Noblechairs Hero Warhammer 40K Gaming Chair Review – Tough Love

Gaming chairs are heavy. I started this review while covered in sweat after lurching my old office chair down two flights of stairs, then carrying a Noblechairs replacement back up. The replacement in question, the Hero Warhammer 40K Edition, arrived in a huge, heavy box and I made the smart decision to bring it up to my office in pieces. Seat, back, wheels and accessories. Down five flights, back up six in total. Then I had to put it together.



Thank goodness Noblechairs are easy to assemble. The Hero variant comes with clear instructions, presented simply in a laminated card booklet. Nothing is too difficult to get the hang of, despite the fact I built it on my own rather than with the recommended three people (two to build and one to read out instructions). It took me about half an hour, which is nothing compared to previous experience, and each part feels suitably sturdy as you attach it to the next.

noblechairs hero warhammer 40k edition front

Everything in the package is high quality, and while I would prefer less single-use plastic used in the wrapping, it ensures every piece is secure and safe in transit. Most screws are already screwed halfway in to keep them safe and make it clear where they’re intended to go, and those that aren’t are supplied in a neat clam pack rather than a messy baggy. There are spares for all the crucial parts, which helps give the more lackadaisical gamer peace of mind.

A week later, and I can tell you about the chair’s comfort and in this regard, there’s something a little odd about the Noblechairs Hero. There is no adjustable lumbar support, no headrest, and no cushions. The chair is hard on both bum and back, almost orthopedic. And yet, it feels really comfortable to sit on. There is an occasional numbness if you’re sat for too long, but that’s a good reminder to stand up and have a little walk about for a little bit. I have no proof of this next statement, but I definitely feel like the firm cushions have improved my posture. This chair won’t be for everybody, but at the moment it’s definitely working for me.

And then you’ve got the looks. As an IP tie-in chair, you want this to represent your hobby, whatever that may be. The Warhammer 40K Edition doesn’t disappoint in that regard. On the front of the backrest (the bit your back actually rests against), sits a beautifully embroidered Imperial Eagle. It’s the clear demarcation of a loyalist Space Marine, but subtle enough that not everybody on your work Zoom meeting will get that you’re sitting in a nerdy gaming chair instead of a boring Ikea Markus or whatever.

noblechairs hero warhammer 40k edition with annotated measurements

The back is far more spectacular. The solar system is embroidered in gold, with each planet’s orbit finely threaded in interlocking circles. It’s perfectly gothic for the 41st millennium, and has an appropriate number of skulls for a Warhammer product. The craftsmanship and attention to detail is stunning, and it’s an impressive design that befits both a work environment and a gaming lair.

I could do without the large Warhammer 40,000 logo sprawled across the back of the chair like a footballer’s name on his shirt, but I understand why it’s there. Brand recognition and all that. The, “There is only war” quote near the bottom is less egregious, but I feel like the design would look cleaner without either. At least the quote is in a suitably gothic font.

I can’t end this review without mentioning the price. A regular Noblechairs Hero gaming chair will set you back £380, and the Warhammer 40K Edition costs £60 more. Only you can judge if this is worth the money, but I can tell you that the chair feels as premium as the price tag. This is a high quality piece of furniture that feels like it should last for years to come. If you want the fancy embroidery that comes with the Warhammer branding, you’ll pay an eye-watering premium, but Games Workshop shoppers are used to that by this point.

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