Video Perspective: AKracing (AK-6014) Ergonomic Gaming Chair

Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: AKracing

Or: How to fall asleep at work.

I will be the first to admit that just a couple of weeks ago I had zero need for a gaming chair. But when offered to send us one of the AKracing AK-6014 ergonomic executive units, I agreed. I went out of town for a week and returned to find the chair assembled and already in use by Ken, our go to video editor and engineer. Of course I had to steal it from him to take part in the "review" process and the results were great! As I sit here now in my Ikea office chair, writing up this post, while Ken sits just feet away tapping away on some edits, I can't help but want to use my authority to take it back.

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The price is steep, but the added comfort you get from a chair like the AKracing model we tested is substantial. Every part of the design, based on a racing seat for a car, is built to keep you in place. But instead of preventing lateral movements caused from taking corners, this is more to keep your butt in place and your back straight to encourage good posture. The arm rests are height adjustable (as is the seat itself of course) and the back reclines for different desk and resting positions. You can lay it PAST flat for naps if you're into that kind of thing.

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You can find these chairs for sale on Amazon in different color combinations with a current price of $349. It's expensive, I can't deny that. But it looks and feels way cooler than what you are sitting in right now. And aren't you worth it?

May 13, 2015 | 08:25 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

How long have you had the chair, and how long have you used it?

Often chairs like this skimp on the cushioning materials used, and after a while you discover there is a wooden slat or something that digs into your but or at the end under the knee.

May 13, 2015 | 08:27 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Fair question. We've only had it about 3 weeks.

May 13, 2015 | 08:39 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I still wonder who was the first to manufacture this style of chair. I assumed it was DXRacer, but at least 2 or 3 companies seem to be selling chairs of almost identical design, often with a similar name as in this case.

May 13, 2015 | 08:48 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

I'm going to GUESS that there is like 1-2 Chinese OEMs and this is all branding.

May 13, 2015 | 08:41 PM - Posted by Martin Trautvetter

The whole market for "gaming chairs" is a joke. Ergonomic seating is a solved issue and "racing style" is not part of the solution. (You rightly note what racing seats are designed for above, and the g-forces encountered while sitting in front of one's computer seldomly require their use.)

I guess the margins must be real good on these things, though, the way the manufacturers keep doling out their review units.

May 13, 2015 | 08:49 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Ergonomics might be solved, but does that mean that additional features or flair can't be introduced. They still sell plenty of generic, non-ergonomic chairs too.

May 14, 2015 | 04:44 AM - Posted by Martin Trautvetter

I'm all for additional features and I'm sure there're plenty of people into the gaudy style, it just so happens that a chair should tick all the boxes in terms of ergonomics first, which this one quite frankly fails.

May 13, 2015 | 09:03 PM - Posted by Kingkookaluke (not verified)

How well will this chair support my "Muffin butt"?
Just saying!

May 13, 2015 | 09:05 PM - Posted by Kingkookaluke (not verified)

I don't want it to rub on my assnipples..If you know what I mean. If not. I don't either!

May 13, 2015 | 09:32 PM - Posted by Jerry (not verified)

I've got one of these too, not bad at all IF you put the cheesy aesthetic aside.

Mine is a little firm though comfort-wise so it is something I had to adjust to

May 13, 2015 | 10:30 PM - Posted by Branthog

It looks like any other gimmicky thing branded as a "gaming" thing and definitely doesn't feel cooler than the chair I'm sitting in now, which is a $3,500 office chair that they construct using what is essentially an actual big-rig trucker's long haul seat, set on wheels and hydraulics with the typical chair levers for adjustability. There is simply nothing that compares to the long-term comfort of the seat in a long haul truck.

May 14, 2015 | 12:25 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What brand is your chair?

May 19, 2015 | 01:54 AM - Posted by Yorgos (not verified)

probably Scania

February 28, 2016 | 11:58 AM - Posted by mLocke

The captain/first officer's chair in a 787 Dreamliner.

May 14, 2015 | 12:51 AM - Posted by Edmond (not verified)


Sitting on a HUGE, SOLID, CUSHY armchair > all.

May 14, 2015 | 01:47 AM - Posted by Klyde (not verified)

Yeah racing car seat for a computer chair makes zero sense.

May 14, 2015 | 10:47 AM - Posted by obababoy

Actually $350 is not considered expensive where computer chairs are concerned. Where I work(uncle sams basement) we have the HM Aeron chairs

Mesh is a clear winner for keeping you cooler. I would much rather search for one of these chairs used than buy a racing gaming chair...I am a nerd and everything needs to be aesthetically pleasing but also have a purpose. Side bolstering does not have a purpose here.

