Top 10 Best Budget Gaming Chairs Malaysia 2023 (From RM150)
The reason why gamers love a good gaming chair is that it’s flashy and comfortable. But gaming chairs are costly, especially in Malaysia, right? So for those with limited budget, we had a look at budget gaming chairs on Shopee & Lazada and picked the Top 10 best Budget Gaming Chairs in Malaysia for 2023.
How We Pick
While actually sitting on the chair is the best way to know whether it is good or not, we considered a few key quantitative measurements and factors when judging potential gaming chair candidates. There’s more to be said, especially on deciding between budget vs premium gaming chairs, so be sure to check out our Gaming Chair Buying Guide below.
So our question here is what makes a gaming chair expensive? Here are some factors to consider.
Price & Budget
It’s tough to say what’s considered as affordable gaming chair since they are all sorts of chairs at all sorts of price points. Based on our past experience though, anything above RM1000 is not ‘budget’ anymore since their quality, features and comfort are on another level.
So in this list, we set a limit of RM999 and picked some at around RM150-RM500 range, some at RM500-RM900 range. In our opinion, those priced below RM150 look quite risky to buy (but maybe still okay!).
Fabric & Foam
Most cheap gaming chairs would use PVC leather or Carbon Fibre or PU leather as the main fabric. Some may even use regular soft fabric. While there are some differences between PVC and PU Leather, they can both be produced at low cost while still being reasonably comfortable, except in warm rooms where they can feel sticky pretty quickly. On the other hand, soft fabric is much more breathable.
In terms of foam, most of them use almost the same kind of cold cure high density foam or sponge. Comfort-wise, you can safely assume those above RM500 will be more comfortable.
The chair’s ability to recline sort of correlates with its price. Due to the cheaper material for the core structure, budget gaming chairs mostly can only recline up to 160° degrees. So we chose mostly those below RM1000 that can recline up to 155°-165° degrees.
Adjustable armrests are one of the features that justify the higher prices of these chairs. More expensive chairs would allow you to adjust in up to 4 directions. Conversely, gaming chairs below RM200 would typically have fixed armrests.
There are other things to consider as well, so check out the buying guide below. But now, let’s see which 10 budget gaming chairs we selected.
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Best Budget Gaming Chairs in Malaysia
Todak Alpha Standard Gaming & Office Chair
TTracing SwiftX Gaming Chair
TMAX AX-880 Gaming Chair with Ergonomic Backrest
TTracing Duo V3 Gaming Chair
GTGamez YG-721 Gaming Chair
MUSSO Navigator Series Model 2 Gaming Chair
Frequently Bought Together
A budget gaming chair is rarely as comfortable as a regular ergonomic chair. The more expensive kind though, can be super comfortable. That being said, gaming chairs, as opposed to regular chairs, are more stylish and add some aesthetic to your gaming setup.
So if you want a gaming chair but are on tight budget, here are some of your choices:
- For a budget gaming chair under RM200, consider GTGamez YG-721. If you can spend a little bit more, get TMAX AX-880.
- If you can spend under RM500, the MUSSO Navigator Series can offer quite a value given the features offered. If you don’t like the fabric, try TTracing Duo V3.
- For a budget north of RM500, go for TTRacing Swift X or Todak Alpha.
What Is A Gaming Chair?
A gaming chair is a seat furniture designed for maximal comfort during long hours of playing video games. They are typically ergonomic, sturdy and stylish padded seats that resemble racing bucket seats manufactured by luxury sports car brands.
How Much Does A Budget Gaming Chair Cost in Malaysia?
Budget gaming chairs in Malaysia are often priced between RM100 to RM1000, with varying levels of quality. This is only relative to the existence of higher end gaming chairs over RM1000 that are on a different level. Still, a gaming chair that’s about RM800-RM1000 can also be considered as high end in Malaysia, just not on international level (for example when compared to SecretLab).
