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Best gaming desk in 2021

Best gaming desk in 2021
Whether you're after a sitting or standing desk, we've stuck our rigs on them to see if that makes them gaming desks. (Image credit: Future)

The best gaming desk is an investment in ergonomics, which ultimately translates into wellbeing. So it's pretty important to get it right. The best gaming desk can be as integral to creating a stellar gaming experience as a quality chair, with adjustable sit/stand desks available to keep your posture in check.

Maintaining the right posture at your machine will ensure those many hours spent staring at your monitor will not result in actual pain. So in this time of working from home, the best gaming desk—paired with one of the best gaming chairs—will keep you happy, healthy, and on top of your game. Whether or not you're actually gaming.

There are countless options on offer when it comes to the best gaming desk for you. Your body position makes a big difference—do you want to sit, stand, or have the ability to alternate? Sitting for hours on end can negatively affect your body, as can standing in one position, so if you will be stationed at your machine for a long time, it's worth going for a more flexible option. And with a desk converter, you may not even have to ditch your current desk for convenience. 

The next hurdles are space, price, and cable management. Like it or not, our gaming PCs come with a whole lot of wires to manage, and you need a place to put them, so it doesn't look like a tangled mess behind your desk. So get your tape measure out, check your budget sheet, and take a peek below at all the different gaming desk options we tested with our own home setups for you.

(Image credit: Flexispot)

1. Flexispot EN1B

The best value electric height adjustable desk

Specifications
Height: 28–48 inches
Weight support: 154 lbs
Desktop dimensions: 39 x 20 inches min | 63 x 31 inches max
Warranty: 3 yr motor, 5 yr frame
Reasons to buy
+Smooth, quiet operation+Easy-to-use height presets+Simple and clean design+Great value for money
Reasons to avoid
-No pressure sensor-No cable tray

The Flexispot EN1B may not have the catchiest name here, but it makes for an impressively sturdy, motorized adjustable desk for anyone looking to upgrade their home/gaming/office setup. And it will do it all at a reasonable price. The Flexispot supports heights from 71cm (27.8in) up to 121cm (47.6in), which should have you covered for all comfortable sitting and standing setups. The control panel can hold three different height profiles in its memory banks and moves smoothly between them. Or you can set your own height manually, with the current level shown on the three-digit display.

Of course, the main thing you want from any desk is stability. If everything is bouncing along as you type, it doesn't matter if you're sitting or standing; you're going to want to break it up. The good news is that the Flexipost is rock solid—even though I have an old screen with a flimsy stand, it doesn't move even with my most aggressive emails. When you raise and lower the desk, the smooth action instills confidence too, and it's just as sturdy at its highest position.

Construction is a straightforward task as well, taking just over an hour to turn the two boxes into a working, versatile desk. A few more pre-drilled holes for the control box and the central beam would have been nice, but the surface is easy enough to screw into with a little elbow grease. The only downside to the whole desk is that there are no sensors to stop the motor if it hits an obstacle when it's going down, which could be expensive if your chair gets caught under it. Or upsetting if it's your cat. Overall, an impressive desk for sitting and standing, for really not much cash.

(Image credit: Arozzi)

2. Arozzi Arena

The best gaming desk for twitch gamers and hydrophobics

Specifications
Height: 28–32 inches
Weight support: 176 lbs
Desktop dimensions: 32 x 63 inches
Warranty: Limited 2 year
Reasons to buy
+All mouse mat, all the time+Hydrophobic surface+Whole lotta space
Reasons to avoid
-Minor instability if assembled wrong/on hard surfaces

First, this thing is excruciatingly heavy; I had to get help rolling the two separate boxes into the living room for unpacking. Once there, however, it took me around two hours to get it all together. After one minor cockup, a dash of assistance, and a pinch of spice, we finally got there. Now in my living room stands this beautifully rounded monstrosity, with enough desktop real estate to take on the state of Alaska. 

The manual's adorable illustrations made the process streamlined, but I will say the machining quality was a little off, with some misaligned holes and parts not sitting as flush as I would’ve expected. The legs are sturdy, but consider the surface you’re going to place the thing on carefully. 

It actually recommends rug or carpet placement, as opposed to a hard surface floor. It has settled nicely into my thick carpet after some anxiety over precarious wobbles, but there’s still a fair amount of travel when I push up to get out of my chair.

The built-in mesh hammock for cable management, however, is awesome. And I’m no longer vexed by constantly falling off the edge of my mouse mat because the desktop's whole surface is a mouse mat. I was mesmerized by the hydrophobic surface and had to resist deliberately spilling drinks to watch the liquid ball up. And, perhaps most of all, I love having so much desktop space. 

So, while the engineers in my family would have been a little distressed by the setup, I am pretty enamored with the final beast. I can fit my gaming tower up top comfortably, alongside my two monitors and peripherals, with loads of space for coffee cups, open notebooks, and even a lamp. I’d say that’s a win.

