Backforce is a young brand from Germany that wants to establish itself in the highly competitive market with a gaming chair. The first product that was heavily advertised online is now also available – the Backforce One gaming chair. The name is obviously aptly chosen. We subjected the product to an extensive test because we wanted to find out whether and, if so, to what extent the new brand of the well-known German chair manufacturer Interstuhl could stand out in the market. We were excited, after all Interstuhl can draw on over 50 years of experience and the chairs are also manufactured in Germany.
What we think of the Backforce One, what it has to offer and what else we think is worth mentioning in this context, you can read in our test report.
Design and workmanship
Anyone who has the chair in front of them will quickly recognize that it is a typical gaming chair. Even though the Backforce One has its optical highlights, it still presents itself like an ordinary gaming chair.
The chair uses a mixture of Alcantara and imitation leather as cover. This gives the Backforce One a noble look, but the Alcantara also effectively prevents sweating. From behind the chair is equipped with a modern plastic shield, which consists of several layers. The chair is handmade in Germany and looks like this: the seams are neatly finished and the fabric is also flawless.
We especially like the patch on the top, which is attached by velcro and can be personalized. Of course, buyers also have the choice of different colours. We have chosen the colour blue and have not applied a personalised patch, but this costs only nine euros and is therefore an extra charge.
The Backforce One is also unique because of its LED light on the back, which the brand itself calls Gamer Pulse. Here you can place your own logo, which then illuminates the chair. The lamp is recharged via Micro USB, so there is a built-in battery that promises up to 20 hours of runtime.
With these two options mentioned, Backforce leaves buyers with some customization options that are quite laudable.
Furthermore, the Backforce One is unique because of its foldable armrests, which is something no other gaming chair has ever had.
Let us now turn to some specifications. The chair is placed on a high-quality base made of brushed aluminium, in which five standard castors are fixed and soft floors are mounted. The aluminium base also features a laser-cut Backforce logo. The chair is designed for a load of up to 130 kg. The total height is 128-140 cm depending on the setting of the gas pressure spring. The seat is between 45 and 57 cm high, so you can sit comfortably. The width of the seat surface is 53 cm, at the same time it is 49 cm deep. The backrest is 57 cm wide and 84 cm at the same time. The width of the armrests is between 7 and 9 cm and they are 24-27 cm long, depending on where you measure.
By the way, it is also praiseworthy that the chair is recyclable and uses CFC-free foams.
Seating comfort and ergonomics
The ergonomics of it in a gaming chair is of course the most important, much more important than the design or the materials used. And this is where Interstuhl is doing something right with its new brand Backforce.
Let’s start with the aforementioned armrests, which can be folded back. This feature is not yet available on any other gaming chair. For some, however, it will be a welcome feature, as you can sit cross-legged on the chair in a super comfortable way. However, Backforce saves on other parts of the armrests, they are only adjustable in height and therefore not 4D, like many other gaming chairs, but only 1D. The armrests are made of a soft plastic, which is comfortable for the elbows. Moreover, the armrests hardly wobble at all, which we like very much. For our taste, the armrests could have been adjusted 5 centimeters higher, though. For people with long upper bodies this is unfortunately not so suitable.
For the upholstery Backforce relies on a Dual Core seat, which is designed to offer maximum comfort. This is a multi-zone upholstery that uses different degrees of hardness. For example, the inner seat is soft and the outer part, which is covered with artificial leather, is hard. I would describe the upholstery of the gaming chair as medium hard, which makes it harder and more durable than all the cheap gaming chairs for under 200 euros, but softer than noblechairs, for example. The shape of the chair upholstery is already optimized for the back, so Backforce does without additional cushions. We didn’t miss the lumbar cushion compared to other gaming chairs, but we did miss the neck cushion.
One of the highlights of the chair is definitely the synchronous mechanism, as this is much more ergonomic than a classic rocker mechanism that many gaming chairs use. With the synchronous mechanism, the body moves more, as the seat hardly tilts when the backrest moves backwards. The more movement is good for the body. At the same time it also relieves the back. The strength of the synchro-mechanism can be adjusted on the underside by means of a turning wheel, so that, depending on body weight, there is sufficient counterpressure and the chair does not immediately tilt backwards. Of course, the backrest can also be fixed in any position.
Another positive feature we noticed was the gas pressure spring, which allows a comparatively low sitting position and thus also allows smaller gamers to use the chair – without having to replace it with a shorter gas pressure spring beforehand.
Conclusion of the Backforce One review
Overall, we can say that the new and first gaming chair from Backforce surprised us – and clearly in a positive sense. The chair’s features are innovative and bring functions to the gaming chair market that were previously only available in office chairs. Of course, all this comes at a price – and it’s more than proud. As has already been mentioned, the chair is handcrafted under local health and safety conditions, which of course makes the price a little higher. All in all, however, we think that the amount called for is quite reasonable, but we would like to have higher armrests and an additional neck cushion. Interstuhl has thus successfully entered the gaming segment with the new brand Backforce.