DXRacer began in 2001 as a car seat maker. In 2006, they released the world’s first gaming chair. Since then, they have been one of the leading names in the industry. This DXRacer Racing Series review looks at their flagship chair. It’s a classic racing style model used by more pro esports teams than any other gaming chair.
There are two classes of DXRacer Racing Series chairs.
Standard Racing Series chairs are for small sizes. These support users up to 5’8″ with a 200 pound weight limit. These are the cheapest models. All come with 3D adjustable armrests.
The Racing PRO Series chairs are a bit larger. They support users up to 6′ tall and up to 250 pounds. These models come with a full suite of pro features including 4D adjustable armrests.
DXRacer in esports
Esports refers to competitive video gaming tournaments. Some of the top esports games include Dota 2, League of Legends, CS:GO and Fortnite. Every year top esports players compete in these games for millions in prizes.
Most top players belong to teams. Among the top 50-earning teams, more use DXRacer chairs than any other brand. DXRacer partners include Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Virtus.pro, and others.
That Racing Series chairs get used by so many pros is a testament to their quality. The purpose of pro chairs is to support a healthy sitting posture for long periods.
For example, during training, Fnatic’s Dota 2 team plays at least eight hours per day. Team member Khoo “Ohaiyo” Chong Xin says that every player has a limit. At some point during the day, their gaming potency will peak. After that point, they will only play worse.
Prolonging peak potency is where DXRacer Racing Series chairs come in. As proven by the pros, these models support optimal sitting for long periods.
Instead of worrying about a sore back or tight muscles, these chairs help you focus on computing. That means longer periods of peak performance and greater productivity.
DXRacer Racing Series overview
These chairs come in regular (consumer class) and PRO versions. Both have a slim fit like the Formula Series, with a taller backrest. All models come with high density foam padding, 135° recline and a 2-year warranty.
Many esports players rely on DXRacer Racing PRO Series chairs to maximize performance. That’s because PRO chairs offer more options to adjust position while computing. Changing position increases blood flow. It also giving supporting muscles a rest by letting others take over.
These options help users maintain productivity over longer hours. For full-time computer users, that’s the biggest benefit that PRO models provide.
Both the Racing and Racing PRO Series start with the same build. That is a steel frame topped with thick layers of high-density foam padding.
The Racing PRO Series adds two important extras. First is 4-directional armrests, instead of standard 3D ones. Second is the addition of a Multi-Functional Tilt Mechanism.
The Multi-Function Tilt Mechanism lets users customize the seat angle. A single lever lets you choose an angle from 0° to 15°. In one motion, you can push the lever to lock that angle in place. When ready for a change, release the lever and the seat will return to its upright position.
4D armrests plus Multi-Functional Tilt gives pro users more options. That helps bodies stay fresh for longer periods while sitting.
While walking breaks are still essential in PRO chairs, you’ll need to take them less often. That shaves down rest times and increases productivity. For pros needing a performance edge, these features deliver.
Summary of PRO features
Summary of features:
- Functionality: recline from 90° to 135°; 4D adjustable armrests.
- Comfort: high density foam padding; neck and lumbar pillows.
- Upholstery: high quality PU leather (stain-proof, easy to clean, durable).
- Support: aluminum base; Class 4 gas lift; 3″ PU casters.
- Warranty: 2-year warranty on parts, excluding normal wear and tear.
- Free shipping: included.
Summary of Racing Series features
Regular (non-PRO) Racing Series models offer similar features. Armrests are only 3D, and there’s no tilt lock mechanism. That means you can only adjust the seat up and down, but not at angles.
Other than those two features and smaller dimensions, both models share the same features.
Racing Series chairs are small compact models. Racing PRO chairs are a bit bigger. Here are the dimensions of both:
|Racing Series||Racing Series PRO|
|Seat width & Depth||20" (W) x 18.85" (D)||20" (W) x 19.5" (D)|
|Backrest Height & Width||33.75" (H) x 21.5"||34.25" (H) x 21.5"|
|Floor to Seat Range||17" to 21"||18" to 21.5"|
|Overall height||48.5" to 52"||51" to 54.5"|
|Weight support||Up to 200 pounds||Up to 250 pounds|
|Height support||5'5" to 5'8"||5'7" to 6"|
Both PRO and consumer versions are best suited to average-sized users with slim hips.
This fits many pro esports players who are slim and fit. That’s because many pros strive for a balanced lifestyle. To improve performance, maintaining physical fitness is essential.
Sitting in a chair that fits is an important part of the equation. Get a chair that’s too big and you’ll miss out on the ergonomic benefits. Get one that’s too small and you’ll feel squished.
If not sure what the Racing Series measurements mean, learn more in our sizing guide:
All DXRacer gaming chairs come with a standard 2-year warranty. This covers parts but does not include normal wear and tear.
Based on our own tests, you can count on your chair to exceed its warranty period. We took a DXRacer Formula Series and used it full-time for 2+ years before the PU leather started to degrade. Learn more in our Durability Report feature:
Racing PRO Series models
These are professional class chairs with 4D armrests and a tilt lock. These extras help pros to maintain peak performance for longer periods. Whether you are a gamer or computer user, Racing PRO models are the best in the DXRacer product line.
