Design and Workmanship
A novelty of the T3 Rush is the fabric upholstery: Corsair used imitation leather for the two predecessor models. The cover of the gaming chair is tight, has a pleasant feel and is neatly sewn. There are no protruding threads or significantly varying edge distances.
Of course, the upholstery has a significant influence on the look of the chair. Instead of a cover trimmed to a modern look with a 3D effect or the often used imitation leather, Corsair uses a normal fabric cover for the T3 Rush that has a soft and pleasant feel.
The basic construction of the chair makes a very stable impression, even if a metal base would have been more beautiful. Instead, the T3 Rush has a thick plastic base with a metal insert for the gas spring. After all, the plastic makes for a somewhat more extravagant look.
The 4D armrests, which Corsair has succeeded in producing, are again quite stable: They have a lot of play, but in comparison to other models to a very small extent. In addition, the angle adjustment offers enough counterpressure to prevent unintentional adjustment. The armrests have a smooth and patterned contact surface, which makes them very comfortable.
The workmanship quality of the T3 Rush is consistently good: the chair is sturdily built and stands securely, the covers are neatly sewn and the metal surfaces are coated throughout. Although there are some inclusions and a few plastic parts that could theoretically have been worked better, Corsair does not need to hide behind the competition.
Practical Use and Ergonomics
In practice, the T3 Rush proves to be a rather purposefully designed gaming chair: Due to the lateral casing, it is not perfectly suitable for every user, but it is all the more pleasant if you belong to the target group: Those who are not just over 1.90 m tall and do not have too wide shoulders will be very well “picked up” by the chair and sit extremely comfortably.
While the cover of the T3 Rush is quite soft, the upholstery underneath is firm: If you are looking for an armchair feeling, this is not the right place, but the chair is designed to be comfortable but rather upright. The seat of the T3 Rush – between the elevations – is 37 cm wide and 28 cm wide on the backrest, which measures 25 cm (inside) to 35 cm (outermost point of the sides) in the area of the lower back.
In particular, the lateral bulges of the backrest determine the feeling of sitting on the chair: in the case of the racing seats taken as an example, these are there to stabilise the driver laterally in the bend. With a gaming chair this scenario is of course unrealistic – whether you prefer the lateral support or not is simply a matter of taste.
Corsair offers the usual standard package in the price range for adjustment options: the backrest, seat height and armrests can be adjusted. The adjustable seat height offers an adjustment range of around 9 cm. The backrest, on the other hand, can be adjusted in stages; the maximum adjustment levels can be seen in the pictures.
In addition, there is also the usual rocker function, with which the entire seat can be tilted backwards – the resistance is adjusted, as usual, by a rotary wheel at the bottom of the seat mechanism. Fortunately, the T3 Rush is quite stable, so that you don’t have to be afraid to tip over, even when you’re in the maximum flat position or when you’re rocking strongly – very good.
The built-in 4D armrests offer the usual options: They can be adjusted in any direction and can also be rotated in three stages. The adjustment margins measured by us can be found in the specification table on the first page. Corsair has succeeded in implementing the 4D armrests: Although this implementation – like all other 4D armrests, unfortunately – also wobbles, at least the armrests can be adjusted without quirks and offer enough counterpressure not to be adjusted unintentionally. In addition, the height of the armrests also fits reasonably well: The height difference of our sample is only about one millimeter.
For the lumbar support, Corsair relies on a relatively high cushion that is simply placed in the backrest. There it can be pushed upwards and held in position by the backrest – but when you stand up, the cushion slides down again. Corsair therefore offers an above-average lumbar support, but this must be used every time you sit down in order to bring it into the correct position.
The neck cushion, on the other hand, uses a standard belt. According to the manufacturer, the neck cushion should actually be attached to the bulges in the backrest, alternatively it can be buckled around the upper end of the chair – then it is also suitable for tall people.
As a final feature, Corsair advertises the floor castors, which allow the chair to glide easily over the floor. In fact, we can confirm this: In comparison, the T3 Rush moves very smoothly over surfaces – but not too easily either. Compared to many other gaming chairs, the chair is much easier to move from the spot, although we consider this advantage to be a nice extra: If you have it, you’ll be happy – and if you’re used to the heavier castors of many other chairs, you’ll still be able to cope with them.