• Secretlab Omega is a high quality, no-frills chair – the pseudo leather looks and feels very good, and the upholstery is incredibly firm.

    Jim Salter

  • I appreciate the understated design of the Omega. It looks a lot less out of place in an office setting than most gaming chairs.

    Jim Salter

  • The build quality of the Omega is extremely good. Nothing rattles, shakes, or feels weak.

    Jim Salter

  • The branding on the back of the Secretlab chair is a little bolder than the front.

    Jim Salter

Once assembled, the Omega blew my mind from the moment I sat in it. The pseudo leather has a very fine, deep-lying grain and looks and feels very high quality. The upholstery is incredibly firm – the chair feels a lot like the driver's seat of an expensive sports car. There was no sign of rattle or looseness in the chair itself or its castors as it was rolled out of the carport onto the sidewalk and then carried into the house.

A word of warning: both chairs are heavy. Office chairs typically weigh around 25 to 35 pounds – the Secretlab Omega weighs 66 pounds, and the Anda Fnatic, which we'll cover in the next section, weighs 72 pounds. Having a partner available to assist you with lifting and carrying when needed makes life a lot easier, especially when you have stairs to navigate.

Anda Fnatic

  • Anda is not interested in the presentation in the box – "everything is well enough penned up there."

    Jim Salter

  • Instead of a large meeting poster, Anda opted for the more traditional booklet with two steps per page.

    Jim Salter

  • Anda's toolkit continues a trend and isn't attractively packaged – it's in a blister and cardboard box – but it actually works better than Omega's.

    Jim Salter

  • Those dust covers were the only unfortunate part of Anda Fnatic's assembly. They don't seem to fit on the chair until you find that they are literally deforming to fit under the pressure of their bolt.

    Jim Salter

Anda Seat Fnatic Edition

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Opening the box for Anda Fnatic doesn't have the same "wow factor" as for Secretlab Omega. The packaging presentation is best described as "everything is penned up nicely," and there are no fancy foam blocks with custom cutouts or custom boxes for the tools provided.

However, the actual assembly process for Fnatic is much smoother and easier. The traditional assembly booklet with just two steps per page is much easier to follow. There are no serious warnings about parts not to touch, all screws are the same size, and the included Allen wrench offers plenty of leverage to tighten them properly.

There was also no struggle to press the seat back against the base while they were screwed together; For the most part, this installation went very smoothly. The only trouble I had was the little plastic covers that covered the screws on the side of the chair. They don't seem to fit the chair at all – and that's because they technically don't.

It seems like the dust covers should snap into the sides of the chair and then be secured with a single bolt per piece. In reality, they won't snap into place – they won't even fit – until the bolt is fully tightened, causing the soft plastic cover to deform and lie flat against the side of the chair. Once you figure that out, the dust covers are fine – but this took a while to figure that out, and I suspect more than one Fnatic owner has likely given up on the dust covers and just thrown them away.

  • Anda Fnatic looks a lot funkier than the Secretlab Omega. Most of that obvious funk turns out after you've spent time on it for good reason.

    Jim Salter

  • Both Fnatic and Omega came with neck and lumbar pillows. They looked strange and unnecessary on the Omega; they fit much better on the Fnatic.

    Jim Salter

  • The Fnatic has a much more interesting profile. My kids love the bold orange-on-black color scheme.

    Jim Salter

  • The rear view of the Anda Fnatic is a little less playful than the rear view of the Secretlab Omega.

    Jim Salter

Once assembled, the Fnatic didn't give me the same "wow factor" as the Omega. The pseudo-leather upholstery has a rougher, more raised grain that is clearly visible and reminds me of that of a basketball. The padding is thick and very comfortable, but not as firm as on the Omega. And there was a noticeable rattle from the castors and armrests of the chair as I rolled it down the sidewalk to the front door.

On the plus side, the through holes on the top of the chair provide excellent attachment for the included neck pillow – and the design of the chair makes this pillow more practical than that of the Omega, with a more pronounced curvature of the chair back. The lumbar pillow also feels more like an integral part of the Fnatic, where the Omega appears like an afterthought.

Like the Secretlab Omega, it is a heavy chair – weighing around 30 kg, it is at least twice as heavy as a typical office chair. Consider having a helper available to move it after assembly, especially if you have to carry it up or down stairs.

Conclusions

These are both excellent chairs, although they are vastly different in appearance and feel. In the first week I preferred the Secretlab Omega with its restrained appearance, the fine-grain cover and the ultra-firm padding. But after a few weeks of use, the orange and black Fnatic grew on me – it's my favorite chair now.

Although the Fnatic is a bit loose and rickety built compared to the Omega, it is significantly more comfortable – especially for long periods of sitting. Sitting in the Omega for too long without a break can lead to red lines on your thighs when wearing clothes that are so much. This is not a problem in the Fnatic, which remains pleasant for hours – even if you forget (or refuse) to get up and take hourly breaks.

We should also talk about recommended size and weight restrictions for each chair. Secretlab Omega is designed for people who are 5 & # 39; 3 "to 5 & # 39; 11" and 240 pounds. If you're taller than 5 & # 39; 11 ", you'll likely want to go for the more expensive Titan (up to 6 & # 39; 7" and 290 pounds for $ 460) or Titan XL (up to 6 & # 39; 10 "and 390 pounds) upgrade for 540 USD).

Anda Fnatic is designed for people from 5 & # 39; 10 "to 6 & # 39; 10" and supports up to 330 pounds (recommended) or 440 pounds (maximum). Smaller people may be better off with the Omega – its relatively straight back makes it more forgiving of people who aren't tall enough to reach the top of the headrest. But people tall enough to fit properly will appreciate the Fnatic's deeper curvature and better integrated neck and lumbar pillows.

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