ABOUT THE DXRACER RACING SERIES
DXRacer is one of the most popular brands in gaming chairs. In recent years, these chairs have been seen in countless videos on live streams, YouTube, social media platforms, and event broadcasts. Lately, however, there have been some conflicting reviews for DXRacer, and I find it interesting that most are in regard to a particular style of chair.
In this article, I will address the recent customer complaints, give you some information on DXRacer, and list some things for fans out there to consider if you’re shopping custom gaming chairs.
Let’s get right into the customer complaints first…
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?
There seem to be a few things that routinely get mentioned in negative reviews.
I’ve gathered this information from several YouTube videos of different gamers and vloggers who have all had their chairs for different lengths of time.
Here are 3 features that received criticism:
1. The winged back:
Interesting that the very thing that has made this the best-selling style of gaming chair, is on this list. Here were the complaints:
- The wings restrict movement in the chair by essentially cradling you while you sit in it. The chair doesn’t allow for much shifting side to side, unless you find it comfortable leaning into the wing.
- The wings actually make you slouch, forcing hunched posture positions, and contributing to long-term poor posture. The chair doesn’t allow some people to sit straight up with their shoulders back, because their shoulders bump into the wings.
2. The armrests:
These two comments opened my eyes to a detail that I hadn’t previously noticed:
- Most of the armrests are NOT padded. They are a molded plastic, which may leave your elbows a little sore after a long sit.
- Even though the height of the armrests can be adjusted, it doesn’t quite meet the range of adjustment that some people need.
3. Ancillary parts:
Sometimes furniture will have ancillary parts that serve various purposes. These could be plugs that cover screw heads for aesthetic detail, caps that cover hinges or open tubing, etc. They don’t typically have any affect on functionality, but they do play a role in the finished look of the piece. Here’s the complaint with some gaming chairs:
- The screw covers on either side of the chair don’t stay in place. Apparently, over a span of time, movement such as reclining back and forth causes the interior clips of the covers to wear out, and the covers pop off of the chair, thus revealing the screws underneath.
HOW MUCH DOES STYLE MATTER?
Apparently, a LOT.
As I mentioned in my last article, “Gaming Chairs For Adults,” DXRacer is one of the top-selling brands.
They are a large, globally recognized company that continues to lead the way for gaming chairs.
So despite these reported flaws and suggestions for improvement (take note DXRacer!), people continue to buy!
After doing a little research, here’s my response to the complaints above:
#1 (the winged back) may receive some unjust scrutiny, and I’ll explain what I mean by that in a minute. It seems evident, though, that there has been a clear choice in style over comfort. People have been buying these chairs just because they look cool (big win for popularity!), resulting in some buying the wrong size chair!
As for #2 (the armrests), I can see why this would be mentioned. As a person that spends much of the day working from an office chair to research and write these articles, I need a comfortable chair. For me, that includes padded armrests. That being said, I do typically only use the armrests when I lean back to take a moment of reflection, or switch positions. My elbows aren’t resting on the armrests for 10hrs a day, and that goes for when I’m gaming as well. So all things considered, this is probably not as bad as it initially sounds, and padding may be over-rated. Also, believe it or not, some people actually prefer these naked armrests.
Finally, #3 (ancillary parts). As I understood it, this is a side panel piece that covers a couple of screws. The claim is that the protruding connectors, that snap the cover panel onto the chair, are stripped over time due to movement in the chair. This definitely is a design flaw. I’m just not sure that I’d care that much from an aesthetic point of view. But, it’s the principle being challenged here of providing a quality part.
WHO IS DXRACER?
The Interesting History of DXRacer
The company started back in 2001 as … a manufacturer of luxury sports car seats!
In 2006, they introduced the first gaming chair and have been working on innovations ever since. It’s no surprise that they’ve stayed true to their racing style design, but it is not their only style!
Over the years, they have created multiple styles, available through various Series with customer diversification in mind.
They sponsor world-wide gaming tournaments and events, which has not only given them recognition and sales across the globe, but also some pretty extensive feedback to take into consideration when designing their next chair.
It’s inevitable, that an increase in company sales will lead to an increase in negative reviews. That’s statistics. You can compare that to the growing size of a city, and the corresponding increase in crime percentages. In all things, eventually, you get to a point where it’s statistically impossible to be 100%.
That being said, DXRacer strives to meet the changing demands of consumers, and promises to use quality parts and materials.
Here’s a short 3 minute video giving you an inside look at the structural design and support, compared to another model. The two chairs may look similar on the outside, but wait until you see the difference on the inside! Wow!
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST DXRACER GAMING CHAIR
As I just mentioned above, DXRacer offers several Series of gaming chairs, each with different styles designed to meet the needs of a diverse consumer group.
Any Series that has a title such as ‘Racing’, ‘Formula’, ‘Drifting’, etc, is likely to have winged shoulders, as the titles suggest the racing style they’re designed to have. This style is not ideal for EVERYONE!
Use The Style Guide
DXRacer provides a style guide so that customers can be led in the right direction when they are interested in finding the most appropriate style to fit their height and weight.
Here’s a look with picture detail on a guide that’s available on how to choose the best DXRacer gaming chair for you: DXRacer Gaming Chair Guide. This guide is provided through chairs4gaming.com, as they are an official DXRacer retailer. It will open in another window, so go ahead and take a peek so you can see what I’m talking about next. Then come back to this article.
Now that you’ve taken a peek at the guide, you can see just how proud they are of their racing style, as all but one picture contains some variation of the winged back. This is there most popular style, so they’ve incorporated it into several different Series, including the B (Boss) and C (Classic) Series (see above), which are made to accommodate larger frames.
While these chairs still have the winged sides, the chair back is only slightly curved as opposed to the more concave effect of the chairs suggested for smaller height and weight measurements.
FINAL THOUGHTS …
While there is obviously some negative feedback on this best-selling racing style gaming chair, I believe that the negative reviews are somewhat skewed due to the high possibility that many customers have chosen to buy the most popular Series of chair, rather than the Series most likely to accommodate their frame. The much higher percentage of positive reviews reflects this thought.
This is speculation, of course, but it’s fair to assume that in the height of popularity of this product, not everyone will use the guide as intended, or even really think about their individual needs when it comes to the ergonomics of the chair. Some people simply want what’s popular… And that’s okay! Priorities will most definitely differ, resulting in a wide range of product reviews. In turn, those reviews will help improve the next model of chair.
I hope that this article was helpful in revealing some current feedback that surrounds the market of gaming chairs, gave you some information on a product that may be of use to you, and gave you some insight and knowledge about the company DXRacer.
Now, it’s up to you to do some of your own research. You can start by visiting chairs4gaming.com:
Be sure to use the provided size guides, and happy gaming!
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