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Best Gaming Desk 2021: Top Desks For PC And Console Gaming

From cheap gaming desks to more expensive options, here are some of the best gaming desk options to consider in 2021.

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Whether you're a dedicated PC gamer or a more casual player who also uses their desk for work, finding the right desk to suit your needs is incredibly important, especially today when more people than ever are working from home. For some, your desk is where you spend the majority of your day, and for those who work outside the home, maybe it's where you retreat to in order to relax and play some games at the end of a long day. No matter your lifestyle, you'll want to look for a desk that's the right size and has the features you're looking for. After all, you can have a 4K monitor and a flashy PC with powerful specs, but if you don't have a sturdy desk to support it all, the entire setup will feel lacking. And, of course, with more HDMI 2.1 monitors hitting the market, more people may be looking to use their PS5 or Xbox Series X at their desk as well.

Picking out the best gaming desk for you depends on your needs and your hardware, and the entire process can feel daunting--no one likes returning furniture. That's why we've researched and selected the best gaming desk options available on the market today. Whether you're on a budget or looking to splurge on something a little nicer like a standing desk, there are plenty of gaming desks out there that can help suit your needs. Plus, near the bottom of this story, we've detailed what to look for in a gaming desk and the different types out there.

Finally, if you're looking to get into PC gaming, we've got more guides to help make the process easier, especially if you're looking to build your own gaming PC. For affordable options, we've rounded up the best budget gaming monitors and cheap gaming chairs to get your setup looking right, along with all the best gaming keyboards, gaming laptops, and VR headsets to help you create the best machine to complement your desk setup. Plus, check out the best gaming chairs for ergonomic options to pair with your desk along with the best webcams and capture cards if you're looking to start streaming.

What to look for in a gaming desk

The best gaming desk will offer you plenty of space for all your gaming gear: from monitor and keyboard to mouse, speakers, headset stand, and any other accessories you want to have in your gaming setup. Whether you have a PC or use a PS5 or Xbox Series X at your desk, we're talking about tech you've probably spent hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on, so you want to make sure your gaming desk is sturdy enough to support all that heavy equipment and has the right cable management options to keep it all nice and organized. It's important to consider the desk's frame and what material it's made of--can the legs support potentially hundreds of pounds of weight? If you're buying a standard office desk rather than a dedicated gaming desk, keep an eye out for ones with adjustable foot pads that will ensure the desk is stable.

Aesthetics matter too. Do you prefer a wooden desk, or is a modern metal desk more your style? The desk surface is also an important consideration--a smooth gaming surface is important. A tempered glass surface is an especially sleek option. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you'll want to keep comfort in mind, making sure there's enough room under the desk for your knees and legs. An adjustable desk that can be raised or lowered is great for ensuring your desk is at the proper ergonomic height, though height adjustment options are often more expensive.

Different types of gaming desks

It's important to know how you want to use your desk too, depending on your specific gaming needs--are you looking for a simple one-monitor gaming setup, or are you planning to have multiple monitors and a heavy PC tower on top of it as well? There are standard gaming desks, ultrawide ones, and curved desks that offer varying amounts of desk space and weight capabilities--some even help you store your gaming gear. L-shaped gaming desks are popular as well--some people even buy two to set up a massive U-shaped desk area. Regular computer desks can work great for gaming too and can help lower your cost. And if you're someone who works from home full-time, a standing desk is worth considering to help you take more standing breaks throughout the day. In this guide, we've tried to include a variety of options to help you find the best gaming desk for you.

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