Recaro Exo Platinum in the test: A gaming chair for ever

Gaming chairs from various manufacturers often only differ in the embroidered logo. Armrests, mechanisms, bases, even the upholstery are almost identical on average. Not so with the traditional manufacturer Recaro! As early as 1965, the Stuttgart company presented the first sports seat, and since 1971 they have also been equipping airplanes with seats. And since 2018, the company with 2,700 employees has also been delighting gamers with exquisite gaming chairs. This experience in manufacturing seating pays off with the Recaro Exo Platinum: Nothing is “off the peg” here.

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Recaro Exo Platinum: structure? Arrives almost ready

Building a gaming chair isn’t particularly difficult, but it’s a nuisance. Well-designed chairs stand in 13 to 23 minutes. Top chairs like the Recaro Exo Platinum are ready to use after just five minutes. The Recaro arrives at the customer almost fully assembled. The seat and backrest are pre-assembled, you only have to screw on the solid armrests.

Recaro Exo Platinum in the test: This is the best gaming chair The Recaro's polished base is visually appealing and makes an extremely valuable impression.  The wheels offer a lot of grip, whether the ground is hard or soft.

The Recaro’s polished base is visually appealing and appears extremely valuable. The wheels offer a lot of grip, whether the ground is hard or soft.

With the aluminum base, gamers stuff the rollers into the appropriate openings, which is not that easy. Doable, but it requires a lot of strength and should be done with care, otherwise the reels will fall out again. Gas spring in, seat up and the Recaro Exo Platinum is ready to go. The structure is almost intuitive. If you still need help, you can take a look at the well-illustrated manual.

Recaro Exo Platinum in the test: This is the best gaming chair The mechanics of the Recaro Exo Platinum are not uniform.  It is elegantly finished and can be operated intuitively.  And it is already pre-assembled.

The mechanics of the Recaro Exo Platinum are not uniform. It is elegantly finished and can be operated intuitively. And it is already pre-assembled.

What makes the Recaro Exo Platinum so good?

The problem with gaming chairs is that they can only accommodate a certain range of body types. The reason is easy to explain: every body is different, so you should choose a chair that fits your anatomy. Wait, uh, how do I know which chair is right for me? The following points are literally relevant:

  • Seating comfort: How comfortable is the chair? Is the cushion soft or hard? What about the ergonomics and how well can it be adjusted to personal needs?
  • Service: Is the chair easy to use? How many settings does it have?
  • Quality: How valuable is the chair? Is everything stable or do certain parts wobble? How is the processing?

The backrest, the seat, the seat depth and height are particularly important. The minimum seat height of the Exo Platinum is quite high at 46 centimeters. Thanks to the gas spring with a stroke of 10 centimetres, tall people can raise it to a maximum of 56 centimetres. In this way, a wide range of gamers’ bodies can find the ideal sitting position – sizes between 1.70 and 1.90 meters are covered. However, the player should not be much taller, from 2 meters it could get really tight. And the seat itself? Due to a slight curvature at the front end, the gamer never slips out of the seat shell. Due to the shape of the seat, the back nestles perfectly into the backrest. But that is also due to the wings: Both the seat and the backrest have side wings that provide additional support, similar to the driver’s seats in sports cars. The seat depth is good at 47 centimeters, but 50 centimeters would be even better.

Almost perfect lumbar support

Recaro Exo Platinum in the test: This is the best gaming chair The lumbar support can be operated together with the backrest using a wheel on the side of the chair.

The lumbar support can be operated together with the backrest via a wheel on the side of the chair.

