Review: noblechairs Hero gaming chair
A chair fit for a king.
We’ve looked at noblechairs’ other offering in the past and always been impressed by the quality and comfort. This time, it’s the turn of noblechairs’ newest command chair for your battlestation – the Hero. Designed with the larger gamers in mind, the Hero is both wider and taller than the existing chairs in the range.
I’m 6’0”, 270 lbs so I definitely fit that demographic. What’s also new in this model is built-in adjustable lumbar support, controlled by a knob on the side of the seat back. This adds enough curve to fit most back shapes, without needing a separate cushion. Noblechairs does include an additional lumbar pillow just in case you prefer it that way, a nice touch but it’s not really needed as the inbuilt support is great.
The rest of the chair is built to the level of quality that noblechairs is known for. Thick PU leather (1.5mm) is securely stitched together over a firm foam core. The 5-point base is cast aluminum, the gas lift is strong, and all of the adjustment points are easy to use while staying once tweaked. The “4D” armrests can be adjusted up/down, side/side, back/front, as well as some side adjustments where they bolt onto the seat base.
The chair also comes with a removable head/neck pillow, although you might not need it as the top of the chair has memory foam inside. The rest of the foam padding is firm, if you’ve sat in any newish car you’ll know what it feels like. No 70’s American cloud-padding here.
Luxury is worth it
The design of the Hero reminded me of a luxury sports car, not the kind with the Recaro racing seats but the comfortable type. Googling, I realized that the closest is on a Maserati. Who wouldn’t want that in front of their desk? Like a luxury car, the stitching is tight and accurate, with a fetching diamond pattern on the seat’s back and seating area.
Now with the chair being 30kg, you might want a second set of hands for assembly. I feel sorry for my UPS guy every time one gets delivered. You can assemble single-handed though, so don’t worry if you have to go solo. The casters get pushed into the base, then the gas strut drops in on the other side.
noblechairs includes a dual hexkey/screwdriver so the whole assembly process is done with one tool. One armrest comes unfixed, presumably to fit the same box that the other chairs in the range use, as the Epic I also have had both armrests fastened.
Still, it’s not hard to unbolt/bolt the three bolts that hold that armrest, and you can adjust the other side for your body dimensions while you’re at it. Four bolts fix the tilt mechanism onto the seat base, then gets dropped onto the strut. Then there’s a couple of bolts either side to fix the back onto the seat, and a couple of plastic covers to put on over those. Previous chairs used self-tapping screws here, the Hero has machine-bolts instead. I prefer this, and it should mean you can take the chair apart to move without issues putting it back together.
I’ve been using the Hero for a few months now. The cushioning is still firm, which I like but it’s worth noting if you prefer a softer chair. It really does feel like a quality car seat, and those are built to last years. On that point, my year-old Epic still looks as good as it did when I put it together. I expect the Hero will look the same in a year’s time. With so many of the chairs marketed at gamers having terrible longevity, noblechairs get full marks from me.
So should I buy it?
In a word, yes. Your butt deserves it. Your lower back deserves it. Your MMO/RPG/FPS-addicted arms deserve it. At $439.99, it’s on the higher end for gaming chairs – but it’s also a higher end chair. Period.
I’m almost 40 and like most gamers my age, don’t want omgwtfbbq-levels of color and flash in my office. The noblechairs Hero ticks all the boxes: comfort, style, longevity, and quality.
A sample unit was provided to KnowTechie for the purpose of this review.
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