AKRacing Core Series EX Gaming Chair, Black

(10 customer reviews)


Product details

Color Black
Brand AKRacing
Product Dimensions 19.7″D x 21.2″W x 49.5″H
Special Feature Adjustable
Material Metal
  • Chair Dimensions- Height: 5’3″ – 6’3″ | 27″ W | Back Height: 32.75″ | Back Width: 21.25″ | Net Weight: 48.55 lbs
  • Durable metal frame with anti-corrosive coating covered with high-density cold-cured foam padding for maximum comfort and durability.Foam Type: High Density Mould Shaping Foam
  • Adjustable headrest and lumbar support pillows for comfort and enhanced ergonomics included.
  • 3D armrests adjustable in three directions: up & down, back & forth and rotate to the sides. Tilt Angle Lock – No
  • Standard mechanism with adjustable rocking function. Class-4 gaslift with 330 lbs capacity..Fabric cover on front and back – breathable, soft and ideal for hot climates.
SKU: B07B3XNHQ8 Category:


You’re not the King – yet, but that does not mean you can’t get it all! Featuring all the minimal seating essentials, extension is the true AKRacing performance chair and the Pioneer of the core Series.

From the brand

From the manufacturer

AKRacing Core Series EX Frame


Enhanced with reinforcement belts and powder-coated with anti-corrosive paint, the chair frame undergoes 11 point quality control and will last for at least 10 years.

AKRacing Core Series EX Foam Padding


Experience the soft and yet supportive 100% cold-cured foam padding, carefully selected to provide outstanding long-term comfort and performance. AKRacing sources the same quality upholstery materials as premium auto manufacture.

gaming chair


AKRacing Core Series EX gaming chair features breathable and extra-durable upholstery and comes in 5 bold color options: solid black, deep blue with black, red with black, black with red highlights, and black with blue highlights. Find the one that matches your set up and style best.

3D Armrests

nylon base

AKRacing Standard Mechanism


Patented AKRacing design armrests are made of a special foam mix, providing cushioning and support to the arms and wrists.

They are adjustable in 3 directions: up & down, back & forth, and rotate to the sides.


Extra strong nylon composite 5-star base with 360° swivel comes with high-quality PU casters included for smooth and scratch-free movement on a variety of surfaces.


The gaming chair is equipped with a standard mechanism with adjustable tension rocking function to help you find a comfortable seating position.

Technical Specifications

Upholstery Soft breathable fabric on front and back
Foam High density mould shaping foam
Frame Metal with anti corrosive powder coating
Base Nylon composite
Mechanism Standard with variable tension rocking function
Armrests Adjustable in 3 directions
Rocking Yes, with adjustable tension
Recline Yes, 180°
Pillows Yes, lumbar and headrest
Certification ANSI/BIFMA, TÜV SÜD, Intertek
Recommended size Height: 5’3″ – 6’3″ | Weight: 130-250 lbs | BMI: Not to exceed 32
Max. gaslift weight capacity 330 lbs

