noblechairs ICON Series in the test
After noblechairs roused the scene in 2016 with the revolutionary EPIC Gaming chair, it was pretty quiet around the luxury maker for a while. But as the saying goes: Good things will take a while – I can only underline that, because a product inflation à la DXRacer honestly nobody needs. In contrast, noblechairs only releases chairs that are thought through down to the smallest (design) technical detail, continually optimizing them in response to buyer feedback. No unnecessary redundancies, no compromises, no half measures – every chair fills its niche optimally.
Long story short: The ICON Gaming Chair is here and complements the manufacturer’s world-class range with a fresh design, optimized components – u. a. Armrests, base, backrest – and new ergonomic highlights. For whom the ICON Series is suitable in terms of budget and fit and where you can buy the chair low, you will learn in this review including video.
|materials||Steel frame, solid aluminum base, cold foam upholstery (55kg / m³), PU synthetic leather or real leather upholstery, 60mm PU / nylon castors, PU armrests|
|characteristics||4D armrests, height adjustable (49.5cm-59.5cm), lockable & adjustable rocker function, backrest tilting up to 135 °|
The usual advantages of the luxury brand
The ICON trumps first with the usual noblechairs strengths, which I briefly summarize:
- In addition to the artificial leather variant, there is also an ICON with breathable genuine leather cover
- Processing techniques from automobile manufacturing provide for a very precise workmanship
- The PU leather is thicker than the competition, feels more genuine and is perfectly adapted to the padding
- The Cold foam padding With 55kg / m³ has a higher than average density and is thus more resistant to deformation and a little firmer
- The 4D armrests have less play and do not wobble as much as the competition
In addition to these purely physical advantages, I like to emphasize that the German minds behind the brand are not only customer-friendly, but also (technically) competent. Such a level of expertise is often sought in vain in this market segment, where most “manufacturers” buy their chairs off the rack – that impressed me at noblechairs right from the start, and of course ICON buyers will also enjoy this excellent one support.
There were hardly any real criticisms of the previous model
Some gamers were the Padding a bit too tight, What other people liked especially well – that’s how it last longer and in terms of ergonomics, this degree of hardness seems to me just right. All in all, a model with the same quality standards was wanted, and so too for bigger, heavier gamers works. Even if the 120kg maximum load capacity at the EPIC were rather pessimistic thought – noble goes there on number and refers z. B. Stress spikes when sitting down with – so the shape of the backrest for broad-shouldered persons but only partially suitable.
What makes the ICON special??
Let’s take a look at the innovations before the practical test. Here I was particularly curious, because the ICON is not the umpteenth clone of well-tried design bonds, but an innovative product from a house that is known for its revolutionary meticulousness and attention to detail.
First a look at the dimensions
When comparing the mere dimensions of EPIC and ICON, one or the other stands out, because the practical differences lie in the shape. While many data are identical, there are a few differences here and there: the total width of the seat is limited by the ICON z. B. 5cm narrower … narrower? Is not that a step in the wrong direction? Do not worry, the dimensions are fooling – more on that later.
More freedom for the thighs
Even the EPIC offered more room to breathe thanks to the flatter side panels, which also went directly into the seat. In other gaming chairs, the seat in front of the side walls just stops – if your thighs are a bit wider you will feel an unpleasant pressure after a few hours at the latest. The ICON goes one step further by flattening the cheeks even more by removing a steel bar. As a result, the effective seating area widened enormously without having to completely abandon the lateral support.
The same goes for the backrest
While the usual design – noble leather look & Diamond pattern stitching – also in Puncto backrest interspersed is the lateral support here also less aggressive. On the way to the top, the back does not work its way as usual, but rejuvenates itself and dispenses with the typical belt holes.
A mix of throne and sports seat
Where there was a width of 54.5cm in the shoulders of the EPIC, the ICON is “only” 39cm wide. The meaning behind this is the following: From the 54.5cm wide only about 30cm could be effectively used because from this point, the lateral bulges tend to forward. If this is a great feature for narrower or more normal people – lateral support, as if you were hugging from behind – this is a problem for broad-shouldered gamers who have their cheeks pressed into the back from behind.
