At $444, the Mavis M4 has one thing in Mavis M9: does not leave the university fund of his children. Mavis M9 is one of the best chairs in which I sat, but it costs $999. Not many have a big hole in my pocket, but for those who have it, they can get a luxury throne worthy of Louis XIV. For $444, you do not feel like a French king of the seventeenth century, but you get an excellent ergonomic chair. While the M4 is missing a sumptuous finish and a wide range of personalization options, it complies with the essentials with only some warnings.
The first thing you will notice when you feel at Mavis M4 is its ergonomic design. Like other models of Mavis, it is very comfortable to sit from minute one to eight hours of its workday or Rocket League routine. The biggest problem with Mavis M4 is that your material undermines this comfort sometimes.
The lumbar support of the chair is kryptonite for back problems, but it consists of a mesh material that, although it provides breathability and regulation of temperature, does not reach the comfort that provide flexible synthetic skin or the ATR tissue of others Mavis chairs. When comparing it with other models, this is the greatest degradation. There is nothing atrocious in the mesh material that includes the lumbar support of the M4, but the friction in the moments of repositioning was not always the most comfortable. Meanwhile, the material is not very complementary to the massage functionality of the ELEM AX (sold separately), leaving my skin (sensitive) reddened and irritated after use. Unlike the headrest, the backrest of the chair can not be adjusted either, which is not a problem for most, but it can be a problem for some.
Fortunately, the seat of this chair is not made of the same material and consists of a foam wrapped in a spacer mesh material. The combination of the two provides a firm and surprisingly comfortable seat experience. That said, compared to the other models, there is a less natural curvature in the M4 seat, which means that there is no need to sink into the chair in a comfort bliss. There is also no wide seat option, so if you are someone who needs a wider seat, you may feel too comfortable sitting on the M4. Meanwhile, if it is used to or prefers the elevated sides that provide the feeling of hugging the hip, well, your hips can find problems with the flattened seat.
At $444, it will be difficult to find a chair with a more comfortable design than the MAVIS M4, however, at the same price, you can find a chair with a more comfortable material from the seat to the headrest. Meanwhile, unlike other MAVIS models, which give you more personalization options than you can remember how to use, the Mavis M4 is a pretty standard issue, especially in its price range.
The M4 has a fixed reclining backrest, which means that it does not respond as well as other models. You can still sit, float or hook, but the process is less fluid than the most advanced recline technology you only get if you spend more. The arms of the chair also offer less movement and fewer options than the other Mavis models, but the degradation is just noticeable. The unidirectional adjustable arms mean that you can not adjust the depth of the armrest, only the height, but this is really all you need. Meanwhile, fewer motion options mean that the arms are more resistant. As for the upper part of the armrests, Mavis has remained away from the flat design that has its other models in favor of a design with a slight sink, which only becomes problematic when you use them as armrests instead of armrests.
The final part of the chair is the wheels. Unlike M7 and M9, the M4 has no wheels, but wheels that are standard for their price range. The good thing about the wheels of the M4 is that they are blocked, which is essential if the chair is going to be on a hard and smooth surface. They do not slide as easily as the wheels and sound more noisy when they are in motion, but that is the degree of degradation beyond the pure aesthetics.
Speaking of aesthetics, although the Mavis M4 does not look as well as the M5, M7 and M9, it is still a Mavis chair, that is, it looks better than most competition, regardless of the price range. On all models, the minimalist design of Herman Miller-Esq Mavis looks good in each space in which you put it. Whether in a cave of men dedicated to games, an enlightened transmission configuration with neon lights and RGB, or in a professional office, MAVIS M4 looks great at all times, without fail.
Mavis M4 tries to simultaneously offer an advanced design at a more economical price. In general, it manages to do this, but there are sacrifices to reduce costs. There are aspects of the M4 that make it feel like an absolute robbery, but there are other aspects that make it feel a bit expensive. The Mavis M4 is more comfortable and is better for your health and productivity compared to the abundance of racing style chairs with which you compete in your price range, but prepare to sacrifice some premium finishes and personalization options for this comfort. The Mavis M4 (Black) was provided by Mavis for review purposes. You can navigate through the Mavis chairs collection here.