Corsair sin TC200 gaming chair (opens in new tab) has muted styling and an enveloping fit, making it appealing to both players and warriors working at home. The racing-style chair is built to last, with a solid steel frame wrapped in high-density foam and breathable cover. But the built-in lumbar support is matte, so if you have a bad back, this may not be the best choice.
Priced at $ 399.99, the TC200 is designed to accommodate adults up to 6 feet 5 inches and 268 pounds. I am 5 feet 2, and at the lowest setting I can sit flatfoot, which honestly does not happen that often. To me, the high seat edges of the seat felt a bit narrow and limiting, especially since I like to sit cross-legged.
I tested black on the black Plush Leatherette model, but the TC200 is also available in soft fabric cover. There are only two color choices: white and gray or the black-on-black model I tested.
Specifications for Corsair TC200
|Upholstery||Leather or fabric|
|Total height (with base)||56 inches|
|Back length||32.5 inches53|
|Back width (shoulder level)||21 inches|
|Seat area width (contact point)||14.5 inches|
|Seating area width (total)||15.6 inches|
|Seating area Depth||17.9 inches|
|Arm width||3.5 inches|
|Floor to seat height||23.2 to 18.5 inches|
|Adjustment of armrests||4-way adjustable|
|Lean||90 to 180 degrees|
|Maximum recommended weight||268 lbs|
|Weight on chair||33 lbs|
|Warranty||2 years, covers material and execution defects|
Installation of Corsair TC200
Corsair TC200 came on my door in a box, but it had no damage thanks to good packaging – everything was packed in plastic bags and padded with foam. Assembly instructions were missing for me, but I quickly managed to find a PDF with a link to YouTube installation video on Corsair’s website.
The chair comes together quickly, and only needs one tool – an included hex key – for mounting. Many parts simply click into place. This is much easier than many chair assemblies and a nice touch for people who are not used to using tools and putting things like furniture together.
You start by pushing the wheels into the base and then mounting the piston at the wheelbase. Then mount the tilt mechanism to the bottom of the chair and bolt it in place. The seat backrest is attached to the seat base supports with a pair of bolts on each side. The side brackets are then hidden under plastic covers that are screwed in place and further disguised with Corsair logo plugs.
Finally, place the seat on the base and attach the neck pillow.
Design of Corsair TC200
Color choices are limited to a white and gray model, or black on black I tried out. The chair is as comfortable to look at as it is to sit on. It has rich textures, even with black on black upholstery, with the dotted pattern of the breathable parts and subtle highlights of imitation suede. The Corsair logo is elegantly simple and embroidered on the front and back of the headrest – a nice reminder of the brand without making you feel like a NASCAR driver.
A memory foam cushion attaches to holes in the chair’s backrest, or can be omitted. As a low person, I decided to leave the pillow off, but my 6-foot 3-inch son thought the location was perfect.
The wheels look like whitewall tires and have a special anti-roll mechanism to prevent the chair from slipping away when you do not expect it, while at the same time allowing it to roll well when you purposefully slide away from the desk. I file this under “features I never knew I needed.”
Lumbar support is built into the chair’s design, but it is not adjustable. It was comfortable to use at first, but after several hours I started to miss the extra backrest I am used to having.
The upholstery completely wraps around the chair, including the back, and the only visible plastic is the bolt covers and armrests. The top of the armrests is in solid foam and appears to be easy to keep clean.
I really like how the adjustment levers and buttons are completely black so that they can slide into the rest of the chair. Three buttons are on each armrest, and two levers under the seat handle can tilt, lean and lift / lower the seat.
Comfort and adjustments on the Corsair TC200
The Corsair TC200 has a bucket seat that wraps around to keep your back in foam-padded comfort. This is a powerful chair, built to last with a steel frame and a powder-coated steel shaft spacer. I tested the leather model and found that the padding was smooth and soft. Although there are accent stitches on the seat, none of them are near the edge where your bare skin can meet it if you wear shorts.
Lumbar support is built-in, but not adjustable or sufficient for my grumpy Gen X back. The seat is bent upwards to cup the bottom, which is not good for those of us who sit cross-legged in a chair. But my tall and slender teenager tested the chair for a day and thought it was perfect.
Apart from the lumbar support, the TC200 has a lot of adjustability for a custom fit. A lever on the side of the seat allows you to lean back in from 90 degrees vertically to a completely flat 180 degrees. A second lever handles both the up and down movements, and when you pull it out or push it in, it locks or unlocks the rocker / rocker function. An adjustment button under the seat controls the tension of the tilt function. This is pretty standard stuff.
Three discreet buttons on each armrest allow you to move them up and down, back and forth, and in or out. They can also swing a few degrees inwards or outwards with a fixed pull.
The bottom line
The Corsair TC200 is a good gaming chair that can function twice as a deluxe desk chair. It has plenty of adjustability to let you sit upright for serious work or sit back for a causal YouTube session. The armrests move in four directions, so you can place your elbows where you want to rest them. And most of the movement requires button presses, so that the armrests do not move unintentionally when you grab them, as on some other chairs.
However, the TC200 chair saves on the lumbar support, and feels narrow if you have a good bottom or like to sit cross-legged like me. If you are a big gamer looking for a luxury chair, I highly recommend it AndaSeat Kaiser 3 XLan editor’s best choice and one of those Best gaming chairs we have tested.
At $ 399.99, the TC200 is definitely more than your typical office chair. With a steel frame and well-designed upholstery, this is a chair designed to last for many years of use. It is not the most luxurious chair available, but it is definitely worth considering – especially if you like the look and idea of wheels that will not roll the chair away from you unexpectedly.