The noblechairs Hero Black Edition is one of the more expensive gaming chairs you can buy, so it comes with high expectations, and thankfully it delivers on several of them. This is a large-format chair, made for taller, wider folks. The backrest rises to 90cm, and although the seat measurements have the same 32cm to 39cm central sitting area as most other chairs I’ve tested recently, the wings are almost non-existent, so you can sit comfortably on the full 52cm width of the seat.
Similarly, the shoulder wings have only a very modest bump to them, so your shoulders don’t feel restricted or pushed forward. Perversely, though, the hip wings on this noblechairs offering are still quite pronounced and not particularly wide, measuring 32cm at the backrest and 42cm at the tips of the wings, so those with wide waists may feel a little hemmed into this chair.
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The overall effect, though, is of a chair that allows a little more room to maneuver compared with some, with room to spread out into a comfortable pose, unlike the AKRacing Masters Series Premium. The open shoulder wings in particular allow for a better ‘shoulders-back’ posture.
The built-in lumbar support also helps a great deal. While noblechairs also includes an elastic-strapped lumbar cushion that’s rather too firm, many people will find they can do away with it in favor of the built-in support. That said, it’s not a very pronounced support. Tighten the knob on the side of the chair and the back of the chair in that area firms up, but it’s nowhere near the exaggerated support of lumbar cushions. I still found it sufficient for my needs, though.
For neck support, this chair relies on a separate pillow, which at this price does feel a bit cheap – a sturdy mechanical system would be better here. Nonetheless, for this 6ft, 2-inch tester, the cushion did sit perfectly, and I found it feels pleasant and squishy with a soft plush finish.
For overall features, this chair is a cut above most others in several ways. For starters, it has the more sophisticated tilt system found on the AKRacing Masters Series Premium, so you can more easily lean back and lock yourself in that position. You also get fully adjustable armrests that, while a little wobbly, offer a significant improvement over the Corsair T3 Rush in particular and have a slightly smarter look, although they’re still a bit too hard.
In terms of styling, the simple all-black look works well, and although the main material is a little colder to the touch than fabric, the Hybrid-PU leather (a tougher blend of vinyl and polyurethane) of this Black Edition soon warms up and I didn’t find it too sweaty (of course, testing in the middle of winter isn’t a great indicator in this regard). The chair is also available with some genuinely good-looking game brand tie-in designs – Fallout and Doom fans take note.
Letting the comfort side down slightly, though, is the hardness of the actual seat. I understand that offering firm support is better than providing too much soft padding, but there’s a balance to be struck, and this chair feels surprisingly hard. The AKRacing Master Series Premium is notably softer.
noblechairs Hero Black Edition pros and cons
- Sleek design
- Solid build quality
- Decent overall comfort
- Built-in lumbar support beats cushions
- Seat too firm
- Neck pillow feels cheap at this price
noblechairs Hero Black Edition price
Price: $589 (£380).
noblechairs Hero Black Edition conclusion
You do expect to get a lot of chair when you splash out $589 on it, and the noblechairs Hero Black Edition largely delivers on that expectation. It’s big, wide and has plenty of features. It’s a shame the seat padding isn’t a little softer and better contoured, but the built-in lumbar support and decent reclining system are big plus points here, as is the classy styling.
noblechairs HERO Black Edition
Plenty of features and solid build quality make for a superb gaming chair, although the seat could be a little softer.