Gaming desks are a luxury, not a necessity. Buying one adds a slick, clean, and spacious design element to a workstation. Even so, a workstation built around a cheap wooden desk works fine. But if workstation aesthetics matter, the best gaming desks offer plenty of extras to please hard-core gamers. Check out our five favorite gaming desks on the market at the moment.
Introduction to gaming desks
This section covers some technical essentials before getting into desk reviews.
Desk height sizing specs
No matter how many flashy features a gaming desk offers, a proper fit is more important. Most desks have a tabletop height between 28-30 inches. That range works fine for average sizes between 5’8″ and 5’10” (172-177cm). People shorter or taller should adjust their desk height for best results.
Here are desk height parameters courtesy of blitzresults.com. “Chair height” refers to the distance from the floor to the seat. “Armrest height” measures the distance from the seat to the armrests.
|User height||Desk height||Chair height||Armrest height|
|5'2" (157 cm)||25" (63.5 cm)||16.7" (42.4 cm)||9.2" (23.2 cm)|
|5'5" (165 cm)||26.2" (66.5 cm)||17.5" (44.45 cm)||9.6" (24.3 cm)|
|5'7" (170 cm)||27" (68.5 cm)||18" (45.7 cm)||9.9" (25 cm)|
|5'9" (175 cm)||27.8" (70.6 cm)||18.5" (47 cm)||10.2" (25.9 cm)|
|6'1" (185 cm)||29.4" (74.6 cm)||19.6" (49.7 cm)||10.8" (27.4 cm)|
|6'3" (190 cm)||30.2" (76.7 cm)||20.2" (51.3 cm)||11.1" (28 cm)|
|6'5" (195 cm)||31" (78.7 cm)||20.7" (52.5 cm)||11.4" (29 cm)|
People taller than 6’2″ should consider a height-adjustable standing desk to ensure the right height. Those shorter than 5’8″ can compensate by adding a footstool. Using one raises the height of your feet on the floor. That allows short users to make use of taller desks.
To learn more, check out our detailed sizing guide covering both chairs and desks:
Tabletop depth x width basics
The depth of the table determines how far the monitor screen is from the user’s face. The ideal distance from the monitor to the face is around one arm’s length. If you reach in front of you, your fingers should almost touch the screen. To ensure enough space, a gaming desk should be at least 24″ (61 cm) deep.
The width of a table determines whether the user can use a single, double, or triple-monitor setup. Broadly:
- Small desks: 48″ (121 cm) wide; suitable for a single-monitor setup. You could also add dual monitors with a desk mounted monitor stand.
- Medium desks: 55″ (140 cm) wide; suitable for a dual-monitor setup.
- Large desks: 60″ (152 cm) wide; suitable for a triple-monitor setup.
- Extra-large desks: 70″ (177 cm) wide; suitable for three monitors and a PC or gaming console.
Other types of computer desks
These days, computer users and gamers have a few desk options to consider. First, there are dozens of cheap options on Amazon’s list of best-selling home office desks.
The top-selling model of the moment is the CubiCubi 32-inch Computer Desk, priced at $69.99 on Amazon. Made out of particle board, it provides basic support with smallish dimensions and no frills. Given its small dimensions and cheap build, the CubiCubi is best suited to schoolkids and laptop users.
A much more robust option a sit-stand desk. These models come with motors in each leg that makes it easy to adjust the desk height. Push a button to raise to standing height, or lower to a sitting height.
One problem: there aren’t any proven benefits gained by switching from sitting to standing while working. When standing, blood flow gain is marginal. As well, users only burn a few more calories than sitting — around a carrot’s worth over eight hours. The big upside is the height adjustability. For instance, the MotionGrey desk has a height range 23.6″ to 49.2″. At its lowest setting, the desk is ideal for kids 6-12 years old.
Users under 5’7″ or over 6’1″ would gain the most from these desks. Smaller users can lower the sitting height, while taller users can raise it. To lean more, check out our sit-stand desk report:
ChairsFX picks: best gaming desks of 2020
Arozzi Arena gaming desk
Three factors rank the Arozzi Arena as our top-rated gaming desk. First, it’s one of the largest gaming desks on the market, with enough width for three monitors. Second, included in the package is a massive mouse pad that covers the entire desktop.
Third, the Arozzi Arena is height-adjustable, with a height range of 27.9″ (70 cm) to 31.9″ (81 cm). That makes it suitable for users between 5’7″ and 6’5″. There are six different color options, all able to support up to 176 pounds.
Massive size, height adjustability, color variations, and a full-cover mousepad are the highlights:
- Tabletop: 62 inches (160 cm) x 31 inches (80 cm)
- Height: 27.9″ to 31.9″ adjustable range.
