Choosing the right gaming or racing chair is a lot like choosing the right bed, you want something that’s very comfortable that also supports your weight, neck, back and arms and gives you a peaceful night sleep.
When choosing a gaming chair you want it to support the same areas of your body, and as we all know gaming sessions can run anywhere from 6 – 24 hours depending how dedicated you are so you want a chair that’s very comfortable. Often people tend to fall asleep in their chair after long gaming sessions so why not buy a comfortable chair.
With Gaming or Racing chairs becoming more popular every day and some of them demanding a steep price, how can you make sure you’re buying the correct chair when placing an order online?
Well your worries are over the folks at Vertagear can help you pick the chair of your dreams right down to the colors. All you need to do is pick up a phone or send them a quick email, give them your height, current weight and let them know what color pattern you would like and they will make sure you get the correct chair to fit you perfectly.
Today we will be taking an in-depth look at the Vertagear S-Line SL4000 Black/Carbon Edition Racing Series Gaming Chair and its assembly.
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I would like to thank Vertagear for sending their S-Line SL4000 Black/Carbon Edition Racing Chair to ProClockers for review.
The SL400 arrived in a large brown cardboard box that was sealed with packaging tape as well as a yellow strap that made sure the box did not open on its long ride to ProClockers. Here we see the Vertagear written in large bold black lettering in the upper left hand corner. The words Racing Series is also shown in bold black lettering in the lower right corner of the box.
This side of the box shows us that it’s the SL4000, also that the gross weight of the package is a hefty 24kg / 53lbs. The package dimensions are: 88cm X 40cm X 68cm or 34.6” L x 15.7” H x 26” W.
Here are the specs on the Vertagear S-Line SL4000 Racing Series Gaming Chair.
- Model: SL4000
- Materials: Steel (frame), High densed resilient foam, PVC leather, Aluminium alloy (foot)
- Gaslift: Class 4
- Weight: 20 kg
- Max load: 150 kg
- Warranty: 2 years
Vertagear Gaming Chairs come in three different models the SL2000, SL4000, and the SL5000. They also have different colors for you to choose from.
When I first opened the SL4000 box I noticed the assembly instructions which were in a clear zip lock bag. There are only 4 pages of instructions, the first page explains the contents of the box and the next three pages shows you the steps needed to assemble the SL4000.
In the next 4 photos we will be showing you the contents of the SL4000 package. Here the Back Seat Support is show in a sealed Vertagear bag lying on top of a ½” thick sheet of white foam.
Once I removed the Back Seat Support and protective foam I found the Five Star Foot Base which had each leg of the base wrapped in bubble wrap bags to protect the finish on the legs. The Five Star Foot Base was also sitting on top of a ½” thick piece of protective foam, which not only protects the five star foot base, but also the seat base under the foam.
Our next photo shows the Five Star Base removed, we now see the Seat Base for the SL4000. As you can see the Seat Base is also in a sealed Vertagear bag with 1 1/2 “ thick strips of protective foam on all four sides.
With the Seat Base removed we can see what’s left in the bottom of the box. Over to the left the head pillow and the lumbar support cushion are sealed in plastic bags for protection. Over to the right we find another box that has everything we need to assemble the SL400.
Let’s open the accessories package and take a look at what’s inside and have a closer look on the next page.
After dumping the contents of the box on my work bench, here’s what I found. Five wheels for the Five Star Foot Base, the seats gas lift and its telescopic cover, the metal base frame as well as the side covers for the seats backing supports and control mechanism. Last, I found three different size Allen wrenches provided by Vertagear and two Allen screws.
Time to start removing the protective bags and see what we have before assembling the SL4000 Racing Series Chair. Let’s start with front & rear photos of the back seat support. Here we take a look at the front, looks comfortable doesn’t it.
Next we take a look at the rear of the back seat support.
I’ve added a couple of photos showing the head pillow and the Lumbar Support Cushion. The head pillow shown in the photo below is super soft, and I have found that using it to support my neck during long gaming session’s works best.
Here’s a photo of the Lumbar Support Cushion, which works 100% better than the lumbar support on my last chair which cost me $499.99 and is now 11 years old. Best part is being able to adjust the lumbar support cushion to where it works best for you.
Moving on to the seat base, as you can see it comes with the arms already installed, which was nice of Vertagear to do and save d me some time with the rest of the assembly.
I guess it’s time to start assembling the Vertagear S-Line SL4000 Black/Carbon Edition Racing Series Chair.
Let’s start the assembly on the next page.
Let's start with the five star foot base. I need to flip it over to be able to start the installation of the wheels.
Here’s a close up of the hole we need to install the wheels.
It’s time to install our first wheel.
