inc VAT, it also omits some of the fea­tures of its com­peti­tors, such as built-in 2.1 speak­ers, so it’s re­ly­ing on looks and com­fort alone. It has a very smart ap­pear­ance, and what ap­pears to be a good an­tiRSI de­sign, with ad­justable seat­ing and arm rests. The frame is made of solid steel and the en­tire chair is cov­ered in PVC, with the seat filled with foam pad­ding. It comes in five dif­fer­ent colours too, with the red model re­viewed here.

The chair comes with printed, di­a­gram­based in­struc­tions that make as­sem­bly seem fairly sim­ple. You get three main parts: the seat, the main back­ing frame and the base for the wheels, with the head sup­port and arms be­ing at­tached af­ter th­ese main parts are as­sem­bled. If you run into any prob­lems, there are also on­line as­sem­bly video guides to fol­low.

It took just five min­utes to fix the wheels to the seat. How­ever, it then took an­other two hours to fix the back­ing sec­tion onto the seat’s sup­port struts, only af­ter en­list­ing help from a sec­ond per­son. Get­ting the screws back into the holes, per­fectly lined up, is a tough job for one per­son.

There are also sil­ver guards around each hole that look like wash­ers, but th­ese guards fell off dur­ing as­sem­bly af­ter only light pres­sure. In short, we ex­pect bet­ter build qual­ity from a £215 chair.

Once we got past that point, though, the arms, back rest and head rest at­tached with­out a prob­lem. To main­tain a healthy pos­ture, a chair must be ad­justable in all kinds of ways, and the SL4000 ticks nearly all the rec­om­mended boxes. The arm rests can be moved for­wards and back­wards, and turned 45 de­grees left or right. It can be low­ered and raised, or the seat an­gled back­wards and for­wards as well, by lifting a lever un­derneath. Mean­while, the back rest can be moved up and down on its straps, while the head rest can also be moved by at least 10cm ver­ti­cally. The arm rests can’t be moved ver­ti­cally though.

The back rest at­taches to the chair by feed­ing plas­tic clips un­derneath the seat and through a hole at the top. If you find ei­ther the back rest or head rest un­com­fort­able, how­ever, both of them can be re­moved. Mean­while, the plas­tic arm rests feel slightly flimsy com­pared with the oth­er­wise tough ma­te­ri­als used in the rest of the chair.

The SL4000 mea­sures 1,400mm high when fully raised, 1,280mm when low­ered, and the seat is 370mm wide. Vertagear claims it can ac­com­mo­date gamers with a weight of up to 150kg (23.6 stone) as well, so it will com­fort­ably hold most peo­ple. It also has a two-year war­ranty.

Af­ter sit­ting in the chair for ex­tended pe­ri­ods, the Vertagear SL4000 was very com­fort­able. The ma­te­ri­als feel great and go a long way to jus­ti­fy­ing the steep ask­ing price. The back rest works well and the head rest made for com­fort­able re­lax­ing, es­pe­cially with the seat moved back.

The arms, back rest and head rest at­tached with­out a prob­lem

Con­clu­sion

Al­though some as­pects of the SL4100’s build qual­ity are ques­tion­able, and it’s ex­pen­sive, we soon for­got about th­ese nig­gles af­ter spend­ing some time gam­ing in the Vertagear SL4000 for ex­tended pe­ri­ods. It isn’t easy to as­sem­ble, but it looks good, it’s very com­fort­able and it of­fers plenty of ad­just­ment for ex­tra com­fort.

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