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  • Office Chair Review: Humanscale Diffrient World Ergonomic Task Chair

    Humanscale Diffrient World Ergonomic Task Chair - Tested and Tried and Neocon 2009.

    Scheduled Release Date: August 2009.

    Estimated MSRP: Starting at $750.00

    What we thought:

    Elegant and simple.  Humanscale told us that was the goal with the chair, and it seems they have mostly achieved this.  Like true Humanscale fashion, the World Chair, designed by famous Humanscale designer Niels Diffrient, the chair is ridiciously simple to adjust - only height adjustment and a seat slider are available, but for most users, it's only what is needed.

    The Bad:

    Before I get into how great of a chair is was, let me go over what I felt was the not so lovely element of the chair - the lumbar.  As with the Liberty, the mesh is very nice, and very conforming, however, it does not provide adequate lumbar support for people with lumbar issues.  It certainly won't be causing any lumbar pain for non-sufferers, but it won't be solving any chronic back problems either.  But that is to be expected when a chair, especially a task chair, is designed to fit a large majority of the populace.

    The Good:

    Despite the lumbar issue for a lower back pain sufferer like myself, I did find the chair overwhelmingly comfortable.  It did fit me right, and I'd be able to sit in it comfortable for 8 hours a day (if I committed to interval periods of back stretches, which is not a bad thing).  The mesh, as previously mentioned, is the Libery mesh, which is comfortable, soft, and springy.  The front egde on the seat takes the waterfall front seat style to a new level - there is no frame on the front edge of the seat, meaning there is absolutely no pressure on the thighs - this is a great thing.  The seat can also be upholstered to match the look of the Liberty, as well.

    The backrest pivots, meaning that it has motion within the recline motion itself of the chair.  This essentially means your back will never be in a static position, a key factor in Humanscale's treatment of ergonomics, and a nice feature indeed.  The armrests are attached to said backrest, so they move with the chair's recline motion and match the overall style of the frame, which comes with fixed arms, adjustable arms or no arms options.

    Speaking of the frame, it comes in black or white, the latter which looks very contemporary yet art deco - stylish and sleek, to say the least.

    As an added bonus, the chair weighs a measly 25 punds, and that is a good thing.  It is easily movable and adjustable, and wieghs less using 97% recycable content, meaning it is very green.  Despite its slim profile, the chair can hold users up to 300 lbs - considering most task chairs only rate up to 250 lbs and weigh twice as much, that is also a very good thing!

    Grade:

    Overall, the chair is a winner.  When judging and reviewing any chair, we take into account the value of said chair, namely, what do you get for what you pay for? After all, that is the most important thing with a chair.  The Humanscale Diffrient World Chair, while not cheap, does represent a great value proposition in the high end seating market.  Compared with other ergonomic office chairs in its class range, the Diffrient world chair looks to be in a world of its own!

  • Office Chair Review: Inertia Mesh High Back Chair

    Three Sweet Features:

    1. Stylish Mesh colors to go with Fabrics.

    2. Thick, plush padded seat.

    3. Many additional options available!

    The Thorough Review:

    The Inertia is a great line of chairs. Within the family of Inertia Mesh Office Chairs, you will find the reviewed high back, the mid back, the executive, and side chairs. Really, the Inertia has a mesh chair for any need, allowing to any user to completely customize their office space to look contemporary and matching with one product line. As a bonus, the Inertia can be upholstered in various different mesh finishes, which greatly enhances the options one can have with the chair, as opposed to the more conventional and not as fun black mesh.

    The Inertia Mesh High Back Chair looks simple. It is clean and elegant and modern, but that doesn't mean it limits itself in comfort or ergonomic capability. The chair features a built in passive lumbar support, meaning the back (which is highly durable polyester mesh wrapped around a steel tubular frame) is contoured at the lumbar region to provide a built in support structure for the lumbar.

    The chair also features various add-ons/upgrades that provide for a more ergonomic sit. The chair can be outfitted with a seat slider, and the seat can be created with Memory Foam for extra soft comfort. As well, with 3 different arm options, you can choose the arms that suit your needs best, whether it be standard arms, or fully rotating arms!

    Overall, this is a very modern and stylish chair that does not leave comfort behind. It combines all these features in a very nice package as a high quality, mid priced ergonomic office chair!

