The latest Acer Predator Gaming Chair lacks the massage function of last year's OSIM-powered uThrone. Instead, the new model is very much your typical gaming chair. Remove the Acer branding and I would be hard-pressed to distinguish between it and most gaming chairs in the market. But it has all the features you'd expect and as is often the case for Acer, it's priced competitively, too.
- Supports up to 150kg
- Made from PU leather
- Self assembly required
- Backrest adjustable (90 to 160 degrees)
While the Predator Gaming Chair is said to support up to 150kg, the flat portion of the seat isn't that wide (around 38cm). I'm rather skinny and it fits me nicely, but those with a fuller bottom may find it snug. The seat feels well padded and is comfortable enough. But as you'd expect from a chair made from PU leather, it can get warm after extended use in a non-airconditioned room, especially when gaming. Like other gaming chairs, it comes with a neck pillow and a lumbar cushion that are held in place with straps. It can be a bit fiddly to adjust their positions — no magnets here unlike the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022.
You can tilt the chair backward till it's almost flat (up to 160 degrees). It feels stable, though I doubt I'll actually sleep in it because the chair back isn't as well padded as the bottom. The so-called 4D arm rests can be adjusted in eight directions. Besides changing their height and moving them forward or back, you can also shift them closer or further to you, as well as angle the front end inward or outward. The arm rests are not exactly padded, but you can depress them slightly with some pressure.
Acer could do with a more thorough assembly guide than the single piece of paper in the box. To be fair, the process is straightforward. I spent a fair amount of time trying to attach the caster wheels to the chair, which required finesse, not brute strength. You'll also need to screw in several flimsy-looking plastic covers to conceal the chair mechanism. Overall, I think a more experienced user should be done in less than half an hour. Acer offers a one-year carry-in warranty if there are any issues — note that the chair is around 21kg.
The Acer Predator Gaming Chair is your standard gaming chair. You can find plenty of similar-looking ones online, all touting the same set of features. At S$338 on Lazada and Shopee, it is priced competitively enough, especially compared to better-known brands like Secretlab or DXRacer. But you can also find cheaper ones from lesser-known names.
Note: Review unit provided by Acer.
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