After testing and assessing the Noblechairs held for my YouTube channel a few years ago I started this review wondering how much the Hero TX model had pushed itself forward compared to the previous model, and whether it deserved a spot on our best gaming chairs list. Now that I’ve tested the cloth version of the new model, it seems that the Hero has finally come of age, mainly thanks to the addition of the cloth option. At £364/$493 this is still a premium priced gaming chair though, so keep that in mind when looking at the competition, especially as it still feels sturdy and stiff.
For the Hero TX, my test and review model was the gray fabric with a similar gray/silver stitching. The other options for synthetic leather, high-tech synthetic leather and the more expensive premium genuine leather are still available. The main difference between the faux leather and the high-tech faux is that the latter is slightly more expensive due to the leather material used, which according to Noblechairs is a Germany-made vinyl/PU hybrid leather. Personally, I think the gray matter gives a more mature and mature look to the Hero TX, something I prefer as it blends in and blends into more environments.
The structure of the chair is quite large, but the subdued gray fabric makes it disappear into the background, making the chair appear more compact than it is. It has a five-wheel base and the center column that connects the wheels to the seat is made of aluminum.
The DNA and look of a gaming/racing chair is still at the heart of the Hero TX as before, but now with a more mature look and appeal, which I think will attract more people.
|lean backwards||125 degrees|
|Overall height (with feet)||54.7 inches (139 cm)|
|Height seat shell (with foot)||18.9-22.4 inches (48-57 cm)|
|Backrest height||35.04 inches (89 cm)|
|Backrest width (shoulder height)||22.44 inches (57 cm)|
|Backrest width (pelvic level)||22.4 inches (57 cm)|
|Backrest Width (contact point)||12.6 inches (32 cm)|
|Seat width (total)||20.5 inches (52 cm)|
|Seating area Width (point of contact)||13 inches (33 cm)|
|Depth Seating area (total)||21.65 inches (55 cm)|
|Depth Seating area (point of contact)||20.5 inches (52 cm)|
|Armrest width||4.1 in (10.5 cm)|
|Armrest depth||10.62 inches (27 cm)|
|Recommended maximum weight||330 lb (150 kg)|
|Weight||66.1 pounds (30 kg)|
The assembly process is quite simple and straight forward with Noblechairs providing you with the necessary tools required to assemble the Hero TX which consists of a hybrid Allen key with a screwdriver on the other side, a pair of Phillips head screws, three M8 screws to the size 25mm (and a screw set with four M8 size 20mm screws), four split washers and four flat washers. Using power tools will save you extra time, but generally the seat assembly takes no more than 40 minutes.
The instructions are clearly illustrated and make for an easy step-by-step process, but it would also have been great if there was some text.
It is still recommended to assemble the chair together with someone else if possible to ensure not only a safer installation process, but also to save time and ensure correct placement from start to finish.
Use caution when reviewing step 2 of the installation base instructions as the handles will be screwed in the wrong way, this will affect your ability to recline the chair properly and will also affect the height adjustment handle on the left instead of to the right as intended .
Comfort and adjustments
If you’re familiar with the previous Hero chair, you’ve come to the right place, which in short means that the Hero TX is still a stiff and sturdy chair.
That said, the new fabric option now makes for a more comfortable and breathable seat than before. After all, this is still a sturdy chair to sit on and use, so if you’re looking for a more cushioned and softer chair, this may not be for you.
An advantage of this style of chair is that it will certainly support your physique and weight well. It prefers a more complete upper body and back support compared to the lower body and legs, meaning people with longer legs may want more upper leg support, but overall it does the job well.
The dial on the right side of the seat is from back in the day and works great to add and shape for extra back support. This dial allows you to add just the right amount of arch to shape your back for the best support and comfort, especially during long sitting sessions. I found this to be one of my favorite features of the Hero TX.
The lever on the right side of the bottom of the seat adjusts the height, with the lever on the left acting as a single locking and unlocking mechanism that allows the bottom of the seat to recline at an angle of approximately 45 degrees, which you can then be locked with the same left lever.
There’s still that one lever on the right side of the seat that adjusts the backrest, and I thought that was an important feature as well. As someone who struggles to get good back support from sitting for hours on end, having a good reclining backrest with this lever makes all the difference.
The only part of the chair that I felt was missing was the armrest. This has not so much to do with a bad construction, but more with the many possibilities to adjust the armrest as desired. In theory this is great, but in practice the arms can feel loose and not as stable as I would like. You can adjust the armrest up and down, side to side, forward and back, and also diagonally inwards to get the right position for your arms. Personally, I found the option to adjust the armrest from side to side unnecessary. The armrests themselves feel comfortable enough, with quite a padded feel.
As before, the chair comes with optional neck and back cushions for extra support. I liked the neck pillow the best of the two, but in the end I found myself using them less and just enjoying the chair in its default state.
To sum it all up, it’s safe to say that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t fix, it refines. This seems to be Noblechair’s strategy for the Hero TX. The optional fabric material on our test unit provides a more mature-looking gaming/racing seat and a slightly more comfortable seating experience for a very strong, well-structured and well-built seat.
That said, this is still a thoroughly stiff seat. If you’re the type of person like me who prefers the best support (especially when it comes to the upper body and back), the Hero TX is the way to go. You pay a premium for it, though, so if that’s an issue too, you might want to look into more value-oriented options like the Andaseat JungleI