You’ve likely often heard it said that there’s a difference between being cheap and being frugal. Someone who is cheap is always looking at the lowest price, regardless of quality, while a frugal buyer just wants to get the best value possible by balancing all possible factors (including cost). For the sake of discussion today, we’re going to assume that you’re actually a frugal buyer who doesn’t want a cheap video game chair per se, but rather just wants to know whether a good value can be found with inexpensive gaming chairs.
The answer, perhaps unsurprisingly, is yes, as long as you’ve already considered what factors matter to you. As with any purchase, there are always going to be pros and cons when choosing a product, so let’s look at the pros and cons of cheap video game chairs so you can decide if it’s worth it for you.
Often times, the fancier and more expensive a video game chair gets, the heavier it gets as well. Take the X Rocker Pro Series Pedestal, for example. Weighing over 50 pounds, it’s not exactly easy to lug it around from room to room. By comparison, the X Rocker Extreme III (which also happens to be our best gaming chair under $100) is half that weight, so you’ll find it much easier to move from the living room to the den to the basement and back up to the bedroom.
CON: Basic Features
If you’re looking for all the extras — like a pedestal or gunstock arms — a cheap/budget-friendly gaming chair isn’t quite going to cut it. You’ll also find that inexpensive options don’t come with features like Bluetooth that can offer a little extra convenience when it comes to being wireless. If these are things that matter to you, you might just want to bite the bullet and opt for something a little more expensive that you’ll be able to enjoy for a long period of time.
The benefit that goes hand-in-hand with a low price is the relative low cost of replacement. If you’re buying a video game chair for young children who might not take the best care of their new gift, opting for something that doesn’t break the bank ensures that you can replace it down the line if need be. If you’re buying one for yourself as an adult, however, this might not be that necessary, and may prove to be more of a neutral factor than a PRO. Consider what you might do with the extra cash instead (buy yourself a copy of the latest AAA release, perhaps?).
CON: Weaker Sound
Audio is a big part of the immersion experience when playing a video game, and cheap video game chairs usually are only equipped with 2.0 stereo speakers, unlike the 2.1 (and in some cases, 4.1) sound that can be found in their more expensive counterparts. If you’re going to be playing shooters and action titles with a lot of hard hits and explosions, you might really care about having a built-in subwoofer. In that case, a cheap chair just might not fit the bill for you.