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Are the new Secretlab Gaming Chairs worth replacing your old ones?

Lovin’ that loud, pink look

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When it comes to gaming chairs, Secretlab is (usually) the first brand that comes to mind. They’re sort of like the Ferrari of gaming chairs — only the gamer-iest gamer will have them (gaming chair diff, anyone?). I’m sure some will disagree. Ergonomic chairs are getting more and more popular in the market but that’s a discussion for another day.

I’m not really the best gamer around but I love collecting anything and everything that screams gamer. Back in 2020 when the pandemic started, like everyone else, I found myself sitting in my gaming room a lot more than usual.

I worked there and played video games there and was basically on my butt a lot so it made sense for me to upgrade from the old dinky office chair to a gaming chair and what better way than to get myself a Secretlab Omega 2020 Series Dva Edition

My two-year-old Secretlab x Overwatch chair still holds up great!

It’s been two years since and while I’m quite a hyper gamer (I will literally bounce in my chair as I game), the chair has held up pretty well. 

This year, a brand new version of the Secretlab chair has been released and it comes with some great quality of life upgrades which we didn’t see in the previous versions of the chair. What’s even better is that even the older chairs got a makeover with the upgrades. 

So now, for those who already own a Secretlab chair, is it worth the upgrade? Let’s compare.

Setting up

You don’t have to worry about living with grayed out arm rests now as it is easier than ever to replace

I remember the moment back in 2020 when my first ever gaming chair arrived. It felt like a coming-of-age (in gaming) moment. Now, note that I’m a 5’2″ girl with absolutely no muscle, living a sedentary lifestyle. My fingers are the only part of my body that gets a workout day in and out. 

Setting up the chair back then felt pretty awful without help. It was heavy, the screws had to be manually put in as I held the chair up. I remembered crying because my fingers hurt (haha). 

Now what about the SoftWeave Plus? This is where it gets interesting. The chair is still as heavy as it was before but it felt a lot easier to put together (did I get stronger?). Parts of the chair are now magnetic which removes the need to hold up the chair and screw on parts at the same time. 

Sliding the base of the chair with the back is also a lot more convenient thanks to the brackets. 

So yeah, you don’t need a plus one (or a crying session) to set up your chair. Overall, it only took me about 30 minutes to put the whole thing together compared to my previous chair which took me about two hours (yes, I will factor in the time I spent crying).

What’s different

While I absolutely loved the loud and pink look and feel of the Secretlab x Overwatch chair, this time around, I opted for the Secretlab SoftWeave Plush Pink chair (which fits in more with my pink and white setup if I do say so myself). Regardless, the latest versions of the Secretlab x Overwatch chairs also got an overhaul with the new designs.

The differences aren’t super stark but are definitely noticeable. The base of the chair is now flat instead of having raised sides which I absolutely love because there’s no more gap between the raised sides of the chair and the cushion. It was an absolute nightmare getting crumbs out of there to clean it. 

Magnetic memory foam pillow makes the chair look more sleek

On top of that, I noticed that over time, the main cushion and the raised sides of the chair started to widen, leaving a noticeable gap in the back and under the chair (likely from me sitting cross legged on my chair and bouncing around). Also, because of the wider seats, sitting cross legged on the chair is now comfier than ever!

Better neck rest pillow

The removable neck rest pillow is now magnetic instead of secured by a stretchy band which I also love. The previous band around the neck pillow of my previous chair was starting to stretch out and loosen.

In addition, the pillow’s shape is a lot more comfy as well. My only wish is that I’m able to put the pillow lower as it’s placed a little too high up for someone of my height (similar issue with the previous chair which I ended up removing the pillow altogether).

The gap in my previous Secretlab chair’s raised sides got noticeable as time went by.

