Thermaltake X Comfort Air chair tries to keep backsides cooler

What kind of chair are you using, gerbils? I'm still sitting in an ancient steel-framed office chair that pre-dates DirectX. A lot of companies are getting into the gaming chair business these days, and one of the oldest computer-cooling companies has now decided to turn its expertise toward cooling hindquarters, it seems. Thermaltake's latest creation is the X Comfort Air Gaming chair, and it has active cooling for the sitter's backside.

This isn't Thermaltake's first gaming chair, but it's the first one from the company—and indeed the first one we've seen—with active cooling. There may be a reason for that. The X Comfort Air is similar to the company's other X Comfort chairs, but on this model the seat includes four 60-mm fans (with an eyebrow-raising claimed maximum speed of 5100 RPM) that will purportedly cool the underside of its user. The fans have a three-speed controller so that users can find their own balance between thermal and sonic comfort. Thermaltake says the cooling system can reduce the perforated seat's surface by a range of 0.6° C to 1.5° C. Given that Thermaltake's measurements suggest the system moves just 20 CFM at full speed, perhaps that narrow range isn't all that surprising.

We wouldn't think of active cooling being a concern on most office chairs, but the seat on the X Comfort Air is made from PVC leather that could feel sticky with heat. Besides the cooling function, the chairs support height, width, and depth adjustments for the armrests. The seat can recline all the way to a 160° angle, and the chair uses a gas piston for height adjustment. In essence, aside from the active cooling, the X Comfort Air seems like a fairly standard high-quality foam-padded office chair.

Thermaltake's already selling the X Comfort Air Gaming in black or with black-and-red accents on its website for a cool $500. Check them out if you've got a problem with sweaty thighs while gaming.

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    • just brew it!
    • 2 years ago

    At home I have a fairly standard office chair at my computer desk, with some extra pillows/cushions for comfort.

    At work my employer was nice enough to get me an Aeron.

    TBH most of our computer desks/chairs at home were free, or nearly so. Stuff people were getting rid of, office moving sales, and the like. IIRC my big L-shaped secondhand Steelcase desk cost me like $15. My wife’s computer desk and a couple of our desk chairs were free; they came into our possession years ago when the landlord of the building where I had an office said “Hey, the tenant across the hall skipped out on their lease. You want any of their furniture? I don’t want to have to haul all this crap away.” At least one desk chair was literally garbage picked (someone down the street left it out for trash pickup, it was a perfectly good chair).

    Needless to say, I can’t imagine paying $500…

      • mcarson09
      • 2 years ago

      There are so many Aeron out in the wild that you can get one for personal use for pretty cheap second hand.

    • joselillo_25
    • 2 years ago

    Chairs are like Ski Boots , is not the price or materials, but the one that fits you.

      • mcarson09
      • 2 years ago

      Indeed!

      Those cheap office chairs are more likely to cause you more pain.

    • brucek2
    • 2 years ago

    Do you have to plug it in? And how does that not involve an inconveniently placed cord that you’ll roll over and trip over all the time?

      • bill94el
      • 2 years ago

      It would be no different from Buttkicker speaker wires…forever in the way and always at risk of tugging too hard or getting rolled over.

    • mesyn191
    • 2 years ago

    Just point a fan at your chair.

    Problem solved, doubly so with a mesh chair, and no batteries or cords to worry about.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    $500 buys you a much more comfortable, higher-quality chair than this.

    Specifically,

    [list<][*<]A genuine refurb HM Aeron in excellent condition with a longer warranty than the new Thermaltake[/*<][*<]One of the many full-mesh Eames (EA 119) variants at under $300 (I have one and prefer it to the Aeron)[/*<][*<]A new, full-mesh Humanscale Diffrient World Chair.[/*<][/list<] All of those are genuinely good, high-tech and stylish chairs that have proven track records across millions of employees around the planet, being based on the science of ergonomics with tons of empirical data proving that their designs are comfortable and anatomically healthy in the long-term. Or you could spend $500 on a pretend racing car chair made of hot, sweaty, PVC-scented [i<]fake[/i<] leather that will screw up your back and ruin your posture with those flared side bolsters rounding your shoulders; They're not good for long-term sitting and you don't find flared racing seats in most cars, because they're not designed to be comfortable or good for your skeleto-muscular system, they're designed to keep a racing driver imprisoned in a safe position regardless of the forces involved. If your desk starts experiencing high lateral g-forces, then this chair would help, providing you can lock the castor wheels. Perhaps at that point in time though, the chair you're sitting in is no longer the main concern and you should focus on why your house is rapidly accelerating sideways and what you're going to do about it.

