Mavix M9 gaming chair review: It’s all about the arms


The Mavix M9 in White

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As a market, gaming chairs have turn into one thing of a slow-motion explosion. A style of furnishings that used to encompass only a handful of recognizable manufacturers has frequently expanded so as to add new entrants that have been already well-known from the workplace furnishings world and a slew of brand name new startups, all vying for the precise to carry up your butt whereas gaming. 

Today we’re taking a look at an entry from Mavix, the M9. This chair, which sits on the high of the corporate’s present lineup, skips the racing seat aesthetic many producers go for in favor of a extra minimalist, ergonomic tackle the class. Mavix’s try and differentiate itself from the plenty additionally extends to some non-obligatory customizations which might be uncommon on this area, together with a heating/cooling/therapeutic massage add-on and a number of the most original arms I’ve ever come throughout. 

Let’s take a deep dive into Mavix’s tackle a high-end gaming chair by analyzing how the M9 performs whereas gaming, working, and enjoyable. We’ll additionally cowl the efficiency of the person elements of our evaluate unit, and whether or not or not these non-obligatory add-ons are value their upcharge. 

Like

  • Buttery tender M-Breeze cloth
  • The most adjustable armrests I’ve ever used (non-obligatory)
  • Exhaustive variety of changes to suit every consumer

Don’t Like

  • Packaging might use some work
  • A couple of holes within the documentation and educational media
  • Branding is a bit heavy

Specifications

Upholstery kind Mixed (M-Breeze cloth and Advanced Tensile Recovery (A.T.R.) Fabric)
Headrest out there Yes (included) 
Padding kind  Memory foam 
Caster kind Locking in-line skate fashion casters
Seat changes  Height and depth
Back relaxation changes Height, angle, recline rigidity
Armrest changes  Standard: Height, depth, angle | FS 360: Height, depth, angle, pad rotation
Available colorways White, Black, Black & White, Black & Glacier
Assembly required Yes

Mavix M9 chair in a home office, facing forward

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Design

Mavix’s total line seems comparable from a distance. All characteristic a virtually an identical seat and backrest form, and embody the corporate’s trademark “Dynamic Variable Lumbar” assist, which permits the underside portion of the backrest to flex individually from the highest, to assist assist every distinctive consumer’s kind comfortably and ergonomically.

The differentiation between the budget-conscious M4, which begins at $444, and the M9 we’re reviewing right here, which begins at $999 (see what they did there?) is within the particulars. More precisely, it is within the changes. Although the complete line is designed to mildew itself to the consumer’s physique, the M9 goes additional by together with a plethora of consumer changes. These embody customary fare like seat peak and recline rigidity, and rarer tweaks, resembling again peak adjustment and seat depth.

The seat, again, and included headrest are designed to be equally well-suited to make use of at a desk or for informal rest whereas console gaming or simply watching a video. Mavix even claims the M9’s 127-degrees recline makes the chair an incredible spot to catch a fast nap, one thing I made positive to check myself.

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Optional add-ons just like the Elemax heating/cooling/therapeutic massage and FS 360 armrests mix with the default configuration and changes to offer a design that is probably the most customizable (each on the time of buy and as soon as you have obtained it arrange) that I’ve ever used. This expansive set of variables might be each a blessing and, sometimes, a hindrance, as we’ll focus on additional on in our evaluate.  

Materials

Mavix M9 arm and seat

The customary 4D arm with the M-Breeze cloth on the seat pan behind it.

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The M9 makes use of a mesh-like woven materials, which Mavix calls its Advanced Tensile Recovery (A.T.R.) Fabric on the lumbar assist and its M-Breeze cloth in all places else. The ATR cloth permits air to cross by means of freely, which helps the Elemax system’s heating and cooling efforts. The M-Breeze materials gives much less airflow, however nonetheless breathes higher than the extra customary leatherette supplies it visually resembles.

Aside from the self-supporting ATR mesh on the lumbar, the remainder of the backrest, the headrest, and the seat use the corporate’s Cool Gel M-Foam for padding, which is designed to offer ultimate assist with out permitting extreme warmth build-up.

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The body of the unit is a mixture of metal-primarily within the central fuel carry cylinder, again assist, and seat base-and extraordinarily inflexible plastic. The M9’s customary 4-D arms use the same mixture of steel and plastic for his or her assist construction, with a agency however pliable materials topping their armrests. The FS 360 armrests, which we’ll focus on in additional element beneath, do the identical.

Lastly, the M9 consists of locking, in-line skate-style casters designed to work nicely on the whole lot from exhausting flooring to dense carpeting. I can verify proper right here they do that exceedingly nicely, eradicating any want for the upgraded alternative casters I like to recommend for a lot of different chairs. 

