So around one and a half year ago, I declared this Green Soul Monster chair to be the most practical gaming chair that you can buy in India, and it has been holding up almost perfectly well after 20 months,
but today we are going to check out the updated version of it, the Monster Ultimate GS-734US, and it is now actually significantly more expensive than the previous version, but it also has a lot of improvements that aren’t easily visible, so we’re going to check out how good this is, and if it is worth it at its price point of almost 20,000 Indian Rupees. We’re also going to talk about the gaming chair market in general and how this would compare to those options.
The assembly of the chair is pretty straightforward, and you do get assembly instructions along with installation videos that Greensoul has on their channel.
You can do it alone, but having someone with you will definitely make things easier, they do provide all the tools that you need for the installation, and this should take up around 20 to 30 minutes.
The overall design and aesthetic of the chair is really good. It is more refined than the previous version, but it still retains the aggressive elements that tell you that this is a gaming chair.
The different materials and textures used on the chair blend very well, it looks quite premium from all sides, and it also feels to be built really well.
I went for this red color, which has these interesting patterns that give it that monster look, but there are other colors available, including a black version for people who like a more muted look, or want to use this in an office.
The backrest of the chair can be adjusted to different angles like a car seat,
the mechanism feels sturdy, and it is a feature that I think is essential for a computer chair, as changing the angle does make a big difference when you’re working or gaming vs. when you’re watching something and want to lay back.
You can also go all the way back to 90 degrees if you’re still into 3 year old memes.
The armrests of the chair are also very good, they are 4 way adjustable, and you can adjust their height, slide them front and back, AND sideways, and you can also adjust the angle of the armrests, and this really makes it very convenient to fine tune the position of your arms, because you do need them in precise positions to operate your mouse and keyboard while gaming.
The armrests almost feel like hard plastic, but they do get depressed when you apply pressure, and the 3D cube texture on it also adds to their look. They also feel quite sturdy even after having so many adjustments, which is nice to see.
The base of the chair is now made completely of metal, and it also feels very strong. The wheels roll very smoothly too, even when they are under load, and the swivel mechanism of the chair is also very smooth and you can definitely have some fun with it.
You can also adjust its height by around 8 centimeters, which should be good enough for most people.
Now if you look at other gaming chairs that are available in the market, you will find that they look very similar or identical to the chairs that Greensoul is selling, and even though I am not sure if all of these chairs come from the same place in China, I am very positive that most of these brands are basically selling the same chair with some variation in the design and the materials used.
But as long as you are getting a good final product, I don’t think that matters a lot, and this also means that you’re not really getting anything extra by going with a chair that has a bigger brand name.
But one very important factor to consider when buying chairs is the kind of materials that are used. I’ve had very bad experiences with chairs that have used pleather on their seats, because that starts developing cracks and flaking off after a year or two, so it is really great to have a fabric covering on the parts of the chair that touch your body. This ensures that your buttocks can breathe, and this material should also last for a very long time.
The previous chair I used for 20 months is almost as good as new even after heavy use, so I can say with confidence that this is going to last for a long time.
There is use of pleather at the back and the sides of the backrest, but these aren’t the places that your body touches when you sit on the chair, so their longevity should also not be an issue.
The shape of the backrest is like that of a car seat, but it does have cut outs on sides so if you move your arms, the chair doesn’t get in the way,
and I’ve tried all positions on this chair and you can really sit in many ways.
The neck rest pillow is positioned well and feels great when you rest your head on it,
You also have a lumbar support pillow that has actual memory foam inside which, which is great to see.
However, as I said in the review of the previous chair, lumbar support is really difficult to get right on these chairs, and even though this pillow is much better than the pillow you got with previous versions, I still find it to be too thick as it pushes my lower body too far ahead on the chair.
I think if you take the memory foam out of this and make it thinner, then it could work well,
but I just didn’t bother with that because even without the pillow the back seat is comfortable for me, and this newer version does have a curve to it with extra foam in lower region that aligns better with the shape of your back.
I might make a detailed video on this, but I don’t find the ergonomic office chairs to be as good or better in the lumbar support area, because for my body, I find the curve to be too high, which makes it uncomfortable.
You also cannot adjust the angle of the backseat with the office chairs so even though you keep seeing people suggesting these ergonomic chairs over gaming chairs, I find the adjustable backrest chairs to be much better.
The seat of the chair is probably the most significant change on this upgrade. Even though I didn’t have any issues with their previous design, they have introduced a flatter seat design now that is more comfortable in different positions.
So in addition to people who’ve gained weight during lockdown, for regularly heavy people this is also going to make sitting in a cross-legged position easier and more comfortable.
One very important thing to keep in mind is that this chair comes in 2 versions, the regular S variant and a T variant. The regular S variant is for people from 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 10 inches in height, while the larger T version is for people from 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet 5 inches in their height.
I was quite confused about this, as my height is 5 feet 9 inches, so I am right in the middle, and I should fit in both of these chairs.
But still I got the smaller S variant due to some issues with the availability at the time I needed to buy it, and the recommendations they have for height do seem very accurate as the leg support from the seat for me just perfectly fits my thighs, and if I was a few inches inches taller, I may have found the seat to be too short for me.
Putting the lumbar support pillow on this S variant actually makes the seat too short for me, but I don’t use the pillow so it’s not a problem, so if you’re taller than 5 feet 10 inches, then I would definitely recommend that you get the larger T version.
Now this chair has something called a Deer Mechanism, I don’t know why it is called that, but unlike the basic lock that we had in the previous chair, this allows you to lock this chair in a tilted position, I didn’t think it would be useful, but I do use it sometimes.
When you have the tilting mechanism unlocked, you can rock the chair back and forth, which I do a lot,
and you can also adjust the strength of this tilting mechanism.
Finally, the comfort on this chair is really great, the cushioning is nice and should last long, and again, I used the older chair for 20 months, and this version has small improvements in many areas, so it is even more comfortable, especially with the new seat that my body fits perfectly on.
I have sat on this chair for 6 or more hours, and haven’t had any problems, the position of my desk is also perfect, so you should also consider how well positioned your desk is, and I will also try to make a video on this custom desk, so make sure that you’re subscribed to the channel so you don’t miss that.
So with an almost 20,000 Rs. price tag, this is quite an expensive chair, but it does have significant improvements over the previous chair they were selling for around 16,000. It would have been nicer to also have the cheaper chair selling along with this, but it is what it is. If you sit on your PC for a long time, then getting a good chair is definitely a necessary investment, and this is a really great option.
The other chairs I’ve seen on the market are very similar to this, but this one has the fabric covering, a simpler seat design, and even if something looks very similar to this, it may not have the deer mechanism, and 4D armrests, so just be very careful about finding all the details before you buy any chair.
But this is the one I can recommend as I’ve used their chairs for almost 2 years now.
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