Choosing the Perfect Gaming Desk
How would you like to own a gaming desk that has literally descended from the heavens and landed at your front doorstep?
Well, even though the desks we’ll be covering today don’t have wings (unfortunately), these gaming desks are all amazing options for the perfect gaming battle station. Let’s jump right in.
The Best Gaming Desk
A sturdy, attractive desk featuring built-in LED lights and a solid Z-shape design for stability. The perfect choice for avid gamers.
Critical Gaming Desk Criteria
Before we jump in, I want to go over the criteria I look for in every gaming desk purchase.
Being an avid gamer, I’m always looking for a solid desk that:
- Has enough desk space and a large gaming surface area
- Stands solid without any shaking or wobble (this is such a pain with certain cheap desks!)
- Looks good, looks modern, and fits into the space well. It’s true that looks aren’t everything and we shouldn’t judge a desk just by its appearance, but there’s a balance to be had here between form and function.
I like to look for a balance between minimalism, modern style, and most important of all: function.
If the function of your gaming desk wasn’t the priority, what would make it any different from your regular run-of-the-mill computer desk?
Into the World of Gaming Desks…
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single… click”
After scouring the web and reading hundreds upon hundreds of opinions, reviews, and comments from actual gamers who either have a love or hate relationship with their desks of choice, I found that choosing the perfect gaming desk is much harder than I originally thought.
The Hunt for Legitimacy
You see, the internet is plagued with fake reviews these days. It’s an unfortunate truth that’s very, very real. Even on sites like Amazon, who most people believe to be a trusted source of verified reviews and information, I found quite a bit of user reviews on popular gaming desks that ended up being fake when I dug deeper…
I started to uncover some flaws like “wobbly desk”, “unstable when trying to play”, and so on so forth.
Here’s What I Ended Up Doing
I looked at a trusted, popular furniture vendor and put together a list of solid desks they had. I ended up choosing three of their best.
Read on to learn what makes these desks so great.
Top 3 Best Gaming Desks
It’s interesting how some of the “top posts” on gaming desks mention 15, 20, 25 of the “best gaming desks on the market”…
I read that and thought, “What?! How can 25 gaming desks be the ‘best’, doesn’t that defy the definition of ‘best’ right then and there?”
You can’t have the “best” of something or the “top” something unless there’s a limited number.
If Everyone’s a Winner, Nobody Is
You know the adage: “If everyone’s a winner… nobody is.”
Hard choices have to be made. This is why I pared down this list to just three quality desks that you can use in your gaming setup.
And just so you’re aware, this post is in no way sponsored by any brand, company, or manufacturer listed below. In other words, nobody paid us to choose these particular desks.
All of these gaming desks were picked exclusively by the editor based on their merit, performance, and track record.
If there was ever a sturdy, attractive, and downright awesome gaming desk, the Eureka Z1-S is it.
This is hands down one of the best gaming desks I’ve come across, and everyone I’ve talked to who owns the Z1-S only has compliments to give.
Like a Beautiful Piece of Architecture…
The sleek carbon fiber textured gaming surface stretches across the top of this desk like a beautiful piece of modern architecture. It’s large enough to fit all of your gaming gear and still have room for a large ~800×300 mm mouse pad (which is included with this desk, by the way!)
The top surface is ~4 x 2 ft of solid gaming area.
Cool Blue LED Lighting (Built-In!)
What struck me was that this desk has cool-blue LED lighting that plugs right into your computer via. USB. How awesome is that?!
I’ve yet to see a gaming desk with lighting that literally plugs into your computer for juice. This is one of my favorite features, and I find the cool-blue light rather soothing… especially in my gaming room with the lights dimmed down low. It looks marvelous.
Unshakeable “Wobble-Proof” Z-Design
Sturdy, solid, and unshakeable “Z” design. Yes, it looks like a Z. Pretty creative naming there, right?
All jokes aside, the Z-Shape design of this desk gives it a rock-solid foundation that ensures you don’t get any wobble (one of my biggest pet peeves with cheap “IKEA-like” desks).
Bonus Gifts: Mouse Pad, Controller Stand, and More…
And as final icing on the cake, it comes with an extra-large mouse pad (included), controller stand (included), headphone hook (included), and cup holder (included).
