Cooler Master Caliber X1C review: A gaming chair that keeps you cool

ByDonald L. Leech

Mar 22, 2022

The days when video games were primarily aimed at children or teenagers are over, as more and more people are beginning to accept the fact that they are not intended for one gender identity, age, ethnicity or a specific way of life. These days, game makers, peripheral designers, and gear designers need to create products that truly represent their diverse audience.

The Cooler Master Caliber X1C gaming chair is a good example of how to make the best gaming chair for a wide range of people. This isn’t one of those brightly colored cheap gaming chairs that looks like something out of a toy car or sci-fi spaceship. This is a much sleeker chair that anyone can be proud to place in their playroom or office, but it still has that racing style that gives it an element of fun.

A high-quality gaming chair that features cooling fabric, exceptional support, a higher weight limit, and adjustments that make it more comfortable for the user, the X1C’s biggest problem when it comes to accessibility is a price of $400 which could deter some players from investing in it.

Is the Cooler Master Caliber X1C worth that much money? I used it for a week to find out.

Cooler Master Caliber X1C Specifications

Total height (range) 51.2 to 54.3 in (130 to 138 cm)
Back height 33.9″ (86cm)
Backrest width (at the shoulders) 22.8″ (58cm)
Sitting area width (total) 21.3″ (54cm)
Connectivity options Not applicable
Seating area depth 21.3″ (54cm)
Adjusting the armrests 11.8 to 14.6 in (30 to 37 cm)
Tilt 90 to 180 degrees
Maximum recommended weight 330 pounds (150 kg)
casters 3″ (75mm)
guarantee 2 years
Supplements Ergonomic pillow, extra padded backrest, 4D armrest movement, rock, cooling fabric

Design of the Cooler Master Caliber X1C

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The Cooler Master Caliber X1C has that racing style that you even see in a lot of best gaming chairs – a wider upper and lower back area, a thinner middle back and a thin headrest with a cutout in the center. There is also a removable pillow for the headrest, which connects to the chair with a stretchy elastic strap. There is also a lumbar support pillow, but this pillow attaches to the backrest via a somewhat difficult to access clip. I would have preferred the lumbar pillow to connect via something like velcro for easier removal and reattachment, but that’s only a minor complaint, and having the pillow permanently attached doesn’t take away nothing to the general aesthetics of the chair.

The color scheme of the X1C is neutral, yet elegant. It is predominantly light grey, with high quality leatherette on the sides of the seat and backrest. There is a very small amount of lavender embroidery on the headrest and pillow, providing just enough color to make the chair look like a gaming chair, but not so much that it looks like a cartoon or a kid.

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One thing I really like about the Caliber X1C is the material. The fabric is very tight, which makes it easy to clean. I tested stain resistance by placing drops of various foods and drinks on the chair and wiping them off after a minute. I was able to remove the ketchup, cola and beer from the chair without leaving a stain. The only thing I couldn’t remove easily was the grease, as I left a fry on the chair for a minute, and it left a little grease stain that I couldn’t get up. This stain is however not noticeable and you can only see it if you know where to look.

In addition to the stain resistant fabric, it is also durable and refreshing. It doesn’t puncture or pill easily, and the manufacturer claims it’s “1-2°C cooler than a regular gaming chair.” The fabric isn’t cold to the touch when you’re sitting in the chair or something, but it also doesn’t seem to transfer and store heat as much as a cheaper material like faux leather.

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To test the cooling fabric against that of a budget gaming chair, I sat in an inexpensive (under $100) faux leather gaming chair for two hours for comparison. After sitting in the budget chair for a few hours, a lot of heat built up in the seat, especially around my toasty gaming PC and other electronics, it made my back hot. This chair even made me sweat enough that my shirt briefly caught on my back when I stood up. When I sat in the X1C for two hours, however, I remained cool and comfortable.

Cooler Master Caliber X1C Assembly

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The X1C was well packed in a single box, and all parts were safe and intact. This is a heavy chair, weighing nearly 65 pounds, and I could feel its durability as I lifted each piece from the box. Not including screws and nuts, the chair has less than 20 parts to assemble (and many of them were in groups of identical parts, five of them were wheels, for example). However, I experienced some frustrations along the way.

