Unless you follow the e-sports scene pretty closely, you might not have heard of Secretlab.
Secretlab is a gaming chair manufacturer that has a big presence in the US and is a sponsor behind e-sport teams you might be familiar with such Tempo Storm as well as popular games such as Vainglory. We’d done a bit of research on them and were curious to check out their best offering so far: the Titan gaming chair. We’d gotten everything set up and played the waiting game for a while, twiddling our thumbs in anticipation for the most of a day or two and then subsequently decided to move on to other things and eventually forgot all about it…
As such, you can almost imagine the light bulbs that were going off in my head when the realization had hit me that I’d opened the door to a package with a “Secretlab” note on the front, bringing back the excitement I’d felt when first looking at the Titan online. I was expecting big things from the Titan. I knew that counting my chickens before they hatched was a tad dumb, but I was eager to pull the packaging off this thing and waste little time getting into it.
Getting the parts and tools out of the box was easy enough to do without ripping anything apart, and the pieces were all neatly segregated in little packages. Digging through the box, unfolding the manual and following the instructions was just as simple as “hold A to B here and insert C”, the most complex part of which was sorting through the other pamphlets and cards to find the manual. Setting up and assembling the Titan went over without much of a fuss at all and was even pretty simple to do on my own, considering that the seat has a certain amount of “heft” to it. The baggie of tools and spares stash away pretty neatly, don’t take up much space and aren’t anything unique, so you can always find a use for them elsewhere.
The Titan not only offers the same adjustment options that you’d find on most premium gaming chairs, but it goes that one step to further its ergonomics by implementing an adjustable lumbar support. The seat comes with a swivel and a class 4 gas piston that can easily handle up to 300lbs, and although I don’t weigh in anywhere close to that, I can really appreciate the responsiveness that this offers.
For adjustment options, we’ve got two levers that are neatly stocked away under either side of the chair; one controls chair height and the other goes between an activator for the recliner and a lock and release for the tilt rocker. There’s also a knob under the chair that controls tilt tension, and like the name of the chair states, it was built for big folk; I size in at around 5”8 on a generous day, and my smallish hands had trouble reaching the knob comfortably and I’d just ended up getting off the chair to make adjustments. The recliner goes out to -130 degrees, and with the tilt-activated, can get close to a flat -180.
The adjustable lumbar support is hidden within the seat and can be controlled by a knob that’s within easy reach on the side of the backrest. I did have to use my opposing hand to get a decent hold on it, but I suspect that a larger person wouldn’t have this problem.
When I sit down in a chair and prop myself up in front of a computer, I tend to stay there for hours on end. Whenever I see a race-style seat that I need to sit in, I look forward to the whole race design, but I’m not a fan of the way that the flaps can be intrusive and cause me to shuffle around a lot. The Titan, on the other hand, is spacious and the flaps are flared outward to create a flatter surface that’s super comfortable over long periods of time. It isn’t very hard to see that larger folk will find this much more appealing than most other regular-sized race chairs and their “buckets” that tend to be a bit of a problem, even for me.
Another great perk I’ve noticed about the Titan is that the foam used in the seat is much firmer than most other race-style gaming chairs. I think this was used to help the chair retain its shape for much longer, but it also works wonders for my posture when I’m working. Paired with the extendable lumbar support, this chair is perfect for long sessions of either gaming or office work, and given the sleek subtleties of the stitching and the sober design, you could drag this into an office without worrying about being judged… too much, that is; there’s still the large Titan logo on the back to give you away.
The upholstery on the Titan is entirely graded bi-cast PU leather, which isn’t remotely premium, like actual leather, but still offers great comfort, breathability and lower maintenance over 100% leather – not to mention a seriously light price tag.
The Titan also features a sturdy frame that’s been stress-tested and rated for up to 286lbs for safe operation. The PU Leather is of the soft supple variety and shows no signs of going bad so far, and I’ve got to admit that I’m really attracted to the faux carbon-fiber accents that line certain areas of the upholstery. Fine polyester stitching runs the length of every seam on the Titan, not only does this create a strong bond but also refines the rough look of the exposed seams, giving the chair a somewhat luxurious profile that’s complemented by the premium looking aluminum base.
The Titan is outfitted with cold cured foam that’s rather dense, creating a very comfortable seat and back while still being resilient to deformation and warping after prolonged use. To see just how dense the foam was, I’d decided to up my weight to about a 100kgs, as the average large user would tend to be. I loaded 30kgs into my lap and settled down into the chair so the weights didn’t bother me and tried to clock in a couple of minutes gaming this way. After about half an hour, I’d started to notice that my legs were falling asleep as I’d gotten lazy when trying to find the right way to balance the weights in my lap. I’d figured that I’d demonstrated stupidity enough for a day and rolled the weights off my lap. The moment the weight was taken off my lap, I’d felt the cushion rising instantly, picking up the slack. This was a pleasant surprise as with the one other “large” chair that I’d tried, it had taken over ten seconds for the foam to regain its old shape, whereas it was almost instantaneous with the Titan.
The Titan isn’t all roses, unfortunately, and the one thing holding this chair back from greatness is the cheap plastic that sits along the sides. It hadn’t even been a whole day after assembly that I’d begun to notice the slight wobbling. It’s also worth noting that this had only begun after I’d played around with the chair’s recliner, although it was nothing intense. I’d assumed I’d slacked off during assembly and hadn’t fully tightened something, so I rechecked bolts and fittings, but couldn’t find anything that had loosened up. I’m still not sure if I missed something and I’m also not too sure as to how the plastic pads would hold up through time if they are indeed at fault, but I’ve got my fingers crossed. It’s not the little plastic accents themselves that worry me, but the fact that the armrests and lower shielding feel like they’re made out of the same material.
The Titan is pretty minimalistic as far as accessories and personalization go. I’ve got to admit that I absolutely love the velour case on the soft little peck pillow though. It’s a beautiful little touch that doesn’t go unnoticed.
If you’ve got a thing for bright colors and crave a little more life in the color scheme of the Titan, Secretlab’s got you covered. I’d messed around with the “Stealth” option, which is entirely black, with red stitching and gold trim, and which appealed a lot more to me personally. Secrectlab also offers an “Amber” color scheme (black with amber accents) and a “Tempo” color scheme (Team Tempo/Storm’s official colors!).
Reviewing my time with the Secretlab Titan, I find my mind always going back to how comfortable it is. Moving back to my old chair felt dramatically different to the point that I’d assume that it wasn’t the same one, had I not known better. I’m seriously going to miss that adjustable lumbar support.
Would I recommend the Secretlab Titan to a friend? Absolutely! After spending so much time with the Titan, it becomes obvious that Secretlab had put so much love and dedication into building this chair for gamers, only as true gamers would. The beauty of the Titan lies in its ergonomics and comfort which offer you a healthy way to spend time at a desktop without that rough feeling that kicks in just as you’re hoping to squeeze out a few more hours. The Titan is and always will be one of the nicest gaming chairs I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing and I’m going to hate to watch it go.