Noblechairs Review – The Epic
After spending a considerable amount of time testing and reviewing the Noblechairs Hero gaming chair, it was time to move onto a new project. We decided to stay in the Noblechairs family, mainly because we have the entire range in office, but more importantly it allows us to compare the two in depth to see which one truly comes out on top!
As many will know, choosing a gaming chair can be an extremely time-consuming task thanks to the overpopulated nature of the current market. That's where WEPC comes into the equation. We spend hours of time, in house, testing and comparing the best gaming chairs money can buy to inform you which ones are worth your time and money.
Today we get to test the Noblechairs Epic Real Leather chair which, we feel, is somewhat of a cross between a gaming chair and an all-around office chair. I've been using this chair for the best part of a month and I feel now is the time to make my final verdict on what is currently, one of their most affordable chairs.
Before we get into the specs and performance, let's go over some brief pros and cons of the epic, Epic gaming chair. See what I did there? Nevermind... pros & cons!
- Premium design and materials
- Great for tall people
- Real leather
- Plenty of color options to choose from
- Four directional arm rests
- On the expensive side when compared to the rest of the market
- Could have better back support
I've been using the noblechairs Epic for a good few weeks now and I have to say, the pros of this chair really shine through. The absolutely superb materials and build quality make this chair feel like it's going to last a lifetime. However, I have experienced some back discomfort which is a bit disappointing.
- Chair TypeOffice
- Maximum Load265 lbs
- Dimensions26.4 x 27.9 x 55.1 inches
- Sitting Height19" to 23"
What's In The Box?
Noblechairs, like most chair manufacturing brands, if truth be told, take extreme care when packaging their products. The Epic came wrapped in several layers of protective plastic & polystyrene to help prevent scratches and other potential damage hazards. The box itself was a thick double layered cardboard which was built to house the chair perfectly leaving no room for internal maneuverability.
In the box you will find the following:
- Tilt mechanism
- Hydraulic piston
- Hydraulic sleeve
- Tilt levers
- 5 x PU casters
- Side covers
- Screw set
- Head pillow
- Lumbar pillow
The assembly process for the entire Noblechairs range has been engineered and developed to make assembly as user-friendly and intuitive as possible. This being said, the Epic chair wasn't the first of the series to be assembled, making it a very easy process second time around.
We put all the parts flat on the ground then followed the simple step-by-step instructions to make sure assembly went as smooth as possible.
The hardest part of the process is fitting the chair to the base because it can be a little fiddly.
Apart from that, the only thing worth noting is that the mechanism that works the backrest is pre-loaded so to speak, so don't touch the leaver or you WILL get a nasty injury. Check pic below.
How Does It Compare?
I feel the best way to compare this chair is to break the process down into a few different areas. This way it will give a more rounded comparison and a better picture of what the chair has to offer.
As a gaming chair
As the Epic is primarily, a gaming chair, it would only be natural to compare it with other gaming chairs first and foremost. So, how does it stand up against the top gaming chairs in today's market?
The first thing that is worth mentioning is the build quality and materials used for this chair. They are clearly high quality and built to last which you don't always get in the gaming chair market. Especially with all the lower budget brands floating around at the moment.
The style is certainly in tune with the rest of the gaming chair industry thanks to the bucket racer becoming the go-to design. It does have 4D armrests which add an extra level of adjustability which again, isn't standard on all chairs.
However, when comparing it to the likes of Secretlab's Omega, I feel the chair falls a little bit short. No disrespect to the Epic, it's a great chair, this being said though, the Omega is an amazing chair.
Overall, I'd say it was well up there as far as gaming chairs go. Certainly, one to consider if you're looking for top quality.
As a office chair
Comparing the Epic with some of the top office chairs out there is an unusual one, mainly because the design is so out there.
The main features of an office chair are comfort and style, which, if I'm being honest, I don't this chair has. From a gaming point of view, the Epic looks great. However, I couldn't see this in an office environment, not unless you run some sort of computer website!
As an everyday desktop chair
Now, even though we don't think the Epic would make a great office chair, that doesn't mean it wouldn't make a great home desktop chair, does it?
As far as looks go, I personally think the Epic looks great. The design of this chair, which we'll touch upon in more detail shortly, looks great in a home environment. Furthermore, the comfort, over short period's of time is really quite enjoyable.
If you're looking for a quality, well-built chair which is going to stand the test of time, then I think the Epic would be a great selection.
So, for me, the two main aspects of a top chair are comfort, first and foremost, then the aesthetic design of the chair. It must be super comfortable but at the same time have enough aesthetic appeal to draw in a large target market. The question is, does the Epic have these 2 main attributes...
