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The Asus ROG Destrier Ergo gaming chair is a chair from another world. Its futuristic design is intended to make you feel like you’re in Cyberpunk, while ensuring extreme ergonomics. It begins with an aluminum alloy exoskeleton for the seat and backrest, which is completed with a fully breathable synthetic mesh that will delight those who play, work, or study for hours.
The ergonomics are also on another level, allowing for height adjustment, armrests, headrest, adjustable backrest tilt, seat depth, and acoustic panel. All of this is made with high-quality craftsmanship and intuitive use of functions.
Construction and design
Undoubtedly, the Asus ROG Destrier Ergo gaming chair is one of the most original and innovative chairs on the market. It is practically a concept brought to life that seems to come from the future or from a video game. Its exoskeleton-type chassis design, floating upholstery, and enormous adjustability possibilities make it practically unique, and of course, everything unique comes with a price.
As for finishes, we only have this version in black and dark gray with a synthetic fabric composite surface. However, it is a chair that can be given many skins and original designs. Imagine how well it would look with a Cyberpunk or ROG skin.
We are more than satisfied with its aesthetics because it is elegant enough to be used even in an office, as well as for gaming and computers. With its complete measurements of 140 cm in height, 72 cm in width, and 84 cm in depth, it is a bit wider than most chairs, especially in width, so we anticipate that it will be very comfortable.
Wheels and support base
Let’s start by analyzing the base of the Asus ROG Destrier Ergo gaming chair, which won’t be much different from other gaming chairs, as it has a 5-point star format and a span of about 70 cm. It is made of aluminum alloy with a medium glossy gray finish that is entirely smooth.
We love its flat arm design on the top and sides, hollow underneath but maintaining a longitudinal reinforcement rib. Each end will have a reinforcement and a hole for inserting the wheel bolts, which are held in place by pressure.
Now, let’s move on to the 5 wheels, which have a rolling surface of 75 mm in diameter and are made of polyurethane. The spoke design looks fantastic, and it is also very robust, using double independent turning wheels on a common steel set. The installation bolt allows for 360º rotation like any other wheel, and it also has a plastic cover on the end to prevent noise or squeaking when the chair is moved.
Pneumatic shock cylinder
In this section, we will only look at the piston since the movement mechanism will be an integral part of the seat. The piston will be a common and straightforward one, constructed of steel and of class 4, operated by gas through a button on the top. It provides us with a height adjustment range of 8.5 cm.
Arguably, the most important component of the Asus ROG Destrier Ergo gaming chair will be the seat, which does all the magic in terms of adjustments with its integrated mechanism. But let’s start with its measurements first, 57 cm in width and 50 cm in depth, all of which is useful as it does not have side ears or get covered by the backrest. Well, there are small fins on the edges, but they are just the right size to hold us without getting in the way.
At first glance, it appears to have a simple design, with gently curved front edges and the entire useful surface slightly concave to perfectly accommodate the legs and buttocks. However, its construction is far from simple since it is a base of composite synthetic fabric attached to a plastic and metal edge, stretched enough to support a weight of 150 kg. Additionally, it is a sparsely dense fabric that allows for complete breathability, but it may be a little cold in the winter.
It is entirely floating, and there is no system underneath it to hold it like a board, metal, or foam. What is important for continuous use is whether this material stretches and gives way over time or remains in its original shape. Obviously, the user who buys it for daily use will discover this. At first glance, we can say that, being floating, it will adjust completely to the body and provide just the right amount of firmness, offering absolute comfort.
Chassis and jointed natural movement
Under this fabric, we have a sophisticated movement mechanism made of aluminum and steel alloy. The seat rests on it and, in turn, serves as a support for the backrest through the rear protrusion where it will be attached with three screws. In the central area, we have the hole where the piston will be installed.
The adjustment systems will be activated with a kind of levers, or rather, keys with straps (we see a total of 3 on the sides of the seat) that, in turn, transmit the action through a typical bicycle brake cable. In total, we will have 4 mechanisms that provide movement.
The key on the right side is responsible for the height adjustment. By simply pulling up on the strap, we can raise or lower the seat within a range of 8.5 cm. In this case, the height can be locked in any position of the range, just like regular gaming chairs.
By pulling down on the front left strap, we can recline the chair’s backrest within a range of 90 to 135 degrees. During the movement, if we pull the backrest up, it will be locked in positions of 90, 105, 120, and 135 degrees. We will pull up once more to unlock it, and there is also a safety mechanism that will not unlock until we apply pressure against the backrest, thus avoiding it from coming forward and hitting us.
Although there seem to be few locking angles, they are actually quite common positions, and a higher-resolution locking mechanism is not missed much. That’s not all, because at the same time the backrest tilts, the seat also raises slightly to optimize the body’s position, but it does not tilt backward as normal gaming chairs do. To this mechanism, a third element is added: the lower knob located on the right, which allows for adjusting the spring tension for the backrest’s tilt.
