With the build out-of-the-way, now it is time to talk about the actual sitting experience. There is no benchmark or specific test I can put a chair through to show you how good, or bad it is, so remember that a lot of this will be quite subjective- your opinion could differ from mine.
I have been sitting on the Vertagear SL4000 for a few weeks now and I have been nothing but happy with it. The adjustable arm wrests are great, you can push them forward or pull them back and you can set them in three rotations, one click inward, straight or one click outward. The tops look like plastic but there is actually a bit of ‘squish’ to them, so it’s not going to be too hard on your arms or elbows for extended periods.
The back of the chair is capable of reclining pretty far. You could lay down in this chair and take a nap if you really wanted to.
I am quite short, being only 5.5 ft, but I found the back of this chair to be the perfect height. My head lands in-line with where the head rest is, which is great for comfort. I did end up removing the lumbar support cushion though just out of personal preference. The back of this chair does curve slightly around you, which is nice and helps with posture, though you may want to check the seating measurements to ensure it will be a comfortable fit. You can find these on the first page of this review.
If you do want a larger chair, then Vertagear does make one with a wider back, known as the SL5000.
The base seat also offers something very important- dense foam. A lot of standard office chairs use a softer foam padding, which doesn’t do a great job of supporting body weight, so you will eventually find yourself just sitting on a hard surface with your bum falling asleep. The SL4000 from Vertagear solves this problem, which makes it much nicer to sit on for extended periods of time.
To wrap things up, after using the Vertagear SL4000 for the last few weeks, I wouldn’t want to go back to any other style of chair. While I did run in to a couple of issues with the building experience, the actual chair feels solidly premium once it is all put together. On top of that, I’m a big fan of the design, which offers some subtle differences to other brands.
If you spend a lot of time at your desk or gaming, then I would absolutely say that spending the £200+ on a nice chair like this is worth it. You will thank yourself for it later.
You can buy the Vertagear SL4000 from Overclockers UK for £215. At this price, I would absolutely give it some serious consideration. If you want to spend a little less, the SL2000 offers a similar design at a lower price, though you will be giving up some features. Alternatively, if you want to spend more, the SL5000 is also available.
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- Comfortable for extended periods of time.
- Lots of body weight and back support.
- Can recline.
- Some QC issues hurt the building process.
KitGuru Says: We have been asked about gaming chairs time and time again. Now, we finally have an answer for you. If you are looking to pick up a gaming/racing seat, the SL4000 has our vote.