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Vertagear S-Line SL5000 Gaming Chair Review

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Vertagear S-Line SL5000 Gaming Chair Conclusion:

Testing a chair is just not a short term proposition. Especially when you live on the larger side of life. Thankfully, Vertagear's SL5000 comes with an accommodating 150kg weight limit. A weight limit this high is usually not needed for the bulk of the population, but this chair does indeed handle it well long term as I have found out. Finding a comfortable position for gaming and everyday use is akin to finding the correct driving position while hunkered down in a high performance auto. Seat back position, seat height, headrest, lumbar support... you get the picture.

I found the S-Line SL5000 from the beginning to be quite firm, but after some break in time the chair softened up a bit  after a break in. The thigh bolsters are just 17 inches across the seat  and will hold you firmly in the seat throughout your keyboard time. I found that there could have been a bit more padding on the bolsters due to how wide a seat (yeah, I'm a fat kid) I have. The only other real gripe I have is on the adjustable arms. I had one armrest that took more than a few tries to lock it into the upper position. Once I figured out how to lock it into place I could repeat the locking function every time. The armrests just felt loose with about a half inch of play when you move them side to side. The movement was at the top of the arm and is related to the 4-way adjustability of the top of the arms. The metal mounting base, post, and vertical post slide were rock solid on the other hand.

After finding the most comfortable position for me I was able to fully enjoy the SL5000 from Vertagear. The faux leather covering held up well during my testing and the foam never got out of shape. Typically in a leather or PVC covered chairs I will sweat as the chair heats up during extended keyboard time. I found that was not the case with this chair. The included lumbar pillow and headrest are easy to attach and provide added flexibility to the equation to get the fit just right. The lift cylinder provides a fairly robust range to accommodate both shorter and taller users. This is the first chair I have used in a while where I was not sitting at the highest end of the lift range. That's a nice feeling that minimizes sway at the upper end of the cylinder's range of movement. Adjusting the fore and aft range on the seat back is just what you would expect while seated in your car. The spring loaded return mechanism allows the seat back to return forward with a minimal amount of assistance.

Rolling the chair across multiple surfaces proved that the soft glide wheels are an asset to the equation. Hardwood, concrete, and a normal depth pile carpeting were not a challenge. The aluminum base does not flex and the wheels do not snag or get out of position, allowing you to game and surf to your heart's content.

If you are looking for a racing style gaming chair I can suggest this chair as one for your short list. It has stood up to some long term abuse at my hands and is none the worse for the wear. Currently selling for around $340, it is not at the top of the price range, but more so in the middle range of comparable gaming chairs. If you do manage to break a part, Vertagear stands behind its product with a two-year warranty.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility
  • Kept cool
  • Vertical adjustment
  • Lumbar and head/neck support

Cons:

  • Adjustable arms loose
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  1. Vertagear S-Line SL5000 Gaming Chair: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Vertagear S-Line SL5000 Gaming Chair: Specifications & Features
  3. Vertagear S-Line SL5000 Gaming Chair: Conclusion
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