RAZER ISKUR GAMING CHAIR Review : Razer premiere in seating furniture

 There is almost nothing that Razer doesn't offer when it comes to gaming accessories. Gaming chairs have so far been an exception - almost surprising, given the company sees itself as a gaming lifestyle brand. The gap has now been filled with the Razer Iskur. At $518.28 USD, the chair is more or less in the mid-range of gaming chairs, which are usually available from around 300 euros and sometimes even go up to 1,000 euros for particularly noble parts such as the Recaro models. Off to the stool sample (sorry, it had to be)


The Razer Iskur comes as a thick package in a solid, voluminous card. The individual parts are carefully packed in it and secured with foils and foam parts. Smaller elements such as the mechanism, the screws and the side panels together with the rollers are also packed in foils and molded foam parts in an extra box. In the end, this is quite a nightmare when it comes to packaging waste. On the other hand, you can be very sure that the components will get to you without any transport damage.


Tools for assembly are included in the form of two Allen keys, one of which is praiseworthy with a T-handle, which especially makes assembling the mechanism under the seat much easier. The assembly instructions in the form of a rather large-format poster basically answer all questions, in an emergency there is a QR code with a link to an assembly video. Nothing to complain about here either. As for the warranty, Razer gives up to three years on all mechanical and moving parts, plus a 14-day return policy.


RAZER ISKUR GAMING CHAIR Review

The assembly is quick and easy, within 10 to 15 minutes the chair is ready for the first meeting in its full glory. It looks good, a matt black monster with - who would have thought it - Razer-green stitching, logo and "For Gamers, by Gamers" lettering. Fortunately, Razer did without chroma RGB lighting, you have to expect everything ...


The workmanship is basically flawless and does justice to a 500-euro chair in all respects. Even the fit of the individual parts during assembly left nothing to be desired. The basis is a sturdy, 5-axis metal cross with 6 cm rollers, which are relatively stiff. Inside the chair there is a solid steel frame. The cushions made of high-density foam are relatively firm and did not show any permanent dents after two weeks. The cover made of multilayer PVC synthetic leather is robust and dirt-repellent, and easy to clean. As a supplement, there is a head / neck cushion with a fabric cover that can be attached to the chair with a strap. Shouldn't have been, I'm not a fan of these upholstery at all, but it's standard equipment.


The chair is designed for a body weight of up to 136 kg thanks to stable mechanisms and class 4 gas pressure springs, and for a body height between 170 and 190 cm. However, it must be said that gamers with a wider rear section will not be happy due to the shape of the seat. The entire ergonomics is designed more for a normal physique. It is a pity that there are no alternative models for other body sizes. What is not can still be. Apparently the Iskur is very popular. It was sold out in the Razer Store at the time of the test and can only be found at other retailers for prices well above the RRP.


The adjustment options leave little to be desired. The incline of the backrest can be adjusted as well as its resistance. The armrests are versatile adjustable (up / down, forwards / backwards, right / left). The real star is the adjustable lumbar support. While most manufacturers rely on a firm cushion or an additional pillow, the lumbar support can be tilted by up to 26 degrees with a mechanism. So it shouldn't be a problem for players with problems in the lower spine to find a suitable setting.


The adjustment lever is, however, positioned a little unfavorably. It would have been desirable if the adjustment were possible with a straight, normal sitting posture. So it is inevitable to lean forward a little to the right to reach the lever. Unless you have arms like an orangutan. Apart from the lack of size variations, this is the only real point of criticism that will hopefully be optimized in a possible Iskur V2.


You should definitely bring a Fable for firmer upholstery, because the Iskur is not an armchair replacement, but rather mercilessly fulfills the task of supporting an ergonomic sitting posture. We used the chair for several days during eight-hour working days and in the end we were very satisfied with the seating comfort and above all the support.


Conclusion

Successful premiere with some room for improvement

Razer's entry into seating for gamers has been quite successful. The workmanship is great, the assembly is simple. The highlight of the chair is undoubtedly the adjustable lumbar support, even if the position and function of the mechanism still have room for improvement. The ergonomics are, correctly adjusted, really good, as long as you can handle quite hard upholstery. But that's okay, such a gaming chair should support and relieve the back and not serve as an alternative to armchairs. It's just a shame that gamers under 1.70 m are currently looking into the tube and the fit is not ideal for wider gamers either. For the time being, Razer probably looked at the normally built, average male body. But what is not, can still become.


Pros

  • robust workmanship
  • relatively simple assembly
  • all tools included (commendable: Allen key with T-handle)
  • relatively hard upholstery (a matter of taste)
  • no Razer Chroma RGB lighting
  • very good, adjustable lumbar support
  • 4D armrests

Cons

  • Adjustment mechanism for the lumbar pad rather poorly positioned
  • no alternative sizes for smaller or wider people



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