Hands-on: noblechairs Epic Series Real Leather Gaming Chair
noblechairs (yes, no capital letters is how they write it) is a company that prides itself on bringing an unparalleled gaming experience to the consumer. With a name like noblechairs, you would think that these chairs might be a bit gaudy in their design. Excess crowns, useless bits of fluff, maybe even a rich purple cloak on the back...but you’d be wrong. Instead, this chair is an incredible piece of hardware that I would happily take home from the office.
The company makes three lines of gaming chairs: Faux Leather, Real Leather, and their two special edition models, which look surprisingly similar to the DXRacer chairs. We were given the Epic Series Real Leather Gaming Chair in black, but the chair also comes in three other color schemes, each with their own unique feel. For me personally (and others in the office share this opinion) the black version that we received is by far the most appealing.
It was up to me to build the chair, and the first thing you need to realize is that it weighs nearly 60lbs. It’s not something you’ll have to worry about after initial assembly, but during the process of putting it together it might be good to have someone around to help out.
The wheelbase is like every other office/gaming chair in the world, consisting of five wheels that you pop in and can swivel in all directions. That’s where the easy part of assembling the chair ended.
Following the instructions, I attached the tilt mechanism to the seat of the chair. Simple enough, right? Unfortunately, when placing the screws you run into the problem of not being able to do a full rotation with the included hex key for the two forward screws. A small complaint, I know, but having to take out the hex key every half turn gets really frustrating and could have been easily addressed. The plastic covers for the chair's tilt functions can also be tricky to get in place.
If you do buy this chair, please read the instructions before you get to put the back of the chair on, as there is an extremely important thing to note. The tilt mechanism can pinch your fingers if you're not careful (something that seems to be a common problem for gaming chairs). So take extra care when getting it into place.
Moving on, putting the back piece on is quite an ordeal if you have to do it alone. This was probably the step that took me the longest to complete, and again that difficulty can be attributed to that tilt mechanism. You have to align the chair perfectly with the pre-drilled screw holes, and that it is not an easy task. Lining them up requires you to fight with the tilt mechanism, and there’s not a lot of wiggle room.
Comfort and Appearance
Okay, I’ve talked enough about building the chair. You only have to build it once, so you shouldn’t judge the chair by that alone. My first impression, along with many others in the office, was that it looks great. The real leather has a soft sheen in all the right places, reminding me of a seat that you would see in a high-end sports car.
Which is exactly what I think noblechairs is aiming for, if their recent press release featuring a car in the background is any indication.
The lumbar and seating area is embroidered with a gorgeous diamond-stitch pattern. I had a little trepidation about this being uncomfortable, but the stitching is of excellent quality and you can’t feel it at all. According to the website, the filigree elevations of the stitching create tiny air pockets for maximum aeration in summer. I can’t speak to the efficacy of this feature, but I imagine it does its job as intended.
A total of three logos adorn the surface area of the chair. Surprisingly, all of the logos are unobtrusive, considering their placement. The crown logo is subtly etched into the headrest, nearly invisible to the un-discerning eye. The remaining logos are equally subtle and inconsequential to the comfort of the chair.
Sitting down in the chair is an experience I haven’t had with any of the other chairs in the office. Unlike many of the other gaming chairs I've sat in, the Epic Series doesn’t grip you as you sit down in it, forcing you into a specific spot. Rather, the cushioning is some of the firmest I’ve sat in, and it was great.
Once I sat down I didn’t want to get up, and that’s a solid endorsement for any chair.
Eventually though, I had to get up to test the included lumbar and headrest cushions that come with the Noble. Both are made of a soft material, the headrest feeling like velvet and the lumbar cushion being of similar design but a little less plushy.
Good fit for short and tall
Other things to note: the range of motion of the chair is pretty intense. You have a range of 90 to 135 degrees for the backrest, which is plenty in my opinion. Likewise, the chair has four-dimensional armrests that adjust easily, with the exception of the horizontal movement, which takes more force to work.
Lastly, the class 4 gas lift. I’m not an expert on the gas lifts; in my experience they pretty much work or they don’t work. That said, the height range for this chair is excellent. At 6’1” I will almost always have my feet touching the ground, no matter what type of desk chair I’m sitting in. But with the Noble chair at maximum height, my feet no longer hit the floor, giving me a strange feeling I haven’t experienced in quite a long time. I felt like I was short, a truly odd (and kind of awesome) feeling.
Fit for Royalty?
Despite my struggles assembling noblechairs' Epic Series Gaming Chair, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with it. It’s comfortable, water resistant, easy to clean, and, most strikingly, lovely to look at. Aside from some misaligned teeth on the back zippers and the aforementioned assembly struggles, I have very few complaints.
I do wish it was cheaper, but quality materials come at a price, and so does importing it from Europe.
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