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Cooler Master Caliber R1S Review

Cooler Master Caliber R1S Review
Cooler Master Caliber R1S Review

Cooler Master also manufactures gaming seats such as cooler master caliber R1S in addition to PC cases and other accessories. The R1, its entry-level chair, lacks high-end features like a tilt function or four-direction adjustable armrests, but it is pleasant and reasonably priced at $249 to $279 for the virtually similar, alternate-patterned R1S we tried. Although Cooler Master’s more expensive Caliber X1C, an Editors’ Choice pick for gaming chairs, is significantly superior in terms of design, functionality, and build quality, the R1S is still a solid option for those on a budget.

The Caliber R1S is offered in black with pink or purple accents, black with grey or purple camouflage accents, or white with pink accents. These are the “special” options, although the Caliber R1 chair is also available in black with purple, red, or white accents.

Cooler Master Caliber R1S Review

Standard Gaming Chair Assembly

Cooler Master Caliber R1S Review: Standard Gaming Chair Assembly

The procedure for assembling the R1S is similar to that of almost every other gaming chair. The chair is fastened to the seat using bolts, followed by the armrests and mounting plate. The wheels and gas cylinder are then inserted into the base, and the chair is then placed on top of the gas cylinder. Although some chairs kindly arrive with the mounting plate or armrests already attached to the seat, every traditional gaming chair needs these procedures.

As usual, connecting the chair back to the seat is the most annoying task. This is caused by the size of the parts and the necessity of the seat brackets to line up with screw holes on the back that are concealed by holes in the fabric. We’d like to see more companies use Secretlab’s tactic of fastening rectangular plates over the chair’s back holes to facilitate the alignment of the bolts.

Capacity and Adjustments

Cooler Master Caliber R1S Review: Capacity and Adjustments

The suggested weight limit for the R1S is 192 pounds, while the maximum weight limit is 330 pounds. It will be comfortable for gamers that are between 4′ 11″ and 5′ 11″. The backrest is 22.4 inches in width and 32.3 inches in height, while the seat measures 20.9 inches broad and 22.4 inches deep.

The R1S just makes the most basic changes. Like many gaming and business chairs, the chair’s height may be adjusted using a gas cylinder between 17.7 and 20.9 inches. Using the lever on the right side of the seat, the back may recline between 90 and 180 degrees. By pressing a button under each one, the armrests’ height may be adjusted. The ergonomic adjustments are now complete. The Cooler Master Caliber X1C has a chair tilt capability that the R1S does not have, and the armrests cannot be pushed forward, backward, left, or right, or turned at different angles.

Solid Frame, Light on Foam

Cooler Master Caliber R1S Review: Solid Frame, Light on Foam

The R1S has imitation leather upholstery in gray-white or purple camouflage patterns and a steel frame that has been encased in foam. Along the back and seat, where your body would come into touch with it, the leatherette is supple, soft, and laced with perforations for ventilation.

The seat and back cushions have extra thick foam that is soft enough to feel comfortable without seeming fragile. However, it doesn’t feel nearly as substantial as Secretlab’s chairs because all save the core of the seat is foam hung over the chair’s frame.

The R1S comes with lumbar and head cushions so you can provide a little more support for your lower back or head. The foam of the head cushion is significantly softer than that of the lumbar cushion, which is solid and hard. The imitation leather used for both has the same grey and camouflage patterns as the chair itself.

Cooler Master Caliber R1S Review: X1C Chair

I found the chair to be supportive and pleasant despite sitting considerably above the R1S’s suggested weight limit but well below the maximum limit. Although the seat is just slightly narrower than the X1C’s, because of the sharper angle of its side curves, it seems to be smaller. Although it wasn’t oppressive, the X1C’s flatter side curves provide someone my stature considerably more room to move around.

Even though the cushioning and imitation leather aren’t as thick as they are in Secretlab’s seats, the chair has a sturdy construction. In particular, the leatherette is quite supple and doesn’t seem fragile or thin. Although it lacks the substantial foam construction of the X1C and Secretlab Titan EVO, the suspended padding still performs satisfactorily.

The R1S spins and reclines with no problems related to balance. If you enjoy relaxing in your chair by rocking back and forth, its absence of a tilt mechanism will frustrate you. The base is made of plastic, but it is robust and solid, and the casters move effortlessly across carpet.

Comfort on a Budget

Cooler Master Caliber R1S Review: Comfort on a Budget

The Cooler Master Caliber R1S (and thus, the R1) is an affordable, competent gaming chair. In terms of build quality, adjustability, and general feel, it lags much below the $549 Secretlab Titan EVO and $399 Cailber X1C, but it is also significantly less expensive at $249 to $279. Our favourite gaming seats are the Titan EVO and X1C, but if you’re looking for a nice chair that isn’t too expensive, the R1S is a solid option.

The $299 Razer Enki X is comparable in quality and feel, with an all-black design (with Razer green stitching) and a distinctive, diamond-quilted chair back, if you don’t like the various colour possibilities or would prefer a somewhat different style. If you want a mesh-backed, more minimalist gaming chair but don’t want to spend the money on a Mavix ($555) or Herman Miller ($1,495), the $319 Respawn Specter is a great alternative.

Budget-friendly, well-made gaming seats with little frills are the Cooler Master Caliber R1S and R1 chairs.

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