FlexiSpot C7B-Mesh Ergonomic Office Chair Review

FlexiSpot delivered the C7 ergonomic office chair with a respectable price point, but do all the options and functions make it the perfect solution?

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TweakTown's Rating: 88%

The Bottom Line

The FlexiSpot C7B-Mesh does deliver quite the bang for the buck, but there are some features we find lacking. For those grabbing one, we would advise springing for the optional footrest.

Pros

  • + Mesh Material
  • + No swampy bottom
  • + Made for every body type/size
  • + Self-adaptive back support
  • + Cost

Cons

  • - Small for larger users
  • - The seat doesn't tilt with the chair
  • - The tilt range shows three different angles
  • - Optional footrest is not standard equipment

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Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

Out of the blue, we received a random email from a company that had been watching our work and appreciated how we reviewed gaming chairs. The email started simple enough, as we were asked to look at a specific chair model from a place we had never pondered in the seating segment. That is not to say they are an unknown, as they sell quite a list of products; it's just that they never crossed our radar until now.

First, let us introduce you to FlexiSpot, the company that sent us this chair. While chairs are a large part of what FlexiSpot does, they also offer standing desks, larger office furniture like recliners and sofas, and even dabble in the bedding game for those who never leave the office. As far as their chair game goes, they have three styles: ergonomic chairs for the professional office scene, gaming chairs for the likes of us, and those with fitness in mind; they also sell a desk bike so you can burn calories while doing the mundane. While a gaming chair would seem the most obvious lineup to send us, FlexiSpot started with one of their flagship chairs from their ergonomic lineup.

Coming with options of two colors to choose from and a pair of material options, the C7 Series from FlexiSpot does seem to have what many enjoy from gaming chairs; this time, it has a more professional office appearance. Normally, we would not look at something that is only directly shipped from the manufacturer, but the price point and options leaned us in the other direction. If we know one thing about the C7B-Mesh, it appears to be everything we need without breaking the bank, and options are always good when shelling out a serious amount of cash to put your rear end on.

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The C7B-Mesh we have for you today comes with four options and an add-on, and this is on top of the material options, which essentially doubles the number of choices. As to the mesh versions, you can get one in all black as we have, all gray, a black frame with a gray chair, and the last offers a white frame, gray back, and a black seat. Within all of these choices, the rest of the chart applies.

The specifications tell us that users should be five foot four inches and six foot six inches tall to fit comfortably. Body size is shown not to matter, and we are told we can sit in this chair all day, or at least it is built to do so. Overall dimensions are twenty-eight inches deep, thirty inches wide, and forty-seven to fifty-six inches tall. The seat is twenty inches wide, and because it is designed to slide forward and back, the range is between seventeen and nineteen inches deep, and the thickness is five inches due to the frame. The back of the chair is twenty-three inches in height while being twenty inches wide, and the last measurement covers the armrests, which are eleven inches long and four inches wide.

Next, we run into the tilt range, shown three times on the product page, with three different angles. The chart shows the back starts at ninety-three degrees and can lean back to 114 degrees, which matches the chart online. However, an image there shows 105 degrees as the maximum angle, and another comes from a video showing ninety to 128 degrees. Users of the C7B-Mesh can weigh up to 300 pounds, which is nice for those six-foot-six users. We also see that the chair has mesh as the seat and back, but the name gave that away. We also see up to ten years' worth of warranty, but it appears it is only for the armrests and base. The seat, back, and mechanism get a three-year warranty, while the casters and strut get only two years of coverage.

Availability is limited to FlexiSpot only. If you want to get one, you must order it from their site, as we could not find any listings for this chair elsewhere. The good thing about all of this is that the chair, as you will soon see it, starts at only $369.99, which we feel is fair for the feature set compared to the market. You can add a footrest for an additional $40 if you choose. While we wish it had been standard equipment with this product, we feel that FlexiSpot has the chops and makes a chair worthy of pondering, as our C7B-Mesh ergonomic office chair will fit the bill for most users.

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Packaging

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The front of the box calls this chair the C7B-PRO, but that name is found nowhere on their site. Instead, we find that there is the C7B-Mesh that we have in this box, rather than the C7B-FOAM, which covers the material covered options. In blue, we see the FlexiSpot name and a rendering of the chair; otherwise, all that is left is that this is an ergonomic chair rather than from their gaming series. What we see here is repeated on the opposite side of the box.

