Secretlab has updated its flagship gaming chair. On paper, the new Titan Evo 2022 Series comes with big improvements. There are more sizing options, better adjustable features, and big upholstery upgrades. This Titan Evo 2022 Series review covers what I’ve learned in practice. That is: the Titan 2022 emphasizes luxury over comfort. It’s super-comfortable — but needs disciplined use for best results.
The Titan Evo 2022 Series has every adjustable option you need. It comes in small, medium, and XL sizes. You can also choose between SoftWeave fabric or Neo Hybrid Leatherette. Between the two are forty-three different styles!
Beyond the flash, the point of any gaming chair is to support good posture while sitting. To that end, the Titan does a great job. It’s a human quirk that prevents it from being perfect.
Research For This Article
I’ve logged hundreds of hours working in Secretlab chairs. I started with a trio of 2020 Omega and Titan chairs. Later, I picked up the medium and XL 2022 versions. Among those five chairs, I made various comparisons:
- SoftWeave vs Leatherette
- The various chair fits for my 5’9″ size
- Conservative vs vibrant designs
- Light vs dark styles
- 2020 vs 2022 Series
To get a wider grip on the 43+ styles, I also conducted a photography tour of Secretlab’s Singapore showroom.
This review mashes all findings together to reach a clear conclusion.
Titan EVO 2022 Series Review
The Titan Evo 2022 Series is the latest iteration of Secretlab’s flagship gaming chair. It comes in three sizes and 43+ styles, with streamlined ergonomics.
|Hybrid Leatherette 2022||Softweave Plus 2022||2020 Series|
|XL||$599||$619||Titan XL $579|
Three Sizes: S, M, XL
The Titan 2022 Series comes in small, medium, and large sizes. Our Titan seat width measurements cover the total inner width. That measures the total amount of space between the soft edges that’s available for use.
The above photo also shows the flat inner seat width for all three sizes. That inner zone guides the legs to stay within the flat inner width. Even so, the legs still enjoy room to move past the total inner width.
Titan Sizing Specifications
|Specification||Titan 2022 Small||Medium||XL|
|Seat (total inner width)||17.7″ (W) x 18.9″ (D)||18.5″ (W) x 19.3″ (D)||19.3″ (W) x 19.7″ (D)|
|Backrest||20″ (W) x 32.3″ (H)||21″ (W) x 33.5″ (H)||22″ (W) x 35″ (H)|
|Seat height||17.7″ to 20.5″||17.7″ to 20.5″||18.1″ to 21.9″|
|Size rating||4’11” to 5’6″; 285 pounds||5’7″ to 6’2″; 285 pounds||5’11” to 6’9″; 395 pounds|
It’s possible to up-size beyond Secretlab’s suggested size ratings. For instance, I stand 5’9″ and fit well in both medium and XL 2022 Series Titan chairs.
However, look closely to see the Titan XL’s seat depth is a bit too close to the back of my knees. Luckily, there are a few ways to fix that. See this guide for details:
The Titan Evo 2022 Series looks like the final form of the classic racing-style gaming chair. There are three key improvements:
In all types of chairs, light pressure applied to the lower back is the key to sitting up straight. This system lets you set the perfect depth and height for your sweet spot (get help finding your lumbar sweet spot).
Beyond full adjustability, the unit also has a matrix made of 63 adaptive hinges. These flex left or right as you move.
The pillow itself has a more aggressive upper curve than the old version. That provides more support for the base of the head while sitting in a neutral position.
It also holds in place with magnets instead of straps. These provide a massive 11″ adjustment range.
A waterfall seat lip reduces pressure on the thighs and knees. That gives users more freedom to position their feet under the chair.
As well, gently sloping side wings help guide the user toward the middle of the seat. That provides supportive comfort without the restriction of bladed seat edges.
Summary of Features
- Functionality: 4D armrests; multifunction tilt-lock; recline from 85-165°.
- New 2022 Series Features: integrated 4-way adjustable lumbar support; magnetic headrest pillow; pebble seat base with waterfall edge.
- Sizing: small 4’11” to 5’6″; medium 5’7″ to 6’2″; XL 5’11” to 6’9″.
- Warranty: five years.
Titan 2022 Series Accessories
There are two popular Titan accessories to consider stacking with your chair:
Technogel Armrest Caps
Titan 2022 Series chairs come with swappable armrest caps. If you find the included semi-soft ones too hard, you can upgrade to Technogel armrests. These are filled with a premium gel that stays cool while absorbing body heat.
They also provide a softer cushion than stock PU plastic caps. Personally, I find the stock armrest caps work fine. Those with sensitive elbows might find these appealing.
External Lumbar Pillows
The Titan Evo 2022 Series comes with built-in fully-adjustable lumbar support. Despite this, Secretlab’s memory foam external lumbar pillows have developed a cult following.
These work fine with Titan chairs. In fact, if you find your seat too deep, a lumbar pillow provides an easy fix. The other attraction is the styling.
Pillows come in Harry Potter, League of Legends, Monster Hunter, and other flavors. Each costs $59 from the Secretlab accessories store.
I’ve got a plain one that came with my Omega 2020 chair. Although not necessary, it’s proven very useful over the years. Learn more:
How To get the 5-year Warranty
All Secretlab 2022 Series chairs come with a 3-year warranty. But there is an easy way to extend that by two extra years.
After you assemble your chair, post a photo of it on social media. Then share it with Secretlab. That gets you an extended 5-year warranty. Check out Secretlab’s Redeem Program for redemption instructions.
Titan SoftWeave Or Leatherette?