    The Ratings:

    Durability:
    A very durable chair from a very durable company. Rated for 325 lbs, and with a lifetime warranty.

    Adjust-ability:
    Nothing flashy. Up, down, seat slider, infinite tilt lock. Just enough for anyone to adjust and everyone to be comfortable.

    Style:
    One of the nicest looking chairs we've seen...Very stylish and modern and the optional mesh colors make the chair customizable to any color scheme!

    Overall Rating (Not an average):
    Kinda wish it had an adjustable lumbar support, but as far as modern chairs go, it is one of a kind. Perfect for management applications where a common style is necessary - a chair that will have everyone sitting in comfort and style.

    Want to know more about how we rate chairs? Check out our Ratings Guide!

  • Office Chair Review: Cherryman Respond 3.1

    Three Sweet Features:

    1. Sleek, modern design with chrome accents

    2. Ergonomic knee tilt with seat slider

    3. Leather seat and nice mesh back

    The Thorough Review:

    The Cherryman Respond 3.1 Mesh Office Chair with Leather seat is a very nice modern mesh chair.  Not fully mesh, it features a thick leather seat that complements the mesh back nicely.  It adds both style and comfort to the chair, and, with the chrome base and accents, combine to make a high end, luxury modern office chair at at mid-market price.

    Featuring a seat slider, back height adjustment, and a 2:1 ergonomic knee tilt mechanism, the chair features all the ergonomic necessities to more than appropriately qualify as a quality ergonomic chair.  It has an adjustable lumbar support and height and width adjustable arms too, covered in a "Soft Touch" polyurethane armpad.

    The back height is tall enough to be able to pass as a modern managers chair, or low enough to work capably as a task chair in an modern environment.  The chair sits nice.  The aforementioned leather seat is not plush, but rather a tad firm - just how you want a good ergonomic task chair to be.  The back mesh is nice, as it conforms well to majority of users and is firm enough to provide ample upper and lower back support.  It's breathability is nice too.  Overall, the Cherryman Respond 3.1 is a stylish and very modern ergonomic office chair for any office environment.

    The Ratings:

    Fit:
    The chair fits well. The mid-back with its ratched back ensures most people will fit well in it. It is only rated up to 250 lbs though.

    Adjust-ability:
    Very adjustable. Has most every ergonomic adjustment needed.

    Style:
    It is a good looking chair. That's the bottom line. Clean lines and nice design.

    Overall Rating (Not an average):
    Overall, a good ergonomic chair. Competes at a great price point. The relative inexperience of the manufacturer in the chair business (they've done desks for years) gives us pause where longevity is concerned, but the chair features a good warranty.

    Want to know more about how we rate chairs? Check out our Ratings Guide!

  • Mesh Office Chairs are the Right Decision

    If you find yourself spending more and more time in your office chair, do you feel yourself growing warmer as the day moves forward? Are you wishing you hadn’t worn that sweater to the office? Well, turn around and look at the chair. If you haven’t done so already, it might be easier to stand to do this. Is it a fabric other than mesh? If so, you should seriously consider making a change. There are all types of mesh chairs now-a-days. From an executive mesh chair to mesh office chairs for the receptionist, assistant, staff, or whoever sits for long periods of time, can certainly benefit from these cooler ‘fabrics.’

    Cutting back on a piece of equipment you or your employees spend so much time with, is not forward thinking. A serious lack of focus can occur when someone is uncomfortable, and the staff member is up all the time stretching, or possibly even dealing with physical ailments directly resulting from having to sit in an uncomfortable chair. Injuries like this can occur more often than not now-a-days. If you are not placing the right amount of finances to your seating, you’re probably making a mistake.

    If you’re thinking the price of mesh office chairs are expensive then you should consider that mesh chairs don’t remind you how long your day is and they also last for many years. If you spread the cost, or amortize the cost, of the chair out over a ten or more year period, you’d see the cost actually associated with a mesh chair is not so expensive after all. Mesh office chairs, depending on factors like model, size and advanced features will influence the cost, but they can range roughly between $200-$500.

    Mesh chairs meet a variety of tastes with countless models and colors. With the assortment from leather grid, deluxe, matrix, and an array of colors, the right mesh chair can provide the utmost comfort during the long work day.

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