In August 2022, the new Backforce V was presented and PCGH tested the chair thoroughly – we were even on site at the factory in Germany beforehand. The V from the German chair manufacturer Interstuhl/Backforce stands out from the crowd and offers optimal ergonomics and good sitting comfort. In addition, it is cheap. Suitable for a body height of 1.51m to 1.91m, the Backforce V stands out from the crowd of gaming chairs with its extravagant, attractive backrest design. In addition, the Backforce V, which is made in Germany with sustainable materials such as wood (seat/backrest construction) or recycled PET bottles (cover), also draws attention to itself with its perfect ergonomics, and precisely with this feature it sets the competition. in front of.
Unlike gaming chairs with standard construction, which include all other test candidates in PCGH’s comparison test in issue 10/2022, it is not equipped with an asynchronous tilting mechanism, but with a synchronous mechanism with automatic weight regulation. With this auto-lift system, the recovery force adapts to the body weight. The entire back, including the lumbar vertebrae, is fully supported when sitting and making healthy rocking movements. We found the upholstery hardness of 62 kg/m³ for the backrest to be very comfortable in the test. The dual-core seat construction with two padding elements of different hardness ensures extra sitting comfort. The Backforce V had to withstand criticism in the test for the 1D armrests, which were only adjustable in height. According to Backforce/Interstuhl, they are part of the equipment to be able to keep the attractive price of 399 euros with a 10-year warranty. If you don’t want to do without the 2D armrests, which can also be folded back, you have to buy them from the manufacturer or eBay. An alternative is the PCGH Edition for 429 euros, which not only has armrests that can be folded away to the rear, but also an LED light with the PCGH logo on the back of the headrest.
Conclusion: Backforce V does not have the best equipment, but impresses with its ergonomics. This is not optimal for other chairs in the market overview in PCGH edition 10/2022 due to the lack of a synchronous mechanism.
Backforce V: an overview of the construction of the gaming chair
The price of 399 euros for a gaming chair, which is also made in Germany, is an announcement for the competition. According to the test, Backforce V offers the same optimal ergonomics as the other Backforce models, which are significantly more expensive. For example, Backforce One is available from 599 euros and Backforce One Plus from 699 euros. These gaming chairs are of course in a completely different price range.
The basis of the backrest construction of the Backforce V, on which the upholstery rests, is a wooden support plate with a steel backrest bracket for the headrest. There is also a stable plastic back shell.
For optimal ergonomics, Backforce V has a synchronous mechanism (auto-lift system). This ensures that the backrest and seat surface follow the body’s movements synchronously in a ratio of 1 to 2.
Backrest: double S-shape
The backrest provides very good ergonomics even without integrated lumbar support. This is because, with its double S-shape, it adapts perfectly to the shape of the spine and thus supports the back optimally.
All Backforce V test data at a glance:
Value for money/warranty
About €400 / good plus / 10 years
Overall height (with base)
Approximately 127.0 cm to 138.0 cm
Width (at shoulder level, at pelvic level)/backrest height
Approx. 59.0cm, approx. 37.0cm/Approx. 99.0 cm
Width (outside/inside)/seat depth
Approx. 48.0cm/32.5cm/Approx. 46.5 cm
Material base/wheels/construction seat, backrest/upholstery/cover
Plastic/plastic/wood support panel (seat) and wood support panel with steel back bracket and plastic panel (backrest)/thermoformed PU foam with a density of 65 kg/m³ (own production)/100% recycled polyester yarn from PET bottles ( Oeko- tex Standard 100/GRS 4.0:2017)
Max load/gas spring class
Up to 150 kg/class 3
Tilt mechanism/synchro mechanism
Synchronous mechanism (opening angle of 20°) with automatic weight regulation (automatic lifting system), restoring force adapts to the weight
Individually embroidered patches for the upper edges of the backrest, universal castors for all floor types, double-core seat construction (two upholstery elements with different firmness), honeycomb pattern applied to the cover fabric by electrowelding
Very easy (very detailed instructions)
Suitable for the height
From 150 cm to 192 cm (manufacturer information)
Treatment of foot/height adjustment + mechanics/seat/backrest
Very good/very good/very good/very good
Adjustable backrest (angle to seat)
Good (in two positions [aufrecht und ca. 20° geöffnet] lockable)
Adjustable armrests (height/swivel/vertical/horizontal)
Seat height adjustable/alternative gas spring available?
Yes, stepless with compressed air lifter (11 cm lifting height)/no
the hardness of the pillow
Hard, 62 kg/m³ (seat surface/backrest): The hard seat padding does not sag excessively even with a higher weight, the pressure distribution is very good thanks to the double core construction (two degrees of hardness). The hard back padding supports the back optimally and, thanks to the double-S backrest shape, the lumbar area
Stability/rolling characteristics/alternative roles
Very good/very smooth/no
Seating comfort/ergonomics/adjustment options Ergonomics
Very comfortable: the seat is sufficiently large, the two levels of padding firmness (the edge area is slightly harder than the middle area) ensure maximum sitting comfort/very good: the backrest, which is shaped like a double S, has a special construction and provides the entire back, including the lumbar/pelvic area, optimal support/satisfactory: no active recovery
Comfortable gaming position with mouse and keyboard (angle between back and seat is 90° or less)
Very comfortable and very ergonomic: Thanks to the double S-shape and the hard padding of the backrest, very good back support is fully guaranteed when the backrest is in a 90 degree position. Although there is no integrated lumbar support in the backrest, the five lumbar vertebrae and the iliac crest have optimal support thanks to the shape of the backrest
PCGH Video: Visiting Backforce
In the video, which is not always intended in the first place, we visited Backforce to see how a gaming chair is produced in Germany. With around 850 employees, Backforce (part of Interstuhl) specializes exclusively in chairs and is an expert when it comes to ergonomic seating.