With excellent customization, brilliant comfort, and a premium quality that is unmatched by rival gaming chairs, the Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 delivers on every promise, even if that comes at a fairly high price.
- Top quality for constant use
- Excellent comfort and design
- Easy to assemble
- Too expensive for some
- Armrests aren’t as impressive as hoped
For years, the general thought has been that regular office chairs are more affordable and comfortable than gaming chairs. While office chairs prioritize comfort for extended sitting, gaming chairs often go for style over comfort. However, in our review of the Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022, I think I’ve discovered a gaming chair that combines both.
When it comes to playing any of the new PS5 games or new Xbox games, I tend to sink hours into the latest releases in one sitting, and with my previous chairs, I had plenty of issues. Add on top of that the fact that I now work from home and spend upwards of ten hours in the same position every day, it’s been hard to find a chair that remains comfortable for long periods. Secretlab’s latest chair, with the SoftWeave fabric, feels like a worthy investment for those who’ve entered the work-from-home generation, while also delivering when it comes to gaming sessions of any length.
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Specs & Features
|Small / Regular / XL
|Leatherette / SoftWeave / Leather / Exotic
|45 – 60 mins
One of the greatest features that Secretlab offers with the TITAN Evo 2022 is the wide range of options. Different sizes, upholstery, colors, and armrests, which are hot-swappable thanks to the CloudSwap technology, all help you ensure that the perfect chair arrives for you.
Things can get pricier as you upgrade your options, but you don’t have to open up your wallet just to have the most expensive options. For example, I found that the SoftWeave fabric was perfect for me, and I would much prefer it over proper leather. You can build the chair for you and that’s amazing.
As someone at 6 feet tall, I received the regular-sized Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 model with the SoftWeave Plus fabric, alongside some TechnoGel armrests. If you go to order a chair, you’ll find a variety of material choices, colors, and armrest types. You can also choose one of three sizes to help you get comfortable, ranging from small to XL.
Building the Secretlab TITAN Evo is a breezier time than I thought. It came in a very heavy box which made me worried about my ability to build this monstrous chair, but actually, it was perfectly laid out to make it as simple as possible. Upon opening the package, I was greeted by a large sheet that told me it was hand-inspected by employees at Secretlab before I found out that it doubled as a massive color-printed set of instructions that laid out exactly what I needed to do to build it.
All of the parts were individually wrapped in Secretlab-branded packaging. You know that feeling of opening a brand new phone or console and it’s part of the overall experience? Secretlab does it even better. All the tools you need are supplied within the box too, and hell, even the screwdriver included is better than my own. I feel like I’m going a bit off-topic here, but it shows the absolute passion that goes into crafting the ultimate gaming chair.
From inserting the casters (or wheels) into the wheelbase to installing the piston to fitting it all together, it took me around 45 minutes in total to build the Secretlab TITAN Evo. And that includes the time it took to get all of the pieces out and organized, as well as the time I spent admiring all of the work put into it. I had absolutely zero issues assembling the chair by following the instructions, and everything clicked into place very easily. The hardest part of this whole process will be lugging that heavy box up any stairs you may have – from there on in, it’s plain sailing.
For my review, I received the Secretlab TITAN Evo in Charcoal Blue with SoftWeave Plus Fabric. The neutral light-gray matches extremely well with the blue accents near the top of the chair, and considering I have kids, owning the SoftWeave fabric version of the Titan is preferable to the idea of having a torn leatherette.
Compared to my previous chair, which was the simple, yet comfy Utespelare gaming chair from IKEA, the TITAN Evo oozes style but in a very sophisticated way. No flashy RGB lights are giving me strobe headaches when playing games, but it’s certainly more aesthetically pleasing than my IKEA throne. While it has the unmistakable silhouette and appearance of a ‘gaming chair’ its design is pleasantly clean and sleek, and a lot less garish than many of its gaming chair rivals.
While the Secretlab TITAN Evo is beautiful on its own, it also comes with a range of features that probably won’t be used too often, but are useful to have. The aforementioned CloudSwap means you can switch out armrests at any time. This means you could change between TechnoGel when gaming or PlushCell Memory Foam when working. There are also magnets at the top of the chair to attach the included pillow to the top, giving you the option of a squishier headrest.
There are also plenty of adjustable elements. Instead of a lumbar support cushion, which you can buy separately if you so wish, the chair includes built-in lumbar support that you can adjust the height and firmness with thanks to dials on either side. After plenty of use, I found it was as great as a cushion, but you may need to get used to it.
While the base chair is still excellent to sit in, this level of customization means that you are even more likely to find the comfiest setup for this chair possible. With so many different materials, each with various colorways and even some themed designs as well, you’re almost guaranteed to find a chair that will aesthetically match your gaming and/or workspace as well.
I’ve used a variety of gaming chairs in the past, and as I mentioned earlier, my main seat recently has been the Utespelare gaming chair from IKEA. As my main chair for remote working and gaming for over two years, the Utespelare has been as comfortable as a chair that anyone could ask for. Little did I know that the Secretlab TITAN Evo would change my perspective on what comfort is.
Everything from the lumbar support to the headrest, to the arms on the Secretlab are superior to every seat I’ve ever used. While the TechnoGel armrests aren’t as great as I had hoped, considering there wasn’t much padding and they didn’t feel too dissimilar to standard armrests, they’re still miles more comfortable than my previous office chair. I’ve also been using this chair for upwards of ten hours a day for over three weeks, both for working and gaming, and I’ve noticed that my lower back, shoulders, and neck aren’t aching as much as before.
Admittedly, it is a heavy chair compared to my IKEA option. It’s not as easy to roll back, but you won’t need to do it very often, and while you can adjust the tilt as much as you want, I’ve found no real need to do that aside from building it, as having it straight up has been the comfiest preference for me. I’ve found a very comfortable position by pulling the armrests in as close to me as possible and raising the lumbar support to just below the middle of my back.
The SoftWeave fabric coating the chair is extremely soft to the touch, almost feeling like an extension of your clothes. It’s much more comfortable than using a leather-like material on a chair. Unfortunately, the cushion that connects to the headrest via magnets isn’t strong enough, and can easily move out of place or get pulled off, so I hope in the next iteration that this gets improved.
That being said, the quality of the Secretlab TITAN Evo is almost unparalleled. As a father of three kids (two of whom are toddlers), it can take an absolute beating. After being climbed on, jumped on, and pulled about by tiny hands, there are no observable scuffs, marks, or tears. Many budget options would suffer from energetic toddlers attempting to destroy anything in sight, but the TITAN Evo stands, unscathed by the torment of tiny terrors.
The only problem is the price; paying for these features upfront seems like a scary prospect, and it’s expensive to put your trust in a chair you can’t use until you receive it. But, honestly, the Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 is worth it if you’re a gamer, but most of all, it’s beneficial if you work from home.
- Yes: if you regularly spend long hours sitting down
- Yes: if you want one of the best chairs money can buy
- Yes: if your current chair is causing you discomfort
- No: if you’re shopping on a budget
The Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 has redefined what comfort in a gaming chair is for me. Thanks to its premium quality and design, as well as the sheer amount of customization options for any consumer, the Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 is a true throne for anyone looking for a brilliant chair that will benefit them, either as a gamer or a remote worker. It’s not the best choice if you’re on a budget, or you already own a chair that’s in good condition.
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When it comes to premium comfort and an excessive amount of customization, the Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 is one of the best chairs money can buy. It can be an expensive addition to your setup at home, but if you use a desk for many hours of the day, its comfort and quality are truly impressive. For those buying a gaming chair for the first time, or in need of big upgrade, I believe that the Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 is worth the money.