It's been a while since we've talked gaming chairs. So if you're in the market for one lately, here's a heads up.
Gaming chairs aren't the kind of thing that you replace - or purchase - very often. Consequently, they don't tend to change a great deal. The last new chair I spent a decent amount of time with was the Secretlab Omega Stealth, which I reviewed over a year ago now. Earlier this year, Mike Fahey also spent some time with the Secretlab Titan, which is roughly the same chair, but built for tall people.
I'll let you in on a little secret. the best gaming chair I've ever had has always been a second-hand affair. My latest purchase was a furnished offering from a local retailer, and before that I had a full-sized, comfy armchair acquired from a warehouse sale.
Standard office and gaming chairs are not built for big and tall people. They cower before our broad frames, shudder beneath our weight and generally fear us. The SecretLab Titan, built for the larger-than-guy-sized gamer, has no fear.
But just before the end of the year, Secretlab's Omega chairs are getting refreshed. The 2018 Throne and Omega models started selling locally last week for promotional prices of $399 and $449, with both models getting an upgrade to the piston to "better suit a side range of user heights".
Both models will also get nicer memory foam lumbar pillows, wider and more ergonomic armrests, and "improved inner cushioning". There's no word on whether improved means softer or firmer; personally, I'm a fan of the latter.
Beyond the benefits across the whole line, the Throne gets perhaps the biggest update with a design that Secretlab says "will be a more natural fit in most office spaces". In other words, the bucket seat is gone - which is kind of a good thing, although the high back and striking colours are probably a bit too jarring for your boss:
The Omega line is probably more of a natural fit for offices - the grey almost screams IT in particular. It's also recommended for users 110kg or lighter (although anyone up to 120kg should have no trouble sitting in it), which probably makes it a better fit for Australians.
You can find out more info, including a full spec sheet on the 2018 models, on the Secretlab website.