For many people, gaming is no longer merely just a hobby. It’s the reason to get up in the morning or to rush home at the end of a day, and in the case of esports, it’s now a serious competitive pastime where players can earn huge prize pots while fans tune in to watch from around the world. Secretlab is a seating company born from that scene, founded by two former Starcraft II pros, with the aim of providing comfortable, ergonomic chairs that gamers could sit in for hours on end. Now, with their expansion into the UK, Secretlab’s first chair – the epically named Titan – has become available to British gamers, and is looking to dwarf the competition.
When the box arrives, you know they mean business, with it weighing in at a hefty 30kg. Opening the box up it’s immediately clear that this is a very high quality product, with the chair back the first thing you’ll see. Presented in soft black PU leather, with the Secretlab and Titan logos stitched into it in white and gold thread, as well as red stitched detailing, the craftsmanship is obvious. It immediately generated excitement for putting the rest of the chair together – and thankfully it didn’t disappoint.
The chair arrives dismantled and in need of assembly, and while it says that it’s much easier with two people, I was more than capable of building the unit on my own. Arriving in only five key parts, and accompanied by a similarly high quality glossy, colour instruction booklet I wasn’t left wondering at any stage what I was supposed to be doing, or which part connected to where.
The only key thing which is clearly warned about is using the reclining mechanism before you’ve attached the backrest, with the images seeming to point to some serious danger to your hand. I had no desire to put any of my limbs anywhere near what looks like a guillotine, and while I apologise for not 100% testing this aspect of the chair, it was definitely easy not to cause myself any harm during the chair’s brief construction.
Once you’ve attached the wheels and the base mechanism you’re ready to go, and in terms of adjustability the Titan is the most fully featured chair I’ve personally had the pleasure of sitting in. Like most office style chairs there is the means to adjust the chair’s height, but besides that you can angle and lean back purely with the central mechanism itself. When you combine it with the backrest’s virtually horizontal recline there is a huge range of seating positions that the Titan is more than capable of accommodating. With the wonderfully soft headrest there’ll be more than a few gamers who probably won’t even make it to bed having fallen asleep in their chair – I may have grabbed 40 winks myself at one point.
You can adjust the 4D armrests in a whole variety of ways, with them moving on every possible plane so that you should be able to get them just right. Once they’re set, or clicked into place, they’re solid and more than capable of taking your arm’s weight without movement, feeling much better than those on other gaming chairs I’ve tried. Besides that there’s a few other adjustables including a built in lumbar support, and the ability to alter the chair’s willingness to lean, though neither of them quite offered the range of difference I’d have expected.
The chair though is astoundingly comfy, and provides some excellent support for your back no matter how long you sit in it. It feels quite firm when you first sit down, but I felt far less fatigue from an extended gaming session than from my ordinary desk chair or our sofa, so much so that I’ve begun to look forward to being able to sit in it at the end of the day.
The only problem I could find was that it felt just half an inch or so too big. It’s marketed as being Secretlab’s biggest chair yet – it is called the Titan, after all! – but at 5’ 8” I’m hardly short, nor a giant, and without my shoes on my feet don’t quite rest flat on the floor, even with the chair on its lowest height setting. Similarly the head pillow sits just slightly too high where it naturally lies. It’s far from being a deal breaker for me, but for anyone shorter they’ll have to be prepared for the Titan to dwarf them and should check out Secretlab’s Omega chair instead.
The sticking point for many will be just how much the Secretlab Titan costs. It is undoubtedly a wonderfully adjustable and comfortable unit, and one which feels as though it’ll last a considerably long time. As counterpoint to that it is in turn definitely a premium product, and while there’s currently a launch offer on, its recommended retail price is £449. It’s a serious price for a serious chair, putting it up there alongside but some may feel as though they should at minimum be getting real leather for that much.
The Secretlab Titan is a fantastic gaming chair, offering exceptional build and finish quality, and is so comfortable you might not want to get back out of it. Having said that, shorter buyers may find it doesn’t quite fit their build and should look to the Omega instead, and even with the current launch offer it’s not the most affordable option out there. If you’re in the market for something to take your hobby to the next level, you really should check out the Titan.