As someone who spends most of the workday in front of a computer screen, I’ve developed a deep appreciation for chairs that provide superior back support and comfort. I’ve cycled through endless seating arrangements over the years, and personally, I always return to gaming chairs that take inspiration from race car seats. Their particular shape provides excellent spinal support that complements varied body sizes, and the added padding boasts a notable benefit over traditional office chairs.
AKRacing, a popular eSports gaming chair brand from Europe, and their excellent library of top-notch products are finally available to gamers in the United States. A lot of our readers expressed curiosity regarding the Arctica and Nitro models, and today we get an opportunity to analyze the former. The AKRacing Arctica Gaming Chair is a luxuriously crafted piece of furniture that stuns with its elegance and masterful engineering. The Arctica is relatively pricey, and it’ll set you back a whopping $499.99—but as with any premium product, quality doesn’t come cheap.
"The AKRacing Arctica Gaming Chair is a luxuriously crafted piece of furniture that stuns with its elegance and masterful engineering."
I’ve been using DXRacer’s OH/FE11/NW model for the past few years, and structurally, the Arctica foundation follows a similar design language. This is good news, because anyone familiar with gaming chairs will have an easy time assembling the Arctica. The chair is composed with durability in mind, and a lot of emphasis is placed on establishing a powerful core. The durable steel frame that hides within the cushiony, high-density mould and the Class-4 gas lift support up to 330lbs. The Arctica is also notably larger than your average gaming chair, making it a much better fit for individuals on the heavier side.
Assembly is easy, although the provided manual borders on the confusing. The manual contains photos of a darker AKRacing model, and I’m not sure who thought it’d be a good idea to choose a black chair and poor lighting for instructional images. You’re better off relying on common sense and ditching the instructions altogether. Having said that, it took me a mere twenty minutes to prep the Arctica for testing.
"The Arctica raises the aesthetics bar pretty high, and I can’t think of another comparable product that meets similar standards."
The AKRacing Arctica comes in a gargantuan box. Individual items are carefully wrapped to prevent the steel parts from cutting into the leathery material. Unfortunately, our unit came with a tiny defect where the adjustment lever connects with the exterior cover. A small piece of plastic snapped off during shipping, and I was required to use a drop of superglue to keep the plastic cover in place. To be fair, this is likely due to horrid shipping conditions in our area.
After unwrapping the seat and cover, you’re treated to one of the most elegant gaming chair designs on the market. The Arctica raises the aesthetics bar pretty high, and I can’t think of another comparable product that meets similar standards. The Arctica looks gorgeous, and the predominantly white color palette works unusually well, especially if you have light-colored furniture to match. If you are concerned that having a white chair may attract unwanted schmutz, I have good news. The Arctica doesn’t stain easily, and if you do accidentally smudge the white surface, it cleans effortlessly with soap and warm water. The material is sturdy and durable, and it’s going to take a seriously messy person to compromise the Arctica’s immaculate appearance.
"Unfortunately, our unit came with a tiny defect where the adjustment lever connects with the exterior cover. A small piece of plastic snapped off during shipping, and I was required to use a drop of superglue to keep the plastic cover in place."
I’ve been using the Arctica for about two weeks now. Both my writing and gaming are conducted in the same office, so I’ve spent a substantial amount of time analyzing the chair’s comfort and durability. The seating area feels great. Think of the surface as memory foam with high resistance. Much like a real car racing seat, the chair is meant to cup your body to ensure proper posture, and unless your physical body width expands beyond the seat wings, the Arctica serves as a wonderful, therapeutic solution for folks who need improved support. Furthermore, the provided cushions for the neck and lower back are a godsend for someone like me who struggles with chronic back problems.
The back seat is adjustable 90-180 degrees and can be lowered to a bed-like position. The armrests can also be rotated inward and outward, which is a nice touch that adds to Arctica’s excellent flexibility. AKRacing has successfully blended style with comfort, although there are some minor annoyances that keep the Arctica from perfection. While the steel framing and high density mould are made using premium materials, the same can’t be said for the smaller parts made out of plastic. The wheels and cover casing on both sides are made of cheap plastic, and the poor quality is immediately apparent. It’s likely that the cover defect could’ve been avoided if better materials had been used for the smaller pieces. Fortunately, the plastic parts are limited and don’t interfere with daily usage.
"The Arctica serves as a wonderful, therapeutic solution for folks who need improved support—the provided cushions for the neck and lower back are a godsend for someone like me who struggles with chronic back problems."
Conclusion: The AKRacing Arctica Gaming Chair is a phenomenal product that’s designed for gamers seeking both luxury and comfort. Its niche aesthetic has no equal, and it’s nice to see a manufacturer going above and beyond what’s typically expected from a gaming chair. The asking price may be too high for some, but this is the kind of product that’s designed to last for years. The initial investment is absolutely worth the asking price if you're looking to expand/improve your entertainment and/or work area.