Noblechair Epic TX Black Edition Review: A Noble Fit for the Office and Home

The Epic has the looks and build quality to back up its premium price tag.

Noblechair Epic TX Black Edition
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Tom's Hardware Verdict

Although pricey, the Epic feels like the sum of its parts for the price it commands. The Black Edition of this stylish, racing-inspired chair is understated enough to fit into an office environment. I would have liked more lumbar support and less complicated armrests, but this is a solid chair regardless.

Pros

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    Great build quality and design

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    High-tech faux leather feels great and breathable

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    Simple to put together

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    Great seating fit and back support

Cons

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    No back adjustment like on Hero TX model

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    Fairly high price, close to $500

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    Extra arm adjustments are redundant

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I’m pretty familiar with Noblechairs’ office-style gaming chair lineup after testing both the Hero and Hero TX models. But while the Hero line leans more toward “executive” styling than it does “gaming,” the Epic line is the opposite — this is Noblechairs’ original gaming chair lineup, with sleek, aggressive styling that looks like it’s been plucked directly from the track. 

I took a look at the Noblechairs Epic Black Edition, which features a bucket seat, a winged back, and angled belt pass-throughs, all clad in the brand’s high-tech faux leather. Different from “synthetic leather” (which the chair also comes in), “high-tech faux leather” is an “innovative hybrid material from Germany” that consists of “an ingenious blend of vinyl and polyurethane,” according to the company. Unlike most of the Epic’s other material/color options, the Black Edition has a smooth, unquilted finish, which makes it look understated and professional — it will easily fit into an office setting, despite its obvious racecar lineage. 

The Noblechairs Epic Black Edition is on the pricier side at $480. The Epic also comes in synthetic leather and fabric (starting at $420) and real leather ($600).

Design

The Epic comes in several different upholsteries and colors, but our review unit was the Black Edition in high-tech faux leather. If you’re looking for something more exciting than black, the high-tech faux leather can also be purchased in Java (brown), white, and an officially-licensed Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 edition, which is black with bright contrast stitching and accents in Petronas Green.

The Epic has an eye-catching design, with two angular cutouts in the left and right shoulder regions. The cutouts, which are a carryover from racing seats, are lined with high-grade plastic in a glossy, dark silver finish. The silver finish contrasts with the dark color of the chair, which makes the cutouts stand out, but I think it would look better without the stark contrast. If color-matching matters to you, you’ll be pleased to know that the synthetic leather model does use black plastic. 

Noblechairs Hero TX

Noblechair Epic TX

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The Epic looks and feels like a racing-inspired gaming chair should. The bucket-style seat gives you excellent support for your back and sides of your upper body, and the Black Edition styling offers a stealthier look, which allows it to blend into an office environment. The Epic is also a sleeker chair than the Hero TX, with a smaller, more compact frame, but the difference isn’t big — this is something you will only really notice if you put the two chairs side by side.

Specs 

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UpholsteryFabric
Recline11 degrees
Total Height (with base)50 - 54 inches
Seat Pan Height (with base)19 - 23 inches
Backrest Height33 inches
Backrest Width (shoulder level)20 inches
Backrest Width (pelvis level)20 inches
Backrest Width (point of contact)11 inches
Seating Area Width (total)22 inches
Seating Area Width (point of contact)13 inches
Depth Seating Area (total)18 inches
Depth Seating Area (point of contact)18 inches
Armrest Width4 inches
Armrest Depth10 inches
Recommended Maximum Weight265 pounds
Weight61 pounds
Warranty2 years
Pricing$419.99

Assembly

Assembling the chair is fairly simple and straightforward, with clearly-illustrated instructions. Noblechairs also provides you with all the tools you need, including one Allen key/screwdriver hybrid tool, two Phillips-head screws, three 25mm M8 screws (and a screw kit with four 20mm M8), four split washers, and four regular washers. Using a power tool will save you some time, but isn’t necessary. I was able to assemble the chair by myself in under half an hour. 

While the instructions are illustrated and easy to follow, I would have liked to see some accompanying text, as well as real images of the chairs.

Comfort and Adjustments

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Noblechairs’ Epic Black Edition has an excellent core foundation and great back support. The chair has one lever on the right side which adjusts the backrest, and I found this to be a particularly important feature. I am often sitting for hours on end, and I struggle with getting correct back support — a good adjustable backrest can make all the difference. The chair also comes with additional neck and back pillows for extra support and comfort. These work well but are difficult for me to use comfortably due to my overall body size and frame. 

One thing that is sadly missing on the Epic compared to the Hero TX is the rotating knob, located on the right side of the upper chair, which adds extra lumbar support by allowing the lower back part of the chair to shape to the arch of your back. This creates a more bespoke fit and is a great feature of the Hero TX that I would have loved to see on the Epic. 

The Epic also has a lever on the right side of the bottom of the chair for adjusting the height, as well as a lever on the left that acts as a single lock-and-release mechanism that allows for the bottom base of the chair to lean back. The chair tilts about 11 degrees, and you can use the left lever to lock it in position. 

The Epic’s arm rests are extremely adjustable: You can move them up, down, left, right, backward, forward, and even diagonally, and tilt them inward and outward by 45 degrees, to get them in the perfect position for you. While this is great in theory, a lot of the movement options seem sort of unnecessary and redundant. Plus, all this flexibility makes them feel less stable when you’re using them, and I’m worried that so many moving parts means they’ll suffer from reduced long-term durability.

Bottom Line

Noblechairs definitely seems to have the formula down when it comes to making a great racing-inspired gaming chair. The Epic is sleek, stylish, and comfortable enough to spend hours in. The Epic Black Edition’s high-tech faux leather is especially attractive, although, as an F1 fan myself, I’m tempted by the officially-licensed Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team edition. 

The Epic, which ranges from $420 to $600 depending on fabric choice and colorway, is, without a doubt, a premium gaming chair — you have to commit to really wanting and valuing the experience a chair like this will bring. If you want a simpler — but still premium — chair with a similar silhouette, I recommend checking out the Andaseat Phantom 3.

Benjamin Aboagye
Freelance Reviewer

Benjamin Aboagye is a UK-based freelance writer for Tom's Hardware US. He writes reviews on gaming chairs and gaming peripherals.

  • Dragonwatcher
    Yet another clone chair with the hard arms. Would love to see a review of one of the gaming chairs that has actual padded arms as I don't know too many gamers that play RPG's that don't rest their elbows and/or forearms on the armrests while playing. I know I do, and I would never use any chair that didn't have padded armrests. So, let's see some reviews of the other brands of chairs out there that have more features starting with the padded armrests, possible ones that recline or maybe even have retractable footrests.
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  • Tom Sunday
    It most certainly is a very noble chair. An Epic to be sure, a racing-inspired gaming chair, sleek and stylish. Wow…what a choice indeed $420 to $600. Surely in times like these I do need to sit down a lot to peruse my life and financial condition. Inflation causing me to be broke most of the time. I guess I will need to be holding-on to my almost newly touted ‘Salvation Army’ office chair costing a cool $25 even with someone having earlier installed new premium rubber casters for hardwood flooring. Lucky me! Talk about racing…I rushed this morning over to Tustin, as gas was a few cents cheaper then in any other gas stations around. Still paid $7,84 per gallon. Welcome in visiting sunny LA! Just perhaps the NOBLE people will send me a free chair for real life testing and as I sit heavy in the saddle to ponder what my next moves will be. Greetings from the man on the street!
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