Review: Corsair T1 Race Gaming Chair

One might think all you’d need a chair to do is not collapse under your weight, but when you sit as much as I do, you know it’s a bit more complicated than that.

There’s a seemingly endless supply of gaming chairs of all different shapes and sizes, and long time little bit of everything maker Corsair is throwing their hat into the ring.

We like Corsair around here, but we had no idea what to expect when we got our hands on their first gaming chair, the T1 Race. You can pick up a Corsair T1 Race gaming chair for $350.

Let’s see how it stacks up against the plethora of competition.

Assembly

The T1 Race is packed more less the same as most gaming chairs. The back area is separated from the seat area, and the wheels, base, and mechanical components all need to be put together.n

I had more difficulty with the wheels than I would have liked. It wasn’t easy to get them inserted underneath the base, almost as if the holes in the base were too small. I got them in eventually, but it took more work than I’m used to.

Other than that, building it wasn’t difficult. The instructions were concise and legible which isn’t always the case when it comes to gaming chairs, and the process if fairly straightforward.

Attaching the backrest to the seat of the chair is always a little tricky to do by yourself, but it can be done. Just make sure you don’t over tighten one side, or you’ll find it difficult to attach the other.

Other than that, it’s pretty standard chair assembly fare, and can be completed in less than an hour.

Design

The T1 Race comes in black, blue, red, and white accents, but Corsair sent us black with a yellow trim.

The back rest and seat have diamond stitching with colored thread, and the colored accents have a textured look that’s pretty easy on the eyes.

The armrests too are textured, with an interesting honeycomb design that’s quite eye catching and is very tactically satisfying.  

The base of the chair is plastic unfortunately, with an indented, wave-like pattern that looks almost wave like. At the top of the five stems is another splash of color, popping against the black. Unless you have the black version in which case...more black.

As expected, it ships with a lumbar support pillow and headrest, both of which are stitched with the same yellow diamond pattern of the back rest area.

The T1 Race is very much defining itself with a gaming aesthetic, which is not hugely surprising given the company that created it. Some gaming chairs can also work as office chairs, but Corsair is not going down that road with the T1 Race. The large, white Corsair logo on the back of the chair gives it away as very much a gaming peripheral. Nothing wrong with that necessarily, but if you’re going for an understated addition to your desk you might want to look elsewhere.

It’s a good looking chair, with bright colors and slick design, even if it’s similar to what we've seen before

How does it feel?

A chair can be as pretty as it wants, but if it’s not comfortable, it’s not a great chair.

Luckily, the T1 Race is. It’s a little on the small side for me (I’m 6’1), but even so, I had no concerns as far as comfort goes.

It reclines almost all the way to a horizontal position, so it’s good to be careful when leaning back.

The armrests have four degrees of adjustment which is appreciated, though they felt a bit stiff at times. They loosened up the more I adjusted them however, so that should be a long term problem.

At the end of the day it’s a very comfortable chair, and that’s what matters. My only complaint isn’t with the comfort level, but the movement aspect.

The nylon caster rollerblade style wheels are smooth enough, but only when going in one direction.

The wheel’s radial bearing does not have a lot of range, so when changing direction they have a tendency to get stuck.You have to push through the transition, and for someone who loves to roll around while I work that can be irritating.

For a chair in this price range, it’s a disappointing oversight.

To Corsair or Not to Corsair

The T1 Race looks really nice. The colors pop against the black and the colored threading and textured patterns are top notch. It feels solidly constructed, and, most importantly, it’s really comfortable.

If it weren’t for the pesky wheels failing to adjust to directional shifts this would be an easy recommendation. If you like to move around while you play or game (and certainly not everyone does) this might not be the best fit. But if you’re looking for a classy, comfy chair and don’t plan on using the wheels extensively, this Corsair chair will certainly get the job done with class and style.