If you’re in the market for a new computer desk, you’ve probably come across a few desks referring to themselves as “gaming desks”. But what really is the difference between a gaming desk and your typical computer desk? In short, a gaming desk has features built into it to makes life easier when playing computer games. The features and innovations in the gaming desk industry are constantly evolving, resulting in cooler, better desks every year. Still there are a few benefits we’ve come to expect in a true, purpose-built gaming desk. Here’s a few of the most important benefits you can expect and should look for in a gaming desk.
1. Built-in storage accessories
If you’ve ever spilled a drink on your desk in the middle of a game, you’ll know right away how life-changing a simple cup holder can be. Thankfully, these keyboard-savers are becoming common on most gaming desks. Cup holders are just one accessory that you can expect to come with you gaming desk though. Other common built-in features that’ll keep your desk organized are headphone hooks and cable management. Usually, you’ll find the headphone hook mounted on the underside of the desk surface. This way, you can keep your headphones off your desk but still within reach. Coupled with cable management like grommets and power strip trays, a good gaming desk will make it easy to keep your desk organized and clear.
2. Tailored mousepads
One of the most annoying things while gaming is when your mouse runs off the side of your mousepad (looking at you, FPS players). Thankfully, a lot of gaming desks available right now come with massive mousepads designed to fit perfectly with the desk. There are even desks like the Eureka Ergonomic GIP-P60-B, where the entire 60-inch desk surface is perfectly covered by a mousepad. With a desk like this, running out of mousepad is a thing of the past.
3. Cooler designs
It used to be that when you were shopping for a new desk, your choices were white, black, or some shade of wood. All the desks looked more or less the same too. Well with gaming desks, you have a ton more options! The old white, black, and wood colors are still there, but now there are options like carbon fiber and pink! Leg designs have also gone past the typical four-leg table. Z-shaped gaming desk and I-shaped gaming desks have skyrocketed in popularity for their stability without the need for extra bracing. The most common style you’ll see now is a black carbon fiber textured surface with RGB LEDs built into the edges of the desktop. The Eureka Ergonomic Z1-S is a perfect example of this classic gaming desk style.
4. More stable
If you’re going to spend your hard-earned money on a computer desk upgrade, you don’t want it to wobble and creak. A modern gaming setup has a more components now than ever before. It’s not a surprise anymore to see computer setups with triple monitors, huge gaming pc towers, streaming microphones, cameras, and lights! With all that gear, it’s a good thing that gaming desks have kept up. Some of the best gaming desks are capable of supporting up to 600 lbs, and desks with weight capacities between 200-300 lbs is now the norm. Even height adjustable ergonomic gaming desks are able to support these insane loads at max height.
5. Height adjustable and ergonomic
Yes, gaming desks are now height adjustable and ergonomic. The demand for dedicated gaming desks has grown so much that ergonomic office desk manufacturers have started producing their own gaming desks. Having a height adjustable gaming desk is great for people who do more than just play at their setup. Using a standing desk while you work is great for your health and helps you stay productive. Some people even like standing while playing games! Whatever you do at your desk, having the freedom to stand is one of those things that once you try, you never go back.
Whether you’re a hardcore gamer, or you just play every once in a while, there are real benefits to having a gaming desk. Even if you’re not a gamer, modern gaming desks make great work desks, with height adjustability and real ergonomics. If you’ve outgrown your current desk, or you’re just looking for an upgrade, it’s definitely worth the time to consider some of the gaming desks on the market right now.
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