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AKRacing Rush Gaming Chair Review

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AKRacing Gaming Chair Conclusion

AKRacing makes this statement on the product page of their website: “Most often it is the office workers and gamers that are the most vulnerable to various health disorders resulting from bad posture. Therefore it is worth finding solutions that will have a positive impact on your health. The best and most effective option is to offer an ergonomic chair by AKRACING. Prepared with great care and attention to detail ensures quick results.”

After sitting in an ultra-expensive office chair these past few years that was purpose-built for spinal support and circulatory health benefits, I’m dubious of claims made by the manufacturer. Usually something gets sacrificed, such as the soft seat-bottom comfort on my Embody chair. While AKRacing’s claimed health benefits are what some might consider ambitious, their gaming chair really does feel great to sit in all day… and only costs about 25% the price of my ‘ergonomic’ chair. The pillows are a nice added feature, which make it possible to customize positioning. In terms of performance I’m very pleased with the AKRacing gaming chair, and choose it over my others.

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The AKRacing gaming chairs aren’t all looks, but the bright colors and stylish designs certainly do make them appear that way. I didn’t choose the style sent to me but it looks awesome, and with more than thirty different variations it’s hard to go wrong. I was a bit let down by the plain castor rollers that came on this model, but 4GamerGear.com is offering the 8-spoke racing wheels as an upgrade kit for $29.99. Most styles use color patterns that really stand out, and on the Rush model we received the red color-matched nylon stitching and soft pillows really help add contrast.

When a company uses metals instead of plastics, you’ve usually got yourself a good product. AKRacing utilizes a steel chair frame, steel gas pistol, and steel roller legs. Even the synthetic materials used to cover the cushions and solid wheels have been designed to last decades… or longer. AKRacing manufacturers a very well-built chair, and it’s clear they’re just as focused on function as they are with fashion.

Like most high-end chairs, AKRacing includes seat and armrest height adjustments. Unlike most others, you can adjust the backrest exactly like you would in a car. This is a unique feature not found on most chairs, and I’ve discovered it comes in very handy when I want to kick back and relax while reading. The pillows add to my comfort, but also help with posture. The lower pillow is soft enough to mold against your back, but firm enough to provide lumbar support.

As of April 2015, AKRacing gaming chairs are available in the USA through distribution. The AK-6016 RUSH model used in this review is currently selling for $299 online (4GamerGear | Amazon | Newegg). I’ve owned basic chairs that cost nearly as much with none of the features, and fancy chairs with the same features at four times the cost. Personally I think the AKRacing chairs are a solid value considering their construction and features, but the eye-catching looks really help them stand out and make a statement.

For the past few weeks I’ve sat in the AKRacing gaming chair for up to eight hours each day, sometimes as long as ten continuous hours when an important project keep me working late. Not once do I ever rise from the chair sore or aching, which is more than I can say for some of the purpose-built chairs I’ve used. The AKRacing chair is meant for gaming, but I spend much more time at the office these days… and the people I work with don’t have sports cars they can park behind their desk. It’s worth every bit of my comfort, and their envy.

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+ Colorful styles that demand attention and evoke jealousy
+ Very comfortable cushions and soft pillows for head and back
+ Adjustable reclining backrest mechanism just like in a car
+ Solid construction with steel frame, base, and parts

Cons:

– Racing wheels are an upgrade on this model
– May not comfortably fit extra-large people

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.25
  • Appearance: 9.75
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 8.50

Final Score: 9.2 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

COMMENT QUESTION: Would you buy a AKRacing gaming chair, or use a basic office chair?


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  1. Athlonite

    Local New Zealand retailer Harvey Normans has this chair and I was looking at it 2 weeks ago thinking that would be a really replacement for my 2yr old racing chair but the one thing that put me off was the exorbitant price of $795.00NZD so now after seeing they go for $299USD I might go see if I can haggle a bit with them

    1. Athlonite

      I see $299 is not the actual price for this chair at all it’s normally $369USD and on sale for $349USD so 50 bucks difference

      1. Olin Coles

        The actually price is $299: http://amzn.to/1NJwHb0
        I’m not sure why you thought it was more.

  2. John D

    Great review of the details (with pictures) My only question remaining is what is meant by “extra-large”?
    I wasnt sure if it was PC for fat or large posterior or not.
    Broad of Beam seemed is what I inferred from the obstructions referred to in the article part which also used extra-large and seemed to be about the seat part and the parts between the arm rests, though sometimes those highly supportive ‘sport seats’ Recaro put out in desk models years ago were not suited for tall or broad shoulders/latissimus dorsi areas either.
    I am interested in a chair with these recommendations -all day comfort and had some of those ‘ergonomic’ misrepresented offerings over 25 or more years.
    The price is right for this one, your reviews are very accurate and detailed so your opinion is a valued one.
    I have been looking for a good desk chair for decades and wondered why so few, if any , now, had the car seat adjustment. I had one I got for work and was that feature that sold me, however, the chair was awful -but it did have that lever.

  3. Volfield

    Is there any difference between this and all other models? almost all of them, with quersus as exception, looks the same to me.

    1. Olin Coles

      Very little difference in the actual product design, since most are re-branded from a central supplier.

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