by Mike Jones
Once you have purchased the perfect gaming PC tower or laptop, along with a myriad of modern games in the genre of your choosing, your new gaming headphones, a gaming mouse and a gaming mouse pad, you are going to need a place to put everything. That's where the perfect gaming desk comes in.
Gaming desks are designed with the serious gamer in mind. They include things like retractable keyboard trays to avoid repetitive movement injuries; multiple storage options and plenty of surface space to help you manage all of your gaming gear. But which gaming desk is the right solution for you based on the style and floor plan of your game room and your various needs and preferences? This is a question we will help you answer today via the article below.
In the following piece we have reviewed several of the most popular and best-selling gaming desks currently available on the market today, and highlighted some of the pros and cons associated with each of these models. We have also included a comprehensive Gaming Desk Buying Guide, in which we will highlight and define the various characteristics you should look for when purchasing one of these desks; and some of the major factors you should consider when doing so.
If you're a serious home gamer looking for the perfect desk to do all of your gaming, then we highly recommend the selected models above. Whether you prefer to do your gaming from your couch or sitting at a desk with dual monitors, these desks get the Gaming Weekender seal of approval.
If you do a lot of gaming at home and want the perfect dedicated gaming space at a reasonable cost, then this pro gaming desk from Atlantic is definitely what you need to check out. Here at Gaming Weekender, this is our #1 pick for gaming desks because this thing is just awesome. You can tell it was built for gamers by someone who knows us.
I mean, it has room for speakers, room for controllers, room for a monitor and a laptop, a place for your drinks and snacks, a headphone holder, and so much more. And we really like how minimalist it is so that there aren't a lot of surfaces to gather dust, because let's face it, we're not doing any cleaning!
Here at the top features of this awesome gaming desk:
Based on the features, we think that this is hands down the best value for your money right now. It should have all the features that any PC gamer needs, with plenty of storage and such for gamer geeks to add more gear to the mix.
Here's what we really like about it:
And, we only have a few minor gripes about this one. Here's what we think could be improved:
One thing to keep in mind with this desk is that you don't have to actually attach all of the extra stand and pieces. For instance, if you are a dual monitor gamer, then you can instead attach a dual monitor mount. It's really up to you how you to decide to build out this awesome little gaming desk.
If you're shopping for the best gaming desk under $100, then you might come across this model from Atlantic. Depending on where and when you buy it, you just might be able to score it for that low price. But even if you can't, we still suggest that gamers on a budget pick this desk for their home gaming. Let's face it - the price is very affordable for most gamers and it's one of the cheapest options on the market.
Here at Gaming Weekender, we think that this is definitely your best choice based on price and quality if you need to go with something that is low priced. Just look at it - this desk is made with gamers in mind and it shows. It actually shares a lot in common with the Atlantic desk above.
Here's some of the features we like about this desk:
So, it's a basic gaming desk that has just enough features to be useful but not enough for the hardcore gamer.
Here are some of the things we're not crazy about with this one:
For the money, this is a great option if your primary concern is sticking to a budget of around $100. However, if you are a more serious gamer who can afford to spend a bit more on a new gamer desk, then we suggest that you go with the Atlantic Gaming Desk Pro model up above.
If you're the kind of gamer who has a large TV or monitor screen mounted on the wall with a large comfy couch or lounge chair in front of it, then you need an awesome couch gaming desk. And we think that the best option for you is the COUCHMASTER Cycon.
We just love this thing because it is so comfortable and each to use while reclined back on the sofa. Honestly, is there a more perfect gaming setup? We think not!
Here are some of the awesome features that we love:
As you can see, there is a lot to like about this couch gaming lap desk. However, there are a few things that we think could be improved.
Things we're not crazy about:
Overall though, we think that this is the perfect choice for PC gaming from the couch. And it's definitely the most comfortable version that we've come across so far.
If the COUCHMASTER Cycon is a bit too much for you, then consider this cheaper and smaller option from iSkelter. The Hover X+ is a more minimalist lapdesk for couch gaming and it's designed to work perfectly with your gaming laptop.
A cool thing about this one is that this gaming lapdesk is made in the USA, if that matters to you. And it actually launched on Kickstarter back in 2015. In addition to those two facts, there are some cool features in this one that we like.
Here's what we like about it:
Now, here's what we don't like about it:
Overall though, this is a decent choice if you want a quality gaming lapdesk under $100 that will fit a large laptop. But, we don't know if this is a good choice for everyone. But, if it meets your needs, then we do think that it is a decent choice.
If you're a dual monitor gamer who doesn't want a giant desk taking up most of the room, then check out this space saving model from Atlantic. It's no secret that we're fans of the gaming desks that Atlantic makes, and this Eclipse model is another one of our favorites.
As you can see in the image above, this small gamer's desk has enough space for two gaming monitors and storage for some of your gaming gear. We're big fans of this model and highly recommend it to dual monitor gamers.
Here's what we like about this one:
Here's what we don't like:
Overall, this little gaming desk is ideal for a small space - especially if you want to game with dual monitors. Even if you don't need two monitors, it is still great for small spaces. But keep in mind that the monitor brackets are not included with the desk, so that will be an additional purchase for you.
