Esports (electronic sports, or video game competitions) have exploded in popularity in Southeast Asia. The region currently has around 20 million esport (gaming) enthusiasts – a number expected to exceed 40 million by the end of 2019 (source).
Malaysia is one of the region’s biggest hubs for gamers in SE Asia, and a number of esports academies have arisen to train aspiring competitors. It was therefore no surprise when we stumbled across the TT Racing Royale gaming chair being promoted during a public gaming competition in Kuala Lumpur’s Low Yat Plaza.
The TT Racing Royale costs around USD$250 and boast all the standard features of the world’s best gaming chairs. Unfortunately, it is only available for delivery within Malaysia. The reason we’re reviewing it is to document the results of a passionate gaming country making home-grown chairs tailored to a rapid local market of enthusiasts.
According to a rep we spoke to while checking out the chair, the Royale is one of the best-selling gaming chairs in Malaysia – a source of pride for patriotic natives.
TT Racing Royale Gaming Chair: QUICK OVERVIEW
Pros and Cons
The TT Racing Royale serves as an excellent blueprint for a high-quality game chair: great looks, luxurious padding, effective posture support and excellent comfort for hours.
For $250, expect a great gaming chair that will likely deteriorate faster than more expensive brands like DXracers. Casual gamers with the budget to spare will enjoy these chairs the most.
TT Racing Royale Gaming Chair Review
Check out the video, where we check out a bunch of TT Racing Royales at Low Yat Plaza in Kuala Lumpur. After the video we'll break down the Royale's standout features.
TT Racing Royale features
The Royale comes with a wider body width to suit all frames and inward curvatures that fit well over the shoulders. While most gaming chairs apply foam first and then an outer skin, this can create an uneven surface. To counteract this, the Royale binds cold cure foam to a PU Leather skin before applying onto the chair frame. This creates an impeccable fit between the foam, skin and frame, resulting in a chair that gives a body-hugging feel with style and comfort.
Who is this product for?
The Royale is definitely a gamer's chair, more than something to consider as an office chair. The thick padding will support all adult sizes up to 150 kg. Smaller people and kids may find the chair feels cavernous; average-sized people will find a roomy fit.
For a serious gamer, $250 is on the low end of the budget scale. Thus, this chair seems a great fit for casual gamers that have the budget for luxury. If you are looking for a work chair, there are many better options than the TT Racing Royale.
What we like
The Royale is a very comfortable chair with excellent back support, hitting all the right notes that a quality gaming chair should. The PU leather (sealed to the padding before applying to the chair) feels snug and durable.
In addition these chairs look great, and come in a variety of color schemes (although we think the black looks stunning).
What we don't like
The Royale is promoted primarily as a gaming chair, for gamers. It is wider and more luxuriously padded than an office chair, thus promoting a more casual posture better suited to gaming or watching movies than crunching spreadsheets. Since ChairsFX started this website primarily to share the benefits of gaming chairs for professionals, we mark this as a negative.
In addition, during full reclining the chair feels really flimsy. Given the price tag, we suspect durability will be a problem.
TT Racing Royale Alternatives
Since the Royale is only available in Malaysia, here are some alternatives to consider in your search for the perfect gaming chair:
Homall Executive Gaming Chair
This Chinese-made DXracer clone that boasts all the features of high-end gaming chairs. For around $100, you get a removable headrest and lumbar support pillow, plus a range of reclining options: upright for working, locked in recliner mode for sleeping and a rocking mode for relaxing. Its also draped in PU leather and has a gas-powered height adjuster, but for this price, don't expect the parts to last long.
DXracer Formula Series
For $100 more than the Royale you can get one of the very best gaming chairs on the market. Ideal for those seeking high-end ergonomic support in a luxurious package, the Formula Series is forged out of heavy-duty materials that will elegantly take a beating for years.
Secretlab Titan gaming chair
Made in Singapore, the Secretlab Titan costs twice the price of a TT Racing Royale, but if you have the budget to spare, this chair is worth it. Made out of exceptionally high quality materials, the Titan features an internal lumbar support mechanism that does away with the back support pillow completely.
The TT Racing Royale offers comfort, style and solid ergonomic back support. For $250, expect a very comfortable chair that will firm up your posture and make sitting a pleasure. These are gorgeous entry-level gaming chairs. At present they’re only available in Malaysia, but expansion plans are in the works.