The EWin Flash XL gaming chair is a heavy-duty seat with a large base, designed for maximum room and comfort. It's similar to the previous chair we reviewed from EWin, known as their "Calling" series, albeit much larger.
After using the roomy Flash XL chair for a few weeks, there are few occasions that I can say I've had a better seating experience. However, there's a couple of design flaws that hold the seat back.
Features and Specs
- Chair Size: 22.4 inches x 23.6 inches x 48.4 inches.
- Materials: Metal frame, synthetic leather chair, foam cushions, and plastic armrests.
- Adjustability: 360-degree swivel, 155-degree adjustable backrest, adjustable height (9.4 inches to 13.4 inches), 4D adjustable armrests.
- Weight support: Supports up to 330 lbs.
- Price: $430
At a glance, the EWin Flash XL seat is very similar to the Calling series chair we reviewed a little while back. It has many of the same features, including 360-degree swivel, a 155-degree adjustable backrest angle, tilt control, height control, large wheels, and adjustable armrests. There are, however, some key differences.
The Flash XL chair is designed for larger and taller owners, providing up to 13.4 inches of lift for longer legs, and a wider 22.4-inch seat. Whether you're a larger gamer or simply prefer something with more room, this could be the chair for you.
The Flash series also comes with "4D" adjustable armrests. Unlike the Calling chair we reviewed previously, which only allowed you to adjust the height of the armrests, the Flash chair lets you adjust the angle, the height, and the position of the armrests with hidden toggle switches. It's a nice touch, but they're a little too adjustable. A simple knock can make the armrest float into a different position. It's a minor gripe, but worth mentioning.
Like with the Calling chair, you can adjust the backrest angle and the tilt. Sling them backward for getting comfy and enjoying movies or VR, push them forwards to get focused on the action in a first-person shooter. The Flash XL gives you the power to customize your experience at will, and the levers are well placed and easy to shift, while ensuring the that every new position retains a solid feel.
The Flash XL also comes with an optional lumbar backrest and a neck pillow, which are adjustable with belt straps. The seat is gratuitously wrapped in high-quality PU leather, beneath thick, high-density memory foam and a robust metal frame. As someone pushing the weight limit of this chair, few products have felt this hard-wearing under load.
The Flash XL has the feature set on point for any self-respecting gaming chair, but how comfortable is it?
Comfort and quality
The Flash XL mirrors its Calling cousin with high-quality materials and design. I mentioned the metal framework that persists throughout the build, but also, the PU leather is bonded with heavy-duty stitching that simply won't come apart easily. Unlike some other vendors I've seen, EWin doesn't cheap-out on the stitching in places that aren't readily visible either.
The seat is as comfortable as ever, with tons of room, side-cushions for extra support, and that winning lumbar backrest that I simply adore. The benefits of a lumbar backrest cannot be overstated, and even if you don't buy this chair specifically, there are lumbar back rests (opens in new tab) available on Amazon that you can purchase to fit existing chairs. My back and shoulders hate me when I don't have one at this point.
The gas lift provides an impressive 13.4 inches of floor clearance, which is ideal for taller gamers. If you have little legs like me, you can shrink all the way down to 9 inches, potentially useful if you want to put your feet up too.
You might think the PU leather could get clammy in summer, but it's reasonably airy and extremely easy to clean if you spill coffee all over it (as I found out). There's really nothing negative to say about the seat itself, it's simply wonderful, but there are a couple of design elements that concern me.
For some reason, the chair is a little hard to maneuver when compared to the Calling EWin chair I reviewed previously. The chair is quite large, and a little front-heavy, because the central leg is further towards the back of the seat. As a result, when you want to shuffle forward, it's hard to get any form of initial momentum, making the chair hard to move. It's not a huge issue, but it seems like a construction oversight that prevents the seat from achieving true perfection.
Overall: the EWin Flash XL chair is awesome
A couple of minor gripes aside, this is the most comfortable chair I've used, particularly as someone currently on the larger side of the gamer persuasion. If you're looking for a larger chair or something with a little more lift to suit your height, you have to take a look at the Flash XL.
It's by no means cheap at around $430, but the metal frame, high-quality materials, and generously-cushioned seat design make this an incredibly comfortable seat that will last far, far longer than a quick-fix $100 solution. Your back will thank you, too.
- Among the most comfy chairs out there.
- Tons of adjustability.
- Durable materials and design.
- Chair feels front-heavy, making it hard to maneuver while seated.
- Quite expensive.
You can find the EWin Flash XL chair either at Amazon or EWin's own website, and if you're looking for a smaller, more average-sized seat, be sure to check out our EWin Calling chair review too.
Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!
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