Well, let's first talk about the Epic's design.
Obviously, you don't have to choose white, however, the model we got sent was the all-white edition which certainly narrows their target market. Personally, I think the white looks pretty good, however, I did wear a freshly bought pair of black jeans on it and you can clearly see where I've been sat, so I'd probably recommend against it. Unless you're super clean.
Colour aside though, the Epic comes in 3 different materials forms which include PU leather, Real leather and the luxurious Nappa leather which, as you probably guessed, will increase the chair's price exponentially. It is also the blueprint for some of their special edition models which include football team designs to eSports designs alike.
Discussing our chair though, you can tell straight away quality engineering and materials have been used to make this chair. The stitching looks and feels well made, as does the overall skin to be honest. We have the real leather version which feels superb. We compared this to the PU leather of the Hero and the difference is clearly for everyone to see. If you have it in the budget, I would highly recommend real leather, there is no substitute.
Moving onto the armrests, as I mentioned earlier, they are four directional meaning they move, up/down, left/right, backwards/forwards and swivel 45degrees in either direction. Unlike many gaming chairs where the armrests feel quite flimsy, I was pleasantly surprised to see Noblechairs had equipped the Epic with some rather robust feeling armrests. The actual rest feels on the firm side but definitely offers solid comfort as well, so don't be put off by that.
Finally, we have the base, which has been constructed out of high-grade metal and has a nice luxury finish to it. When assembling the chair, I noticed the base is quite weighty which fuels me with more confidence especially when referencing how long I think this chair will last.
Overall, I think the Epic looks pretty good. Even though it isn't ideal for an office environment, that's not to say it wouldn't look great in your house or a part of your gaming setup, quite the opposite actually.
With most top tier, premium gaming chairs, it's not just looks and comfort which draw the consumer in, they also come with a huge list of features and benefits. The Noblechair Epic was no different. Let's jump straight into what I believe to be the most practical and noteworthy features the Epic comes equipped with:
We already touched upon the armrests in the design section above, however, let's give them a little bit more coverage as they really are worth the mention. Not every gaming chair currently available has 4D armrests. Here at WEPC, we have a tonne of different gaming chairs and only a select few have that beautiful swivel functionality. It's not hugely advantageous to have it, but in certain scenario's it was utilized.
Functionality aside, the armrests feel very robust which is something you don't always see either. Let' s take the Secretlab Omega for example. That chair is fantastic, however, the armrests feel quite flimsy and I can see issues surfacing somewhere down the line because of it. The Epic on the other hand, I can't see this problem occurring anytime soon, they really are superbly built, as is the entire chair.
Tilt Mechanism & Backrest
Like all Noblechairs, the tilt mechanism of the Epic is superb and can be adjusted via a sensitivity dial underneath the chair. Whether you have it firm or quite loose, the actual movement it provides is smooth and fluid. I did notice that the 'tilt sensitivity' as we'll call it, was definitely affected by the position of the backrest. All the more reason to have a sensitivity dial I suppose.
The backrest itself was definitely on the firm side and provided average to good backrest once I found the sweet spot. You might have to play around with the position a bit before you find the ideal spot.
Even though it was a racer bucket seat, it still gave back support to people over 6foot which is definitely a plus.
The pillows are definitely a plus as many chairs don't come with them at all, however, when you compare them to the memory foam pillows that come with other high-end gaming chairs, the Epic's simply don't cut the mustard.
You do get some additional functionality with Epic's pillows though. One has been designed to accommodate the headrest position, whereas the other, has long straps that wrap around the backrest vertically meaning you can suspend the pillow almost anywhere. If truth be told, I couldn't actaully find a practical position for the pillow and don't use it, however, a few people really enjoyed it in the office so it gets a thumbs up from those guys.
Verdict - Should You Buy One?
So there you have it, a comprehensive breakdown of the Noblechairs Epic gaming chair. But, is it worth your hard earned cash?
It's a tough question really because, with most chairs, it all comes down to what you like the feel and look of. This being said, I definitely feel like this chair would market itself well towards the gamers out there. It has a cool design and a nice racer bucket seat which does provide comfort and back support. It's well built and made with quality materials so you know this thing is going to last years into the future.
However, for me, I did find the comfort of the chair less than desirable, especially over extended periods of time. I'm just not a huge fan of a firm seat.
In conclusion, if you're looking for a racer style bucket chair that is well built and going to last, the Epic is certainly a chair that requires some of your time and consideration. However, if you want a chair with extra comfort and cushioning, I'd probably look elsewhere.
Have you got the Epic chair from Noblechairs? What are your thoughts on it? Let us know by leaving us a comment below!