Gaming chairs! Get yer gaming chairs! The industry is booming with more and more styles of chairs, all in an effort to get your money and improve your posture. This week, we got to test out the RapidX gaming chairs, both in a colorful Finish Line white and blue design as well as a Ferrino black and white diamond pattern.
The Finish Line and Ferrino models are both $349 and practically identical, save for the patterns and a few other touches we'll get into.
Right out of the gate you need to know that this chair is big, and heavy. The shipping box is cumbersome and weighs around 60lbs. The chair itself isn’t that light either, coming in at around 50lbs.
But enough about the weight of the chair – after all, you’re the one who’s going to be sitting in it, not the other way around. And at a price of $349, you’ll be spending more time in the chair gaming instead of at work trying to pay it off.
The deep bucket seat is reminiscent of professional racing seats, and you can see that theme carried through the rest of the design. The chair has a total seat width of 15 ¼ inches, making it a little wider than some of the other gaming chairs that tend to grip your body.
While the chair does come in four different color options, all four have the checkered pattern on the backrest. It’s not exactly a deal-breaker, but it isn’t going to be a huge selling point for someone who doesn’t play racing games. Out of the four different color schemes, I prefer the white on black.
If you’ve read any of my other chair reviews, you’ll know that I hate the tilt mechanism handle that is very popular among high-end gaming chairs. The Rapid X Finish Line gaming chair is also guilty of having this handle, but they did make some serious improvements to the mechanism.
Unlike other chairs, the Finish Line chair features notches along the mechanism. Think catapults. When you pull up on the lever, you have to pull hard enough to get out of the notch you’re currently in, and only then will the backrest move. The same goes for when you want to reset the position of the backrest. By pulling the lever up to the first click the chair will automatically go to the next notch. This is a great feature to make sure that you don’t accidently slam the backrest into your head by doing a full reset. But if you do want to fully reset the backrest position quickly, you can; just pull the lever a little higher.
The backrest also has one of the largest ranges of movement I’ve ever experienced. You can push it down until it’s almost horizontal with the bucket seat. I don’t recommend staying in the position for extended periods of time, but it is possible to do. Just keep your feet on the ground as recommended by the instructions, or else you’ll flail about in a moment of panic like I did.
As far as logos go, they are generally unobtrusive. The one on the bucket seat has potential to be a tad annoying if you’re wearing shorts, but I didn’t notice it at all. In fact, it was only after staring at pictures of the chair online that I noticed its presence.
The last thing to talk about here is the armrests. They’re pretty standard as far as armrests go, but the material is a hard plastic that could use some loving. Unfortunately, the armrests were also much wobblier than I would have liked.
First up on the comfort checklist is the material. The entire chair is covered in stylized PVC leather. It’s very similar to what other chairs use, and it remains comfortable over extended periods of time.
While there are no problems with the PVC leather, I would have liked a softer material for parts of the bucket seat.
Inside the chair, the padding is made of spongy polyurethane foam. Because of the foam, the chair has a lot less give than others. It doesn’t form to your body, but instead resets to its original state once you get out of the chair.
This is a bit of a good and bad thing. While not the greatest for the bucket seat, it does wonders for the included head and lumbar cushions. The headrest cushion will keep its original shape, meaning it keeps your neck at a good angle. As for the lumbar support, once you strap it to the chair like a pair of suspenders, it’s easy to adjust and comfortable in most positions.
Finish Line Vs. Ferrino
The Finish Line model (checkered flag for the finish line, get it?) is a bit more of a racing style with side walls that hug your hips. The Ferrino with the diamond pattern has a flatter seat. But, honestly, unless you had both chairs right next to each other like we did, you'd be hard pressed to notice the difference. Comfort was really good on both, though we'd say the larger folk among us might appreciate the Ferrino's flatter overall design.
The two chairs also have slightly different headrest designs, but nothing that would cause you to choose one model over the other.
By far the worst part of getting a new chair is building it. And, unfortunately, this is where I had a few problems, which is surprising since I’ve built quite a few chairs now.
When attaching the backrest to the bucket seat, I accidently dropped the included Allen wrench into the exposed tilt mechanism. It didn’t create any problems with the chair, but it was an absolute pain to get out. It’s also a brief glimpse into what will happen when other things inevitably follow suit.
But, in reality, the chair comes together smoothly as long as you don’t have a case of butterfingers. I did encounter a problem with the side covers, though. They are designed to snap over the screws that attach the backrest to the seat, but they are insanely difficult to get on. You have to apply a lot of force to get them to snap into place, and even then it feels like you’re going to break them. Thankfully, this is only an aesthetic problem, so you can toss them if you really don’t care.
One word of advice when it comes to the class four gas lift: the metal part is covered in lubricant, more so than typical chair lifts. It doesn’t stain, or even show up on your hand, but keep a paper towel nearby when you’re building the chair.
All in all, the Rapid X Finish Line and Ferrino gaming chairs sits where it should sit for $349 – the middle of the pack. The colors may be the standout for this chair, so if racing patterns are your thing, it's really hard to ignore the Finish Line. However, for understated looks, the black and white Ferrino is one of our favorites to ever come through the office.