You want to look after yourself. Our bodies might be miraculous machines, but they need some mollycoddling if you’re aiming to be able to move your limbs later in life. Slouching on a sofa, sitting bolt upright on a wooden stool, or managing to get low enough to sit cross-legged on the floor are all potential ways you’re going to damage yourself – or at least your posterior and the bits attached to it.
Noblechairs knows this, which is why they’ve created a series of chairs that aim to promote good posture while boasting great support and comfort. Luckily for you, and your aforementioned posterior, they’ve done an excellent job.
Noblechairs, based in Germany, run three main product lines, with the Hero their biggest chair yet. It’s definitely chunky, but it looks undeniably sleek and smart, with a combination of jet black faux leather and stitching in a colour of your choice. It’s nowhere near as garish as many of the more brash and brazen gaming chairs out there.
The options largely extend to black, black and more black, with the stitching the main point of difference for those looking to personalise the chair a little. Overall it’s incredibly understated, with the back of the chair completely clear of branding, and only an embossed noblechairs crown on the headrest and a tiny logo on the backrest to let you know where it’s come from. Other gaming chair designers should take note that we don’t all like being smacked over the head with branding.
The Hero arrives dismantled, but it’s a relatively simple task to put it all together, though things are definitely easier with a second pair of hands due to the weight of the various parts. From the moment you open the large shipping box and start pulling out the different parts you can tell it’s a quality product, and there’s everything you need to put it together included in the package, alongside clear and well-written instructions which are a luxury you should never underestimate.
The Hero basically features everything you could possibly want from a chair in terms of control options, and thanks to the use of cold foam upholstery the sitting experience is firm, controlled and comfortable. Our review unit featured pliable faux leather, but there’s also a full leather option available if you’ve got particularly deep pockets. The PU option should fit the bill for the majority of people though, and will help save you an eye-watering £230. Whether you’re dropping £365 or £595, you can rest assured that this is no cut-rate chair.
In terms of control you’ve looking at pneumatic height adjustment, and a sprung tilt feature that you can lock in place if you don’t enjoy the full seat tilt the chair has when you lean back. Besides that you’ve got armrests with tactile controls that move up and down, in and out and forward and back to get your position just right for supporting you through hundreds of hours of Fortnite, Overwatch or perhaps Feed & Grow: Fish. Look, don’t judge me.
You get two noblechairs branded velour pillows as well, with easy-to-use catches that make positioning them much easier than some other gaming chair manufacturers. Thanks to the elasticated bands the lumbar pillow actually hangs in the air when you’re not using it which looks a little odd, but in use it helps to support your back admirably.
It’s a little unnecessary in some ways though, as noblechairs have added an integrated adjustable lumbar support – like those you’ll find in a modern car – to the backrest itself, meaning you can likely get things just right without the pillow.
A few hours into sitting in the Hero and I was impressed by just how enjoyable the experience was. I have issues with my neck and spine that mean I need to maintain good posture and the Hero made that much less effort for me, supporting me in a natural way. For those who want a more relaxed seated position, the backrest is fully adjustable, giving you plenty of opportunity to lean into things if you want.
The only manufacturer that comes close to what noblechair have created here is Secretlab, and the similarities between the two are clear to see. Both offer a fantastically supportive sitting position, top quality materials and the attention to detail is similarly precise. It’s only the slightly gaudier branding of the standard Secretlab chairs that gives noblechairs’ more understated offering the edge for me.