NeedForSeat is a German company founded in 2014. Their Maxnomic brand of gaming chairs has a huge presence in the esports world. The ergonomic features, comfort, and quality of build stand out. Maxnomic gaming chairs cost more than many but deliver rock-solid quality across the board. This Maxnomic chair review covers their entire line of esports gaming chairs.
At a glance, it’s easy to understand the Maxnomic lineup. There are four classes of chairs, each with different dimensions. The range caters to everything from ultra-small to extra-large users.
Across all sizes, Maxnomic chairs have the same set of rich pro features. That makes it easy to buy one. Choose a size and select a style.
One exception is the back support offered on Office Comfort chairs. Instead of a pillow, those use an internal support system. Turn a knob on the side of the chair to increase or decrease the depth of the support.
The two product lines for esports are Pro and Office Comfort (OFC). OFC models cost around $80 to $100 more than Pro models.
Maxnomic Pro and OFC chairs are very similar to the Secretlab Omega and Titan combo. In both cases, one model has compact dimensions and superb posture support. The other has an internal lumbar system and a wide, roomy seat that enhances comfort.
About the Maxnomic brand
Maxnomic has been a major name in the esports world for several years. Drawn by the quality features and custom logo options, many of the world’s most visible streamers and teams use Maxnomic chairs. That exposure has made Maxnomic a prized item among gamers for almost a decade.
But gaming chairs is a misnomer. You could also call Maxnomic models “ergonomic chairs”. Or “office chairs”. That’s because these models support long periods of healthy sitting at a computer.
It doesn’t matter if you play games or process spreadsheets.
This section looks at the qualities that makes Maxnomic a standout brand.
Maxnomic’s role in esports
Esports refers to the world of competitive tournament video gaming. Competitors face off in the same games popular with at-home players. Millions of fans use streaming services like Twitch to watch their favorites play. Streaming live play over Twitch or Mixer is how gamers get popular and build up fandoms.
Maxnomic released its first gaming chairs in 2014. Many consider that as the year esports broke into the mainstream. That year was the first time a Dota 2 prize pool matched that of a PGA Tour event. Also that year, more people watched esports finals than the NBA finals.
Months after launching their first chairs, Maxnomic plunged deep into the scene. They started out by becoming the official gaming chair for Dreamhack 2014. Also that year, they partnered with Team Liquid, who went on to become the top-earning esports team of all time. Soon after, Maxnomic partnered with Ninja, the world’s most-watched streamer. Many other streamers soon followed, including Tfue, KayPea and Timthetatman.
One reason so many esports stars chose Maxnomic was because of the quality of the chairs. But Maxnomic added a clever extra that caught on among brand-conscious gamers.
Customized logo option
Maxnomic is the only high-end gaming chair brand that lets you customize the logo and colors of your chair. When you order your chair, you can send them a logo. Maxnomic does its embroidery in-house. Someone from the team will assess your logo and then send you a price for the job.
If you agree to the cost, your custom Maxnomic chair will arrive at your door in around one week. This makes it easy for teams, streamers, and events to create personalized chair designs.
Where to buy Maxnomic chairs
You can buy these chairs direct from the Maxnomic’s NeedforSeat website. Maxnomic sells its chairs in North America and Europe. To buy a chair, visit their website. That will redirect you to the appropriate country store. There, you can complete your order in your own currency.
It’s also possible to buy Maxnomic chairs on third-party sites like Amazon. There are a few problems buying these chairs from third parties. For example, on Amazon, there are only a few models available. There, they also cost more than they do on the Maxnomic website. On top of that, you only get access to Maxnomic discounts and sales prices when you buy direct.
Maxnomic Esports Chair Overview
At a glance, Maxnomic chairs have standard luxury gaming chair features. Those include a thick padded seat, adjustable armrests and backrest recline.
A closer look reveals some subtle tweaks that make these chairs ideal for esports.
On top of standard pro-quality features, Maxnomic chairs offer a few standout ones. First is a more versatile backrest recline range. All Maxnomic chairs recline from 83°(forward tilt) to 139°. The point of the 83° tilt is so that you can still support your back even when leaning forward.
A second important pro feature is Maxnomic’s 5-click seat angle tilt-lock system. That lets you angle and lock the seat at different angles with an 11° range. Tilt-lock is a subtle but powerful feature. It gives you the ability to angle the seat and backrest independent of each other.
That gives you a greater range of options to stay comfortable while you sit. For example, if your back starts to tire while sitting, angle the seat up a few degrees and lock into place. That will switch up the muscles your back uses, activating rested ones and resting tired ones.
Another nice touch: indented finger rests on the 4D adjustable armrests. It’s a pleasant tweak that makes you want to use the armrests. Armrests absorb body weight while sitting, so getting into the habit of using them is prudent.
