Are you big and tall and looking for the best gaming chair for your build? Then check out my review of the Vertagear PL6000!
|⭐ Brief Summary|
This is an excellent, feature-packed gaming chair that is thoughtfully designed with medium and tall people in mind. Its maximum load of almost 374 lbs (170 kg) means it’s very stable, even with tilt and backrest adjustments (Max 140°). Unfortunately, the Vertagear PL6000 has the same shortcomings as the SL5000, namely: overly stiff armrests and a cross-legged position less comfortable than expected.
Note: This chair was provided by Vertagear for review.
Vertagear PL6000 Specs Sheet
View the table below to find out the specs of this gaming chair.
|Overview of the Vertagear PL6000|
|Weight: 58 lbs (26.4 kg)|
|Recommended height: between 5’9” and 6’8”.|
|Maximum load: 350 lbs (169 kg)|
|5 wheel aluminum alloy base|
|Backrest adjustment up to 140°|
|Industrial grade class-4 gas lift|
|Supplied with lumbar and headrest cushions|
Delivery and unpacking
On arrival, the box was heavy; I managed on my own but had someone available to help, just in case. It arrived in perfect condition, nothing more to say on that.
Inside, I found the different parts, starting, of course, with the chair base, the seat and the backrest, but also the cushions, the casters, the mechanism, the gas lift and the screws. Everything is well protected and organized. As you can see, there are not many parts, and I wasn’t overwhelmed.
Assembly of the Vertagear PL6000: quick and easy
This is a very easy chair to build. Indeed, I assembled it in 20–25 minutes and I even took notes and pictures during that time. In short, it went pretty fast, and that’s because of how well thought out the design and the assembly process are.
I noticed this first in the instructions. Instead of starting with the backrest, the manual specified to start with the seat. I placed it upside down (armrests on the floor) and then added the base, before flipping it over. It’s convenient and easy.
The design is very well thought out too, especially when it comes to the backrest. This is often a difficult step, as it requires you to align the tilt mechanisms properly with the backrest screw threads. Then you have to insert the screws, often by feeling around as you can’t see very well. The Vertagear PL6000 has anticipated this: the backrest is simply slid into the seat. From then on, everything is ‘automatically’ aligned and placing the screws is child’s play. There are no screw covers, but honestly, they’re not really necessary, as the screws blend in with the fabric.
Finally, it should be noted that the assembly instructions apply to several Vertagear models, but between the clarity of the instructions and the photos, I easily managed to build the chair.
Simply put, assembly is fast and identical to the assembly process of the Vertagear SL5000, a gaming chair I recently reviewed. On this subject, let me clarify: the two models are similar in many respects, and differ in specific features. I will therefore focus in particular on those specific aspects, while, of course, presenting all the other characteristics of the PL6000 gaming chair.
Features of the Vertagear PL6000 Gaming Chair
I will detail here the multiple features of the chair:
- Armrests: 4D
- Backrest: adjustment up to 140°
- Seat: adjustable in height
- Tilt: yes, with locking system
- Lumbar support: yes, with strap
- Head cushion: yes, with strap
- Maximum load: 373 lbs (169 kg)
In my view, the many features of the Vertagear PL6000 are one of its biggest strengths. The maximum adjustment of the backrest is not as wide as it could be, but the range of the tilt means that you can actually rock back far enough. The cushions are also of good quality, rather comfortable, even if using memory foam would have been a bonus, especially at that price. For the armrests, though I like the 4D design, I don’t think that it is optimized enough, and I will talk about it in detail in the next section. I also find that they are not padded enough: rather rigid, they are not especially comfortable on the arms.
What do I think of the Vertagear PL6000 and its build quality?
After testing the Vertagear PL6000, I can say that it has an excellent build quality. The structure is solid and stable, and the attention to detail is consistent. Fabric, structure, cushions, mechanism and gas lift: they are all premium. I’m a bit wary of the armrests though: their 4D design has potential but they aren’t sufficiently ergonomic with a lack of padding and a plastic feel. Now let’s look at the details:
- The fabric: it is a nice quality PU leather, identical to the one used for the SL5000. There are no hiccups and the stitching is perfect. I think it’s a shame that the fabric is not micro-perforated. It would give it increased breathability while adding an aesthetically interesting depth effect. Overall, the fabric is still very good.
- The back and head cushions: they are of very good quality, even if I should mention there were one or two snags, but nothing dramatic. Their stitching is flawless and the fabric isn’t pinched. I like their design, like the logo on the head cushion and the brand name on the lumbar cushion.
