Secretlab Titan Gaming Chair

A throne for games.

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Ergonomics

Perhaps the biggest selling point of the Titan is its adaptability and suitability for bigger gamers, and this area doesn’t disappoint. At around 6-foot 3-inches (190cm) and hovering around 90kg, this reviewer found that the overall dimensions of the chair suited him to a tee. 

Although there are oodles of adjustable settings, there are still some fixed dimensions that will determine whether or not this chair is appropriate for you at all. The backrest stands 86cm above the seat, and the butt-surface is 54cm deep and equally as wide (when including the contoured edges). 

The dimensions are generous and suitable for a range of larger individuals

According to Secretlab’s information, the Titan can comfortably accommodate people between 175cm and 195cm in height, and thanks to some thicker-diameter casters on the base, can handle a recommended load of up to 130kg. This was certainly the case in testing, and realistically we feel that the chair could manage people even taller and heavier than this, but the range is provided by the company to indicate optimal and (perhaps more significantly) safe usage conditions.

Customisation options

Now for the adjustments, and there’s plenty of them. Almost every conceivable component on the Titan can be shifted along almost every conceivable axis — and there are even  almost inconceivable options that you wouldn’t expect. The usual suspects you find in a premium desk chair are all here — the height of the base, the angle of backrest recline and the amount of tilt (with the ability to lock in place) can all be changed – but some convenient additions really set the Titan’s adjustability apart from the competition, such as being able to adjust the tension of the tilt so you can lazily lean back or have the chair offer more resistance.

Special mention goes to the armrests, which can be altered in four different dimensions (and no, the fourth one isn’t ‘time’ — sorry physics nerds). They can slide forward and back, elevate up and down, rotate so that their front edges point inwards or outwards, and the mounting arms that hold them up can move closer or further away from the base of the chair to allow for wider or shallower stances. 

This latter alteration is achieved by unscrewing three sturdy bolts (per arm) and re-securing the arm at the desired point on a sliding rail, in fact, you can take the armrests entirely off with this method if that’s what you’re after. Although there isn’t a massive range of expansion available in this particular ‘dimension’, any further extension would likely compromise the stability of the armrests and the fact that it’s included at all is a big boon over other gaming chairs in the market.

The lumbar support adjustment is immediately accessible on the chair's side

The lumbar support adjustment is immediately accessible on the chair's side

One of the primary differences between the Omega and the Titan models is the latter’s inclusion of adjustable lumbar support. Instead of using an external cushion for improved lower back support, there’s an integrated bulge in the backrest with a dedicated knob that alters how far it protrudes. Like a lot of the Titan’s design, this forsakes its sponginess for a firmer feel, which will be a feature or a flaw, depending on your preference.

The accessibility of each of the controls varies, with some settings (such as the width of the armrests) requiring you to whip out an hex key, but the settings that are most likely to need frequent or quick tweaks are usually the ones that are placed the most conveniently within reach. As with the chair’s assembly, Secretlab has provided copious amounts of information on how to adjust each setting of the chair, and even without these, they are all fairly intuitive and can be learned without studying any manuals.

Secretlab’s icing on the cake comes in the form of a free velour head-pillow. A simple elastic strap encircles and grips the head of the chair, letting this component be easily attached or removed. The pillow actually boosted the comfort quite a bit for us, and although it won’t appeal to everyone, it’s a nice premium inclusion.

Verdict

At a retail price of $490 (AU$699, SG$699) the Titan does sit at the pricier end of the gaming-chair scale, and this is likely going to be the biggest deterrent for any prospective buyers. However, for a premium, well-constructed product that’s designed specifically for larger gamers, the cost doesn’t seem inappropriate and, when compared with the Omega which is only $50 less in most regions, it’s actually quite fair.

You order the chairs directly from Secretlab itself, which they claim reduces a lot of the middleman costs associated with selling via retail outlets, so that more of your dollars end up going to the materials and quality of construction. Based on our experience with the chair, this doesn’t seem like an unreasonable claim.

The chair comes with a two year warranty as well, covering any functionality issues that it may experience in that period, although Secretlab does specify that this guarantee doesn’t cover “aesthetics defects and misuse of the chair”.

It’s also worth mentioning that Secretlab currently has a promotion on both the Omega and Titan chairs with up to 32% off, depending on model and shipping region. This comes close to entirely negating the one caveat we had with the Titan. If you’re a bigger gamer who’s fed up with crappy little chairs, this is a great premium option — and with that discount, it’s even more attractive.