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Razer’s high-end gaming chair could save my back

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Closeup of the sides of an office chair

Razer has made a name of its own in the gaming space, with robust equipment that addresses the high demands and very particular needs that gamers have. The company makes everything from customizable gaming mice to powerful laptops. But can Razer meet the needs of gamers? With the Razer Fujin Pro gaming chair, it seems that the answer is yes.

Unlike most so-called gaming chairs, the Fujin Pro wouldn’t look out of place in a typical office. Skip the common automotive-style seat in favor of a lightweight, breathable mesh over an aluminum alloy frame that looks sleek without being garish.

The Fujin Pro model has some advantages over its less expensive cousin: The aforementioned aluminum frame replaces the Fujin’s nylon frame; adjustable headrest is now an included option, rather than an add-on; lumbar support can be adjusted both vertically and forward and backward; And the armrests can now be adjusted in four different directions.

It all adds up to a premium chair that would pamper any gamer.

S level support

The first thing that impressed me about the Fujin Pro was how incredibly easy it was to set up and customize. The aluminum frame is so strong that by inserting the seat back into the base, the frame was able to stay in place with minimal support while I screwed in the bolts. In total, the setup process took about 15 minutes.

Once the chair was upright, I expected to spend some time fiddling with levers and dials to get it into my comfortable position, but even this was simpler than I expected. A switch on the right released the pneumatic cylinder to raise the seat to the correct height, and another on the left allowed me to slide the seat base back and forth. They both went back into place once I was satisfied and released them.

Photography: Eric Ravenscraft

This is all pretty standard, but what surprised me the most was the lumbar support and backrest. The lumbar module on the back of the chair has a large dial and two easy-to-grip handles, which I can reach while sitting in the chair. The handles allowed me to move the lumbar support up or down along my back, while the dial pushed the support forward or backward.

Meanwhile, the backup has two modes. You can pull a switch along the left side of the seat up to lock the backrest in place or press it down to freely tilt the entire backrest. And when I say the entire seat, I mean the base and everything. While the back of the seat can tilt further regardless of the base, the bottom of the seat tilts greatly in conjunction with the back, making the act of reclining extremely comfortable.

A dial under the right side of the chair base controls how much recline resistance the chair provides, and it’s surprisingly strong. I usually prefer to keep my chair locked since I have a tendency to slouch, but with the resistance on high, I was able to get enough flexibility from the chair to lean back, without losing any support.

Up in arms

Most of the time, I don’t really like the armrests on office chairs. They are useful (ha) for sitting at rest, but they get in the way or are not in a position to be useful for the way I sit in my chair. But the Fujin Pro’s armrests are so versatile that I really took advantage of them.

The armrests can be adjusted in four different ways. A switch on the outside lets you adjust their height and a button on the inside lets you slide them left or right. If this was all the customization the armrests provided, it would probably be enough.

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