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Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 gaming chair review

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Our Verdict

The Titan Evo 2022 is Secretlab firing on all cylinders. It’s a wonderfully comfortable chair for long periods of working or gaming and clever new features such as a magnetic head rest put it a cut above the rest.

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  • Supremely comfortable
  • Magnets!
  • No creaks or groans
  • Looks and feels great
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  • More expensive than previous models
  • 3-year warranty isn’t a match for other premium ergo chairs

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The Secretlab Titan is the benchmark by which we judge all other gaming chairs. To earn that role it ticked all the boxes you could ask of gaming furniture: it’s comfy, supportive, and importantly looks great too. None of that has changed with the new Secretlab Titan Evo 2022, either, though it does pack a few great new features to keep ahead of the pack.

Rather than tread old ground, let’s get right into the new stuff. Secretlabs is posing the new Titan Evo 2022 to a wider audience this time, with three new available sizes of the Titan Evo 2022 available. These are small, regular, and extra large. The benefit of this being you’ll no longer need to look to a different model of chair to find the right fit—the Titan Evo 2022 should cover most bases.

On a similar note, Secretlab has added a minor curve to the seat base that it says is to keep you in a healthy sitting posture. It’s kind of hard to say whether such a gentle curvature is really doing much to keep me locked securely in place throughout the day, though the seat is plenty comfortable all the same with plenty of foam padding.

That’s far from the last upgrade to the Titan Evo, however, and the chair I received for review is plastered head-to-toe in something new and shiny: Neo Hybrid Leatherette. This is a blend of resin laminate and polyurethane-microfibre, which Secretlab says is far hardier than your average PU leather or even the Prime 2.0 material it previously used.

Titan Evo 2022 specs

Sizes: S (150–169 cm / <90kg), R (170–189 cm / <100kg), XL (181–205 cm / 80–180kg)
Fabric: either leatherette, SoftWeave, or leather
Recline: up to 165°
Warranty: 3-year (extendable to 5-year)
Armrests: 4D adjustment
Price: starting at $449|£379

I’ll have to get back to you on actual durability when I’ve had longer with the chair, perhaps when the Titan Evo 2024 comes out I can tell you if it truly stands the test of time. Still, I can note how surprisingly airy and cool the leatherette fabric feels over the course of a day, and it certainly looks absolutely stunning.

In fact, the chair is upholstered immaculately. While there’s still something to be said for the SoftWeave Plus fabric we’ve rated best for durability and comfort all these years, I have to say I’m quite taken with the look of the leatherette, and especially the bright red stitching.

Fabric choice aside, though, any chair worth its salt excels in one thing and one thing only: comfort. That’s something the Titan Evo 2022 is adept at delivering. Initially I had felt the Secretlab a little too firm for my taste, which meant I was shifting my weight around a fair bit during the day. Within a week or so of using it, though, I came to find a comfortable seating position that felt natural. Since then, I’ve been able to largely forget about the chair altogether. 

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That may sound like an insult, but it’s quite the opposite. I’ve used chairs in the past that have pain points—areas or seating positions that make you wish for anything else over the course of an eight hour day—yet with the Titan Evo 2022 I’ve had no such thing.

A big part of that is the adjustable lumbar support, and it’s a pretty neat system in the Titan Evo. It works by extending and retracting an internal support both in and out and up and down, through the use of the two dials on the side. So not only are you not relying on an awkward pillow to prop up your back, you can actually tweak the Titan Evo’s lumbar support while you’re still sat on it. This makes it exceptionally easy to get just right.

Paired with the head support and you’ve a comfortable and supportive combination. 

The head cushion might actually be my favourite upgrade with the Titan Evo 2022. That’s because it’s magnetic.

It’s a strikingly simple idea, and that’s why it’s so useful. To attach the head cushion, you just whack it onto the top of the chair and it sticks there through the mysterious power of magnets. It’s a clever solution to a problem I didn’t know I had, but nonetheless far preferable to fiddly straps.

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Actually, the arm rests and covers for the hinges on the side of the Titan Evo are also magnetic. That means it’s all easily replaceable and makes for easy installation.