Finally, all Maxnomic chairs come with thick slabs of cold cure foam padding. This is the premier padding choice in the furniture industry. For pro gamers training 10 hours per day, cold foam padding holds up best under extended use. When you sit, it gives slightly to conform to your body. When you stand, it pops back to the original shape. After two years of everyday use, these seats will still work like new.
Summary of Maxnomic esports chair features
All Maxnomic chairs have the same features, except for the lumbar support. Three models use traditional pillows, while OFC chairs come with an internal lumbar device.
Summary of features:
- Functionality: recline from 83° to 139°; 4D adjustable armrests
- Comfort: high density cold foam padding; neck and lumbar pillows (OFC models use an internal lumbar).
- Upholstery: high quality PU leather (stain-proof, easy to clean, durable).
- Support: aluminum base with scratch resistant matte gloss finish; gas lift; smooth rolling casters.
- Warranty: 2-year warranty on parts; 30 days return policy.
- Free shipping: included.
Maxnomic has four chair classes. Small users wanting a snug fit should choose either a Casual Sport (CS) chair or a Maxnomic Pro chair. The Pro is the most popular size. It’s the one that Ninja and many other top streamers use.
|Casual Sport (S)||Pro-gaming & Office (M)|
|Outer seat width & depth||17.3" (W) x 17.7" (D)||21.7" (W) x 19.3" (D)|
|Backrest height & width||33.1" (H) x 22.4" (W)||32.3" (H) x 21.7" (W)|
|Floor to seat range||18.5" to 22.4"||18.5" to 22.4"|
|Chair height||50" to 53"||49.2" to 53.1"|
|Height rating||5'0" to 5'9"||5'10" to 6'1"|
|Optimal load||110-176 pounds||177-220 pounds|
The next two options are Office Comfort (OFC) and XL-Series. The OFC is also a good fit for smaller users wanting a roomier fit. It actually has smaller seat dimensions than Pro chairs. But Pro chairs have ridged edges. In contrast, OFC chairs use a flat-edge seat design. That gives more room because it doesn’t restrict the legs like ridged edges do.
|Office Comfort (L)||XL-Series|
|Outer seat width & depth||20.1" (W) x 20.9" (D)||22.8" (W) x 22.8" (D)|
|Backrest height & width||33.5" (H) x 22" (W)||35" (H) x 24" (W)|
|Floor to seat range||19.7" to 23.6"||21.7" to 26.6"|
|Chair height||51.2" to 55.1"||54.3" to 58.3"|
|Height rating||6'2" to 6'5"||5'0" to 7'0"|
|Optimal load||221-285 pounds||286 to 375 pounds|
Need help with sizing? Read our detailed tutorial:
All Maxnomic Pro chairs come with a two-year warranty. This covers missing parts, defective parts or damage during the shipping process. It does not cover normal wear and tear.
But that doesn’t mean Maxnomic chairs will only last two years. In fact, most pro chairs that use premium cold-foam padding can last well past the warranty period. Learn more about the durability difference you get with pro chairs in our detailed analysis:
Review: Maxnomic gaming chairs
This year has seen millions forced to work from home. As a result, there has been a massive growth in demand for high-end ergonomic chairs.
Usually, in our brand reviews, we summarize our favorite models. But many of those chairs are now out of stock. With many factories still closed, it may be a while before restocking happens.
Thus, the summary of chairs below only lists what is still in stock and available for sale.
Casual Sport (CS)
Casual Sport chairs are the smallest and cheapest models in the Maxnomic collection. CS chairs have the same great features as the other Maxnomic chairs.
The tiny dimensions are a good fit for kids, petite women, and other small, slim bodies.
- Seat width & depth: 17.3″ (W) x 17.7″ (D)
- Backrest height & width: 33.1″ (H) x 22.4″ (W)
- Size rating: 5’0″ to 5’9″; up to 176 pounds
Our Maxnomic Casual Sport review compares this model to other high-end small chairs. It also runs through the handful of CS chairs still in stock and ready for delivery to your home.
Five Casual Sport models are available. Choose between the Ergoceptor, Quadceptor, Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses or OSU chairs. All in-stock CS models cost $389 direct from Maxnomic.
Pro Gaming & Office
Most of the top pro teams and Twitch personalities use Maxnomic Pro chairs. Ninja (the world’s #1 streamer) uses a Maxnomic Pro. So do the Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses squads. Both are among the top-3 highest-earning esports teams of all time.
This massive exposure put Maxnomic on the esports map. On top of that, the custom logo option was a hit with streamers and esports teams. As a result, Maxnomic became one of the biggest chair brands in the esports industry.
Right now, only a few Maxnomic Pro models are still available. All sell for between $399 and $429. Here are the models still in stock:
- $429: ESL team chair; Quadceptor, Ergoceptor.
