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Razer Enki X review: A $299 all-day gaming chair for the res

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Last yr, I reviewed Razer’s $500 gaming chair dubbed the Iskur. While positively on the high-end for gaming chairs, it introduced one thing fully new: an adjustable lumbar arch for these lengthy gaming seshes.

Now, Razer is again with the Razer Enki and Enki X. These are technically gaming chairs constructed for all-day use, making them higher decisions for many who need much less of a gaming chair and extra actually comfy workplace chairs. Think of a V6 sedan as an alternative of a V8 sports activities automotive.

While they each lack the mechanical lumbar arch discovered on Iskur, they make up for that with a a lot decrease beginning worth of $299. I’ll additionally argue that the Enki’s main characteristic, the additional padded seat cushion, makes it a unbelievable possibility for the remainder of us extra informal players.

I’ve been utilizing Enki X for the previous few weeks, and this is what I feel.

Razer Enki Reco

Razer Enki X

Bottom line: The Razer Enki and Enki X ship all-day consolation because of its excellent backside cushion that is wider and flatter than common gaming chairs. The decrease beginning worth, design, and ease of meeting make it a simple advice.

The Good

  • Very comfy for hours of sitting
  • Cool environmentally pleasant design
  • Easy to assemble
  • Reasonable worth

The Bad

  • Can be squeaky if overtightened
  • Wheels might be higher
  • Armrests might use extra padding

Razer Enki X: Price and availability

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Razer Enki and Enki X are actually obtainable by means of the Razer retailer. Pricing begins at $299 for Enki X and $399 for Enki.

Both chairs have the identical seat, backrest, and total design, which is the essential half. But the $399 Enki has 4D armrests (as an alternative of 2D), a “reactive seat tilt” with a 152-degree recline (versus solely the 152-recline present in Enki X), and a reminiscence foam headrest pillow (which you purchase for Enki X individually). Everything else is similar between the 2 chairs.

Razer Enki X: What’s good

Razer Enki X

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Enki X and Enki are constructed for individuals who sit behind a PC all day and who occur to love to recreation. Or possibly you do not even recreation; you sit at a desk all day and need a comfy workplace chair that appears cooler than one thing you’d get at Staples.

Razer deserves credit score for ease of meeting. Opening the massive field and also you’re greeted with some humorous imagery, a pair of gloves, and a big welcome letter that doubles as directions. Compared to Iskur, Enki X is even simpler to place collectively, because of among the screws being pre-threaded. Total meeting time, together with unpacking, was 25 minutes.

To design Enki, Razer sought assist from an “aviation design specialist … who beforehand designed cockpits and flight chairs to permit pilots to stay targeted and cozy when sitting for prolonged durations of time.” It paid off. With a broader seat base than Iskur at 21 inches, Enki enables you to cross your legs and transfer round extra comfortably, not like typical gaming chairs, that are extra like jetfighter cockpits — tight and confining.

Category Razer Enki
Recommended weight Less than 300 kilos
Less than 136kg
Recommended peak 5’5″ to six’8″
166cm to 204cm
Chair cowl colour Green, black, quartz
Chair cowl materials EPU artificial leather-based
Base Aluminium base
Frame Steel body
Armrests 4D metal-reinforced armrests
Casters 60mm PU coated casters
Gas elevate class Class 4
Foam rype High-density PU molded foam
Total recline angle 152 levels
Adjustable headrest Memory foam headrest pillow
Warranty size 36 months

Razer made an enormous deal about “stress mapping” individuals’s derrieres, evaluating Enki to different chairs noting that Enki has fewer stress factors due to how weight is distributed. And it is all true. I can sit in Enki all day and the boney a part of my butt (the ischium to your anatomy nerds) and never really feel any discomfort or stress factors. I’m blown away by this as all chairs finally trigger some fatigue from sitting, however that is the primary time for me that hasn’t occurred. I want airways used these seats, and never only for pilots.

While Enki would not have the wonderful articulating lumbar arch of Iskur, it does have a smaller mounted one which feels supportive when leaning again.

Razer is utilizing premium “dual-textured eco-sustainable artificial leather-based” (the identical present in some luxurious automotive manufacturers) and remarks that it’s made with “diminished power consumption and carbon-emission processes, with no environmentally dangerous solvents utilized in its manufacturing.” The impact and look are glorious.