Additional information

Weight 57 lbs
Dimensions 19.7 × 21.2 × 49.5 in




Special Feature




Room Type

Game Recreation Room

Frame Material

Alloy Steel

Age Range Description


Back Style

Solid Back

Unit Count

1 Count

Included Components




Model Name

Core Series EX

Seat Material Type


Furniture base movement


Item Weight

57 Pounds

Product Dimensions

19.7 x 21.2 x 49.5 inches, 19.7D x 21.2W x 49.5H

Country of Origin


Item model number




Date First Available

February 17 2018



10 reviews for AKRacing Core Series EX Gaming Chair, Black

  1. John W.

    High-quality and comfortableI spent a decent amount of time researching chairs, as I’m one of the masses that are now working from home full time throughout the duration of the contagion. Bonus points, I also spend probably way more time than I should playing video games and needed (desperately) a better chair for that.My criteria were as follows:- Had to be cloth. I have 2 cats that *destroy* leather and PLU.- Had to be comfortable for long periods of time. I’d be sitting in the chair for up to 10-ish hours on any given day for the foreseeable future between office work and gaming.- Had to be ergonomically adjustable to my comfort level. I’m a control freak and need to be able to adjust the height, back angle, and arm rests. That last one can be a pain to find at a decent price.- Had to be affordable enough that my wife wouldn’t be angry. See above for conflicting priorities re: arm rests.This chair ticked all the boxes, based on reviews, so I bought it. I’ve been using the chair for 2 weeks now and I’m very pleased with my decision.(EDIT: I’ve now been using the chair for ~3 months and it’s still great. Read on, dear Amazon customer.)~~~Material/Build~~~The cloth fabric on the chair is quite nice. The chair comes out of the box feeling quite sturdy and in the 2 weeks since has held up fairly well. The foam is a nice balance of firm to support and soft to comfort. My rear has not been sore sitting in the chair yet, and I’ve done a 12-hour day or two in it. It’s so far retained its shape (2 weeks is *not* a valid testing period for this; if it was already losing its shape I’d be livid).(Update – 3 months in all is still fine. Shape has retained nicely, I’ve pulled more 12-hour days in it and have yet to have issues)The cats have explored the chair but I have not yet seen them try to claw into it. I pray this good behavior lasts, though I know in my heart of hearts it’s only a matter of time. The chair does hold onto cat hair, so be advised that if you want a perfectly clean chair you’ll need to keep a lint roller nearby.I have only 2 complaints about the build quality:1) The plastic pieces that guard the joints for the back are cheap looking & feeling, and I’m confident they’ll be the first pieces to break.2) The arm rests can be a little wobbly. The mechanism to change the angle and the forward distance is simply moving them – there are no buttons for those dimensions. It takes enough force that you won’t be accidentally shifting forward and back, but the downside of that is that there’s a little wobble in resting positions. It’s easily looked past in my experience.Looks-wise, I got the black chair and it is sleeeeeeeeek. There are only a few logos on it, there are no gaudy bright cushions; I can be in this chair on a webcam and not feel self-conscious that someone is judging my professionalism. That said, my wife’s first impression was “whoa, talk about your typical James Bond villain.” So there’s that.~~~Comfort~~~I’ll be totally honest, the chair took a day or two to get used to. I had been using fairly flimsy/cheap chairs with little to no support. This chair sits similarly to a car seat, which makes sense given its “racing roots.” The seat sort of hugs your thighs, and there are metal supports within that part. If you have wider thighs, I’d recommend looking into the wider version of the chair. For reference, I’m a 6’0, 220lb man.This chair comes with adjustable/removable lumbar and head pillows, which I immediately put to the side thinking “I’ll never actually use these.” Boy, golly was I wrong. Within the first couple of days I had found my groove on ways to sit while working or gaming and those pillows are *clutch*. The lumbar one especially has improved my sitting posture and comfort level.The back has about 90 degrees to play around with, and locks into place about every 10 degrees or so. I tend to hover in the 20 degree range for working and the 40-50 degree range for gaming. Both are comfortable. I’ve tried leaning all the way back and decided I would not opt to do that again without proper support structures in place. YMMV.~~~Value~~~The cost was apparently within bounds of acceptable per my wife.I’ve sat in several-hundred dollar office chairs (>$500). This contends with those on comfort and build quality, for the most part.I’ve sat in several-thousand dollar sitting chairs. This isn’t going to be a revolutionary experience for you if you’ve been sitting in chairs that have an extra 0 in the price tag.For what I paid for this chair, I would 100% recommend it on a value basis.For those of you searching relentlessly for a decent-quality, not-exorbitantly-high priced chair for long gaming sessions or your home office, I’d definitely recommend it.