(Image credit: Lian Li)

3. Lian Li DK-04F

The best complete gaming desk... that's also a PC

Specifications
Height: 27–46 inches
Weight support: 176 lbs
Desktop dimensions: 30 x 39 inches
Warranty: Limited 1 year
Reasons to buy
+Tempered glass top is super bling+Can house a serious gaming PC+Adjustable height with presets and sensor
Reasons to avoid
-Only 1 year warranty

The Lian Li DK-04F is the ultimate gaming desk, simply because it will essentially also be your PC and its security device too. It's going to be incredibly hard for any would-be thief to make off with your rig should it be housed inside this weighty beast. With a 1 meter width, this behemoth is actually the smaller sibling, too; Lian Li also makes the DK-05F, in which you can fit two discrete gaming PCs. 

The desk itself is not that easy to actually build, however. The individual legs are super heavy, and the metal 'chassis' isn't much better. You're definitely going to need a hand building it, or maybe an engine winch. 

It's classic Lian Li, too, by which I mean my fingers were striped with bloody slices once the chassis-on-legs were built. There were also some misaligned screw holes on my review sample, though that has not impacted its impressive solidity. In the end, even with a couple of monitors mounted directly on the desktop, it's a robust desktop, even at its full height.

Then there's that tempered glass top. It's frosted, which makes the included RGB strips look great when your system's fully built, but at a single button press, it can be made crystal clear so you can gaze adoringly down into your PC's insides. It's completely unnecessary, and I love it. However, it's a blessing and a curse because even the best gaming mouse will need a good mouse mat with that glass surface beneath it.

But, at $1,500, it's insanely expensive, and with just a one-year warranty, that feels a little stingy too. And that's also without any of the components needed actually to build a PC into it. All told, that's a hell of a lot for a gaming desk and a lot for a PC chassis. But it absolutely is a lovely, lovely thing for the serious enthusiast.

(Image credit: VariDesk)

4. VariDesk Pro Plus

The best convertible standing desk

Specifications
Height: 4.5–17.5 inches
Weight support: 35 lbs
Desktop dimensions: 30 x 30–48 inches
Warranty: Limited 5 year
Reasons to buy
+Comes pre-built +Fits on existing desk+Both sitting and standing use
Reasons to avoid
-Awkward for some mouse pads

You may not want to replace your office furniture completely—or even be able to if it's not actually yours—which makes a converter, such as VariDesk's Pro Plus range, a great option. The Pro Plus is available in different sizes and can sit atop most desktops, and immediately gives you the ability to switch from sitting to standing. 

It's also one of the simplest ways to get yourself a standing desk; it requires no setup and doesn't impact the desktop you place it on. The VariDesk Pro Plus comes ready to roll straight out of the box. All you need to do is place it on top of your current desk, and you're good to go. You'll need some strength to get it there as this thing is not light.

Though, once it's set up, that's not an issue and means it's an impressively sturdy solution at each of its 11 height settings. We've been able to run a pair of monitors on the top section with the extended lower section ideal for a mouse and keyboard. Okay, it's not ideal for a mouse because the surface does not play nice with most sensors. We actually had to jury rig our own shaped mouse mat to get a decent experience, but the two-tier stepping still makes for a great desktop.

The VariDesk isn't motorized, but it uses a spring-loaded mechanism with twin handles to make it easy to move from sitting to standing quickly. The action is smooth and doesn't require a huge amount of force to shift, even when multiple monitors and peripherals sat on top of it.

(Image credit: BDI)

5. BDI Stance

The best luxury standing desk

Specifications
Height: 24–49 inches
Weight support: 150 lbs
Desktop dimensions: 24 x 48 inches
Warranty: Limited 3 year
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous+Super sturdy+Smooth motorised action
Reasons to avoid
-Cumbersome, two person setup-Lack of storage

The first thing you'll notice is that the BDI Stance is gorgeous. The satin-etched tempered glass surface and powder-coated steel legs put it leagues ahead of cheaper standing desks, which often use a laminate surface that's easy to scuff up. BDI claims its glass finish offers protection against scratches and fingerprints, and our experience mostly validates that claim.

Assembly took a little over an hour, and we recommend having a second person around to help get it upright since it weighs over 100 pounds. The 48 x 24-inch desk was more than enough space for me, though if you need the extra room, these desks also come as large as 66 x 30-inches.

The only big negative against Stance as a gaming desk is a noticeable lack of storage. An optional keyboard drawer is a great place to hide a keyboard and mouse since there are little cut-outs to run the cable through. The keyboard drawer's surface is an unflattering textured rubber that doesn't make for a great gaming mouse surface for day-to-day use. If you skip the drawer, invest in a giant mousepad to give you all the gaming surface you need without smudging the glass.

Sure it's super-pricey, but if you have about $1,400 burning a hole in your pocket and are looking to class up your work and play space, the BDI Stance electric lift desks are seriously well-crafted and stylish.