From the latest Flagship smartphone, to pretty badass gaming rigs, to power banks, we’ve done our fair share of reviews. Today, we’re going to look at something a bit more unconventional. We will be looking at the Raidmax Drakon gaming chair. If you didn’t realize what we just said, yes we’ll be reviewing a chair. Not just any chair, a gaming chair.
What exactly is a gaming chair?
Think of a regular chair used by typists and computer operators worldwide on a daily basis. A Gaming chair too looks a lot like a regular executive chair, but is built to strike a balance between comfort and work. If you take a regular chair, you’ll notice that after awhile, it becomes a tad uncomfortable to be seated in, or you’ll develop a minor back or neck pain. You’ll also notice that a regular chair offers little to no arm and wrist support.
The ones that do also tend to cost a bot more than regular chairs. This is what a gaming chair is meant to alleviate. The key difference between a gaming chair and a regular chair is that a gaming chair is designed for extended periods of use in front of a PC. As such, it has a plethora of additional features that a regular chair at your local furniture store wouldn’t have. What are these features? Well, once you read this review, you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. Now onto the review.
Priced at Rs. 30,000/-, the Raidmax Drakon Gaming Chair is available at Redline Technologies (Pvt) Ltd located on the 3rd Floor of Majestic City. At first glance, the Raidmax Drakon looks like a fancy chair. In reality, it’s a bit more than that.
Meet the Raidmax Drakon
Wrapped in black and red pleather, the Raidmax Drakon boasts the standard set of features that one would see in a regular executive chair. The chair has a total of 6 wheels attached to the base so if you want to roll around your room or office, that is possible. If your office space or home is carpeted, you can still use the chair without harming either the chair or the carpet.
The chair is also fully rotatable so if your desk space spans the entire width of the room or office, then you don’t have to get up and move your chair, rather, you can simply take it for a spin. The Raidmax Drakon also has an armrest on either side of the chair to help you for those long hours of gaming or even typing. Just because it’s a gaming chair, that doesn’t make it any less of a workhorse chair either. The armrests are adjustable in height so that you can get the ideal level if your table is too short or too low.
Giving It a Rest
The backrest or the area where your spine rests when you sit is well cushioned and consists of a mixture of foam and cushioning so that you get all the support for you need for your back.
I for one tend to slouch quite a lot and have to constantly keep reminding myself to sit back on the chair when i’m either working or gaming. In addition to the backrest, the Raidmax Drakon also comes with two cushions: one that acts as a head and neck rest, and the other as an additional backrest to support the curvature of your spine. All this sounds fancy but what about a real world test?
Taking a seat in the Raidmax Drakon
My first impression when I took a seat on the Raidmax Drakon was “Wow, this is comfortable”. And it truly is. The cushioning does an excellent job of keeping you supported and you get the feeling that you’re taking part in an international tournament or that you’re at a fancy board meeting. The arm rests provide sufficient support for your elbows and arms, especially if you tend to type a lot.
The ideal position of your armrest should be so that it is in line with the height of your table so your arm is essentially placed in a straight line. This helpe prevent fatigue in your arms and also alleviates muscle pain in your arms and wrists from extended hours our use. The headrest too does a good job of providing support for your neck and also the back of your head. If you would have noticed, no having a proper posture when sitting at the computer when you’re gaming or working can actually lead to breathing difficulties.
This is because when you slouch, you essentially tighten up your muscles in your upper body and that prevents you from deep breathing. The Raidmax Drakon aims to do away with this by providing a cushion for your back and spine. In all seriousness, the moment I adjusted the cushion against my back and sat back on the chair, I immediately was able to take in deeper breaths. It may sound weird but don’t knock it till you try it.
Taking Things Back, way back
Speaking of weird, the Raidmax Drakon also has the ability to push the backrest of the chair all the way to the back at almost 180 degrees. I’m not sure why this feature exists and i assume its if you want to lean back and take a nap or similar. This begs the question of would the chair topple. The answer, surprisingly is No. I leant the seat all the way back and proceeded to carefully lie back on the chair, ever anxious that it would topple and I would go crashing onto the floor. The raidmax Drakon kept its balance at all times and barely wobbled, providing a firm center of gravity so that i stayed safe.
If you also find yourself slouching forward in games, especially a fast paced FPS (first person shooter), the Raidmax Drakon will also lean forward and provide support for you at that angle as well. It takes a bit of getting used to, especially with the neck and back rest, but once you get the hang of it, it’s actually quite comfortable.
Is it really worth it?
Spending almost Rs. 30,000/- on a chair would certainly make people question your sanity, especially when you tell them it’s a gaming chair,. But, compared to regular typist chairs, a gaming chair provides significantly better comfort and provides better support for your back and neck, especially over a long period of time.
Because these chairs are adjustable, you can match your height with the table, and prevent strain on your wrists or back. With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome being a high risk especially for gamers and typists, having a chair that supports your arms and wrists would prevent these health risks from occurring. Because gaming chairs offer lumbar support and the right balance of materials, these aid in preventing back injuries, and stress on the spinal column. They are also more durable than regular chairs.
If you’re spending a lot of time in front of your PC, you’ll need a chair that is comfortable. Cheap chairs tend to deteriorate overtime leaving you with metal lumps and bumps in the chair that you can’t really sit on. Investing in a comfortable chair would do away with all these problems.
The choice is yours
In the end, the choice is always up to you. If you are the type of person that types a lot and is also a hardcore gamer, then investing in a good chair will help you in both improving your game and also keeping you healthy. As an alternative, you can also check out Office or Executive chairs. These are physically similar to gaming chairs, sans the neck and back rest cushions, but also provide similar neck and lumbar support. They also tend to cost almost half as much as a gaming chair.
I for one, have an executive chair and it’s quite comfortable and actually cost half of what the Raidmax Drakon cost. But given the chance (and the finances) to purchase one, I would definitely opt for the Raidmax Drakon. If you’re interested in trying it out, you can always head over to Redline Technologies and have a seat in their test unit to see if a gaming chair actually does make a difference.
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