We've gotten a few different gaming chairs over 2017, some were of awesome quality and some were lacking, but ultimately a lot of them were kind of the same. Recently we received a couple from Respawn that don't quite fit the normal mold of a gaming chair. Today we take a look at their RSP-110 model in the lovely shade of green.
This particular chair comes with a few interesting features that set it apart from other gaming chairs. First and foremost, it's a fully reclining chair. Now I know what you're thinking, a lot of gaming chairs are reclining. However, those chairs only recline with the back portion only. This model is designed to have the arms move backward with it, as you can see in the photo below, they're not fixed to the seat but attached to the back with hinges so they move when you move the seat back.
All of the controls are put on the right side, with the tilt and recliner options molded into one, and the height put into the second. Essentially the reclining option is pushed down and locked into a free movement state until you pull the lever back up and lock it in where you want it. This design is cool at times but can be cumbersome if you're in an awkward reclined position and can't reach the lever easily.
Because it is a reclining chair, the 110 comes with a footrest. In fact, this is one of the few designs I've ever seen include this feature. The rest sits directly under the seat, and to deploy it, you need to reach down and under to pull it out, then flip the padded side up. It works the same way a hide-a-bed would inside a sofa, but more compact and easier to reach. The footrest works fine, but there is a feeling of putting too much weight on it. As you can see, there are two metal bars that hold it out, and occasionally it did feel like my legs were in the wrong position and put more weight on it than necessary, leading to a feeling that I might bend the rest. On the bright side, if you wish to turn this chair into a bed like some hardcore players end up doing after long hours of gameplay, you have the option with a full recline and the footrest to turn it into a decent cot-like bed.
For those of you who need a little more back support, this Respawn model comes with an attachment that uses the two holes near the head to snap it into place and adjust the height as needed. The only downside to this pillow is that it can get stiff after a while if it sits in the same spot, so be aware to move around a bit and give it a chance to breathe. The chair also comes with your standard pillow headrest with the logo, this one being more leather than cloth so it feels like laying on a leather couch at times.
Overall, I liked the Respawn 110, but it does have some issues that weren't quite for me. While I enjoyed the idea of having a reclining gaming chair that could be my personal relaxing location between games, it just didn't feel quite like a Lay-Z-Boy chair would. This is the kind of chair for gamers who are frequently at a TV and use it for other purposes like watching Netflix, not so much the average gamer who will primarily be on a computer. Give it a shot if you're looking for something just a little different than the norm.