For its very first gaming chair, it appears to be like like Razer determined to largely copy one in all right now’s oft-cited favorites: the brand new $499 Razer Iskur is a useless ringer for the similarly-priced Secretlab Omega and Titan.
You can examine the design, the recline mechanism, the stitching — heck, simply take a look at these nigh-identical 4D armrests beneath — and the inspiration is plainly clear. And but Razer explicitly tells The Verge it’s not a collaboration with Secretlab, saying the chair was “designed and developed in-house.” And Secretlab tells us it doesn’t share a manufacturing facility with Razer or every other producer, although it isn’t at present calling out Razer past this tweet.
Razer is clearly pitching the Iskur as a step forward of Secretlab when it comes to spinal support, as you possibly can see on this thinly veiled comparability picture:
Aside from being a distinct hybrid of the Secretlab Omega’s smaller bucket seat and the Titan’s bigger, extra accommodating body (the Iskur helps players as much as practically 300 kilos and 6.2 toes tall), the most important variations listed below are a curvier again and the massive adjustable lumbar support.
It’s true that the Omega’s detachable pillow and the Titan’s inner adjustable lumbar haven’t precisely gotten rave opinions. We’re curious if the Iskur’s jut-out-at-an-angle lumbar pad, which appears to be like a bit like a snake’s stomach, can be higher:
That mentioned, loads of players swear by Secretlab’s chairs for again support with or with out the lumbar — mine was nice for my again, however I bought it due to a sore butt. The Omega and Titan have one other factor going for them, too: you possibly can simply purchase one which isn’t fairly so garish and doesn’t come embroidered with a firm’s trademarked slogan.
The Iskur is out there to preorder right now at Razer’s web site, with extra retailers coming later this yr. Secretlab makes some fairly good chairs; we’re wanting ahead to giving this competitor a attempt.
Update, 3:10PM ET: Added Razer affirmation that the Iskur is not a collaboration with Secretlab.
Update October tenth, 12:51 AM ET: Added Secretlab remark.