I spent some serious hours in a computer chair studying for the CPA exam this summer. Unfortunately, I logged these hours in an average computer chair, which is designed for the average sitter (e.g., an hour or two at a time). It got to the point where the chair was my main study deterrent, rather than the material. That's when I decided to invest in something ergonomic. Since modern marketing uses the term "ergonomic" loosely, I was prepared to spend some serious cash in order to acquire a legitimately ergonomic chair.
Originally, I was looking at the Herman Miller Embody, which can get up to $1,400. But, long story short, I deemed the SwingChair to be more cleverly designed and also a better value. Since I saved a good deal of money on the chair itself (compared to the Embody), I decided to try out some accessories, and I must say, they make all the difference—notably the footrest in conjunction with the Clamp-on 4-ARM Tray. In order for my forearms to be flush with the desk, I have to raise the chair to the point where my feet dangle (I’m 5’8). The footrest enables me to ground my feet (no surprise there), which really helps me fend off fatigue.
It’s just too bad I didn’t invest in the chair sooner—it would have made for a less painful summer.