I really wanted to love this chair. The two-tone upholstery, which combines buttery soft microfiber and rich faux leather, is absolutely gorgeous. The armrests have a wide range of adjustability, the seat swings and the back reclines fully. There is also his RGB lighting kit which is an option for streamers to seriously enjoy.
However, there is no adjustable lumbar support. Instead, its ContourMax lumbar is pretty aggressive, meant to adapt to “each individual’s shape and movement,” but too low for my frame. Obviously I’m the only one so I had other members of the family check the chairs. The 6’3″ XL guy agreed the lumbar support was too much, but his teen, who is 5’10” skinny, thought it was pretty comfortable.
Priced at $419 at the time of this review, the SL5800 is part of Vertagear’s line of chairs for “small” gamers, that is, people under 250 pounds. The SL5800 can accommodate fairly tall people up to 6 feet.Convenient chair selection tool (opens in new tab) Their website will help you find a chair that fits your body type.
The chair comes in six colors and features an aluminum alloy base with a steel frame and a series of foam supports under the upholstery to keep you comfortable.
Specifications: Vertagear SL5800
|upholstery||PUC Leatherette & HygennX|
|Overall height (including pedestal)||52.8 inches|
|backrest length||31.5 inches|
|Backrest width (shoulder width)||19.7|
|Seating width (contact point)||15 inch|
|Seating area width (total)||20.9 inch|
|Seating area depth||16.1 inch|
|armrest width||3 inches|
|armrest height||26.6 to 29.6 inches|
|Maximum recommended weight||250 pounds|
|guarantee||Covers manufacturing and material defects in seat mechanisms, gas lifts, wheels, lumbars, armrests, headrests and recliners for 2 years. 10 year warranty on metal frame.|
|Manufacturer’s suggested retail price||$499.99|
|Price at time of review||$419.99|
Assembling the Vertagear SL5800
The Vertagear SL5800 gaming chair comes in a £70 box with a slim manual, hex keys and, interestingly, a pet hair removal tool.
Assembling the chair is fairly easy. Fit the wheel into the socket and install the piston into the wheelbase. Then slip her 4 bolts into the backrest to hold everything in place. The neck pillow is attached with a rubber band.
The design of the Vertagear SL5800
The Vertagear SL5800 gaming chair is a deluxe design with microfiber upholstery accented with soft faux leather. The chair comes in his six color combinations to match any mood or decor: Midnight Blue, Carbon Black, Black/White, Midnight Green, Midnight Purple and Burgundy Red.
The SL5800 is designed for ergonomic comfort. Inside the backrest is the ‘ContourMax Lumbar’ support, which unfortunately is not adjustable, but has four contact points for flexibility. The seat cushions have “VertaAir”, which appear to be vertical rows of sturdy foam tubes supporting the sit bones while providing airflow.
The upholstery is made of breathable microfiber and “coffee powder nanotechnology” naturally controls odors. There are also silver-coated embroidery threads that neutralize bacterial growth. The downside of microfiber is that it clings to your hair. That’s why it comes with a pet hair removal tool.
The chair has a sturdy steel frame with a 10-year warranty and an aluminum alloy base for wheels. Foam cushioning is made from ultra-premium, high-resilience foam.
It wasn’t part of my review model, but I should mention that Vertagear sells an optional RGB LED lighting upgrade to add lights to the holes under the backrest and base. Upgrades are separate and each cost an additional $299 ($229 at time of review).
The neck pillow is made of memory foam and secured with elastic straps.
Vertagear SL5800 comfort and adjustment
The Vertagear SL5800 features a comfortable seat base with dense foam padding that provides firm support. Everything feels soft and smooth to the touch, and there are no surface scratches that can plague those who like to game in shorts.
The chair has many adjustment points, with silver-black buttons and black levers that work well with the overall design of the chair. A lever on the side of the seat allows you to recline vertically from 80° to 160°.
A large knob at the bottom of the seat adjusts the tilt tension to control how much the chair sways based on your weight, and a lever at the bottom of the chair allows you to lock the tilt mechanism to your desired angle or freely You can shake it. Another lever controls the height of the chair.
Individual buttons on each armrest allow you to move the armrest up, down, left and right, or pivot it to the perfect position. The non-adjustable lumbar support on this model is pretty solid.
The Vertagear SL5800 is a very comfortable chair for tall and skinny gamers. But while it’s very adjustable overall, I couldn’t get it to work well for my short torso. We may not want to buy a chair that only works for a certain body type. If you’re tall and skinny and don’t need to share a computer, the SL5800 might be for you.
The SL5800 retails for $499 and is currently selling for $419. This chair looks great both at home in his office or in his den at the game, but it’s preferable if you don’t have a lot of pets. Vertagear put a lot of effort into the ergonomics of their chairs, using firm lumbar support and memory foam cushions to support your spine during long gaming sessions, but it’s not for everyone .