- $399: official PUBG game chair; official Evil Geniuses team chair.
Another reason for the popularity of Pro chairs is that they’re a good fit for average sizes:
- Seat width & depth: 21.7″ (W) x 19.3″ (D)
- Backrest height & width: 32.3″ (H) x 21.7″ (W)
- Size rating: 5’10” to 6’1″; 177-220 pounds
Office Comfort (OFC)
Maxnomic Pro series chairs are the most popular, but we prefer the Maxnomic Office Comfort (OFC) series for two reasons. First, it’s a large chair, but not too large for average sizes. It gives a roomy fit for average bodies, like wearing sweatpants versus skinny jeans.
The second thing that stands out about OFC chairs is the internal lumbar support system. Instead of a lumbar pillow, turn a knob on the side of the backrest. That will increase or decrease the depth of the lumbar support. Once you find your sweet spot, set, forget and enjoy the support.
Dimensions are versatile:
- Seat width & depth: 20.1″ (W) x 20.9″ (D)
- Backrest height & width: 33.5″ (H) x 22″ (W)
- Size rating: 6’2″ to 6’5″; 221-285 pounds
Fortunately, most OFC chairs are still in stock. The most popular ones (summarized below) range from $459 to $499. Check out our detailed review for all options:
Several OFC models are available. All in-stock OFC models cost between $459-$499. Browse all OFC models on the NEEDforSEAT website.
Maxnomic’s line of heavyweight chairs has extra-wide seats that support up to 375 pounds.
- Seat width & depth: 22.8″ (W) x 22.8″ (D)
- Backrest height & width: 35″ (H) x 24″ (W)
- Size rating: 5’0″ to 7’0″; 286-375 pounds
Unfortunately, gaming chairs for big and tall users are in massive demand right now. High-end pricey models are selling especially fast. Thus it should come as no surprise that most Maxnomic XL-Series chairs are sold out. In their USA store, only one model remains.
Maxnomic’s American office is in Columbus, Ohio. A few years ago, they partnered up with Ohio State University. The OSU XL Series is tailored for Big Brutus Ohio State Buckeye fans. It offers generous space combined with vibrant styling in OSU colors.
Maxnomic buying advice
Thinking about buying a Maxnomic gaming chair? This section will help you to make an informed buying decision.
Pros and Cons
Learn what’s to like and dislike about the Maxnomic gaming chairs.
What we like
Maxnomic makes some of the best gaming chairs in the world. That’s why so many pro streamers and teams use their chairs. The Pro and OFC Series make an amazing 1-2 combo for esports. Choose a Pro model for a slim fit, or choose an OFC one for more room. In both cases, these chairs support long sitting sessions with superb ergonomics.
Whether you’re a pro gamer, an aspiring one or a computer user, these chairs offer a pro-class sitting experience.
What we don’t like
Maxnomic chairs are expensive. Prices average between $360 and $590. Also, Maxnomic chairs only come with a 2-year warranty. That’s less than the 5-year warranty you get from Secretlab and AKRacing.
Those quibbles aside, these are some of the most comfortable and full-featured gaming chairs in the world.
In the high-end gaming chair market, we count Maxnomic, Secretlab, and AKRacing as the top three brands. All offer outstanding gaming chairs with the best features and materials. Choosing between these brands usually comes down to which styles you prefer.
Like Maxnomic, Secretlab released their first chairs in 2014. They are also a major name in esports. These days, most top teams that aren’t partnered with Maxnomic are with Secretlab. At present, seven top esports teams use Secretlab chairs.
Another interesting similarity is that both brands have similar flagship chair. The Secretlab Titan has a flat, wide seat and an internal lumbar instead of a pillow. Maxnomic’s OFC chairs have those exact same features. Prices are comparable, but the Titan has a longer warranty. other than that, choosing between Titan or OFC is a tossup. Both chairs rank as among the best in the pro esports industry.
American company AKRacing is one of the oldest and most well-established gaming chair brands. They’re also a big name in pro esports, but with a less robust presence than Secretlab or Maxnomic.
AKRacing makes two lines of gaming chairs. Their Core Series have basic padding and solid features. Their Pro Series adds seventy percent more padding than their Core chairs. On top of that, Pro features rival those of Maxnomic and Secretlab chairs.
AKRacing offers the longest straight-up warranty in the business. Secretlab offers three years, with an option to extend by sharing a social post.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Maxnomic or Secretlab, AKRacing is a solid third.
Maxnomic has a rich history in the esports world. Today, they remain one of the leading brands for esports professionals.
If you’re into esports and want to game like the pros, Maxnomic chairs are a great pick. No matter which model you choose, expect to enjoy long, comfortable computing sessions with superb back support.