The Cougar Argo is a new ergonomic chair for computer users. It uses classic ergonomic chair features with an emphasis on breathability and adjustability. The result is an interesting alternative to the classic racing style gaming chair. Check this Cougar Argo chair review for a fresh new ergonomic seating option.
Cougar bills its new Argo chair as the “evolution of the gaming chair revolution”. That’s a fitting slogan for the times.
DXRacer released the world’s first gaming chair in 2006. That started a gaming chair revolution that brought ergonomic seating to the masses. An evolution of that 14-year-old revolution is a great way to keep things fresh.
So does the Argo chair actually deliver an evolution? ChairsFX investigates.
Cougar Argo ergonomic chair review
The Cougar Argo is an ergonomic chair that provides optimal breathability and adjustability.
The build starts with a premium aluminum frame in striking orange and black. Over top are breathable mesh seat and backrest covers. Over the head and lumbar supports are breathable PVC leather covers.
The Cougar Argo can do everything a racing style gaming chair can do — and more. You can adjust the chair’s height, backrest tilt, armrests, headrest, and lumbar support.
Unlike racing-style gaming chairs, you can also adjust the depth of the seat.
- Backrest: rock, recline, or lock at angles between 105° and 130°.
- Headrest: adjust the angle; adjust up or down; slide out of the way.
- Depth adjustable seat: the 20″ seat can adjust forward or back with a range of 2.4″
- Armrests: 3D adjustable (up/down, forward/back, angled left or right)
- Warranty: 2-year warranty on the aluminum frame and base.
The Cougar Argo has a maximum weight capacity of 330 pounds. The combined height of the backrest and neck support covers 29.72″. The seat width (and space between the armrests) is 20″. Given these specs, we suggest that this chair will fit slim figures between 5’6″ to 6’0″. People in that range with wide hips or thick legs may find a tight squeeze into this chair.
- Seat width x depth: 20″ (W) x 20″ (D)
- Backrest width x height: 20.3″ (W) x 21.85″ (H)
- Neck support: 12.99″ (W) x 7.87″ (H)
- Floor to seat range: 19.1″ to 21.25″
How to buy
In America, Cougar products sell through third-party sites like Frys, B&H, Newegg, and Amazon. To find an outlet in other countries, check out the Cougar gaming website.
Cougar Argo alternatives
Alternatives to the Argo chair include other ergonomic task chairs and pro-quality PC gaming chairs.
Synchro-tilt task chairs
The most expensive ergonomic task chairs come with a feature called synchro-tilt. That angles the seat at a 2:1 ratio as the backrest reclines.
The upside of synchro-tilt feature is that it’s a cool luxury to have. The downside is that it’s not necessary, while also very expensive.
Standard-tilt task chairs
Chairs like the Cougar Argo forego synchro-tilt. Without that feature, chair prices are much lower. For other conventional tilt chair alternatives, check out our detailed review:
Pro esports PC gaming chairs
Pro esports gaming chairs are in a similar price range as the Argo chair. These models offer 4D armrests, multifunction tilt lock, cold foam padding, deep recline and other ergonomic features.
If you’re a fan of classic racing-style chairs, check out top models from Secretlab, Maxnomic, AKRacing, and other leading brands.
The Cougar Argo is a solid ergonomic chair with a great price. But it’s not a revolution. Rather, it’s a conventional ergonomic task chair with a gamer-style design. Compared to pricey Herman Miller chairs, the Argo has similar features and a much lower price.
If you’re looking for a posture and productivity boost, consider buying an Argo chair. If you’re not a fan of racing style gaming chairs, the Cougar Argo is a solid and affordable alternative.