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Razer Iskur V2 review: Every way better than the original gaming chair, except the price

By Aaron Yip - 20 Feb 2024
Launch SRP: S$949

Razer Iskur V2 review: Every ways better than the original gaming chair, except the price

The Iskur V2 is in every way better than the original Iskur, but it comes with a huge price tag.

I had high hopes for the Iskur V2 gaming chair (part of their CES 2024 new gear launch), which Razer says has been armed with significant enhancements over its predecessor – the original Iskur launched back in late 2020. The Iskur V2, on paper, ticked all the boxes for what seemed like a dream upgrade: superior materials, a sleeker design, and a lumbar support system that promised unparalleled versatility. I liked the first Iskur and it was my trusty companion for a while, so my anticipation for the V2 was quite real. Every niggle I had encountered with the first iteration appeared to have been meticulously ironed out.

However, the reality didn't quite match up to my expectations. Despite the slew of upgrades, adjustments, and what I can only describe as engineering wizardry, the Iskur V2 didn't deliver the leap in comfort I was yearning for. Surprisingly, the past few weeks have seen an uptick in back soreness, a stark contrast to the seamless comfort of its predecessor. If you have been following my chair reviews, you’d known that I’ve got a pretty bad chronic issue with my lower back. This discomfort begs the question: Is it merely a matter of getting used to the new design, or did Razer mess with a little too much with a proven design?

Unique to the Iskur V2 is the new 6D lumbar support feature.

One knob on each side allows you to dial in the arch support that suits you best.

Retailing at S$949 on Razer’s website, the Iskur V2 offers choices between two leather finishes and a fabric option. Razer sent the leather variant in black over to me, which is adorned with Razer’s signature green stitching. Though termed 'leather', it's important to note that this is, in fact, a high-grade synthetic EPU leather, a notable upgrade from the PVC leather of the Iskur V1. Yet, despite these improvements, the material doesn't necessarily feel more luxurious or superior to the touch. Durability, however, remains a strong suit of the Razer line, and I'm hopeful the V2 will stand the test of time as well as its predecessor.

Visually, the V2 has undergone an overhaul along with its build, shedding the overtly aggressive, racing-bucket-inspired aesthetics for a more refined, accommodating silhouette. The broader shoulder arches and an expanded seat base mark a departure from the previous model’s confining bolsters, welcoming a broader range of sitting positions, including the much-appreciated ability to sit cross-legged. The thinner main cushion, while initially a source of discomfort the first time, has gradually adapted to my form, courtesy of the memory foam. This adaptation I suspect, however, might also be contributing to my back woes. I must add that my condition is a tad extreme and the Iskur V2 could be more comfortable for most of you.

The Iskur V2 retains the same 4D armrests.

Perhaps my only grip is the really 'sad' headrest pillow, which doesn't do much to aid in neck or head support.

Razer has also enhanced the chair’s recline functionality, extending it to 152-degree, allowing users to recline it to an almost flat angle. It’s perfect for those of you who enjoy a doze or two in your chair. While I seldom succumb to sleep in mine, the increased angle does offer a more versatile seating experience. The return of the 4D armrests is a boon for precise ergonomic adjustments, accommodating a wide range of activities from typing to gaming with ease.

The piece de resistance of the Iskur V2 is undoubtedly its advanced Lumbar system. A significant evolution from the simplistic approach of the V1, the new 6D lumbar support allows for a more tailored fit, with adjustments available for depth, height, and even lateral swivel. This system, innovative in its design, allows for a customisable support that moves with you, providing a consistent level of comfort across various postures and activities. The lumbar support on the old V1 on the other hand, made it difficult for users to maintain a pronounced curve in their back without nudging them towards the edge of the seat. The lumbar support system on the V2 effectively addresses this issue.

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From a technical aspect, the Iskur V2 is without a doubt a better than the V1. Yet, for all its technical superiority and ergonomic advancements, the Iskur V2 isn’t necessarily more comfortable than the V1, or even Razer’s chair with a mesh option, the Fujin Pro. The problem, I think, lies with the lumbar support design. Rather than allowing users (or me, at least) to achieve a simple and intuitive comfort (like Secretlab’s really good Titan Evo Lite), you have to tinker with the lumbar support adjustments through trial and error and unlock its full potential for comfort.

In short, I do like the Iskur V2 for its innovative and improved lumbar support and overall structural design. But for S$949, I think there are more suitable chairs around that price range that offers immediate, uncomplicated comfort right out of the box. For those who've penchant for Razer's ecosystem, you can get the Iskur V2 ar Razer's online store, Amazon SG, Lazada and Shoppee.

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7.5
  • Design 8
  • Features 9
  • Value 7.5
The Good
New 6D lumbar support is pretty good
Great solid build
Allows for cross-legged sitting
The Bad
Not the most comfortable gaming chair
Needs to tinker with the 6D lumbar support knobs to find the sweet spot for different positions
Pricey
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