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Maingear Forma-R Nero Gaming Chair Review

True Score

68
68
1

Experts

69
4

Consumers

Expert Rankings

The Maingear Forma-R Nero Gaming Chair is comfortable and well-built, but its PU leather may not provide enough cooling for extended gaming. Additionally, its headrest and lumbar support aren’t adjustable.

Table of Contents

Product Snapshot

Overview

The Maingear Forma-R Nero Gaming Chair is a mid-tier pick first announced in 2018. The chair has a 330-pound weight capacity that makes it ideal for heavy-set users and also rivals some of the best office chairs on the market. It ships with two pillows for neck and back support and is designed with a class-4 hydraulic lift for accurate height adjustment. Speaking of which, the Forma-R also has 4-way adjustable armrests, which is standard among the highest-rated gaming chairs on the market.

The chair can also recline all the way back up to 165°, and its nylon wheels are super quiet when swiveling or moving across spaces.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Maingear Forma-R Nero gaming chair’s bucket seat design and varied adjustability options make it great for users who value comfort during extended gaming sessions. However, while most will appreciate a 165° recline, the lower back pillow offered may not be enough for those who prefer an adjustable lumbar support system. The chair’s PU leather material also doesn’t provide as much breathability. Still, its fully adjustable armrests give it a slight edge over alternatives with fixed armrests, such as the GTPlayer GT800 Footrest.

Its assembly takes about 15 minutes, and its full steel frame coupled with an aluminum base allows it to sustain a 330-pound weight limit. The seat base also has memory foam padding for maximum comfort, and its nylon wheels stay quiet when moving across hardwood floors.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Satisfactory adjustability and ergonomics
    • The Maingear Forma-R Nero Gaming Chair misses out on an adjustable headrest and more specialized lumbar support, but this is made up for by the 165° reclining angle and 4-way adjustable armrests.

  • Good comfort
    • The seat base of the Nero Gaming Chair has memory foam padding that makes it quite comfortable, and the chair also has an integrated headrest for neck support.

  • Sturdy build
    • The Forma-R’s full steel frame is sturdy enough to support individuals who weigh up to 330 pounds.

Reason to Avoid

  • PU Material is not ideal for breathability.
    • The PU material used on the Forma-R gaming chair doesn’t offer the best breathability and may make you sweat.

Maingear Forma-R Nero Gaming Chair Specs

Adjustable ArmrestsAdjustable Armrests4-Dimensional
Armrest Height MaxArmrest Height Max14.7"
Armrest Height MinArmrest Height Min11.2"
Backrest HeightBackrest Height30.5"
Backrest WidthBackrest Width20.87"
Frame ConstructionFrame ConstructionAluminum, Alloy Steel, Nylon
Has FootrestHas FootrestNo
Head PillowHead PillowIncluded
Head RestHead RestMemory Foam
Lumbar SupportLumbar SupportSelf-Adjusting
Piston TypePiston TypeClass 4 Gas Lift
ReclineRecline165°
Seat DepthSeat Depth21"
Seat Height AdjustmentSeat Height AdjustmentYes
Seat Padding MaterialSeat Padding MaterialFoam
Seat WidthSeat Width20"
UpholsteryUpholsteryFaux Leather
Weight LimitWeight Limit330 lbs
Wheel TypeWheel TypeCasters

All Specs

Test Results

Maximum Recline (Degrees)165
Minimum Seat Height (Inches)0
Maximum Seat Height (Inches)0

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Product Comparison

Maingear Forma-R Nero Gaming Chair Review

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Market Context

The Maingear Forma-R Nero Gaming Chair is a mid-tier pick first announced in 2018. The chair has a 330-pound weight capacity that makes it ideal…

The Maingear Forma-R Nero Gaming Chair is a mid-tier pick first announced in 2018. The chair has a 330-pound weight capacity that makes it ideal for heavy-set users and also rivals some of the best office chairs on the market. It ships with two pillows for neck and back support and is designed with a class-4 hydraulic lift for accurate height adjustment. Speaking of which, the Forma-R also has 4-way adjustable armrests, which is standard among the highest-rated gaming chairs on the market.

The chair can also recline all the way back up to 165°, and its nylon wheels are super quiet when swiveling or moving across spaces.

The Maingear Forma-R Nero Gaming Chair is only available in a PU leather material, while buyers of the SecretLab Omega Gaming Chair can pick between…

The Maingear Forma-R Nero Gaming Chair is only available in a PU leather material, while buyers of the SecretLab Omega Gaming Chair can pick between PU leather, NAPA leather, or soft weave fabric. However, the Forma-R has a much higher 330 lbs weight capacity than the Omega’s 240 lbs weight limit. See what else the Omega has to offer in our SecretLab Omega Gaming Chair review.

While the Homall Gaming Chair can only recline back all the way to 155°, the Maingear Forma-R goes slightly further, reclining up to 165°. The…

While the Homall Gaming Chair can only recline back all the way to 155°, the Maingear Forma-R goes slightly further, reclining up to 165°. The Homall also has a 260 lbs weight capacity, which is a lot lower than the Forma-R’s 330 lbs weight limit, but on the other hand, the Homall has two perforations on its backrest for better airflow, which the Forma-R doesn’t have. Check it out in our Homall Gaming Chair review.

The most significant difference between the Maingear Forma-R Nero and the Maingear Forma GT gaming chair is that the latter is the larger option, designed…

The most significant difference between the Maingear Forma-R Nero and the Maingear Forma GT gaming chair is that the latter is the larger option, designed with taller individuals in mind. Also worth mentioning is that the Forma-R is available in either a black & red or a white & black trim, while the Forma GT is only sold in a black & red color option.

Adjustable Armrests

4-Dimensional

4-Dimensional

Yes

Armrest Height Max

14.7"

32"

Fixed

Armrest Height Min

11.2"

25"

Fixed

Backrest Height

30.5"

31.5"

30.5"

Backrest Width

20.87"

21"

21"

Frame Construction

Aluminum, Alloy Steel, Nylon

Steel

Steel

Has Footrest

No

No

Yes

Head Pillow

Included

Included

Included

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Score Card

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Expert Score

68

*.75

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Customer Score

69

*.25

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True Score

68

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Expert Scores

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    44.57

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
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