With each Series revision, Secretlab also includes major upholstery upgrades. In the 2022 Series line, you can choose between eight SoftWeave fabric styles or 35 different leatherette ones. Here’s a quick comparison:
SoftWeave Plus Fabric
2022 Series SoftWeave is thicker, more breathable, and more visually complex. Here’s a closeup look at 2020 vs 2022 Series Triple Black fabric:
The new version uses a new type of technical knit. Interlacing loops of resilient yarn fibers allow more air to pass through, enhancing breathability.
The new process also delivers more complex multi-layered textiles with different color layers. You can see these effects most brilliantly on the 2022 Series Minecraft chair.
Up-close look at all styles: Titan SoftWeave 2022 Series Review.
NEO Hybrid Leatherette
The latest generation is 4 times more durable than the old one. It bonds a resin top laminate onto a base layer. A finishing process renders it into an ultra-smooth top hide. Here’s how it looks under a macro lens:
I was blown away by my Titan 2022 Ash leatherette chair. It’s buttery-soft and super smooth. Even so, it has a decent, non-slip grip when you sit.
The Ash chair is one of five standard leatherette designs. These come in conservative colors with muted embellishments. As such, they’re a great fit for corporate types and executives working from home.
There are also dozens of more vibrant ones. For instance, check out these eye-popping Warcraft gaming chairs:
Other designs pay tribute to League of Legends, Monster Hunter, Overwatch, and many other top games. Browsing them all is a head-spinning adventure!
Browse more styles: Titan 2022 Series Showroom Tour.
SoftWeave vs Leatherette
I’ve used both types in tropical weather for long periods. My findings:
- Breathability: both stay cool over long sitting sessions. It’s hard to tell a breathability difference.
- Tactile sensation: SoftWeave has a soft, plush, textured feel. Leatherette has a bigger ‘wow’ factor. It feels ultra-smooth and buttery soft.
- Maintenance: leatherette is stain-resistant and easy to clean with a damp cloth. To keep SoftWeave fabric clean demands more work. You’ll need baking soda, a vacuum cleaner, and a fabric spot remover solution.
Leatherette wins out — on paper. It’s breathable, comfortable, attractive, and easy to maintain. But in practice, I always feel a bit happier when sitting in my SoftWeave chair.
Leatherette has a formal feel; SoftWeave feels cozier, like lounging around in your pajamas.
Summary of Titan Evo 2022 Impressions
Is the Titan good for your back when used long-term? What are the downsides of using a Titan 2022 Series? Based on 2 years + hundreds of hours in five Secretlab chairs, these are my findings:
Should I Upgrade From My 2020 Series?
If you already own a Secretlab 2020 Series chair, upgrading to a 2022 Series is not worth it. The old upholsteries are a bit less flashy but pretty darned good.
As well, if you already enjoy a comfortable fit in your 2020 Series, you won’t gain anything by upgrading. Learn more:
Is the Secretlab Titan Good For Posture?
The Titan Evo 2022 is the most comfortable gaming chair I’ve ever tried. The wide seat and fully-adjustable back support make it feel delightful over long hours.
However, the freedom of the seat can be problematic. Many studies show a link between work stress and poor lifestyle habits(1). Those include binge eating, excessive drinking — and sloppy sitting habits.
Trouble arises if you start sitting askew too much in a Titan chair. That creates new muscle patterns(2). As the body’s fascia adapts, sitting with poor posture starts to feel more comfortable. That can degrade posture even further!
If you let things slide too far, your spine might resemble a banana. Doctor-recommended solutions to avoid this include frequent breaks and regular exercise.
Another approach is to use two gaming chairs. For instance, whenever I need to reset my posture, I use a Secretlab Omega chair. Its bladed edges force me to sit straight. After a day or two of sitting that way, my muscles adapt. Learn more:
Does it Matter Which Style I Choose?
The brilliant yellow Cyberpunk chair is one of the most vibrant Titan designs. For around a month, this chair made my jaw drop every time I glanced its way.
However, after a month or so, I got used to the design. Then, it sort of blended in with the rest of my furniture. If you visit the Secretlab showroom to check out all designs, you might experience a similar effect.
At first, the wide array of dazzling styles will make your head spin. However, after an hour or so, they all kind of look the same.
Bottom line: don’t overthink it — go with your gut instincts. Whichever design you choose is likely to delight.
The Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 Series is the world’s premier luxury gaming chair. Some of its luxuries come at the expense of strict posture support. But when paying a premium for a luxury chair, it’s nice to have choices.
The only downside is that getting too loose in a Titan chair can cripple your posture. That’s why many leading esports doctors tout healthy lifestyle habits as more important than a gaming chair.
In fact, many elite teams like Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, and Cloud9 use Titan chairs. But they also employ physical therapists to help each player perform at their best.
That summarizes the Titan Evo 2022 Series experience. It’s a powerful, luxurious ergonomic chair that gives you full freedom over your sitting habits.
With the discipline to use it properly, expect improved health and performance while sitting at a computer.
|Hybrid Leatherette 2022||Softweave Plus 2022||2020 Series|
|XL||$599||$619||Titan XL $579|
Available from Secretlab in North America, Europe, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore.
- Karen Angelo. ‘New Research Links Stress at Work to Unhealthy Lifestyles’, Umas Lowell, 2 Feb. 2016, https://www.uml.edu/news/stories/2016/workerstress.aspx, (accessed 19 Feb. 2022).
- Erin M. Friend, PT, DPT, CEAS, ‘Poor Posture And Its Effects On The Body’. National Spine Health Foundation, April 8, 2015. https://spinehealth.org/poor-posture-and-its-effects-on-the-body/, (accessed 19 Feb. 2022).