If you’ve read my chair roundup, you’ll know that I hold Secretlab chairs in fairly high regard. So much so that I sought out their founders for an interview earlier this year. What can I say, I’m a sucker for nice things, especially when they’re reasonably priced. I was yet to put one of their chairs through it’s paces properly and what better way to do that than with the king of the Secretlab hill, the Titan Napa.
If you’re not that familiar with the brand, they make good, cost effective gaming chairs. Gaming chairs with a great reputation and overwhelmingly positive reviews. They’re based in Singapore and the company was founded by two gamers, Ian Ang and Alaric Choo in 2014.
Prior to making my wallet a lot lighter by ordering the Napa, I’d been using a Noblechairs Epic Leather, which is in it’s own right, a fantastic chair. I chose that chair because it was huge, looked great (with minimal cheesy branding), seemed well made, and was made of leather. The Titan Napa covers all the same bases.
Let’s get the technical stuff out of the way. This is a large chair, made for large humans. It matches up fairly evenly in size with it’s key competition, like one of the Noblechairs’. It’s built for people between 175 and 200cm tall, with a maximum weight limit of 135kg. If you’re on the smaller side, you may want to look into Secretlab’s Omega series. Measurement wise, the backrest is 86cm high and 58cm wide, and the seat base is 54cm wide, and deep.
When it comes to functionality, like most high end gaming chairs, you can adjust the chair’s height, tilt the chair backwards, and recline the backrest. You can also adjust the armrests in 4 different ways. Nothing mind blowing here, but that’s when you notice the lumbar knob, to adjust the lumbar support internally. Yes, that’s right. This is a one pillow show boys and girls. What a time to be alive.
With the boring technical stuff out of the way, let’s talk about getting this silky smooth, leathery beast out of it’s cardboard confines! I helped the delivery man lug the big box into my doorway and shuffled it into my room, where Loki immediately claimed it as his own. Top life tip, don’t try to unbox a chair with your cat in the room.
Despite productivity rolls of 1 for the next hour, I managed to liberate the Napa and get everything put together. Secretlab give you a handy cardboard sheet with all the instructions you need, which makes assembly nice and easy. Like all similar chairs, make sure you get some help with attaching the backrest. I did this alone and struggled for a bit, as it’s one tight fit getting the back rest locked in.
You also don’t want to accidentally have the backrest lever snap back. It’s dangerous to go alone… just don’t take a meddling cat.
Despite making my life more difficult than it needed to be, I managed to build my new throne, and was able to admire it in all it’s glory. Right off the bat, it’s a really, really, ridiculously good looking chair. It’s got to be one of, if not the most beautiful gaming chair money can buy.
After unboxing a chair, the first thing I tend to look at is the quality. The primary suspects are bad stitching and mechanical misalignment, but in both cases, the Titan Napa passed with flying colours. If I really wanted to nitpick, it’s worth noting that there’s a little indentation on the left hand shoulder of the chair, where it must have been pushing up against another component in the box. By no means a dealbreaker, but when you’re paying $900 for a chair, you tend to want it to be perfect. Damn that super soft napa leather! *Shakes fist at the gods of supple leather*
Don’t take my word for it. Take a look at these photos of the leathery Secretlab Titan Napa in all it’s well stitched glory.
If you’ve read my review of my Noblechairs Epic Leather, you’ll know that I love the chair, but it can be quite hard. Comfort then, was of utmost importance if the Titan Napa was to become my new throne.
It would be a crime not to start the conversation about comfort at the leather. The napa leather is after all one of the primary reasons I chose to buy this chair, and it really doesn’t disappoint. Silky is probably the best word I can use to describe it, and it’s the nicest leather I’ve felt on a chair. There’s also suede along the sides of the chair. It’s also worth noting that the leather on the front of the chair slightly differs from the back.
Outside of the leather, the internal lumbar support was a major drawing card for me. Most chairs use pillows, but that’s never felt comfortable to me. A few turns of the knob with the Titan Napa and you get the exact amount of lumbar support that you want. In practice, it feels very similar to how my Steelcase Leap used to feel, and that’s definitely not a bad thing.
Then there’s the softness. The armrests on this chair are fantastic, with just enough play in them to make them feel slightly squishy. The seat base, as you’ll see from the pictures below, is much the same. I’ve had a few 8+ hour gaming sessions in the chair so far and have been very happy with how comfortable it’s been. They’ve struck a fantastic balance between soft and hard.
Last, but not least is the head pillow. The pillow is great, but is fairly similar to most other gaming chair head pillows I’ve used. It’s nice, and soft and comes with a non slip patch on the back, to make sure it stays put.
Now that I’ve spent a month with the chair, I’ve likely had enough experience with it to tell you whether it’s good, and the answer is simple, yes, it’s good. It’s really, really, ridiculously good. The only caveat being that it costs $900. That’s a lot of money for a chair, so whether it’s worthwhile, really depends on how much you value your chair.
To put it into context, the Noblechairs Epic and Icon Nappa both cost $1000, and despite the Nappa treatment, I imagine they’re basically the same chairs, with the same pros and cons. Based on that, the Secretlab Titan Napa, much like it’s predecessor, the regular Titan, is very competitively priced.
When it comes to what I like about this chair, you already know that I love the leather, the armrests, and the internal lumbar support. There’s fantastic detailing, from the logo stitching, to the embossed logo on the front of the armrests, and I also love the fact that it’s a bit softer in the seat base than my Noblechair. It’s a beautiful chair, with comfort to match.
On the flip side, if I had to offer up constructive criticism, I’d remove the suede strips from the side of the chair and make them Napa leather too. I worry about the durability of the suede and by the beard of Zeus I hope I don’t drop any food on it. The rest of the leather would require a simple wipe, but not the suede! Additionally, I actually prefer the wheel base of my Noblechair. The legs are rounded and have a lovely brushed finish, whereas the Titan Napa’s base is a cold gloss finish, and the legs are very angular, which aren’t as comfortable when you rest, or bump your feet into them. The seat base is also a little creaky, but I’ve yet to isolate the reason why.
Given my constant references to my trusty Noblechair, it’s only fair that I show you a direct comparison. Here they are side by side. You’ll notice the wheel bases I was speaking about, will notice that the Noblechair actually has a few centimeters of height over the Secretlab and has a slightly more bucketed shape. The latter pushes your shoulders just a little bit further forward, which isn’t huge, but is a lot less comfortable if you’re using the chair in an upright position. I love both of these chairs, but as I type this, I’m sitting on the Titan Napa. I’ll leave you to make of that what you will 🙂
(Given I’ve been using the Titan Napa, you can see which throne Loki has claimed for himself)
TLDR: This is a fantastic chair. $900 is a lot of money, but you get what you pay for, and Secretlab have squeezed a lot of value into the chair when one compares it against the competition. With the Titan Napa, Secretlab have come very close to gaming chair perfection.