If there's one thing every desktop PC gamer needs it's a chair. As with most products, there's a huge variety, with prices starting at just a couple of dozen bucks for low-end office chairs, but if you go to the higher-end products you can spend many hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Most people reading this will likely be in front of the screen many hours a week (and likely even multiple hours every day) so it's a good idea to invest in a decent chair to complete your gaming setup. Besides higher comfort, more functionality and a better look, gaming chairs like the one we'll discuss in this review will likely stand wear-and-tear better than the el cheapo alternatives.
About one and a half year ago I checked out the Ewin Racing Champion
gaming chair and now I'm taking a look at the Flash series. The Flash is a chair designed for slightly larger (and also heavier) people than the Champion. The latter has a recommended height of 160cm to 180cm and an ideal weight of 50kg to 136kg, while the Flash chairs are designed for folks with a height of 168cm to 187cm, and an ideal weight of 77kg to 159kg.
The subject of this review is the EwinRacing Flash FL-BC3A, a black gaming chair with some blue highlights here and there. There are various color and design options, the chair itself is always the same but the fabric of the seat and headrest has different styles and colors. As I'm writing the review, the Flash series costs $399 (349EUR) but there's an "SP25" coupon that drops the price to just $299. Ewin has coupons all the time so you rarely pay the full price for its gaming chairs.
The Flash chair ships in a large cardboard box with a gross weight of 29kg. Everything is safely packed for transport, but just like I mentioned in my previous Ewin Racing gaming chair review, some cut-out handles in the box would be welcome to make it easier to handle. Inside the box you find the components of the chair, some mounting tools, a manual, and a pair of gloves. The latter can be used if you absolutely don't want to get some grease on your hands but I didn't use them as gloves make the assembly process more cumbersome.
Assembling the chair isn't that hard. Just follow the steps in the manual and you'll be ready in about 15 minutes or so. This isn't rocket science.
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 Degree
Base Type: 5-star Wide Aluminum Base
Caster Size & Material: 3" Caster/PU
Once it's fully assembled, you'll be greeted by this view. Just like with the Champion PC gaming chair
, the build quality looks good. The chair weighs 25.0kg as it features a 16mm steel tube frame with a thickness of 1.5mm -- and molded memory foam with a density of 60kg/m³. Decent materials that will hopefully last many years. It's always hard to judge how long a product will last, but I can say that I've been using the Ewin Racing Champion chair every day for almost 1.5 years now and so far the chair shows little if any signs of wear and tear. The fabric is still completely intact, without any tears or other blemishes.