Tested: airCentric 3 | A whole science of staying seated

Presented as “the best ergonomic office chair in its price range”, the result of a decade of research and development, the airCentric 3 impresses above all with its almost infinite configuration possibilities. At the risk of astounding the user, who probably doesn’t want that much, at a still steep price.

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Karim Benessaieh

Karim Benessaieh
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It may come as a surprise that an ergonomic chair is featured in a section devoted to techno products in general. Let’s assume that two years of pandemic and working from home in front of a computer have made certain accessories essential, including a good office chair that is comfortable and durable.

Our first $120 faux leather chair failed us after six months in Fall 2020. The airCentric 3 comes with a 12 year warranty on the mechanisms and 10 years on the fabric for three shifts a day.

For the more specific techno aspect, Canadian manufacturer ergoCentric, which has partnered with Staples and gry mattr designer Joe Mimran on this model, has adopted the tagline “The Science of Sitting,” which we awkwardly dubbed “the science of sitting.” “ sit on” and that reflects all the research and development behind its products.

The first thing to notice is how easy this chair is to assemble, which is good since our review unit didn’t come with an instruction manual. All you have to do is put all the pieces together logically and tighten three screws with an Allen key.

The two essential parts of this armchair, the seat and the backrest, are made of fabric covered with a rigid polyurethane foam. On the back, the backrest consists of a plastic panel pierced with 46 ventilation holes for air circulation. Note that this backrest is not straight but has two curves that follow the natural shape of the back.

Before sitting down, the ideal configuration must be found, and the exercise is complex because there are so many possibilities. Almost everything about this chair can be customized. First, it is sold in three sizes depending on the user’s physique, which can go up to 350 lbs.

The rear can be shifted up to 5 inches and tilted forwards or backwards up to 30 degrees. Even the seat can swing up and down at an angle of about twenty degrees. Its height varies from 5.5 inches.

The armrests are infinitely adjustable. They can be moved 2 inches apart and adjusted in height 4 inches apart. They can also be rotated 360 degrees, placed parallel or perpendicular to the desk, depending on your preference.

The big question: Is this chair comfortable? Yes, when we finally found the best layout, which took us a few days. Its firmness and the sophisticated design of its curved backrest are comfortable and provide good back support. The variable height of the armrests allows for an ergonomic position, in a straight line from the chair to the keyboard, arms inwards.

We are obviously dealing with an office chair here, with the associated spartan comfort, not with a stool in which one has the impression of diving.

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Rotating armrests are good, but you can’t fix them. They therefore tend to spin constantly once hooked.

Be careful when adjusting the height and angle of the backrest and seat. The springs of the mechanisms are so tight that we lost our balance every time.

At $599.99, this is not an affordable product. Sure, you can find executive chairs over $2,000 and luxury brands like Intro-Tech and HumanScale much more expensive, but the average person will usually settle for chairs between $200 and $300.

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The impressive configurability of this chair probably exceeds the needs of many users. But we are dealing with an undeniably quality product, durable and well designed, but one that needs careful adjustment, ideally on the advice of an ergonomist. For an armchair that is used a lot, the purchase is absolutely recommendable.

aircentric 3

Manufacturer: ergoCentric (in partnership with gray mattr and Staples)

Price: $599.99

Rating: 4 out of 5

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