AndaSeat Kaiser 3 Review – IGN
You can find gaming chairs across the gamut of price and quality, but Secretlab has always produced winners. Many chairs rival and some follow in Secretlab’s footsteps, but perhaps none more so than the new AndaSeat Kaiser 3. From its refined assembly process to its magnetic parts, it’s a chair surprisingly similar to the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 – and at $449 to $549, depending on material and size, AndaSeat is asking for a little less money compared to the Titan Evo’s current $519 starting price. So if the Kaiser 3 looks so much like the 2022 Titan Evo, let’s look at how close it comes.
AndaSeat Kaiser 3 – Pictures
AndaSeat Kaiser 3 – Design and Features
The AndaSeat Kaiser 3 is a throne in its XL size, which is a little bigger in the seat than the large standard. In the end, both versions benefit from a more spacious seat thanks to a flatter design which eliminates unnecessary bolsters on each side. Even though the chair has two side lips, they are filled with padding which makes it a comfortable place to sit.
The lack of bolsters on the seat doesn’t make it any less of a gaming chair. It still contains a curved back that swoops down either side of the torso and pushes forward into the shoulder for an AFK-unable posture. There are still two large holes that could have been used previously by the lumbar pillow straps, but AndaSeat has also updated its ergonomics.
Inside the backrest, the Kaiser 3 has adjustable lumbar support which is controlled by a dial on either side of the chair. One raises or lowers the lumbar support, and the other raises or lowers its bulge. It’s not the most transparent design for a lumbar system, as it’s hard to see anything in the fabric of the chair, but it’s effective and almost exactly what you find on the Titan Evo 2022 and similar to the system of DXRacer master module. The headrest also gets an upgrade with a plush memory foam pillow that snaps in place with magnets and a wide range of height adjustment. Then there are the 4D armrests which are like all other 4D armrests except with slightly softer toppers which again can come loose with magnets.
Removing the armrest tops might not make much sense, but AndaSeat says it has a skateboard– style attachment coming in the next two months. Unfortunately, the Kaiser 3 and Titan Evo 2022’s armrests don’t look identical enough to be interchangeable, as their pivot adjustment knobs are differently shaped (the only noticeable difference I can see).
The Kaiser 3 has some of the other gaming chair goodies I expect at this price point. Namely, it can recline well back, up to 165 degrees, and the seat base tilts, letting it go even further. Its 2.7-inch height-adjustment range is decent, but not impressive, but the extended armrest height adjustment helps compensate for that.
The chair either comes with a PVC leather finish like you’ll find on many gaming chairs, or a fairly comfortable linen fabric finish. It’s likely to get dirty more easily, but the heather ash gray of the model I tested hides imperfections well.
With a large 20.2 x 19.6 inch seat and an XL 20.6 x 22.4 inch seat, the Kaiser offers roomy seating regardless of size, making it a viable gaming chair option. big and tall. Both models feature a heavy-duty Class 4 gas lift to hold plenty of weight, although the large is only recommended for weights up to 260 pounds while the XL can hold up to 395 pounds. This is in line with the Titan Evo 2022, although far from the E-Win Flash XL Limit of 550 lbs.
AndaSeat Kaiser 3 – Assembly
The assembly process for the Kaiser 3 is about as easy as it is for gaming chairs that don’t just come pre-assembled. Wheels, wheelbase and piston must fit together. The reclining seat base should be bolted to the bottom of the seat and the seat back should be bolted to the seat base. The armrests are pre-attached, which saves a little time. Even here the Kaiser 3 is like the Titan Evo, as the seat back has an alignment rail to help it line up with the mounting arm. This makes it a bit easier to assemble, but it took a bit of fiddling to line up the holes on the opposite side. Still, the process took less than 15 minutes to manage alone.
AndaSeat Kaiser 3 – Game
It’s amazing what a difference a few small design changes can make. The biggest improvement for use has to be in the seat base. The lack of metal reinforcements completely obliterated the nagging little sensation that could turn into a sore spot on the sides of my legs after long hours in other gaming chairs, including AndaSeat’s. In the Kaiser 3 I can work and play for hours without having trouble spots like this in my legs.
I scoured dozens of hours of Elden Ring and spent even more time working in the Kaiser 3, and it proved a worthy partner. The armrests have the flexibility to line up with my desk slightly higher than usual so I can get solid wrist ergonomics for gaming and working with the mouse and keyboard. The armrests drop low enough for me to sit comfortably, and they tilt nicely to get my hands on a controller when I want to game that way.
The chair is a little aggressive for a posture. That’s pretty standard for gaming chairs, but a little awkward if you’re used to office chairs. This means a shoulders forward position that curves the back slightly. So far I haven’t felt it caused any problems, but I feel like my posture can never be quite right in the chair. Even though the lumbar support may well be where I need it for good lower back support, my upper back is less supported.
Fortunately, the base of the seat compensates for the backrest. Given how nicely supportive it is, I don’t find it too uncomfortable to just sit forward and straight with my back away from the backrest. I sit over 220 pounds in this seat, so lighter gamers will likely find it even more comfortable. Meanwhile, at 6’3″, there is still room on the backrest for the pillow to rise for even taller players.