Over the last decade or so we've seen a large influx of gaming chairs. I can't recall which company introduced the concept but in recent years a lot of newcomers entered the market as entrepreneurs realized there's a big market for gaming chairs.
Computer gaming is a hot growth market and a lot of gamers want to pay premium prices for products that provide a custom touch to their gaming space. A week ago, research firm GfK released a report that revealed desktop gaming PCs, as well as PC gaming accessory sales, are growing at impressive mid-double digit rates.
These days nobody wants a beige box under or on his/her desk, so computer enthusiasts and gamers spend a lot of money on fancy cases and case modding products. Gaming chairs are a product that fits well with this audience, every desktop PC gamer needs a chair so the target market for companies that can convince gamers to spend a bit more on a chair is massive.
The subject of this review is the Champion gaming chair from Ewin Racing. It's one of the lesser known gaming chair brands but the company behind Ewin Racing is not a newcomer in the chair market. The firm's website explains the Ewin Racing was founded in 2016 and that the company has a long history as a manufacturer of car seats and OEM office chairs. Great building blocks for gaming chairs!
The exact EwinRacing gaming chair model I'm testing today is the Champion CP-BC3A, a black chair with some blue highlights. Ewin Racing offers the Champion series in three variants in Europe; CPA, CPB and CPC. All three versions are almost identical, the only difference is the design of the fabric of the seat and the backrest. Besides the three different designs, you can also choose between a couple of color options including black/white, black/red, and black/blue. The company's US webshop, on the other hand, offers four different seat designs as well as a lot more color combinations.
At the moment of this review, Ewin Racing is selling the chair for 259EUR ($279) but with the coupon code "DVH" you can get an extra 15% off!
Ewin Racing's Champion is the largest review product ever in the DV Hardware office. It ships in a very large cardboard box that weighs over 20kg. The tiles in the photo above measure 600mm x 600mm so that gives you some perspective about how large the box is. When you take it inside you have to lug around a heavy weight that is hard to handle due to the bulky size of the box. I think some cut-out handles would help to make handling the box less of a nuisance. It's thick cardboard and everything inside is well-packed to prevent shipping damage.
As with most office chairs, you need to assemble the product yourself. It's a pretty easy process and you can probably do it in 10-15 minutes tops. In the past, I would have shot a lot of photos of the unboxing and assembly process but to celebrate the 15th anniversary of DV Hardware we're introducing video reviews. Check out our clip below, the first part includes the unboxing and the chair's assembly.
Chair Type: Gaming/Office Chair
Foam Type:High Density Seperated Foaming
Foam Density: 55kg/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: 2" Caster/PU
The chair weighs about 20.4kg and has a high back rest. My initial impression of the Champion chair is very good, its heavy weight indicates Ewin Racing didn't skimp on materials and
when you take your first seat you'll notice this chair uses very firm, high-density foam. I've worn out several office chairs in my life but none of them felt as qualitative as the Champion. Most of the mass-market office chairs that cost just half (or perhaps even a quarter) as much as the Champion have a much lower build quality. When you deconstruct a typical office chair you'll typically see they consist of flakeboard or plywood panels with a couple of layers of low-density foam pads.
A gaming chair like the Champion is very different, this chair features a 16mm steel tube frame with a thickness of 1.5mm and has molded memory foam with a density of 55kg/m³.