The ICON dispenses with the usual sports seat silhouette and leaves the shoulders free space, while the upper back sits snugly against the even more upholstered backrest. The headrest is extra thick padded and slightly more pronounced towards the front, so that many gamers will get along without neck pillows. The new shape gives the ICON a royal look, which is more reminiscent of a throne than a sports seat – a successful symbiosis.
A design upgrade for the armrests
The armrests were already one of the highlights of the EPIC. After all, noblechairs was the first manufacturer to succeed in fitting its 4D armrests so that they did not clatter unnecessarily. In addition, the upholstery was better than usual from other brands.
At the ICON, design technology has gone a long way, giving the original stainless steel-colored metal parts a black powder coating to match the rest. While they are dimensioned “rounder” and a little smaller overall, the upper part of the armrests has been given a chic, high-gloss look that accentuates the noble overall work of art. Furthermore, the surface is less rough, which should additionally benefit the elbow.
According to current information, the EPIC will soon be equipped with the new armrests.
An indestructible base
Because even heavier gamers want to give room on the new ICON, the manufacturer has further optimized the base: It is now made of solid solid aluminum, which is to my knowledge unique in this industry. Together with the class 4 gaslift the chair carries up to 150kg – considering how reserved noblechairs handle this information, the ICON is certainly one of the most robust gaming chairs ever.
Practical test: prove the innovations?
I’ll make it short: Yes. Not only that, the feel as usual noble and high-quality comes along – for me, the best leatherette cover on the market – also ergonomics and comfort convince all along the line.
As for my stature, so far never sat more comfortable. It does not push anything from behind into the shoulder and the thighs rest comfortably between the comfortable sidewalls and on the well-padded seat.
I hardly need to lose words to the functional chord: 4D armrests, rocker- & Tilt function, height adjustment … everything works perfectly. Without squeaks. Without hooks.
My conclusion to the test of the ICON Series
From the idea to the implementation of the ICON Gaming chair is in my opinion completely successful. The bold move away from the tried-and-true design to a completely new silhouette is a complete success: it now serves a broader audience by incorporating comfort lovers and those with a wider stature.
Last but not least, details such as the small adjustments to the design and functionality of the armrests prove once again how much attention to detail noblechairs has in the design of new products. Here is the continuous optimization – that is exemplary!
Order the ICON at Caseking!
I buy myself at Caseking, because in terms of noblechairs one is in my opinion the best place. Prices, availability, know-how, goodwill – all this is always convincing at Caseking.
You can also buy the ICON here:
Also on Amazon you can find the ICON Series at the regular price, but there are still shipping costs. I recommend you to follow my links to Caseking – then you avoid the detour via Amazon, save money and have in case of a case direct support.
- Innovative, noble form
- Different color variants
- Also suitable for broad-shouldered gamers
- Used noblechairs premium quality
Size consulting for the ICON – who does he fit?
Officially, the ICON Series – up to the maximum payload of up to 150kg – just like the EPIC designed for the average gamer. However, as already indicated, there are some features that make the ICON accessible to more staid gamers:
- The seat cheeks have been relieved by a steel strut and flattened further, so that the thighs less “harassed”.
- The sweeping wings in the upper back area have been replaced by an upwardly tapering silhouette – this gives the shoulders freedom.
Furthermore, the new shape allows more freedom in the attachment of the neck pillow. On the one hand, it can be placed higher up because the above-average width of the headrest prevents it from slipping and, on the other hand, it can be pushed further downwards, as the usual “wings” are missing. In addition, it allows the more padded headrest to completely abandon the neck pillow, which further increases the scope.
In terms of maximum user size, both the seat height and the type of headrest or attachment of the neck pillow are limiting. Overall, I consider 1,70m to 2m for realistic and 1,75m to 1,95m for optimal. In terms of weight limits on the one hand, the maximum load capacity of 150kg and on the other hand, the space on the seat and backrest. This point is difficult to determine because weight is always in relation to size. I would not go under 65kg – in the area is z. For example, the EPIC is more suitable – and for larger people, I consider 140kg to be the maximum. 70 to 120 kilograms tolerated the ICON certainly without problems, where the seating experience in the 50kg range of free space shifts to more support.
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