The Recaro Exo Platinum scores with a well thought-out support system. Because humans have two natural curvatures in the cervical and lumbar spine, which experts call lordoses. Gaming chairs should fill out these curves to relieve the muscles and prevent tension. And that is what makes the Exo Platinum exemplary: the extremely comfortable lumbar support is firmly installed in the backrest, which moves with it when it is adjusted. At the same time, the gamer is fixed on the seat in a non-slip manner. In this way, the chair keeps the body in a healthy position, even if freedom of movement suffers as a result. Some gamers might see this as a point of criticism, but in practice the advantages clearly outweigh the disadvantages: The Exo is foolproof adjustable – it is practically impossible to sit incorrectly on the Recaro chair, it always remains ergonomic. You can’t just lie on the chair. The backrest is adjustable, but not tiltable by 90 degrees. After all, the mechanism allows four lockable positions of the backrest. And the neck? The backrest also supports it, Recaro has not used a separate cushion. But you can order one. Cost point: 99 euros.

armrests? Can’t get any better

Recaro Exo Platinum in the test: This is the best gaming chair The versatile and comfortable 5D armrests of the Recaro Exo Platinum are in a class of their own.

The Recaro Exo Platinum’s versatile and comfortable 5D armrests are in a class of their own.

Armrests can be easily adjusted on most gaming chairs because the manufacturers rely on so-called 4D armrests. They can be adjusted vertically, horizontally, inwards, outwards, forwards and backwards and can even be rotated by around 45 degrees. The Recaro Exo Platinum goes one better, achieving the grade “very good” in terms of ergonomics: Its armrests can be rotated horizontally by 360 degrees and folded back to the side – no one else can do that. The workmanship of the armrests is also really strong thanks to the comfortable upholstery and the high-quality buttons. However, they can hardly be determined because there is no locking mechanism. This is criticism at a very high level and also a question of taste. The armrests can be adjusted more quickly and easily due to the lack of a lock.

Recaro Exo Platinum: Soft foam padding

Recaro Exo Platinum in the test: This is the best gaming chair The Exo Platinum's soft, even upholstery distributes the weight of the person sitting almost optimally.  The chair is therefore also recommended for office workers.

The soft, even upholstery of the Exo Platinum distributes the weight of the seated person almost optimally. The chair is therefore also recommended for office workers.

The seat surface, height and depth as well as the armrests and lumbar support are most important for ergonomics. But how comfortable is the chair? The company CMV Hoven GmbH from Mönchengladbach provided the editors with a special seat cushion that is also used by the car industry. The so-called BPMS system measures the pressure distribution of the body on contact surfaces, and the associated software displays the results in a 3D image. The results show how well the weight is distributed on the chair – which in turn allows conclusions to be drawn about comfort . The red area shows where the greatest pressure occurs – theoretically. But there is no red area to be seen because the weight is so well distributed. This applies to both heavy and lighter gamblers. In addition to the sufficient seating area, this is due to the particularly soft and comfortable upholstery of the gaming chair. For the foam in the seat upholstery, the Recaro engineers resorted to their technology in the automotive sector. You can feel it on the buttocks and back.

No sweat attacks thanks to breathable fabric

Recaro Exo Platinum in the test: This is the best gaming chair. The editors used a thermal imaging camera to document the heat development after 15 minutes of use (right).  How hot it gets depends on the material the chair is made of. Images show an enlargement of the gaming chair material (left).

The editors used a thermal imaging camera to document the heat development after 15 minutes of use (right). How hot it gets depends on the material of the chair. The image on the left shows an enlargement of the gaming chair material.

If you gamble, you sweat – very simple. This is not only due to nerve-wracking games and the high concentration, but primarily to the material of the gaming chair. Impermeable artificial leather heats up particularly strongly and causes the skin to sweat. This is very uncomfortable in the long run. Thanks to the fabric material, the Recaro Exo Platinum allows reasonably decent air circulation. It still gets warm on the buttocks, but with a maximum of 35 degrees, not nearly as much as in the plastic competitors.

  • Very high quality
  • Very convenient

Recaro Exo Platinum in the test: the conclusion

The Exo Platinum is extremely comfortable, almost perfectly finished and very functional: the armrests are very easy to adjust, the lumbar support offers enough support to relieve the back muscles, and the mechanism looks very valuable. But the comfort has its price. Nevertheless: It is currently the best gaming chair that COMPUTER BILD has tested.

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