Corsair may be known for its mice, keyboards, and gaming peripherals, but there’s a big piece of gaming hardware you might not think about as much: your chair. Corsair makes those as well, and it sent us its T2 Road Warrior (See it on Amazon) gaming chair to review. Gaming chairs have seemingly exploded in popularity since all the cool streamers use them, so I was curious to see what all the fuss was about, and if a “gaming chair” was really any better for gaming than a traditional office chair.
Corsair T2 Road Warrior – Design and Features
The $400 T2 Road Warrior is the companion to Corsair’s T1 Race chair, which has been around for a couple years. The T2 Road Warrior comes with a slightly wider seat and a firm cushion for long gaming sessions. In the chair’s promotional video, Corsair implies this design is well-suited to the big and tall gaming chair crowd (and its higher 300 pound weight capacity backs that up), though anyone with a preference for a roomy, stiffer seat will likely enjoy it.
the T2 Road Warrior looks (and feels) like it was ripped right out of a real car
The T2 Road Warrior is built with a solid steel skeleton frame for durability, surrounded by a firm leather cushion that is more than reminiscent of a sports car bucket seat than an office chair. While many gaming chairs share a passing resemblance to automotive seats, the T2 Road Warrior looks (and feels) like it was ripped right out of a real car, with perforated PU leather, a high seat back, and colored accent stitching along the edges. It comes in black with blue, white, yellow, or red accents, or you can grab it in all black for a more subtle, less “gamer-y” look.
It also comes with a microfiber-coated lumbar cushion and neck pillow that you strap onto the seat using the attached buckles, and adjust to your desired position. The rollerblade casters are nothing short of blissful, giving you a smooth roll across your floor that even my Herman Miller Aeron can’t match. (That said, they were so smooth that when I get out of the chair, it tends to roll away from me…so there are ups and downs to that feature.)
Assembling the chair was quite easy. I was able to do it in about 20 minutes with the included allen key, and that was with a rambunctious one-year-old slowing me down. It took me longer to adjust the chair to my preferences, but that’s a testament to how many options there are. Adjustability is the number one most important feature in a desk chair, because it’s what makes a desk chair comfortable for more than just one very specific body type, and the T2 performs well in this regard. Its armrests slide up, down, forward, backward, and left and right, so you can find your ideal position, and the gas lift gives you 85mm of movement up and down.
The T2 Road Warrior…has the ability to fully recline 170 degrees back.
I found the height adjustment to be a little more finicky than most office chairs I’ve used—it didn’t have quite the same smoothness, meaning the adjustment wasn’t quite as precise—but after a bit of fiddling, I was able to get it to the perfect height for my My 5’9″ 140lb body. You can also lock the chair in place or let it tilt back and forth freely.
Speaking of kicking back, the T2 Road Warrior—much like other gaming chairs—has the ability to fully recline 170 degrees back, which is not something most office chairs can boast. This allows it to pull double duty if you like to, say, kick back and watch movies at your desk or game with a gamepad on your PC.
Corsair T2 Road Warrior – Gaming
Chairs are extremely personal: what works for you or me may not be ideal for someone else’s body, and vice versa. The T2 Road Warrior is a very specific type of chair that is going to appeal to very specific tastes. Most gaming chairs I’ve sat on have a more cushiony feel, offering a halfway point between couch and desk chair for casual gaming sessions. Corsair’s T2 Road Warrior is very different: the cushion is much firmer, as are the lumbar and neck pillow. In fact, the lumbar pillow was much too firm for me and made regular office work uncomfortable, so I spent most of my time without it. If you prefer something a bit softer on your back, you can easily grab a lumbar pillow on Amazon that fits your needs. But if that’s the case, this chair might not be for you in the first place because everything about it is kind of the opposite of soft.
My other gripe has to do with the sides of the backrest, which protruded out too far, limiting my upper arm movement more than most other office and gaming chairs I’ve tried. This is something that will likely affect all body types, so it’s worth keeping in mind.
Most of these gripes weren’t as evident during gaming sessions, however, where I tend to sit a bit more forward in my chair, my attention firmly glued to the screen and ready for quick reactions. I still found the cushion too stiff—my behind got a little sore after a while—but again, this is more of a personal preference thing, and it’s possible my rump is just too bony for such a firm cushion.
Compared to your standard office chair, the T2 Road Warrior has a much higher back and reclines much further, but is otherwise similarly adjustable to a chair in this price range. It is, however, significantly firmer than most office chairs I’ve tried, and the leather is not as breathable as an office chair with a mesh seat and back, which is a popular style these days
The Corsair T2 Road Warrior gaming chair has an MSRP of $399, but it’s usually a tiny bit cheaper on Amazon.