When it comes to gaming chairs, few brands can match Secretlab’s reputation for excellence. The company has built its name on quality materials and exemplary comfort. There’s a reason two of their chairs hold high-ranking spots on our list of best gaming chairs available in 2022.
According to their website, the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 Series “combines multiple proprietary technologies and design innovations for a new level of personalized support and performance.” The Evo comes in three sizes, has three upholstery options, and dozens of designs to choose from — including several special editions.
As you can imagine, we were very excited when they contacted us about sending one of these chairs for a fair and unbiased review. They sent us the Regular-sized version of the chair with the Black³ Secretlab SoftWeave Plus fabric upholstery. Here’s what we found.
Zoom In: Specs
- 3 Sizes: Small, Regular and XL
- 3 Upholstery Choices: Hybrid Leatherette, Fabric, and Napa Leather
- Cold cure foam padding
- 4-way L-Adapt lumbar support
- Steel frame
- Aluminum wheel base
- 4-Directional adjustable armrests
- Hot-swappable arm rest pads
- 85–165-degree recline
- Magnetic memory foam pillow with cooling gel
- Price: $569.99
Putting together the Secretlab Titan Evo was one of the easier builds I’ve ever done. In the box, you’ll find instructions, a maintenance booklet, the seat, back, seat base, wheel base, five casters, two paddles, a cylinder, cylinder cover, two plastic side panels, the magnetic pillow, and two hot-swappable arm rest pads. The only tools you need are the included hex-wrench and a Phillips-head screwdriver.
That might seem like a lot, but it goes together really quick. Secretlab has put a lot of thought into making assembly as painless as possible. Many of the components attach magnetically, and there’s a slot on the right side of the chair that makes it easy to line up the back with the prongs coming out of the seat (which is usually one of the more frustrating parts of gaming chair assembly.)
There was a slight hiccup in removing a plastic safety tab, however. It was attached with a difficult-to-reach screw that was obfuscated by the recline lever, but I eventually managed to find an angle where I could get it out.
Build Quality and Comfort
Everything about the Titan Evo screams quality. It has a stylish design from top to bottom. The SoftWeave Plus fabric on the one they sent us is a gray-spackled black color with black suede trim along the wings (AKA Black³, as seen on their website). It’s also available in Cookies & Cream, Arctic White, Plush Pink, Frost Blue, and Mint Green, as well as the special edition Minecraft and D.Va designs.
The fabric isn’t the softest I’ve ever felt, but it isn’t scratchy or uncomfortable either. The cold cure foam padding is excellent as well. It molds to the contours of your body, but still feels firm and comfortable after 8+ hours of sitting every day. The neck pillow is made of plush memory foam and layered in cooling gel.
Secretlab also sells Technogel premium armrest tops, which you can use to upgrade the Evo since the armrest pads are hot-swappable and attached via magnets. It’s hard to imagine needing to do so, however, as the ones that come with the chair are already much softer than most of the armrest padding I’ve experienced on other gaming chairs.
The Titan Evo comes in three different sizes. The Small is recommended for users under 5’6” and 200lbs, the Regular is for users between 5’7”–6’2” and under 220lbs, and the XL is for users between 5’11”–6’9” and between 175-395lbs. We tested the Regular and found that it had a great range of adjustability. In addition to height adjustment, it has a 85–165-degree range of recline and a rocking lever on the right side that allows the user to rock in the chair when seated upright.
One of the biggest features that sets the Evo apart from most other gaming chairs is something Secretlab calls L-Adapt lumbar support. There are two knobs on either side of the chair that can be used to adjust both the height and the depth of the built-in lower back support.
This is miles better than the lumbar pillows most of these chairs come with, and is one of the main reasons to spring for the Evo. The magnetic neck pillow also offers more adjustability than most, as it can be moved up and down the top foot or so of the chair.
On top of all that, it also comes with 4-directional armrests. These can be raised and lowered as well as adjusted in and out, forward and back, and rotated at three ~30-degree angles.
Is the Titan Evo worth the Money?
The price for the Evo varies based on the upholstery, with the Neo Hybrid Leatherette costing $549, the Softweave Plus costing $569, and the Napa Leather costing $999. Getting the XL size chair also adds an additional $50–100 to the price.
That is very, very expensive. The only notable gaming chair that costs more than that is the $1,795.00 Herman Miller X Logitech G Embody, which is honestly more of an ergonomic office chair anyway.
Many gaming chairs have been criticized for having relatively similar designs in spite of the wide range in prices, but the Evo definitely has a few tricks up its sleeve that offer some justification for its exceptionally high cost. The L-Adapt dynamic lumbar support, magnetic neck pillow, and cold cure foam padding all help separate the Evo from the competition.
At the end of the day, gamers who are willing to spend top dollar for the best gaming chair on the market will be hard pressed to find one better than the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022.
Zoom Out: Verdict
The Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 Series comes in a variety of size and upholstery customization options. It is expensive, but its L-Adapt dynamic lumbar support makes it one of the most comfortable and ergonomic gaming chairs on the market.
- L-Adapt dynamic lumbar support is much better than lumbar pillows
- Magnetic neck pillow is comfortable and offers a range of adjustability
- Soft, hot-swappable arm rest pads
- Much more expensive than most gaming chairs
- There are softer upholstery fabrics than SoftWeave Plus
- No options for gamers under 5’7”