As you may know, Secretlab is an amazing gaming company that manufactures best-in-class gaming chairs based on the fundamentals and ergonomics of how a gamer chair should be. We have reviewed a lot of great gaming chairs in the past, and Secretlab consistently exceeded our expectations in terms of build quality, look, and comfort. They come with professional-grade structure and design that covers even the tiniest details to ensure that the look and feel of the product helps promote a phenomenal gaming experience each and every single time.
But who would have thought that the already comfortable gaming chair can get even more comfortable? Sounds pretty insane, right? Well, you are in for a treat as we present to you our review for the Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™.
Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™ At A Glance
SoftWeave™ vs. Ordinary Fabric
SoftWeave™ and your regular high-grade fabric essentially share the same principles. However, SoftWeave™ is significantly more durable as the threads were woven on a tighter sequence. You might think the tightened weave will compromise breathability, but this is not an issue with the SoftWeave™ as it still promotes significantly higher breathability compared to PU leather and even better heat dissipation compared to conventional fabric-based materials.
One direct advantage of the SoftWeave™ compared to the usual fabric is durability. Fabric-based chairs are extremely prone to runs and scratches from pets or sharp objects. SoftWeave™ offers a more resilient structure that can sustain claw marks, but you should still take care of it and not turn it into some dart board or scratching post.
SoftWeave™ vs. PU Leather
There is this plush and luxurious feel to SoftWeave™ that PU leather can only dream of. The intricate weaving process that created the SoftWeave™ in every Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™ chair allows the consumer to have a very soft yet well-supported sitting experience, and the texture is very comfortable to the skin. Generally, the SoftWeave™ is for gamers and consumers who want softer and more durable upholstery.
However, SoftWeave™ is not all praises. Remember that it is still derived from the basis of fabric, but it has been significantly improved by thorough research and engineering process. SoftWeave™ is not stain or spill-resistant, although it will not absorb liquids as fast as conventional fabric would. Any accidental spills should be wiped with a dry paper towel in the soonest possible time.
The common strength of both SoftWeave™ and PU leather is that they are low maintenance. Both do not require frequent maintenance, although the maintenance approach part ways between these materials. SoftWeave™ will need vacuuming, and for dirtier or tougher to remove stains, a fabric cleaner can be used.
Secretlab Titan In SoftWeave ™ Fabric: The Unboxing
Office Stress Test
After taking turns sitting and reclining on the Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™, we already know how durable it is. However, we tried to test the durability of the actual SoftWeave ™ material. Compared to conventional fabric material, there is a unique resistance to it when being scratched. This type of resistance has been developed through the manufacturing process where the resilience of the threads has been improved to be able to withstand mild scratches and stains. The SoftWeave ™ fabric is tough, but remember that the material is not completely invincible.
If you have a very curious cat hanging around the gaming area, then you might encounter a problem. The sensation of this fabric can be a cat magnet; it can be mistaken for a rubbing stop or, worse, a scratching post. Based on how the material withstands scratches from human fingernails, we think it can survive mild cat scratches. Just don’t give let your cat make it a habit because continued exposure to cat scratching will compromise not only the look but also the quality of the SoftWeave ™ fabric. The best idea here is to make the chair off limits to your cats.
Another part of the stress test is its resilience to stains – in solid or liquid form. Being an office that is densely populated by humans who are fond of Doritos and Cheetos with coffee flowing in their veins, this should be a very interesting activity. To our surprise, the SoftWeave ™ actually repelled the liquid stains for a brief moment, and that moment is long enough for you to be able to wipe off the liquid before it penetrates the material and the foam. That is a very nice touch and can help prevent subsequent stains that can be almost permanent unless you have the product thoroughly cleaned by the pros.
Doritos and Cheetos-type stains, however, are interesting kinds of stains. Other than the fact that they begin as a bright-colored stain, they “age” and accumulate into darker and grimier types that are not only unsightly but also harder to remove. It is actually trickier to remove solid yet sticky stains than liquid stains, because if you’ll remove them by applying pressure, the smaller microscopic particles will penetrate the tiny spaces between threads. This makes the cleaning process complicated. The best thing to do to remove solid particles is to dust them off and not wipe them off.
Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™ Review
After we received our unit, the first thing we noticed is the quality that is being consistently delivered by Secretlab. The chair looks luxurious, and the SoftWeave™ material really feels amazing to the touch. We can’t completely describe it, but it really feels way better than the fabric material used in other gaming chair brands. We believe this has been achieved through a thorough grinding process, which allows the threads to achieve a soft and fluffy texture that can be experienced the moment you touch it or the moment you sit on it. We can easily say that the Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™ is like an extremely comfortable and ergonomic sofa.
What We Love About Secretlab Titan Gaming Chair in SoftWeave™ Fabric
What We Slightly Wish And Don’t Like About Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™
While this gaming chair is not a love it or hate it kind of product, here are some areas of improvement, as well as disadvantages of this product.
We Demand More Colors.
Seriously speaking, the color options right now are great. But imagine if you can get the same feel in other colors like red or green. Right now, the SoftWeave™ fabric is being offered in Cookies and Cream, as well as Charcoal Blue, which are two tastefully done color palettes.
Not For Messy Players.
While there is an innate resistance to dirt and spills that can be cleaned with a dry cloth, we cannot recommend this type of gaming chair to players who love Cheetos and Doritos between games, or those who really tend to party in the gaming area. A few crumbs will be fine, but if this is a habitual process, the dirt and grime will be quite a challenge to remove in the long run.
It Will Be A Tough Call For PU Leather Purists.
Gaming enthusiasts who’ve been around for quite some time now will have a very divisive experience about this and might have a hard time switching. Some gamers who we asked about the switch are a little bit apprehensive about it because of the established and proven reliability and performance of PU leather gaming chairs. This is subjective in nature, but if you ask us, the switch is worth the try.
Overall, this product is something we will definitely recommend hands down and without any hesitation. The Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™ is a worthy follow-through product in the already competitive lineup of Secretlab Titan Gaming Chairs.
We have managed to lay down all the direct advantages and disadvantages or some factors that will need some getting used to, but at its current price point and the already tried and tested product specifications and features, this is one highly capable gaming chair that can be used by casual and professional gamers alike.