If you are into gaming on a serious level, then one of the most important accessories you need for your gaming system is a professional gaming chair. The Gioteck RC5 takes gaming chairs to the next level by leaving the bean bag style well and truly behind allowing you to play your favourite games in true comfort and style. At about £130 (with free shipping in the UK*), this isn’t a purchase to take lightly, so we took a closer look to see if the RC5 delivers on its promise to be the best professional gaming chair around at the moment.
The Gioteck RC5 stands on a pedestal base and the race car style seat has an integrated touchpad control system on the right seat side. The back of the seat is molded for a contour fit with a faux leather edging and cloth middle section at the back of the unit. There is a powerful rumble subwoofer that is built into the seat and the side speakers are located on the backrest face of the head rest.
There are both USB and standard plug adapters that allow the chair to be used with multiple gaming systems such as the PS3 and 4, Wii, xBox 360 and a variety of PC/DVD games. You can also play MP3s through the sound system built into the chair when you’re not enjoying your favourite video games.
What are the advantages of the RC5?
Being off the floor to play a game adds a whole new dimension to the experience. You feel like you are in control, and right in the middle of the gaming environment. The base is solid and stable, but can handle movement well. The contour fit backrest holds you in place while the lack of armrests let you really handle the controller freely and without any restrictions. The touchpad controls are easy to reach and much more precise than the traditional lever style controls. The other advantage of the Gioteck is that the sound system not only sends a rumble through your bones, but the speakers are of a very high quality, offering you an immersive experience every time.
What are the disadvantages of the chair?
The upright position of the chair can take a lot to get used to if you are more accustomed to the bean bag sling back posture of cheaper gaming chairs. For some people it is a transition that just can’t be made. If all you are playing is Super Mario, posture doesn’t really make a difference; but if you are engaged in a game where you really need your wits about you (think the Call of Duty series) – this is a posture you need to get used to if you are to have any chance of staying alive!
Is this the right gaming chair for you?
While not the most expensive professional gaming chair on the market, the Gioteck RC5 is definitely one of the best. The versatility of being able to use the chair with multiple gaming systems and media input makes it a winner no matter what way you look at it. If you’re looking for something a little less expensive then we would recommend you look at the X-Rocker chair.