The OPSEAT Master is, by all accounts, a great gaming chair. It doesn’t do anything particularly wrong, but it doesn’t do enough right, either. Curbing your expectations is essential, but don’t set your bar too low; this chair still has a few tricks up its sleeve.
Upon receiving this chair, I noticed that the packaging was a tad beat up. Nothing too disconcerting, but there were a few puncture holes and tears present on the outside. Whether this was the fault of my delivery service or OPSEAT themselves is undetermined. However, I bring this up not necessarily as a complaint, but more as a means to illustrate one strength of OPSEAT: their packaging.
While at first I was concerned by the shape of the outermost box, my fears were almost immediately alleviated after cutting the straps and getting the box open. The contents were packaged neatly, they were all individually wrapped, and there was more than plenty of packing foam to help cushion the chair and its many parts during transit. While one would never wish for it, I wouldn’t worry if I found out my chair had fallen out of the truck during transit. After seeing how well OPSEAT packaged the chair, I would have zero doubt in my mind that it would still arrive in one– well many– pieces, all intact, all perfect.
The packaging itself is very minimal. A cardboard box with a logo, a depiction of the product, and a few words pertaining to the chair itself. This is fairly standard procedure, but I bring it up only because I was happy to see OPSEAT go the route of traditional, recyclable cardboard. No heavy use of plastics, no flashy metal cases, just a convenient box.
Overall, I was satisfied with the packaging. The box was plenty big– almost too big, even– and it housed the chair and its many parts perfectly. Everything was easy to find, all parts were individually-wrapped, the setup manual was a single, clear and direct page, and OPSEAT made the unboxing experience satisfying, if not a little underwhelming.
If you’ve ever put together a basic office chair, you will have zero issues assembling the OPSEAT Master.
Included in the box are a handful of screws and washers, a hex key, a slip of paper, and the parts to the chair. All of the parts, including the screws and washers, are all labeled and illustrated in the setup manual itself. The chair is comprised of three main parts: the back, the seat, and the base. The armrests come pre-attached to the base, so the setup procedure is especially quick and easy.
While the manual goes into slightly more detail, the gist of the chair setup is this: snap all five wheels into the base, screw the base onto the bottom of the chair, screw the back of the chair onto the base of the chair. The piece that allows the chair to rise and fall screws in, and the actual bottom-most piece (where the wheels attach) simply snaps on.
Attaching the back of the chair to the base itself is rather simple: a few screws on either side of the chair. There are two joint points on either side as well, and these parts move to allow the back of the chair to recline. This is a nice, elegant solution to allowing freedom of movement with the back, without forcing the unit– the bottom and the back– to be sold as one piece.
Lastly, the neck and lumbar pillows are easy to add and remove. The neck pillow uses a strap which gets pulled over the top of the chair itself. The lumbar pillow uses two straps that pass underneath of the back and come through the top-most holes, allowing the pillow to be adjusted anywhere vertically along the back of the chair. This is a nice implementation, and something I greatly appreciated.
The setup itself was all of 15 minutes. It was quick, painless and even somewhat fun. Excellent.
Expectations v. Reality
Update: Originally, I reviewed this chair under the notion that it was the higher-end “Grandmaster” model. Both my package and invoice slip reflected this, but OPSEAT have since contacted me regarding this, and informed me that the reviewed product was in fact the cheaper Master series, which is normally available for $249, and $199 during sales.
Now we’re getting into the nitty-gritty, and why I titled the review how I did.
The OPSEAT Grandmaster is a nice chair. However, its price reflects its quality, for better AND for worse. There are several key areas I would have loved to see improved on, but there are also several areas which surpassed my expectations. At the end of the day, the chair is priced fairly, but that’s fairly among competitors at the same price, not a step or two above.
The OPSEAT Master is, by all accounts, a very nice chair for the price. While I feel that $249 is still a little too expensive for the quality you get, it’s a much more reasonable price than the $300 I presumed it was, per the above update. It’s comfortable, it feel well-built, and for $249, I don’t know that you could ask for a whole lot more. There’s certainly room for improvement though.
What exactly does that mean? Well, let’s get into it.
The chair itself feels nice. The materials feel somewhat premium, and I have no doubts this chair will hold up for quite some time. The foam padding is quite comfortable and welcoming, and the leatherette used throughout the chair gives it a nice feel.
However, there are several key areas where I felt underwhelmed, and even a little concerned, over the build quality and choices made during production. The first of which is the abundant use of plastic. The armrests are plastic, the side covers (to hide the screw points for the back of the chair) are plastic, the base itself is plastic and the wheels are plastic. Not only this, but the burrs on the plastic had me fairly disappointed. Each seam, where bits meet, are also burred. This feels like an oversight and something that OPSEAT could easily fix in future runs.
The plastic covers hiding the screw points felt tacky. They screwed into place, they do an okay job, but they really just felt like a last-ditch effort to hide the screws, which themselves are hardly visible. I opted to install them, but others may avoid doing so, as it adds unnecessary flair. The edges of the plastic covers were sharp, and could definitely use some filing. This held true for almost all of the plastic on the chair.
