Due to the pandemic, a lot of us are working from home nowadays. To work comfortably and maintain good health, proper setup and posture is needed. A comfortable chair with back support and a table with a laptop or screen at adequate height is essential (check out the links section near the end for tips!).
Searched online for a few days, and finally bought the Wakefit Virgo. After using it, my review is as follows:
Note – My height is 5’8, and body weight 70kg. Where possible, I indicate how the chair would feel to a person with similar as well as different characteristics. Some chairs are more suited to a body type than others, so its best to go to a furniture store and try a few chairs if possible.
The lumbar support is firm and has good cushioning. It is vertically adjustable, but the range of adjustment and range of support is limited. I could not find a setting that was comfortable for both lower and middle back, and ended up adding cushions for compensation (pics attached).
Note – The lumbar support should be positioned such that it supports the back curve. If there is pain in the lower back area, it means the lumbar support is situated incorrectly and needs to be adjusted.
The seat cushion and back mesh are comfortable. Feels good to lean back and rest the shoulders. Same goes for the armrests which have a padded top and are vertically adjustable. The armrests cannot rotate though. There is a seat lock which allows tilting the chair back to around 135 degrees.
The neck support is awkward. It juts out an angle, and is uncomfortable to lean on. There are adjustments for height and tilt, but its unreliable and usually reverts to the base setting. There should be an option to remove it altogether.
Comfort – 6/10
Update (2021-07-23): The back mesh has loosened, and is not comfortable for sitting longer hours. Rating downgraded.
Build quality feels decent for the price. The back, base and armrests feel sturdy. The fit and finish is good.
Regarding long term durability, I am not sure. A little more structural support should be added. The shoulder area is supported only by the mesh; if there was a frame / cross bar it could be more resilient to sag and tear. Similarly the armrests attach to the seat via a triangular base with screws – it would be better if the base was a bit wider, to help distribute the pressure when putting body weight. The chair wheels are smooth, but make a little noise while moving.
Build quality – 7/10.
I got it for Rs 7740 (approx $100). Not too expensive and not too cheap. Chairs from local stores might be cheaper.
Price – 7/10
Decent build quality and comfort are pros for this chair. Inadequate adjustment options is a con, and long term durability is unknown. I would suggest to check out chairs at the local store, ask more people for reviews, and then make the choice.
Drop a comment if you have any queries. If you bought a chair, or improved your current setup, would love to hear about it! Take care of yourself 🙂
Update (2021-07-14) – Not using the chair as much due to lack of comfort. Would not recommend it.
After approximately 6 months of usage, below is how the chair is holding up.
The added back cushion, from the same brand as the chair, is much more comfortable than the back mesh which has gotten loose. The arms have been chopped off to make more room. The wheels grind when moving the chair while sitting. All in all, I am happy that it is at least usable.
Price range upto 5k
Few options are available:
- Mid back ergonomic chairs from local market
- Good quality executive chairs from second hand market
- Normal straight back chairs, with slight backward tilt for back support. Can be reinforced with comfortable and firm cushions. Example – https://imgur.com/a/IoDdNdV
Price range upto 10k
Amazon Solimo Elite for Rs 9k is an alternative. It has better armrests, frame and warranty, but worse lumbar support.
Price range upto 20k
Ikea Markus for Rs 14k is another good option. The back support seems solid and covers the lower back as well as middle back. The neck support seems decent and non intrusive. The only thing is that these supports and armrests are not adjustable, so its recommended to preview it in an Ikea store before buying.
Featherlite liberate game fabric is a fancier version of the Featherlite liberate. Priced around 17k, it well reviewed but on the expensive side. The solid cushioned back should help with long term durability and comfort, as mesh back tends to sag over time (especially on cheaper chairs). Some people do not find the dynaflex mechanism comfortable though, so it is good to cross check with a person who has bought it or try it out in the store.
Short video on correct posture
- Questions and chair reviews from various people can be found on the IndianGaming subreddit.