If you’re an avid gamer of any level, whether you play as a hobby or as a professional, this is by far the top gaming desk I’d recommend you invest in: the Eureka Z1-S.
Sleek Modern Choice: Berlin White / Berlin Black Glass Gaming Desk
Clean, Sleek, Modern.
This desk is a perfect fit for the modern gaming setup.
If you want a clean, sleek desk without too many bells and whistles, the Berlin Desk Series delivers. It comes in both a white and black version — two colors that can fit almost anywhere, in nearly any color scheme.
If gaming desk area is what you’re looking for, with plenty of desk space and mouse-pad room, I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised when I tell you its 55 in. (4.6 ft) wide. To put this into perspective, the Eureka Z1-S was only 4 ft wide, and that’s one incredible desk.
Even though it’s only half a foot of extra width, that can be enough to place another speaker, stand, or accessory on your desk’s surface instead of hiding it away underneath or on another surface nearby.
Unique Construction: Tempered Glass, Iron, and PVC
Its top is made of tempered glass, ensuring its sturdiness, and the remainder of this desk is constructed from iron, PVC, and plywood.
As an added perk, the Berlin Desk includes a black chest with three drawers for extra storage space, capable of mounting directly to this desk’s side leg. You can choose to either attach this drawer to the side of your desk or just assemble the drawer and use it as an extra bit of storage.
Either way, you can’t beat the Berlin as a gaming desk when it comes to sleek, modern design. I’d urge you to take a look and weigh the pros/cons.
In nearly all of the cases I thought through today so far, the benefits nearly always outweighed the costs.
If you’re on a budget and need some decent gaming space, this black tempered glass desk gets the job done right.
An Affordable Desk for Any Budget
I can say with complete confidence that this is one of the most affordable desks I found for its size, construction quality, materials, and reviews. And I’m talking about desks that are a step up from IKEA-like quality.
Since it comes in three pieces, there’s a unique corner segment that adds a nice little bit of extra storage space. You don’t get this extra space on any regular desk models.
The Honest Pros and the Legitimate Cons
If I were to give you a breakdown of this desk right now, I’d say:
- It looks really good
- Has tons of space, which in turn means lots of gaming area and storage potential
- Is of lower quality than the two desks we mentioned earlier in this article (the “you get what you pay for” adage holds true here)
- Makes for an awesome gaming desk if you’re on a budget!
The Ball is in Your Court
The choice here is ultimately yours. If you’re looking for a solid gaming desk with great performance and an awesome track record, the Eureka Z1-S will be your desk descended from heaven.
If you want a sleek, modern desk that comes in two colors and fits almost anywhere, check out the Berlin Desk.
And finally, if you’re on a budget and just want to get an affordable option that still works fairly well, the Black Tempered Glass Corner Desk should definitely be on your radar.
But what’s a good-looking desk without proper cable management? We’ll briefly touch on what I like to use for cable management in the next section.
A Word On Cable Management
Ah, good old cable management. We love it and we hate it.
We love how clean it makes our setup look…
And we hate how long it takes to make it look that good…
But never fear my fellow gaming friend, since the solution to all of your cable management worries is but a paragraph away…
Ditching the Zip Tie
We all know that zip ties are usually the go-to solution here, but I’d have to disagree.
There’s one product in particular that has completely changed my life when it comes to managing the mess of cables underneath my gaming desk: The Cable Management / Cord Protector Sleeve.
This is basically a sleeve that wraps around your cables and bundles them up into one, singular strand.
Introducing the Marvelous Cable Sleeve
Both options work equally well, and I’d recommend getting either one or the other for keeping your cables nice and tidy.
Buying a gaming desk is no easy task. It definitely takes some thought, some research, and some know-how about what features you need and what you’re willing to pass up.
The three gaming desks mentioned above are all solid, proven choices — desks that you’ll find in thousands of gaming setups around the world.
If one particular choice feels right, go with that one. This is all creative process, and I wouldn’t try to follow any strict rules except for making sure it’s a reliable desk I’d love to own for the long-haul.
P.S. Don’t forget about your cable management! It can really bring a setup up a notch from “good” to “great”!