Shipping and setup

The hardware blister-pack that ships with the M9 chair

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The M9 is shipped with some meeting required. The field it got here in arrived wanting prefer it had been in a very vigorous soccer match between a number of giants, one thing that was completely the delivery firm’s fault, not Mavix’s. Thankfully, not one of the contents have been broken, a testomony to the power of the cartons Mavix makes use of.

I do, nevertheless, want there had been extra inner padding used between the person elements of the chair. The inside field containing the M9’s casters had damaged open fully by the point the chair arrived, leaving them free to rattle round on their journey. Again, this precipitated no harm, in my case, however I can see the way it simply might have.

The meeting course of revolves round a blister-pack card that features the entire {hardware} you will want, some spare bolts, and a surprisingly good, T-style wrench hex. The little sq. doc within the pack, which I initially mistook for meeting directions, was only a single piece of cardboard directing me to the assembly video produced by Mavix.

While I discovered the video useful, I’d have most well-liked the inclusion of a extra conventional guide, both a bodily one or a web-based PDF. Thankfully, the vast majority of the meeting course of was easy sufficient that I probably might’ve skipped the directions completely. That mentioned, there have been a couple of sticking factors, even after having completely watched the video.

The first concern was with the usual armrests, which I used in the course of the chair’s preliminary meeting. The helps that the armrests screw into embody slots for the screws, permitting some horizontal motion. I’m undecided if it is a purposeful design determination to permit the consumer to regulate the width between the armrests. But, whether it is, it is not referenced wherever within the offered video. This led to my first makes an attempt at putting in the arms leading to one armrest sitting nearer to the seat pan than the opposite.

It was a straightforward concern to repair. I loosened the bolts, pushed the arms to the outer extremes of their mounting slots, and tightened them. This was much less of an meeting concern and extra of an oversight within the directions.

Hardware in a small plastic bag, held in hand

A little bit of thriller {hardware}.

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Speaking of oversights, the second speedbump got here from a small hex wrench and a pair of small set screws included with the headrest. Again, there was no reference to those inclusions within the video or inside the scant documentation. I tried to suss out the {hardware}’s objective however ultimately gave up. Again, a bit of additional documentation might have solved this thriller.

The clear markings on the {hardware} card nonetheless helped me full the meeting in a couple of half-hour. I might have completed the job sooner with assist, however I flew solo to simulate a worst-case state of affairs any buyer would possibly run into. All in all, it was no extra traumatic than assembling your common Ikea shelf.

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Installing the extras

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The Elemax system put in within the Mavix M9

While the above part covers the usual setup course of, I must also define the method of putting in the 2 non-obligatory extras Mavix despatched alongside: the Elemax system and its brand-new FS 360 arms

First, the FS 360 arms are put in through the identical course of as the usual armrests. At this level, I used to be conscious of the aforementioned mounting slots, permitting me to align them proper the primary time. The technique of swapping out the unique arms for the FS 360 arms took about 5-7 minutes and required no directions.

The set up of the Elemax system was a bit extra complicated. 

The Elemax upgrade system with its charger and box

There are the soon-to-be-mentioned elastic bands that do not seem within the set up video…

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The Elemax add-on is a semi-soft pad that is inserted inside the  “Dynamic Variable Lumbar” assist. Adding it takes a little bit of effort, significantly when tucking it into the encircling plastic construction with out producing any main buckles. Once it is in place, you insert a plastic cowl that holds it in place with out obstructing the management cluster of three buttons or the charging port, each of that are situated on the precise aspect. 

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The confusion got here in once I observed that the Elemax unit I’d been despatched included two elastic straps that ran over the 2 built-in followers that present the unit’s heating and cooling airflow. Once once more, these straps weren’t current within the educational movies or literature, and I used to be left to take my finest guess as to their objective, and the place they have been designed to relaxation. This confusion was exacerbated by the truth that the straps appeared prone to intrude with the airflow of the followers. Eventually, I put in the Elemax unit with the straps beneath the plastic cowl and examined the airflow. Since it appeared unobstructed, I moved on, including yet another thriller to the listing. 

Adjustability

Mavix M9 dimensions and adjustments

This would not even embody the armrest changes…

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As talked about above, the M9 is an very adjustable chair. So adjustable, in actual fact, that the corporate created a 5:44-long video simply going over the entire methods it may be adjusted.

The changes embody seat peak, recline rigidity, backrest angle, seat depth, armrest peak, armrest depth, armrest angle, armrest spacing, backrest peak, headrest peak, and headrest angle. That’s all primarily based on the usual configuration. If you add the FS 360 arms to the combination, you possibly can bump these 11 changes as much as about 14 or 15, relying on the way you outline these made out there by the FS 360 armrest’s many pivot factors.
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All of those many changes enabled me to exactly dial in each side of the chair’s dimensions for my peak, weight, and preferences. However, the sheer variety of choices made the job a bit daunting. Adding to the problem was the truth that the left and proper management clusters beneath the chair seemed nearly an identical, regardless of controlling completely totally different points of its adjustment. There are markings to distinguish them, however they’re nearly not possible to learn whereas seated.

