Herman Miller – A Modern Furniture for Office and Home
I’ll be honest: when I initially heard about the Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody, the price was the first thing that came to mind. It costs $1,595 (£1,195) for this gaming chair, which is naturally out of reach for the majority of us. If you wince at the idea of spending so much of your hard-earned money on a gaming chair — it is, after all, gaming PC money — there are other cheaper choices to consider in our guide to the best gaming chair.
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Herman Miller, on the other hand, is a brand founded on the principle that ergonomics are a worthwhile investment. This appears to entail more than a lumbar pillow and a racing chair appearance. The Embody is much more subdued. It is instead betting on individuals willingly spending a considerable amount of money on comfort and excellent ergonomics. I’ve thus approached this review with that in mind, attempting to determine why you might want to spend the price of a used vehicle on a gaming chair and whether you’ll feel like you got your money’s worth.
That was not a simple task for someone who sees a £1,200 chair and automatically thinks “too expensive.” But times have changed, and after the past year, the price doesn’t seem that outrageous—even before I sit down. Working from home and spending nearly the entirety of the day seated, a chair that I can entrust with my spine has become a must.
A chair that prioritises total support above all else intrigues me more than ever before. And this is regardless of the Logitech collaboration, which appears to be primarily a branding effort to convince gamers to adopt a high-end throne instead of the bucket chairs so adored by streamers.
However, I was unsure of what to anticipate from the Embody prior to its arrival. I had not anticipated such a large package to arrive on my porch. First impressions were on how I was going to carry the box up the two flights of tiny stairs leading to my apartment.
This enormous box conceals arguably one of Herman Miller’s finest qualities. After deciding to cut the chair out of the box with a knife in my hallway, I discovered a fully completed chair wrapped in ingenious cardboard. My major complaint is that there are no screws or disposable tools necessary, which is not the case here. I’m accumulating inferior Allen keys from inexpensive flat-pack furniture, and I can’t help but think there must be a better solution.
Then perhaps Herman Miller is onto something here: quality packaging that does not require assembly. When it comes to feeling like a luxury chair, we’re off to a great start, but short-lived success upon delivery is hardly what you’ve paid for.
The Embody chair itself is quite small. The compact body-fitting backrest and small frame make for a design that is dwarfed by the Cooler Master Ergo L I was previously using.
Despite its tiny appearance, the Embody has a spacious seat without any outward protrusions to keep you firmly in place. A crucial abstinence for all-day ease, I guarantee you. The seat is composed of a few spring-wire meshes that support a matte and foam cushion covered in Sync Fabric, a trademark of Herman Miller. Herman Miller evaluates the fabric’s durability, colour retention, and tensile strength. Despite the fact that I cannot predict how it will fare after a decade of use, it has not yet displayed any signs of deterioration.
In general, the Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody is not a radical departure from the original Embody. A tried, tested, and well recognised design, the gaming Embody is now available in a new black and blue colorway; if you’re aiming for a more sober/edgelord style, you can also opt for a pure black version. In addition, there is a little Logitech G toggle on the back that I am unaware of its function and a Logitech G logo on the backrest’s top band.
Again, I’m not certain that the Logitech collaboration brings much to the table, but the branding is noticeably subtle compared to the racing-style gaming seats that we’re accustomed to as PC gamers, and as a result it seems sophisticated.
One of the minor practical differences between the Embody and Logitech G Embody is a foam layer within the seat. It is believed to provide additional support while sitting perfectly erect and to keep your rear cool. From personal experience, it’s deceptively comfortable for extended usage, although it’s unclear whether it adds anything to the original model.
This is the most instantly visible quality of this chair: You can sit in it all day without experiencing any discomfort. Throughout the day, you may move your upper body into a variety of non-ergonomic postures, but your lower body tends to remain stationary at a desk, so it is crucial to ensure that it is properly positioned. Fortunately, the Embody does.
When seated appropriately on the chair, as instructed by Herman Miller in its promotional videos (tip: feet forward and flat on the floor), the back rest is exceptionally supportive. It is flexible due to a construction of widespread supports that span the back of the chair and are attached to the backrest’s main column at only a few crucial spots.
While some chair designers may use ergonomics as a justification for the wackiest and most bizarre ideas, the Embody’s design and functioning are pretty conservative. The absence of a headrest is a prime example of Herman Miller’s “we know best” philosophy, but the armrests’ limited range of motion is also indicative of this stance.
Fortunately, you do not need to be constantly aware of your posture to get the most out of Embody. As long as you’re not straddling it in a vain effort to be “down with the kids,” you’ll likely find it as passively comfortable as I do.
Therefore, the Herman Miller Embody is functionally superior. You would not expect anything less for $1,595 (£1,195). Is it alone sufficient to justify the price? Still, this is not an easy choice. The Herman Miller gains favour when the 12-year warranty, which is too readily disregarded, is considered.
A chair with a 12-year warranty and a price of $1,195 is easy to calculate: just under $100 each year. Moreover, the warranty is extensive. It includes everything: pneumatics, casters, armrests, etc., for 24-hour use (three shifts of eight hours each, in corporate jargon). A small amount of surface-level damage to the fabric may not qualify you for a replacement chair, but you are essentially covered for everything else for more than a decade.
Consequently, the price tag becomes more understandable. Those on the fence may feel substantially more confidence in their new gaming chair purchase once the guarantee is considered. This warranty is rarely offered by other manufacturers of gaming chairs. Few of the best chairs in our survey came close to a 12-year, all-inclusive standard warranty. That would be the Mavix M9 and the Steelcase Gesture. Both of these gaming thrones take the task chair concept.
However, both are slightly less expensive than the Herman Miller, and both have advocates within PC Gamer’s leadership. Before making a purchase, it is unquestionably worthwhile to examine these two, which are sometimes available for less than Embody.
Without having sat in either chair, I can only evaluate the Herman Miller based on its merits and 12-year warranty, which swayed my decision. It is by far the most costly mattress I’ve examined, and I believe it offers the highest level of comfort and support. It’s simple to see why Herman Miller dominates the market for high-end office chairs; a 12-year warranty ensures that a chair’s exceptional performance is never diminished in any way.
Does the aforementioned Herman Miller X Logitech G Embody require the gaming chair moniker despite its business origins? Possibly not; it still feels like the same Embody as before, with a few additional features that are difficult to detect in action. Yet, if anything, this chair is evidence that little is required to repeat Herman Miller’s success for those of us who prefer PC gaming to PC work.