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Review: noblechairs ICON

noblechairs (lower-case "n" intentional) prides themselves on a luxurious aesthetic, as in office mahogany more than bucket racing gaming chair. The company says they are inspired by luxury cars as opposed to racecars, which is a neat twist in this increasingly crowded gaming chair market.

The company's new lineup (available in faux or real leather) continues this high-minded aesthetic tradition, while crafting an interesting alternative to their Epic series.

So is the luxurious look all show, or are they really a step above the typical gaming chair?

You can pick up the noblechairs ICON in leather for $468.99.

The Build

The build process for most chairs is fairly similar, but it’s still important to understand what you’re getting yourself into when the box arrives.

The noblechairs ICON was fairly straightforward to put together. The armrests come already attached, which makes things considerably easier. The first step is installing the wheels on the metal base, then attaching the lever housing using a hex wrench and the included bolts. It’s easy to install this backwards by accident, so be careful. Clearer indicators on which end goes forward would be appreciated.

Next up is installing the gas lift, and then placing the chair (minus the backing) on the stem with the wheels. This ICON line isn’t particularly heavy, but if you’re on the smaller side it might be good to have a friend help you out with this step.

Installing the back is always the trickiest part, as it requires lining up holes with an inflexible piece of metal. I’ve said it before and it bears repeating: if a company can figure out how to ship these things with the backing attached, they’ll own the market. Again, if you have a buddy around, ask them for help. You can do it alone (as I did), but it's harder than it needs to be. This is fairly standard practice for chairs of this type however, so I can’t fault noblechairs specifically for this.

noblechairs is an ambitious name, and the luxury aesthetic could easily be a marketing gimmick if the quality of the chair can’t match the ambition.

The final step in building the chair is installing the joint coverings with the included screws. I vastly prefer this style of covering over the “snap-on” style that can be so unwieldy.

Strap the headrest pillow on, and place the lumbar support pillow in the chair, and that’s it, you’re done.

Funny thing about the instructions for the pillow though: they say to attach it using the included straps. This is pretty standard, except for one thing: there are no straps. The lumbar pillow simply rests on the chair, waiting for the first opportunity to fall off and get lost. The decision not to include straps is a strange one, and one that was clearly intentional given the mistake in the instructions (likely something intended for a different chair model that didn't get updated here).


One way the ICON series stands out is the excellent armrests. Though I wish they were padded, the four-directional movement feels incredibly smooth. With a lot of gaming chairs of this type it’s a struggle to adjust the armrests. Often they feel sticky, or cheap, but that is not the case here. A simple latch allows you to move them up and down effortlessly, and a button on the inside allows you to move them forward, back and side to side with a press. These are some of the best armrests I’ve had the opportunity to test, and if they were padded, they would be perfect.

The metal base feels incredibly sturdy, and the hydraulic gas lift is designed to support up to 330 pounds. The wheels are fairly standard, but I had zero complaints. The don’t stick, and they travel nicely, especially on concrete.

It’s a very well constructed chair, with a build quality that matches its looks.


noblechairs clearly spends a great deal of time in designing their chairs, and it shows. Our sample is the Cognac/Black color, and the light brown with the dark back and accents is certainly striking.

If you want real leather, like the one here, your color options are this one, all black, or Black/Blue. My personal favorite is the black and blue of these three, but they all look good. If you don’t need (or want) real leather, you can get yours with blue, red, or white accents.

They all have an elaborate stitching pattern on the seat and the backing. The diamond pattern is very charming and adds a nice texture, while the noblechairs branding is fairly subtle. The stitching along the sides adds a sense of style and durability.

Overall, this is one of the best looking chairs I’ve seen, regardless of the color. It would look right at home in front of a gaming rig, or a mahogany office desk. I love when a chair can be environmentally diverse.

The only design decision I’m not sold on is the pillows. They’re made from a cheap synthetic fabric that’s a stark contrast to the smooth leather, and the branding seems a bit garish when compared to the more subtle embossing of the logo on the rest of the chair. The lumbar support pillow I removed immediately anyway, but I wish the quality of these pillows was a little closer to that of the chair.


You can spend all the time you want on design, but at the end of the day, if the chair isn’t pleasant to sit in, it’s not a good chair. Luckily, the ICON is a remarkably comfortable chair.

For reference, I’m 6’1, so I sometimes have trouble with chairs being on the smaller side. The backing on the ICON is little smaller than what I’m used to from the Epic series, but in this case, that’s not a bad thing. It's perfectly comfortable and supportive when I lean back, and the 40 inch backing reaches well above my head.

Even without the aforementioned lumbar pillow that I immediately removed, the chair is just plain comfy. I keep the backing locked pretty much straight up and down for posture most of the time, and had no discomfort even after extended use. If you do want to lean back and relax, simply pop the lever, and the backing will go down to a very wide angle. It doesn’t go all the way flat, but I’ve never once found that to be a useful feature in a chair, so that’s fine with me.

The soft leather conforms nicely, and there’s plenty of extra room, so even if you have a larger stature the noblechairs ICON should have you covered.

A Gaming Throne

noblechairs is an ambitious name, and the luxury aesthetic could easily be a marketing gimmick if the quality of the chair can’t match the ambition.

Luckily, as with the EPIC series, noblechairs has lived up to expectations. The ICON line is good looking, comfortable, and well built. In leather it’s extraordinarily comfortable, and though I wasn’t able to test the PU version, I have no reason to believe it wouldn’t be an excellent cost effective alternative.

I’m looking forward to using the noblechairs ICON for many months to come, and I can’t think of a better endorsement than that.