The Noblechairs website makes some pretty bold claims about their Epic Leather series of chairs, saying that they offer the best of German design and the highest quality materials. Over the course of this review, we’ll see just how epic the chair really is.
Before looking at the chair itself, we should probably talk about Noblechairs as a company. They’re based out of Germany and make high end gaming chairs. Think DXRacer aimed at a more discerning audience, with finer tastes and deeper wallets.
They’ve got 3 models, the Epic, Icon and Hero, but this review is about the Epic. The EPIC comes in both PU faux leather, real leather, or super soft nappa leather and they make a few special editions, like a black/white/blue SK Gaming version. I ended up choosing the Brown version with black stitching, partially because it looked great and partially because it was on sale.
When I was hunting for a new chair in the middle of 2017, I set a pretty high bar when it came to requirements. The chair had to be large and it had to be comfortable. This was non negotiable. It had to be at least somewhat stylish. I lived in an open plan flat with my girlfriend, which meant that 95% of ‘gaming chairs’ covered in logos probably weren’t going to make it.
Lastly, in a perfect world, I wanted it to be made of leather. After searching far and wide and compiling an extensive list of the best gaming chairs money can buy, I settled on the Noblechairs Epic Leather.
The chair is designed in Germany and made in China, but don’t let that fool you into thinking the chair isn’t high quality. I noticed no quality control issues on my chair, aside from a slightly skew Noblechairs badge, but it’s the same on pretty much every picture I’ve seen, so perhaps it’s designed that way. There are only a few leather gaming chairs out there at all and on this one the leather feels great, has a nice colour and the stitching was uniform and symmetrical.
When I first got my hands on the Noblechairs Epic Leather, the first thing I noticed was how heavy the box was. Despite that, I eagerly maneuvered it into my flat and liberated my new throne from it’s packaged confines. The process of setting the chair up was fairly painless and involved plugging the wheels in, slotting the chair into the base and attaching the back, which I did without help.That said, the back mechanism is tricky. Pulling the lever will result in a crocodilian snap shut. You don’t want your fingers in the way of that, so be careful and ideally, get someone to help for 5 minutes.
While assembling the chair, it was clear that their claims about premium materials were true. This chair is sturdy. The wheel base is well made, weighty and the matte finish feels great to the touch. The castor wheels are plain, but run smoothly. The chair itself fits into the wheel base with a nice clunk and the gas lift worked like a charm. All the components seemed really solid and well made. As you’ll see in the pictures below, it’s also nice to see that the attention to detail is there even on the bottom of the chair.
The only small gripe that I have is that the arm rests are made of hard plastic and for a chair this premium, I feel they could do something to make them more comfortable. That said, this is par for the course with most other gaming chairs I’ve seen and they’re clearly made to last. Over all, this chair is one of the nicest looking chairs that I’ve ever seen, which is a big compliment, as I’d never have expected that from a gaming chair.
With assembly done, this meant it was time to take the leather throne for a test drive. My first thoughts after assembling the chair were, wow that’s big. (that’s also what she said). I proceeded to wheel it up to my desk and tried to sink down onto it. I didn’t get the expected joy and comfort and realized that I’d need to play with the settings to get the best out of it.
What I had was a very firm chair and the with the back rest all the way forward. Rookie mistake. The bucket shape pushed my shoulders forward and the lumbar pillow seemed to cause more problems than it solved. This is an issue you’ll face with any gaming chair. It’s not designed to be used with the back at a 90 degree angle to the base.
I dropped the height right down, angled the chair back a bit and tilted the back rest. I jettisoned the lumbar pillow and this meant I slid back into the base and could lean back and rest my head on the pillow. This felt much much better and was feeling a lot more like a$549 chair. There is the option to widen the arm rests, but despite my large frame, I didn’t feel the need to do that.
This is the first chair I’ve sat in that I can properly recline in and rest my head, which is a game changer for me because I’m 6’5 and not being able to rest my neck gives me serious neck pain. This is as I said earlier, a big chair. It’s closest rival, the Vertagear PL6000, has 5cm less seat depth/width and has 3cm less height. The back rest of the Noble is 87cm high, which was among the the highest of any chair in my research.
Now that I’ve spent some time with the chair (a year, to be precise), it’s worth noting that it’s not just the armrests that are hard. This chair is firm, like the Rock’s abs. If you want to sink into your chair, this is not the chair for you. I partnered it with a cushion and a foot stool.
I’ve found that the armrests are always slid in under my desk, so my original concerns about them being hard are less important. The neck/head pillow could be a tiny bit thicker, but this is likely just personal preference based on my height, as it’s more of a neck pillow and less of a head pillow.
If I had to change anything about this chair, I’d add some more padding where it matters, and add adjustable lumbar support. Lack of adjustable lumbar support is an industry wide problem and while Noblechairs have added this to their Hero model, they’re yet to add it to either the Icon, or the Epic. An ‘on/off’ solution of the pillow has never been comfortable for me.
As far as build quality is concerned, after a year, there are no wobbles, no loose bits and it feels and looks like the day I bought it. It really feels like a chair that will last a lifetime, or at least until I fall in love with a new chair.
When I first started researching my new chair, I was looking for a chair that would be big and strong enough for my 6’5 frame, would be comfortable enough for mammoth gaming sessions and last but not least, would fit into my living room without vexing my girlfriend.
This chair has done two and a half of those things, as the firmness has required me to add pillows so I can survive long gaming sessions. The verdict then, is that I’m really happy with this chair and I think anyone that takes the plunge and gets this chair, will likely feel the same way.
Since buying my Epic Leather Noblechair, there have been new entrants into the fray, with the Secretlab Titan being the primary competition. Now that Secretlab have also added a leather version of the chair, it makes it even more compelling. Noblechairs have also upped the ante by introducing Napa versions of their Epic and Icon chairs.
TLDR: The Noblechairs Epic Leather chair is a both a joy to look at and sit on. For the foreseeable future, it’s probably the closest I’ll get to feeling like I own a Porsche and I think that’s probably the biggest compliment I can give it. If you’re in the market for a high end gaming chair, you’d be hard pressed to find a chair better than this.