Between mixing up the left and proper, and having to rise partway or all the way in which out of the chair (per the aforementioned video’s directions) to regulate some points (backrest peak and headrest peak/angle, specifically) the adjustment course of could have taken me longer than the meeting course of.

Luckily, as soon as I obtained previous that preliminary studying curve, and obtained used to what the mirrored left and proper management clusters did, I appreciated the broad vary of tweaks. 

Mavix M9 with FS 360 arm in a straight position

The distinctive texture on high means your arm won’t ever stick with it, even once you get sweaty

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I can not wrap up the Adjustability part with out speaking about probably the most adjustable equipment I’ve ever seen on a chair: the FS 360 armrests.

The customary 4D armrests used on the M9 characteristic the identical 4 changes (talked about above) discovered on most high-end gaming chairs. Meanwhile, the FS 360 arms substitute them with one thing not like every other armrests I’ve ever used.

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The solely mundane adjustment is their peak, which included a powerful variety of detents, permitting me to completely match the arm peak to the peak of my desk. Aside from this, the arms appear, at first, to be extra like helicopters than typical gaming chair components. 

Unlike most armrests, the FS 360 arms pivot the place they mount to their vertical assist. This gives each width and angle adjustment. You also can lock them at a straight or 45-degree angle, or manually place them wherever throughout nearly a full 360 levels. The solely obstacle to spinning them in an entire circle is the backrest. The result’s an armrest that may be positioned in any sensible place you possibly can think about or shifted out of your manner completely.

The Mavix M9 with FS 360 armrest rotated 90 degrees

An instance of simply how free the rotations of the armrests are

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This is enhanced additional by the arm pads themselves. These properly textured, just-cushy-enough pads slide ahead and again, and in addition rotate. This makes it attainable to flip them round fully, and to angle them to the perfect positions for typing/mousing, or performing every other exercise in your desktop you might stand up to.

Simply put, these are probably the most versatile arms I’ve ever used on any workplace or gaming chair I’ve ever tried. True, $165 for the non-obligatory FS 360 arms, on high of the price of whichever Mavix chair you are buying is a considerable upcharge. But, I believe the FS 360 arms are the one most necessary characteristic throughout Mavix’s total product catalog, and I’d undoubtedly advocate springing for them in the event you determine the M9 is best for you.

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I’ll add one caveat: If you are a person with mobility points, or somebody that leans closely in your workplace or gaming chair’s arms to rise from it, I would not advocate utilizing the FS 360 arms except you retain them within the straight or 45-degree locked place. Any vital stress on the arms causes them to pivot, as meant. This might end in a fall for people that need assistance getting out of their chairs. This will not influence the vast majority of potential clients, however it’s value mentioning to guard the parents it would have an effect on. 

The Mavix M9 headerst

The headrest makes use of the M-Breeze cloth over an elastic mesh layer, seen from behind right here.

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Comfort

The Mavix M9, and certainly its total present line, leans in direction of the ergonomic aspect of the spectrum. This means the chair’s designed to be extra supportive than comfortable, with a seat pan, backrest, and headrest that have been created that can assist you keep a correct posture. That does not imply it is, in any manner, uncomfortable; it simply would not really feel like sinking right into a cloud. 

This is an effective factor for a chair that you just’re prone to be spending eight or extra hours in per day. The ergonomics of the M9 and different Mavix chairs are attempting to maintain you from slouching into the unhealthy positions these tender, cloud-like chairs can encourage.

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In this case, the vary of changes talked about above makes it attainable to dial within the chair to the precise parameters you want to meet your peak, weight, and preferences, making a sitting expertise that is each lively and comfy. It could take a while to regulate in the event you’re used to a formless, closely padded chair, however your physique will probably really feel higher in the long term. 

While you make that adjustment, the M9 nonetheless feels fairly luxurious in some methods. The M-Breeze materials, which covers the whole lot however the lumbar assist, is actually one of many highlights of the chair. Despite being artificial, it looks like nice, buttery leather-based. It’s splendidly tender, repels minor splashes nicely, and does a superb job of overlaying the reminiscence foam padding used throughout the seat. 

That padding stays constantly cool and gives glorious assist. This can be because of the seat pan’s inflexible assist and ergonomic form. Both mixed to forestall numb spots from sitting for prolonged intervals.

The entrance of the seat can be properly rolled-off, stopping uncomfortable stress on the thighs.

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The backrest feels good as nicely, however not fairly as nice because the seat. No matter what mixture of changes I used on it, it by no means felt like my again was being as completely supported as my rump. Still, it was under no circumstances uncomfortable, and I completed each workday utilizing the M9 with no again ache. 