And on the topic of armrests, Secretlab delivers full 4D movement with the Titan Evo. That’s a succinct way of saying its armrests move up, down, forwards, backwards, side-to-side, and rotate. What you really need to know is that the armrests are highly user-customisable and should fit most desks, as I’ve found them to so far, and the action on the movement feels exceptionally high quality.

As an amalgamation of both Titan and Omega gaming chairs, the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 feels the better of both in every regard.

As do the more mechanical parts on the chair. The hydraulics maintain a smooth action all the way down, and the recline acts as it should with little fuss. There’s also a tension adjustment for the lean function, which allows you to tweak the recline that much further as you depress back into the chair.

So there’s a lot to like about the Titan Evo 2022. That said, the truest test of its competency is the one I laid out at the beginning of this review. To succeed it needed to top the benchmark set by its predecessors, the Secretlab Titan and Omega. These are chairs that have ranked as number one and two in our best gaming chair guide for years.

It’s safe to say that it’s done so with flying colours.

As an amalgamation of both Titan and Omega gaming chairs, the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 feels the better of both in every regard. What each chair has done so well, the Titan Evo 2022 manages to equal or better. It is slightly pricier than its predecessors at $449 ($499 for the XL model), but I feel that the upgrades it delivers are genuinely worth the higher price tag.

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The Titan Evo 2022 is Secretlab firing on all cylinders. It’s a wonderfully comfortable chair for long periods of working or gaming and clever new features such as a magnetic head rest put it a cut above the rest.

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things as hardware writer at PCGamesN, where he would later win command of the kit cupboard as hardware editor. Nowadays, as senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industry. When he’s not writing about GPUs and CPUs, however, you’ll find him trying to get as far away from the modern world as possible by wild camping.

Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody gaming chair review

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The definition of a premium gaming chair. The Herman Miller had to really wow us to justify its price tag, and it does just that.


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Our Verdict

The Herman Miller Embody oozes premium—you’d expect nothing less at this price. With superb comfort and a warranty spanning over a decade, it’s absolutely the chair of choice if you’re willing to invest in ergonomics.

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  • Extremely comfortable for daily, prolonged use
  • Built to last
  • 12-year warranty if something goes wrong
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  • Expensive
  • Limited armrest movement

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I’ll be honest, the first thing to enter my mind when I heard about the Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody was the price. It’s a $1,595 (£1,195) gaming chair and that’s understandably a tall request to make for most of us. If you balk at the concept of dropping that much of your hard-earned cash—that’s gaming PC money, after all—there are plenty of cheaper alternatives in our best gaming chair guide to consider.

Herman Miller, however, is a brand built on the concept that ergonomics are something that should be invested in. And that seems to mean more than a lumbar pillow and a faux-racing chair aesthetic. The Embody is far more modest. It’s instead banking on people gladly spending a chunk of change on comfort and stellar ergonomics. So I’ve headed into this review with that in the forefront of my mind, and tried to consider why you might wish to spend the cost of a second-hand car on a gaming chair, and whether you will come away feeling like you got your money’s worth.

I’ll admit that wasn’t an easy task for someone who instinctively sees a £1,200 chair and thinks “too much”. But times have changed, and after the year we’ve had, the price doesn’t seem so crazy—even before I lay my posterior on it. Working from home, and spending all but a fraction of the day sitting down, a comfortable chair that I trust with custody of my spine has become a necessity. 

A chair that champions complete support above all else is more interesting to me now than ever before. And that’s regardless of the Logitech collaboration, which mostly seems to be a branding exercise to entice gamers to consider a high end throne, rather than one of the bucket seats so beloved of streamers.

Yet I wasn’t sure what to expect of the Embody before it arrived. I certainly hadn’t envisioned such a massive box turning up on my doorstep. First impressions, then, entirely focused on how I was going to get said box up two flights of narrow steps leading up to my apartment.

Herman Miller Embody specs

Weight limit: 136 kg
Total Height: 1067–1143 mm
Material: Sync Fabric (polyester), foam layer
Warranty: 12-year, 24-hour
MSRP: $1,445 (£1,195)

That massive box hides what is perhaps one of the Herman Miller’s best features. After deciding that I had to cut the chair out of the box with a knife in my hallway, I discovered a chair fully assembled and wrapped in little more than some clever cardboard. There’s absolutely no fussing with screws or throwaway tools required, which is something of a pet peeve of mine. (‘m amassing third-rate Allen keys from cheap flatpack furniture and I can’t help but feel there’s got to be a better way.)

