New DXRacer Chair Will Have Your Wallet Quake in Fear

Psst! Themed chairs with some game or eSport team's name emblazoned on them will not make you a better player. Just saying.

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The whole idea of celebrity-endorsed gaming paraphernalia - be it headphones, a mouse and keyboard, console or junk food - is just a blatant money grab that gives the creator a reason to jack up the prices of a product that you could easily get cheaper for better quality, with the right research. Think Beats by Dre.

Such is the case with a new line of gaming chairs from DXRacer, expecting you to drop $379 for a Quake chair, or one from eSports teams Ninjas in Pyjamas or NAVI. Besides the themed look, what does the chair give you that requires you to drop the equivalent of almost seven new AAA games on? Let's see:

  • The seat has wheels: Woohoo, so does my kid's walker and most office chairs. Next!
  • The arm rests move up and down: Again, a feature of many cheaper office chairs, and my grandmother's wheelchair. Moving on!
  • Adjustable seat elevation: Really? Wow, who would have thought of that, except hundreds of office furniture makers before them. Innovative!
  • The seat back can be adjusted: Wow, it's a recliner too? That is exceptionally nice if you fall asleep at your computer on a regular basis, but unless you can play while you are sleeping, not really a great feature since good posture is essential for long hours in front of a screen.
  • The base has colors to match the seat: Lord knows that color-coordinating your game space is a must have for any serious gamer in 2017. Rumor is that DXRacer will also soon add a line of color swatches so you can match the rest of the furniture and maybe even a line of paint. Sigh.
  • A Carbon Vinyl look: The look of your chair is incredibly important, especially if your backside has eyes, but again, it is not a functional requirement for a good chair.

So looking back, EVERYTHING offered can be found on a quality office chair from Staples, Office Depot, Amazon or even Walmart for at least $200 less. Please don't bring up quality, because you are deluding yourself if you think that the extra cash you are laying out is anything other than a branding opportunity where your favorite esports team or game publisher is getting a cut of the profits.

Do yourself a favor and just do some research. Personally, I found a great ergonomic chair, with adjustable armrests, back and height adjustments (and wheels) for $149, and it has lasted me a year already. So unless you absolutely have money to burn or just have to have a chair with someone else's name splattered across it, use the money you save on other gaming gear. Let's face it, none of this will make you any better as a gamer unless a chair can actually channel Ninjas in Pyjamas into you as you play. And I didn't see that on the spec sheet.  

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    August 7, 2017 12:30 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, New DXRacer Chair Will Have Your Wallet Quake in Fear

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      August 7, 2017 12:32 PM

      I don't disagree with you but I may just buy this anyway because Quake.

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      August 7, 2017 12:55 PM

      This is a pretty terrible article...wtf

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        August 7, 2017 1:54 PM

        I think it summed up the features of the chair nicely.

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          August 7, 2017 1:59 PM

          It's a bullet list with a bunch of jabbering about how it shouldn't be so expensive even though there's no actual comparison of the materials/build quality versus the Office Depot special. Suggesting that a chair has lasted a whopping year is any sign of quality is laughable.

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            August 7, 2017 2:00 PM

            My Office Depot chair has lasted 4 years and I have moved several times. Costs $170.

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            August 7, 2017 2:06 PM

            Have you looked at the thing? It's a pretty standard office chair with what looks like cheap vinyl upholstery and some 'cool looking' plastic to cover the mechanism.
            I could buy a friggen Steelcase THINK chair for less than that thing costs and paint my own Q on it. :D

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              August 7, 2017 2:15 PM

              I haven't seen it in person, nope. But it sounds like the article writer hasn't either so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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            August 7, 2017 2:19 PM

            Yea it's an incredibly juvenile article.

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              August 7, 2017 2:42 PM

              Next up : 1080 TI Vs. a GeForce256.

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              August 7, 2017 2:51 PM

              While I agree that the last couple of bullet points are complaining for the sake of complaining, the premise is solid. The DX Racer chairs are cheap, plastic disposable designs that attract attention solely on branding and endorsements.

              I can't really equate them to other high-priced, specialty equipment like Yeti coolers because stuff like the Yeti coolers are actually exceptional at their purpose and very durable.

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            August 7, 2017 10:29 PM

            They are a rather garbage chair and the article's not wrong about the complaints, but they're presented in a rather petty fashion.

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        August 7, 2017 7:51 PM

        I'm fucking PROUD of Shacknews for calling out an overpriced piece of shit for what it is, an overpriced piece of shit.

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          August 7, 2017 7:54 PM

          I would be if it was done in a manner that didn't sound like a teenager wrote it and it provided some actual basis for the points being made. Even better if they offer up alternatives.

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        August 7, 2017 11:22 PM

        No no, it's a pretty terrible chair.

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          August 7, 2017 11:26 PM

          I never said it wasn't but this article does absolutely nothing to tell me why it's a terrible chair. It just says "HAS SAME FEATURES AS OFFICE DEPOT CHAIR LOL MARKUP".

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            August 8, 2017 12:43 AM

            But...that's why it's terrible.

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      August 7, 2017 2:09 PM

      Is this going to have a follow-up piece to help people find decent low-cost chairs?

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        August 7, 2017 2:37 PM

        That sounds like a solid idea.

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          August 7, 2017 5:12 PM

          Agreed.

          I have a really solid office chair from Costco, payed about 140, 3 years ago. It's been a great chair.
          Can't find it on the website currently.

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          August 8, 2017 4:42 AM

          I’ve been sitting on a yoga ball now for a couple years. $15-25 from Amazon.

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        August 7, 2017 10:16 PM

        I need a new chair! subliminally i'll have to buy one of these now :(

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      August 7, 2017 2:56 PM

      I have a ~$330 Maxnomic chair that looks similar, I've been super happy with it. It's very well made and they made good right away on a warranty claim I had with a snapped weld.

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        August 7, 2017 11:48 PM

        Yeah I don't get the hate either. I bought a dxracer 2+ years ago and it has served me far better than any POS I've purchased at an office furniture store like Staples in the past.

        I'm done with buying a new $200-250 chair every 18 months when the padding wears down and I start to get lower back pain after sitting down for an hour.

        It's pretty hard to find a good quality chair with a high back and fabric upholstery that will last you for more than a few years.

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          August 8, 2017 2:10 AM

          Same. I spent close to $500 on mine and it's solid after 2 years padding wise. After my second back surgery I found I couldn't even sit in my Aeron any longer without pain. My DX, for some reason, feels ok. I can't sit in cheap chairs at all without a massive backache.

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      August 7, 2017 5:50 PM

      I love Quake, but that is a horrible design.

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      August 7, 2017 7:45 PM

      I am very happy with my dxracer, which I bought for like $200 (at the time) in swedenbux almost four years ago. The only valid argument I see here is questioning the ridiculous price increase for branding, because literally all those bullet points except for the last two are features people want in chairs. A lot of people are also willing to pay extra for aesthetics they enjoy, especially when it comes to gaming shit, so the last two only make it sound like you'd happily sit on a moldy milk crate from 1974 if only it came with an ergonomic backrest.

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      August 7, 2017 10:25 PM

      Is this the chair that's at the International?

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      August 7, 2017 10:28 PM

      Oh, you can buy these chairs? I thought they spawned in under your ass the moment you had more than 100 followers on Twitch

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        August 8, 2017 12:29 AM

        I was talking about "conspicuous consumption" earlier today.