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Again, duplicated on the other side of this packaging, we find the C7B-PRO name with an order number that does not apply to us. It also says that one chair is inside, weighing 46.96 pounds when assembled. The last thing to note is that the FlexiSpot chairs are made in China.

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Inside the box, we found all the components separated by foam bags, cardboard sleeves, and bubble wrap, ensuring our chair arrived perfectly. We even found layers of thick, dense foam, keeping components spaced properly so as not to slide around as the delivery driver rolls this package up your driveway and to your door.

FlexiSpot C7B-Mesh Components

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The first thing to come out of the box was the back of the chair with its thick plastic, J-shaped support at the bottom, which gets bolted under the seat later. The back is covered with stretched black mesh, broken into two sections. The top portion is for your shoulders, while the bottom is adjustable, has curves, and is intended to custom-fit anyone's lumbar support needs.

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As we spin it around, we see more of that black plastic frame used to keep the mesh tight and supportive. In the center, on a natural metal badge, is the FlexiSpot name. It has a pair of exposed metal circular covers, which add a bit of contrast and elegance to anyone seeing it from behind.

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You will find a lever near the bottom of the seat back on the user's right side. The lever is up as it sits, which locks the lumbar portion in place. Pushing it down unlocks the spring, and the lumbar moves with you as you sit forward and recline.

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The seat bottom is next out of the box, which utilizes mesh to keep swamp booty away while still delivering a comfortable and supportive place to put all your weight.

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Under the seat, we find all mounting locations where threaded brass sleeves are pressed into the frame. The plastic lower portion is far enough from the mesh that even our 250-pound self never rested against.

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In the future, this headrest will be mounted to the top of the back of the chair, and the mounting location can be seen in the earlier look at the back of it. It is mesh-covered and adjustable in a swivel motion, and offering height adjustment.

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We can see the pin that allows the headrest to swivel forward and back, but the height mechanism is contained inside the chinky black support. Even though the frame is close to the edges, the headrest can be adjusted to make it a very comfortable place to put your head.

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The armrests are padded and covered with durable material that does not appear to wear quickly. These are fully adjustable armrests, although how they do so may not suit everyone.

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Under each armrest is a long button, which allows for height adjustment. As to the in, out, side to side, and swivel of them, they are free to do so as pressure takes them. There aren't even central stops to keep them from moving while being used.

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The mechanism that controls the rest of the features is quite chunky and heavy but lacks the typical seat tilt functionality. On the left is a crank to adjust the back lean tension; the larger tab raises and lowers the chair, while the smaller tab allows the seat to move forward and back. The paddle below them enables the seat bottom to be angled back or parallel to the floor. The single paddle on the other side of the mechanism unlocks the seat back for segmented adjustability while leaning back.

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The star-shaped base of the C7B-Mesh is made of metal and painted to go with the options picked on the product page, which, in this instance, is black. It is made to accept wheels on the other side, with a central hole for the strut to drop into.

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We see some of the last components to come from the box in this picture. On the left is the hardware kit that gives you five various screw types and an Allen wrench to get the installation process completed. In the middle is the strut to support the seat, and we also get a set of five casters to roll around on.

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The manual is key to building the chair, starting with a list of parts needed to progress. We immediately run into a nine-step assembly process, and with no text to this point, it is easy to accomplish. At the end, there are instructions with images and text to help cover the levers, tabs, and crank found under the seat.

Assembly and Features

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First, we are shown to press the casters into the star-shaped base. The casters slide into holes and end with a solid thud as the C-clips lock into grooves, ensuring the casters do not come out easily. Once done with that, flip the base over as we have it.

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The next thing to do is to set the strut into the base, shiny potion up. No force is needed. It should drop into place, and once done, push this to the side for a bit as we continue.

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After grabbing the seat bottom and the armrests, we were told to grab six screws and secure them to the chair.

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In doing so, we used the widest option of the slotted holes to help fit our wider body shape. You may want to go the other route for the density challenged to keep them closer to your body.