Perhaps Herman Miller’s onto something here, then—premium packaging without the assembly work. We’re certainly off to a good start when it comes to feeling like a lux chair, but short-lived success on receipt of delivery is hardly what you’ve paid good money for.

The Embody chair itself is actually rather compact. There’s no towering headrest to speak of—Herman Miller says an ergonomic chair done right needn’t have one—and the slim body-fitting backrest and small frame make for an overall design that’s dwarfed by the Cooler Master Ergo L I had been using previously.

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In spite of its compact design, the Embody does feature a wide seat without any outer extrusions to keep you bolted in. An important abstention for all-day comfort, I assure you. The seat is made up of a couple sprung meshes supporting a matte and foam cushion design covered in, what Herman Miller calls, Sync Fabric. Essentially it’s a 100% polyester fabric that Herman Miller rates for its durability, colour retention, and strength. You really want to be sure it’s ready to stand the test of time, and while I can’t say how it will hold up over a decade of wear, it’s not yet shown a single sign of damage yet.

For the most part the Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody actually isn’t a complete departure from the Embody of old. A tried, tested, and widely recognised design, the gaming Embody comes in a new black and blue colourway, with plain black also available if you’re going for a more sober/edgelord look. There’s also a small Logitech G brand toggle on the rear, that doesn’t serve any purpose that I know of, and a Logitech G logo across the upper band of the backrest.  

Again, I’m not sure the Logitech collab is bringing a lot to the party, but the branding is notably light touch next to the racing style gaming chairs that we’re used to as PC gamers, and it feels classy as a result.

A foam layer within the seat is actually one of the few functional differences between the Embody and Logitech G Embody. It’s said to add a little more support while sitting bolt upright, and intended to keep your rear cool. Speaking from experience it’s deceivingly comfortable over prolonged use, although it’s tough to say whether it adds much beyond the original model.

It’s the most immediately noticeable trait of this chair: You can sit in it all day and not feel a moment of discomfort beneath your tush. You may shift around your top half into all sorts of absolutely not ergonomic positions during the day but your bottom half tends to stay stuck in place at a desk, so it’s important to get that just right. Thankfully, the Embody does.

The side of the chair you don’t often get to see. (Image credit: Future)

When you are sitting correctly in the chair, which Herman Miller will tell you how to do in its promotional videos (tip: feet forward and flat on the floor), the back rest is wonderfully supportive. It offers a little give and take thanks to a construction of sprawling supports that span the rear of the chair, and connected to the main column of the backrest at just a few pivotal points.

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While some chair designers may use ergonomics as an excuse for their weirdest and wildest designs, the Embody is relatively reserved in design and operation. The lack of headrest case and point, but the lack of extensive movement in the armrests is further testament to Herman Miller’s ‘we know best’ approach.

Luckily you needn’t be overtly conscious of your posture at all times to get the most out the Embody. So long as you’re not straddling it in a vein attempt to get ‘down with the kids’ you’ll probably find it as passively comfortable as I have.

Functionally, then, the Herman Miller Embody is excellent. You’d expect nothing less for a whopping $1,595 (£1,195). Is that alone enough to warrant the price tag? It’s still not an easy decision. Where the Herman Miller gains favour is when you factor in the too easily dismissed 12-year warranty.

A 12-year warranty for a £1,195 chair makes for easy maths: a touch under £100 a year. The warranty is extensive, too. It covers 24-hour use (three shifts in bleak corpo speak, eight hours a piece) and covers just about everything: pneumatics, casters, armrests, you name it. Some surface-grade damage to the fabric might not net you a new chair, but you’re effectively covered for everything else for over a decade.

This toggle serves no purpose that I’m aware of. Branding 101. (Image credit: Future)

With that, the price tag becomes more easily understood. I’m not saying it’s going to swing anyone initially shaken to their core by that price tag’s four digits, but those on the fence may feel significantly more confident in the longevity of their new gaming chair purchase with the warranty factored in. That warranty is something rarely replicated by other gaming chair brands, either. From searching the top chairs from our roundup only a few came close to a 12-year, all-in standard warranty. That’s the Mavix M9 and Steelcase Gesture. Both of which follow the task chair approach to gaming thrones.