It took me exactly one hour and five minutes to assemble the chair by myself. The instructions were relatively simple, containing only six steps, but they were a bit vague. For each step there is a graphic and a short sentence, so you are working with limited information. Sometimes I found myself looking at the charts over and over again in an attempt to interpret a specific step.

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Second, the majority of the screws come pre-attached to the chair, so before you even start building, you need to loosen each screw and nut one by one. The screws are placed where they will inevitably have to go, but you must connect another part using these screws, so a large warning label on the box indicates that you must remove each of the screws and nuts before start construction. . They’re really just there for storage, and they’re not completely tight, but it’s still a bit of a pain. I thought it would have been easier to have the screws pre-removed from the chair and stored together in a bag, eliminating that unnecessary pre-build step.

Finally, during the first stage of the build, I had trouble matching the screw threads on the bracket with the extension bars on the seat. There are four screw holes, and they must be in the perfect position to properly connect the seat to the backrest. All of the chair’s screw threads are extremely tight, which is good for longevity, but it does make building more tedious as you have to match the screws to the threads exactly.

The remaining steps went quite easily. The only other issue I had was with the included allen key screwdriver tool, as one side of the allen key is a bit sharp and I had to be careful not to damage the leatherette sides of the chair while tightening the screws with the L-shaped multi-tool.

On the plus side, the chair comes with all the tools I needed to complete the build. I didn’t need anything other than what was in the box. It even came with white gloves, so I could keep the chair free of grease or dirt when connecting the parts.

Comfort and Adjustments of the Cooler Master Caliber X1C

The X1C has plenty of support, as the interior foam is incredibly dense. So dense that the chair may require you to break it up. When I first sat down in the Cooler Master Caliber X1C, it felt a bit stiff. But once I sat in it for a few days, I felt more and more my chair. Although it does not have a footrest, there are several other adjustments that allow you to customize this chair.

You can adjust the seat height 3.1 inches (8 cm) upwards. There are levers under the chair that you can gently turn to raise or lower the chair, as well as enable tilting or prevent the chair from tilting. The seat reclines 90 degrees to flat (180 degrees), allowing you to sit down or lie down completely. I didn’t find the chair very comfortable in the fully upright position, as I found it corrected my posture too much. There is also a lumbar support pillow which I felt pushed too much into my back in the 90 degree position. But, when I removed the lumbar pillow and reclined the chair to about 105 degrees, it was comfortable and natural. To remove the lumbar cushion, you must undo the clips behind the back cushion. It’s hard to put back on once you take it off, but I’m glad I took it off.

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I particularly liked the X1C’s armrests, which adjust in just about any direction (they lift, swing, swivel, or move forward and backward), making them useful and comfortable at any level of life. inclination. I even found myself lying in the chair with my knees up, comfortably enjoying a Netflix series in a flat position. Also, since the chair doesn’t build up as much heat with the cooling fabric, I can lay on it for hours without getting too hot.

It’s not the overly fancy type of chair with speakers, charging ports or any connectivity, but it offers plenty of ergonomics and customisability. The fabric isn’t as soft to the touch as leatherette or vinyl, but it’s much more comfortable to sit on for long periods of time. You can tell by running your hand over it that it is extremely durable; it almost reminds me of jeans fabric, only it’s stronger, thicker and seems to transfer less heat.

Conclusion

The Cooler Master Caliber X1C is a high-quality gaming chair with a sophisticated design. It’s versatile and you can use it for PC gaming, console gaming, work, or TV. This is the type of chair that will become someone’s favorite chair.

Its price of around $400 is higher than budget gaming chairs like the Andaseat Jungle 2, but it’s worth every penny when you consider it has a two-year warranty, stain-resistant and cooling fabric, tasteful aesthetics, comfortable feel, and several adjustments that let you make it your own. . If you prefer a different color palette but still want a high quality chair, consider an alternative like the Razer Enki. But overall it’s a winner.