DXRacer or AKRacing? This is a question that every enthusiastic gamer has to face when hunting for the best gaming chair since the models from these 2 brands are pretty much very similar at the surface. Actually, only the logos might help you tell one brand from another.
However, anyone who tested seats from these two manufacturers will tell you that they perform differently on various fronts that really matter when choosing a great gaming chair.
Are you curious which chairs are best in terms of functionality and comfort? Keep reading and you’ll know the answer. You’ll also find out which DXRacer and AKRacing chairs were rewarded by GAMERSTAMINA as Best Value For Money.
DXRacer and AKRacing Gaming Chairs Overview
DXRacer – an American company and AKRacing – Chinese brand, were both started in 2001 as manufacturers of luxury sports car seats and then they branched to modern gaming chairs. Seats from these 2 brands are crafted with great focus on ergonomics and functionality and are generally considered to be the leaders in the e-sport zone.
Now, let’s get to the heart of this DXRacer vs AKRacing article… One on One Comparisons
AKRacing vs DXRacing: Design
Seat and Headrest
All DXRacer gaming and office chairs have a bucket-style seat and both sides of the headrest and seat are raised for a more ergonomic look and feel.
Majority of chairs have 2 holes on the headrest. These holes allow you to adjust the neck pillow using special clip. In models that lack these holes the head pillow is built-in and unadjustable.
Another important design feature worth noting here is that the height of wings on the seat varies from one model to the other. Some models are more rounded and cuddle you in.
Here you can find more details about colors and design of AKRacing and DXRacer.
Similar to DXRacer seats, all AKRacing in the Core, Masters, and Office series have bucket-style seats and headrest. Again, most of these seats have 2 holes on the headrest expect for the Premium (Masters series) and Onyx (Office series). All chairs have adjustable neck pillow – in contrast to some of the DXRacer chairs.
Seat and headrest – who wins?These 2 brands are quite similar in design and headrest characteristics. So, it’s a tie at this front. You only need to get a model that meets your needs in terms of the neck and lumbar support as well as wing size.
Base and wheels
All seats from these 2 brands are fitted with a 5-star base- and while they are very similar at the surface, they differ a lot in terms of construction materials and general reliability.
Depending on the intended users, DXRacer seats are fitted with either aluminum or nylon bases. The nylon bases have a matte finish and are available in only one color – black. Aluminum bases, on the other hand, have a shiny finish and come in black and silver colors.
Generally, aluminum bases are meant for heavy-duty chairs with higher weight capacities, although some chairs with smaller weight limit also have aluminum base.
Nylon bases, on the other hand, can be found only on smaller chairs with lower capacity.
With regard to the casters, DXRacers are fitted with 2-inch or 3-inch PU wheels depending on the model. Generally, most buyers affirm that these casters roll easily on carpets although there are a few reports of the 2-inch wheels struggling a bit.
All the chairs in AKRacing’s new lineups use a 5-star base. Only the new model AKRacing Masters Series Pro has 3” PU rollers. All others use 2.5’’ casters.
AKRacing uses steel for the Core series while the Masters series seats are fitted with high tensile aluminum bases that are argued to be up to 10 times stronger compared to steel.
Not enough information? Here you can find more detailed comparison of DXRacer and AKRacing durability.
Base and wheels – who wins?
The bases from either of these brands feel equally strong especially when comparing DXRacer seats with the new AKRacing series chairs.
Some of the DXRacer chairs offer two types of bases to choose from – a good thing for customization. Again, a few people who’ve used the new models from AKRacing report that the casters felt cheap thereby leaving the DXRacer the clear winner here.
Foam and Materials
AKRacing and DXRacer are premium brands in the e-sport industry. Thus, it’s not surprising that their seats are crafted using high-quality cold-cured foam in an ergonomic shape that molds to the gamer’s body shape.
It is noteworthy that all AKRacing chairs have the same foam density, while DXRacer chairs differ in that matter (larger chairs have higher foam density). Remember to factor this in as you compare these two brands in terms of durability and cushion firmness.
The major differences in this section are on the materials used for the covers and the choices available per seat.
The following chairs in DXRacer series are available with only one seat cover:
- Boss and Classic chairs – leather style vinyl cover
- Valkyrie – PU leather cover
Other seats offer between 2 and 4 types of covers to choose from. Formula – the most popular series, comes in 4 different seat cover types.
All AKRacing chairs are covered with PU leather or polyester fabric. Each chair comes only in one type of material and you cannot change it. The only exception is Onyx that allows you to choose between real and PU leather.
If you want to read more about material and comfort here you can check our full comparison.
Foam and materials – who wins?Of course, having choices especially on the type of cover is a good thing when trying to optimize comfort. As such, it goes without saying that DXRacer has the upper hand here.
AKRacing vs DXRacer: Color versions
All DXRacer seats come in at least 3 color versions. Some series, like Formula offer more than 10 color schemes.
All the new seats in AKRacing’s new lineups come in 4-8 color versions except for Onyx and Onyx Deluxe that come in only one color, black.
Colors versions – who wins?Color is more of personal preference, and the fact that most of these brands’ seats offer several versions makes this a tie.
DXRacer or AKRacing: Features
When buying an ergonomic gaming chair, there are several must-have features and some nice-to-have features to look out for- and these 2 brands seem to have all of these in most of their models. Here is a list of features that are common between these two.