Instead of a memory foam pillow for your back, the Secretlab SoftWeave now comes with lumbar support. You can’t really see it on the chair itself but you’ll find a knob on the right side of the chair to control it. It isn’t necessarily the widest in terms of the lumbar size range but it’s acceptable. You’ll definitely feel the back of the chair curve into your back as you twist the knob. I wish that it can curve a lot more forward to provide support to a wider range of users. However, I do prefer this a lot better than the memory foam pillow. That kept slipping down and needed to be adjusted multiple times a day. 

Easier to replace parts

The knobs that control lumbar support.

Remember I mentioned how some parts are now magnetic? This includes the armrests. I noticed that after around a year, my Secretlab Dva chair’s arm rests turned a cloudy gray which can’t be cleaned off. With the upgrade to magnetic armrests, this allows for the replacement of parts to be easier. 

The wheels also have been adjusted for better stability and weight balance. Personally, I didn’t notice too much of a difference in regards to that (likely due to my small frame and weight) but I did notice that the wheel glide feels smoother compared to before (I mean, it was already pretty smooth, how are they doing this?). 

SoftWeave Plus fabric

A closer look at the material.

Now, let’s talk about one of the most interesting selling points of the chair: the brand new SoftWeave Plus fabric. According to the website, the fabric is inspired by “performance footwear”. It definitely isn’t something I’d think about having on a chair but it is interesting regardless. 

The site mentions that the chair is “as soft as your favorite t-shirt and with a rich texture that feels incredible under your skin”. While I disagree about it being as soft as your favourite t-shirt, the texture  is definitely very, very comfortable. It’s reminiscent of my Nike Flyknit’s texture — a lot more comfortable than the previous version of the chair. 

My previous Secretlab chair’s neck pillow that’s stretched over time.

The breathable fabric does exactly as what it says on the tin. With the heatwave hitting Malaysia, my back usually feels very sticky after a while when I sit in my chair, even in an airconditioned room. Now, I don’t have that issue anymore. 

This time around, the Secretlab SoftWeave Plus gaming chairs also come in a variety of colours from the basic black and white to gray, pink, mint and blue which will definitely fit any gaming or productive setup’s aesthetic 

The verdict

If you’re running on the 2020 version of Secretlab gaming chairs and thinking of upgrading, I say get it. You get so many quality of life upgrade. And these are in the same price range as before with better longevity for your chair as well. 

It’s comfier with better support and a sleeker look. I really can’t think of any other gaming chair that both looks and feels great. 

Understandably, the pricing for a Secretlab chair can be pretty steep which is why this purchase is definitely an investment. Regardless, the 6.6 sale is coming very soon for Secretlab. So, go ahead out there and grab one while they’re on discount! You can check out Secretlab’s brand new designs on their official website.


Secretlab 6.6 sale:

  1. Up to 25% OFF select Secretlab chairs
  2. FREE Upholstery Wipes worth ₱1,190 with every chair purchase
  3. FREE Shipping with every chair purchase
  4. From as low as ₱3,315/month for up to 12 months

Buy Secretlab in the Philippines: Shopee | Lazada

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Razer introduces two new Ornata V3 keyboards

Slim, clicky, and ergonomic

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Ornata V3

Razer is releasing two new entry-level gaming keyboards in the Ornata V3 and Ornata V3 X, which will both have Razer’s Mecha-membrane switches.

The new keyboards come with all the basics expected of an affordable gaming accessory. That’s everything from their keycaps design, RGB backlight, and more.

The two low-profile gaming keyboards come with smaller footprint and slimline keycap designs. The ABS keycaps are UV-coated for scratch resistance, while the Ornata V3 X’s keycaps are spill-resistant.

The keyboards also feature Razer Chroma RGB with 10 lighting zones. The V3 X has four lighting effects: Breathing, Spectrum Cycling, Static, and Wave.

Aside from these, they have backlit dedicated media keys for more convenient controls such as playing and pausing, skipping, or adjusting brightness or volume.

Adding value to the Ornata V3 and V3 X is their magnetic soft-touch wrists rest. These are not often included for keyboards in their price range.

Pricing, availability

The Razer Ornata V3 and Ornata V3 X keyboards are now available on Razer’s official website, Shopee, Lazada, and through their authorized sellers.