And Unlike some leather-based (or fake leather-based) gaming chairs the place you could slide, the Enki retains you in place the entire time, because of the patterned material within the center. Plus, it appears sharp.

Razer Enki X: What’s not good

Razer Enki X Wrests

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There are some very minor complaints with Razer Enki. After assembling the chair, I seen some squeaking emanating from the place the seat base and again meet. It was the EPU artificial leather-based and among the plastic rubbing. Perhaps I overtightened the screws as a result of loosening them up did dramatically cut back the impact, though it’s nonetheless there if I pressure it.

The wheels are additionally simply OK. They choose up filth and mud in a short time and do not fairly roll as easily as I’d hope. They get you round, however I might additionally see upgrading these to one thing higher for a extra premium expertise.

The reclining mechanism is usually a bit loud and tough, too, though it isn’t dramatically completely different from different chairs.

Likewise, the 2D armrests (4D on Enki) usually are not as clean or top quality as Razer Iskur (however that is what you get for $200 much less).

Speaking of, including some softer padding to these armrests would not be a nasty factor both. While they do a good job supporting your arms throughout prolonged typing classes, my elbows get sore after a number of hours from resting on them. So, Razer, that is my tip: Take the identical materials used within the seat cushion, add them to the armrests. I anticipate a examine within the mail.

Razer Enki X: Competition

Secretlab Titan Evo

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There aren’t many chairs that straddle the road between gaming and workplace chair fairly like Razer Enki and Enki X, as most are clearly in a single camp or the opposite.

The most obvious competitor to Razer within the premium chair area is Secretlab. It simply launched its new TITAN Evo sequence, which is gaining numerous constructive critiques and reward. Secretlab’s specialty is mass manufacturing mixed with customization, letting you choose sizes, kinds, and colours. But pretty much as good because the TITAN Evo is, the beginning worth is $499, which is extra analogous to Razer’s premium Iskur. Still, it is well worth the look if you happen to’re procuring.

Heading beneath $300 and you’ve got E-WIN, which is one other huge model in gaming chairs. It would not deal with all-day consolation because the Enki, however it’s simply $269. The E-WIN Calling sequence additionally enables you to choose some completely different colours, utilizing cold-cure foam and PU leather-based.

You can get extra concepts from our greatest gaming chairs roundup.

Razer Enki X: Should you purchase it?

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You should purchase this if …

  • You need a comfy all-day pc chair
  • You’re OK with a gamer (Razer) aesthetic
  • You discover “cockpit” chairs too tight

You should not purchase this if …

  • You work in an precise workplace
  • You need one of the best lumbar help

Razer continues to be comparatively new to the gaming chair trade, which is a extremely aggressive one. I normally keep away from reviewing too many of those seats as a result of they’re so comparable and, fairly frankly, boring. But twice Razer has disrupted this enterprise, first with Iskur’s articulating lumbar arch and now with Enki’s exceptionally comfy seat base: This is superb stuff.

I feel anybody who likes the look of Enki could be happy with this chair. It’s tremendous comfy, the standard is superb, it is simple to assemble, and it has a three-year guarantee.

The worth can also be good beginning at $300, which appears truthful and is simpler to swing than Iskur’s $500 value. Compared to Iskur, I feel this can be a higher possibility for many who plan on spending eight hours a day sitting versus a “battle chair” idealized for lengthy gaming classes. Both are nice, however for various causes.

Honestly, I’d like to see Razer mix the 2 ideas. Add Iskur’s articulating lumbar arch to a pricier Enki “Pro,” add some cushier padding to the armrests, and name it a day.

out of 5

Overall, Razer Enki X (and Enki) is simple to suggest to anybody who desires among the finest all-day pc chairs available on the market. The all-black look and gamer aesthetic could not attraction to some, however I would not be shocked if Razer provides extra variations like the material grey Iskur. I’ll be utilizing it to any extent further as Iskur will exchange our secondary generic workplace chair.

Razer Enki Reco

Razer Enki X

Bottom line: The Razer Enki and Enki X ship all-day consolation because of its excellent backside cushion that is wider and flatter than common gaming chairs. The decrease beginning worth, design, and ease of meeting make it a simple advice.

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