Design and Workmanship
Genesis uses PU artificial leather as the cover for the Nitro 880, which also covers the seat this time. This provides a much nobler look at the expense of potentially increased heat generation. If you sweat, artificial leather can start to “stick”. Whether you prefer an optically less appealing mesh cover is simply a matter of taste. The cover is firmly attached everywhere. There are no loose areas that could chafe.
The seams, which hold the different parts of the cover together, are also well done on the Nitro 880: The “main seam” between the front and back is completely hidden, the other seams are even and tight.
In the case of the Nitro 880, imitation leather is used in the colours black and red, so the contrast colour is no longer created only by the seams as was the case with the Nitro 550. Also striking is the backrest upholstery, which is based on a carbon look.
In the Nitro 880’s basic frame, Genesis relies throughout on metal, which makes it look correspondingly stable. The chair is advertised with a maximum load of 150 kg and should be able to lift it without any problems.
The surcharge for the chair is also due to the armrests: Typical “4D armrests” are used, in which not only the height but also the horizontal position and the angle of rotation can be adjusted. The installed models are quite stable and do not wobble excessively even at maximum height adjustment. Here Genesis is at eye level with most other gaming chairs.
The same also applies to the processing quality of the Nitro 880: although there are a few small inclusions on the painted surfaces, the paint is applied everywhere, at least opaquely. The joints between the individual parts are also stable.
In the case of the Nitro 550, the low price of the gaming chair was evident in the details. With the Nitro 880, these defects are far less noticeable, in keeping with the higher price: Although the quality of workmanship is not perfect, it is certainly on a par with the equally expensive competition. There are no noticeable optical or structural defects on the chair itself. However, there is criticism for the practical use of the 4D armrests – more on this in the next point.
Practical Use and Ergonomics
The seat of the Nitro 880 is quite thick but not too softly padded. The seat height is also conspicuous: it is minimum 50 cm and maximum 55 cm, making the Nitro 880 particularly suitable for tall people – the backrest is also high enough for this. The seat measures an average of 40 centimetres in width.
The backrest of the gaming chair can also be adjusted. It can be finely adjusted from slightly bent inwards to completely horizontal. Since the Nitro 880 is quite stable, you can also go into a flatter, more relaxed position.
The armrests are made from standard “4D” models. On these models, the support surface can be turned in three steps and adjusted forwards/backwards, inside/outside and up/down. Unfortunately Genesis also has to struggle with the typical problems: The 4D armrests are not very stable. This is especially true for our model’s left backrest, which can rotate at light pressure and snaps into an undesirable position.
This is a pity, because the rotatability is the most rarely used function of the 4D armrests and you could have done without them without problems. A further problem is the height adjustment: This works perfectly with both backrests, but the minimum and maximum height is shifted by about one step, a more even height would have been desirable.
The two cushions included in the scope of delivery offer a further possibility of adjustment, which are again well implemented: They can be attached to the backrest without any problems and offer a comfortable sitting feeling.
A rocker function is also included, with which you can swing the seat and backrest backwards. The counterpressure of the mechanism can be adjusted via a rotary knob on the underside, the range is wide enough for all common requirements.
As a little “extra”, Genesis provides the Nitro 880 with lockable castors that can be locked individually with a lever. This allows the chair to be fixed in one position, which works quite well in practice – but with the right amount of force it can of course still be moved. The only “problem” with the castors is the benefit: We can only imagine a few scenarios in which you have to fix your own gaming chair in place. Thus the foot rolls are in our eyes rather a nice addition than a really important feature.
The bottom line is that the chair’s ergonomics are at a good level. Due to the high seat surface, however, we would only recommend the chair for players with a height of 1.80 m or more.