If you're trying to go pro with your gaming, then your setup might include a whopping three desktop monitors. But where will you put all those screens? How about this desk from Arozzi.
This is really more of a premium gaming desk as it has a higher price tag than most options. It is also a lot bigger and it has enough room for three monitors.
Here's what we like about this one:
Here's what we don't like about it:
Probably the biggest complaints that we hear from other gamers are that the price is high and that the desk wobbles. Honestly, the wobble issue doesn't seems to affect everyone, which leads us to believe that this is just a user error. We suggest that you follow the assembly directions to make certain you're putting it together correctly to reduce that chance of wobble. Cause no gamer wants their monitors to fall off the desk!
You might be wondering if you really need a gaming desk. After all, you could spend that money on a new game, right? While that may be true, the benefits of having a gaming desk for your PC gaming sessions far outweigh the benefits of using that money to buy another game.
Here are some of the reasons that you need to get yourself a dedicated gaming desk or lap desk for gaming right now:
Now that you know why you really need one of these, we can show you a few more options if you want something that will fit in with your home office decor just a little better than your standard gamer desks.
Those looking for a budget-friendly and very modern gaming desk may want to look very closely at the Z-Line Belaire Gaming Desk. Sporting premium looks without the premium price, this desk features a metal construction and clean, stylish glass surfaces for an almost futuristic look. The glass on the Z-Line Belaire Gaming Desk is tempered glass, a type of glass that is very resistant to breaking, chipping and shattering. In fact, when tempered glass does rarely shatter, it breaks into large chunks of glass rather than those tiny slivers that are impossible to clean. Regardless, purchasers of this desk can rest easy knowing that it comes with a lifetime warranty that protects the buyer in the event of "accidental" breakage.
Although the Z-Line Belaire Gaming Desk is 60 inches tall on the main desk, 37 inches tall to the side and 24 inches deep, it weighs just 96 pounds thanks to its lightweight aluminum construction, making it extremely portable and incredibly easy to move from place to place. Sporting a feature that gamers love, the desk comes with a slide out retractable keyboard to help reduce hand and arm strain and prevent repetitive movement injuries. The L-shaped design of the Z-Line Belaire Gaming Desk makes it ideal for corners, and it is absolutely perfect for those gamers who regularly need to watch more than one monitor at a time. A desk that looks great and very professional, while also being extremely functional and lightweight, the Z-Line Belaire Gaming Desk is a great entry-level gaming desk with outer storage options that gamers tend to covet.
Moving up a notch in quality we arrive at the Bestar Hampton Gaming Desk. A mid-range and very high quality product, the Bestar Hampton Gaming Desk can be purchased in either wood or granite style according to preference and to match the décor of your gaming room. The desk features more than its fair share of space, and its L-shaped design makes it perfect for game room corners or in front of windows. The Bestar Hampton Gaming Desk is equipped with several shelves on which to store game room media and other supplies; and the built-in, slightly recessed cabinet on the short side of the desk can hold even the most elaborate gaming computer and case, while also being a nice touch from an aesthetic viewpoint. With a width of 70 inches it is the ideal gaming desk for those who enjoy spreading out as they play; and the surface area is large enough for a wealth of on-desk gaming supplies.
The work surface on the Bestar Hampton Gaming Desk is coated with a shock-resistant PVC material for the utmost in performance, and the ergonomically designed keyboard tray slides out easily thanks to its ball bearing rollers, cutting the distance between the player and the desk. The wooden style of the Bestar Hampton Gaming Desk sports a dark wood variant covering the desk, making it look as if it belongs in a board room rather than a game room; and the granite-style desk blends easily in any room and is super tough against scratches and dings.
Do you primarily play from your laptop or some other portable device rather than from a PC Tower? Is your house, apartment or condo a bit short on space at the moment? If so, the Prepac Gaming Desk might be the perfect choice for you. One of the most unconventional gaming desks on our list of products, the Prepac Gaming Desk is a wall-mounted desk that is available in three different wooden finishes to match the décor and style of your primary gaming space. The desk, as you might imagine, has built-in cable management, which keeps all the cords off the floor and neatly tucked away for a tidy and well-organized look.
One of the best features of the Prepac Gaming Desk-and one of the most amazing given its small size-can be summed up in one word: storage. The desk includes a series of shelves on either side of the unit. Each of these shelves has a removable piece of wood that allows you to enlarge (or divide) the two compartments-making them the perfect place to put large speakers that are connected to your laptop or mobile gaming device-a great idea considering that laptops are not usually equipped with booming speakers that can greatly enhance your gaming experience.
Because the Prepac Gaming Desk is very small and lacks a retractable keyboard tray, it is not recommended for tower PC users. However, if you typically game from a smaller device the Prepac Gaming Desk gives you a stylish and affordable option that is also quite functional and saves a load of space. Minimalist in nature, yet big on storage, the Prepac Gaming Desk is a great choice for those with smaller dwellings who put a great deal of value in aesthetics.
