The Thermaltake X Comfort Air gaming chair has actual fans to keep you cool
One complaint about the PU leather covering on most gaming chairs is that it can get quite warm to sit on after long hours. Now, Thermaltake is tackling the problem head-on with its new X Comfort Air gaming chair, which features active cooling to help keep you cooler.
Thermaltake is claiming a 0.6ºC to 1.5ºC drop in seat temperature, which doesn’t sound like a lot on paper. However, that could be the difference between an uncomfortably warm experience and something that’s more tolerable, but it’s difficult to say how well it works without actually trying out the chair.
The design draws inspiration from cooled car seats, and features four 60mm fans embedded in the base of the chair. Thermaltake says the five-blade fan design was tweaked to move greater amounts of air, and it’s combined that with a wind blocker frame that supposedly directs air toward the middle section of the blade for more focused air flow.
The chair is covered with PVC leather, but there’s a breathable mesh under that with ventilation holes to help you take advantage of the active cooling. However, the cooling is just limited to the chair’s seat, and there’s no air flow from the backrest.
A built-in fan controller lets you choose from three different speeds – 1,530RPM, 3,060RPM, and 5,100RPM – but it’s not clear which speed Thermaltake’s claimed noise output of 32DB(A) corresponds to.
The active cooling aside, the X Comfort Air comes with many of the features we’ve come to expect from gaming chairs, such as height and back recline adjustments, tilt rock, tilt lock, and four-way armrests.
In addition, it uses a five-spoke aluminum base and 22mm diameter steel frame, the latter of which is padded with 75kg/m3 density foam.
The X Comfort Air retails for US$499.99 on Thermaltake’s website and is available in either black or red. However, it looks to be out of stock at the time of writing.