Finally, with the back left strap, we can adjust the seat depth, meaning that if we pull it, the seat will move forward or backward. This way, we can have a more inclined or straight position to better adjust to tall or short, thin or bulky people. It allows for locking in different positions.
The system is well thought out and is as original as the Asus ROG Destrier Ergo gaming chair itself. However, the cable operation is susceptible to one of them becoming loose. In fact, this has happened to us with the lever to adjust the seat depth since it cannot be locked. Fortunately, the seat will remain motionless while we are sitting, but it will return to its original position when we stand up.
Armrests of the Asus ROG Destrier Ergo gaming chair
We have yet to see the armrests in this area, which blend with the futuristic design of the Asus ROG Destrier Ergo gaming chair while maintaining perfect ergonomics and manufacturing quality. Like the rest of the chassis, their structure is also made of aluminum alloy, and the support surface is 26 x 10 cm with polyurethane foam padding.
These are 3D armrests that allow for height adjustment within a range of 14 cm by pressing the outer button (range of 17 to 31 cm above the seat), 360-degree rotation by pressing the front button, and depth adjustment of 5 cm by simply pushing them. Ideally, there would be another button for this last adjustment, as they can easily be moved.
The mechanism is firm and has no looseness, of great quality, a minimum requirement for a chair this expensive. The idea behind this design and such a capacity for rotation is to provide the user with comfort not only to support the forearms to adjust to the keyboard and mouse but also to play with the phone at the perfect height by resting the elbows.
The backrest of the Asus ROG Destrier Ergo gaming chair is based on an aluminum alloy exoskeleton in the shape of a “double Y” with a termination that will be attached to the seat base. On top of it, we have again a cover made of composite synthetic fabric, stretched and held at its entire edge by a plastic frame, just like the seat.
It provides perfect back support with the right amount of firmness, being as comfortable as the base. Its eight-sided geometric design gives a futuristic and Cyberpunk style to the chair, which is completed with two open ear-shaped lumbar support areas for accommodating larger individuals.
The ergonomics go a step further than the rest by adopting a 27 cm wide and 13 cm high support for the backrest at the rear. This provides depth adjustment in the lumbar area of 2 cm through two manually operated butterfly keys and a height adjustment of 7 cm. The adjustment is relatively comfortable, and due to the design, we understand that there is no other possibility, but it would be more comfortable to have one or two knobs on the sides to make this adjustment.
Headrest and sound-proofed panel
The Asus ROG Destrier Ergo gaming chair features an important element, the headrest, with an inverted triangle design measuring 32 cm in width and 19 cm in height, which is installed on the backrest through a telescopic arm that allows for height adjustment of 12 cm, horizontal rotation, and depth adjustment.
It is constructed with a rigid plastic chassis and telescopic arm, over which a firm foam filling is placed, covered with a textile fabric that is soft and perfectly adjusted to the head and neck. The Asus logo is embroidered on it with thread. The ergonomics are fabulous, but the hinge responsible for horizontal adjustment is too loose, and to adjust its hardness, we must remove its right cover to access the screw. An external screw mechanism with the possibility of locking would have rounded out this element.
The second element that will be located behind the headrest and acts as an acoustic screen is made of plastic and padded textile fabric, which also allows for height adjustment. In reality, it is a complement to give more personality to the chair, as its acoustic insulation is not very effective. The plastic chassis is a bit flimsy.
Conclusion about the Asus ROG Destrier Ergo gaming chair
The Asus ROG Destrier Ergo gaming chair is one of those chairs that marks a before and after in the industry, just like the Cougar Terminator, for example. The good thing is that we have tested it and, in addition to being incredible in aesthetics, it is also comfortable and provides a great user experience.
The manufacturer has ensured that the chosen fabric is very robust and perfectly molds to the body thanks to its floating design. It’s great for warm places due to its breathability, although it may feel cold in winter. It has a comfortable touch when combined with textile fibers like those of a sofa, although these will easily attract dirt.
The hours we have spent using it, and they are more than 8 per day, have left us delighted, and a great part of its success is due to its extreme ergonomics. To begin with, the levers are unique in their kind, being operated with cables very much in the style of Asus, which leaves us with doubts about their danger of loosening after extended use. A reclining backrest with lumbar curvature adjustment, height adjustment, a seat that can be modified in depth, and even a telescopic headrest will help us find a better body position than in any other chair on the market.
It is worth highlighting details such as the large, silent, and perfectly rolling wheels, the 3D padded armrests, although a button for depth adjustment is missing, the top isolation panel, or that high-quality aluminum exoskeleton that gives the chair a unique appearance.