Andaseat recently partnered with Marvel to come up with a series of chairs based on some of their iconic characters. You’ve got Captain America, Iron Man, Spiderman, and the star of this review, the Ant Man Edition.
While I’m not particularly into comic books, I was intrigued when Andaseat reached out to me to review the Andaseat Ant Man. The last Andaseat chair I reviewed absolutely killed it in terms of quality. The Kaiser II Gaming Chair was exceptional in most ways. Will the Ant Man be a repeat of this in a smaller package?
Find out below.
Andaseat Ant Man Overview
The Ant Man is a mid sized gaming chair that’s a big departure from the usual big and tall gaming chairs Andaseat is known for. This is exciting for me, as the gaming chair market could use more competition in the mid tier space:
Note: The Andaseat Ant Man and Jungle chairs are virtually identical in specs except for the Marvel branding in the former. If you have trouble finding the Ant Man on sale, the Jungle is a comparable alternative.
As far as competition goes, the chair’s closest competitor in my opinion is the AKRacing Core Series chairs.
Andaseat Ant Man Specs
Here are the Ant Man’s specs at a glance. Some measurements may differ from the official numbers, as they are taken directly by me:
- Chair height from floor to top of seat cushion: 16.5″ to 20.5″
- Usable seat width and depth: 15” x 18”
- Backrest height: 33.5”
- Backrest Tilt: 90 – 160 degree lockable backrest recline and tilt
- Armrests: 2D
- Accessories: Neck and lumbar pillow, fabric mat (Ant Man Edition only)
- My recommended User Height: 5’2” – 6’1”
- My recommended User Weight: < 250 lbs
Quality of the Andaseat Ant Man Chair
This is what I was most curious to find out- the quality of the Ant Man chair.
Well, after 30 days of continuous usage, I can say Andaseat has proven to me that the quality of their chairs are uniformly good. The Ant Man doesn’t just feel like an upper range gaming chair, it performs like one.
Firstly, it passed my squeak test with flying colors. During the four weeks, the chair was as stoic as ever, with zero noise coming out of any of the components that would be indicative of either poor craftsmanship or materials.
The base on the Ant Man (and Jungle) is made of aluminum, with a beautiful matt black finish that reminds me of the paint job on a high end Mercedes.
The upholstery feels luxurious to the touch. There is none of that sticky plasticky feel to it. Better yet, the foam inside the chair keeps its shape well even after long hours of sitting in it. If you sit with one foot on the seat you might see an imprint after a while, though the foam always bounces back very quickly.
Based on my research, the leather on the Antman and Jungle chairs is made of durable PVC, while the foam is cold cured with a high density of 55kg/ cm3.
So in terms of quality, let’s just say the Ant Man and Jungle chairs don’t have an ounce of cheapness in them.
You’ll find the standard array of gaming chair features on the Antman and Jungle. Almost too standard.
There’s the obligatory external neck and lumbar pillows that are both height adjustable. The former in particular I find does a great job of supporting my neck compared to some pillows that are usually too soft or shallow.
The backrest can both tilt (rock) and recline all the way back to a dozing 160 degrees. Even if you only do it occasionally, laying flat on the chair and looking up stretches your entire back and neck, and can be incredibly relaxing.
An awesome accessory you’ll receive if you get the Ant Man chair (versus the Jungle) is a round Marvel themed chair mat:
The design of the mat complimented the chair perfectly, and really elevates the entire decor of the room I must say. It’s too bad this isn’t available in the Jungle edition.
One rather big omission on the Ant Man and Jungle chairs are 3D armrests. They can only move up and down, though I appreciate the rubberized padding that makes them superior to plastic armrests in feel and quality. Nonetheless, considering that 3D armrests are quite prevalent even in gaming chairs that cost under $200, I’m disappointed by this omission.
Ant Man (and Jungle) Chair Size and Comfort
Thanks to the premium materials, the Ant Man fared really well in the comfort department for me. The high density foam seat in particular provided an almost perfect balance between support and suppleness that enabled me to sit for many hours on end without limping afterwards. On the AKRacing Core SX for example, the foam inside was just a tad bit too stiff for me.
There is one caveat, however, and that is the rather shallow seat depth that makes the chair potentially unsuitable for really tall people in my opinion.
On both the Ant Man and Jungle chairs, the seat measures 15” W by 18” D. The number to pay attention to is the later. At just 18” deep, this is 2” less than the seat depth on the GTRacing Chair, and just over 1” short compared to the AKRacing Core SX.
So what does that mean? Well, I’m 5’8”, and with the lumbar pillow behind me, I feel a bit too much of the back of my thighs dangling as a result. With the lumbar pillow removed everything is perfect. The shallow seat depth means the Ant Man and Jungle chairs are ill suited for taller people, perhaps anyone above 6’1”.
Ant Man Gaming Chair- Sink or Swim?
The Ant Man isn’t the most adjustable, but it’s a safe bet in terms of comfort and quality for mid sized people. This is a gaming chair where you won’t be complaining about the hydraulics failing or cushion bottoming out after just a few months. It’s also pretty darn stylish if you ask me.
Having said that, if you have longer legs (6’1” would be my guesstimate) or are used to 3D armrests, the AKRacing Core SX is a viable alternative that’s in the same price range.
- Excellent build quality with zero creaking/ squeaking
- Very comfortable cold cured foam seat
- Surprisingly comfortable neck pillow
- Stylish design, especially in the Ant Man Edition with the chair mat
- Armrests only move up and down
- Seat too shallow for people with longer legs
- Frequently out of stock (esp the Ant Man Edition)