Our Top Selection of Computer Desks for Gaming
As an avid gamer I have had my fair share of gaming desks and I know how important it is to make sure you get the right setup to ensure a smooth and fluid gaming experience. These days, there are so many different desk styles available it can become a little bit tricky to make the right decision. There are several factors you must take into account before you make your purchase.
- Desk Style
- Metal, Glass or Wood
- Size of desk to accommodate your gaming gear
Lets take a look at each one and see how it will affect your comfort and experience.
Styles are diverse and with many configurations to choose from it becomes a little bit harder to make the best choice. Personally, I have always preferred a corner style (or L shape) desk which allows gaming gear set out nicely on the one section and plenty of room to add printers and other gear on the side. I use my gaming PC for work as well so I get the best of both worlds with this layout as I can easily turn my chair 90 degrees and I have an instant work space.
For people with slightly smaller homes this style of desk may not fit in nicely and you are left with looking around at space saver options. There are quite of few compact models around that are perfect. The Atlantic Gaming Desk, for example, is designed for this purpose and comes with lots of shelves and hooks for keeping headphones, speakers and other gear stowed away nicely.
On the opposite end of the scale you may be fortunate enough to have a large home with plenty of room and decide to buy a standard large rectangular model that has ample room for everything you need. Just make sure you don’t get one that is too big – I have tried that and found myself with a lot of wasted space as your arms are only so long and cannot make use of such a large area. Often large models are best suited to the office environment as opposed to home gaming.
Metal, Glass or Wood
The material you end up choosing doesn’t make a huge difference at the end of the day and will come down to personal preference. You may also want to consider the material choose based on other furniture in your home and which style would fit in the best. If you have a dedicated office/gaming room then it makes no difference. Glass often looks the best but it can be a pain to keep clean, especially as high end gaming equipment can attract a huge amount of dust.
Some gamers have stated that they prefer wood as it gives a more solid feel, especially when in a critical moment of game play that may just cause them to get a bit over excited and move around a lot. I personally have found that the majority of quality gaming desks are solid enough and do not cause any problems. Some of the cheaper Chinese kits you can buy do wobble around and are definitely not worth it.
Metal frames are perfectly fine and often come with extra features such as controller, speaker, headphone shelves and hooks which keep everything tidy and out of the way.
Obviously, this is most likely dependent on room and available space in your home but I would recommend getting a desk slightly larger than you think you need. This allows for purchases you may make later on like a larger screen or some more gear. A lot of gamers are moving to dual monitor configurations and this can pose a problem if the screen area is not large enough. Other gamers have migrated from LED monitors to full size LED TV’s sizes which are a lot heavier and need a larger area. As you don’t really know what extra equipment you may buy down the road it makes sense to go for a slightly larger model.
Size also comes with comfort, as you will see below, and it is very important to get everything setup so you can relax and enjoy your gaming experience without worrying about put excess strain on your body. Injuries like RSI are becoming a lot more common as people spend hours in awkward positions playing their favorite games. Some of the more advanced desks have adjustments to allow the best setup for the user – screen shelves are a good example of this as you can end up with neck damage from consistently look upwards.
Spend some time and have a look around our site to get some ideas of the different sizes available so you can take your time and ensure you make the best decision.
This is perhaps one of the most critical components of ensuring you buy the right desk. Spending hours playing can cause RSI (Repetitive Strain Injuries), back aches, neck aches and other associated problems. If you are in any way uncomfortable at your workstation then you need to either change the style, invest in a decent chair with adjustment or move things around. The worst damage is often done without even realizing as intense focus on the game itself causes the brain to ignore other things which can lead to painful and long term injury.
A typical injury that from sustained times in front of the PC is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which effects the area inside the wrist. This area is often under the most strain while playing for long periods so be sure your chair and desk are the correct height and you are able to support your arm and wrist properly. This particular injury can be quite painful and lead to long periods with a dull and irritating ache. You may find you have to cut down your game time if you develop problems like these toe ensure it does not get worse. Tennis Elbow is another common problem associate with incorrect posture and support while using a PC for hours each day. These injuries are just as likely to show up if you spend a lot of time working at an incorrectly configured work station as well.
When selecting the perfect desk to suit your needs keep all these things in mind to ensure your body is in a stable position and remains healthy. Ergonomics is a subject which incorporates design, comfort and aesthetics so be sure to think everything through before you make a purchase.
As you can see, there are a few things you should consider before getting your computer gaming desk to ensure you have the space to store all your gear, keep your body healthy during sustained play times and to create an area which looks good and fits in with the theme of your other home decor.
Once you have made the right decision I am sure you will have years of exciting and fun time with everything setup perfectly – tailored to you!
Please feel free to surf around our website to get some ideas and options by reading our in depth reviews which showcase popular and recommended desks for gaming.