noblechairs Icon Gaming Chair Review
It’s been sometime since we’ve seen a Gaming Chair here at pcG but as you can guess that’s all about to change as today will we be taking a look at the new noblechairs Icon. This will be the first Gaming Chair that we’ve seen here at pcG from noblechairs, although they have been around for a while now with their first chair being the Epic series.
The noblechairs Icon series Gaming Chair is available in a variety of flavours with the first choice being a colour scheme option. All chairs are made from PU Leather and are black with either red stitching, white stitching, blue stitching or black stitching. There is also a top grain leather chair available in both black and cognac/black & gunmetal (sounds odd but looks good). We will be taking a look at the black/platinum white version.
The chair arrived at pcG in what must be one of the biggest boxes I’ve ever seen, yes we’ve seen Gaming Chair boxes before and yes they are normally very big but this one takes the biscuit. The box itself is not that exciting to look at, being a plain brown cardboard box with some noblechairs and Icon logos on it. But I guess it is eco-friendly…
Once open we can see that the chair itself obviously needs some assembly. Packaging is best described as adequate but is in line with all Gaming Chairs that we’ve seen before. Quite why packaging couldn’t be a bit better than this I’m not too sure but I guess there is a lot of parts.
In the top of the box we see the main back of the chair that was initially covered with a small sheet of foam in an attempt to keep it protected. With the chair back removed we get access to the next layer also hidden by another foam sheet and here we can now see one of the supplied cushions, the neck cushion.
Removing the seat and exposing the next layer we get to see the base of the chair itself along with a variety of other parts and an accessories box. In the far right corner we can also see the other supplied cushion which is in fact a lumbar support. With that removed we can now see the seat of the chair along with the Assembly Instructions.
Taking a look at the small box we can see that it contains the four wheels, a pair of lever covers, the hydraulic lift itself, side, covers. lift cover and a bolt/screw set. The screw set is particularly nicely presented although it’s difficult to get into as it’s held together by staples. There is also one additional bolt and one additional screw supplied, which is always nice to see.
The assembly instructions are clear and concise with the first page providing a content checklist where we found everything to be present and the following 3 pages laying out the main assembly instructions. The last page provides details as to what all of the controls are and there’s are quite a lot of them.
At the time of review, the noblechairs Icon Gaming Chair is retailing at Overclockers UK for approximately £330 and comes with a 2 year warranty.
courtesy of noblechairs
Main colour: Black
Side strip colour: Black
Stitchings colour: Platinum White
Pillow colour: Black with Platinum White embroidery
Total height (with base): ca. 1280 – 1380 cm
Height adjustability: ca. 480 – 580 mm
Width backrest (shoulder level): ca. 390 mm
Width backrest (pelvis level): ca. 520 mm
Width backrest (point of contact): ca. 295 mm
Length backrest: ca. 860 mm
Backrest adjustability (static): 90° – 135°
Width seat (total): ca. 515 mm
Width seat (point of contact): ca. 340 mm
Depth seat (total): ca. 570 mm
Depth seat (point of contact): ca. 490 mm
Width armrests: ca. 100 mm
Depth armrests: ca. 245 mm
Rocking mechanism: max. 11°
|Armrests adjustable: Yes (four-dimensional)|
|Maximum weight (user): 180 kg|
|Net weight (chair): ca. 28 kg|
|Gross weight (chair): ca. 30 kg|
|Package dimensions: ca. 87 * 37 * 70 cm|
|UK Fire safety compliance: BS 5852|
|Manufacturer warranty: 2 years|
According to the supplied Assembly Instructions the first part of the chair that we need to assemble is the seat, this can be seen above. Note the plastic on the left arm bracket unfortunately this couldn’t easily be removed as it was caught underneath the bracket itself, loosening the screws is obviously the answer here and this was done at a later stage using the tool provided.
First we need to install the tilt mechanism by placing it on the back of the chair. Note the orientation of the mechanism itself with the hinge facing the front of the chair, this is clearly shown in the instructions. The tilt mechanism is then secured by the four bolts supplied, again, note the positioning of the washers – the spring washer goes onto the bolt first and the flat washer goes on afterwards. These bolts should then be tightened in turn until nice and tight does securing the tilt mechanism to the base of the chair.
The next task is to install the two plastic lever covers that are in fact simply a push fit, although they are quite tight. It is important to ensure the correct orientation of these levers note that both levers again face the front of the chair. This can clearly be seen in the above right photograph.
With that done we can move on to the base of the chair, with the first task being to install the five wheels or castors, to give them their correct name. Again these are a push fit although these are extremely tight and will require a good bit of force to push home, I found that wiggling them a little bit as I pushed seem to help.
The next task is to simply install the hydraulic gas lift and its associated hydraulic sleeve. The hydraulic gas lift itself simply slots into the hole in the top of the base and is a tapered fit so we’ll eventually tighten once weight is applied to the chair itself.
Finally the base of the chair can be placed atop the hydraulic gas lift. This completes the base of the chair as can be seen above. So far so good… 😉
Now it’s time to look at the back of the chair and very nice it looks too, with its platinum white stitching and smart noble logo. Worth noting is the fact that there is a zip running around the outer edge of the back of the chair, this suggests that the outer cover can easily be removed. Also there was a small mark on the headrest (seems to be a number 14 or 16) that needed to be wiped off. This was done with relative ease, but did require the use of a mild soap. This clearly should not need to be done by the consumer and noblechairs have been made aware of this…
Before we can fix the seat back to the chair base itself we need to remove the pre-installed bolts in the seat back. There are four of these in total each one needs to be removed and is easily removed with the tool provided.
