REVIEW – Another sport! That appears to be the cry of each video gamer, particularly after we’re on a roll. Sadly, lengthy bouts of gaming are likely to go hand-in-hand with slouching, hunching, and different kinds of dangerous posture, and if we’re not cautious, the top outcome may be a wide range of well being dangers. Wouldn’t it’s good if there was a gaming chair designed to assist us have good posture, one which got here with a bunch of adjustment capabilities and was but comfy? Say hey to the Vantum, the latest gaming chair from Herman Miller and Logitech.
The Vantum is a gaming chair designed to advertise good posture for intense video players. It comes with six totally different changes, three totally different colours, and an astounding 12-year guarantee. The Vantum is the second collaboration between Herman Miller, the famous workplace chair maker, and Logitech, the long-time producer of gaming mice and keyboards. Based on Logitech’s web site, their objective with the Vantum was to deliver “superior ergonomics, refined aesthetics, and limitless versatility” to this chair.
What’s within the field?
The Vantum got here in three items, the legs, the principle physique, and the headrest.
It additionally included a small poster, a certificates of authenticity, and a bit of booklet.
The Vantum gaming chair has the next specs
- Shade choices: All black, black with pink, black with white
- Dimensions: 44.25″ H x 30.5″ W x 29″ D
- Weight: 36.8 lbs
- Weight capability: 350 lbs
- Supplies: elastomer and polyester suspension backrest, polyurethane foam headrest and seat cushion topped with 100% post-consumer recycled polyester material, glass-filled nylon body and base, versatile polyurethane integral pores and skin foam arm pads
Design and options
The look of the Vantum gaming chair isn’t significantly spectacular, a minimum of not from a gamer’s point-of-view. Most gaming chairs have a race automotive vibe with a contoured seat and again, distinguished logos, vibrant colours, and a pillow or two.
The Vantum appears like a reasonably boring workplace chair with a mesh again and a floating headrest. The chair despatched to me is all black aside from small pink highlights on 4 of the adjustment knobs. Few players are probably to purchase a Vantum for its fashion; as an alternative, they’ll purchase it for its options, and the Vantum has a pleasant listing of these, together with lumbar, thoracic, and neck help.
Organising the Herman Miller Logitech Vantum gaming chair was principally straightforward.
The chair arrived well-protected in a field with plenty of cardboard dividers.
The meeting directions are printed on the field itself in addition to on this PDF file, and there are solely three steps.
Step one was to set the seat physique into the legs.
The second step was to place the headrest into the slot on the high of the again. This step was surprisingly tough as a result of the bar for the headset can not merely be slid into the slot. I needed to pop it into there with a fast, forceful thrust.
The ultimate step is to regulate the Vantum gaming chair till it’s comfy for me. Neither the field nor the included booklet present any data on how to do that, however there are a sequence of quick movies on this web page that designate easy methods to do it.
The arms are first, and they’re typical of most chairs. They transfer up and down, ahead and backward, and left and proper. They don’t rotate within the horizontal airplane.
The headrest strikes up and down, although a little bit of drive is required. It additionally tilts upward and downward.
There are two red-colored knobs, one on the left aspect and one on the suitable. The knob on the left adjusts the lean, which determines how far again the chair will recline. On one excessive, it may possibly lock in place upright; on the opposite excessive, it may possibly recline about 25 levels, which isn’t very far again. I gained’t be taking a nap on this chair.
The knob on the suitable adjusts the stress, which determines how a lot stress should be utilized earlier than it’ll recline. On the lightest setting, the chair strikes again with a lightweight contact, and on the heaviest setting, it requires energetic drive to maintain it from springing again to a vertical place.
The paddle on the suitable aspect adjusts the peak of the Vantum gaming chair, anyplace from 18 to 22 inches.
On the underside of the chair on the suitable aspect is a slide, an adjustor that’s straightforward to overlook. If I pull it out, I can regulate the seat to be additional out or in; that’s, it strikes ahead and backward horizontally.
The ultimate adjustment is a pair of knobs positioned behind the seat which might be used to extend or lower the quantity of lumbar help. This help strikes out and in, nevertheless it doesn’t transfer up and down.
I really like having all these choices; they not solely present nice ergonomic help, they make it so much simpler to discover a fashion that’s comfy for me.
Herman Miller and Logitech describe the Vantum gaming chair as having an “energetic, forward-leaning alignment,” which brings me to what I feel is the only most vital characteristic of the chair: The seat tilts barely ahead. After I sit within the chair, this tilt is certainly noticeable, although it’s not so tilted ahead that I really feel like I’m about to fall out of the chair or something loopy. Clearly the designers of the chair need me to take a seat upright and keep a forward-facing, attentive posture in direction of my monitor. If I have been the form of one that likes to take a seat with my legs crossed, sit slouching down, or lean approach again whereas gaming, then this chair wouldn’t be for me. Or possibly it might be, as a result of the Vantum might assist treatment me of those dangerous habits. This chair is designed to encourage good posture whereas gaming, and I feel it is a good factor.
