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Corsair TC200 Gaming Chair Review

By Edward Chester. Posted

We were impressed by the modest styling and wonderfully soft plush fabric of the first Corsair gaming chair we reviewed, the T3 Rush. However, it was quite basic, with a hard, narrow seat cushion and aggressively high sides. It made for a slightly more authentic racing seat feel than some chairs, but it wasn’t that comfortable or suited to large sitters.

The TC200 is an altogether more generous chair, with a wider seat and back, more padding and a few extra features. Available in light grey or black, the TC200 has a muted, simplistic styling, but it doesn’t quite have the same sleekness of the T3 Rush.

It’s available in either leatherette or plush fabric finishes. The former gives you a wipe-clean surface but some areas are perforated (to help breathability of the fabric for long gaming sessions), so spills can still leak into the seat padding.

For extra features, you get larger-diameter castors than the T3 Rush, and they include an anti-roll mechanism, so the wheels only spin when there’s weight on the seat. This makes sense for accessibility and safety but is a little less fun than free-rolling castors. Moreover, even when weight is applied, the wheels don’t roll all that smoothly.

You get larger-diameter castors than the T3 Rush

Other extras include 4D armrests, which provide the option to slide the armrest in all axes (XYZ) and twist it about the Y axis. The surface of the armrests is a little softer than some gaming chairs we’ve tried but still firmer than we’d ideally like.

Meanwhile, the proportions of the chair give more room for wider sitters than the T3 Rush, with a wider seat and back, and the raised wings around the seat base and back sit much lower relative to the seat padding, so they’re less likely to dig into you. It’s still not quite at the level of roominess offered by the noblechairs Hero, which has a wider seat – you’re still largely contained by the side wings, but it is a big improvement over the T3 Rush.

You can slide the armrests in all axes (XYZ) and twist it about the Y axis

The real revelation with this chair, though, is the comfort level of the seat base and back. Both offer among the most comfortable and supportive padding we’ve yet encountered on a gaming chair – rivalled only by the AK Racing Masters Series Premium. The seat padding is relatively soft and drops off slightly at the front, so it doesn’t dig into your legs – some gaming chairs have a slightly raised front edge (again, like a racing seat), which is terrible for long-term comfort.

Most surprising of all, though, the back padding actually offers good lumbar support. Nearly all gaming chairs we’ve tested so far offer almost completely flat backs, relying on additional cushions to (usually poorly) provide this function. Here, though, you get a genuinely supportive curve in the seat back. A very satisfyingly squishy headrest cushion is provided for looping over the chair’s headrest too.

A very satisfyingly squishy headrest cushion is provided for looping over the chair’s headrest

Less impressive is this chair’s tilt mechanism. While the gas lift provides plenty of height adjustment, and the back can fold fully flat, the recline hinges from the back and requires the front of the chair to rise, as opposed to mechanisms that hinge from the front with the chair dropping down at the back.

The latter systems mean you can simply lean back into a recline (once the recline is unlocked), whereas the Corsair needs you to either tilt the seat back quite a long way to counterbalance your bodyweight, or rest your feet on an object and essentially push yourself backwards. You can get a relaxed recline but it’s a bit of a faff.

The gas lift provides plenty of height adjustment, and the back can fold fully flat

Conclusion

Corsair’s latest gaming chair is a big improvement on the T3 Rush. Its seat and back padding are much more comfortable, offering better support for your back and more cushioning for your backside. The uprated armrests are good too, and it’s a smart-looking chair. The basic tilt system is disappointing, but that’s also partly why this chair costs £350 rather than the £500 inc VAT of more premium gaming chairs. If that's not a deal breaker for you, then this is a surprisingly comfy gaming chair for the money.

Price
£350 inc VAT

Verdict
The tilt system could be better, but the TC200 nails the single most important aspect of an office or gaming chair: it’s comfortable.

Scores
COMFORT 20/25 | DESIGN 21/25 | FEATURES 20/25 | VALUE 19/25 | OVERALL 80%

Cushioning
+Good seat padding
+Solid build quality
+Comfortable

Crushing
-Basic tilt system
-Stiff castors
-Armrests aren't soft enough

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