  2. Kelso

    Update: Base completely broken after less than 2 years. Ghosted by AK’s warranty team.Edit September 2020 #2: Chair is completely broken. The cracked portion of the base mentioned below completely broke, leaving a huge hole in the frame. The chair is basically unusable now. Still no response from AK’s warranty team. I don’t mind supporting a product that could use work as long as a company stands behind it, but I’ll never recommend that someone buy anything from a company that is dishonest with their warranty. 5/10-year warranty? Yeah right. Go buy a SecretLab for just a little more you’ll be better off.Edit September 2020: Chair is failing unfortunately. It is incredibly wobbly and creaky on the base, so I took the chair off to look at it. The metal portion of the base part that connects to the bottom of the chair is actually cracking. Not sure how long before it breaks entirely but I’m just going to bite the bullet and buy a Secret Lab. The chair hasn’t been moved, tipped over, dropped, or anything. I reached out to AKRacing’s warranty team and they asked for a receipt and photo of the damage, which I sent a couple weeks ago and never heard back. On top of the failure of the base the fabric is very worn as well, and there’s all sorts of lumps underneath the surface of the fabric. Overall the chair is looking quite ragged after less than 2 years, which is disappointing, especially considering AK’s longer warranty is the reason I bought this chair in the first place.Edit March 2019: Chair finally started emitting a faint squeak when rocking. Very impressed with how long it held out. I pulled off the star base and lubed up the bearings with some white lithium grease, and let some thinner household grease seep into the tension spring while it was upside down. Squeak is now gone again!Edit Jan 2019: I’ve decided to update my review from 4 to 5 stars. The one reason why is because this chair after almost 4 months of daily use is still just as solid as the day I bought it. That doesn’t sound like an achievement but it is for me, mainly because of two reasons – I adjust the chair a lot, and I rock back and forth in it a lot. The I put the chair and armrests in a different position depending on whether I am gaming or not. When I’m not gaming and just lounging watching YouTube or movies, I channel my inner grandpa and use the chair almost everyday like a rocking chair. Every single chair I have EVER owned, including $600+ leather office chairs at work start feeling loose after a little while, but worst of all they start to SQUEAK. This chair still is not only solid with no wobble at all between the cylinder and the seat itself, but it is still silent as the night. Every other chair I’ve ever owned lasts maybe 2 or 3 weeks or less before they start to squeak, but not this thing. So despite my few reservations listed in my original review below (sub-par assembly instructions and no physical attachment between the chair and the base) I think for the long term this chair is going to be well worth the purchase price and those two small caveats. I highly recommend it.Original review:There are a few things in life that I believe are worth spending the money to get good quality instead of looking for the budget option. These often are the things that will be used for many years on a daily basis, such as furniture, appliances, a mattress, etc. A good office chair falls into that category for me. I would much rather spend a little extra now to get a good quality chair that will last for 5 or 10 years rather than find something cheap that I’ll have to shortly replace. While this isn’t the top of the line, it’s certainly much more expensive than all of the most popular chairs on Amazon, but there’s reasoning behind that. The frame and base are all full metal, and the gas shock and wheels are likely better quality than what you’d find in something cheaper too. Overall the build quality and materials are very good, and don’t pretend to be anything more special than they are. Many of the “budget” chairs have plasticky fake leather material, which after a year or two is going to start wearing and peeling. I speak from experience! While that looks fancy, it doesn’t last. This chair thankfully is all cloth, which will wear much better than the cheap chairs over time and has the added bonus of not being super cold if you sit in it without pants on. Don’t ask me how I know that…The other big plus for me is adjustability. Not only can this chair’s backrest tilt waaaaay back (much like a car seat), but the armrests are very adjustable too. They can be moved up or down, pointed straight, outwards, or inwards, and even be moved forwards and backwards. This is a big deal for me since I’m very picky about making sure that the armrests are at just the right height and position for my desk so as to not strain or aggravate my shoulders and elbows.Overall I’m happy with this purchase. I’ll be happier if the chair still is equally solid in 3 years or more. The only reason that it has 4 stars instead of 5 is because:1. There is no way to fasten the chair to the gas cylinder, and no way to fasten the gas cylinder to the base. This means that gravity and your own weight are what hold the bottom half of the chair together. It’s not a huge deal, but something to keep in mind if you’re planning on picking the chair up to move it around, as that big heavy metal base might come off in the process.2. The instructions are not the worst I’ve ever seen, but they’re not the best either. I was able to put it together without any difficulties, but less-assembly-savvy people might have a little trouble. What I DID struggle with for just a moment was trying to figure out how in the world the two pillows should correctly attach to the chair. This is not mentioned anywhere in the instructions, and there are no completed photos of the back of the chair, so you’re left to pretty much figure it out by yourself.Overall I do recommend this chair. It’s a little pricey for the final product, but if it lasts the test of time it will be worth it.

