A great upgrade for a home office.

A few years ago I transitioned from using a standard desk/computer chair at work to a ‘gaming’ chair. I thought it made sense to use something that was not only designed for long-term use, but also for comfort since I spend most of my waking hours sitting at a computer desk. In my last job, some of my co-workers were actually jealous of my PC gaming chair because it held up so much better than the standard-issue computer chairs. A little over a month ago, I transitioned into a new position with a new company and given the environment we are all navigating with the COVID-19 pandemic, I found myself setting up a long-term workspace at home. Part of that workspace was a new gaming chair from E-Win Racing. 

DETAILS

The FLH-XL model gaming chair from E-Win Gaming is made with stain resistant 2.0 PU leather. It’s designed to be able to be cleaned repeatedly and not cause surface damage. This material also surpasses industry performance standard for strength abrasion, hydrolysis, and UV stability. The interior cushion is made with a cold-cure, high-density foam. It’s engineered to be 2 times heavier per cubic foot than regular foam. This means the foam is close to the same quality as memory foam. The arm rests are designed to rotate in/out, adjust front/back, lift up/down, and move sideways. The seat can also be adjusted by height and tilt. The chair is designed to provide an option for users to nap, too, with the adjustable backrest. The back can reach a reclining position of 155º. Because this chair is graded as “XL” it can hold weight up to 550 lbs and has a 22-inch seat base. 

Chair Type: Gaming/Office Chair
Foam Type:High Density Seperated Foaming
Foam Density: 60kg/m3
Frame Color: Black
Frame Construction: Metal
Adjustable Armrests: 4D
Mechanism Type: Multi-functional Tilt
Tilt Lock: Yes
Tilt Angle Lock: Yes
Gas Lift Class: 4
Chair/Seat Back Style: High-back
Adjustable Back Angle: 85-155 Degrees
Base Type: 5-star Wide Aluminum Base
Caster Size & Material: 3″ Caster/PU

USER EXPERIENCE

The Flash XL Series (FLH-XL) Ergonomic Computer/Gaming/Office Chair is essentially the upgrade to the Flash XL Series (FLC) model, which we reviewed in 2018. The two chairs are made with the same premium materials, but the seats are designed differently. With the FLC model, the seat is 23.6 inches wide, but only 16.5 inches of that is actually ‘seat’. The rest of it is sides to the seat. With the FLH-XL model, the seat is flat across the base. Therefore, the entire 22-inch seat is available for someone to sit on. For me, this was a big improvement over the FLC model. I really did not like the raised sides on that version of the chair because I felt constrained. 

Assembly of the chair wasn’t difficult although the instructions could have been a little more clear. It seemed as though the instructions were generic in nature and not written specifically for this gaming chair. One of the things I like about this chair assembly is that most of the bolts are pre-installed. You have to remove them to use them, but it ensures that you don’t mix up screws during the process. The first set of steps has you attaching the back to the seat. You do this by removing the aforementioned screws from the back and then screwing them back through the metal bracket from the seat. 

Once the back is attached to the seat, you will then place the plastic cover over the metal bracket. I have to admit that when I first went to install this piece, I didn’t look at the parts closely enough and didn’t notice they were different — but they are. The instructions aren’t particularly clear about which one goes on which side, but when you look at them and the differences in the sides of the chair, you will be able to tell. Once those plastic guards are in place, you turn your attention to the base. You will remove the bolts from the bottom of the chair (only the four in the center and not the ones that hold the arms in place) and then use them to attach the adjustment assembly. 

Finally, you will push the wheels into the 5-star base. This base is all metal (with the exception of the actual wheels) and I can speak from experience when I say that it can withstand a lot of use. It’s very sturdy. I do wish the wheels were larger. I am actually currently using the chair on carpet and surprisingly enough, the chair moves quite well (better than my previous chair) and the carpet is not getting torn up. Once the wheels are all snapped into place on the base, you will flip the base over and put the hydraulic cylinder into the center and then the plastic sleeve on top of it. Last, but not least, you will lift the back/seat assembly onto the base and then the chair is ready to go. 

I really liked the previous version of this chair with the exception of the seat sides that I already mentioned. Since this updated chair has a flat seat, it’s nearly perfect. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now for work and I’ve found it to be much more comfortable than my previous gaming chair (not an E-Win brand). I have some chronic back issues so having a sturdy comfortable chair is essential for me. I love the soft seat cushion that is also very supportive. This chair also comes with two detachable cushions — one for the back and one for the neck. I like the back cushion because it helps me sit up straighter. I do remove it from time-to-time so that I can sit back farther in the chair. The only thing I don’t like about this chair and could see it being improved is the location of the hydraulic cylinder. It ends up being off-center and toward the back of the seat. So, when you go to sit in the chair, if you are too close to the front edge, the chair can actually slide out from under you. This has happened to me a couple of times and thankfully was never hurt. While some people may not have problems with this, I wanted to address it since I did have issues. My fiancé will steel the chair from me after my workday to use it through the night for gaming. He says it’s super comfortable and wants to order one just for his gaming station. Nick says the ability to rock in this gaming chair is so wonderful, it keeps him calm when playing intense games.

CONCLUSION

The E-Win Flash XL Series (FLH-XL) Ergonomic Computer/Gaming/Office Chair is a wonderful option for home offices, traditional workspaces, or gaming areas. It’s comfortable, sturdy, and made with premium materials. I’m looking forward to using it for several years to come. MacSources readers can get 20% off by using the code Mac.

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