When customizing your gaming/office setup, choosing the right chair is something you should always consider carefully. After all, you will be instilled in it for hundreds of hours. Maybe even thousands of hours (let’s be honest), provided you get a high-quality, comfortable gaming chair. With that in mind, you may be wondering what to buy. We have the Anda Seat T-Compact gaming chair in review, and we plan to address this very question.
There are a surprising amount of things to consider when buying a chair, so go ahead and enjoy this read. Wait, maybe you’re not comfortable. That’s why you are here.
There are countless brands when it comes to gaming chairs. You can try something cheap that looks like a gaming chair, but you will almost certainly be disappointed with what you get and, more importantly, how it holds up. I’ve tried everything from cheap models to premium brands, and it has to be said that there is a huge difference between them when it comes to materials and build quality.
Anda Seat wants to be on the higher end of the gaming chair spectrum, and it generally works well with some models as mentioned in Our T-Pro 2 review. For those who don’t know, Anda Seat started making racing chairs for the car enthusiast scene and has since moved on to making office/game chairs. The T-Compact is the latest gaming chair from Anda Seat, and it has a similar design to the T-Pro 2. The main difference is that this model has been scaled down for smaller people. Seat cushion, cushions and foam are also different.
What audience is the Anda Seat T-Compact?
A common perception is that all gaming chairs are covered in brightly colored PVC leather. If you are the type who prefers not to reveal your gaming hobby to everyone in online video calls, then this might be the right gaming chair for you. Anda Seat T-Compact comes with a durable linen cover that you can select in three different color schemes. There are black, black, gray, blue and black. All three models come with black fabric accents made of a suede-like material. Really, the color you choose should look rather low-key.
The next thing to consider is whether or not you need a gaming chair. If you work from home and plan to spend many productive hours in your next seat, something like this might not be ideal. Office chairs tend to promote a forward-facing stance that allows the body to easily use the keyboard and mouse for hours on end. Gaming chairs are best suited for those who like to feel more relaxed and comfortable. This is great if you are the type of person who likes to watch entertainment or play with a controller, however, gaming with a mouse and keyboard can be more difficult unless you actually fill the chair.
Is this chair right for you?
Anda Seat T-Compact is ideal for anyone between 5’6 and 5’10 inches (165-180 mm), you can give or take some leeway based on your preference. People below this height should have an easier time while still being comfortable. As for weight requirements, Anda Seat lists a maximum weight of 285 lbs (130 kg). The T-Compact also features a much wider seat cushion, unlike the T-Pro 2, which is advertised for big and tall people. The inner seat cushion measures 12 inches wide while the outer seat cushion measures 21 inches wide. This provides plenty of room for larger thighs, or enough room if you want to squat. The seat cushion is also 19 inches deep if you’re concerned about longer leg lengths. You can of course adjust the height of the chair as well.
As for the look of the chair and the feel of sitting on it, it’s very comfortable for a person of 5’6 and generally supports good posture around the shoulders. Unfortunately, there isn’t much in the way of lumbar support, and a lower back pillow does nothing to help with that. It’s very short and just creates a weird hump to curl up around. You’d be better off avoiding this and getting a lumbar pillow more spread out. The pillow looks just fine without the bottom one and definitely helps support the neck while bending a bit.
These chairs also provide a sturdy feel, so you’ll need to be okay with that. However, it is not enough to be uncomfortable by any means. You can easily feel comfortable in the chair for hours on end. In this sense, gaming chairs are much better than office chairs.
If you’ve seen a gaming chair before, you should always be aware of how the armrests work. Each is four-way, which means you can easily adapt the chair to work with your own desk. As someone with an L-shaped desk, the feature is a marked improvement over my basic office chair. Just keep in mind that the armrests are wide.
Finally, let’s talk about fabric. As mentioned earlier, this model discards PVC leather for a material that allows more air to circulate. Even with your computer emitting a lot of heat while gaming, you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable in this chair. This means that the only sweat you’ll do is when you’re trying to harvest hay faster than the other team on the next team farming simulator Esports competition.
How is the build quality?
