Gaming chairs, I have always been into the idea of them. I just don`t fancy having something that looks like it should have legs or is a stripped down racing car that has been dumped in my front room and we all know wives /partners tend to frown on such items, and to be sure it will end up in a spare room with laundry draped over it when the novelty wears off, you being £300 lighter.
That’s why when the lovely people over at BEANBAGBAZAAR sent me one of their IEX gaming chairs I thought “hm bean bags, not too sure on that one” will I end up sitting on the floor eventually as I manoeuvre around and have to keep getting up and shaking the thing back into shape. We’ve all been there and it`s not cool or elegant.
Well folks those days are over, this product doesn`t look like a bean bag, and it doesn`t perform like one either. The other bonus (this bit is for the wives and girlfriends) it won`t stand out in your living room like a large multi-coloured plastic bag neither, which is cool.
The tough faux leather covering and the built in integrity makes for a solid well made construction (just don`t sit in it for too long in your underpants as you will stick to it!).
I can`t say obviously how long it will last for as I have only had mine a few days, but the build quality is excellent and unless you sit in it with a sharp object in your back pocket, let your 4 year old jump up and down on it all day or climb on it in stilettos, I can’t see the problem (the covering is pretty thick).
The IEX stands nearly a metre tall with a nice comfortable backrest and wide seat (I suffer from a bad back and had no problems with it, in fact I spent even more time playing as I was so comfortable, the elbow supports are a nice touch without being intrusive.
They don`t come in any other colour apart from black, But you can have green or silver trim so there is some choice, I don`t know if other colours are planned but it would be nice to have a choice.
There is also a kid’s version which is slightly smaller.
Of course the best thing about this chair is the price, £74.99 (price on 26/11/2011) for a quality item like this is a bargain, ok you don`t get any fancy speakers fitted inside which other even cheaper chairs offer but what you do get is build quality, this chair is built to last and will give you many hours of comfort as you race and shoot your way through whatever virtual world you are in at the moment.
To be honest I was pleasantly surprised by the IEX GAMING CHAIR, compared to other chairs I have tried in the past. It is comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and built to last, and doesn`t look out of place in any living room, so you can persuade the wife/girlfriend/partner that it’s a good idea and you can have one, seeing as there are no speakers inside you don`t have the problem with wires sticking out everywhere, if you do need to have surround sound in your seat then go elsewhere.
The IEX GAMING CHAIR is all about tough reliability and comfort and for this kind of money it`s one of the best around. A choice of different colours would have been nice and maybe different coverings as I did find that the plastic does stick to you if any bare skin touches it but that is a minor thing really.
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Product: IEX Gaming Chair
Manufacturer: Beanbag Bazaar
Price: £74.99 (as of 26/11/2011)
Review by Dayvid Ryan