AndaSeat Phantom 3 Gaming Chair Review
This cushy new gaming chair promotes proper posture
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Despite some of our best efforts, this chair really does promote a proper sitting posture. While there is some give to the chair if you reposition yourself, the whole setup is very firm and really keeps you in a proper sitting position.
To describe the chair’s feel, the best word that comes to mind is “firm.” While you can tilt back in the chair to a certain extent, it requires a lot of effort to do so and isn’t a position you can really hold for a long time. The back of the chair is comfortable, but firm, and it offers a lot of support.
While you can slouch or sit in this chair in all sorts of improper postures, none of them feel as comfortable as sitting up straight.
What we like
The chair offers a huge range of recline
The back of the Phantom 3 can be adjusted from 90 degrees all the way down to 160 degrees. Very few chairs have such a wide range of motion, and we love how many different sitting positions this feature opens up. Is your back tired from its posture-enforcing design? Take a load off (and maybe a nap) with one of its more extreme reclining positions. Given how rigid the seat can sometimes feel, this large range of recline really helps mix things up when needed.
It includes two pillows for additional support
AndaSeat sends two auxiliary pillows with the Phantom 3 to help provide a bit of extra support, should you find it necessary. The first is a head pillow with a strap to attach to the back of the seat. The other is a lumbar pillow to help support your lower back.
Both are pretty comfortable, though we prefer the seat without the additional pillows.
It is easy to assemble in minutes
We had no issues assembling the AndaSeat Phantom 3 gaming chair. If you’ve ever had to assemble a chair before, this one should be very intuitive, and it probably won’t even require you to crack the instruction manual.
We were able to put this together in about five minutes and we weren’t exactly attempting to speedrun the process.
What we don’t like
A little difficult to sit in for longer periods of time
If you’re the type of person who never sits in chairs properly or who might not have the supporting musculature built to maintain good posture over a longer period of time, this chair may not be the easiest option.
Over the course of the day, we adjusted the angle of the chair’s back to better accommodate our waning sitting muscles, and while we were glad the option to do so exists, it did become a bit distracting.
Overall, if you’re just starting out on your proper posture journey, we recommend having some alternative options for seating, because after a few hours this chair can start feeling like an endurance test.
Should you buy the AndaSeat Phantom 3 Gaming Chair?
Yes—Pick it up if you don’t mind the price and want to stop slouching
The AndaSeat Phantom 3’s firm, rigid design is excellent for promoting proper posture. Unlike similar chairs, however, it has quite a lot of range in its recline, allowing you to get a break as you build up those supporting muscles.
That being said, the rigidity of the back does somewhat limit how you can sit in the chair—anyone who’s ever draped their legs over an armrest will have a hard time doing so here—but if you’re buying a posture-forward chair you’re probably trying to get out of that habit in the first place.
Overall, this is a well-built chair, and if you’re buying in specifically to sit up straight, its rigidity will be more feature than bug.
If you want to stop slouching on stream, like the way this chair looks, and don’t mind paying a small premium for its unique posture-forward design, the Phantom 3 is worth its purchase price.
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