Gamers out there are constantly upgrading their hardware, from personal computers, keyboards, mice, headsets, monitors, and speakers but in the past few years, there has been another less technically, but more focused effort targeting gamers – to get off their behinds, and protect it.
Gaming chairs have become all the rage, but they have recently gone all extreme, from the multi-coloured RGB chairs like the ASUS ROG Chariot RGB, to the we-kid-you-not world’s first gaming massage chair from Predator x Osim taking the cake. And some of these companies branching out and entering the gaming market, what would happen if we were to leave things to the experts?
Having seen the chair from ASUS, we’re finally seeing Razer jumping onto the bandwagon with their very own gaming chair, with the Razer Iskur. Designed for comfort and style, the chair features plenty of adjustable parts, a unique concave shape and of course, the star of the show – the customisable lumbar support system that offers the ultimate lumbar support that will not just improve your posture and spinal health, but also allow you to play for hours.
Shaped to look like a snake, the gaming chair features multilayered synthetic leather that replicates the look of a snake’s skin to give the chair an extra wow factor. Technically speaking, the synthetic leather also allows the chair to withstand longer hours of wear and tear. Pair that with neon green stitchings on the sleek all black chair, the chair is recognisably Razer’s and is a good-looker. Colour aside, we can only hope that the materials used here is a lasting one, as we’ve seen similar material peel off these chairs after extended use, of about 12 to 18 months.
On top of that, the chair has beautiful detailed finishings like the snake emblem embroidered on the headrest, the Razer logo on the back and sides of the chair, and Razer’s ever-familiar slogan ‘For Gamers By Gamers’ on the front of the seat. The Razer Iskur is definitely giving gamers a bougie experience knowing that they’re fronting the best of the best in the gaming industry.
Aesthetics aside, Razer isn’t made by gamers for gamers for no apparent reason. A healthy sitting posture is imperative for determining whether you’ll end the day with an aching back and Razer just knows how to fix it.
Aiming to achieve the perfect gaming form and combat bad posture, the Razer Iskur is built with a lumbar support system. It’s not the first chair to do so, as Singapore’s Secretlab offered the Titan with its adjustable lumbar support, but this is a different offering. Unlike most brands that require you to purchase support pillows or have minimal in-built support, the Razer Iskur lumbar support system is built into the chair, and allows the chair to push up its lumbar support by up to 26 degrees.
Think of this as a massage chair that offers an adjustable roller that simply juts out. In essence, it lets you customise the type of support your body needs to help you achieve the best position and posture possible for you.
The lumbar system supports the spine’s natural posture and after a day or two of use, you will definitely feel the difference in your overall posture. Sitting on other chairs will no longer be the same.
Even if you’re not much of a gamer or don’t typically fit Razer’s audience like what this chair is intended for, the Razer Iskur is a much needed addition to your workspace, especially if you work on the desk all day.
So whether you’re busy playing Cyberpunk 2077 for hours on the PC, replying to work emails, or tabulating data, the proper posture that comes with this chair allows you to have an optimised line of sight so you’re always at the top of your game. Or rather, let’s you look very hard at work when you’re casually browsing through Facebook during your 5 minutes break. We know you do it.
Adding to that is the high density foam cushions, and a memory foam head cushion for the perfect balance of support and comfort. Like with almost all gaming chairs in the market, this seat comes with 4D armrests that are fully customisable, with positioning that gives your wrists and forearms more space and room.
What type of customisable positioning you ask? The 4D armrests can be moved up and down, left to right, forward and backward and lastly diagonally. This is a feature seen in most gaming chairs in the market, but the Razer Iskur ensures that you find the sweet spot. The adjustment mechanism works smoothly, though you may have to tug it a little harder when angling the armrests.
Similar to other chairs, you can also tilt the chair back by lifting the lock on the under left side of the chair and raise it higher or drop it lower according to your height. The chair is designed for people up to 190cm so it’s a chair that can be used for people who are short, tall and taller than the rest.
If you fall on the shorter end of the spectrum, the backrest can be angled accordingly so that the lumbar support system can fit your body. You’ve got to put in a bit of work to achieve the perfect seating position – regardless of your height – but for a chair that fits all, it’s worth putting in the extra effort.
The Razer Iskur is engineered to carry up to 136kg which is an impressive load when compared to other chairs in the market. Whilst it’s great that the chair can carry so much weight, the seat of the chair is incredibly compact. It can be really uncomfortable if you’ve got more junk in the trunk so unlike Sir Mix A Lot, this chair does not like big butts.
Likewise, if your body is all legs, even the tallest height of the seat may not suffice and you’ll find yourself needing to have a bit of a stretch under the desk to let your glorious long legs have a moment.
Of course, there are reasons as to why the seat is so compact. A compact seat with minimal butt space ensures that you won’t end up slouching into the seat, and with the lumbar support system in place, it really does ensure you sit straight all day.
Going for S$749.90 (US$499), the compact seat and the steep price may put some users off, but at the end of the day, the Razer Iskur keeps true to its main goals – perfect form, great posture and a healthy spine.
GEEK REVIEW SCORE
The Razer Iskur keeps true to its main goals – perfect form, great posture and a healthy spine.
Aesthetics - 8/10
Build Quality - 8/10
Performance - 8/10
Value - 7/10
Geek Satisfaction - 8/10
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