I sit in a Herman Miller Aeron every day, so my eyes widened when I saw the Razer Fujin for the first time.
I know, lots of chairs have attempted to duplicate the Aeron’s legendary stretch-mesh ergonomics and iconic shape since its debut in 1994. What’s so special about this one?
Well, the company’s $999 Fujin Pro model adds the two most desirable upgrades to the Aeron, IMHO: the lumbar support that can be rotated to adjust and the matching adjustable headrest that launched an entire auto parts company. do what Herman Miller wouldn’t do. talked about the Atlas headrest in my chair to anyone who will listen.
The Fujin Pro also has the “4D armrests” that Razer used since its first copycat gaming chair, which was a spitting image of the Secretlab Omega.
I was hoping Razer would have stopped blatantly trashing other companies’ designs, but I like the extra aluminum and 3D effect of the Fujin Pro’s frame, and I can’t really complain if the chair turns out to be good. A new Aeron can easily cost more than $1,500; I bought mine third hand and would really consider a Razer if the old one ever wears out.
However, it may not be the regular $599 Fujin that’s on sale today. It looks noticeably cheaper, with a very different tilt base, nylon instead of aluminum alloy for the frame, 3D instead of 4D armrests, very little lumbar adjustment, and no headrest, although you can add the headrest for an additional $129.
However, I couldn’t try any of them; Razer spokesperson Will Powers says the Aeron’s mesh feels a little more cloth-like, while Razer’s Fujin uses an elastomer mesh that’s easier to clean and has less fading over time.
Razer says the Fujin Pro should support up to 300 pounds and comes with a five-year warranty on everything except the elastomer mesh. You have a year for that.
The Fujin Pro will go on sale in November.