The Ornata V3 will retail for PhP 2,590 while the Ornata V3 X is priced at PhP 4,199.

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SteelSeries unveils Arctis Nova Pro series

The almighty future of audio

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Arctis Nova Pro

SteelSeries has released the Arctis Nova Pro series. It’s latest and most advanced gaming and esports headsets yet from the company.

The series has two variants — the Arctis Nova Pro and Arctis Nova Pro Wireless. The new series is enhanced by SteelSeries’ Sonar Audio Software Suite. It helps deliver the ultimate sound quality and clarity.

The software is the first in-gaming Pro-grade Parametric EQ which gives gamers even more control over sound across games, team chat, and the microphone and allows them to adjust individual frequencies on the fly seamlessly.

Both variants come with immersive 360° Spatial Audio which is fully compatible with Tempest 3D audio for PS5 or Microsoft Spatial Sound.

They also feature Multi-System Connect which allows users to switch between platforms easily. Complementing the next-level sound experience is an AI-powered noise cancelling and broadcast-quality bidirectional microphone.

Price and availability

The Arctis Nova Pro will retail for US$ 279.99 for both the PC/PlayStation and Xbox options, while the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is priced at US$ 379.99.

In Singapore, pricing are as follows:

  • Arctis Nova Pro – SG$ 439
  • Arctis Nova Pro (Xbox) – SG$ 449 (available in Sep 2022)
  • Arctis Nova Pro Wireless – SG$ 599 (available in Sep 2022)
  • Arctis Nova Pro Wireless (Xbox) – SG $620

There are also booster packs for users to be able to customize the headsets with headbands and metallic color speaker plates of their choice.

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Final Fantasy XVI producer reveals game details in interview

Things just got more exciting

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Final Fantasy XVI

Ever since the announcement of Final Fantasy XVI a few years back, enthusiasts have been on the edge of their seats in anticipation how exactly the latest installment in the popular video game franchise would look like.

Now, no less than producer Naoki Yoshida is teasing us all with even more details for what is there to expect before FFXVI releases officially in the summer of 2023 exclusively on PS5.

Here’s a quick rundown of the highlights of his latest interview regarding FFXVI.

FFXVI won’t be traditional open world

Unlike previous iterations of Final Fantasy, the upcoming video game is going in a different direction as it will not be open world, surprisingly.

Instead, it will be an “independent area-based game design”. Still, Yoshida did give away that it will take a lot of inspiration from “triple-A open world RPGs” to allow players to experience the game on a “global scale”.

Clive’s got company — making battles more interesting

Prior to Yoshida’s interviews, players have been expecting FFXVI’s protagonist, Clive, to be a solo fighter which meant that the game would have been a single-player type for the first time.

But apparently, Clive’s got company — other characters who will fight alongside him but will be AI-controlled, according to Yoshida.

Something that will also resonate uniquely with players will be the Eikon-versus-Eikon battles. Players will be able to control an Eikon in real-time and engage with another Eikon.

Yoshida recalled the original Final Fantasy in making XVI

Citing the importance of making each of Final Fantasy’s releases true to its essence, Yoshida mentioned that he went to as far as thinking about the original Final Fantasy and remembering how it felt like while playing the lead role.

He said that he “wanted to recapture that feeling in XVI”, plus the advancements in technology and modern game design.

This is something Yoshida hopes could turn into reality for people to look forward to.

The game is almost ready as of the moment

Yoshida also mentioned that in terms of progress, the game is “fully playable from start to finish” already. 

As it stands, it looks like voice-overs in different languages are currently the focus as of the moment, as well as finetuning to make sure there are no bugs or glitches.

Since FFXVI is full of action, it is only natural for the developers to have it undergo several tests to ensure smooth gameplay.

A third trailer will drop later in 2022

Lastly, a third trailer that will succeed the “Dominance” trailer released a month ago will drop this fall.

That will surely excite players even more as they get closer and closer to Final Fantasy XVI’s launch next year.

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