If there is one thing I have learned the hard way, it’s that you get what you pay for with a chair. Having recently invested in a new studio setup, I invested a lot into the audio equipment, desk, and other electronics, so when it came to investing in a chair, I skimped and spent a paltry £80 – after all – a chair is a chair right?
That first day of setup, my girlfriend sat on it, leaned back, and said “this isn’t very good,” to which I stubbornly denied, too prideful to admit that I knew she was right!
E-WIN, an OEM manufacturer of high-quality racing car and gaming chairs for other brands, based in China, went its own way in 2016, producing gaming chairs with a focus on catering to all shapes and sizes. When they contacted me to ask if we wanted to review a chair, the timing was perfect – what I didn’t realise at the time was just how much of a difference a better chair would make! They sent me the E-WIN Flash XL, a chair with an extra 5cm width and 3cm height vs the standard size, perfect for those like me who are not built on the smaller side.
Chair Type: Gaming/Office Chair
Foam Type:High Density Intergrated Foaming
Foam Density: 60kg/m3
Frame Color: Black
Frame Construction: Metal
Adjustable Armrests: 4D
Mechanism Type: Multi-functional Tilt
Tilt Lock: Yes
Tilt Angle Lock: Yes
Gas Lift Class: 4
Chair/Seat Back Style: High-back
Adjustable Back Angle: 85-155 Degrees
Base Type: 5-star Wide Aluminum Base
Caster Size & Material: 3″ Caster/PU
The chair comes in one huge box that is quite heavy, so make sure you have a friend to help you move it. Once opened, the contents are straightforward with very few parts that need to be constructed. You are provided with the hex keys, a small number of bolts, a pair of white gloves, and a set of visual instructions. The instructions are quite easy to follow given the simplicity of putting this chair together – if I was to nitpick, I would say that the pictures are a little dark and not the clearest, but given the easy steps, it didn’t cause me any issues. The assembly only takes about 20 minutes – a lot shorter than some other chairs I have put together in the past.
Comfort and build quality
The Flash XL is made using a high-density memory foam laid over a solid steel frame and covered with plush PU leather that is thicker and more comfortable than most gaming chairs, this is where E-WIN’s racing pedigree comes in – the chair feels similar to a sports car but is intentionally wider for comfort and space.
The chair is heavy at 27KG, giving it a sturdy feel that I like. The base is aluminium with a standard gas lifting mechanism that can support 150KG – after over a week of heavy use, I get the impression that this is built to last. On the base, you have a tilt and lift mechanism, allowing you to find the right angle and height. When writing articles and editing videos, I am using the chair as a desk chair – sitting forward in an upright position for extended sessions; when playing games, I can tilt back slightly and settle in for a playthrough in comfort. The chair also has a reclining lever that incredibly goes all the way to a 155-degree angle, allowing you to lay back and watch a movie, for example.
The chair features 4D armrests, the ability to lift and drop the height, move the position forward and backwards, slide inwards and out, and angle the armrests left and right. These features let you adjust the armrests to suit your needs perfectly and the plastic is shaped to comfortably rest your arms on them – they are longer than most and angling downwards feels more natural when resting. My only gripe with the armrests is that they have a wobbly feeling due to all of the adjustments on offer, they are sturdy but I dislike the fact that they move slightly.
This model comes with two cushions that attach through the chair – one for your lower back and another higher up for your neck, the lower back one is excellent as it keeps you in a position of good posture whilst staying very comfortable. The cushions themselves are well balanced – comfortable without being too soft.
The neck cushion for me was unnecessary – the chair itself is quite tall and so it cradles my neck without the need for the extra cushion, so I opted to remove it after a while.
At €479 or $479, this is not a cheap chair, but as I stated at the beginning of this review – you get what you pay for. Our friends at E-WIN have given us a code which you can use to gain 10% discount when ordering a chair by simply typing SWITCH into the voucher box when ordering.
Currently, the chair is on sale for Christmas at €389 – adding the 10% discount means you can pick up the chair for €350 over at their website.
Comfort & Build Quality 9
With a chair, you get what you pay for, one week in and there is no going back for me. Considering the fact that I spend a lot of time in this chair, it’s worth the investment into my back and comfort. As a chair that is well suitable to be adjusted for both desk use and gaming use, it serves both purposes very well and is built to last. This is the most comfortable chair that I have had the pleasure of using, and if you can overcome the price tag – it’s worth looking at.
Comfortable and durable