The wheels being plastic also disappointed me, as for this price point, I was hoping for metal. I’ve had metal wheels on chairs that are far cheaper than the OPSEAT Master. Why they opted for plastic over metal confuses me. My only thought is that it’s a cost-saving measure. Which, if it is, I can stand by their decision.
The leatherette material comprising most of the chair is comfortable, it looks nice, and the seams are handled well. However, the chair itself almost feels… fake, in more ways than its leather being synthetic. The wings at both the head and legs felt as if they would become permanently misshapen if handled incorrectly. While I cannot confirm or deny this claim outright, these points did leave me feeling a tad weary, and had me handling the chair with a little more caution than I otherwise might have.
The seat itself though… wow.
It’s incredibly comfortable, welcoming and practically has you sink into it, as is the purpose of a bucket seat. The foam OPSEAT opted to use must be excellent, because this chair really is fantastic when it comes to comfort. Out of little more than a joke, I reclined the seat back 90 degrees and acted as if I was going to take a nap. To my surprise, between the reclining, the lumbar pillow, the neck pillow and the chair itself, I easily could have. It’s simply that comfortable. OPSEAT gets an A+ for the foam used here.
One issue I have with the chair is the wings near the legs. These are intended to help keep your legs inside of the chair, much like real bucket seats do. For me, because I am a rather wide person, I found these wings uncomfortable. Rather than sit inside of them, my legs rested on top of the wings, leading to discomfort after several hours in the seat. This is largely– pun intended– my fault, as I am somewhat overweight. However, if you fear you fall into the same category, this is something to keep in mind.
Update: I’ve since discovered that OPSEAT offers a wider chair in the Grandmaster series, which I initially assumed this was, per my previous update. With a wider chair, this issue would become completely moot. If you are a rather large person, you might want to consider the Grandmaster series over the cheaper Master series.
The chair itself doesn’t raise up high enough.
What I, as well as all who I had try sitting in and using it felt, was that the chair simply doesn’t raise up high enough. I am 5’9”, and with the chair at its max height setting, my feet are both still planted firmly on the ground. While this is probably good for posture, this does lead to some concerns with taller people who have longer legs. If my feet are firmly planted, others might find the chair too short altogether. However, OPSEAT has all dimensions and specifications on their website, so you’ll easily be able to check before you buy.
The armrests were actually fairly nice.
While the plastic with the armrests is still a complaint of mine, I found them to be somewhat convenient and nice to use. The top is a squishy, giving material that feels nice on the arms. I’m not entirely sure how they did it, but the armrests still seem to be plastic, while having foam inside of them. In total, the armrests have four articulation points: X, Y and Z distance, as well as inward and outward rotation. This means that the armrests can both raise and lower, be moved inwards and outwards toward and away from you, and also move forward and back, toward and away from your elbows/hands. Not only this, but they can be rotated (from the center point) clockwise or counter-clockwise, allowing you to adjust the angle at which they sit. This was surprising and very convenient at times.
Lastly, we come to the pillows.
I found them to be a nice addition to the chair, but others might not enjoy them. Luckily, they can be easily removed at any time. They use basic foam commonly found in pillows and plushies and have access zippers on the bottom to quickly re-stuff them or to wash the pillow covers themselves. The neck pillow is nice, but I particularly fell in love with the lumbar pillow. Being able to adjust it to the right position, coupled with its forgiving, yet not too soft padding, I found it almost blissful after a few hours of using it. I love that they included these pillows.
Update: Originally, my conclusion reflected this being a $300 chair. However, OPSEAT have since informed me that I received the cheaper, $249 Master series chair. While normally I’d stand by my opinions and criticisms, I wanted to be completely honest and transparent with you all regarding this.
As a $249 chair, the OPSEAT Master is a very impressive chair. Not quite the phenomenal level it would be at $199, but as I mentioned previously, it’s regularly available at that price during sales. As a $249 chair, I am very satisfied. There are still a few quirks I feel could be buffed out in future revisions, but with a competitive price tag like this, there’s not a lot of available wiggle room left. For $199, I wouldn’t criticize any choices being made. For $249 though, I would have liked to see smoother seams on the plastic, fewer burrs, and metal wheels.
This is a great chair at a great price. Knowing I only have the Master series, I’m really interested to see what their Grandmaster series has to offer.
The conclusion is bittersweet. As I’ve said numerous times throughout this review, the chair is fine. However, that’s largely all it is. As a $200 chair, this would be a phenomenal deal and would allow it to go up against larger, more prominent brands like DXRacer. However, at $300, we begin nudging up against other manufacturers who offer equally-promising chairs, often with added creature comforts like metal wheels, better materials or refined machining and manufacturing. OPSEAT finds themselves in a rather tough spot. Either they increase the price and improve their use of plastics, include more metal and sacrifice nice additions like the great pillows, or they lower it and sacrifice their great foam, pillows and maybe even opt for cloth over leatherette. I’d love to see a new revision of this chair with more use of metals, a combination of leatherette and cloth, and a more competitive price. As it stands, they make a fine $300 chair, but it’s nothing groundbreaking or spectacular.