At its most excessive settings, the Vantum gaming chair will preserve me rigidly upright, although that is too rigid for me. I adjusted the lean and the stress settings to be reasonably relaxed. More often than not, whether or not I’m gaming or programming—this chair serves as each my gaming chair and my work chair, since I’m a teleworker—it helps me to remain upright and engaged in what I’m doing. Between matches or after I’m on a Groups name with colleagues, I can loosen up and recline a bit.
I really like the way in which this chair feels, nevertheless it does have a couple of limitations to concentrate on. First, the seat tilt can’t be adjusted; it all the time has this forward-leaning alignment. Second, although the lumbar help works for my peak, it might not work for everybody, as the peak can’t be adjusted up or down. Third, the seat is shallow, solely 17 inches from entrance to again, which could be uncomfortable for longer-legged folks. (As a reference, I’m 6’2”, and I want it have been deeper.)
Logitech asserts that that is the primary gaming chair that gives adaptive thoracic help. In the event you’re not aware of this idea, it merely signifies that it supplies help for the higher again, neck, and head, particularly after I loosen up again into the chair again. This help may be seen within the higher portion of the seat again.
For years I’ve used a Steelcase Leap as my residence workplace and gaming chair, so I’m used to a chair with a strong material again. The Vantum gaming chair, nevertheless, has a mesh again, which is meant to maintain my again cooler by permitting air to flow into round my higher physique. Proper now, it’s December, so I’m probably not appreciating this characteristic, however I feel I’ll come subsequent summer season.
After sitting on this chair for a lot of hours each day, I can say that I’m offered. I really like the way in which that the Vantum encourages me to have good posture whereas nonetheless being comfy. I’m actually pleased with the numerous choices for configuring the chair, far more choices than most gaming chairs, together with this one by AndaSeat that I lately reviewed.
I’ll say that the black chair is boring; it’s a sedate search for older folks. It is best to undoubtedly get the pink or white one, and I hope that Herman Miller and Logitech will add some extra vibrant colours, like inexperienced, blue, orange and pink, to the lineup.
After I had examined the chair for some time, I let my neighbor, an avid Apex Legends gamer, borrow it for 5 days. Listed below are a few of his ideas:
- The adjustment mechanisms are good, simpler to make use of than most gaming chairs.
- The design is unlikely to enchantment to players from an aesthetic perspective; there’s no “wow” issue, particularly not within the black chair.
- The aggressive design of the chair saved him engaged throughout sport play, nevertheless it could be much less interesting to an off-the-cuff gamer.
- Whereas the chair in all fairness comfy, it’s not as comfy as he would count on from a chair at this worth level.
The standard and capabilities of the Vantum are to date above entry-level and mid-level gaming chairs that I might undoubtedly purchase it over them, as long as I might afford the hefty price ticket. The listing worth of the Vantum gaming chair is sort of $1,000. If I’m going to pay that a lot for a chair, then I must also have a look at the competitors at this worth level, that are high-end workplace chairs. Herman Miller’s best-selling Aeron, for instance, begins at $1,320, and the Steelcase Leap begins at $1175. (If your organization buys numerous workplace chairs from an workplace chair firm like these two, you would possibly have the ability to purchase one for residence use at a steep low cost.) Testing the Vantum and the Leap side-by-side, I discovered the Leap to be a way more comfy chair. It has an identical set of changes, although it lacks the forward-leaning alignment and adaptive thoracic help.
As an added notice, Herman Miller has helpfully offered some directions for the care and upkeep of the Vantum gaming chair.
What I like
- Lively, forward-leaning alignment
- Help for good posture
- Some ways to regulate the chair
What I’d change
- Higher aesthetic design for players
- Extra vibrant coloration choices
The Herman Miller and Logitech Vantum is a gaming chair that encourages players to keep up a wholesome posture, even throughout lengthy gaming periods. It affords a bunch of adjustment choices to allow consolation whereas nonetheless sitting upright. I’ve used this chair for the previous few weeks, each whereas working from residence and whereas gaming, and I like it.
Whether or not you have already got good posture whereas gaming or whether or not you really want to begin a brand new behavior, the Vantum is the right chair. I acknowledge that this chair is at an costly worth level, however you might be completely getting what you paying. In the event you can afford it, your well being is price the fee. I extremely advocate this chair to you.
The place to purchase: Herman Miller’s on-line retailer
Supply: The pattern for this assessment was offered by Logitech.