Does a gaming chair really make a difference? Is it worth spending hundreds of dollars on a glorified rolling seat? That was my mindset only a few months ago, then all of a sudden, I was working from home and spending hours in a desk chair.
I got my hands on the Cooler Master Caliber R2, and at that point, I thought there was nothing that could top how comfortable that chair was. That there is nothing that a more expensive chair could do that is worth upgrading for. But then the Secretlab Omega 2020 Edition came rolling through my door and opened my eyes.
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Zoom In: Specs
- Frame: Steel
- Foam Type: Secretlab Cold Cure Foam
- Upholstery: Secretlab SoftWeave Fabric
- Adjustable Armrests: 4-Directional soft PU coated
- Tilt & Angle Lock: Yes
- Hydraulics Gas Piston: Class 4
- Backrest: Full-length 21” / wide 31.5” long backrest
- Recline: 85-165°
- Base: Aluminum alloy 14″ / wide 19.3″ deep seat base
- Weight: 66lbs
- Head & Lumbar Pillows: Memory foam
- Warranty: 3-years (with optional 2-year extension)
Like Opening a Present
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you know that I’m a sucker for presentation. That there’s something special about a team carefully packaging their products to improve your first impression. It should come as no surprise that a brand known for its incredible design collaborations would go above and beyond even with the packaging.
It’s like opening a present. The box is layered in such a way that it’s just beckoning for you to open it. For a recent reference, if you’ve seen any of the recent Xbox Series X unboxing videos, the presentation within the box kind of looks like that.
The last thing that greets you before getting to the chair itself is a note from the Secretlab team congratulating you, alongside a hand-inspected seal of approval. It’s a personalized and fairly authentic touch that you don’t see all that often on gaming hardware. You can immediately tell that the folks from Secretlab care about their products and fans, and are pushing for quality over anything else.
Some Assembly Required
Another immediate positive is how easy it is to put this chair together. While other chairs often come literally in pieces, there’s really only four large components you need to worry about for this model.
The instructions are super easy to follow, and assembly only takes around 30 minutes going solo.
Keanu said it best at E3 2019. And since Secretlab currently partnered with CDProjekt Red on a Cyberpunk edition of this chair, it only makes sense that any version of the Omega is simply breathtaking.
Its sleek design, tall back, and wide base scream refinement and elegance. The etched stitching featured on the logos, 2020 branding, and in-between each cushion is noticeable enough to be appreciated without sticking out too much. And the two-tone colors of the SoftWeave fabric complement each other nicely.
It’s the type of chair that looks like it’s meant for gaming but could easily blend as an office chair. It’s minimal, stylish, and professional while relaxed and casual at the same time.
Sitting Down On the Job
Like I said before, the Omega opened my eyes to real comfort. My first sit down felt like I was sinking into a microfiber cocoon that let me shift position however I liked. The memory foam head pillow and lumbar support only added to that comfort, and they actually added to the quality of the chair. I only wish the headrest was easier to move further down the chair, but the elastic band limits any adjustments.
The range of motion, rocking capability, and simple height adjustment controls are all versatile and intuitive to use, and the wide metal base means that there’s never any fear of tipping even when fully reclined.
My only real gripe is with the armrests. They’re wide, comfortable, and easy to adjust, but they lack true omnidirectional movement. They also lack the same level of quality as the rest of the chair. Sure, they’re sturdy and have some flair, but they feel cheaper for some reason. This does appear to be a common issue with almost every type of gaming chair, so it’s not a deal-breaker, just an odd choice.
Two weeks in and that same feeling of wrapping up in a cocoon remains. I genuinely enjoy sitting down to work or game and can’t help but anticipate the feeling of comfort that awaits. Yes, it’s a bit on the spendier side, but if you’re going to invest in a solid gaming chair, the Omega is worth the cost of entry. And with a 5-year warranty, Secretlab obviously trusts that this chair will be a throne of comfort for years to come.
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Zoom Out: Verdict
Performance - 10/10
Features - 9/10
Comfort - 10/10
Value - 8/10
The latest edition of the Secretlab Omega Gaming Chair is worth the investment. It’s perfectly comfortable for long hours of gaming or working and is built with high-quality materials that are meant to last. Everything from the design to the additional memory foam pillows feels like they were chosen with purpose, and that purpose is long-standing comfort.
- Heavy duty but lightweight steel frame
- Memory foam headrest and lumbar support pillows
- Versatile and comfortable ergonomic back and base
- Head pillow is difficult to adjust
- Range of motion on armrests is somewhat limited