Gaming Chair Buying Guide
Before we begin, it’s worth noting here that we should look at furniture as an investment, especially chairs, since bad chairs can cause your back to develop all sorts of problems later on. So maybe you’d want to consider getting a premium gaming chair instead (maybe with installments?). They are so much more worth the money.
You should also not expect cheap gaming chairs to be super comfortable or durable. Yes they can be ergonomic, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they offer good support for your back, and they typically only last 1-2 years. But they do offer that racing chair look and are pretty stylish, even at lower price points.
So if you’ve decided to get a gaming chair at a budget, here are some key decision-making factors:
- Fabric: PVC or PU leather or carbon fibre or plain fabric.
- Body weight support: Mostly up to 130kg, some go beyond.
- Recline angle: Mostly up to 160° degrees, maximum 180° degrees.
- Armrest adjustability: Fixed, 2D, 3D and 4D.
- Seat Width: Over 50cm including sides will be spacious enough for most.
- Base: Aluminium is more sturdy, Nylon is lighter.
- Adjustability: Most chairs can be adjusted to fit your height. No need to fuss over this too much.
- Neck & lumbar pillows: Very commonly come with the chair itself, sometimes the price is even included in the chair, but marketed as ‘free’.
- Ergonomic design: This is a pretty common feature brands say of their products, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s comfortable or even good for your back.
- Backrest length: If you are taller than average, you may want a backrest with over 80cm tall. Check the dimensions.
Fabric refers to the skin of the chair’s seat and backrest. Often it is added onto the foam after the foam has been fixed onto the skeleton of the chair. The most typical material used for the fabric is PVC leather, carbon fibre or PU leather.
Which should you choose? That depends. The differences between PVC and PU leather are mostly on durability and feel. PVC leather is more durable while PU leather feels more like real leather but less durable. Many brands prefer PU to create luxurious effects.
Body Weight Support
Most budget gaming chairs can support up to 130kg body weight. Higher end ones can often support more than 150kg due to the sturdy design and structure. In fact, the chair’s capability to support body weight tells us a bit about the quality of the craftmanship’s material and design.
This metric is also often correlated with the quality and price of the gaming chair. Most higher end chairs can recline up to 180° degrees, which is the maximum reclining angle. Many budget gaming chairs only do 150°-17°0 degrees.
However, not many buyers are even looking for chairs that can recline all the way to flat, right? Most of the time, if you’re sitting back and relaxing, 160° degrees would do. So decide if you’d be willing to spend more for 180° degrees recline.
The cheapest gaming chairs on the market would have fixed armrests, which means you won’t be able to adjust its height or positions. But the ones that do have adjustable armrests would often be called 2D, 3D and 4D.
2D armrests simply means they can be adjusted in 2 directions: left-right or top-down. 3D means 3 directions, and so on.
Adjustable armrests can be quite a convenient feature to have especially when gaming, so we really recommend you find a chair with this feature.
Base refers to the metal structure to which the wheels are attached. It’s rather important since it may break easily if you’re not careful and if it does, you’d have to replace it.
Some brands make the base out of aluminium, which is quite a durable metal. A popular alternative is nylon which is much lighter, but less durable and is mostly used in cheaper chairs.
Budget Gaming Chairs Brands
A common name that you will hear are Todak and TTRacing, a brand that produces (and dominates to some extent) budget gaming chairs that are affordable without sacrificing (much) quality. Other brands include Sakula, GTGamez, TMax and Musso.
Taking Care Of Your Gaming Chair
Here are some tips to limit damage to your budget gaming chair over time.
- Avoid exposing the PU or PVC leather to moisture as this will cause the leather to shrink and crease, and tear over time.
- Use dry, clean antimicrobial cloth to keep the surfaces clean. Avoid using damp cloth or sponge.
- Get a footrest to help you sit more properly and remove tension on your back and your chair.
- When adjusting armrest or backrest, do it slowly and carefully.
Check out also our recommendation on the best gaming laptop. This is one area you probably want to maximize your budget on.
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