Secretlab Titan 2020 Softweave ™ Review: Comfort Ascends

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

Gaming chair purists might be turned off upon seeing “fabric” in the product name. But hear us out; this is not your conventional fabric that comes with the entry-level gaming chair products. We all know that most premium-level gaming chair products, even the ones from Secretlab, are wrapped in premium PU leather, which has its own great merits. However, PU leather has one very prominent disadvantage: breathability.

Breathability is a very critical factor when it comes to gamers who play games for hours. Casual, one or two-hour per day type of players won’t really notice this. However, if you are a hardcore gamer and action is heating up during tournament practices or long plays, breathability is everything. This is why the Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™ has been developed.

SoftWeave™ fabric is not just a fabric labeled with a fancy name. It is a specially engineered type of material that is durable and significantly breathable compared to most materials in the market. PU leather is a material that is breathable, but it does not have the capacity to properly disperse heat, which in turn makes the sitting experience uncomfortable during long hours of gaming. This is where the SoftWeave™ shines, as the breathability is significantly higher (up to 40% more breathable than PU leather and 30% more breathable than conventional fabric). Those are amazing values right there.

The feel of PU leather is usually soft, smooth, and quite flexible. SoftWeave™ offers a cozy and softer feel that is a welcome sensation, especially when your eyes are peeled on the screen and your body glued to the chair. Combine these features with great ergonomics and uncompromising build quality, and Secretlab has once again outdone itself with the utilization of SoftWeave™ fabric.

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

If you are quite familiar with Secretlab, you know that the package you will receive is well-cushioned to protect the merchandise. The tightly sealed package ensures that the moving parts are snug and will not move around in transit. There’s nothing particularly remarkable about the external shipping box, as the party is in the inside.

We love how systematic the packaging of the parts was, and the company made sure that you will not get overwhelmed as a first-time customer. Meanwhile, if you are a repeat customer, you will feel right at home with the assembly process. It comes with thin but very durable layers of plastic to prevent scratches or bumps that might occur during transit.

This is not our first rodeo with Secretlab, as we have reviewed a number of their products before. However, this new product has been touted to feature an improved level of comfort, which is more than enough reason for us to keep our eyes peeled for the delivery as we anxiously waited for it to arrive. In today’s market where companies are consistently innovating to give their loyal followers the highest quality, Secretlab is a company that always steps up to give us the best – and boy, did they deliver!

First Impressions

Other than the satisfying whiff of freshly opened merchandise that never fails to excite us whenever a new product arrives at the office, the Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™ has a pretty solid structure, which it inherited from the original Secretlab Titan package. The package comes with all the primary parts that you will need to assemble your gaming chair, along with the instruction manual that is very easy to follow. Secretlab does want its consumers to have an assembly process that is short and non-exhausting.

Of course, the moment you unwrap the plastic and protective layers, your hands will be welcomed by the distinct feel of the SoftWeave ™ fabric. We just can’t get enough of it. It definitely feels premium and more luxurious to the touch; everyone likes it! There’s a particular depth to the sensation it gives.

Assembly time took about 15 minutes (or less), and we got crazy excited about the chair that our staff took turns sitting on it. For everyone from our most petite colleague to the towering people at the office, it seems that the durability did not change at all, and everyone observed the same ergonomics and ample weight distribution of the original Secretlab Titan.

Once assembly is complete, everything about the Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™ exudes premium. It is such an uncompromising product overall. There are no over-the-top branding pieces, other than that T monogram, which we love, and the Secretlab-embroidered neck pillow; it is also one of those gaming products that are highly Instagrammable, if you’re into that.

Just like other Secretlab gaming chair products, the Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™ incorporates a flawless blend of form and function and will definitely capture one’s attention. It can even be a great conversation starter.

Fun Fact (or Warning in a Good Way): Prepare to doze off a couple of times while sitting on the Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™. As the material is very plush and super breathable and allows ample ventilation, it does elevate you to the next level comfort.

Aside from the Secretlab Titan’s full recline feature, another thing we love about this product is that it gives you next-level functionality. A lot of chairs out there are only developed for work and play. The Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™ unlocks another feature – rest. The wonderful ergonomics allows your body to properly recline and achieve a healthy restful position. This is the primary reason why a lot of us here in the office fell asleep while listening to music or just sitting on the chair for some time while everything was quiet. This is something that is well thought of and much appreciated in this new Secretlab Titan iteration.

A lot of readers ask us why they do not get the same feeling from the original PU leather version. This is because PU leather is less breathable than SoftWeave fabric, which features a high level of breathability that allows your body to maintain a high degree of comfort even when sitting or lying down for extended periods of time. This is really a very remarkable piece of material and a definite step up compared to your conventional fabric seats and even PU leather seats.

Let us just highlight just how special the recline feature of Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™ is. The recline feature is identical to that of the original version of Secretlab Titan, and it gave very firm and stable support, even for our bigger staff members. What this means is that you can be confident about lying down and resting for a while without the worry of breaking either the chair or your back.

This type of reliability is the fruit of years of research and development with the goal of coming up with a universally compatible recline system across most height and weight thresholds.

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.

Overall Feedback

If comfort is your primary consideration for your gaming chair purchase, then hands down this is perhaps the first gaming chair product that the entire team will recommend. It is extremely durable, reasonably priced, and just fantastic in providing comfort.  The Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™ is on a league of its own, leaving the competition behind to eat its dust.

Objectively speaking, and if you are an average casual to professional gamer who knows how to maintain a clean gaming room or rig setup, this is the real deal. However, if you are one of those messy or clumsy types, there are some disadvantages to the fabric-based material that are worth considering.

When a company cares about a restful and comfortable sitting experience, you know that it has really poured a lot of effort into the development of the product, and they are dead serious in maintaining the right balance between work, play, and rest.

For a chair that is within the $500-margin price point, is the Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™ worth it? We answer with a resounding yes. This product is definitely worth every penny. This is not your typical chair that looks good but feels terrible, or vice versa. The Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave ™ is more than a step ahead in every aspect that you might be considering when searching the market for an ultra-reliable and stylish gaming chair.

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

There are several things we love about this gaming chair from the moment we saw it online and the moment we saw the actual unit. Here are some of them:

Comfort Ascends

This was our tagline earlier, and it really does elevate the comfort level. When you are in a tough level fighting monsters or having a neck-to-neck race with your opponents online, comfort is everything, and this is where the breathability of the material kicks in. The SoftWeave™ fabric will help you maintain a comfortable sitting position and make it one less thing to worry about. That way, you can clearly focus on your gaming priorities, which will eventually lead you towards victory.

The Premium Look

We do agree that the Secretlab Titan 2020 SoftWeave™ is still utilizing fabric as base material, but how we went from conventional fabric to SoftWeave™ and how Secretlab improved the material are really important points. You don’t need a trained eye to know and see that this is a top-of-the-line product. It just exudes premium in every angle.

The Unexplainable Sensation

When we touched the SoftWeave™ fabric for the first time, it really got us excited. There is this sensation that you will never get from unboxing a usual gaming chair with fabric seats. This one is totally different in its own way that can only be explained once you feel it for yourself.

Same Ergonomics And Durability

There are some gaming chairs that change in terms of comfortability when the material is changed. The great news about Secretlab gaming chairs is that the comfortability, ergonomics, and structural integrity are retained no matter what material you use.
 

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.

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Conclusion

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.



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