To me, gaming chairs certainly came a long way. It used to be pvc leather with all the marketing and hype. But it certainly do not last in our climate environment.
But after which our local brand secretlab, did some changes to their seats. Like change of materials such as cloth materials. Also they included the sales of Neue Chair which is a good ergo mesh chair for office use.
Im currently using the Neue Chair. It is build for ergo in mind and weighs like a tank. The back support, the base chair able to move in or out, and one of my favourite is the add on head rest.
At this point some of you may say that "im a secretlab IB" etc. But my point is, not all gaming chairs producers are crap. Which is why i feel secretlab do comes out with different things, there is something for everyone.
But when it comes to ergonomics. This is very important. Not all chairs have good ergonomics. This can be from any brands be it HM, be it ikea mesh chairs, Ergotune yada yada. You can say that gaming chairs are scam. So do other brands. Especially HM. Even their cheapest HM Sayl is rubbish to begin with. Even with corporate purchase. It is even more expensive than the Secretlab Neue which offers much more than the Sayl.
So to put this end to comparisons. Buy chairs cannot just simply say, this is gaming chair or this is office chair. A chair is a chair. Be it a kopitiam chair or a herman miller embody chair.
Look at comfort level, the ergo. Ultimately how much comfort can it give you for long period of gaming/productivity work etc. It can be a $100 chair that works well. It can also be a $4000 chair that perhaps give you a placebo effect that it should be good. Ultimately how much you would spend on a chair and expectations of the chair would give you.