It has been said in the past that I’m a little tight with money. Hardware, peripherals, the 2DS - if there was a cheap version of something, it was good enough for me. My last chair was from Costco, and cost about £150. I forget what brand it was, or if it even had a brand. As I say, I needed a chair, and it was good enough.
When E-Win got in touch about their gaming chair, I’ll admit my curiosity was piqued. There are no shortage of gaming chairs, but being extremely frugal I’ve of course never tried one of those: I was happy to try E-Win as my first one. They sent over one from the Flash range, and given my measurements they decided the Normal size would be best. 183cm and 91 kg, in case you wondered.
Being a chair, it arrived in an absolutely huge box. I could have comfortable shipped two of my kids off in it - the non-tween ones. It was packaged neatly, and there was just enough padding to keep it in one piece.
You get gloves, the back, the seat, feet, middle pole and five wheels, as well as three screws and two end caps. Oh, and two hex keys, because two of the screws are slightly smaller than literally every other screw… Yes, I said gloves, they’re to stop you getting your new chair sticky while you assemble it. And probably in case a part nips your skin…
Assembly is pretty easy, and since most of the screws are already in place, you just have to unfasten them and put things in their correct position. It took me about half an hour with following the clear instructions. I had a little trouble with getting the angle right with one of the screws, which ate into my time.
Once constructed, the Flash is very stable. I mean really - I pulled the handle and leaned back in one smooth motion, and my wife burst out laughing because she thought I was about to topple over backwards. Yeah, and you judged me for talking about putting my kids in a box, didn’t you? Anyway, whilst in full recline I felt totally safe. Ironically, if you lean forwards on the chair and sit on the edge of the seat, it does tip forwards, so don’t pick things up off of the floor in front of you.
However, due to the range of movement in the arms and all of the buttons attached to them, they do feel pretty wobbly. I suppose if they were too stiff they would be more difficult to move, but it doesn’t feel great.
What surprised me most was how high the Flash is. On it’s lowest setting, it’s only just below what my old chair was on the highest. At it’s highest, my toes don’t even touch the floor, and I pretty much have to tiptoe to get up onto it. Having completed a Health & Safety course years ago, I remember that your eye line should be with the top of your monitor. Well, thanks to this chair’s lowest setting, my eyes are there.
I think the only thing I haven’t mentioned yet are the two cushions which came with the Flash. There’s one near the top for your head, and a larger, firmer one for your back. Unfortunately, because it’s adjustable, I don’t really know where to put it. Where is your “lumbar”, anyway? It has aided my posture, though, so I’m not too upset.
For the week that I’ve had it, E-Win’s Flash has been firm and comfortable, no matter if I’m sitting, lounging or lying in it. The fabric covering it is like a soft faux leather, which is better than real faux leather (is that a thing?) in that I don’t have to peel my skin off of it when wearing shorts and sat with my leg beneath me.
I was prepared to complain loudly about anything I found wrong with this chair, and I honestly have. It spins smoothly, the wheels are nice and chunky to allow it to glide across the carpet, and it’s comfortable when sat in for extended periods of time. I really like the Flash E-Win Racing gaming chair, and feel good in recommending it.
E-Win Flash Normal Series FLC Ergonomic Office Gaming Chair Review
I really like the E-Win Flash, and feel good in recommending it.