Razer claims its new Enki gaming chair is ultra-comfortable, and
it has the buttocks benchmarks to prove it.
Razer tested more than 200 different butts to help make the new
Enki as comfortable a gaming chair as possible. The company ran
its, uh, buttmarks by placing pressure pads on chairs to
measure the pressure points of various designs. The test subjects
ranged across different body shapes, sizes, and ages.
The pressure build up on bottoms is shown in the heat maps
below. Razer says the ones with the pressure spread across the
buttocks lower discomfort levels from sitting in a chair long
Buttmarks Image: Razer
With the Enki, Razer said its looked to make a change from its current Iskur offering. The Iskur, like many gaming
chairs, are patterned after performance car seats, which have
strong lumbar support and tend to push the gamer toward the
keyboard and mouse.
If you're the kind of gamer who just likes to chillax or even
sit cross-legged in a chair while gaming, the pricier Isku is not
optimal, and Razer would instead point you to the Enki for those
multi-hour gaming sessions.
Razer didn't focus just on your butt's comfort though. The Enki
will feature a 110 degree shoulder arch so as not to make you feel
so squeezed in. It also includes reactive seat tilt and a recline
of 152 degrees, metal 4D arm rests, and a memory foam headrest
pillow. A lower-cost version called the Enki X will feature the
same performance butt optimizations of the Enki, shoulder arch, and
wide seat base, but you lose the other features.
Besides being comfortable on the butt, Razer said the new Enki
series should be a little more comfortable on your wallet too. The
Enki should price in at $399 while the Enki X will cost $299. That
may not sound like low budget but Razer's current Iskur chair costs
$500, with the head cushion on the Iskur XL adding another $100 to