  3. Cheryl Plane

    More than comfortable enough for an 8-hour work shift!Like so many individuals I have been moved from office to home to work and consider myself lucky to be able to continue to work. However, my desk formerly known as a kitchen table made working uncomfortable. I tried a “drafting” chair, and a kitchen stool but was unable to sit comfortably in either. One of my co-workers over a Zoom meeting informed me she had decided instead of a “Office” chair to try a “Gaming” chair and was not suffering from discomfort. That comment led me down the rabbit hole of looking at gaming chairs.Like many before me and I am sure continuing on I turned to Amazon for my search. Of course, there are hundreds to choose from. As I looked, I realized that a very large number of the chairs or “Brand” they all appeared to be the same chair many using the same 3 or 4 images that looked identical but their prices were also different.And after the first three long sessions I decided to reduce my search to chairs that were not “PU-Leather” which you can look up and see that is really vinyl – hot and sticky but long lasting. Not wanting to spend all day hot and sticky, I decided to look for a chair that was fabric covered and one that had a lift cylinder that supported more than 200 lbs. Many of the few I found fell into ridiculous price ranges, some over 3 digits.I should explain that among my various employment forays I worked for an automotive after market seat manufacturer. Where craftsmanship and good manufacturing processes were prized and required to meet DOT standards. I at one time purchased leather and matching vinyl (PU-Leather), and fabric and everything else needed to be produce the seats.At the end of a nearly 10 day search I discovered a seat that was not a knock-off of one of the other 1000 or so gaming chairs found on Amazon AK racing appeared the best bet for me and the price a little more than an office chair you will find at office supply stores. It is fabric covered, has a 300 lb. lift cylinder, and to my surprise was professionally manufactured. The fabric was stretched and “hog ringed” to the chair not stapled to a wooden and cardboard base.The chair is very comfortable to spend 8 hours a day 5 days a week sitting in. One caution the seat is narrow, 13-1/2 inches, and the thigh supports are also narrow at 15-1/2 inches and I just fit. Keep in mind this is a gaming chair and the target population for it is probably not a 220 lb. male.

  4. Robert

    Best chair I’ve ever bought.I’ve been looking around for a chair for quite some time now and finally landed on this after multiple returns from other brands. This is easily the best chair my cheeks have ever graced and I feel like I could sit in this thing all day. If you’re 5’10” and around ~200lbs., this is an excellent chair, you won’t be disappointed.

  5. JBrookie

    High build quality with a few drawbacksFirst impressions:It comes with gloves to assemble it!?! Okay this company really cares about its product and who they are. Everything was meticulously packed with all the packing material branded with AKRacing. No mistaking what product you bought. Assembly is a breeze with easy to under stand pictographic instructions. The material is nice and breathable. The adjustable lumbar and neck pillows are great (especially for those with bad backs which is why I bought this chair) The build quality of the product is superb. Great for the home office.The cons I have noticed thus far:The seat cushion is kind of an odd shape if feels a little convex which put a bit of odd feeling pressure on the tail bone, I feel this will fade as the cushion breaks in more.The wheels are kind of cheap. They don’t roll that well and have a stiff “push” feeling when trying to move around on my hard floor. Would have been nice to have a better quality wheel.The biggest con though is the seat height. This chair is advertised for people with a height of 5’3”-6’3”. I am just a smidge over 5’6” and the seat is too high. The 13.75” seat height is to the bottom of the seat cushion. If you are under 5’6” your feet will be dangling like a child. I like a low chair and this is the lowest that is offered. I now have to readjust my whole desk to fit the higher seated position. Which then leads back to the wheels to replace them with a better aftermarket wheel would increase the height of the chair.For the seat height at the odd cushion shape it loses a star.A foot rest may be in my future just for the comfort aspect.I did purchase the amazon recommended memory foam arm pads. Although not needed as this chair has decent padding on the arms they do help for reducing pressure points for those long days spent at the desk.

  6. Katrina

    Eh has a few issuesRead this before buying. Instructions are terrible and have no words just pictures. Luckily it’s only a chair and it’s easy to understand but 0 explaining. The butt part of chair is curved in really hard so if your a big/ wide person like me you won’t like it I wear 38 size pants and I weigh 260 and it hurts my thighs. It’s a sturdy well build chair with nice foam and fabric but in my opinion with no back brace bracket it won’t last long and isn’t worth over 300$

