Last week I purchased my latest cheap office chair. Itâ€™s an AK Designs Octane chair purchased from Best Buy. My experience is that any of the sub-$200 chairs purchased from retail stores will last about two years before the mechanism that allows the chair to rock and turn will wear out to the point that it loudly squeaks when you use it. At $150, I fully expect this chair to be no different.
This chair is just really comfortable. The sides of the back wrap around you so it feels similar to a sports car seat designed to hold you in place while cornering. Also, the back has a bit of a lumbar bump built into it that feels great on the back.
The armrests adjust up and down, side to side, and pivot. Iâ€™m not sure if this is useful, or just fun to play with. Either way I like it.
The chair has big, roller blade style, wheels that roll smoothly on a variety of surfaces. They are even pretty good on carpet.
The blue and black color scheme is a perfect match for my blue walled and black furnished home office.
Itâ€™s still a cheap chair that will wear out in a couple years. The mechanism underneath the seat looks almost identical to the ones on all of my previous cheap chairs and nothing like the ones on the professional chairs we use at work.
The tall wheels have a couple side effects. First, the legs that attach the wheels are now a little higher than normal. Achilles tendon height. If you roll it into your heal while sitting it will break skin and hurt. Trust me. Secondly, the taller wheels mean the lowest setting for the seat height in taller than my previous chairs.