Last Updated: Mar 5, 2018
Choosing a computer gaming chair might seem like a small decision when compared to picking a great motherboard or video card, but buying a good computer chair is quite important when it comes to your health.
Sitting at a comfortable chair with proper support can prevent aches, pains, and long-term health problems that may creep up on you later after all those marathon gaming sessions. If you're a pro gamer, this is even more important.
Choose a gaming chair with adjustable height. Ideally, you should be able to change the height without getting up from your chair, preferably using a gas lift. Health experts recommend the height of your computer chair to be at a level where your feet sit flat on the floor.
Some backrests can be adjusted forward or backwards, and up or down to help you sit more comfortably. If you require such features in your computer chair, it’s easier for you if the adjustments can be done whilst you are sitting.
Also, chairs with tall backrests are favorable because they provide support for your upper back.
This refers to the distance from the front end of the chair to the backrest. If the seat depth is too deep for a small person, they will not be able to properly use the backrest.
But if it’s not deep enough, a larger person won’t have the appropriate support for their thighs. The seat should also be wide enough to fit your body whilst seated.
Whether you need armrests on your chair is a matter of personal choice, it depends on how you typically use your computer. Some computer chairs have padded armrests, which help to reduce soreness in your forearms and elbows.
Base and mobility
A base with five legs will ensure your computer chair is stable. And if you wish to move and rotate around in your chair, buy a swivel chair with wheels.
Choosing a good PC gaming chair can be a wise long-term investment for your health (and it makes gaming way more relaxing and comfortable) so whilst you obviously want to prioritize your PC components, getting a decent-quality chair is definitely worth considering.
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