DX Racer Air Mesh Gaming Chair Review: Air Apparent
Gaming chairs aren’t a dime a dozen. Some are unequivocally more comfortable and ergonomic than others. A poorly designed gaming chair can wreak havoc on your back and arms, especially when you spend 30% or more of your day sitting in front of a computer or console. Fortunately this is not the case with DX Racer Air Mesh Gaming Chair.
The DX Racer Air Mesh Gaming Chair is hands down the best gaming chair I have ever had. It’s so comfortable that I want one for every room in my house.
Maybe it’s because I have the same chair in my home office (where I have worked for almost two years now) since 2005. Or others that I have reviewed that I haven’t been to. very impressed. But that’s more likely because DX Racer’s $ 499 Air Mesh is just plain cool – and in more than one way.
DX Racer Air Mesh Gaming Chair Review: Air Apparent
Unpacking and assembly
While it may seem unimportant at first glance, good packaging goes a long way. This is something I have talked about before with gaming mice and something worth mentioning again here. Air Mesh is securely packaged in a way that mitigates damage during shipping, with each part wrapped securely in plastic wrap and separated from each other with foam. There is nothing worse than spending money on a piece of furniture only to have it damaged.
In addition to this, there is also a robust and compartmentalized box which contains some of the more vulnerable parts and a double ended Allen wrench (thank you, please provide a tool with a handle).
With everything out of the box and unboxed, assembly is quick and easy. The manual includes instructions for two chair variations, which is a bit odd, but once you understand what’s going on, it’s clear and easy to follow.
As well as removing the mention of another chair, future iterations should also point out that some of the necessary nuts and bolts are already connected to the chair. Shipping the Air Mesh with its arms already attached to the back is something I actually prefer over separate wrappers or bags for parts, but I spent a few minutes going through the wrapper for myself. make sure you don’t miss anything.
Other than that, it took me about 15 minutes to assemble the entire chair. You will probably need a second person to help you attach the backrest to the seat, but if not, it’s a one-person job.
The Air Mesh sports a somewhat understated design and, apart from the headrest and a few other small details, it looks more like an office chair than a gaming chair. It can be good or bad depending on your inclinations, but I tend to find this to be a positive design choice, especially for a home office because it doesn’t stand out too much. It’s less ostentatious than DX Racer Gladiator Series, for example.
From top to bottom, the headrest is fully adjustable, with four different height settings. The device itself attaches to the back of the chair with four threaded buttons. The memory foam pillow with “Air” written on it attaches to the headrest on an adjustable plastic rail and is held in place with a plastic stopper.
The entire back of the chair is made of malleable, yet strong mesh, which allows air to circulate behind and under the chair. Adjustable lumbar support slides on a plastic rail and has several customizable positions with a reach of 15 cm. The back is completed with hard plastic edges that won’t scratch or scratch easily and can be wiped clean in a jiffy.
The seat is just as well made, with the same breathable mesh as the back, as well as the same hard plastic and metal frame. The 4D armrests are fully adjustable forward / backward, side to side and up and down as you might expect, and the tops are made of soft plastic with foam underneath with metal arms themselves covered with hard plastic.
There is also a metal lever on the right side allowing you to tilt the chair back and lock it in place. The usual levers underneath to lock the function and lower / raise the chair are here too and well machined for easy gripping. Underneath these is a large button that adds or removes tension to dial in the force needed to rock the chair back and forth.
The 5-star base is made of metal, which is a nice touch compared to the plastic patterns found in other chairs, helping it withstand accidental impact when rolling.
Ultimately, Air Mesh is available in four color / color combinations: black, gray and pink, white and cyan, white and red, and soon available in yellow, red and blue. All, maybe except yellow, red and blue (phew!), look great and should pair perfectly with any gaming setup.
The only thing to keep in mind is how dirty the white material for the back of these other variants could get, something I can’t speak to since I haven’t tried or reviewed these versions.
Everything about the DX Racer Air Mesh is comfortable, you just have to compose a part of it.
4D arms provide excellent support. My elbows were getting sore and my forearms tired in my old chair, as well as other gaming chairs that I tested for long periods of time. There’s none of that here thanks to the padding and mobility. I have found the arms to be quite easy to move, even without pressing the buttons. I had to reset them a few times and while it’s an easy process, it’s really something I shouldn’t have to do.
The contour of the seat provides a perfect fit for your rump while providing good support to the back of your thighs, distributing the weight over the front of the seat. The design also features spring suspension which makes it firm but bouncy enough to work without padding that might otherwise wear unevenly or tear.
The same can be said of the backrest, which uses an identical design, reinforced by the lumbar support. It’s important to note that the Air Mesh really wants you to sit up straight, without slouching. Otherwise, the lower back might be a little uncomfortable even with adjustments.
For those long gaming sessions, the breathable mesh works wonders, allowing air to flow through the chair from front to back and eliminating the possibility of sticky back syndrome possible in other hard-back chairs or those with foam backing. On the other hand, the memory foam used in the headrest provides a malleable cushion that almost looks like a pillow, whether your head is turned to one side or facing forward.
If you want to relax even more between tasks or kick back and watch a movie, the Air Mesh can also tiltable more than 135 degrees. With the rocker function fully engaged, lying completely backwards is fantastic, with the design almost resembling a pretty hammock. Without the toggle function fully engaged, well, it all goes out the window. The Air Mesh transforms into a rigid reflection of itself and sinks to its lowest point.
Other than that, the only other real negative that I can identify with Air Mesh is that when the chair is completely upright, the swing is not viable. Even with the slightest amount of tension applied, it takes far too much force to tip the chair back even a little. – the only positive point is that your calves will receive a serious workout. But even with the chair reclined a notch, the sway is fluid and calming.
DX Racer Air Mesh Gaming Chair Review – Conclusion
- Mesh back keeps back and bottom cool to wick away sweat
- 4D armrests offer many ergonomic options
- Adjustable lumbar provides fantastic support
- Memory foam headrest
- Robust design
- Easy assembly
- Uncomfortable casual with no tipping engaged
- Almost impossible to tip over with the seat in the fully upright position
- The mesh may take a while to get used to and may be too cold for some
- 4D arms can be moved more easily than I would like
Apart from a few grievances, the DX Racer Air Mesh Gaming Chair is well worth the asking price of $ 499. It might not be comfortable in all configurations, but it is comfortable in 99% of them.
It’s well constructed and offers natural airflow thanks to its mesh design, perfect for long gaming sessions in hot areas and hot rooms. It’s also perfect for those who mix work and play, functioning as both a gaming chair and an office chair in equal measure.
[Note: DX Racer provided the Air Mesh gaming chair used for this review.]