Both are a little cheaper than the Herman Miller, however, and both have their proponents in PC Gamer’s top brass. Certainly worth checking out these two, often found for less than the Embody, before hitting the checkout.

Without resting my rear in either, however, I must judge the Herman Miller by its merit, and the 12-year warranty that tipped this chair for me. By far the most expensive I’ve reviewed, it’s also the one I feel oozes premium comfort and support. With a 12-year warranty making sure that stellar experience never dampens, not even a little, it’s easy to see why Herman Miller has the premium office chair market largely wrapped up. 

Does said Herman Miller X Logitech G Embody necessitate the gaming chair title over its not-so-humble office origins? Perhaps not, it still feels like that same Embody as before with a few extras that aren’t easily distinguishable in action. Yet, if anything, this chair is proof that little need be done to replicate Herman Miller’s success for those of us that prefer gaming on a PC as opposed to working at one.

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The Herman Miller Embody oozes premium—you’d expect nothing less at this price. With superb comfort and a warranty spanning over a decade, it’s absolutely the chair of choice if you’re willing to invest in ergonomics.

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things as hardware writer at PCGamesN, where he would later win command of the kit cupboard as hardware editor. Nowadays, as senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industry. When he’s not writing about GPUs and CPUs, however, you’ll find him trying to get as far away from the modern world as possible by wild camping.

What is the difference between a gaming chair and an office chair?

Sitting in a cozy rocking chair you can read your favorite book, in a massive soft chair you can watch TV, and sitting in a cool gaming chair you can master a new stage of your favorite game or immerse yourself in work without being distracted by anything.

In the past few years, there has been a steady trend in buying gaming chairs for work – whether at home or in the office. Why do people who spend a lot of time at the computer begin to prefer a gaming chair more often than an office chair. What is the difference between these models? Let’s find out!

Only in motion the load on the body is distributed evenly. Due to physical activity, the body can fully perform its functions. When sitting in a chair for a long time, everything turns out exactly the opposite.

If a person’s body is in a sitting position for a long time, the load goes to the spine. Remember, sitting in a chair, you had a desire to lean on something with your back! It’s all because of the wrong load! In a sitting position, the back quickly gets tired, nerves and blood vessels are clamped, and blood circulation is disturbed. As a result, health problems in the future in the form of a curvature of the spine and pinched nerves. Constant discomfort will distract from work or play.

Designers of chairs take into account these nuances when making play models. Each new generation of chairs is produced more perfect in order to minimize the load on our body. Yes, such chairs are more expensive than office chairs, but in terms of health, they justify themselves.

Distinctive characteristics of a gaming chair from an office chair:

1) Anatomical seat that follows the contours of the body and guarantees the correct support of the entire body – from the pelvis to the cervical region. Such a seat will securely fix the entire spine in the correct position, unload the muscles and will not interfere with normal blood circulation.

2) Presence of lumbar cushion and headrest. A special roller in the form of a curved pillow will support the lumbar region, preventing the appearance of pain. A comfortable headrest will relieve tension from the neck during short breaks.

3) Customization – built-in mechanisms for adjusting the chair, allowing you to customize it “for yourself”. And in an office chair, you can only adjust the height. Gaming models delight with the ability to adjust the angle of the backrest, the height of the armrests. The swing mechanism will please, and the ability to recline the back up to 180 degrees. You can take into account any parameters and features of the human body. The more such functions, the more comfortable the chair.

4) Durable upholstery, e.g. eco-leather. Textile-based material has a durable polyurethane coating. Its convenience and durability has been tested by many hours of gaming tournaments.

5) Reliable components. During intense game moments, the stability of the chair does not always withstand. And when developing gaming chairs, reinforced components are used, as well as a dense filler. The frame of such a chair will be all-metal, which will make it significantly heavier, but at the same time provide a margin of safety. Such products can withstand loads up to 120 kg. You will not find this feature in an office chair.

We have shown you the main distinguishing characteristics of gaming and office models. And what kind of chair you and your body need is up to you!

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