In the test: Secretlab TITAN Evo – the best gamer chair?

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My HAG office chair, which I have been using every day for almost 10 years, is definitely getting old and it was time to look for something new. The gaming chair category has been something I've been looking into for a while, as I see it as a comfortable form of office chair.

On the left the Secretlab TITAN Evo and on the right my HAG office chair - I think the difference in size is clear (photos: Sir Apfelot).
On the left the Secretlab TITAN Evo and on the right my HAG office chair - I think the difference in size is clear (photos: Sir Apfelot).

My kids also have two (cheap) gaming chairs that they are really excited about. But due to my height of 1,92 cm, the smaller gamer chairs are not suitable for me. And since I sit on it every day, I wanted to spend more than 100 euros.

It was like a twist of fate when Secretlab asked me if I was interested in one of theirs gaming chairs to test.

Transparency notice

I have the TITAN Evo from Secretlab for free, but I always give a neutral rating to all products that reach me. That means I also criticize the points that I don't like. If this post sounds like a booked advertisement, it's not because I want to thank Secretlab for the chair (thanks for the chair!), but because I think it's really successful. There's actually nothing wrong with it from my side. I still have a “feature request” for Secretlab, but more on that below in the conclusion.

Our dog Henry would have liked to come with us in the lying position, but then it would have been a bit cramped in the chair. But this position is perfect for relaxing.
Our dog Henry would have liked to come with us in the lying position, but then it would have been a bit cramped in the chair. But this position is perfect for relaxing.

My choice: Secretlab TITAN Evo Black

secretlab is a name that is not unknown in gaming circles. They have been producing high-quality gaming chairs for years and now have one too Gaming desk and some accessories on offer.

There are two models of chairs: the Secretlab Classics (which you can already see as seating in videos by many YouTubers) and the Secretlab TITAN Evo.

The TITAN Evo model can be ordered in three sizes and with three different upholstery covers. When it comes to size, Secretlab recommends this selection:

  • Small: People shorter than 170 cm and less than 90 kg
  • Regular: People 170 – 189 cm and under 100 kg
  • XL: People 181 - 205 cm and 80 - 180 kg

We have these three variants for the upholstery or cover:

  • Secretlab Neo hybrid synthetic leather
  • Secretlab SoftWeave Plus fabric
  • Napa leather

And then there are a number of color variations and combinations to choose from. You can imagine that I pored over the website for a while until I knew what I wanted.

The Softweave fabric is softer and smoother than it appears in the photo. Wiping it off is no problem even if you get a sip of coffee on it.
The Softweave fabric is softer and smoother than it appears in the photo. Wiping it off is no problem even if you get a sip of coffee on it.

In the end, this is what came out:

  • Model: Secretlab TITAN Evo
  • Size: XL → because I need something big
  • Upholstery: Secretlab SoftWeave Plus fabric → because it is quite hot in the office in summer and you don't want to be stuck on a leather-like cover
  • Color: Black → because this is a color combination in which neither the lettering nor other areas are strongly highlighted

Delivery, assembly and accessories

Regarding delivery, I have to note: The complete chair kit comes in a huge package. And in size XL it is so heavy that I could only transport it by balancing it over the edges like a cube.

I was about to make rolls out of broomsticks that I would put under the package to transport it like an Egyptian model.

The chair alone weighs over 37 kilograms and the packaging is probably another two or three kilograms. So be sure: the parcel delivery person will no longer greet you in the future.

The size of this package is not really visible in the photo. But you can certainly understand that such a package weighing almost 40 kg is difficult to transport alone (photos: Sir Apfelot).
The size of this package is not really visible in the photo. But you can certainly understand that such a package weighing almost 40 kg is difficult to transport alone (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Packaged in an exemplary manner and perfect assembly instructions

Once you have the package in the office, it's time to unpack it. What's immediately noticeable here is how elegantly everything is packed. Individual parts don't just come in a bag, but are packed in visually attractive boxes.

In addition, it comes with glossy instructions that are almost as big as the box. So huge. All the steps required for construction can be found there with pictures and English language explanations.

In the packaging you are immediately greeted by huge instructions that explain really well how the assembly works.
In the packaging you are immediately greeted by huge instructions that explain in a really understandable way how the assembly works.
Here you can see the scope of delivery included in the package.
Here you can see the scope of delivery included in the package.
The side covers above the backrest attachment are held in place by magnets, which makes assembly very easy.
The side covers above the backrest attachment are held in place by magnets, which makes assembly very easy.

Secretlabs: Premium gamer chairs

And at the latest when you take the individual parts of the Secretlab TITAN Evo out of the box, you will notice that it is clearly a premium product. You get the feeling that every detail has been paid attention to and many parts are specially protected so that no scratches can occur without other traces.

