E-WIN Racing was founded in 2016 after being part of a leading OEM office chair manufacturer. They are focused on designing and manufacturing ergonomic “racer” style chairs for both gaming and office use. E-WIN Racing uses the phrase “Quality, but cheap office gaming chairs” to describe their products, and we’re here to find out the accuracy of that statement, at least with the CP-BB3F Gaming Office Chair we had a chance to test.
Specifications & Features
(Courtesy of E-WIN Racing)
|E-WIN Champion Series Specifications|
|Polyurethane (PU) Leather|
|Cold Molded Memory Foam|
|Foam Density||55 kg/m3|
|Gas Lift||Class 4, 120 mm|
|Weight Capacity||330 lbs|
|Certifications||UL verified to meet EN1335-2-3, SGS, and BIFMA standards|
4D Adjustable Armrests
- Front/Back Sliding Adjustments
- Right/Left Sliding Adjustments
- Rotational Adjustments
- Up/Down Vertical Adjustments
- PU Leather surface blends perforation and diamond pattern stitching to make the contact area comfortable and breathable
- Durable steel frame
- Aluminum 5-point base
- Cold molded memory foam
- Class 4 Gas Lift, 120 mm
Lever Operated Back Recliner
- Chair allows for 85-155° adjustment
Tilt Lock & Tilt Control
- Control tilt angle and tension
Packaging & Contents
The chair arrived without any major damage to the box, just the typical scuffs from shipping. The box itself has minimal branding with only “E-WIN” stamped on two sides, and there is product information on two sides in the form of stickers.
When opening the box there is a cardboard sheet underneath and covering the 5-point aluminum base, which separates the base from the rest of the chair for protection. The next layer is the chair’s back, which is laying on top of the seat and the box of assembly components. As you can see, there was a little room for the different parts to move during shipment. The empty space could be filled with foam blocks or something similar to create a more snug fit, but regardless, everything arrived in good condition.
The small box has the majority of parts for assembly. These include the assembly manual, gloves, bolts, L-shaped hex wrenches, casters, hinge covers, gas lift, gas lift cover, and the seat mount/adjustment mechanism. There are also some pre-installed bolts that are used for assembly and we’ll see those a little later. The included gloves were an unexpected surprise when opening the box. The gloves are good for initial assembly to prevent skin oils from getting on the chair for oil-free pictures. However, once the chair is assembled and being used, it’s basically inevitable that skin oils will make contact with the chair.
Assembly begins by removing the four pre-installed bolts in the backrest. Now, the backrest can be placed on the seat, in line with the hinges. The four bolts that were removed are used to attach the backrest to the seat.
Once the backrest and seat are assembled, there are a couple of hinge covers to hide the hinge and bolts. These covers just use a single bolt for mounting and a hole cap to hide the bolt.
Next, we have to mount the tilt and lock mechanism to the bottom of the seat to get it ready for mounting on the base. There are four pre-installed bolts that need to be removed from the seat to make room for the tilt and lock mechanism, then use those same bolts to attach the mechanism to the seat. It’s also worth noting that the armrests are attached to the seat with four bolts and there are slots in the armrests for mounting….we’ll mention this again later.
Now we need to assemble the chair’s base, which is really simple and doesn’t require any tools. The first step is pushing the casters into the ends of the 5-point base.
Next, the gas lift is installed by simply pushing it into the center hole of the base and placing the cover over it.
The last step is to set the backrest and seat assembly onto the gas lift of the base. That’s it! After maybe fifteen minutes we have a fully assembled E-WIN gaming/office chair.
E-WIN Champion Series Chair (CP-BB3F)
Here’s a 360° spin of the E-WIN Champion Series chair…
The overall build quality seems really good.
I can appreciate the metal components such as the steel frame and aluminum base.
The PU leather fits tight around the cold molded foam, and the seams look well-stitched. The combination of diamond pattern and dimples in the seat and on the backrest will help the contact areas be a little more breathable than flat leather.
