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The most unlikely gaming chair you'll see this Black Friday season. Sorry, I meant gaming chaise

Hendrick's Gaming Chaise
(Image credit: Hendrick's)

Our pristine inboxes are being increasingly flooded with the raw press release effluence of yet another licensed gaming chair from Brand X. Every week there's a new one; another bucket seat emblazoned with some pop culture 'icon'. We've written about a few when it was a novelty, we've even sat on some… until they started smelling too much like meat.

And when Hendrick's Gin fired yet another one at us, our unanimous reaction was that with everyone making licensed seats, most novelty gaming chairs are no longer newsworthy, people. 

Except, somewhat frustratingly, this one is. It's also not strictly a gaming chair, it's a gaming chaise—as in chaise longue. As in a sofa for reclining, reading, drinking, or flopping onto like a Victorian dandy.

And it's also the gaming chair—sorry, gaming chaise—I need in my life right now. I mean, the new Hendrick's Gaming Chaise is not necessarily well suited to PC gaming; Hendrick's itself does state that "it does not offer any high-tech components nor any features that support optimal ergonomics." It would also struggle to fit under my desk, but apart from work days that's not where the bulk of my gaming is done right now.

With a newborn baby who doesn't sleep, neither do I. So my nights are spent on the sofa, in front of my TV with a baby perched on my chest, playing Control and Life is Strange: True Colors through GeForce Now, or FIFA 22 on the Series X. And the extra accoutrements that come with the Hendrick's Gaming Chaise, such as hidden compartments, a wooden hand for holding… stuff, and a telescopic drinks holder would make my ever-waking life so much easier.

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Hendrick's Gaming Chaise

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Hendrick's Gaming Chaise

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I will say the rather too upright back doesn't make it the best chaise longue, but I'm here for the plush green finish. Sadly this limited edition Hendrick's Gaming Chaise is reportedly going to retail for $3,988.08, and you need to sign up for just the chance to buy one. Though it will apparently be delivered just in time for the holidays.

The one true tragedy of this, however, is that it specifically says on the listing page that "Hendrick's Gin is not included with chair." If I'm spending near $4K on a bit of Hendrick's furniture I want at least one bottle secreted in one of those hidden drawers.

But I would say that if you're after a genuine Black Friday gaming chair deal there are better options right now, though none that will fit in your wood-panelled Victorian reading room as well as the Hendrick's Gaming Chaise.

Black Friday gaming chair deals

Vertagear PL1000

Vertagear PL1000 | 2D armrests | head cushion | up to 330lbs | $329.99 $279.99 at Vertagear (save $50)
This chair is a fairly simple beast, but that means you get the basics done well and none of the fluff. Head cushion, back support, and a selection of nicely stitched finishes compliment the PL1000's price.

Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody | 300lb max | 2D armrests | $1,595

Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody | 300lb max | 2D armrests | $1,595 $1,355.75 at Herman Miller (Save $240)
Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody is one of our favorite gaming chairs. It has incredible back support, cooling material for active gaming positions, and a 12-year warranty. It's pricey, but worth it, and we rarely see it discounted.

Razer Iskur | 299lb max | 4D armrests | $499.99

Razer Iskur | 299lb max | 4D armrests | $499.99 $379.99 at Best Buy (Save $120)
Razer knows what it's doing when it comes to good quality peripherals, and its chairs are no different. With a loud green trim and subtle snakeskin design, the Iskur is a distinctive gaming chair, from a trusted brand.

Dave James

Dave has been gaming since the days of Zaxxon and Lady Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Death Race 2000!). He built his first gaming PC at the tender age of 16, and finally finished bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system around a year later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first started writing for Official PlayStation Magazine and Xbox World many decades ago, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 among others. Now he's back, writing about the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with more cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the sun, and SSDs more capacious than a Cybertruck.