My least favourite a part of the assist system was the headrest. It could be very adjustable, however the adjustment course of is downright horrifying. The quantity of pressure it took to budge the headrest made me fear I used to be going to wreck it. Thankfully, it lastly moved to the place I wished it and did an incredible job of supporting my head throughout lively work and rest. I can verify that it’s certainly attainable to nap on this chair.

Mavix M9 dimensions and adjustments

All the necessary measurements that can assist you get an concept of the M9’s dimension and adjustment ranges

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Of the primary elements of the chair, this solely go away the armrests. I’ve already extolled the virtues of the FS 360 arms above, so I’ll simply say the usual 4D arms are nonetheless simply pretty much as good because the armrests discovered on most high-end gaming chairs as we speak, however they nonetheless pale compared to the adjustability of the upgraded possibility.

Now, let’s speak about Mavix’s trademark Elemax system. In the best phrases, it is a good further, however not one thing I’d name a must-buy. The built-in followers present a pleasant, albeit modest, cooling or heating sensation for my decrease again on sweaty or cooler days, and the therapeutic massage operate did really feel nice once I was unable to stand up for a stretch.

But the lively posture and centered state I are typically in when gaming or working meant I misplaced observe of the Elemax being current a lot of the time. If you are somebody that relaxes extra ceaselessly in your gaming chair, you might admire this add-on greater than I did. 

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Finally, there’s the aesthetics of the M9. This is, clearly, a matter of style. I discovered the M9 to be on the understated aspect of the spectrum of gaming chairs. It might simply cross for a straight-laced workplace chair, and would look proper at residence in nearly any setup, significantly in its Black (pictured right here) or White colorways. Even the marginally flashier Black & White or Black & Glacier choices are nonetheless fairly tame. 

I’ll say the chair might have completed with one or two fewer logos. Two full cases of MAVIX and the five-dot brand on the backrest appear to be a bit…a lot. At least the logos on the headrest and backrest are nicely embroidered

Bottom line 

As I discussed within the opening, there are an enormous variety of corporations all vying for the gaming chair area as of late. A couple of standouts like Secret Lab have made a reputation for themselves towards the higher finish of the racing seat fashion. Meanwhile, a lot of the remainder of the market is making an attempt to distinguish itself by including uncommon visible options like colorways themed round widespread video games or e-sports groups and even RGB lighting. 

On the opposite finish of the spectrum, you have got corporations like Herman Miller and Mavix, each of which took designs initially meant for the workplace chair market, made a couple of tweaks to them, and focused avid gamers as a substitute. 

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The Herman Miller X Logitech G Embody Gaming Chair.

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Opting to adapt present designs fairly than creating one thing wholly new would possibly, at first, appear lazy. However, when it actually comes right down to it, PC gaming, and even console gaming, require just about the identical situations as workplace work: a superb, sturdy, and comfy chair that will not make you’re feeling terrible after sitting in it, even for eight hours or extra. Both of those corporations have been clever sufficient to appreciate that the goal market issues lower than the standard of the design. 

Does this imply I believe the M9 is a direct competitor for the likes of Herman Miller’s Embody gaming chair? Not precisely. The ergonomics of the again on the Embody flat out beat the M9’s backrest for me, although the seat is a tie. The Embody’s development additionally feels a bit extra prone to final you a lifetime. Of course, the retail beginning worth for the Embody is nearly $800 extra, or near twice as a lot because the M9.

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This leaves the Mavix M9 as one thing of a middle-of-the-road possibility, price-wise. It sits above the $200 to $500, or so, pricepoint of most racing fashion chairs, however beneath the $1500+ worth level of boutique manufacturers like Herman Miller, and its takes on gaming chairs. Appropriately sufficient, I believe the standard falls proper in the midst of these two ends of the spectrum as nicely. 

The M9 will not revolutionize your workday or gaming classes, however it would present a cushty, ergonomic, and well-built seating answer that appears simply “gamer-y” sufficient, with out resorting to something too outlandish. If the $999 worth level is inexpensive to you, I’d completely advocate paying the additional $165 for the FS360 arms. With them on board, I believe the Mavix M9 makes a superb case for being among the finest gaming chairs within the higher mid-range of as we speak’s finest entries.

Alternatives to think about 

If you like the racing seat fashion of gaming chairs, the Secret Lab TITAN Evo 2022 is the present king of that class. Our personal June Wan gave it a 9.2 in his evaluate.

The present king of gaming chairs, not less than on this creator’s opinion. It gives probably the most ergonomic assist of any chair I’ve used, however it comes at a steep price and would not characteristic wherever close to the pliability in its arms that the M9 does.

A chair from an organization higher identified for its mice and keyboards, the Iskur is great for these lumbar assist addicts on the market that really feel unnoticed by most of the different racing seats out there.

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