Decent chair

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  1. R94N macrumors 68020

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    Okay, I bet there's been hundreds of threads about this in the past, but....

    At the moment, I have a little cheap chair, a bit like this one. I use the computer a bit more than just a few hours a day, so this chair just isn't really good enough for those long hours. What chairs do you guys use for long periods of time on the computer, and do you think arms on the chair are important or not?
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I have a ghetto chair™ right now but once I move I'll buy the Herman Miller Aeron, with arms. I think the arms are important in ergonomics.
     
  3. R94N thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ah, yeah, that's the one with the small 'holes' in the back, isn't it? I've seen them all over the place, including 'round my uncle's house (he's a web designer).
     
  4. samiwas macrumors 68000

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    If you want my advise, stay away from leather chairs unless your room is nice and chilly. I don't know about everyone else, but I just sweat in my leather chair. I never did when I had a cloth chair before it. The leather just absorbs body heat, warms up, and before I know it, the back of my shirt and everywhere else is damp. I'm looking to get rid of this chair and move back to a fabric chair.

    Hopefully that wasn't TMI...but I couldn't find a better way!
     
  5. r6girl Administrator/Editor

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    Another vote for the Herman Miller Aeron chair. I picked one up via Craigslist from an office liquidation a few years ago and it's fantastic. I work from home and spend hours in that chair every day and it's comfortable all day.

    I've actually had an ergonomic specialist tell me that chair arms are not necessary and she didn't recommend them since they can interfere with keeping your elbows at a natural 90º bend with your arms hanging naturally at your side, which is the recommended position for using your keyboard. My Aeron has arms and I've lowered them out of the way to get my set-up as close to this as possible and it works well for me.
     
  6. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Have you considered using your leather chair in the nude?

    Aeron chair is by far the most comfortable chair. Mine is like 5-6 years old and functions like it did when new.
     
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  9. N10248 macrumors 6502a

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    Chair Wars!!!

    I have a dell too, mainly for kicking.
     
  10. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I did a great deal of reading on this chair and actually the one that I configured was more money than the Aeron. Maybe I was at the wrong site. In addition to that the HS chair did not seem to touch on the main points of my concern with a good chair. It is a great chair but not quite there, imo.
     
  11. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Oh interesting. I had a specialist tell me the arms were important. Looks like we need a third to break our tie. I would get one for sure because during conference calls I'm leaning back more often and I appreciate the arms. I know this now as my ghetto chair™ doesn't have any.
     
  12. R94N thread starter macrumors 68020

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    No, that's fine. I've actually experienced that myself before :D



    That looks pretty neat.


    ha ha! here in celebrity-obsessed Britain, they could do something like 'celebrity chair wars' or something like that on ITV....

    but I digress :D ;)
     
  13. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    I've had my Herman Miller Aeron chair for about 7 years. Still looks almost as good as new. And I very much do like its arms.
     
  14. R94N thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So the Aeron appears to be one of the most popular...hmmmm.
     
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  16. Poncho macrumors 6502

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    Aeron. Get a fully loaded one with standard back support on ebay uk for about £250. Try it before you buy it if you can in case it has the 'used Aeron wobble' tho. Even the new chairs have a slight wobble – built in to the design, but as the years go by this can worsen, depending on how the chair has been treated.

    There are plenty about, so don't settle for one with scuffs and scratches tho if you don't care about looks, don't pay more than £180 for one like this and it will be a bargain in its own right too. Also, look out for ads that just use stock shots of fully loaded models. Read the small print of the ad and you'll often find that the chairs for sale actually come without arms, or don't have some of the features pictured. It's a bit of a minefield. Best buy is always to get from someone who is selling it personally as you can try before you buy.

    Some of the ones on ebay have fabric arms, not vinyl or leather, but these actually cost more than the vinyl ones and are comfortable.

    Go and sit on one in John Lewis or somewhere. Buying new at £900 for the basic means you're getting the 12-year guarantee with it as the original owner. The guarantee isn't transferable. In my opinion, paying £900 means you are getting a chair and the guarantee. Like, a £600 chair and a £300 insurance policy, if you like. Well, that's how I look at it.

    As for the looks, not my cup of tea. Bit lumpy and cumbersome. But for comfort, and a chair that will retain value when bought secondhand, probably unbeatable.

    Thank you... (Sits back down on his £4 three-legged IKEA stool.)

    Edit: After all that, just bought two Aerons on ebay. Bargains...
     
  17. Keniff macrumors 6502a

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    Go to a Herman Miller dealership and they'll make one that suits you, you're floor and weight, it might be a bit pricey, but you'll never buy another chair again
     

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