This feature allows you to rock back and forth on the chair. It works in a similar manner between these 2 brands only that it is named differently. DXRacer chairs offer 2 types of tilt mechanisms; conventional and multi-functional which are similar to standard and advanced seat mechanisms in AKRacing seats.
What is the difference between conventional/standard and multi-functional/advanced mechanism? The former one allows you to rock back and forth or lock the chair so it doesn’t move at all. The latter one has additional tilt angle lock which allows you to lock the chair in titled position. Some people say it’s a very relaxing position.
Other than rocking back and forth, you can recline backrest almost flat when you want to relax or take a quick nap. The angles of recline do differ slightly between these brands and among seats from the same manufacturer, though.
In all the 4 series of the AKRacing, you can recline the seat from 90 degrees to 180 degrees. On the other hand, most DXRacer chairs recline to utmost 135 degrees. Tank, Sentinel, and Boss series allow a 120-degree recline angle which is understandable considering that they are meant for bigger and heavier folks and further recline could decrease chair stability.
All seats from these brands have at least height-adjustable armrests. Depending on the model, though, most of them also have 3D and 4D functionalities. 3D armrests allow you to slide them up and down, back and forth, and sideways, 4D armrests additionally pivot from left to right.
It’s worth to mention that even the smallest and most basic chair from AKRacing new series has 3D armrests. On the other hand this feature can be found only on some of DXRacer chairs (Classic, Racing, Boss or Tank models) and they cost more.
If you are still not sure check our broad comparison of chairs features from these two brands.
All DXRacer and AKRacing chairs come with a cervical pillow to keep you nicely supported throughout.
Keep in mind, however, that while some models allow you to adjust the position of the pillow up and down, others won’t. Of those with non-adjustable cushion, there are some that allow you to remove the pillow while in others, it is permanently attached to the seat so it cannot be removed.
All AKRacing chairs have adjustable neck pillow, while some of DXRacer seats have non-adjustable pillow.
Lumbar pillow, included with all AKRacing and DXRacer chairs is always adjustable and removable.
Features – who wins?
Tilt, recline, fully-adjustable armrests, and good neck and lumbar support are among the things that matter the most among professional gamers. It’s, therefore, not surprising that this is where DXRacer and AKRacing tend to concentrate most of their efforts on.
The features that you get will depend on the model that you choose. However, I think AKRacing wins in this category, because all of their new chairs (released in 2018) have 3D arms and adjustable neck cushion.
DXRacer vs AKRacing – Available sizes
Long before thinking about the features available on an office or gaming chair, you need to ensure that it is a good fit depending on your build- small, average, or big.
Both companies offer wide range of sizes therefore every user can find a chair for himself. If you’re not sure how to choose proper size of DXRacer and AKRacing chair read this article.
AKRacing vs DXRacer: Warranty and Customer Support
Online shopping comes with its set of challenges; the biggest of them all? Not being able to try out the chair beforehand. In addition, it’s very easy to fall for the wrong chair. At times, some seats just won’t work as expected and could also break before paying for themselves too.
This is what makes it so important to know what your options are in case any of these occurrences actually happens.
This manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty on the frame and a 2-year warranty on all other parts to the original buyer only.
Now, you’ll have 30 days from the day of purchase to try it out and ship it back- should you want to. But be informed that you’ll have to pay for the shipping, as well as a 10-20% restocking fee.
AKRacing US offers you a 10-year warranty on the frame and 5 years on defects in workmanship and materials.
This manufacturer allows you to return the chair in 14 days should you not like it. While it’s considerably shorter than what DXRacer allows, the good news is that AKRacing does not ask for any restocking fees if the seat is in its original package and was not used. You’ll need to foot the shipping charges with this one too, though.
Would you like to know more? Read full comparison of DXRacer and AKRacing support & warranty terms.
Warranty and customer support – Who wins?The 10-20% restocking fee that DXRacer slaps you with should you want a replacement or to return the chair is quite harsh especially for gamers on a tight budget. In this category I think AKRacing is a winner.
Which chairs are the best value for money: DXRacer or AKRacing
Honestly, it might be hard to give a general opinion on this one considering that specific models perform differently in real life. In addition, keep in mind that how a seat performs in terms of comfort, support and durability greatly relies on you picking the right model (accordingly to your height and body size) and taking good care of it.
All in all, here is my opinion on the seats that offer the best value for money from each brand:
- Formula series
- Drifting Series
- Racing series
- King series
- Core Series EX
- Core Series EX-Wide
- Master series Max
- Office Series Opal
Why should you buy DXRacer gaming chairs?
- The first thing that I personally like about DXRacer seats is that they have been around for quite some time now. That’s to say that they have been tested by the online gaming community and it’s, therefore, very easy to get reliable feedback regarding specific models to help you make solid judgments.
- If you want a brand that offers lots of choices in terms of customization. DXRacer chairs come in different types of colors and cover material, there’s also wide range of sizes.
- If you want a lifetime warranty on the chair frame
Why should you buy AKRacing gaming/office seats?
- If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, but still want to have a lot of useful features (like 3D armrests).
- If you want a gaming chair that reclines flat for naps.
- If you don’t want something so flashy.
- If you are worrying you might choose a wrong size or not like it in person, and don’t want to pay a restocking fee in case you need to return the chair.