Anda Seat Spider-Man gaming chair review
Quick verdict: Anda Seat nails both comfort and style with its Spider-Man themed gaming chair, though it will set you back a pretty penny.
- Extremely comfortable
- Spider-Man aesthetic is on point
- Highly adjustable to handle different body shapes and sizes
- Inside edges of armrests can dig into skin
- Head cushion is a bit stiff
To stand out in the increasingly crowded gaming chair space, manufacturer Anda Seat has partnered up with Disney to produce four chairs styled after popular superheroes from the Avengers canon: Iron Man, Captain America, Ant-Man and Spider-Man. I've spent the last week testing out Spidey's chair, seating myself within the embrace of the red-and-blue web-slinger to see whether Anda Seat could deliver a product that lived up to the quality of its source material.
- Successfully captures the Spider-Man aesthetic
- Not so gaudy that it sticks out like a sore thumb
- Built from sturdy, high-quality materials
A single glance is all it takes to see that Anda Seat has nailed the Spider-Man aesthetic. The blue and red colour scheme, the black webbing, the white "eyes" and the iconic spider logo: the design incorporates all the key elements from the modern Spider-Man look in a way that is immediately recognisable without coming off as a mere branding billboard. As closely as it mimics Spider-Man's costume, it feels like it could almost exist within Peter Parker's world, a slightly self-indulgent addition to Pete's home office.
The design is mirrored on both the front and the back of the chair, ensuring that it's visible from all angles. While it's quite eye-catching, it's not so gaudy as to clash with the blacks and browns of your typical gaming or office environment. Nor does it try so hard to evoke its source material that it ends up looking like a children's product. Its tempered colours and limited iconography instead convey a more mature look that better suits the adult audience with the means to actually purchase the chair.
For as attractive as the arachnoid exterior is, it's the design of the chair underneath it that really shines. PVC leather encases the entirety of the seat and backrest. Not only is it scratch and stain resistant, it feels smooth and cool to the touch, conveying a premium quality that justifies the chair's hefty price tag.
Beneath the leather lies a layer of moulded foam that toes the thin line between being too soft and too firm. While there's enough give to really sink into, there's sufficient support to maintain an ergonomic sitting position that won't lead to back problems years down the line.
Both the seat and the framework surrounding it feel appropriately sturdy. The metal base is reassuringly strong, and the plastic used for the armrests and various adjustment levers feels durable enough to weather quite a few years of use.
Speaking of the armrests, each supports the now-standard four dimensions of customisation. They can rotate, slide horizontally, move up and down and shunt backwards and forwards. This degree of flexibility is important not only to accommodate different body shapes and sizes but to account for the different positions one person may assume when gaming. You likely position your arms differently when using a mouse and keyboard on a desk compared to when you're using a controller, for example.
As with most furniture, the Anda Seat Spider-Man gaming chair isn't a one-size-fits-all product. Anda Seat rates its load capacity up to 200kg, though recommends no more than 160kg. Height-wise, it caps out at 210cm, though again Anda Seat's recommendation is lower at 190cm.
- Soft yet supportive seat cushion is a delight to rest on
- Backrest offers comfortable support enhanced by the removable lumbar cushion
- Slick armrests defy hot-weather stickiness
Quite simply, Anda Seat's Spider-Man gaming chair is the most comfortable chair I've had the pleasure of parking my keister in. Its seat cushion is delightfully soft, welcoming my return with a supple embrace each time I sat back down. At the same time, it provided enough support to keep me firmly upright, avoiding the ergonomic issues associated with overly soft bean bags and couches. I could sit for hours without experiencing an ounce of discomfort.
The backrest is equally deserving of praise. While not as soft as the seat, it has sufficient give to cushion the back while still promoting a healthy vertical posture. If you need more support, the chair comes with a removable memory foam lumbar cushion and head pillow. The lumbar cushion feels just as good as the seat itself, though I found the head pillow a little stiff. It's embroidered with the Spider-Man web and logo as well, which isn't particularly comfortable to rest your head against.
Armrests are a key component of a good gaming chair, and the ones here are solid. Each is coated in a cool, slick surface that doesn't stick to your arms, even when heat builds up. The extent of their 4D customisation made it easy to find a position I could comfortably rest my arms on, though I do have a nit to pick. While the outer edge of each armrest is smoothly curved, the inside edge is flat. When holding a controller, this edge would dig into the skin of my arms, causing very mild but still noticeable discomfort. Using a mouse and keyboard or resting my arms on my desk would eliminate this issue, but it is nonetheless worth being aware of.
Anda Seat has built the Spider-Man gaming chair to be quite versatile. Its seat, for instance, is wider than you see on a lot of gaming chairs, allowing it to accommodate occupants with larger physical frames. The backrest is adjustable across a wide range of inclinations, from a vertical 90 degrees all the way to an almost-horizontal 160 degrees. You can lock it in place, too, so you don't have to worry about it whipping back on you when you get up.
Underneath the seat, there's your standard lever for adjusting the chair's height along with another, less-common paddle. This paddle lets you lock or unlock the ability to tilt the entire chair back and forth independently of its backrest. Dubbed "leisure mode", it's designed for a more relaxed seated experience in which you might kick your feet up on a footrest or – if you're living dangerously – your desk. I can't speak to the ergonomics of such a reclined position, but it certainly is comfortable.
- Clear and simple instructions
- Can be assembled by a single person
- No external tools required
Assembling a gaming chair – or any piece of furniture, for that matter – can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, clear instructions and plenty of pre-built components make putting together the Anda Seat Spider-Man gaming chair a breeze.
Everything you need to build the chair is bundled in the box, including a multi-size Allen key for screwing the components together. Individual parts all fit neatly in place, and the whole set-up process took me no longer than 20 minutes to complete by myself.
Should you buy the Anda Seat Spider-Man gaming chair?
- Buy it if you want a supremely comfortable gaming chair that celebrates everyone's favourite web-slinger in style
- Don't buy it if you only really care about comfort since there are cheaper options out there
Anda Seat has successfully avoided the trap so many licensed products fall into. The Spider-Man gaming chair is no mere cash-in; it's a high-quality product that just happens to sport a Spider-Man veneer. It's stout, comfortable and supportive, with sufficient versatility to accommodate a wide range of body shapes and sizes.
The only downside to the chair is its price tag. At $819.99, it's considerably more expensive than many competing products as well as Anda Seat's own chairs. That premium is likely tied to the Spider-Man branding, though it's interesting that the three other variants in the Marvel collaboration series vary wildly in their prices, ranging from $499.99 to $799.99. I can't speak to the comfort or quality of those variants, but they might be worth considering if money is an issue and your Marvel appreciation isn't restricted to a single superhero.
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