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Review: Clutch Chairz Shift Series Alpha gaming chair

I can’t imagine life without a gaming chair now.

Clutch Chairz Gaming Chair
Image: Kevin Raposo / KnowTechie
The Good
Insanely simple to assemble
It's really comfortable
Solid quality
The free headrest and lumbar support cushions are a nice touch
The Bad
It's a little pricey
Some of the handles to adjust positioning are a little tricky to get to
8.5

Truthfully, I’ve never reviewed a chair, specifically, a gaming chair. To be fair, I never saw the need for one. Sure, I play video games, but not a whole lot. So again, seeing the need to spend somewhere in the ballpark of over $300 for a chair specifically aimed at gaming never made much sense to me.

The folks over at Clutch Chairz begged to differ and they offered me a chance to try out their Shift Series Alpha mid-sized gaming chair. The chair costs $349 and packs a ton of premium features you normally wouldn’t find on a regular chair. The company claims a “perfect combination of comfort, luxury, and style,” and with my time with it, they’re totally right. This is a really nice chair and I take my previous statements back – gaming chairs make a lot of sense now.

So when it came time to assemble the chair, this is the part that got me really nervous. I’ve read horror stories or reviews of bad experiences. Whether the assembly process took a long time to complete or various parts or pieces weren’t included in the original packaging – I was lucky enough to not experience any of that. All in all, it took me less than 35 minutes to get this chair all set up. I was extremely surprised how easy it was. Everything was included and the directions in the manual were insanely simple to follow along. Well done.

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Image: Kevin Raposo / KnowTechie

The chair looks absolutely gorgeous too, it’s not an eyesore like with some other gaming chairs. Honestly, it looks more like an office chair than it does a gaming chair. The chair is wrapped in somewhat premium leather and encased in a tubular steel frame. The quality feels nice and doesn’t feel like it’s cheap. For instance, the base of the chair feels like it’s built of solid steel, but in reality, it’s made from forged aluminum. The wheels are nice too. I was concerned they would damage my hardwood floor, but luckily the wheels are non-marking castors, so it prevents scratching up my floors. Overall, top-notch quality.

What I really like about this chair is all of its positioning options. Depending which angle you prefer to sit in, the Shift Series Alpha chair has you covered. Just think of this as a souped-up office chair. There’s an infinite tilt lock that allows you lean back and stay locked in any position. 4D armrests allow you to adjust the armrests in four different directions: up/down, forward/rear, and side to side. You can even rotate them 10 degrees to the right or left. The obvious last is the multi-function mechanism that allows you to adjust the height and tilt lock.

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Image: Kevin Raposo / KnowTechie

With all these positioning options, means multiple handles and levers, and some of them are in really awkward positions. If there was one thing to complain about this chair, it’s that. And it’s not all of them, it’s one in particular – the infinite tilt lock. It’s located on the bottom left corner of the chair, and when you’re leaning, it’s a little difficult to get to. Other than, that’s about the only thing negative I have to say about it.

Overall, this chair really impressed me. I didn’t think it would, but it totally did. It’s insanely comfortable, simple to assemble, and it’s a whole lot more than a gaming chair. I’ll probably end up using this more for my office than I do when I game. Either way, it’s great for each setting.

The only kicker is that it’s a little on the high side in terms of price, but considering the price of other chairs, it’s about average. The chair costs $349, but in my opinion, it’s totally worth it if you have the money. The chair I reviewed was all black, but Clutch Chairz has a wide variety of colors you can choose from. All in all, I had a good experience with my chair and I have no problem recommending them.

A sample unit was provided to KnowTechie for the purpose of this review.

Reader Rating2 Votes8.9
The Good
Insanely simple to assemble
It's really comfortable
Solid quality
The free headrest and lumbar support cushions are a nice touch
The Bad
It's a little pricey
Some of the handles to adjust positioning are a little tricky to get to
8.5
Overall
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