Originally Posted by dsteak
mogrub - can you comment on your viewing angle when the chair is in full recline? do you have a comfortable view to the screen?
The short answer is yes, extremely comfortable in full recline. Head is in a great position for viewing.
For me, "full recline" is probably at about 95% of what the chair can do. There is an additional small bit of recline available that seems more of a sleep position than anything else.
You've probably sat in, and operated, Palliser chairs, but it's worth mentioning for others that the lower cushion (i.e., leg support) and upper cushion (i.e., back support) are not
designed to operate in exact parallel with each other.
In other words, when you trigger the recline button from the full upright starting position, the first thing that happens is the leg support elevates. The back doesn't really move much at all during those first few seconds. That allows you to raise your and support your legs comfortably without having to recline very much at all, if that is your choice at the moment.
After the legs are up and supported, continued triggering of the switch progressively lowers the back without a bunch of further change in leg position, since those are already pretty much up. Since all you're really doing at this stage is controlling how much additional recline you want, you get to pick how far back to go, based on how tall you are, how high your screen is positioned, how much you want to risk falling asleep, all those variables, without having to sacrifice leg support to do it.
All of my comments above are in reference to Palliser power recline chairs. I'm remembering now that my initial preference though was for manual, non-powered recliners. I figured the power recline wasn't really necessary, and more significantly, was just one more thing that could break.
What changed my mind was learning that the vast majority of manually operated chairs will not
lock into any fixed position of your choice. Most only come to stable rest in the full up and full recline positions. That was the end of my manual chair search. I figured we'd want to be able to bring the chair to rest in a variety of positions, not just two. You can stop manual chairs wherever you choose, it's just not locked and stable. With the power chair, it is locked and stable wherever you come to rest. Big difference.
That little detail is important given your original question. Being able to stop wherever you want makes it much more likely that you can easily come to rest at an angle that allows for comfortable viewing, regardless of how tall you are and/or how high (or low) your screen is positioned.
Obviously, it's useful to test drive chairs in person whenever possible.
Sorry for the long answer to your short question. Now I'm late getting out of here.