The first hurdle to overcome with DXRacer’s new Craft range of “custom” gaming chairs is sticker shock. Even in the astonishingly pricey world of moderately nice office furniture, it has a premium price tag. If you want your lumbar supported, and you do, you’ll almost always have to put a little more money.
The good news is thats you can track the money’s whereabouts. The Craft has a lot of adjustable features for user comfort, including the ability to adjust the backrest to your desired level of support. It’s surprisingly simple to put together, feels sturdy, and comes in a range of colour schemes, the majority of which appear to be trying to persuade predators that they’re toxic.
Out of the box thinking
DXRacer sent along one of their initial Craft designs, the “Spaceman,” in grey and yellow, as a review unit. It, along with the other five initial alternatives, resembles a generic poster image for DAZ Studio, or perhaps the cover of a pocket sketchbook from Michael’s art supply aisle. These aren’t flattering parallels to make.
Other options include simple designs based on the logos for the End of Dragons expansion for Guild Wars 2, Rainbow Six Extraction, and Far Cry 6. Alternatively, a simple matte-black version of the Craft with DXRacer’s logo is available. (In fact, they all have DXRacer’s logo on them wherever they can.) It irritates me a little.)
Whichever option you chose, the Craft was surprisingly simple to put. Many of the Craft’s largest elements were already assembled in the box, and it came with a single large cardboard sheet of step-by-step instructions. I had to tighten a few bolts, but the most of them were already in place. It was possibly the simplest piece of office furniture I’ve ever dealt with.
Take a seat and deliver
The Craft is advised for users up to 5 feet 7 inches tall and 200 pounds, which is a complimentary description of myself, therefore it is a good fit for me. The cushions are made of polyurethane leather over high-density foam, and the headrest has a detachable foam/cooling gel cushion. The Craft’s base is comprised of a strong block of aluminium that adds a lot of weight to the table. I’ve been trying to tip this thing over, but I’m having no luck.
The Craft is a sturdy chair with great lumbar support when used at its usual settings, although it’s a tad stiff when reclined. As it turns out, that’s just how it’s set up at first, and the Craft has a lot of bespoke options (thus the name, one assumes) that can be explained by watching one of the DXRacer site’s how-to videos.
It’s a little strange. I didn’t receive a standard manual for the chair, and I was about to dismiss a lot of the Craft’s quirks as defects. Instead, most of them can be fixed with a little trial and error, which is perhaps why DXRacer calls the Craft a “custom gaming chair.” It’s designed to conform to your unique postural requirements.
I’ve been trying to tip this thing over, but I’m having no luck.
The recline, lumbar support, and armrests can all be adjusted, allowing you to customise the chair for whatever you’re doing. You may adjust the lumbar support by twisting a dial (above) on the right side of the backrest, which ranges from “completely missing” to “your mother placing a knee in your back so you don’t slouch.”
While the Craft is initially difficult to recline in, one of the levers on its base can be used to lock it in place at any degree, which is beneficial if you’re trying to relax. The 4D armrests (which is a misnomer; I’ve been trying to time travel with these all day and haven’t gotten far) can be raised, lowered, slid forward, or rotated up to 45 degrees.
Alternatives from a boutique
The real dilemma with a “gaming chair” like this — one that lacks particular gaming features like built-in speakers or a cup holder large enough to accommodate a basketball — is whether it’s worth it to spends the money on it over a more basic piece of office furniture.
In the DXRacer Craft’s defence, it has a sturdy feel and a slew of features that have persuaded me that I’ll still be using this chair in a few years, and it’ll be in approximately the same condition. It also has a lot of customization choices that make it handy for both work and play, albeit most of its settings must be consciously adjusted to taste rather than being a one-size-fits-all black mesh special. Overall, it’s not a horrible choice if you’re seeking to spend a little money right now, even if none of the designs appeal to me.
If you order the DXRacer Craft directly from the company’s website, it costs $479, or $519 if you buy it elsewhere.