When it's time to shop for your new gaming desk, there are several factors and considerations you should keep in mind. To help you with this task, below we have listed the various things to look for when shopping for a high-quality gaming desk.
Gaming desks come in a variety of shapes and configurations. Long, straight desks may be perfect for those who plan to set up along a wall that is equally long and straight, but you have to keep "access" in mind when buying one of these traditional desks. Long, straight desks may be able to nicely accommodate all of your gaming equipment, but what kind of access will you have to that equipment when it is needed most? In other words, will your gear be close enough for you to reach when using a long, straight desk?
Fortunately, there are many other options to choose from when we talk about desk shape, including L-shaped desks, corner desks and even standing desks for those gamers who think better on their feet.
Although often difficult to assemble and move, the L-Shaped desk can give you plenty of room without leaving you feeling as if you are boxed in. The shape of the desk provides a lot of work space above and plenty of storage underneath. L-shaped desks are the perfect option when you need to look at two monitors at once or store things like speakers, your extra laptop or printer-it also gives you a place to eat-while keeping all your gear within arm's reach.
As the name suggests, corner desks are perfect for corners, meeting at the corner seam of your game room and giving you plenty of workspace on either side. They are a great space-saving desk due to their configuration, and provide many of the same benefits of an L-shaped desk. However, many of these desks do not have a space for a PC Tower and are thus taboo for players who game in this style.
Whether your motivation is to get a workout while you game or attack your fellow gamers from the standing position, a standing desk can be a great option. Storage is often limited with a standing desk, however, so you may have to combine this desk with other cabinets and storage space to keep your gear organized and protected.
Gaming desks can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, aluminum, steel, graphite, etc. This is something you can determine just by reading the three brief reviews above. Most of these materials are great for gaming, but if you are looking for a portable, temporary option, you may want to go with something like aluminum vs. wood, as the former is much more lightweight and easier to move. Solid woods such as oak and cherry wood make for great permanent desk options. In the end, "material" is more a matter of preference than it is performance, so be sure to choose a desk material that matches your style and the décor of the gaming room.
How large do you need your new gaming desk to be? Naturally, this will depend on a few factors, such as physical size-gamers that are larger in frame may require a larger or taller desk and gaming chair to feel comfortable and supported while playing. The second main factor is the size and quantity of your amassed gaming gear-the monitor and all of your accessories. For example, if you have a lot of equipment that you need to keep handy and at arm's reach-the monitor, gaming headphones with stand, a specialized gaming mouse and mouse pad, etc.-you are definitely going to need a larger desk, one with enough space on top to hold your many items. On the other hand, gamers who are just starting out can probably get away with a gaming desk that is a bit smaller in size, providing they have yet to amass a lot of specialized gear and equipment.
Ergonomics is a word often talked about in the world of gaming products. But what exactly does that term mean when we are speaking about gaming desks? And why, as a consumer, should you care about ergonomics?
The most straightforward way to explain ergonomics as it relates to gaming desks is it refers to the way the desk feels when you are sitting behind it-and gaming from it.
One example of ergonomics is the height of the desk. For instance, if you buy a desk that stands a bit higher than the traditional desk, you will also need to buy a chair that is taller, or one that can extend high enough to fit the desk. Chairs that are too short in this case could lead to repetitive strain injuries over time, such as carpel tunnel syndrome.
To help prevent these types of injuries, some gaming desks come equipped with ergonomically-designed features, such as a retractable keyboard. This helps to vary the distance between the user and the typing surface to prevent hand and wrist injuries. When shopping for your next gaming desk, be sure to ask the salesperson about all the ergonomic features the desk offers. Not only will these features allow you to play for longer periods without experiencing discomfort, they can also prevent a wide range of injuries over time-injuries that have become far too common in the gaming world.
As a gamer, you know (roughly) how much storage space you are going to require in your new high-quality gaming desk. This storage can take many forms, including drawers, shelves, cabinets and cubby spaces. Drawers and shelves are a great way to store all of your gaming media. Some gamers even use drawers to store their gaming headphones and other supplies. Cabinets and cubby holes are usually reserved for larger items, such as your PC tower, speakers and other large supplies. We recommend you go slightly "bigger" on storage than you may currently require. Then, as you begin to accumulate new gaming gear and media, you will still have plenty of places to conveniently store it. Keep in mind that proper storage can mean the difference between a well-organized and functional gaming station and a pig sty that makes it difficult to find what you need.
Finally, we get to aesthetics. Aesthetics is just a fancy way of saying "how a gaming desk looks." And when it comes to aesthetics, the choices you have are immense. Unlike your traditional work or school desk, which could, in a pinch, also work for gaming, a gaming desk can take many different forms to match your personality, preferences and the style and décor of your game room. Gaming desks can be made from a myriad of different materials, take on a variety of shapes and include many extras that give it a personalized appearance. Of course, aesthetics is a matter of preference, so shop around until you find a desk that looks just as good as you play.
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About Mike Jones
As a child of the 80's, my fondest gaming memories are playing Pitfall, Frogger, Kaboom! and Chopper Command on our old Atari 8600. These days I've been rocking the Nintendo Classic and learning some new card and board games with the family."