With our first wheel installed I can move on to installing the other four wheels. I like the way Vertagear set up the wheels to look like racing rims, this is a company that’s thought of everything.
Now that all five wheels have been mounted in the base, I can move on to installing the SL4000 gas lift.
The Gas Lift was installed effortlessly; it fit like a hand in a glove with no side movement at all.
Let’s install the telescopic cover that fits over the gas lift. Installing the telescopic cover only took a few seconds and also improves the looks of the gas lift.
It’s time to move on to installing the metal base frame to the back side of the seat base. The next photo shows where the base frame has to be installed, but first I have to remove 4 bolts and washers, two will be removed from the top middle section and the last two from the bottom middle.
I used one of the Allen wrenches provided by Vertagear to remove the 4 bolts.
Here’s a close up of what had to be removed before installing the metal base frame.
With the screws and washers removed it only took five minutes to install the metal base frame. In our next photo you can see the base installed, the long L shaped metal rod with a piece of plastic shaped something like a shoe horn is actually the lever for adjusting your seats position, or locking it in place.
Here’s a close up of the seat adjustment lever which you can use to lock the seat, or have it move freely, the last option is to move the seat up and down.
With the metal base frame in place, you can see tilt tension adjustment knob. You must turn it clockwise to tighten the tension and in the opposite direction to loosen the tilt tension.
Here’s a close up so you can see the tilt tension control knob clearly .
Let's move on to the assembly of the top section on the next page.
Let’s move on to the top section on the seat base and see what Vertagear has going on. Here’s the right and left side supports for mounting the back rest of the SL4000. To mount the back section two bolts have to be installed on both sides to hold it in place. The lever over to the right front shown in the photo below, controls moving the back rest either forwards or backwards, pulling the lever up lets the SL4000 go into a full reclining position.
Seeing as I was alone when assembling the chair, there was no way to take photos showing the installation of the back rest, seeing as I had to use two hands to install it and no option available to take photos, so let’s jump ahead to the arm rests and their control buttons. In our next photo, the button on the outer side of the arm rest allows you to raise of lower the arm once the button has been pushed upwards.
In our next photo we see two more buttons; the one sitting directly on the top front of the arm rest allows you to slide it forward or backwards. The second button controls moving the arm rest from side to side at a 45 degree angle, however I found the movement to be limited.
Now that the Vertagear S-Line SL400 Racing Series Gaming Chair has been fully assembled, let’s take a look at it and see how the SL4000 turned out.
Starting with front view of the SL4000, which you can see in the photo below, will notice that this is one sweet looking gaming chair that catches your eye right away. The SL4000 is a gaming chair that anyone would be proud to own and show off to their friends.
Even the head pillow and lumbar support cushion looks like it’s part of the chair, and nothing that was added later on, and they only add to making the SL4000 one of the most comfortable gaming chairs that I have ever sit in, never mind the 15+ hours I sat in this chair while editing photos and writing the review, which ended up with a six hour gaming session afterwards.
In our next two photos we see the Vertagear SL4000 Racing Series Gaming Chair at both left and right angles. I would like to add that no matter which angle you look at you will notice the quality of this chair, it’s built like a tank and well last through many years of gaming.
If you go out and buy this for your son or yourself, I can tell you that it will withstand the abuse from your kids, teenagers, and even their friends and we all know what teenagers are capable of doing.
Let's wrap up this review on the next page.
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The Vertagear S-Line SL4000 Racing Series Gaming Chair Black/Carbon Edition is a sight to behold when fully assembled. Let’s go back and take a look at what the SL4000 has to offer starting with the head pillow and the lumbar support cushion. Both are very soft and a pleasure to use, plus if you do not feel the need to use them they can be very easily removed.
All of the control buttons on both sides of the arm rests are within reach, and very easy to use. The same goes for the control lever to either lock your seats position, or allow it to move freely, or up & down. The SL4000 is very well made and will give you years of pleasure for both work and playtime, Let’s not forget that the SL4000 built so strong that it can even handle years of abuse from your teenager and his friends.
Let’s talk about price. With some gaming chairs going for as high $600 or more, you will be happy to know that Vertagear is only asking $339.99 for the SL4000 which comes with a 2 year warranty. Remember I sat in this chair for 15 hours with the occasional bathroom breaks, and never once had to stand up due to back aches or leg cramps. I also noticed that I wasn’t feeling tired like I used to with my old chair.
You also have the choice of being able to pick from three different models, the SL2000, SL4000, and the SL5000, as well as different color options. What more can you ask for when Vertagear gives you everything you always wanted or hoped for in a gaming chair. The Vertagear S-Line SL4000 Racing Series Black/Carbon Edition Racing Chair should be at the top of your list when looking for a gaming chair that’s very comfortable and has a ton of options.