Photos and Features
With everything together the OPSeat Master Series does follow the same look that all of the other gaming chairs are doing with a racing inspired design. Their design has a V shape across the black section on the seat back and little more use of the accent color to give it a little different look. It is comparable to the Arozzi Mezzo that I reviewed last month or something like the F-Series from DXRacer. This means it is designed for an average frame size, big guys like myself are going to find it a little tighter, especially with the side bolster supports on each side of the bottom, just like a racing seat. Lucky for me, my wife is tiny so for testing, she could do more of the testing to keep things fair.
The back has the OP Seat logo up on top and I have to say I’m a big fan of their logo. It's simple but looks good on the chair, its also not tilted like a lot of the other gaming chairs from the material being stretched. There are two holes in the back to imitate the holes in racing seats for 5 point harnesses. The base color is black on all of their chairs currently and then they use accent colors up the sides. It’s a little weird that the accent has a sliver of black that runs up from the bottom but you don’t really see that area when sitting in the chair. The black back then has a V shape cut in it and black on the corners of what I like to call the wings. The shoulder braces. For our accent color, I decided to go with something a little calmer this time around. The gray looks great and gives just enough accent to give the chair style without being as flashy as the orange and blue chairs we have had in the past.
Around on the back, there aren’t any accents. This is in line with what all of the other gaming chairs do but I always have to wonder why they don’t. When you are sitting in the chair, this would be the only areas that other people would even see the accents really, beyond a little at the top of the chair.
The bottom of the chair has a little less of the accent color but they did use some at the end of the side bolsters and two sections up under the front where your legs will be. This view gives us a good look at the side bolsters. This design is a carryover from racing as well to keep you from sliding in your chair when going around turns. For office chairs, you don’t have to worry about sliding around like that, at least not how I use chairs, but it does give a nice snug feeling that most people like. This does limit the chair to the width of the person's hips like I said this one fits an average to slightly larger frame.
The armrests are par for the course for gaming chairs. They have a nice curved top shape with a little padding. They also have height adjustment but no side to side or camber adjustments. You get a total of about 3 inches of range as you can see in the photo below, one is all the way down and the other is all the way up.
I think the base is where OPSeat stands out the most when compared to all of the other racing styled gaming chairs. Most have redesigned their bases with aggressive styling, grips, and other gimmicks. OPSeat went with a base that looks like any traditional office chair. They then went with a wheel that is unique, where most use the same standard wheels. The wheels are the same size as a standard wheel but when you get a look from the side they look like an aftermarket wheel on a car. Given the racing seat design, it goes well with the chair.
So the main thing I like about racing style chairs is the adjustments you get in the chair overall. Like a traditional office chair, you do have a standard lean mechanism that you can lock vertical or adjust the spring tension using the knob below the chair. You can also raise and lower the chair with a hydraulic lift, controlled by an arm on the right side of the chair. It’s the lever on the right side of the chair under the arm rest that I love though. On top of the traditional lean, you can also set the angle of the chair back, just like in a car. It’s not the best for ergonomics, but being able to set the back a little farther back can be extremely comfortable, especially for gaming.
For pillows and supports you get a lumbar support pillow and a head pillow. Both match the chair with our black and gray theme. The lumbar pillow uses two straps that run through the seatbelt holes and up under the bottom of the chair back to let you adjust it up and down to best fit you. It has the OPSeat logo on it as well. The head pillow, on the other hand, doesn’t have the OPSeat logo. This was a little odd to me because it actually covers the OPSeat logo on the chair when you install it. Personally, I only like using the headrest pillow, the lumbar pillows never work for me. Luckily though the lumbar straps have clips in line so you can pop it off if you don’t want to use it.
So I mentioned that you can tilt the chair back. Well here is a look at just how far. You can go completely vertical or all the way back, matching the chair bottom. I wouldn’t recommend going back that far though, you will fall over.
Here is a shot of the OPSeat Master Series with both pillows installed.