When it comes to constructing the ultimate PC gaming setup, acquiring the right kind of quality seating can sometimes be a criminal afterthought. Which is a bit unfortunate, since it just might be the most important part of the whole sitting-for-hours-and-hours-without-breaks equation (always take breaks, by the way). Given the amount of time you’re going to spend playing Fortnite in front of your graphics-annihilating mega-rig, and given the kind of stress that extended sitting can wreak on the human body, it’s mighty wise to invest in the right kind of sitting equipment. Your back will certainly thank you for it. I know mine has.
That said, the kind folks over at Secretlab were nice enough to send over one of their new Titan Softweave Cookies & Cream gaming chairs for review, which is currently retailing for a formidable $429 on the Secretlab website. The Titan is situated at the top of this particular line of chairs, more expensive and feature-rich than both the Omega ($329-349) and the Throne ($299-$319). It’s designed for larger individuals (5’7”-6’4”, greater than 290 lbs) and has a few choice extras that the others lack. Keep in mind that all of these chairs can also be purchased in Prime PU Leather, which lowers the price a bit, or Softweave Fabric, which conversely raises it. Or, if you’re feeling really spendy, you can buy either the Omega or Titan specifically in premium NAPA leather, which boosts the price upward toward $1,000. Wow.
I’ve been using the Titan for a while now, and without a doubt, I can honestly say it’s the best-looking and best-feeling desk chair I’ve ever used. Let’s start with setup, which was a total breeze. Took maybe an hour tops, with only a few hiccups here and there, some caused by user error, others by some rather ambiguous instructions. The latter was an issue only with certain chair components that didn’t have any kind of painted-on arrows or stickers, making it difficult to figure out which direction they should be installed. The overall unboxing presentation was nice, from the Razer-style marketing language on the cardboard flaps to the oversized step-by-step picture guide (something I wish had been recyclable, but wasn’t). The assembly materials recommend having two people set up the chair, but I was easily able to put it together all by myself. Do know that the components can be pretty heavy, though.
One of the initial things you’ll notice about the Titan is just how firm the padding is, both on the backrest and the lower piece that you actually sit on. I figure it’s kind of like buying a mattress—depending on your basic comfort preference, you could either love or hate how immovable the Titan’s foam is. Personally, I’ve fallen in love with the firmness, and it feels insanely durable, like it’s going to last for years and years, standing up to repeated sittings and general daily abuse. I’ve had countless other desk chairs that simply lost their shape after a year or so, some even after a few months. The Titan seems like it’s going to hold up for much, much longer than that. That estimation is bolstered by how damn sturdy this thing is. The rollers are top-quality and allow easy movement, even under the Titan’s significant weight.
Contributing to the overall firmness is a built-in adjustable lumbar mechanism, a knob on the side of the chair that can be cranked on-the-fly to increase or decrease the amount of lower back support. This feature has done an amazing job at reducing any lower back pain I may have had while working or gaming on my PC. You can also tilt the entire backrest way back, far enough to take a legitimate nap in the chair, which is where the included velour head pillow comes in handy. Pretty much everything on the Titan can be tweaked or adjusted, and that even included what Secretlab calls ‘4D Armrests’. These can be pulled up and down, left to right and back and forth (for depth). My only complaints with the armrests are a) they’re a bit wobbly and b) they aren’t covered in the same comfortable Softweave fabric as the rest of the Cookies & Cream Titan. Instead, they’re composed of a sort of rugged, coated foam. I’m sure this is for durability purposes, and they’ll last longer because of it, but I would have prefered something less cold and hard on the arms.
Overall, the Titan is an amazing gaming chair, providing sublime fabric comfort, a slick aesthetic and excellent back support over extended periods of PC gaming and desk work. Plus, because it’s largely corrected my terrible sitting posture (it was bad, trust me), the Titan has also eliminated what feels like 99 percent of my carpal tunnel tingling-wrist problems. So there you have it: Secretlab cures carpal tunnel. Yes, the Titan is a very pricey chair, and I could see how that will deter a lot of potential buyers. But if you’re on the fence, think about how many hours of comfortable gaming and productivity you could get out of this swiveling, reclining masterpiece. I’ll leave you with this: I’ve taken to mostly using the Titan instead of my dedicated gaming couch. That should be enough of a quality indication to sway any doubters.