- The armrests: in my opinion, this is the main flaw of the chair, but there are some good elements too. Let’s look a little closer. The 4D design of the armrests is clearly good news. They can be adjusted from left to right (inside/outside), rotated, up and down and backwards and forwards. In fact, you will enjoy appropriate support thanks to this adjustability. However, the mechanisms need to be improved in my opinion. 3 buttons allow you to activate the different settings, except when it comes to adjusting the right/left direction. This one is free; it is certainly quite rigid (which prevents accidentally changing the setting), but I would have preferred a button. The locking system is also not very pleasant. The sliding system for height adjustment suffers from too much plastic: the movement isn’t very smooth. Apart from the various adjustment features, I find the 4D armrests a bit poor in terms of comfort. The padding is relatively non-existent, so I find them too stiff.
- The tilt feature: it can be activated or deactivated with a lever, which is interesting, as you can lean back and then locks the mechanism to stay in that position. I really appreciated this feature as well as the rocking effect.
- The backrest can be adjusted up to 140°, and the tilt is easily changed by means of the lever on the right side. Once at a 140-degree angle, I tried to activate the tilt mechanism to test the stability of the chair. What I said about the Vertagear SL5000 is even more valid: the mechanism is extremely solid, and the stability is exceptional. I felt secure, even though the majority of my weight was supported by the backrest alone. The changing of position is also well engineered as it is not abrupt. It is therefore very precise.
- The base and wheels: the base is made of metal; it is of a excellent quality, and suffers from no roughness or other defects. Its 5 arms allow much better stability than a 4 wheel base would. The casters are quite large and, most importantly, they are very silent. They move easily on all types of floors, including carpets and rugs.
- The gas lift: it is solid and allows the height of the chair to be adjusted smoothly.
In conclusion, I think the Vertagear PL6000 is a solid and stable high-end gaming chair packed with features. The build quality is excellent and the adjustments are generally good, although the armrests are less convincing.
Comfort and ergonomics of the Vertagear PL6000
Let’s talk about comfort and review in detail the feel on the back, neck and head as well as the quality of the seat and armrests.
This gaming chair is ergonomic and comfortable on the back.
First of all, the backrest is well padded and its comfort is quite snug, even more so thanks to the contoured edges. The lumbar cushion is also useful, as you can easily fit it in any position. Although the padding is not exceptional, the cushion fulfills its purpose perfectly and supports the lower back reasonably well. After several hours of use, I had no pain!
I also found the gaming chair ergonomic for the head and neck thanks to the cushion. Without it, the top of the backrest is too lightly padded to provide sufficient support. With the cushion, the comfort is good and supports the spine well.
However, for the price, I would have preferred memory foam, which is more ergonomic thanks to its ability to adapt to the body.
I found the seat comfortable, with a rather firm support. Perhaps it’s my imagination, but I think the seat is more balanced than the seat of the much firmer SL5000 gaming chair. It feels close to the Noblechairs Icon. For more firmness, opt for the KLIM eSport gaming chair. Although it is theoretically possible to sit cross-legged, I wish the seat was wider and therefore more comfortable.
The armrests offer personalized comfort but are unfortunately not padded enough. Different settings allow you to find the best position, depending on your body type, your position, your activity, etc. However you can’t take full advantage of the armrests’ potential as they’re too lightly padded. As a result, I find them rigid, they hold your forearms rather than really support them.
Verdict of the Vertagear PL6000 Gaming Chair
To conclude my review, the Vertagear PL6000 is a high-end, versatile gaming chair that is suitable for big and/or tall people. This model is similar to the SL5000 including for the quality of the fabric and the structure, extensive features and overall a very good level of comfort. However, it’s a shame that sitting cross-legged is difficult and I wish the seat was wider.
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So, do I recommend the Vertagear PL6000 gaming chair?
Yes, if you are tall or have a large build. If you are a medium-sized person weighing up to 264.5 lbs (120 kg), the SL5000 is still a more interesting choice due to its lower price.
Apart from the design, the only other distinguishing feature is the cross-legged seat which isn’t well executed. Overall, I think this is an excellent gaming chair, but it compares poorly to the cheaper Secretlab Titan XL, which offers the same features and has better armrests.
- A XL version of the SL5000
- It’s ultra-fast and easy assembly.
- Its both neutral and gaming aesthetic
- The many features (rocking chair, backrest adjustability, 4D armrests, etc.)
- Very quiet castors
- Quality structure, fabric and finishes
- The armrests are too rigid and their adjustments need to be improved
- Cross-leg seating is a bit limited