Gaming chairs are all the rage for PC gamers at the moment and Corsair (NASDAQ: CRSR) was one of the first to offer a fully adjustable model that leans more towards ergonomics than the back pain-inducing models of a decade ago. The TC200 is the latest model from the company and aims to provide a larger, more casual area in which to sit, with the leatherette TC200 in white/grey being reviewed here.
This $400 chair caters for both the larger person or those that want to sit cross-legged or with one knee up on your lap. For anyone that’s slim and the south side of around 5ft 10in, you may find it too large, but the side cushions do a good job of offering support even if you’re closer to this lower limit. As you’d expect on a chair at this price, the whole chair as well just the backrest can tilt, the arm rests are fully
It’s available in black or a combination of grey and white as well as either material or leatherette. For anyone that has a bright, clean office, the white model is definitely where it’s at, with a wipe-clean leatherette maybe offering the best long-term durability, but the grey fabric looking very refined, although you’d need to avoid those energy drink spills.
Construction is relatively straightforward, with a five-star base, castor wheels, gas lift plus seat, back and arm sections to construct, but it’s worth remembering not to activate the tilt lever until you’ve attached the backrest to the seat. This is essentially spring-loaded and will do a pretty good job of trying to amputate your hand if you activate it without load, although you’ll have the same issue with any tilt-enabled chair.
As soon as you sit down, it’s clear the chair is designed for comfort, with the seat being softer, plush-feeling and with a good depth to the cushion. It’s certainly softer than many chairs out there, but doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve fallen into it. It’s definitely a chair for the larger person too, with added width on the back rest and seat compared to most chairs.
The arm rests offer soft, textured cushions for your elbows and are adjustable in height, width, forward position and can be tilted inwards too. Again if you’re significantly south of six foot, you’ll likely find they’re too wide to offer decent support while typing, but you can angle them inward to limit this.
The chair includes a head cushion too, while lumbar support is left to a bolstered area at the base of the back rest. This isn’t really up to the task of offering decent enough lumbar support for long periods of sitting, so anyone concerned about that will need to invest in added support. Other chairs do go the extra mile here, either with a cushion or adjustable lumbar support, but few get it right.
It would have been good to see at least a cushion to offer added support here. Corsair itself states the chair is designed to be more casual, but the lack of decent lumbar support is at odds with the excellent support and adjustment elsewhere on the chair and my lower back didn’t feel as snug and supported as I’d have liked.
What impressed me most about the Corsair TC200 is how smart it looks. My leatherette sample had clean lines, great build quality and even the castor wheels sported white ring walls in large glossy housings. If you have a bright, light-colored office it will fit right in.
Other than this it’s very comfortable with a soft, supportive base and has as much adjustment as other gaming chairs. While $400 is a lot for gaming chair, it is something you’ll be using every time you sit at your PC and it’s actually cheaper than similar examples from the likes of noblechairs and certainly has your typical sub $250 model beat on build quality and adjustment.
My only gripe is average lumbar support and many will need to add a cushion or dedicated support here to sit comfortably for longer gaming sessions. If you can look passed that it should definitely be on your shortlist if you’re looking for a premium gaming chair.