Office/Computer Chair Recommendations

I spend a lot of time at my desk at home, in a crappy big-box office chair. I also prefer to game at my desk whether I’m playing something modern or playing my secondary retro setup. I’ve never really thought about it but recently my wife pointed out that since I spend most of my game time in my crappy office chair, I should go for an upgrade. I’m getting a bonus from work next month so this may be just the right time for it.

If possible I’d like to stay under $300, which I know isn’t a stellar budget but I’m hoping I can get something solid and comfortable.

At work I have a Steelcase Leap and I love it, but that is way out of my price range unless I go used (which I’m totally willing to do). I have a friend with some sort of ‘gaming’ or ‘racing’ chair that seems nice, but most of those seem fairly expensive as well.

Does anyone here have a good recommendation for a comfy office chair under $300?

If you can up your budget you can find used/refurb steelcase leap V2s in the $350-$400 range. Worth spending a little extra when it comes to something like your computer chair where you might spent a lot of time. Healthy back and comfort and whatnot.

Unfortunately I don’t really have any recommendations under the $300 mark. I’m currently using an Ikea Markus, but I wouldn’t really recommend it. It’s functional but I plan to eventually replace it with a leap v2 myself.

I am leaning toward a Leap big time. Like I said I love the one I have at work and it’s over 20 years old at this point going by the mfg. date. Are there any major differences between the v1 and v2? I see open box Leaps on Ebay for under $250 shipped, so that seems more than reasonable. I didn’t expect them to be that cheap though so I’m not sure what I’m risking. Free return shipping though so I suppose it’s worth it.

Big things are the v2 arms are adjustable forward and backward and the V2 has an adjustable lumbar support.