Choosing a Gaming Desk: 5 Key Things to Be Aware of
Gaming is a serious business. And I’m not just talking about how much your K:D ratio means to you; I’m talking about how far the products and accessories available to gamers have come. Long gone are the days where you simply make do with the family computer, or a console dumped in front of the sofa.
There are many different types of desks like an office desk, gaming desk and electric standing desk. One of the major improvements a gamer can make to their set-up is a gaming desk. Designed and built specifically with your gaming needs in mind, they are the perfect addition to any serious game room.
But how do you choose the right one for you? There are a few important things to consider. Check them out below.
This may seem obvious, but it is more important than just ‘what will fit in your room.’ Of course, the desk must be able to fit in the room where you plan to put it, but it must be able to fit all of your gaming essentials on it, and leave space for you and all your gaming movements. If you need a lot of space to swing your arms while you wield your trusty mouse, then buying a desk which limits your arm movement is going to affect your performance on the virtual battlefield.
- First, measure your room to see what you can actually fit in there. Don’t forget to add space for a chair. Most desk chairs take up on average 5 square feet.
- Height is also important. There are adjustable sit/stand desks available, which we’ll cover later, but even the height at which a non-adjustable desk sits is integral to your posture, and therefore your performance.
- Surface area must also be considered. After all, if you can’t fit everything on your specialised desk, it’s not really serving its intended purpose. Make sure you can get the most out of the space you have available.
There are various shapes and styles of gaming desks out there. All of them have different benefits, and it depends on your own personal set-up. This may also be limited by how much space you have available.
- A l shaped gaming desk is great for fitting in the corner along two walls, and they obviously give you a lot of surface area, which means different sections of the desk can be set-up for different consoles and monitors.
- If you have a lot of room at your disposal, you may want to consider a U-shaped desk. They offer many similar benefits to the L-shaped desks, but the U style means that you are placed right in the middle of it all, and everything is just that little bit more accessible.
- Rectangular desks are the standard, and most of the cheaper options will be in this shape. It’s a classic for a reason; if something works then don’t change it! Obviously the shape doesn’t dictate the size, and many people find the basic rectangular desk, but larger, is perfect for their gaming needs.
Adjustable desks are a novel concept that have taken not only the gaming world but the office world by storm in recent years. Long periods of sitting down have been proven to be less healthy than alternating between standing and sitting.
Periods of standing can alleviate back pain and help improve posture. Adjustable gaming desks account for this by including sections that can be raised and lowered with ease to allow gaming to continue, even if sitting is no longer comfortable.
You may find they’re more expensive than their non-adjustable counterparts, but if you regularly put serious hours into your gaming, then adjustability should be a top priority when it comes to choosing a new gaming desk.
A good desk is more than just a flat surface on which to plonk a monitor and a keyboard. Gaming desks are no exception, and any desk worth the money will be crammed with functional features to make your life and your gaming experiences better.
- Cupboards, compartments and drawers are a common feature on most desks, not just gaming ones. Ideal for storing things you don’t need out all the time, they’re also great for protecting expensive and damageable accessories like headphones or headsets.
- A great feature to look out for in any prospective desk is some kind of cable management. Nothing is more unsightly and annoying than coiled and lumpy wires clogging up the back of the desk. Whether it’s clips, casings, cages, or simply well-placed holes through which to feed the cables out of sight, these are a great addition to any desk and will help keep everything tidy
- Ergonomic features such as adjustability (as mentioned above) are great for keeping you comfortable while gaming. Other things to look out for are built-in adjustable monitor stands, monitor arms, and curved edges on the desk, to save you discomfort when reaching or leaning.
What your desk is made out of is key to whether it is going to perform well as your base of operations for gaming. Desks are made out of all sorts of materials, including wood, particleboard, metal, glass, and plastic. Consider these factors when selecting your desk build properties.
- How it feels. You’re going to be sat (or stood!) at this desk for long periods of time, and if you find yourself becoming uncomfortable after leaning on a metal desk after only half an hour or so, then avoid a metal desk. Plastic or wood also tends to stay at more of a neutral temperature, and can be less sticky when hot, compared to glass or metal.
- The build quality. Yes, your gaming PC was expensive, so you don’t want to spend more than you have to on the desk to put it on. But remember, if the desk breaks, then so does your PC! Don’t skimp on quality – go and see the desk in-store before you buy (if possible), and inspect the finish. Check reviews as well, to see how long-lasting the product is.
- Weight capacity. This ties in to the build quality, but even a desk with a cruddy finish will be able to hold the weight it claims it can. Find out how much all your stuff is going to weigh (monitors, keyboard, controllers, speakers etc) then add a little extra to be safe, and to account for your weight if and when you lean on the desk.
So as you can see there’s a few things to consider when it comes to buying a gaming desk. But don’t be overwhelmed! Just weigh up what is important to you, and what you can realistically fit in your designated gaming room. Good luck, and happy gaming!
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