The wheels, magnetic elements and arm pads can be found in small packages that prevent scratches and damage during transport.
The wheels, magnetic elements and arm pads can be found in small packages that prevent scratches and damage during transport.

The solid construction of the chair elements also shows that the chair is designed for heavyweights up to a body weight of 180 kilograms. The size of the seat alone is reason enough to call the gamer chair a gamer armchair. At first I felt a bit “small” on the seat, but you quickly get used to the fact that you have more space than with other office chairs.

Structure: clearly explained and quickly completed

But I digress: Let’s get back to the structure. Screwing the individual parts together is very comfortable, as sensible tools are included to prevent the Allen key from hurting your hand when screwing, as is usually the case with other products.

The package also includes a box with useful tools that you can actually use without hurting your hands.
The package also includes a box with useful tools that you can actually use without hurting your hands.
The few screws that have to be tightened during assembly are quickly attached.
The few screws that have to be tightened during assembly are quickly attached.
Here you can see the red color marking, which shows directly where you have to insert the lever.
Here you can see the red color marking, which shows directly where you have to insert the lever.

It is also positive that the design of the chair is so sophisticated that some elements are simply held in position magnetically. For example, the height of the pillow on the headrest can be adjusted and removed because it is magnetically attached to the headrest. With good magnets that hold properly. In any case, nothing slips by itself.

Bottom line: The structure is comfortable and easy to understand. So you never get frustrated and you can do it all yourself. I would just rather carry the box with two people.

On the bottom you can see the various adjustment options that can be used to adjust the height of the seat, the inclination of the backrest and the inclination of the seat.
On the bottom you can see the various adjustment options that can be used to adjust the height of the seat, the inclination of the backrest and the inclination of the seat.
The arm pads are also held in place by magnets, which makes them easy to swap for the models with memory foam if you want to order them as an upgrade later.
The arm pads are also held in place by magnets, which makes them easy to swap for the models with memory foam if you want to order them as an upgrade later.

Cozy? Extremely comfortable!

When you sit in the gaming chair for the first time after you've finished your work, you'll be surprised with a wow feeling. My old office chair was anything but cheap and uncomfortable, but it is no comparison to the Secretlab TITAN Evo.

The TITAN Evo from the side and from the front - here you can get a good idea of ​​the size of the gamer chair.
The TITAN Evo from the side and from the front - here you can get a good idea of ​​the size of the gamer chair.

To explain what's so good about the Secretlab TITAN Evo, I've created a small list here:

  • The seating area is huge. For my XL model I measured a depth of 53 cm and a width of 58 cm.
  • The seat is also not padded too softly. At first it seems hard, but I find it comfortable for longer periods of sitting.
  • There is an adjustable lumbar support in the backrest that supports the lower area of ​​the spine.
  • The side armrests can really be adjusted in any direction: you can adjust them inwards/outwards, forwards/backwards and even change the height.
  • The inclination of the backrest can be adjusted from slightly tilted forward to “almost lying down”.
  • The backrest is a full 90 cm high, making it high enough for tall people to rest their heads on the pillow.
  • The pillow is attached magnetically and is nice and soft. You can adjust it perfectly so that you can also lie on the pillow in reclining mode.
  • The height of the seat is of course adjustable. I'm quite tall at 1,92 cm and my legs dangle 5 cm in the air when I choose the high position.
  • The seat can be tilted backwards when you need to chill out. With the backrest at its maximum inclination, you can lie almost horizontally in the chair. And even if the chair overhangs far back, it is very stable.
  • The shape of the seat and backrest is shaped like a car sports seat. They have padding on the right and left that supports the bottom and back laterally.

This list is intended to show how successful the Secretlab TITAN Evo is. It's really comfortable to sit in and the gamer chair is built extremely robustly. The adjustment of the backrest is slowed down by the design so that you are not hit in the back by the backrest when you put it back. Instead, she slowly returns to the starting position.

In these pictures from Secretlab you can see the adjustment options for the chair.
In these pictures from Secretlab you can see the adjustment options for the chair.

My experience with the SoftWeave fabric cover

As mentioned above, I decided against the faux leather and nappa leather version of the cover. I thought the fabric version was more suitable for summer, but fabric always has the problem that it is more likely to break or get dirty.

Neither has happened yet. The SoftWeave Plus fabric, as Secretlab calls the fabric, is extremely robust and has a smooth surface, so you can wipe it down if necessary.

I think the black design I chose is very nice because it means the chair doesn't look like the usual gaming chairs and also looks good in a normal office. I hope the elegant look comes out well in the photos.

