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ErgoChair 2The Autonomous ErgoChair 2 is a unique piece of furniture that tries to break the stigma of office or gaming chairs. Gaming chairs are typically modeled after racing seats in cars. They are comfortable and keep you centered however if you are spending a length of time at the computer you will find that they are stiff and will start to push back on you, causing fatigue. Let’s be honest, most “gaming chairs” are mostly a copy and paste from an OEM with a different label slapped on it. However, there are a few exceptions and those exceptions are very comfortable and fairly expensive. Most “gaming” chairs that I’ve sat in are OK at best for short term sessions. In the past, I’ve never really put a lot of thought into what I sat in when I was at the computer. I received a gaming chair to review a few years ago then, I purchased a few more over the years. Initially, I thought it was pretty comfortable. However, the more time I spent in the chair, the less comfortable it became. Sitting in it for hours and hours on end literally became a pain in the backside.

The ErgoChair 2 tends to keep the features that we think are good on the gaming chairs. Things like lumbar support, adjustable headrest (or neck pillows in the case of gaming chairs) and adjustable armrests are features of the ErgoChair 2 but there are a few more adjustments and features that help in the comfort area.  Now the ErgoChair 2 isn’t necessarily a direct competitor to the gaming chair industry but is a chair that’s designed for long sessions at the computer.

 

Review Sample Provided by: Autonomous
Product Name/Link to Website: ErgoChair 2
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

 

Dimensions29”L x 29”W x 46” – 50”H
Seat dimensions20”L x 20”W
Seat height18” – 20”
Back dimensions (w/o headrest)21”W x 22”H
Back dimensions (with headrest)21”W x 28” – 31”H
Tilt range20°
ColorsCool Gray, Evergreen, All Black
Red Apple, Black & White, Baby Blue
Weight capacity350 lbs
Item weight48.5 lbs
Shipping dimensions29”L x 27”W x 19”H
Assembly RequiredYes
Warranty2 years
Trial30 days
AdjustabilityHeadrest, armrest, back tilt angle and tension, seat tilt and height.
Functions guideView Here

 

Packaging

The ErgoChar 2 comes shipped in a heavy corrugated cardboard box. Shipping weight on the chair is just over 50LBs.
ErgoChair 2

Inside one box, you’ll find another box. This one contains all the parts and pieces to the ErgoChair.  Inside the second box, you’ll find all the parts for the chair all wrapped up in foam sheets or bubble wrap.

The ErgoChair 2 needs to be assembled. Included are the star base, 5 casters, seat base, 2 armrests, backrest, multi-function unit, headrest, instruction manual, and a tool kit.
ErgoChair 2

All the screws and tools needed for assembly are included in a blister pack. I must say the hex wrench included with this kit is hefty and unlike other kits, this one worked. I was able to get every screw secured.
ErgoChair 2

 

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Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network and computer hardware enthusiast. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day.

2 Comments

  1. I’ve had one of these for a couple of years, and for the most part really like it. But since this is “Modders Inc”, I’ll share a few lessons learned:

    1. Do not attempt to upgrade the castors to the roller-blade style ones, or you’ll learn first hand what “shear force” means. In my case, it meant two of the legs breaking simultaneously. You’ll need to upgrade to an all-metal set of legs.

    2. The memory foam arm pads are a very nice after market upgrade.

    3. Over time, the chair will start to creak when you lean back. Turn the chair over and re-tighten the bolts.

    4. After a few years, if the chair starts sinking on its own, you’ll need to replace the gas piston. Do not follow the bone-headed advice to jam a PVC pipe around the piston. Get a replacement piston with a removal kit (a set of special clamping collars). Attempting to remove the piston with a hammer is an exercise in frustration. Alternately, remove the retaining pin and disassemble the old piston. It’s a little greasy, but not the horror show some guides make it out to be.

    5. If the chair starts clicking when you turn, you need to grease or replace the thrust bearing in the piston. The repair kit is only about $10, and took me no more than 20 minutes to complete (and I’m not mechanically inclined).

    Hope these tips help.

  2. Thanks for the heads up. It’s nice to have a little history and know what may need some love in the future.

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