It may be a decent chair but with all things flashy, you pay for it in looks and not quality...

May 14, 2015 | 12:53 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Looks like these, no?

May 14, 2015 | 05:50 PM - Posted by DX Fan NZ (not verified)


You'll most likely find that the one you linked has shit build quality. DX Racer, Need For Seat and by the looks of things the one in the post are actually very high quality, steel framed with lifetime warranties.

The one you linked appears to be held together by the plastic arm rests, much like cheap office chairs. one that plastic fails the back falls off.

The DX/NFS etc ones are built like a car seat, very stable with a solid recline and frame to hold it all together.

I've had this one for almost a year now and I love it. Sure it's not the best chair in the world and I wouldn't bother comparing it to something in the multiple thousands of dollars range. But it's served me well and has no visible signs on wear, the cushioning is still as good as the day I got it and nothing has fallen off or come apart. Very impressed with it.

May 14, 2015 | 02:20 PM - Posted by Cataclysm_ZA

We need some long term testing. Ryan's claim that you could rock a baby to sleep on it clearly is unsubstantiated and needs raw data to back it up. It will pass the test if the baby successfully falls asleep.

May 15, 2015 | 04:43 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

You'll have to wait until at least early August for me to tell you this.

May 14, 2015 | 06:24 PM - Posted by philip (not verified)

I got a herman miller aeron size C that is a life saver. this is less than half that price. worth while if you sit a lot

May 15, 2015 | 02:23 AM - Posted by Jet Fusion

Memory foam? How many Gb?

May 15, 2015 | 04:44 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout


May 15, 2015 | 08:08 PM - Posted by Jet Fusion

Oh snap!

May 15, 2015 | 08:36 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I am happy whit my IKEA VOLMAR chair, ware you also pay a lot for, but still cheaper then this chair.

And next to that i dont really like leather chairs in the summer, specially fake leather.

May 15, 2015 | 10:07 AM - Posted by YTech

The Batman pun! HA ha !

I've been seeing these more often among gamers -- novice and pros.

They seem cumbersome while I watch these gamers play on these chairs. They twist and turn and sometimes it hits the desk or other items.

It also doesn't seem to be that comfortable because the players seems to fidget often compared to other players.

I don't have any personal experience with them, but with such a high price tag, it doesn't seem worth the trial and error.

May 16, 2015 | 05:01 PM - Posted by Nacelle

I have this one. I really like mine. It's very well made. It has a steel frame and high quality foam. My old chair from Staples was falling apart within a couple months. This one is going to last a LONG time. I took the foam out of the lumbar pillow and put my rarely used 360 controllers in it, and hung it off the back of the chair. Mine had straps on it to that were supposed to be used to hold it in place. I'm not sure why the one Ryan got didn't. It makes for nice matching storage that way. As far as being gaudy, with so many ways to customize your computer with lights and paint jobs, having a chair that is just as good looking, certainly makes sense to me.

May 22, 2015 | 09:40 PM - Posted by SiliconDoc (not verified)

Here's the type of chair you guys really need.

Something like that is awesome for extended sessions - I've rebuilt the entire 1/2" thick metal plate undercarriage on mine.

May 23, 2015 | 06:06 AM - Posted by guybo

They call this a racing chair, but if you use it for playing a racing game with a wheel with pedals, it's useless unless there's a way to stop it from rolling. Can those caster wheels be blocked somehow?

I have a hell of a time with chairs for my desk because every good chair has casters and everytime I go to brake in a racing game, it rolls back.

May 26, 2015 | 06:45 PM - Posted by Rayban (not verified)

I had had the K-series chair since December. 4 of the arms of the base of the chair have twisted 45 degrees, and no, I'm not sure huge fat guy. The company has refused to answer warranty claim email for the last month.

Good luck ever getting someone to answer their phone.

May 28, 2015 | 08:37 PM - Posted by Nacelle

I find that companies tend to get back to you pretty fast when you use social media. Hit them up on Facebook or Twitter.

March 26, 2016 | 10:34 PM - Posted by LightspeeD

actually, both this & DXracer chairs are worth the asking price. Made of a solid metal frame with lifetime warranty. The other materials used are top notch also. You can get more ergonomical or comfortable in any other chair. If u have never tried one, don't comment negatively cuz i own one...

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