I have had the same desk chair for over 20 years. It's the chair I had for my first computer, the chair I started GoNintendo in, and it's the chair I still use today. Well, I guess I should say used. The gang over EWin Racing reached out to me about checking out one of their gaming chairs. I figured I could certainly give a decent review of a gaming/desk chair, since I spend most of my day sitting at a desk. If there were ever a butt that could dish out the details on how a desk/gaming chair performs, it would be mine.
After some discussion with the EWin team, they decided to send over the EWin Flash XL Series Ergonomic Computer Gaming Office Chair with Pillows. I honestly didn't know a thing about the chair before they sent it over. Their team told me they'd pick out a good chair for me and let me do the rest. I got the chair 9 days ago, and have spent that much time sitting in it and working. If you watched our most recent podcast, you saw me doing the show from the chair as well! Now that I've got a decent amount of time under my belt with the chair, I figured I could let you in on what I think of it.
To be completely fair, my original desk chair was a piece of garbage. It was bad from the first day I had it, but it was cheap. It's a hunk of cheap plastic with some crappy cloth covering, and that's about it. No arm rests, no back support, nothing fancy at all. It's been broken for SO long. It literally snaps every time I sit down in it. It wouldn't be fair for me to review the EWin Flash XL against my old chair, simply because there's no way for the EWin not to come out the victor. My review is based on the chair and its own merits, and my time spent in it.
The EWin Flash XL is an absolute beast of a chair. It's much bigger than I expected, and goes about an inch above my head when I'm sitting down. It also has a really sturdy feeling to it, and has quite a bit of weight as well. You really get to find all this out when you're putting the chair together. The chair arrives in a few pieces, and you have to take some time to build it. Everything you need to put the chair together comes included in the box, and all in all, it should take you less than a half-hour to get the chair ready for some hardcore sitting action.
The Ewin Flash XL has a couple points that I think make it feel like something special. In my opinion, the best part of the chair by far is the back pillow. The chair actually has both a back and neck/head pillow, but it's the back pillow that makes a huge difference for me. Both pillows are completely adjustable, but the back pillow has much more wiggle room. You can put it high up by your shoulders, or way low almost down to your butt. You can move the straps up and down by grabbing the pillow and tugging it, pushing everything into the place that feels best.
Most of the time, I have the back pillow down in the middle of my back. It forces me to have better posture when sitting, and it honestly feels a lot better to. I'm used to hunching forward to type, but now I sit up completely straight and have the pillow to prop me up. No joke, it feels so much better on my back. I don't hobble around like a 90 year old man when I get up from my desk chair anymore. It's honestly like a night and day difference.
There are some other times where my shoulders feel a bit tired, so I move the pillow up towards them to push them forward. I'll only ever do this for about 15 minutes or so, but again, it makes a big difference. Being able to push the back pillow anywhere you want lets you have freedom of mobility and control over comfort. You should be able to find a spot that works well for you, and you're never locked into that position. The strap system for the pillow means you can move it easily whenever you want.
The neck/head pillow don't really matter all that much to me because I don't use them often. I never have my neck pressed up against the back of the chair when I'm working. I guess the neck/head pillow would be used more for when you're leaning back in the chair and are looking for something more comfortable. That goes with the adjustable back of the chair as well. You can lean the chair back pretty damn far. You can't go completely horizontal with it, but it gets pretty close. This is when the neck pillow makes perfect sense. There have been a couple times where I've kicked back in the chair to watch something on the computer, and it felt super comfy. I pushed the pillow up just under my head and soaked it all in. No doubt I could fall asleep in this thing easy.
If you don't like either pillow, it's no big deal. They are on straps clipped with plastic clips, so you can take them off at any time. If you just want the flat back of the chair without any support, you can totally do that. Having the option to customize the chair into something that feels right for your body definitely makes a ton of sense to me. You don't want to have a chair that locks you into one specific design, because all bodies are different. While the base chair is the same, these pillows give you a little bit to play with in finding something that works for you.
The idea of adjustable comfort plays into the chair's armrests as well. The EWin Flash XL lets you adjust armrests in two ways. With one set of buttons, you can slide the armrests forwards or backwards. This lets you tuck them in a bit to get them out of the way, or bring them forward to rest most of your arm on. You can also hit another set of buttons to raise and lower the armrests. If you need to slide your chair under a desk more or want to give your arms something to rest on above the desk itself, these buttons will let you do that.
The next step in comfort comes from the chair's material, which is a faux leather. It honestly looks just like leather to me, and feels pretty close too. I don't have anything against anyone that wants to have a leather chair, but I personally don't want to support that, so it's nice to have this option. The material is certainly comfortable and has a really sharp look to it. It's also something you could wipe down with a damp cloth, as gross as that might sound. If this is being used as a gaming chair, we all know that gamers get sweaty. You don't want to put years into a chair and never clean it. A couple sprays of Febreze isn't going to cut it. The EWin Flash XL seems easy to take care of in this regard, which should help keep it looking good and feeling new for a long time.
Lastly, we have all the things that almost any gaming chair/desk chair has. There's a metal base with wheels, and a level for adjusting the height. The base itself is pretty heavy, but glides around easily with the wheels. The arm for adjusting the height feels a bit strange to me. The arm itself is fine, but the angle at which it juts out from the chair feels odd. I wish the arm came out and jutted forward, but instead, it comes out and slants back towards your butt. In other words, the level is almost directly under your right butt cheek. You only ever adjust the chair a few times to get it where you want and it's not a huge issue, but it's something I found strange and wanted to point out.
Altogether, I honestly have no complaints with the EWin Flash XL Series Ergonomic Computer Gaming Office Chair with Pillows. It feels great, it's definitely a quality build, and it seems like a chair that's going to last a very long time. If my crappy old chair could last 20 years with my ample frame slamming on it, I don't doubt the EWin Flash XL is up to the task. Using the Ewin Flash XL has made my time in the office a lot more comfortable. If you're looking for a new gaming chair, or something you make your time in the office a lot more enjoyable, I would definitely recommend checking out what EWin has to offer.
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