- Extras: cloth mouse pad covers the entire tabletop; five desk leg color styles.
- Weight capacity: 176 pounds
- Warranty: two years
Arozzi desks stand out with a clean, stylish design and generous tabletop space. One problem is that the assembly is a bit tricky. If you don’t tighten the leg screws enough, the desk will wobble.
The desk ships with a small Allen key to tighten four screws attaching the base to the legs. The holes are in a half-inch hole, making it hard to apply the right force to tighten the screws. The solution is to use a screwdriver instead of the Allen key. When tightened correctly, the Arena desk is super-sturdy.
VIVO Black Electric LED Gaming Desk
Amazon price: $329.99
The VIVO Black LED gaming desk ranks #2 because of its two unique features. First is the blue lighting LED effect along the tabletop sides. Second is a height-adjustability feature. This model has a height range of 28.6″ to 46.6″. Each leg contains a 110V-240V-powered electric motor that can lift or lower the desk at 25mm per second.
Transitioning between sitting and standing positions is easy. You can program four preferred heights, and then push a button to active any preset.
VIVO Desk specs
The 47.3″ width (120 cm) is enough to support a single-monitor setup plus a PC or console box. If you put your PC or console on the floor, the Vivo desk offers plenty of room for 2 x 24″ monitors.
- Tabletop: 47.3″ (120 cm) x 23.8″ (60.5) textured carbon fiber
- Height range: 28.6″ (72.6 cm) to 46.6″ (118 cm)
- Weight capacity: 220 pounds
- Extras: cable management, leveling feet for stability.
- Warranty: three years
VIVO Black Advice
Some sit-stand desk makers tout the health benefits of their products. In fact, tangible health benefits are mild. Health-wise, the biggest benefit is the ability to change positions often moving from sitting to standing. Bodies crave movement.
Even so, robust height-adjustability is appealing for extra-small or extra-tall users. Height-adjustability is also a handy feature when using a shared desk. For instance, a 5-year-old and 18-year old could use the same desk, set at the perfect height for each of them.
Beyond the height-adjustability, the VIVO Black’s Millenium Falcon-style blue LED lights add a slick gamer style dimension. Overall, this desk offers rich features and a solid warranty for a very reasonable price.
Eureka tempered glass RGB desk
Amazon price: $269.99
This desk stands out with a sturdy build and eye-popping tempered glass RGB tabletop. The lights glimmer under the glass with a huge range of effects. Choose from 180 RGB patterns, 18 music effects, and 30 audio spectrum lighting effects.
When working while playing music, the lights come alive in sync with the sounds. The effect brings your desktop to life with dazzling patterns that will keep you engaged and alert. That side, a lighting effect feature on its own is frivolous. Luckily, the Eureka desk also shines with its superb build quality and super-sturdy feel.
This is a small desk with enough width for one monitor and a gaming rig. Alternatively, you could put your PC on the floor and add two 24″ (max width) screens on the desktop.
- Tabletop: 43 inches (109 cm) x 23.62 inches (60 cm)
- Height: 30.9″ (78.5) fixed height.
- Included extras: tempered glass tabletop; 200 RGB lighting effects, a full package of accessories.
- Weight capacity: 176 pounds
- Warranty: three years
The desk comes bundled with many extras. Those include a cupholder, controller rack with USB charging ports, and a
The Eureka Tempered Glass RGB desk has a lot going for it. The tempered glass tabletop has a sleek and luxurious yet sturdy feel. Keeping it clean with a damp cloth will reward you with a glimmering shine. The lights underneath are spectacular. One downside is no Bluetooth — the sound-sync effects only work with ambient audio.
Another downside of the Eureka desk is its small size. The lighting effects are invigorating. A wider desktop stacked with a gaming rig and multiple monitors would be eye-popping.
If you can live with those quibbles, this is a well-built desk with stunning RGB effects and an affordable price.
GTRacing T07 RGB gaming desk
GTRacing price: $289.99
The GTRacing brand is known for making super-sturdy, affordable gaming chairs. Those qualities also apply to the T07-Black RGB gaming desk. The 7-color RGB effects light up the sides of the tabletop and the desk legs. It also includes several extras that enhance usability.
For instance, twin elbow pads on the front of the desk provide excellent arm support over long periods. The desk also comes with quick-disassemble buttons. If you ever need to move the desk, breaking down and building elsewhere is easy.
T07 desk specs
The T07 desk includes a remote control to toggle through different lighting effects. The package also comes with a privacy shield for the front of the desk and feet revelers to ensure no desk wobble.
The 47.2″ tabletop provides plenty of space for a double-monitor setup. With two monitors and a PC box, expect a tight but usable fit.
- Tabletop: 47.2 inches (120 cm) x 23.6 inches (60 cm)
- Height: 28.9″ (22.5 cm) fixed height.
