A gaming setup would not be complete without a proper gaming chair, whether it is just an office chair or a full-fledged gaming chair, a comfortable support for your body is very essential for long hours of gaming session. Now, there are a lot of options out there for a gaming chair ranging from 4000 pesos up to about 20000, and sometimes it’s hard to figure out which one is the best for your particular budget. Today, we are taking a look at a premium gaming chair from a relatively new brand called Player One.
Player One is an exciting new local brand here in the Philippines that aims to provide premium gaming gears at a very competitive price. The first product they are offering right now is the Ghost gaming chair that we are taking a look at today.
MY EARLY BREAKDOWN
Pros: Competetive price, Good quality materials, Good neutral design, and polished craftsmanship
Unboxing and Parts Overview
First thing out of the box is the 5-star steel base which is well protected by foam paddings. At first touch, it’s quite hefty and feels really solid all around. It is also very well crafted without any sharp edges and the overall quality is pretty good.
Next, we have the instruction manual which looks intuitive with proper labels for each part as you can see here.
And then we have a special note here from Player One which I really appreciate, I was actually able to speak with them personally and the guys behind the brand seem to be very passionate about their brand and product, and I think that’s pretty exciting.
Next, we have the head cushion with a Player One logo at the center, the material used is matte finished PU leather like the rest of the chair, while inside it is made of soft stretch cotton.
Next, we have the accessory box, Inside it, we have a set of wheels.
Next, we have a couple of plastic side caps for the steel support.
Next, we have the usual plastic guard for the gas lift.
And lastly, inside the accessory box, we have some plastic screw caps and plastic full of screws and washers.
Next, we have the lumbar cushion, It also has the same matte finish PU leather, but inside it is High density, cold molded foam like the rest of the gaming chair. It also has this diamond stitching adding to its overall premium design. It is harder than the head cushion which makes sense since this one’s going to support your lower back.
Next up we have the tilt and adjustment mechanism which is made of solid metal as you can see here, we have the tilt resistance adjustment knob with a soft plastic cover. It feels durable as it should as it is the main support especially at the chair’s center of gravity.
Next, we have the armrest. It looks to be made of three separate materials, metal, hard plastic and soft rubber for the actual armrest.
Building the Player One Ghost is actually pretty easy step by step wise following the instructions, but I gotta be honest I still got winded building this bad boy. The parts are heavy and the screws obviously need a ton of effort to tighten. Nevertheless, it was a nice experience.
In terms of flexibility of the armrest, it is actually quite adjustable, you can adjust the height by pushing the lever underneath the armrest. You can also adjust it to be closer or farther from your elbow, and then you can also adjust it inwards or outwards. The only missing adjustment is the ability to adjust its width on the fly, but you can adjust that from the screws when you attach it on the bottom of the seat. The top of the armrest is made of soft rubber material so it is pretty comfortable especially for your elbows.
Now in terms of the head cushion, it is one of the few things that I don’t’ like about this chair, the cushion itself is soft and comfortable, but the design of the chair and lack of adjustment makes it unusable for me because it doesn’t really lineup with my neck. Your mileage may vary of course depending on your height but I am about 5’3 possibly 5’2 and I’m at the bottom of the recommended height for this chair which is 5’3 to 6 ft.
In terms of the lumbar support, the cushion’s hardness is substantial to support my back and it’s very effective in doing that. But its size is a tad bigger than the curve of the chair so it’s not very flush, and sometimes it falls down and I have to set it up again before sitting. Not a big deal personally but it is something that they can easily improve for the next version of this chair.
Now, with regards to the tilt adjustment of the back support, it is solid and the adjustment period is well-defined and can easily be retracted back and forth. It can easily tilt flat on its back so you can pretty much sleep on this chair if you want, and I feel like it is solid enough that I have the confidence to lean this back anytime, compared to my old office chair that I feel like can snap anytime due to my hefty weight.
Nylon Caster Wheels
The wheels are pretty smooth at least for now and can move at pretty much any direction. The chair also doesn’t have any unnecessary squeaking sound whatsoever even for my weight
Now, the ghost gaming chair being the first from Player One is not perfect, The design of the chair especially with the head cushion needs improvement, and the size and adjustment of the lumbar support also need a few changes. They may also want to consider adding a provision for a footrest for maximum flexibility. But other than that, I like the quality of the materials used as well as the craftsmanship, and I think overall, they did a very good job with the Player One Ghost.
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WHERE TO BUY:
PLAYER ONE OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE: Player One Ghost Gaming Chair
- The views and opinions on this review are solely based on my own personal experience, your results may vary