Our Rating: 9.0/10
Secretlab Omega Review: Pros & Cons
Very comfortable chair designed for smaller individuals (recommended less than 5’9″ and 175 lbs.—but is sturdy enough to hold heavier users)
The Omega 2018 comes with premium arm rests that can be adjusted four differen ways to ensure they fit your arms correctly
Secretlab offers payments plans (~$29/month) on the chair, which makes it an easier buy for users who don’t necessarily have $329 to drop on a chair up front.
The lumbar support pillow is nice, but as it doesn’t attach to the chair it can slide down when adjusting in the seat
It’s been about two weeks now since I unboxed the Secretlab Omega 2018 edition gaming chair. And, today I’m back with the full review on the chair.
Secretlab does recommend the Omega 2018 for users that are no taller than 5’9″, and that are a maximum weight of 240 lbs. Their recommended maximum weight for users in this chair is only 175 lbs.
But, as I said in my unboxing and initial thoughts video (below), I weigh about 180 lbs., and I’m positive this chair could easily be used by users over 200 lbs. It’s very well built.
So, if you are right around 200 lbs. (maybe to a maximum of 210 lbs.), I wouldn’t let the recommended weight requirement turn you away.
But, for the height, I’m right about 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-10, and I think if you were slightly taller, this chair would be an option that you could consider. But if you are 5’11 or taller, you’ll likely want to look elsewhere.
So, just note that if you don’t fall under about 5’10 to 5’11 and under about 200-210 lbs., this chair won’t be for you.
But, in any case, let’s get into the unboxing experience that the Omega 2018 delivers.
Also, if the Omega isn’t for you, check out our guide on the Best PC Gaming Chairs for more options.
Secretlab Omega 2018 Unboxing & Assembly
Just like the Titan, the Omega can be assembled in less the 30 minutes. It’s a really straightforward process.
And, just like with the Titan, you can tell that SecretLab put some effort into ensuring that the unboxing experience was a pleasant one.
They give you a big huge poster-type board that has the step-by-step assembly process on it and everything is packaged and covered well in the box.
How Comfortable is the Secretlab Omega 2018?
To me, the Secretlab Omega has been very comfortable to sit in. Again, I’m right on the high-end of the recommended weight and height capacities, but the chair fits me just fine.
It is a bit on the snug side because I am right up against those maximum requirements, but it’s not uncomfortable to have the snugger fit.
I also really like the PU leather that the Omega comes with. The DXRacer Formula series chair that I reviewed prior to the Omega had a mesh covering, and while it wasn’t horrible to sit in, it just wasn’t as nice as sitting in PU leather.
The PU leather doesn’t get too hot for me, but my office is also typically on the cooler side in terms of room temperature. So, I’m not sure how it would feel in a warmer room.
Overall, though, if you’ve seen/read my Secretlab Titan review (a large version of the Omega), you’ll know that I found that chair very comfortable. And, for the most part, the Omega delivers a very similar experience in terms of comfort.
It’s just a bit tighter of a fit, which may or may not be something you prefer.
The Omega Allows You to Adjust the Arm Rests in Four Different Directions
The arm rests on the Omega are identical to the arm rests on the Titan. So, I have had a pretty extensive look at these arm rests.
In terms of the comfort of the arm rest padding, there may be more comfortable arm rests out there, but I can’t imagine what a more comfortable arm rest would feel like.
Or, in other words, these arm rests are comfortable to me, and if there are more comfortable arm rests out there, I can’t imagine that they are significanlty more comfortable than the Omega’s (and the Titan’s.)
And, because the Omega’s arm rests can be adjusted in so many different ways, (that’s up-and-down, side-to-side, back and forth, and at an angle) it really helps ensuring that you can get the arm rests into the ideal position for your arms.
And, for build quality, the arm rests are extremeley sturdy as well, so I have no doubt that they’ll hold up over time.
The Lumbar Support Pillow is Comfortable… But It Doesn’t Attach to the Chair
For lumbar support, the memory foam cushion that comes with the Omega is really comfortable to lean up against.
Now that I’ve tested out this lumbar cushion and the one from the DXRacer Formula series, I think that the Omega has the better lumbar cushion in terms of comfort.
It’s softer than DXRacer’s cushion, and not as bulky as well.
However, the only thing that I really haven’t like about the Omega thus far is the fact that the lumbar cushion does not attach to the chair in any way.
