E-Win have kindly subsidised the cost of the review sample of the E-Win Champion Series CPH gaming chair so we are able to bring you our review today.
First up, let’s take a look a the build process for the chair from unboxing to completion.
The chair arrived in a large, heavy but relatively square package adorned with ‘E-Win’ tape over the box – there was no guessing what was going to be inside:
Keen to crack the beast out of its lair, I ignore the warning of not to use a knife to open the tape. “I’ll be careful” I thought as I used a sharp kitchen knife to tentatively split the tape at the seams. Thankfully E-Win anticipated numpties like me might be a bit over zealous to get into the box by placing a good tactical shield of cardboard on the top of package. Good job, because, if you look at the picture below closely, I put in a nice knife score into package that would have otherwise gone into the chair’s fabric:
First out of the box is the star-shaped base. Immediately you can see this is going to be a pleasure of a product in terms of build quality right out of the gate. The E-Win Champion Series CPH gaming chair base is made of solid aluminium and you can tell this is a solid foundation that will last for years to come:
Once the upper layer of cardboard and the base is removed, you can now see into the contents of the box. This reveals a very well packaged chair that comes in two distinct parts – the backrest and the seat tray. This is a clever piece of packaging which minimises the amount of effort that the customer needs to undertake to complete assembly:
After taking the backrest out of the packaging and propping it up against the wall for later, you get the first glimpse of the sheer build quality and materials used in this chair – they are off the scale. The smell, touch and look of backrest alone was staggering – I was completely unprepared to experience this level of quality that has been put into this chair.
The chair features high-quality leather with a special diamond gridded / breathable centre to allow for maximum comfort and to minimise undesirable human ‘stickage’ to chair itself. The backrest comes with the neck and lumber cushions pre-installed which are kept in position with straps, that clip together on the rear side of the chair:
Next out of the box is the all-important seat tray. Continuing the use of the diamond-gridded breathable material is a welcome addition to leather chair which would otherwise see you permanently adhered to the chair after an epic gaming session. We can see the ‘4D’ armrests which can adjust in height, rotation and slide backwards and forwards to make sure your elbows and forearms are in the perfect position.
The material used on the arm rests is also top-notch – these are not hard plastic, rather these feel like a hard ‘foam’ texture which provide a comfortable amount of ‘give’ to them, while still remaining rigid enough to serve their purpose. The seat tray itself is a ‘bucket’ seat design with raised sides and features a nice thick layer of memory foam.
This feels quite tough at first, like most memory foam products but will adjust itself over time the longer you use it. The tension and resistance it gives is a testament to how well this product will keep its shape over time. Finally the two struts that connect the seat tray with the backrest is covered with with a foam/paper material to protect it during transit:
Last out of the box is a tool-kit required to assemble the remainder of the chair:
After unpacking the tool-kit, we have a pair of side-bolt plastic covers, the seat life lever and reclining stiffness adjuster, the class-4 gas lift cylinder and telescopic plastic cover, 5 high-quality caster wheels, a pair of gloves, Allen keys and bolts required for assembly. E-Win have thought of everything here and no other 3rd party tools are required for assembly:
Lastly, inside the tool kit are the instructions for assembly. The layout of this single folded piece of paper is somewhat odd and reads like playing a game of snakes and ladders; you start in the top left and follow the arrows in a ‘snaking’ pattern down the page – very odd. This threw me off as I was expecting to go down to the next line and started trying to perform step ‘6’ instead of step ‘4’. The photos are a little blurry and not very helpful at times. My best advice – use this as a guide and let your intuition guide you – I made much better progress this way!
Moving onto the assembly photos, I place the seat tray onto the floor, remove the packaging from the struts and line up the best rest. This isn’t the easiest task at this stage as there is nothing to support the back rest at this point.
There are pre-punched holes in the leather with the bolts pass through to screw into the threads below the surface. Be careful of the bolt alignment at this stage; as you can see in the photo below, I hadn’t got these completely square and needed to unscrew and re-align this before continuing.
Once the first side is aligned properly and in position, the other side is much easier to align and screw in. Pictured here is one of the side guards and screw – note that these are different sizes – the one with the larger angled shape at the bottom goes on the right; don’t make the mistake I did and get these two the wrong way around 🙂 :
Next up, we place the chair on its back so we can access the underside. Again, we see some more outstanding build quality – the seat cushion is suspended on a series of heavy duty straps which provides additional support and comfort during use. Some heavy duty bolts need removing at this point in preparation for mounting the seat adjustment lever assembly:
We are then able to mount the E-Win Champion Series CPH gaming chair seat adjustment assembly using the bolts we removed in the previous step. Make sure you face the ‘Front’ in the direction the arrow is pointing towards the front of the seat. Thankfully this was something I was able to manage to get correct first time 🙂 :
After the Seat Adjustment Assembly has been installed, we move back to the base again. Turning it upside down, we grab the x5 caster wheels from earlier and push them into the slots provided – simples:
Next we flip the base back around the right-way up and insert the gas lift piston into position. Insert the wider end into the hole provided:
…then add the telescopic gas lift piston cover over the top:
Finally, we align the hole on the seat adjustment assembly on the seat base with the gas lift piston. Tip – it greatly helps to have a second person hold the chair while you line the two parts together. Et Voilà! You have now successfully assembled the E-Win Champion Series CPH gaming chair!
What a beast – not only does it look the part but it is built like a tank! I look forward to years of gaming with this baby 🙂
But how does it perform? Is it comfortable?
Well let’s take this baby for a spin and find out…
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