While many may have been comfortable playing games hunched over as kids, the same comfort usually doesn’t extend far into adulthood. Maintaining good posture while also providing a comfortable seat can play a big role in letting gamers play harder and for longer, without finding themselves having neck, shoulder, or back pain the next day, or as they grow older.
While standard office chairs are an option, more gamers are looking to gaming chairs to provide them with the support and comfort they need, along with the popular style. One of the latest to join the market is the Corsair TC200, but in a market saturated with gaming chairs, how does it measure up?
Over the course of several weeks, Game Rant tested the Corsair TC200 to determine how it would meet the average user’s needs. The Corsair TC200 is intended to be comfortable for larger users, accommodating up to 6’5″ and 268 lbs comfortably while also being an approachable chair for average-height gamers, offering a 23.2 inch maximum seat height and 18.5 inch minimum seat height. In practice, resting one’s feet on the ground was entirely possible even for someone 5’6″.
- Fantastically comfortable
- Great looks
- Plenty of adjustability
- Firmness may not be for some
- Black/grey colouring is bland
The Corsair TC200’s appearance is streamlined and aesthetically pleasing, with muted color options. The TC200 can be purchased in either black or white and grey, with a choice between a leatherette fabric and cloth. In Game Rant’s test, Corsair provided the white/grey cloth variant. The seat of the chair is primarily grey fabric, with white racing stripe-style accents running along the edges, and the Corsair logo is emblazoned on the headrest of the chair. It looks slick and stylish, but would still be appropriate for a home office, unlike the bright and gaudy designs common to modern gaming chairs. The cloth remained comfortable in cold and hot temperatures alike, which was a plus.
One of the Corsair TC200’s biggest selling points is its steel construction. The durability of the chair is immediately apparent when unpacking it, but it’s still light enough to make assembly easy. The chair can be put together by a single person, with online documentation and a step-by-step video available from Corsair to demonstrate how to put it together. Corsair includes a tool for assembly purposes, so no additional hardware is necessary. Many of the steps can be achieved by simply plugging in a part.
As one might expect with gaming chairs these days, there are a variety of ways that users can customize the seating experience to their liking. The 4D armrests on the chair can be lifted, lowered, moved left or right, and tilted inward or outward to make it more comfortable. Finding a comfortable position with this many adjustment options was easy, and it was also useful in allowing the armrests to stay out of the way of a low desk’s retractable keyboard shelf.
In addition to lowering, raising, and tipping the entire seat, the backrest of the chair can also be reclined to a flat 180 degrees. The method for controlling it is quite simple, as users need to reach down on the right side and pull a lever before adjusting their seat, then lean forward or backward, similar to how many car seats work. Due to the chair’s steel construction, everything felt very solid. The chair never felt wobbly or like it was in danger of tipping fully backward or to either side while attempting to recline or sit back up. Gamers won’t be falling out of their chair with the Corsair TC200.
Corsair’s TC200 is advertised as having a wider seat, measuring 15.6 inches, which was a good decision with the high edges on either side. There was plenty of room to sit normally, and switching into a cross-legged position was possible and comfortable.
Finally, users have the option of using an included memory foam pillow over the headrest. Unfortunately, the pillow uses the common method of being attached with straps through the holes at the top of the seat. While the straps do a perfectly good job of holding it in place, the adjustment range is limited due to this method. The pillow may not hit users in the right place if they’re on the shorter side, as was the case in Game Rant’s test. That said, the pillow is made of a nice memory foam material that feels firm, but also comfortable and supportive.
The chair is made from a firm material that provides a lot of support without becoming uncomfortable over time. It never felt like the user was sinking into the chair, which kept stress off the tailbone, making long gaming sessions more comfortable overall. However, there’s very little lumbar support in this chair, and there’s no way to adjust it. The back of the chair is quite firm, which is useful for keeping the upper body in the right posture, but without a pronounced lumbar curve, those who already have lower back pain may want to look elsewhere. Using the headrest pillow as an added lumbar support was helpful in mitigating this, but as it wasn’t intended for this purpose, it’s not a perfect fix.
Corsair’s gaming peripheral is a stylish, aesthetically pleasing, and understated seat that’s likely to suit gamers just as much as office workers. For a mid-range price, the Corsair TC200 would be hard for other chairs to beat, but gamers who are seeking out a new chair specifically for lower back support may want to consider a different option.