      • mcarson09
      • 2 years ago

      The post above is why I like coming here!

      Never heard of Earnes baefore, so I learned something today. I do have a HM that I refurbed myself.

      Vote the above post up

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        Charles Eames is an Architect and interior designer who died in the ’70s. The genuine articles are made under license by Vitra and they’ll run you a couple of thousand bucks for an EA 119 with all the upgrades, but importantly, the genuine Eames range only comes in Leather or cloth.

        There are many copies and “Eames inspired” designs on the market though – and by far the most popular one seems to be the mesh design which is more comfortable because it stretches slightly more than the genuine materials and it offers much better ventilation.

        I’ve never seen a bad Eames clone, simply because the design requires it to be made out of steel and it wouldn’t work with plastic. Just about the only place they could skimp on quality would be the gas lift but since the rest of the chair has a minimum profitable sale price of at least $250 nobody seems to ruin an otherwise expensive chair by trying to save a few dollars on the gas lift piston.

      • tay
      • 2 years ago

      Good post. ThermalTake in overpriced, gaudy crap shocker.

      • Bensam123
      • 2 years ago

      Looked at the recommended chairs and besides the HM Aeron (which there are other brands that are extremely similar and cheaper) they look like really expensive crap that just ‘looks nice’. The reviews on Amazon even say so, especially for the Humanscale.

      Basically instead of bad racing chairs for gamers, nice looking, but still bad chairs for hipsters.

      [url<]https://www.amazon.com/Humanscale-Diffrient-World-Task-Chair/dp/B00BWC22G0[/url<] The category the above racing chair fits into (entry level) is a 24/7 intensive use chair. These types of chairs are made for people who sit for extremely long periods of time in environments where they have to be aware and awake, like a 911 operator or any call center employ whom needs to function properly. They're quite expensive, but one thing you'll note if you look at these chairs is there is a correlation between price and the amount of padding. They're also quite adjustable and extremely high quality. It's a type of chair, not a brand.

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        Those amazon reviews are clearly bogus; Humanscale are built solidly which is why they offer 15-year no-quibble warranties.

        If you want to believe that the plastic pretend racing car chair is good for your back then you’re entitled to do so. Just don’t cite amazon user reviews as your source, you might as well include YouTube comments as well for added validity….

    • crabjokeman
    • 2 years ago

    For $500, I want my butt water-cooled.

      • Mikael33
      • 2 years ago

      With sufficient swamp ass it can be.

      • Wirko
      • 2 years ago

      For $500, there better be an integrated beer cooler beneath the butt. Do you want to interrupt your sitting on this expensive chair every hour or so by walking to the fridge?

    • cpucrust
    • 2 years ago

    I was going to joke about no RGB LED’s so it’s a fail.
    Just checked and one can really get RGB LED chairs: DXRacer RL1 gaming

    But then someone mentioned that RGB is so first half 2017 and tempered glass is currently what should be used…

      • bhtooefr
      • 2 years ago

      Glass chairs [i<]have[/i<] been done, though... [url<]http://www.daniellaondesign.com/blog/transparent-chairs[/url<] (I actually saw a few of those at a glass museum a couple weekends ago...)

      • mudcore
      • 2 years ago

      RGB LEDs don’t ruin your posture at least. These “racing inspired” “gaming” chairs are the worst trend going.

    • Waco
    • 2 years ago

    $500? Ouch…here I thought the $240 I paid for my “gaming” chair was steep.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 2 years ago

      $500 will get you into a high quality mesh chair from Herman Miller.

    • drfish
    • 2 years ago

    I… just… but… uh… oof.

    • UberGerbil
    • 2 years ago

    Or you could go with passive cooling in a chair that has a mesh seat, like [url=https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/510830/WorkPro-Quantum-9000-Series-Ergonomic-Mesh/<]this one[/url<]. No go-fast color-accents, but the couple of hundred dollars in savings could be applied to custom pillows or something. (I have this chair, and the best thing about it is that the seat slides forwards and back independent of the rest of the chair, which allows for much more comfortable reclining IME; also the arm rests pivot towards and away from the seat, which can be handy at times).

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