noblechairs LEGEND (Black/White/Red) Gaming Chair Review
Mike Sanders / 4 weeks ago
A Closer Look – Components
Gaming chairs (or office chairs in general for that matter), typically tend to comprise of three main components: the seat, the backrest, and the base. – With this in mind, therefore, to get an overall better idea of the individual components and the quality of the design here, let’s start by taking a closer look at all the key parts which go into the overall finished product of the noblechairs LEGEND.
The base is constructed of solid steel (aluminium to be precise) and comes in what is a fairly standard five-star point design. Finished in a smooth black gloss paint, it is clearly quite a hefty thing to hold and maneuver around when assembling (which isn’t surprising given that this is the metaphorical anchor), but in terms of quality, we’re definitely off to a good start here with not a single nasty plastic component to be seen.
As you might expect though, with five points, you’re clearly going to need five wheels to attach to it. Comprised of a combination of steel and plastic (mostly plastic), the design here is pleasant, but in truth, there’s honestly not much special going on here either in terms of design or aesthetics. They’re wheels, they seem to have a nice solid rolling action, and, yep, that about covers it!
The seat is covered in PU/vinyl material (artificial leather – so no cows were hurt in the production of this chair) with the interior filling being polyurethane with additional support straps located on the underside. – The size of the seat is excellent allowing for more than enough wiggle room for even those with somewhat larger cabooses.
In terms of bottom feel, it is a little on the stiff/hard side of things, but I actually rather like this. And it will, of course, get a little more ‘broken in’ over time to help increase the comfort levels. Out of the box though, this already feels pretty nice.
The quality of the stitching is excellent. A particular highlight of this is that noblechairs has gone to the effort of attempting to improve the overall aesthetics by smartly choosing when and where to contrast the colour of the stitching. As you can see below, white on red, red on white, and then sticking with red on the side part of the seat base.
The rear backseat adjust is located on the right side and is controlled with a solid stainless steel handle. This feels really nice in the hand with a nice satisfying mechanical feel to it. – The height and ‘soft-tilt’ control are located to the underside (when the mounting bracket is attached) and offer nice firm, ergonomic, and actually removable, handles.
The armrests are comprised of a moulded plastic (polyurethane). These aren’t padded meaning that they are a little firm to the touch, but on this plus side, this does mean that they offer more in terms of long term durability than short-term comfort.
Buttons on the side allow for the ‘4D’ operation which can bring the armrests up, down, forwards/backwards, or for tilt/twist functionality both internally and externally. The controls for this are, like the backrest, quite satisfying to the touch and I daresay you’ll spend more than a few casual moments simply playing with the buttons while on a load screen or something.
While not offering much in terms of aesthetics, the key point I take away from this component is that it feels like its been built to last. If you’re anything like me, then you might regularly decide to play around with the armrests and potentially to the point that, sooner or later, something might wear out. – With the noblechairs LEGEND, however, I don’t even suspect for one moment that I’m going to end up breaking something.
Finally, each side of the seat (where the tilt control is located) features a plastic covering with the noblechairs logo prominently on display. – It’s a small touch, but certainly one that adds into the overall impressive visually attractive nature of the design.
The seat carries the same colouring design and pleather covering (and polyurethane filling) as seen on the seat. And like the seat, the aesthetics are excellent with nice and vibrant colours with more than a few little tricks to grab your attention.
When compared to the rest of the chair, the rear is quite possibly one of the more plain aspects of the design with it simply featuring (predominantly) just the black pleather material. With that being said though, noblechairs has, of course, still managed to squeeze in a few nice touches.
You have the nice branded surround for the back of the headrest and at the base, you’ll also find the noblechairs logo to the corner. As above, small stuff, but things which all add up into a design that noblechairs clearly put a lot of thought into.
The side of the backrest has an nice in the hand ergonomic knob (with, again, the noblechairs logo). What does this do? Well, this allows the user to control the middle area resistance of the backrest. So, whether you prefer super firm or nice and squidgy, the control of this is right in the palm of your hand here!
Getting back to the front though, the top of the headrest features the noblechairs logo predominantly in the center. Being black on black, this is a nice subtle touch that actually (and perhaps surprisingly) pops more than you might initially think.
Beneath this, you have the another branded logo badge as well as a molded plastic covering where the backrest meets with the headrest. – Again, this is quite small stuff in the aesthetic stakes, but these touches really do start to add up quite significantly to a very impressive design.
Like the seat, the stitching quality to the backrest remains excellent. – You can clearly see below that there are no frayed aspects and the gaps between the stitching joints are exceptionally tight (which is always indicative of a high build quality).
If this chair is ever going to get a problem, I firstly doubt its going to represent itself any time soon, but it did, I can honestly say that I don’t believe it would come in the stitching. And this is particularly noteworthy given just how much of it there actually is!
Headrest & Lumbar Cushion
The noblechairs LEGEND features both a headrest and lumbar cushion. Although no specific materials for these have been specified (in so far as I could find at the time of writing at least), both are comprised of a nice soft memory foam with, what I suspect, is a velour type covering. – These are super soft, while still offering supportive resistance, and are both exceptionally pleasant to the touch.
And this, incidentally, is coming from somewho who doesn’t typically tend to like (or more accurately use) cushions like this.