Respawn RSP-300 gaming chair review: Top of the line quality at an affordable price

The Respawn RSP-300 is easy on your back and your wallet.

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It's not uncommon for high quality gaming chairs to be very expensive. Some of the ones we've looked at in the past have staggering price tags of over $400, and while comfort during gaming sessions is important, not many players can afford to drop that much on a chair.

Respawn, a division of the famous OFM furniture manufacturer, has a solution: the RSP-300. Offering almost all of what other competitors do at nearly half the price, the RSP-300 is the perfect choice for any gamer.

What you'll love about the RSP-300

Visually, the RSP-300 is simple, yet sleek, and comes in a variety of colors. Its decorative pieces are more angular than other chairs, which gives it a unique look. However, something that makes RSP-300 even more unique is the fact that it's the first chair from Respawn to have a seat and back made entirely from mesh. Stretched taut over the chair's frame, the mesh — and the lumbar cushion tucked behind it — provides excellent support and comfort for your back. It also allows plenty of airflow to reach it, preventing overheating during long sessions of play.

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SpecRSP-300 gaming chair
Seat size20"W x 17.75-19.75"D
Back size21"W x 35"H
Seat height18.75" - 22.25"
Arm height25.75" - 32"
Weight capacity275 lbs.

The chair also comes with a wide array of features, such as a 360-degree swivel, a maximum recline angle of 130 degrees, fully adjustable seat height, and fully adjustable armrest height/depth. There's even the ability to change your seat depth, which isn't too common of a feature. Once you change everything to your liking, you can lock it in place, too. The RSP-300 also comes with a pillow that can easily be attached or removed to the chair via strap.

What you'll love less about the RSP-300

Unlike Respawn's last chair, the adjustable lumbar cushion is located behind the mesh instead of in front of it. This is a double-edged sword; while you won't have to reset its position every few hours, getting up and reaching inside of the chair to change lumbar position is awkward compared to simply reaching behind your back to move it.

Additionally, the RSP-300 lacks swivel functionality for the armrests. This is a pretty common thing for chairs to have in today's market, and there's not really an excuse for it not to be there. While I like to rest my arms while gaming, there are plenty of people who don't, and may have an issue with the fact you can't swivel the armrests out of the way with this chair.

Should you buy the RSP-300? Without a doubt

Unless you heavily exceed the weight capacity or can't live without an armrest swivel, there's no reason not to choose the RSP-300 as your gaming chair. Between the incredibly high comfort levels, the surprisingly low price point, and the presence of almost all the key features you want in a chair, the RSP-300 is a dream come true.

If you do purchase one of these, I recommend finding some videos on YouTube instead of using the instructions though. They're not very clear at all, and it took me quite a while before I could figure out what went where due to how cluttered the manual's images were with unnecessary details. It's also worth noting that the seat and the base are connected via a pressure piston; once you lock the piston in place, these two parts aren't separating ever again. I recommend assembling the RSP-300 right where you plan to use it.

You can order an RSP-300 from both Amazon and Respawn's website. Currently, the chair is about $225 on Amazon, which is $25 cheaper than buying directly from Respawn themselves.

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Brendan Lowry

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.