There are so many gaming chairs out there these days that it can be impossible to compare them all. It seems like every company with a gaming brand has their own line of chairs, but there are few with features unique enough to stand out among the rest. EasySMX now has a line of gaming chairs designed to do just that.
By the way, if you’re interested in getting this chair, use the code HighGround to get $10 off.
Does it have the chops to make our list of the best gaming chairs? They sent us one their Ergonomic High Back Fabric Gaming Chairs for review so we could try it for ourselves and let you know whether or not they make the grade.
Zoom In: Specs
- Material: Textured mesh material
- Capacity: Supports up to 300 lbs
- Recline: 90–135º incline
- Extras: Adjustable arms, adjustable footrest
- Price: $189.99
Prefer video format instead? See Cody’s hands-on unboxing and review below.
Putting the EasySMX Ergonomic High Back Fabric Gaming Chair together was just as simple as the brand name suggests. All the parts and the two sizes of hex wrench you’ll need are included in the box and ready to go. The instructions are generally simple and easy to follow.
The only part that I found momentarily confusing was the footrest, which didn’t have any orientation markings to indicate which direction it should be attached to the bar under the seat. Still, this was easy to figure out, and the whole thing came together in about twenty minutes.
Comfort is Meh
The cushioning in the EasySMX chair is very firm. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’ve sat in many memory foam chairs that were soft, cushiony bliss for a while, but quickly became uncomfortable as I sank through them to sit on the hard plastic underneath.
The bigger problem with the EasySMX High Back Gaming chair is the rigid boning in the wings on the sides of the seat. There’s about 14.5” at the lip of the seat between the wings that’s not terribly wide. I frequently found I had sore spots on either side of my thighs from where they were pressing into the hard edges.
The lower back pillow is comfortable when it’s in place, though it likes to slide down when it’s not in use. The neck pillow is also similarly comfortable when placed in an appropriate position, but it naturally hangs a bit low for me. There are no height or weight recommendations for this gaming chair on the EasySMX website, but the neck cushion placement and seat width seem targeted somewhere around 5’8”. It might be able to hold up to 300lbs, but it’s certainly not a big and tall game chair.
The addition of a footrest is a nice touch for those looking to kick back when playing games or watching movies. It’s also a bit short, though. The far end of the footrest measures 15” out from the lip of the seat.
That said, the mesh fabric is comfortable and extremely breathable. This is one of the few chairs other than the Secret Lab Omega that offers mesh upholstery. That’s a big bonus for anyone living somewhere hot or humid.
Adjustable, but Creaky
The Ergonomic High Back Fabric Gaming Chair has a good range of adjustability. The seat goes back all the way from 90–135 degrees of incline, with about ten locking steps in between. The back does come back up from recline without manual assistance, though it isn’t quite as snappy as some other chairs. The seat height adjusts to accommodate a good variety of heights. The armrests also have vertical adjustment, which is one of my personal favorite features in any chair.
Unfortunately, all of these adjustments exhibit various creaks and popping sounds as they settle between new positions. It isn’t a big deal, but it does take away from the general feeling of quality that you would hope for.
Is EasySMX an Easy Yes?
So, is the EasySMX Ergonomic High Back Fabric Gaming Chair a good buy? Maybe. The almost $200 price point makes it kind of a hard sell. There are plenty of other gaming chairs in this range that have better build quality.
There are a few good things to be said about the EasySMX chair, though. The mesh upholstery is a nice alternative to PU leather that’s hard to find at this price point and while it isn’t ideal for “big and tall” gamers, it could be a great option for people who find most gaming chairs to be an uncomfortably large fit.
Zoom Out: Verdict
The EasySMX Ergonomic High Back Fabric Gaming Chair has mesh upholstery, an ergonomic design, and adjustable arm and foot rests. It can be creaky and uncomfortable for “big and tall” gamers, but may be a nice fit for those seeking a slimmer design.
- Mesh fabric upholstery
- Adjustable arm and footrest
- Good option for gamers under ~ 5’8
- Creaky adjustments
- Narrow seat with rigid boning in wings