As the world of technology marches forward, so does our society. The changes that are taking place in our lives are not always easy to adapt to. We may be faced with a choice between two paths, but which one is worth it?
After evaluating and being blown away by both the Omega and Titan versions of Secretlab’s 2020 series of seats, one begins to question what further enhancements might be made to a gaming chair. Collaborations and bespoke designs suited to a person’s particular hobbies would be great, but the seats themselves were already about as comfy as gaming chairs go. That’s why Secretlab’s new Titan Evo chair series is so impressive: it addresses issues that weren’t even considered issues until you saw the new possibilities.
The Titan Evo simplifies things right away by being a single chair that is available in three sizes and two distinct fabric choices. Unlike the 2020 series, which had the smaller Omega, the medium-sized Titan, and finally the Titan XL, the 2022 Series only provides the Titan Evo in small, normal, and XL sizes. Characteristics differed between the Omega and Titan, however with the Titan Evo, no matter what size you purchase, you receive the same set of features.
When you sit in the Titan Evo, two things jump out the most: the revised seat base and the redesigned lumbar support system. The new “pebble” base is positioned between the Omega and Titan designs, meaning it’s broad enough to suit most seating requirements while also having somewhat elevated edges, but not as much as the Omega. This design provides a robust, spacious foundation that will keep you comfortable for hours of gaming or office work.
However, this may not be to everyone’s liking. The standard, leatherette Titan Evo I reviewed had the roomier base as promised, but it took some getting used to as someone who liked the Omega’s snugness. Because the armrests are connected directly to the seat’s sides, this larger seat base has an impact on them as well. The armrests may be adjusted in a variety of ways to suit various tastes, but even when they’re positioned as close together as possible, they’re still significantly further apart than in prior chairs.
The Omega’s armrests are approximately 17 1/2 inches apart from the insides of the cushions when they’re pulled in as close as possible, if you want to be technical (like I did). The Titan’s armrests are just 18 inches apart, which is a little difference. The standard Titan Evos, by contrast, are 20 inches apart at their thinnest point. Even when you customize the rest of the chair’s mechanics to your preferences, you’ll notice a small change in your elbows and shoulders.
However, there are no complaints about the new lumbar system. In favor of a dual-knob lumbar system, the Titan Evo foregoes lumbar cushions and even single-knob lumbar supports. As a consequence, the lumbar support within the chair may be adjusted not only forward and back, but also up and down, thanks to a less visible mechanism integrated directly into the chair. With the Titan Evo, it’s not a good idea to adopt a “posture be damned” mentality — utilize the chair’s lumbar functions to customize it to your requirements, and your back will thank you.
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Magnets were integrated into the design of Secretlab’s new Magnus workstation to make wire management and other chores simpler. Those magnets, it turns out, are also excellent options for upgrading gaming seats. The armrests’ tops connect magnetically, allowing for modifications if desired, and plastic plates attach to the chair’s sides to hide any unsightly nuts and bolts. The latter was also featured on the Omega and Titan models, but it’s nice to see it expanded upon.
The magnetic head pillow is the most inventive use of this technology. Until you question, “why not put magnets in it?” a strap attaching the cushion to the back of the chair seems to be the most obvious solution. The cushion is magnetized to the back of the chair and has just enough wiggle space to allow you to move about without fear of it falling off. It’s one of those upgrades that makes perfect sense once you see it in action and makes it tough to go back to the old way of doing things.
The main changes mentioned above are the ones you’ll hear about the most, but they don’t cover all that’s new. Secretlab’s meticulous attention to detail extends to the chair’s smaller, less essential components, as well as the assembly process.
The new levers for the tilt and hydraulic systems, as well as the handle for reclining the chair, are features that grow on you with time. Those may seem like little compliments, but even minor changes to the lever settings make moving the chair more pleasant. The reclining mechanism’s grooved grip also conforms to the hand, resulting in an all-around seamless design.
Given that this is my third Secretlab chair, it’s also worth mentioning how the packing and assembly procedure have evolved over time. Secretlab chairs aren’t inexpensive, but the attention to detail is immediately apparent as you open the package. Building the chair is a snap thanks to a large, movie poster-sized instruction booklet and an accompanying setup video, and the fact that everything has its home in the shipping box means you never have to question what’s what throughout the construction.
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Secretlab already had a stranglehold on the gaming chair market in terms of comfort, variety of themes and colors, and brand awareness. It could have pumped out fresh partnerships for another year without launching a new series, and its standing among rivals would have remained unchanged. Secretlab, on the other hand, has maintained its lead thanks to the Titan Evo.
The Omega’s tight base will be missed now that the Titan Evo is the only option, and the Titan Evo’s broader armrests may take some getting used to, but those aren’t terrible trade-offs given what’s been enhanced. If you’re in the market for a new chair, the Titan Evo is both unexpected and remarkable, and it’s well worth the upgrade or jump.
The Titan Evo chair in leatherette from Secretlab begins at $429 for the small, $449 for the normal, and $499 for the XL. The SoftWeave Plus fabric variant costs $449 for a small, $469 for a medium, and $519 for an XL. Secretlab supplied a standard Titan Evo in leatherette for testing, and the seats may be bought directly from Secretlab’s website.