  7. JayLivion32

    Great Chair Great Quality Fabric FTWWow ! This chair really is worth it’s price and I typically don’t day that from other chairs I experienced in the past.The Chair is very comfortable honestly Fabric is the new Gen and it’s awesome.Very secure if your BMI is under 28 I would say.For referenceI’m 6’2 178 llbs and I have no issues with fitting in this chair comfortably.I do work out so I’m obviously conditioned and FIT my BMI is around 20 to 22.I do recommend this chair if you match the height and weight requirements (That’s in the description and AK Racing wants you to know all that before you make your purchase)Now for the the build quality ! Absolutely excellent from the back rest to the keg space to the height adjustment lever the recliner lever etc..This chair has a lot of adjustments and has 4D armrests with a tad bit of memory foam to support your wrists/arms etc..Color choices in Fabric are more than I’ve seen on any other chair this includes Secret Lab which is the direct competition to AK Racing IMO.You are paying for Quality and feeling secure that’s the point of this chair. If you not looking for a right fit than look elsewhere. But if you want that secure fit and great quality than look no further.Chair doesn’t wobble when moving side to side literally if installed correctly there’s no movement even when recline feat is in progress.I highly recommend this Chair from AK Racing especially for the 5 year warranty but will update this review as time goes on but for now appreciate everything AK Racing is offering here

  8. Reason_trumps_emotion

    The best chair I’ve bought yet.For gaming, I’ve tried various office chairs and even an official gaming chair, but none of them were durable in the long run. Every one of them failed in the exact same spot, where the pneumatic lifter attaches to the seat base. The welds broke on every one of those chairs.This chair has a different design, in that the seat base doesn’t tilt, the backrest does. That design difference was the crucial factor in my decision to purchase this chair. Plus, on this chair, the attachment between the pneumatic lifter & the base plate is a superior design that should be less likely to fail in the long run.Not only that, but the cushion foam on this chair is proving much more durable and reliable than any previous chair I’ve used, especially the previous “gaming” chair. THAT chair’s foam flattened within 2 months, forcing me to buy aftermarket cushions that had to be strapped onto the chair.I’m 6ft, 250lbs, so the load-carrying capacity of any chair I use is a significant factor. So far, this chair seems impervious to my weight, again in sharp contrast to previous chairs. The lumbar pillow & neck pillow that come with this chair are actually useful rather than decorative, so my back doesn’t hurt after 6-8 hours sitting.I’m quite happy with this chair. I’m going to buy another one for my wife, because she doesn’t like HER office chair and keeps sitting in mine for the superior comfort.

  9. William

    Mixed bag, but overall nice.I do really like this chair. Its comfortable to sit in, feels as though it’ll last, and every cushion is squishy yet supportive just how I like. It’s one of the tallest chairs I’ve owned sit height wise and backrest wise, it’s got lumbar and head cushions, but there are two problems I had that seem easily overlooked yet kind of important.Firstly is the armrests. Nothing too bad, soft-ish rubber with a surprising amount of adjustability. Just not enough height. Literally a quarter of an inch too little height. For someone who comes up over the pretty high back rest that’s not uncommon, but it was really irritating for me in particular for just how close I was to being comfortable.Secondly, the butt half of the seat. There are bolsters that come up on either side of the leg to hold you in like a race chair. Nice. Not nice is the amount of cushioning on said bolsters. My legs were sore the first day or so from rubbing on them, but I’ve learned to sit with my legs pretty close together and it seems fine. Again with the bolsters is how close they are together. For a chair rated for just over 300lbs, it doesn’t feel sized for 300lbs with how close these bolsters are. Anyone who has a overabundance of leg girth will be a little cramped on this chair, in my honest opinion. That being said from the experience of someone with averagely girth legs.

  10. Jennifer

    Best gaming chair I have ever ownedI’ve had it for about a month now and I have to tell you that this is the most comfortable gaming chair I’ve ever owned. It’s wide enough to sit cross-legged in comfortably, the fabric is breathable so I don’t wind up sweaty, nor is it uncomfortable to sit in for long periods wearing shorts. The adjustments give me the most support I’ve ever managed to get from a chair, which is important for someone as short as I am who generally has trouble with high-backed chairs. If I had a single complaint, it would be the lack of arm pads, but it was easily remedied with a pair of generic memoryfoam slip-on pads and I suspect they might be more comfortable than anything that could have been built in anyway.The arms slide back and forth, which has been surprisingly useful. I didn’t expect to need it, but I frequently find myself adjusting it to where I want my arm to sit. It doesn’t lock into place though, so it can adjust at unwanted times occasionally. The same can be said for the swivel function of the arms. But they do raise and lower to good heights, so overall I’m pleased.The padding in the support pillows has stayed full so far. The seat cushion is as comfortable as the day I got it. (Which is significant because I have a tendency to game for 8+ hours a few days a week.)The base is sturdy. It was easy to put together alone. It also came with white gloves to help not destroy your fingers, which was nice. lol.Overall I am extremely pleased and have recommended it to everyone in my guild.

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