noblechairs ICON Series Desk Chair Review

While our previous reviews have been of "gaming" chairs, we today move to a more sophisticated take on your computer furniture needs with the noblechairs ICON series seating. This chair is described by the maker as being in the luxury category but carries with it a sub-$400 price tag.

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noblechairs ICON Aesthetics and Build Quality

While "elegant" and "sexy" are not words I would often use to describe a desk chair, the ICON certainly made me think in these terms. The thing just looks damn good. It looks expensive. It looks sturdy. It looks extremely well crafted. And it feels extremely well crafted. The ICON carries with it a great presentation. Everyone I have shown the ICON, has a "that looks great" response to it. All our pictures below were taken after our three months of usage, these are not new out of the box shots.

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The ICON comes with two pillows as shown below, one for your head and one for your lower back. I found neither of these to be needed with this chair. The head and neck pillow has a solid elastic-type strap to locate it that works well. The lumbar pillow however is just a loose pillow. There is not a strap to locate it, so if you use this you will have to likely adjust it every time you sit down. I think the pillows also highly detract from the aesthetics of the ICON as well.

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The seating surface and arm rests have held up very well to my 235lb frame over the months. The ICON's frame is constructed from steel. The ICON is rated for 265lbs. It literally looks as good as the day it came out of the box. It feels and looks a lot like real leather. I even at one point had a had a water cooling pigtail with water block that I laid on the seat of the chair. This block has steel "legs" sticking out in four directions. I sat down on it. Besides being jabbed in the ass, I "knew" when it happened that it had damaged the ICON's seat. However, as you can see, the seat is still in great shape. The block left an indention for a few minutes and then was gone. You might be able to see the one small white dot towards the front of the seat. That is something that I dropped on the chair and got stuck in one of the perforations. I had to use a toothpick to remove it.

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The arms of the chair seem to look a bit less expensive than the rest of the chair and are built out of polyurethane. And when locked in place they have a bit of wiggle to them, both forward, backward, and side to side. These arms do have a good bit of adjustment up and down, back to front, and angle out or in a good bit as seen below.

At first glance I did not expect these arms to be very comfortable. A quick touch identifies these are very hard plastic, but these do actually have a fair amount of give. I have never found these to be uncomfortable on my elbows as I have sat here day after day typing...like right now.

noblechairs ICON Operation

The arms have little push buttons that are actuated using your thumb. This unlocks the arm and allows you to position it where you like.

As with every other chair we have reviewed, I would like these arms to drop a bit lower in order to get these fully out of my way. That said, the arms are installed with three heavy allen bolts and are fully removable if you wanted to do that.

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The rocking mechanism of our chair is extremely important to many of us. The ICON chair's rocker is built extremely well. It is a very heavy piece of equipment and it has remained tight over these month. The fit between the base of the rocker and the gas piston is excellent and has remained so. Even moving side to side, you do not get that clunky side to side movement. There is a tiny bit of sway, but I think that is to be expected with anyone my weight. It feels like the two are mated together perfectly and have remained that way.

The gas piston has about 3 inches of travel. At its highest setting, the back of my thigh is 21 inches off the floor. In its lowest position, about 18 inches. The control to the right controls the up and down. The control on the left is a toggle that locks or unlocks the tilt on the rocker. The tilt is about 10 degrees and the tension is adjustable. I had no issues getting it adjusted it where I wanted it. Finally the there is small lever on the right along the edge of the seat that locks and unlocks the back adjustment. It is lockable in a perfectly upright position, and you can very much lay the chair back down as well. Specs are that it adjusts from 90 degrees to -135 degrees.

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Many folks have asked about how far the chairs lay back that we review. There is no doubt in my mind that you can "lay down" and take a nap in the ICON should you wish. With the back in its fully reclined position, along with the 10 degree tilt on the rocker, you are pretty much laying down as much as you can.

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Lastly on construction, the base is an extremely solid cast aluminum 5-leg design with a well done finish. The casters at first concerned me. They seemed to be a bit on the cheap side, but these casters have held up well on the hard flooring in my office. They are 60mm in size and roll extremely easily and just about as quietly as possible for a hard caster. I like the hard casters better as I can move around in my office easier.

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