For performance testing a chair I had to spend HOURS and HOURS in the Max Series while writing, gaming, and even watching TV. Lucky for me, that is what I do anyhow. The timing couldn’t be better considering just a few days after the chair came in I had a group of friends over for an in office LAN. This gave me a chance to test it out with extended gaming sessions as we as have a few other people give it a sit and let me know what they thought. Even before I got to the weekend of the LAN I knew that I liked the M-Series when I fell asleep sitting in it the first night I had it. Unlike most other “gaming” chairs this chair was wide enough for me to sit comfortably and if I wanted I could prop a leg up across the seat without any issues from high bolstering on the sides like most chairs with the racing/gaming theme. There is a considerable amount more padding in the base of the M-Series when compared to the Playseat as well.
Part of the reason the chair is so comfortable is its adjustability. You are able to adjust all of the normal aspects like the chair height, armrest height, and if the chair leans back. But on top of that you can set the angle of the seatback, just like in a car seat and you can also turn the armrests to an angle as well. The armrests do only lock into place at 90 and 45 degree increments, I do wish there were a few more options in between 90 and 45 degrees as my preferred angle is around 70 degrees. Speaking of the armrests, DXRacer went with an odd shape for them. I would prefer them to be a little more rounded on the ends and less contoured on the tops, but in the end they got the job done comfortably.
What really did me in when I fell asleep in the M-Series was the head rest pillow that can be strapped too it. The lumbar support seems to depend on the person as I wasn’t a fan at all but my wife loved it so much she was using it on her own chair.
I did run into a few small issues after some time with the chair. First, the decision to put locks on each of the chairs five feet caused me a lot of trouble. The included wheels are large and roll around nearly as good as the rollerblade style wheels on the AK Octane. However, the locks on the wheels are large and easily flipped with your feet, especially considering the chair has footrests built into the base. I found myself locked in place far too many times. My other issue was with the PVC upholstery. It looks great and feels fine but it does breathe a little less than the fabric on my last chair and I started to notice this after the office warmed up slightly while gaming. It would be great to have a fabric option available as well.