Noblechairs also lives up to its name with the ICON. The latest gaming chair from noblechairs is a direct continuation of the success of the revolutionary EPIC, which revived the scene in 2016. With an exciting design, sophisticated comfort elements and outstanding quality, the ICON also convinces critical customers.
Overview: Figures, Data, Facts
The ICON has a steel frame, a solid aluminium base, cold foam upholstery, a cover of PU artificial leather, PU or nylon castors and PU armrests. The armrests mentioned are high-quality 4D specimens. The entire seat can be adjusted in height from 49.5 to 59.5 centimetres and has a lockable and adjustable rocker function.
In addition, the backrest can be tilted by up to 135 degrees. This is 39 centimetres wide – much narrower than its predecessor. However, it should be noted that only around 30 centimetres could be effectively used for this. Considering this fact, the reduced width actually represents a significant improvement that increases seating comfort. The distance between the armrests is 52 centimetres at the top and 51 centimetres at the bottom, while the padded area of the backrest is 29.5 centimetres at the widest point.
As already mentioned, the seat height can be adjusted flexibly. The seat is 49 centimetres long. Due to the 86 cm high backrest, the chair is suitable for people of all heights.
In total, the chair is 1.28 to 1.38 metres high, depending on the adjustment made. High-quality 4D armrests with a width of 10 centimetres complete the equipment of the ICON chair.
|Weight||approx. 28 kg|
Highly Used: The Most Obvious Benefits of the ICON
Some of the advantages of the ICON are already noticeable at first sight. At least on the surface, PU artificial leather cannot be distinguished from genuine leather. It is excellently finished, adapts perfectly to the upholstery and impresses with an untypical thickness for artificial leather.
Furthermore, it is immediately apparent that weaknesses of the predecessor were consistently eliminated and errors of the competition avoided. Noblechairs, for example, is one of the few suppliers on the market to deliver 4D armrests that don’t rattle or stand out due to a bad fit. The technical and design competence of the team is also evident at ICON. Although the chair is not particularly strikingly designed visually, its construction and size make it reminiscent of a throne, which definitely makes it stand out from the crowd.
The predecessor EPIC can be called revolutionary with a clear conscience. Despite his great success and the consistently positive opinions, however, some points of criticism were noticed. The most frequent criticism was of unsuitability for heavier persons. The EPIC was designed for a weight of up to 120 kilograms. Even the rather narrow backrests made it difficult for corpulent people to sit comfortably.
A tentative improvement of this circumstance was made in the successor. Noble chairs, for example, indicate the maximum weight of the ICON at 150 kilograms – the average player will hardly exceed this weight. In addition, the ICON has flattened seat cheeks that contain one less metal strut than the EPIC. This adjustment allows even fuller gamers to enjoy a comfortable fit. In addition, the backrest has been adapted to provide more space for wide shoulders.
Sitting Comfort: Legroom, Improved Backrest
The enormous seating comfort of the gaming chair was already mentioned in the previous paragraph. Compared to its predecessor in particular, it is striking how comfortable and ergonomic the chair is at the same time. A structural change in the backrest not only makes it much more inviting, but also allows a free seat with a good posture at the same time. While the backrest of the predecessor became wider and wider towards the top to finally merge into two large wings, the backrest of the ICON is tapered towards the top.
In total it was narrowed by almost twenty centimetres. Nevertheless, the backrest of the ICON has an effectively usable area that is nine centimetres larger than that of its predecessor. This change not only benefits corpulent users, but also every user, as there is no feeling of tightness when sitting. Instead, the seat is very inviting and gives the seated person a lot of freedom in every respect.
While many gaming chairs offer hardly any legroom, the developers of noble chairs attached particular importance to this often underestimated factor. The flattening of the seat cheeks and the absence of additional metal struts give the thighs undreamt-of freedom. This enables every user to take the optimal position for himself. This is definitely a plus point that represents a unique selling proposition.
It should be mentioned that the lateral support is not lost despite the enormous flattening. So the additional freedom doesn’t take a toll – an absolutely successful implementation!
Sports Seat or Gaming Chair? Upholstery, Support and Luxurious Seat
In the past, gaming chairs from noblechairs were regularly reminiscent of sports seats. This impression was deliberately provoked by holes for “seat belts”. The ICON does without this “extra”, which does not harm the overall appearance of the seat. In general, the ICON looks much less like a sports seat than its predecessor. This change in appearance is due to the improvement of the seat properties. The wings on the backrest, which are typical of sports seats, had to give way to seating comfort and ergonomic features.
The strikingly firm upholstery of the seat was already an advantage of the EPIC, but not every gamer liked it. Noblechairs is relying on an even firmer upholstery in the new model – for the sake of support and ergonomics. This increased hold ultimately supports the most favourable individual posture. In this way, back pain caused by incorrect posture is effectively avoided.
Also striking is the particularly thick padding of the headrest, which also extends quite far forward. The almost obligatory neck cushion is almost superfluous due to the padding and the existing dimensions of the support. Nevertheless, both such a neck cushion and a lordosis cushion are included in the scope of delivery. This means that there is no need to forego this additional comfort.
The backrest has the familiar design with its noble leather look and diamond pattern ornamental seams – the chair has a high-quality look. The red colour of the decorative seams is an eye-catcher that complements the noble design well.
The Armrests: Surprisingly Harmonious
In principle, gamers know very little about 4D armrests. They clatter, do not sit properly and impair the experience as a whole. A generally excellent chair can quickly become a flop due to poorly adjusted 4D armrests. Noblechairs, on the other hand, does not make any mistakes here either. The armrests don’t clatter and blend in perfectly with the overall appearance, both technically and visually.
In addition, the armrests have a pleasantly striking upholstery. In terms of design, the black powder coating and the slight rounding of the backrests are worth mentioning. These details ensure that they fit seamlessly into the rest of the seat.
The Foundation of the Seat: The Base Tested
The previously outstanding elements of the ICON chair are mounted on a resilient turnstile. This must not only withstand the weight of the seated person, but also the daily ordeals. For this reason it is made of solid aluminium. Combined with the Class 4 gas lift, it makes the ICON one of the most robust gaming chairs on the market. All in all, the seat’s foundation proves to be absolutely practical. It withstands normal loads without any problems and allows the chair to be moved easily thanks to the integrated castors.
In theory, the ICON gaming chair proves to be an absolute top model. Does it also live up to expectations in the practical check?
The short answer to that question is yes. The ICON comes with probably the best imitation leather cover on the market. Both optically and haptically it can hardly be distinguished from real leather. Due to its construction and design, the model is no longer reminiscent of a sports seat, but of a noble throne. And that’s exactly how the seat feels in it: elegant, excellent, pleasant.
A well upholstered seat, a backrest that provides support but does not constrict, ample legroom, upholstered armrests, the possibility of adjusting the seat height and the integrated rocker function, as well as the support available despite the enormously flattened seat bolsters, make the ICON an absolute top model in practice.