How long do gaming chairs last?



Old DXRacer Formula Series and new DXRacer Drifting Series gaming chairs
This article is a case study about the durability of my DXRacer Formula Series gaming chair.

According to their website, DXRacer gaming chairs come with a 2-year warranty on parts. There is also a lifetime warranty on the steel frame.

I purchased a DXRacer Formula Series gaming chair in May 2016. After two years and seven months of heavy use, it started to degrade.

Formula Series Durability report

DXRacer Formula Series degradation
The lumbar cushion disintegrated and the entire chair got shakier.

My Formula Series model was used as a home office chair. After getting used to sitting with proper posture, sitting on the couch became very uncomfortable. As a result, when working I would position my gaming chair upright. When relaxing I would recline the backrest.

After a while, I got rid of the couch and began using my F-Series as my only sitting option while at home. On average I sat in that chair for 12 hours every day (with plenty of breaks, of course).

It took two years and seven months before the chair started breaking down (seven months longer than the 2-year parts warranty). Here’s the math:

  • Number of months used: 31
  • Hours per day: 12
  • Total hours sitting time: 10,416 hours
  • Purchase price: $280
  • Cost for 31 months: $9 per month
  • Cost for 10,416 hours: $0.02 per hour

DXRacer Formula Series Detailed Review

How the chair broke down

Old and new DXRacer gaming chairs
The Formula Series lumbar cushion and back support degraded after 31 months of daily use.

The whole point of a gaming chair is to sit for long hours using good posture. My chair broke down because it absorbed the pressure that would have otherwise gone to my back and neck. As a result I enjoyed all the benefits of good posture. These benefits included increased energy levels, greater flexibility, elevated mood and greater productivity. Unfortunately, as the chair degraded, I began to suffer issues:

  1. Tightness in the legs
  2. Stiff neck, back and shoulders
  3. Feeling lethargic

As those issues got worse, I decided it was time to buy a new gaming chair.

Upgrading to a DXRacer Drifting Series

Closeup of DXRacer Drifting Series gaming chair
My upgrade: a Carbon Fiber DXRacer Drifting Series.

I got a great deal on a (no longer in production) DXRacer Drifting Series Carbon Fiber Vinyl Gaming chair. The Drifting Series is a gaming chair designed for the office. It has roughly the same dimensions as the F-Series, but with a narrower and denser seat padding.

DXRacer Drifting Series Detailed Review

Breaking in a new gaming chair

DXRacer Drifting Series gaming chair and tropical fish tank
A gaming chair plus aquarium makes for a soothing home office.

Like a pair of brand new leather boots, a gaming chair needs breaking in  time. First, the seat and backrest padding need time to conform to the shape of your body. Plus you need to play around with the chair to find the right adjustments:

  1. Finding your optimal reclining position for work (upright) and relaxing (increased recline)
  2. Learning when to adjust the lumbar cushion to maintain support for the lower back
  3. Experimenting with the neck pillow until to find your sweet spot

The first few days in my DXRacer Drifting Series were uncomfortable. I struggled to get the chair positioned correctly and rarely felt comfortable. Luckily, the foam padding soon took the shape of my body. Then, the sitting experience became comfortable and luxurious.