The long-standing stereotype about gaming chairs is that they’re made cheap, but Anda Seat has some solid products with durable materials. For starters, there is a lot of thick metal in this chair. Unlike a lot of other brands, Anda Seat chairs feature metal bases, and the company provides some massive screws for its seats that don’t loosen even under heavy torque. The powder coat paint also does not scratch.
With that said, so do many other big brands that also unintentionally share nearly identical features. As I mentioned in my other review of the Anda Seat chair, the original city is Guangzhou, China. It’s a major manufacturing hub, and there will likely be a significant amount of parts that come from the same place no matter what brand you’re with. Manufacturers slowly moving away From cut and paste style to gaming chairs.
The good thing about this is that consumers can at least expect some degree of standardization between brands, and Anda Seat does a good job with its mostly custom apps. Nothing negative can be said about the frame, base or wheels of this chair. The armrests look a little cheap and have a small degree of play, but they are good enough for what they are made for. Everything slides and adjusts satisfyingly, and the chair feels solid overall as long as you screw everything on tight.
The fabric feels thick and sturdy, and the metal upholstery grommets underneath bolster confidence that the build quality will hold up, but there are issues with the seams in the review sample we received. Aside from a few ripples along the outside edges of the chair, there are also some uneven measurements that result in a few extra millimeters of fabric making everything look a little off. This includes the Anda Seat logo, although it is only noticeable upon closer inspection. Despite the delay, the product itself is still a bit rushed. Fortunately, these are just minor aesthetic complications, as the actual sewing is very good.
Unlike other designs, I couldn’t reach my hand under the fabric to get to the pillow area and get a sense of what kind of material was there. For the T-Pro 2, it was the same high-quality foam that was found inside the cushions. I’ve compared the feel of the T-Pro 2 to the T-Compact, and I can’t say I feel any difference. The marketing also notes that it’s made of the same material, and I was hesitant to rip a $400 product over something I’m pretty sure of in this case.
Speaking of the assembly process, it is very easy to follow. Anda Seat provides a high-quality, easy-to-follow instruction sheet, along with an essential tool for tightening screws. There are only two things to consider when assembling this product. Assemble the Anda Seat T-Compact gaming chair in the room you intend to use it in, as it is very heavy. Second, do not strip the screw threads. Take the time to arrange everything.
There are some other things I would like to point out. Wheels glide easily across carpets and floors. The reclining handle is easy to grab and adjust to specific positions. And despite its large size, it still manages to squeeze through a standard American door frame. This is a good design. What’s not so well designed, is the little mountain of plastic I had left from the packaging. While the T-Compact I received suffered no damage in shipping, the remaining plastic foam pile felt excessive and wasted.
Finally, it’s worth noting that you get a two-year warranty when you purchase the Anda Seat. You can get this extension for up to six years for free, though, if you give the company a shout out on social media and complete the additional registration steps. This is a great feature, similar to what Secret Lab does. It also shows that the company is confident in the longevity of its product. Just Follow these instructions For an extended warranty. Based on my research, Anda Seat also respects its warranties.
Should You Buy Anda Seat T-Compact?
Anda Seat T-Compact gaming chair comes a little short due to some fumbling with awkward seam alignment and cushioning that makes it less comfortable. Despite this, the basic chair is very comfortable and well made. It works best for people of medium heights and accommodates a range of different weights. If you especially love gaming chairs, but need something that doesn’t sound too crazy for an office setting, this is a product you’ll generally love. The comfort of this chair should feel just as comfortable if not better than some competitors who seem to have thinner cushions, although flaws in the fabric seams may be enough to keep some away. However, at least, the fabric will hold up better than PVC leather and prevent heat build-up. Just be careful not to stain it with food or drinks.
At US$400, it still looks a bit steep for a gaming chair in general. Decent mesh office chairs can be had for much less money if you prefer them. However, only gaming chairs offer a level of comfort that really allows you to relax and unwind, which may justify the extra cost. Anda Seat also runs semi-recurring sales on its products that can make prices easier to swallow. You can buy the Anda Seat T-Compact Gaming Chair at The company’s website or Get it through Amazon.