I have always been a bit of an outspoken critic of gaming chairs, so I was surprised when E-WIN Racing reached out to ask if I wanted to review one of their chairs. It turns out there’s a reason they were confident in the product, which recovered from a poor initial impression to be a surprisingly solid chair.
The chair, an E-Win Racing Calling Series chair in black and red, arrived at my work in a box that’s sizable but still fit in the back of my Fusion to get it home. Assembly took about 25 minutes from unboxing to the chair being ready to use thanks to a design that allows for quick assembly. E-WIN Racing ensured all the fasteners and tools needed were in the box and even included a few extra parts – a touch I really appreciate in a manufacturer.
The chair itself is solidly built, even when I’m the one building it. The seat and back are high-density foam that’s a step below memory foam but provides good elasticity and will hopefully weather long hours of daily use better than memory foams do. The covering is polyurethane (PU) leather, which means it won’t absorb liquid spills and is easy to clean, but we’ll see how it holds up to daily use. I’ve had PU leather products in the past that cracked and peeled over time, so I’ll update its ongoing condition in a few months.
With a hydraulic piston allowing seat height adjustments, adjustable armrests, and a ‘dial it in’ locking tilt, it took about five minutes to get the chair adjusted how I wanted it. There are also removable lumbar and neck support pillows that I opted to keep in place for now. I’m not sure the lumbar support will make the long haul as it feels a bit too intrusive, but we’ll see if it loosens up over time.
I’m hopeful it will as my initial impressions of the seat were poor because, out of the box, the cushion was very, very firm, and just not as comfortable as I’d hoped. I’m liking this E-WIN Racing chair a lot more and find it far less stiff after a few days of use, however, so I’m glad I gave it a chance beyond those poor initial impressions.
I also wanted to mention the adjustable back, which reclines near enough to flat that you could take a nap if you really wanted. As a guy a little over six feet tall, however, leaning it back that far gets dangerously close to ‘this chair’s going over’ territory so I’m not brave enough to try and catch some sleep in it.
What I Loved:
- Quick assembly and solid build quality
- Not an over ‘gamer’ looking chair
- Adjustment flexibility
- Great support for taller and heavier users
What I Liked:
- Suitable for long stretches of gaming
- Good comfort level after initial wear-in period
- PU leather means little to no cleaning concerns
What I Disliked:
- Awfully stiff right out of the box, though this chair did break in quickly
- Dial tilt control is ok, but I prefer a locking tilt lever
What I Hated:
The Final Word: The E-WIN Racing chair surprised the heck out of me. I’ve been a critic of gaming chairs in the past, but this shows they’ve come a long way and exceeded my expectations in comfort, style, and build quality.
Review done using a Calling Series chair provided by E-WIN. If you’re in the market for a chair, use code AntiMacro at checkout for 20% off.