The ICON TX is the top of the range chair from Noblechairs. It features a full-sized steel frame with aluminium feet and colour options that are second to none. The ICON is very similar in style to the iconic Eames lounge chair, an icon in its own right. If you are looking for something big, bold, yet still tasteful then this may be the chair for you.
The ICON is a BIG chair, just take a look at the dimensions below: Seat height 46cm Backrest height 107cm Seat width 56cm Depth 58cm The recommended weight limit (including clothing) is 120 kg / 265 lbs. My own weight tends to fluctuate between 190 lbs and 215 lbs depending on my activity levels, so it would be fair to say that I am pushing the upper limits of its capacity. I have found no problems whatsoever with the frame so far, however, time will tell if it is capable of handling someone of my weight for an extended period of time.
The structure is made up of a combination of thick aluminium legs and a strong steel frame. Both materials are well finished, with no sharp edges or rough surfaces to be found anywhere on the chair. The overall design is very angular and features both curved and straight lines. This gives it a modern aesthetic that complements any environment, whether it’s your humble gamer den or your ultramodern office. The attention to detail is really something, with almost every line meeting at a perfect right angle.
The aluminium feet are very solid and provide excellent stability. This is mitigated somewhat by the fact that the chair sits only 12cm off of the ground (the normal height of most office chairs). As such I wouldn’t recommend placing this chair on the carpet. If you need to move the chair around then there are two large wheels under each foot that allow for decent movement.
The ICON is covered front and back with high-quality PU leather that exhibits very little stretch or creaking even after prolonged use. The only downside is that it does attract a good amount of pet hair, but this can be resolved with a quick brush every now and then.
The aluminium structure is visible underneath this layer of leather, giving the chair a very solid feel. The leather itself feels similar to that found on high-end office chairs, but without any of that shiny plastic look that tends to come along with it. This combination makes for a very professional looking chair indeed.
The chair is quite comfortable for its size, except when sitting right in the centre. This is where its size becomes more of a detriment and requires you to make an adjustment in order to find a proper seating position (a pretty standard issue with chairs this big). The ICON does not benefit from height adjustability like some other models such as the Maxnomic Casual Sport, however, its small frame does make it easier to reposition in comparison. The seat is wide and long, which prevents you from feeling like you’re falling off of it in any direction (contrary to what you might expect).
The backrest is nice and firm, providing plenty of support for your lower back. It also features a unique cut out design that serves to reduce the amount of contact with your back. The mesh fabric inside means that you won’t have any problems with overheating, even if you tend to run a bit warmer than most. Arrowhead and armrests The armrests are absolutely massive, almost as tall as I am! Both are fashioned from aluminium, with the front one featuring a unique mesh pattern.
The pad is well padded and comfy to rest your forearms on. It clips on and off easily and feels very solid both when in use and not. The cable management system located underneath means that you can route any size cable through it without having to fight with it to get it back out.
Speaking of cables, the side compression panels are quite cleverly designed. The front one is attached to the armrest and remains stationary, while the rear panel slides up and down inside this case in order to provide easier cable management. The hole cut at the bottom for routing purposes does take away from some structural integrity, but is definitely worth it.
All of the aluminium parts come in black metallic paint, which has a nice smooth matte finish to it. I’m not sure if this will hold up well over time with lots of use and friction rubbing against them, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Luckily there aren’t any parts that receive too much wear and tear in the first place.
The aluminium base has a dark grey powder coating to it, which gives it a very nice contrast against the black frame and highlights the iconic R logo at the front. You can also see a small hole under where your feet would be, meant for routing cables through so that you don’t have any messy wires on the ground.
The two aluminium legs each feature three joints (or “nodes” as they call them). The first one at the base provides some minor flex, while the second half up is quite stiff and resists motion well. The third node just above the top wheel provides the main pivot point for leaning/reclining, which can be tightened or loosened as necessary. The legs do not extend, so you will need to place the chair on a fairly large and flat surface in order to use it.
The base is quite wide and provides plenty of legroom, even for those with big feet like me (size 14 US). It also features five rolling casters with rubber stoppers. This means that you won’t have to worry about the chair moving around too much when placed on hardwood or tile flooring, but might experience issues if it’s placed on deep pile carpet.
The casters are fairly large and take up a good amount of space underneath the seat. As you can see in this photo, they lift the chair sufficiently off the ground even without the levelling pads attached. If you’re not particularly tall (less than 5 feet 8 inches), this means that your knees should end up about 10-11 inches above the ground.
Conclusion I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this model, as it provided me with a nice combination of comfort and convenience. The flashy design will definitely turn some heads, but it’s the ergonomic design that makes this model unique. It has a ton of adjustments for different types of people, with very little in the way of limitations.
For users who sit for hours on end during computer work or gaming, I can’t recommend this chair enough! You will feel uncomfortable and experience fatigue much less frequently than you would on a standard office chair. The mesh fabric provides sufficient breathability and heat dissipation, making it perfect for those who run hot as well.
Pros + Very comfortable mesh fabric with plenty of lumbar support. + Lots of adjustments to suit many different types of people. + Easily removable armrests for transporting or storage purposes.
Cons – The high back sometimes pushes your head forward while leaning back, so it’s not ideal for resting against the wall. – Expensive.
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