- Weight capacity: 176 pounds
- Extras: soft-rest elbow pads; 7-mode multicolor RGB effects along tabletop sides and chair legs; easy disassembly latches.
- Warranty: two years
T07 RGB desk advice
GTRacing makes some of the most popular cheap gaming chairs in the world. A big reason for the popularity (beyond low prices) is the reliable quality. The T07 RGB desk feels very much like a classic GTRacing product. It’s well-built, attractive, and affordable.
Desino gaming desk
Amazon price: $99.99
This is the top-selling gaming desk on Amazon’s list of best-selling home office desks. Like most top-selling Amazon products, the main attraction is the low price. Another attraction is the super-sturdy build. Once assembled, the Desino desk feels like a tank.
The Desino desk comes with a wide tabletop offering plenty of room for a dual-monitor setup. The surface has a carbon covering with a textured fell. It’s also sturdy enough to support up to 250 pounds.
- Tabletop: 47.5 inches (120 cm) x 24 inches (61 cm)
- Height: 28.75 inches (73 cm) fixed height; monitor stand height 35.8 inches (91 cm).
- Included extras: cup holder, monitor stand, textured carbon desktop, headphone hook.
- Weight capacity: 250 pounds
- Warranty: 30-day money-back guarantee.
The Desino desk gets rave reviews on Amazon for its super-sturdy build. Even so, we have two quibbles. First, the included monitor stand is too high to be useful for most people. Second, this model only comes with a 30-day money-back-guarantee. In contrast, most other gaming desks offer a 2-year warranty.
Those points aside, this is a solid gaming desk. The rock-bottom price, large dimensions and solid build make this an attractive low-cost option.
Best gaming desk accessories
Two accessories are worth mentioning to bundle with a gaming desk:
Footrest (for short people)
Most ergonomic chairs for kids include a footrest to allow the use of an adult-sized desk. For adults, if a desk is too high, adding a footrest can achieve the same effect.
For adults, most footrests will add at least four inches under your feet. For instance, the Mind Reader Foot Rest adds 4.4 inches of height. It also has three tilt angles that let you work your ankle joints as you sit.
To angle down, push with your toes against the pebbled surface. To angle up, push with your heels.
Check out other ergonomic footrest options in our Gaming Chair Accessories Guide.
Desk mounted monitor stand
Desk-mounted monitor stands attach to a desk using a clamp or grommet mount. The other end replaces the base of a monitor screen and attaches with VESA mounts. Look on the back of your screen. If you see four screw holes arranged in a square, it means your monitor is VESA-compatible.
The other end attaches to a desk using a clamp or grommet mount. In between the two points, a flexible steel adjusts in all possible directions. You can angle your screen, adjust the height, turn the screen vertical, or rotate 360 degrees. Attaching to most types of desks is easy:
From the user’s perspective, the screen appears to float above the desk. Desk mounts come with full adjustability. You can angle your screen, adjust the height, turn the screen vertical, or rotate 360 degrees.
Desk Mount advantages
- Better for health: height adjustment lets you ensure the perfect height and angle for your body size.
- Clears up space: without monitor stands cluttering your table, you get more space for working.
- Clean aesthetics: using a monitor mount stand delivers a floating screen effect over a clean, uncluttered desk.
For example, the Mount-It! Dual Monitor Gas Spring Mount costs $99.99 on Amazon.
Mount-It! is a family-run business operating since 2006 in San Diego. The company offers over 500 different mounting solutions including wall brackets, projector mounts, and monitor desk mounts.
Its flagship MI-1772 gas spring dual monitor arm supports two 32″ monitors weighing up to 20 pounds each. Adjustments include 13″ height adjustment, 45° up or down tilt, 180° swivel, and 360° rotation.
To browse more dual and single monitor desk mount options, check this feature article:
In this article, we reviewed our favorite gaming desks of 2020. In summary:
- Arozzi Arena Desk: massive size, sturdy build, height adjustability.
- VIVO Black LED: motorized sit-stand desk with blue RGB lighting.
- Eureka Tempered Glass RGB Desk: stunning tabletop LED effects under a thick sheet of scratch-resistant tempered glass.
- GTRacing T07 RGB desk: this model comes with a spacious desktop, 7-color RGB lighting, and clever extras at an affordable price.
- Desino Gaming Desk: Amazon’s top-selling gaming desk is large, solidly built, and cheap.
To conclude, remember that you don’t need a gaming desk — these are luxuries. Each of the five models in our review adds a unique level of luxury. The Arozzi desk is big; the Eureka model has attractive RGB; the GTRacing model is reliable.
If none of these models float your boat, consider a height-adjustable sit-stand desk instead. Most models in the following review offer executive styling and beefy wooden tabletops.