With the seat back now in position the bolts can be reattached. Thankfully all bolt holes lined up beautifully and there were no problems tightening the bolts on either side, again using the tool provided.
The final task was to fit the side covers that are actually held in place by two self tapping screws unfortunately this proved to be a little more tricky than it should have been.
First note that one of the holes is actually hidden by one of the warning stickers, as can be seen above right. Unfortunately one of the screws really didn’t want to go in and certainly could not be tightened by the simplistic to provided. This is caused by the fact that the thread in the chair itself appears to be threaded, this actually doesn’t make much sense for a screw that is a self tapping screw!? I had to resort to far bigger screwdrivers to get the screw to tighten all the way in.
With the side covers now in position the chair is effectively complete. One thing to note, as you can see in the two images above, is the fact that many of the silver screws are actually all on show which is a little disappointing. These could either be capped off or maybe if they were black it would be better.
But there’s no denying that once complete the noblechairs Icon is one good-looking Gaming Chair.
With the two support cushions in place the noblechairs Icon either looks better or worse depending on your preference. Personally I don’t tend to use Gaming Chairs with cushions in place, I just find they get in the way or fall on the floor etc; but they’re there should you wish to use them.
There’s no doubting that the new noblechairs icon is probably the best made chair we have ever seen here at pcG. The quality of the materials used, the excellent stitching and the general build quality was all absolutely top notch.
The Two images above show the chair in its most vertical position and its most reclined position. As you can see both are quite extreme meaning that you can sit bolt upright should you wish, or lie back and almost fall out of the chair. Surprisingly, however far back you seem to tilt you don’t fall out of the chair but be careful you have been warned. 😉
On the base of the chair there are the three main controls and one adjustable knob. Let’s take a look at the two levers first the first of which allows he chair to raise and lower. Note that the lowest height of the base of the chair (from the floor) is approximately 48cm while at at its highest it’s around 58cm. The second lever allows the back of the chair to be locked into position or unlocked, this effectively allows the chair to tilt backwards (see chair tilt images above) should you wish.
The ease at which the chair can be tilted back is controlled by the cylindrical knob in the centre of the chair.
The noblechairs Icon sports 4D arm rests but what does this mean? Well effectively (and somewhat obviously) the armrest can move within four different directions. The two buttons on the inside of the armrest allow the armrest itself to either move sideways (left/right) or forwards and backwards as well as be rotated. The lever on the outside of the armrest allows the armrest to move up and down. There is obviously plenty of adjustment here and most should be happy.
The first thing that’s going to strike you as soon as you sit in the noblechairs Icon is that it’s hard, harder in fact than any Gaming Chair I’ve sat in before. But this is no bad thing as not only does this provide plenty of (real) support but it also means that the chair is going to last. It’s all well and good having comfy sad sack chairs that cosset your body, but these are likely to become more uncomfortable over time, as the support is simply not there.
It’s also a good one size fits all type chair, I guess I’m a regular sized guy but even if you’re smaller or larger this chair will cope. This is thanks to the fact that the side bolsters are not too close to your body and the fact that the seat itself is actually quite large and gives plenty of under leg support.
From a pure positioning point of view – vertical height seat back position, arm rest position etc etc the noblechairs Icon has you covered. The only thing I will note is the fact that the maximum height of the chair is actually quite high at 48cm. At my gaming desk I used the chair at its lowest height all of the time…
I’ve been using the noblechairs Icon for over three weeks now and the more I use it the more I like it. It’s also got a little softer over time too. Every time I sit in the chair it makes me feel that I’m sat in something of a high quality. The chair doesn’t creak or groan or make any strange noises unlike my normal Gaming Chair, although to be fair that has seen a bit of use. 😉
There’s no denying that the noblechairs Icon is the best Gaming Chair we’ve seen here at pcG. But to be fair it’s also the most expensive we’ve seen. The question therefore is: Is it worth it?
The noblechairs Icon Gaming Chair arrived at pcG in what must be the biggest box we’ve ever seen. The box itself is a little nondescript, being nothing more than a plain cardboard box with some printing on it. Although of course it is most likely eco-friendly. Packaging is best described as adequate although it is in line with all of the Gaming Chairs that we’ve seen before. I’m unsure as to why all Gaming Chairs seem to be so haphazardly packaged but I guess it is simply down to the number of parts within.
Construction of the chair itself is extremely easy and is in fact probably the easiest chair I’ve ever had to put together. Build quality, fit and finish was particularly impressive with all brackets, holes and bolts lining up perfectly. The only slight ‘fly in the ointment’ was the fitment of the side covers which required the use of a self tapping screw. The screw hole was in fact already tapped with a machine thread which has a tendency to force the screw off at a strange angle and made final tightening difficult.
Once built there’s no denying that the noblechairs Icon is one good-looking Gaming Chair, not only does it look good it feels good too. The quality of the materials used and particularly the PU leather covering is particularly impressive; none of that plastic looking material here. Of course should you have another £200 bet you could opt for the full leather version. Stitching was also particularly impressive also, not only is the design of the seat and seat back rather smart but also there’s no frayed edges or ends hanging anywhere.
Adjustability is very good not only is there a height adjustment back adjustment and tilt adjustment but there’s also those impressive 4D arm rests that allow for height, swivel, forward/aft and sideways adjustments, a little overkill maybe but eh…
There’s no doubt that the noblechairs Icon is a premium Gaming Chair; it’s beautifully built, it’s beautifully made and looks good too. At approximately £330 the Icon is not cheap but then you shouldn’t expect it to be, after all quality costs. So then James back to that question; is it worth it? YES.
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Many thanks to noblechairs for providing this sample for review