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With everything you just assembled still sitting there, grab the mechanism and attach that to the seat bottom. The manual shows us to use four screws for this process, but since we had six, we sent them all into holes, two on either side at the back and the normal two at the front.

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With the mechanism in play now, with the chinky steel tab at the back, we slid the frame from the back of the seat under it, and using the provided screws for this step, we locked them together as best we could.

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As we get to step seven, we are nearly done. We had to drag the base over and flip the chair onto the strut to get to this point. The C7B-Mesh is nearly fully functional, but we still have one thing to do.

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Grab that headrest and the last screw in the pack, and send that screw up from the bottom of the headrest frame into the bracket at the top of the chair back. This screw took us a while to send in, but it is strong as can be.

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In its highest of eight positions, the headrest sits further forward than the seat back, ensuring better ergonomics for those using this daily.

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Again, you have swivel functionality and can move them in and out, forward and back. We want some resistance here and maybe a central lock point, but this helps keep the price lower, choosing to go without buttons.

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Along with the exposed metal plaque on the chair frame, we only found branding on this small tag in the right rear corner of the seat. Even so, the blue on black is not a drastic eye-catcher, as it mostly blends in.

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We almost forgot. We showed where the button was to raise the arms of the chair, but with this image, you get a much better idea of the distance. Seeing the chair's left arm at the top of the picture and how much further we have the right arm now shows how they help to fit the taller crowd.

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Whether the angle is 105, 114, or 128 degrees, all we can say is that it is not much. In most other chairs, we can tilt much more and give you a zero-G feel, whereas, without seat tilt, the C7B-Mesh tends to push you off the front of the seat, even with the seat bottom angled back as far as it goes.

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The C7B-Mesh is a great-looking chair with plenty of support in its static position. It reminds us of the feel while sitting in our Herman Miller, but we will get to the finer points here in a second.

Final Thoughts

From a chair, we do not ask a lot. Give us a comfy place to put our bum, add in some lumbar support, and we are pretty much good to go. In these respects, FlexiSpot hits the nail on the head. With the form of the chair, FlexiSpot designed everything to be strong yet affordable while delivering everything the most discerning gamer would love to have. However, this is an ergonomic solution intended more for the day-to-day grind in the office, where users tend to move more smoothly and may not have time or the ability to recline the chair to take a quick power nap. With that in mind, FlexiSpot offers plenty of ways for smaller and larger users to find a comfortable spot within the feature set.

As more discerning user and as part of the review process, we found most things to work well. During our seat time, we ran into a few annoyances. First, the back tilts without the seat angling. It feels weird, and we much prefer it when they move together. The crank is pretty much worthless, as it takes the seat back tilt tension for hardly any to none at all. The levers are tucked away so you can swivel easily enough, but we found ourselves fishing for locations quite a bit. We then look at the armrests, but rather than beat that horse some more, we say we feel that FlexiSpot could have done better here.

An odd point, but something we feel may have helped with the way FlexiSpot chose this chair to move. Had we been sent the footrest, we may have felt much better about the recline function. If you look into FlexiSpot and their C7 chairs, you will want to get that $40 add-on. In our opinion, FlexiSpot should have made the footrest standard equipment. They should not charge more for something we feel is a much-needed component to fit the way the C7B-Mesh is presented.

Even with our perspective on some of the finer points of this ergonomic solution, the C7B-Mesh won't empty your account, as many others in the gaming chair and office chair segment do. We compared it to the Herman Miller Aeron, and while that chair is much better, it was also more than twice the cost. Compared to others we have seen lately, we prefer the mesh for thermal comfort, and at $369.99, or $409.99 with the footrest, we find FlexiSpiot to be on par with what is available in office furniture. It may not be the best, but it has what it takes to keep fair value with what you get in the C7B-Mesh (PRO) ergonomic chair.

Performance

85%

Quality

90%

Features

80%

Value

95%

Overall

88%

The Bottom Line

The FlexiSpot C7B-Mesh does deliver quite the bang for the buck, but there are some features we find lacking. For those grabbing one, we would advise springing for the optional footrest.

88%

FlexiSpot OC3 Ergonomic Office Chair

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Chad joined the TweakTown team in 2009 and has since reviewed 100s of new techy items. After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM and coolers.

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