The casters also aren’t the basic cheap plastic casters seen on most office chairs, the E-WIN casters’ two wheels are slightly softer and rubbery. This gives them a little more grip on hard floors, and they actually roll pretty well in my carpeted room as well.
The lowest quality parts of the chair, in my opinion, are the plastic pieces. Particularly, the plastic parts around the hinge are really thin and flimsy. The plastic parts of the armrests seem to be better in quality, but there is quite a bit of a wiggle room in the armrests.
There are many adjustments that can be made to the chair to better suit the individual. The back pillow can be adjusted to sit anywhere between the neck pillow and seat to ensure support and comfort. Also, both the neck and back pillows can be removed completely if you wish.
One adjustment feature that I really like is the reclining backrest, which can recline to an almost flat laying position. Before using this chair, I’ve always had to use the tilt adjustment for reclining, which tilts both the seat and backrest together. The E-WIN Champion chair’s tilt feature is really tight, even with the tension knob turned all the way on its loosest setting. Now, once you recline the backrest some, it becomes easier to tilt the chair back and rock. I suppose the tightness of the tilt adjustment helps to reinforce good posture, but for those that enjoy a loose tilt feature and easy rocking, this could be a turn-off.
The gas lift adjusts the seat by 4 inches which makes it so that the top of the seat can be between 19 and 23 inches off the ground. The lowest setting is higher than I’m used to, but it positions me so that my feet are flat on the ground with my knees at a right angle.
The armrests can adjust in four different ways: forward/backward, left/right, vertical, and rotation. The forward and backward adjustment is around 2 inches, the left and right adjustment is maybe an inch, vertical adjustment is around 3.5 inches, and the rotation adjustment spins the ends about an inch in either direction. Also, when assembling the chair I noticed that the armrests are attached to the bottom of the seat with bolts that are placed through slots in the metal. This means that there is slightly more adjustment to be had in the left/right direction if you loosen those bolts and slide the armrests.
Below is a quote from the E-WIN Racing warranty page.
EwinRacing promises to repair or replace any EwinRacing product or component that is found to be defective in material or workmanship within five (5) years from the date of original purchase so long as you, the original purchaser, still owns it. EwinRacing further warrants the steel frame for a period of ten (10) years. This is your sole and exclusive remedy. This warranty is subject to the provisions below. This warranty is effective with purchases made on or after February 28, 2017. Purchases made before that date have a different warranty term, please consult your retailer.
The most important thing everyone should keep in mind when looking to buy a new gaming chair or office chair is that comfort is subjective. All of the adjustment options available on the CP-BB3F will help broaden the range of types of individuals that could benefit from and enjoy the chair. The chair definitely forces me to sit with good posture, which is a good thing especially since I’m notorious for bad desk posture. I like the feel of the PU leather, memory foam, and how the edges of the seat and back wrap around me slightly.
The E-WIN Champion Series CP-BB3F Chair has an MSRP of $379 but happens to be on sale for $309. I’ve never spent more than around $100 on a chair before, so the price was surprising to me at first glance on E-WIN’s website. However, after using the chair I realized that the materials used and available features are what makes the Champion Series chair a chair in the $300-400 price range.
For me, the only real downside to the chair was the thin plastic parts covering the hinges on the side of the chair. I feel like those parts could be thicker and more sturdy for a chair pricing at close to $400 MSRP. However, this isn’t a deal breaker for whether or not I’d recommend the chair, just something the consumer should be aware of before purchase.
Overall, I feel like the E-WIN Champion Series CP-BB3F chair is a solid and comfortable chair that could be used for gaming, office or any setting that requires sitting for an extended time.
– Matt T. Green (MattNo5ss)
P. S. – E-WIN Racing has also been kind enough to set up a promo code for us, so use the code Overclockers to save 10% at E-WIN Racing.