Here’s the secret; this chair is great.
If you’re one of the people who think it’s clever to say “any chair is a gaming chair if you use it to play games,” I’m here to tell you you’re wrong. OK, technically, you’re right, but if you don’t think there’s a difference between a vanilla office chair and a high-quality chair designed for gaming, you are completely wrong. The Secretlab Titan (See it on Amazon) is one such example: this is a chair for gaming.
I mean it. This is a pure gaming chair. The only thing more pure is maybe the $10,000 Acer Predator Thronos, but only because the PC and monitors are built in. The Secretlab Titan doesn’t have a top-of-the-line gaming PC built into its chassis, but it does have enough adjustment options to make it easy to find a comfortable position for gaming. It’s also designed for tall people like me. If you’re not over 6-feet tall, the Secretlab Omega (See it on Amazon) gaming chair is more up your alley.
Secretlab Titan – Design and Features
Let’s start with all the possible adjustments. The seat height can be adjusted up or down a good 4-inches, tilt can be locked into place, or set to allow a free-rocking lifestyle. There’s adjustable lumbar support, which I cranked to the highest (I value my lumbar greatly). It’s similar to a car’s lumbar support system, where you can expand or contract the part of the seat touching your lower back. A lever on the right side lets you easily adjust the angle of the seat back, from a fully upright, 90-degrees of perfect gaming posture, to what feels like 180-degrees, flat-on-your back maximum chill level (it’s actually more like 120 degrees, but if the chair has tilt unlocked, it feels completely flat). There’s also a memory-gel pillow with a faux-suede finish to cradle your head and neck. The Titan comes with a three-year warranty, but you can extend it an additional two years by just posting a photo of your chair to social media. For comparison, Vertagear and DXRacer, both offer two year warranties on their chairs, although DXRacer guarantees its frames for life.
But the real highlight of the adjustment possibilities for me were the armrests. They move up and down, which is lovely, but they also can move forward or backward two inches. Another win in the adjustment department. But there’s more still: the armrests can move in or out from center, letting you sit with a conservative, closed arm stance, or throw caution to the wind and go real wide.
But the Titan isn’t done yet: the armrests can also move to one of three horizontal, angled positions: 60-degrees inward, 90-degrees, or 120-degrees outward. The armrests are what really makes me love the Titan. I tend to change my arm position depending on what game I’m playing, turning my keyboard and leaning in for shooters, but leaving things relatively the same as when I type for slower-paced games like Minecraft or Civ VI. Having the armrests keep up with my changing style means I didn’t have a sore neck from supporting my arm in some awkward position.
While I love the many possible ways I can sit in the Titan, the padding leaves something to be desired. It’s not rock-hard like an injection-molded plastic chair would be, but it’s definitely not a plush, dad-recliner. I never felt fatigued or experienced any uncomfortable pressure-points from the denseness of its padding, but if you’re expecting a chair that feels like a cloud, the Titan isn’t for you. This is a sit up, pay attention, ready-your-battle-positions gaming chair.
if you’re expecting a chair that feels like a cloud, the Titan isn’t for you.
The Titan is made of PU Leather, which is a polyurethane-coated imitation leather. As far as breathability is concerned, it leaves a lot to be desired. I definitely noticed some unwelcome warmth in my seat on warmer days. Unlike the Respawn 900, which includes a cup holder so you can enjoy a cool beverage while gaming, Secretlab warns against spilling liquids on the PU Leather. It also advises against long-term contact with perspiration. Given its tendency to get warm, it’s a major knock against it.
It lacks any pockets or holders, which I can’t fault it for since it’s meant to be used at a desk. The amount of positional adjustments more than compensate for the fact it doesn’t have built-in pockets like the Respawn 900.
Secretlab Titan – Assembly
The Secretlab Titan is considerably heavier than the Respawn 900 reclining chair I reviewed previously. However, I found assembly wasn’t any more difficult with the Titan than it was for the Respawn. Two people are recommended, but assembling it solo is completely possible and didn’t cause any unnecessary frustration.
There are a lot of parts to assemble, but the directions are extremely clear and it looks much more intimidating than it actually is. It took me around 45 minutes from the time I began fitting everything together, and with unpacking and clean up, it took about an hour.
Secretlab Titan – Gaming
Well, here we are, at the heart of the matter: how is the Titan when it comes to gaming? In a nutshell, I loved it. All those armrest adjustments seemed intimidating at first, but once I locked in my favored position for whatever game I happened to be playing, it felt excellent. My older chair, bless its heart, didn’t have adjustable armrests, so I ended up hovering my arms a lot. After a long session, I’d have a sore shoulder. Not so with the Titan. The armrests really emphasize the word, “rest.”
The backrest positioning is also excellent. The stiffness of the Titan’s padding is actually perfect when it comes to maintaining an alert and assertive position. I have back problems from a life of slouching and failing to lift with my knees, but my creaky old man back didn’t cry out when I played games in the Titan. I was able to adjust it to give me almost an almost military, standing-at-attention-position, and it kept me from succumbing to the temptation of slouching while gaming.
At the same time, if I was watching videos or otherwise screwing around, being able to adjust the backrest to a reclined position was great. It’s like they took the philosophy of a mullet—business up front, party in the back—and made it into a chair.
The castors on which the Titan sits are excellent. They roll with barely any resistance, letting you glide across your computer room effortlessly.
Since the armrests have so much in the way of adjustment options, they never once got in the way of using my mouse and keyboard. The arms on my old chair swung up and away, letting me push the chair in all the way when I was done using my PC. With the Titan, I just dropped the armrests to their lowest level and pushed the chair in. Easy-peasy.
I’m 6′ 2″ tall, so Secretlab recommended the Titan over its Omega. The 4-inches of height adjustment doesn’t sound like much, but it’s quite substantial in practice. At full height, my feet felt like they were barely touching the floor. I would have liked even more in the way of lumbar support, but the ability to adjust it at all without resorting to a pillow is appreciated, even if it is a little less than I’d like.
You can order the Titan direct from Secretlab for $399, but if you want to buy it from Amazon for the same price, you need to apply the coupon on the Amazon page before you checkout. There are also different color schemes to choose from, and you can preorder special edition chairs (like a ridiculously cool Dark Knight version).