Comfort is one of the most important aspects of any gaming set-up: the layout of your room; whether you are at a desk, or in your living room; the placement of your television or monitor; your attire. But none are quite as important as a decent place to sit. Seating can come in the form of couches, beds, or dining-table chairs, but if premium quality is what you seek, then you need not look further than the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022.
Over the years, Secretlab has quietly established itself as the go-to brand of gaming chairs. However, as the years go on, and we pass iteration after iteration, it can be hard to consistently up your game. If you’ve already familiarized yourself with the Secretlab brand, what’s to place the 2022 edition above what came before? And what can a gaming chair truly offer that makes it worth its lofty price tag? We’ve been settling into the Secretlabs Titan Evo 2022 for the last couple of weeks, and we are here to explain to you why it may just be a must-buy.
What is the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022?
The Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 is the platinum class of gaming chairs. They come in both material and faux leather finishes, with a bunch of different color options, and small, regular, and extra large sizes. Each chair comes with a reclining back, an adjustable base angle, height adjustment, and movable armrests. They also come with a memory foam pillow — but more on that later.
If you were hoping for a more approachable price range with Secretlab’s latest line-up you’ll be sorely disappointed. Here in the UK, the starting price is £364 ($449) for the small base edition, and £434 ($569) for the XL. And these are just the base prices, as the selection of material, colors and supplements can bump the price all the way up to as much as £914 ($1099) — and that is at sale pricing.
Undoubtedly, it is a lot of money to sink into a chair, but you’ll know exactly where that money has gone as soon as you, well… sink into the chair. The Secretlab experience is a very customizable one, and one that at every turn aims to remind you that it really is best in class.
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What Is in the Box?
The Secretlab experience starts from the moment it arrives at your door. With a big chunky box, you are treated to a large high-quality instruction card, filled with pictures to aid assembly. Inside you’ll find the back, base, and wheeled legs to your chair, along with the cushioned arm-rest toppers, and memory foam pillow.
The assembly process can be a tad awkward at times, especially if you are assembling yourself, but Secretlab has gone a long way to ensure the process is as hassle-free as possible. When all was said and done, we had our chair up and ready for business in around half an hour.
While it isn’t to the detriment of the chair itself, we did find the packaging was overstuffed with various plastics, foams, and supplements of cardboard. While partly for protection, we did think this was all a bit overkill, and hardly as environmentally friendly as a lot of packaging comes these days.
Build Quality and Features
As you may have picked up from the start of this review, the build quality of the Titan Evo 2022 is spectacular. We received the faux leather variant with the red stitching finish and before you’ve even planted yourself on this thing, you can see the quality. It really is a looker.
Those impressions only improve as you sit for the first time, as the Titan Evo has a solid feel to it. With the aforementioned adjustments available across the recline, base angle, height, and armrests, you can quickly find the setting that’s best for you, and feel at one with the chair.
With paddles on the underside for height and angle, and then the reclining handle on the side, everything is easily within reach, making it super easy to switch up your sitting position to suit your current activity, whether that be relaxed gaming mode, or for your more intense sessions.
We really liked the portability of the armrests, too. You can raise or lower them, adjust the angle to be straight or at 45 degrees, and you can move them further forward or backward, left and right. Again, this is a hassle-free way of fitting your current sitting position.
There are two big features that we absolutely adored during our time with our chair. The first, that we really haven’t stopped banging about since the chair was first assembled, is the new memory foam pillow. In previous iterations of the chair, the pillow was present, however it was attached to the chair via an elastic strap. This made it frustratingly common for the pillow to fall off the chair, which very quickly got on our nerves. Here, however, Secretlab has ditched the strap and opted for a magnetic base at the top of the chair. Aesthetically, this looks far sleeker than the strapped appliance, but in practice, it was one of the biggest improvements of the 2022 edition. The pillow did still come loose on the odd occasion, but even reapplying it was relatively simple, and the pillow was far more moveable thanks to the magnetic base.
The second new feature is the lumbar adjustability. Previous models have had a set lumbar curvature, and if you weren’t a fan, there was a memory foam support you could buy from the Secretlab store — but this was another £50 on top of your already pricey chair. The 2022 edition however, includes an adjustable lumbar support. With wheels on the side of the chair, you can increase the curvature of the back’s base, and where it is positioned, which goes the extra mile to ensure the chair is a good fit for all heights and body types.
On top of all of this, the XL 2022 edition feels a little snugger than the 2020 version that we’ve moved from, but in all the right ways. With angled sides, the cushioning hugs your back, meaning you feel supported..
With all of these adjustable settings with the chair, you can imagine that we found the Titan Evo 2022 incredibly comfortable. We’ve been using this for our gaming sessions, along with working at a desk, and the chair suited both scenarios quite well. We never found ourselves getting uncomfortable, or even really needing to shift around. Once you find the right settings for you, the chair in many ways feels molded to your body, and it means hours could go by without you ever feeling the need to stretch.
The overall build quality means that you don’t feel like you need to be especially careful with the chair, too. We’re not saying you should body slam onto it, but the Titan Evo 2022 feels more than equipped to handle anything you throw at it, which just reinforces the idea that this is a solid and reliable chair.
Should You Buy the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022?
Let’s get down to brass tacks, then. The Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 is a superb chair, and one that you’re less likely to regret sinking the money into. This is thanks to its solid build quality, and customization options. Not to mention, it goes a long way to securing a slick look for your gaming set-up.
Are there more ergonomic chairs out there? Sure! It won’t necessarily be the chair for everyone, and we’d still recommend having a look around before purchasing, but for the price and the features that come with it, you’d struggle to find one with comparable quality. Now, £350-£600 ($450-$700) is a big chunk of cash to spend on a chair, so it certainly does land within the “want” bracket over the “need” one. But to anyone who spends extended amounts of time gaming, or even sitting at a desk for work, they will benefit greatly from a gaming chair that is as reliable, comfortable, and customizable as the Titan Evo 2022.
What do you think of the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022? Does it sound like it would be worth the money for you? Recline on into the comments to let us know.