Photos and Features
Out of the nine different models that Arozzi have, the Mezzo is their third highest priced model and frankly, it is the most similar to the gaming chairs from companies like DXRacer. Arozzi also has a few other models that are closer to your standard office chair, only with a little extra flair but the Mezzo is basically a racing seat out of a car put on an office chair frame. You can get it in Blue, Green Black, Orange, Red, White, and Yellow. You would normally expect us to be all about getting the LanOC orange but from past experience with gaming chairs, I have been leaning towards the more muted colors like the blue we went with. The accent color isn’t really even used on the Mezzo all that much. There are two strips across the chair base and then two up the back of the chair. It is also in the piping around the outside edge and blue plastic in the fake 5 point harness holes on the back. When you are sitting in the chair the piping is the only part anyone is going to actually see.
The Mezzo, like all of the competing chairs, comes with both a head pillow and a lumbar support pillow. The head pillow seemed to be filled with a normal pillow polyfill where the lumbar support is harder and feels like it is filled with foam padding. The pillow wraps around the top of the chair and it has the Arozzi logo embroidered on it as well as the top of the chair having the same logo only larger. Both logos seemed to have a bit of a tilt to them. I’ve seen DXRacer have the same problem as well in the past. I personally would prefer there to be no logo at all if it's going to be off, now that I’ve noticed it I won’t be able to unsee it in the future. The lumbar support doesn’t have a logo, but it does have the two blue strips to match the strips in the chair and they did a good job of lining those up.
One of the main styling features of the Mezzo and really all of the racing themed chairs are the two holes in the top of the chair back. These, when used in a racing seat, are for the top two straps of a five-point harness to come through over your shoulders. For an office chair, I don’t think you really need to strap in like that though so they are mostly for decoration. They do however use them with the lumbar support pillow. It uses two straps that run through these holes and up under the back to hold the support in place. You can slide it up and down as high or as low as needed and it stays in place. While it does come pre-installed for you, they did include two clips to help you remove it if lumbar support doesn’t work for you.
One of the big differences with the Mezzo from Arozzi’s other chairs are the arm rests. Their lower end models use traditional arm rests where the top few chairs have these nicer designs. It looks like it is solid plastic but it is actually a partially flexible foam. They are both 3 inches wide and about 10 inches long. They use extremely thick steel brackets for support and the armrests themselves have height adjustment built in where the fixed armrests on the lower end models don’t have any adjustment. To adjust them you lift up on the tab just under the rest and you can raise and lower them three inches up and down.
Here is a better shot of the two strips up the base of the chair, its weird to me they didn’t have them line up with the stripes going up the back of the chair, though. That said I wanted to touch on the material they use for the chair. Some companies will try to fancy it up to make it sound better but Arozzi gets right to the point on their website. The material is a pleather or fake leather material. This helps keep the costs down as a full leather chair can get really expensive, if you don’t believe me check out the Playseat Elite. I’m a little torn, part of me prefers a more standard fabric over the pleather but it does end up having its own benefits. This material holds up well to the wear and is also washable, so if you spill anything it isn’t going to stain. It is also less likely to hold scents, no one wants a chair that smells like farts and BO from those extended gaming sessions. Of course, there are downsides as well. This stuff doesn’t breath, so if you get hot you are going to get sticky up against it. It's also not really cat-friendly, so you want to keep their claws away from it.
What I really think is the best part about these gaming seats is the adjustability. Most office chairs can go up and down and you can even sometimes lean back. But with the Mezzo and most other gaming chairs you have those things and a few more features. On top of being able to lean the chair back, there is an adjustment knob up under the seat to adjust the tension on that spring. This way you can tune it to your weight and have just the right amount of force needed to lean back and to keep you back. You can also lock the chair to prevent it from leaning back, though I should point out you can’t lock it into any other position, some chairs have that as well. The big one though is the handle over on the right side of the chair that lets you adjust the seat back angle, this might seem like a small thing because car seats do this, but it is great to have in an office chair.
So for construction the base of the Mezzo is a star pattern and made out of plastic. This is in line with similarly priced models like the F series from DXRacer that also have plastic legs. When you go up to the next step up in capacity and models, a lot of the other manufacturers will move to metal bases, but at least right now Arozzi doesn’t have those models. For wheels the Mezzo has a standard sized wheel, I personally prefer a 2.5-inch wheel for rolling around on the carpet but these get the job done as well.
So I mentioned the adjustable seatback angle. I can’t just do that and not see what kind of range it has right? So here is the back set all the way forward to an angle that no one would be able to sit in and then all the way back. All the way back is nearly a bed but I wouldn’t really recommend sleeping in it. You can, however, find the angle that is most comfortable for you and run with it. This is really good for people like me who work in their chair and game in their chair, you can have it up for work but kick it back a little when it comes time to watch a movie or gaming.