The fabric cover is also the basis used in the Secretlab Skinz. For my model I chose the SoftWeave cover directly as upholstery.
The fabric cover is also the basis used in the Secretlab Skinz. For my model I chose the SoftWeave cover directly as upholstery.

Secretlab Skins – covers for the TITAN Evo

A special feature of the Secretlab Gamer chair is the ability to redesign it with so-called skins. These are pulled over the seat and backrest and then secured with zippers. These chair covers can either be used to enhance the chair with a special motif or to protect the actual upholstery from wear and dirt.

There are not only a variety of color variations as motifs, but also special motifs where you get skins with the individual logos of the Harry Potter houses or even have a Batman or Game of Thrones logo on the cover. The selection is large and I didn't even know half of the motifs. By the way, such a “skin” costs just under 200 euros.

The Secretlab website explains again what a skin for one of the chairs is - basically it's an extra cover that you can buy.
Secretlab's website explains what a skin for one of the chairs is - basically it's an extra cover that you can buy.
The skins special models are intended for fans of certain films or games.
The skins special models are intended for fans of certain films or games.

The elephant in the room: the price

Anyone looking for a super cheap gaming chair will probably fall off their old office chair when they see the prices for the Secretlab TITAN Evo chairs. With the XL model you start at just over 500 euros and with accessories and nappa leather you can end up at over 1000 euros.

My version with an XL model, fabric cover and magnetic cushion would currently cost 589 euros - which is of course a proud price for a chair. But I look at it this way: If I use something every day and spend a significant amount of my time on it, then I don't want to save money at the wrong end.

You can definitely get 3 cheap gamer chairs for the money, but I'm relatively sure that none of them would reach the quality of the Secretlab TITAN Evo. I really like the high-quality workmanship, the large seat and the many adjustment options.

The magnetically attachable pillow is one of the many details that show how well thought out this chair actually is.
The magnetically attachable pillow is one of the many details that show how well thought out this chair actually is.
The pillow is so comfortable that you can also use it as a travel pillow when traveling by car.
The pillow is so comfortable that you can also use it as a travel pillow when traveling by car.

Conclusion: the best gamer chair?

To answer the question from the title about whether the Secretlab TITAN Evo is the best gamer chair or not: I have never had a better one in the office. Of course, I am open to competition and am happy to be convinced by other models. But I think the TITAN Evo sets the bar pretty high.

You can also put together a lot of visual options on the Secretlab website to adapt the chair to your own taste. It was important to me that I didn't get the typical, colorful gamer look and this can also be found in the shop.

Here you can see the Secretlab TITAN from the side. The rotary knob for adjusting the lumbar support is also in the backrest.
Here you can see the Secretlab TITAN from the side. The rotary knob for adjusting the lumbar support is also in the backrest.

There is only one small thing that I would like to see as a feature on the Secretlab TITAN Evo: can you please install a fold-out footrest in the next model that opens when you go into reclining mode? Then I might even swap the chair for my hammock if I wanted to take a power nap.

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2 comments on “In the test: Secretlab TITAN Evo – the best gamer chair?”

  1. The offer with fabric covering is a sign of true professional suitability. Nice piece, comparable in price to my Dauphin with headrest from a leftover offer.

    I had previously tried a “test winner” from Ikea and brought it back in exasperation - what rubbish, the predecessor from an office liquidation, which had been welded several times (by our locksmiths), was still brilliant in comparison. Well, 105kg is probably nothing for goods that supposedly can carry up to 160kg - the backrest supports, which were rarely installed stupidly, constantly rubbed painfully on the men's wide-legged thighs.

    The only concern I would have is the ability to repair it during long-term operation. In 2020, the manufacturer service came by to repair the backrest damper that had broken after years and replaced the part. Ok, for the repair price (€185 + tax, calculation like in the automotive trade...) many would have resorted to the furniture market section again. I am also sure that I will soon get the gas pressure spring, which is now due (after more than 10 years), replaced, or they will send me the part so I can install it myself.

    I have to say, however, that my chair is extremely stressed as a dining table, living room, computer and desk chair all in one, as I have hardly been outside for a long time due to health reasons.

    Thanks for the article, then I'll know where to get something sensible in affordable quality should the Dauphin (current price range easily over a thousand) break beyond repair.

    1. Hi Wolfgang! Thanks for your comment. I hadn't even had Dauphin on my radar yet. Sounds interesting though. Do they still exist? Maybe I'll ask them. 😊
      Yes, if you can still get spare parts after 10 years, then you have made a good decision. I'm curious to see what Secretlab is like, but I think they've been on the market for a while and seem solid to me.
      I'm keeping my fingers crossed that your health will improve and that your chair will last for a while! LG, Jens

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