RV001: Carbon Leather
The RV001 is an impressive two-tone model that comes in seven different color options.
These versions come with a combination of black carbon leather with PU leather trim.
DXRacer’s carbon leather is attractive and ultra-thick. On the downside, it’s less breathable than PU leather. In warm weather, bare skin against carbon leather can get sticky.
RV131: leather style vinyl
The RV131 comes in seven impressive color options. This is one of the more popular Racing Series models.
The RV131 uses vinyl style leather. This is very tough and easy to clean, making it a great option for hard-core gamers. On the downside, what you gain in durability gets lost in breathability. In warm weather, this material can get sticky and clammy.
RV118: White PU leather
The RV118 model comes in only one design, with white PU leather and blue PU trim.
There are also a number of special designs in the Racing Series roster. Many are the official chairs of top esports teams. The problem with these models is that they get made in small batches and are often out of stock.
Among the Amazon special editions roster, only three models are available. These are the USA Special Edition; Ninjas in Pyjamas team chair; Obey Alliance team chair. To see all special editions, browse DXRacer’s Amazon collection:
Consumer Series models
Racing Series consumer models have 3D armrests, while PRO models have 4D. Consumer models also lack a tilt lock mechanism – that means you can only adjust the seat height, not the angle.
Racing Series consumer chairs are also a bit smaller than PRO Series chairs. These are compact models best suited to small sizes.
RW106: strong mesh & PU leather
Compared to other Racing Series chairs, RW106 models look kind of plain. That’s because they use mesh fabric covers, with PU leather trim.
Many people dismiss mesh fabric chairs because it doesn’t look as flashy as PU leather. In fact, mesh fabric has a couple of key advantages over PU leather.
First, mesh fabric is a lot more breathable than even genuine leather. That means the seat never gets sticky, even in the hottest weather. Second, mesh fabric is super durable, good for several years of use.
OH/REO/NO: Conventional PU leather
The OH/REO/NO comes in two color options: black with green or orange. Both primary and trim colors use standard PU leather. This is more breathable than carbon leather but less so than mesh fabric.
OH/RB1: vinyl style leather
OH/RB1 models use vinyl style leather. This is thicker and more durable than PU leather, but less breathable. It also feels more synthetic than PU leather, almost like rubber.
OH/RB1 models also come with a fancy backrest attachment. It serves no purpose but should delight gamers with its futuristic looks.
RH11: PU leather
RH11 are tri-color black and white PU leather chairs with a choice of trim.
Racing Series buying advice
Thinking about buying a Racing Series gaming chair? This section will help you to make an informed buying decision.
Where to buy DXRacer chairs
The best two places to buy DXRacer chairs are directly from their website, or on Amazon. Prices are usually the same on both, although. When buying direct, you gain access to special deals through the year that you won’t find on Amazon.
That said, the DXRacer site uses an old, custom-built ecommerce system. It’s can get tricky to find the right product.
In contrast, DXRacer’s Amazon shop has a crisp layout with clear options.
Pros and Cons
Learn what’s to like and dislike about the DXRacer Racing Series chairs.
What we like
DXRacer is the original gaming chair brand. Their blueprint seeded the entire gaming chair industry.
Racing Series gaming chairs tailor that blueprint for esports players. The result is a snug, ergonomic seat that’s perfect for computing. The seat, backrest, and support cushions work together to ensure good sitting posture. The armrests absorb the weight of arms, keeping them fresh for mouse and keyboard clicks.
Pro gamers, aspiring ones and general computer users will all enjoy these chairs. They support good posture while letting users sit longer and work harder.
What we don’t like
Since DXRacer came out with the first gaming chair in 2006, they ruled the industry. Today, DXRacer still partners with more pro esports teams than any other brand.
But while DXRacer products changed very little over the years, new competitors emerged. Brands like Secretlab and Maxnomic offer God-tier gaming chairs.
Beyond a lack of evolution, another issue is that products are often out of stock. If you manage to find what you’re looking for on their website, there’s a good chance the product will be out of stock.
Racing Series alternatives
The Racing Series is DXRacer’s flagship, but they have many other great models as well. To compare all DXRacer chairs, check out our DXRacer Brand Review.
The higher prices get you more luxury and superior features. Secretlab also beats DXRacer’s 2-year warranty with a 5-year warranty.
In fact, Secretlab’s flagship Titan is our #1-rated pro chair. It’s the chair of choice for a growing list of esports teams and tournaments.
DXRacer released the original racing style gaming chair in 2006. Today, they still produce racing style models as the most famous gaming chair brand in the world.
The Racing PRO Series is DXRacer’s flagship gaming chair. It has the high-end features that pros need and hobbyists will appreciate.
Are you looking for a high-end ergonomic chair that supports full-time computing hours? Do it like the pros: buy a DXRacer Racing Series.