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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.