This isn’t a problem if you’re sitting in the same position for extended periods, but if you need to adjust a little bit, the cushion can slide down a little bit, and you have to reach back and adjust it from time to time.
Now, I will normally adjust the lumbar cushion from time-to-time anyways, but if I sit up in the chair for a moment, and the lumbar cushion is in a higher position, it will slide down, and when I sit back again, it’s in a different location.
It’s a minor issue in the grand scheme of things, but it was just something that stood out to me throughout the couple of weeks of sitting in the Omega.
I did even go a period without the cushion at all, and that was actually comfortable to sit in as well. Maybe not ideal from an ergonomics standpoint, but I did find that I could sit in the chair without the pillow if I needed to.
You Get A Nice Velour Neck Pillow As Well (the Same One That Comes on the Titan)
The chair also comes with a velour head pillow. And, it is the same pillow that comes with the Titan. It attaches to the back of the seat, and it is really comfortable to rest your head on.
When I first got the Titan, I wasn’t even sure if I was going to use the pillow, but through sitting in the Titan and now the Omega, I will always leave the pillow on, because when I lay back on it it provides an additional level of comfort.
But Can the Secretlab Omega Do This?
The Omega can recline back to a maximum of 165-degrees when the tilt feature is unlocked. Some chairs out there can go back further, and some chairs, like DXRacer’s formula series, can’t go back as far.
I do lean back in the chair on occasion, typically if I want to take a break from working to read or something, and on those occassions, man, it’s really comfortable to kick back in.
But you do need something to prop your feet up onto when you do recline back if you want to fully utilize the recline feature.
The tilt feature of the Omega is really nice as well. Basically, you can unlock the chair at its base and, when unlocked, you can rock freely back and forth in it.
You can also lock the chair at a tilted angle, too.
This is a nice combination with the recline feature, because rather than sitting upright all day long, at times I can tilt the chair back a bit and recline it slightly, and that can help me get a little bit more comfortable when I’m working.
Overall, though, from the beginning of starting to review these chairs, I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d like or even use the recline features, but I can say now that, in my opinion, having them is better than not having them.
The Build Quality of the Secretlab Omega is Outstanding
The only other thing I can really speak to is the Omega’s build quality.
The chair’s base is made out of reinforced aluminum, it has a steel frame construction, and its hydraulic gas piston is Class 4 heavy duty rated. So, I don’t know exactly what that means, but I’m guessing they are high-end pistons.
From my point of view, the Omega feels very well built. I can’t speak specifially to how long it will last because I’ve only had a couple of weeks with the chair. But I’m assuming you’ll get your money’s worth out of it as long as you meet the chair’s height and weight requirements, or are even a little over them.
Five Different Color Schemes to Choose From
The Secretlab Omega 2018 comes in five different color schemes.
Stealth (Black w/Red Stitching & Gold/White Logos)
Classic (Black & White w/Red Stitching & Gold/White Logos)
Amber (Black & Orange w/Orange Stitching & Black/Orange Logos)
Royal (Black & Blue w/Gold & White Logos)
Ashe (Ashe & Black w/Black Logos)
Verdict: The Secretlab Omega 2018 is Probably One of the Best Gaming Chairs for Smaller Individuals
All-in-all, I think the Omega is another outstanding chair from Secretlab. I am going to compare the Omega to both the Titan and the DXRacer Formula series in two separate videos, but I can pretty much already tell you the gist of those two videos.
And, that is that…
I’d go with the Secretlab Omega over the DXRacer Formula, even the DXRacer Formula chairs that have PU leather, as the Omega has more arm rest adjustment features, can tilt back further, and can lock at a tilted angle.
For the Titan and the Omega…
If you’re under 5’10 and under 200 lbs., or your close to those numbers and you prefer a chair that fits you more snugly, go with the Secretlab Omega over the Titan.
If you’re taller than 5’9″ and over 175-180 lbs., and you prefer a roomier chair, I’d go with the Titan over the Omega.
But, in any case, I think when you compare the Omega to other racing-style gaming chairs that are also designed for the medium-to-smaller body types, the Omega is likely one of the better options in that group.
If you’re interested in getting the Omega 2018, I have included a link to it in the description below. That is an affiliate link and if you use it buy the chair I will get a commission, to which, of course, I greatly appreciate.
I’m also giving away this chair to one winner and if you want to enter in to win it, you can click here to enter. (And, if the giveaway has already ended, you still might want to check out the page as we are typically always giving away something.)
But, that does it for this review. Thank you for reading and hopefully I’ll see you next time!