The Hardware Review: AK Racing Premium V2 Gaming Chair

Feb 25, 2016

In The Box

In The Box

The box is big. But that’s quite obvious, given this is one of the larger chairs AK makes. The measurements (of the chair, not the box!) on the AK website here are broadly accurate when measuring the one I received in the mail, with the sole exception being the A measurement (shoulder width area) which came in at 575mm instead of 580. What I did find myself wondering though was some other measurements that I like to consider when buying a chair. I’m referring to usable back/seat space as opposed to total distance including frame etc. For the sake of completeness, I’ve measured mine and put them below:

Interior of the “D” dimension on the AK site (top of chair down to the seat): 860mm

Interior of the “E” dimension on the AK site (where back meets base to “F”): 480mm

There aren’t a huge amount of pieces. The five pronged star base, wheels to attach onto it, a gaslift mechanism, the base, back and a couple of allen keys and covers. Assembly is pretty straightforward once I realize that most of the screws are pre-fitted and in just over half an hour I’ve got a newly assembled chair.

Kitchen chair building didn’t impress the Mrs…

Time to try this bad boy out…

Initial Impressions

I’ve had a few days trying the AK Racing Premium V2 Gaming Chair in a variety of different ways. The first thing I notice when sitting in it for the first time is that it’s comfortable. And I don’t say that lightly. Straight out of the box, no adjustments and it is way comfortable. I wonder how much more comfortable it could be…

I’ve used a lot of desk chairs over the years. Most of them have been relatively expensive (for what I consider the value of a chair to be) and I’ve never particularly found one that I love that I contemplated spending that much money on for myself at home. The closest I’ve found are the Herman Miller Aeron and Mirra chairs, but I’d not consider paying that kind of money for a chair personally. I’ve tried some chairs bought by friends and family at a price much closer to the few hundred pounds I’d consider, but all of them feel pretty lacking, shoddily put together, slightly wobbly with a bit too much play in them.

Well, I can safely say that the AK suffers from none of those problems. It’s a big chair (floor to top with chair on highest setting is 136cm), but it feels extremely well put together, there’s virtually no wobble in the base, it’s nicely padded throughout and perhaps most importantly, as a big guy, I don’t feel too big for the chair.

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