We all rant and rave about our components, who has the best keyboard or fastest graphics card, but we neglect what we use the most; the chair. Personally I have two, both costing well under £100 each, but of massively different build qualities. Something that these ‘racing’ chairs hope to bring is bucket seat comfort and support to our gaming sessions. Haven’t heard of Vertagear before now? Don’t worry, I didn’t either. The company has just four models available, the budget orientated SL 2000, mainstream SL 4000, executive SL 5000 and the new PL 6000. For the most part they all look very similar to each other but they vary by style, color, design and over all size. For this review, I’ll be review the SL 2000 series in white/black.
I won’t go into full details on how to assemble the Vertagear PL 2000 because it’s pretty self explanatory. I will however tell you that inside the packaging they give you all of the necessary tools and pieces to make assembly very simple, easy and to be completed in about 15 – 20 minutes. There’s really no going wrong with the assembly. One good thing to note is that all the screws and washers you need for assembly come screwed into the chair when you receive it. This means there’s no opening of packages, screws/washers missing or you possibly dropping one and it rolling away and getting lost. Something that a lot of other companies need to take note of and do with their products.
While I mention assembly is easy, it’s worth noting that pieces like the cushion and the back of the chair itself do have a little bit of weight to them, so it might be of use to have a second person around just in case to make assembly a bit easier. Certainly not necessary, but could be helpful for some folks.
First let me start off by saying that I own and have owned a DXRacer racing series gaming chair for well over a year now and I have to admit, I love it, a lot. Especially compared to my previously owned high dollar office/computer style chair that I was using. So a lot of my thoughts and opinions towards the Vertagear SL 2000 may be reflected and/or compared to those of the DXRacer. That’s not necessarily a bad thing of course, because that’s one big reason why the folks at Vertagear sent me the SL 2000 to review was to compare it to their competitors product.
Now, my first initial thought of the SL 2000 once it was fully assembled was that it appears to be of good quality, just as good if not better than the DXRacer. The leather material is nice and thick and looks as if it’s going to last for quite some time and certainly doesn’t appear that it’s going to rip very easily.
The Vertagear is indeed sturdy and not going to fall apart any time soon. All of the screws and pieces just fit perfectly into place and do so very well. Screws fit nice and tight and snug and there’s no worries that they will come out over any period of time.
The Vertagear SL 2000 Does have a strong smell to it for the first couple of days, this is commonly know as Outgassing. All furniture and especially material adsorb or trap gassy smells from production and packaging and take a few days to expel these smells. I personally never find it a problem, but if you do then you can always put the chair outside (as long as it’s not raining of course) for a day and maybe this will speed up the process.
The Vertagear SL 2000 has all the adjustments that you would normally find on a high end office chair. The lever that controls the height of the Vertagear SL 2000 is found on the lower right hand side, this also controls the ability to rock the chair forwards or backwards by locking or freeing the action.
The seat angle lever can be found on the right hand side towards the back of the chair. This lever has a strong spring controlling it so you do need to apply quite a bit of pressure with your back before lifting the lever and pushing the seat backwards.
The chair adjustments all worked well, I preferred a lower height to the Vertagear SL 2000 with quite an upright back to the chair. The feature that I did find the most beneficial was the rocking motion, after a few hours of gaming this helped me to stretch my body and relax a bit.
This part of the chair is probably the part that has the biggest differences between the DXRacer and the Vertagear. Both in a good way and a bad way and let me explain. The armrests on the DXRacer at flat in style and they swivel left and right and move forward/backward as well as up/down. While this can be nice in a way and for certain times, the moving forward/backward really can get annoying at times.
The armrests on the Vertagear are slightly concave on the top and while they do move up and down, they don’t swivel left/right or move forward and backward. The concave style on the arms is super nice compared to the DXRacer’s flat style armrests so this is very welcoming. The fact that they don’t move forward/backward is very welcoming as well and makes it easier to deal with at times.
The only complaint that I have with both the DXRacer and the Vertagear when it comes to the armrests are that neither of them are padded in any way. They are a pretty hard plastic and to some that can be a big turn off. For me it’s not a big deal, but it would be nice to see a gaming chair that’s all well built as the Vertagear to have padded armrests.
The neck support cushion fits onto the chair by way of a thick elastic strap which is only visible from the back. The cushion gave me great neck relief as I do sit for long periods of time since I work from home and then sit while playing my video games, which I tend to do for several hours in a day. The cushion is a very welcome part of the SL 2000 as it’s good to just lean back and relax and rest my head.
It took me a while to get used to the lumbar support cushion as I always felt like it was in the way. I checked online about the advantages of using one and decided I would try it out for a while. After a certain amount of gaming I was happy that I left in place on the Vertagear SL 2000. I did not get the lower back ache I have experienced before when using chairs without this cushion. So, word of advice, use the lumbar support cushion if you are going to be gaming for any long period of time, it is for your benefit. This cushion is attached to the chair via two long adjustable straps which go under the seat back and loop around through the plastic seat cutouts.
At first, and I’m not sure if it’s because I was coming from a DXRacer or if it’s just the way Vertagear makes their chairs overall, but the seat cushion felt a bit stiff, and seemed a bit uncomfortable. I stuck with it however and after a couple of days of using it all the time I found it to be very comfortable and not bother me like it did in the beginning. I feel this is something very important to note because some people will feel this possible discomfort and either give up on the chair or give it a bad review/rating.
As with most any racing series gaming chairs, the prices can be quite high compared to a lot of office/computer style chairs. The Vertagear SL 2000 is priced at $299.99 but in the end it’s definitely worth every penny of that price in my opinion. The quality of product you will get for that price is phenomenal and you’ll have a product that will last you for a lot of years to come to sit and enjoy your favorite games. There are many different color combinations you can choose from so there’s pretty much something for anyone and everyone.