12 Best Gaming Desk Reviews for 2020




Having spent a significant part of my life playing video games, I know how important a gaming setup is. For the most part, I spent my days and nights playing console games. Nintendo NES was my start, playing hits like Tecmo Super Bowl and Zelda.

Gaming has evolved since those days. With the introduction of online gaming and ultra high-speed internet, the way we interact and play with others has significantly changed. While PC gamers have always played at a desk, online gameplay is moving console gamers, like myself, to a more traditional desk setup as well.

Getting the perfect setup doesn’t mean you have to spend $1000 or more on a desk. There are quite a few options that are good to great under the $600 price point. In this post, I will show you the best gaming desks that we’ve tested under $600.

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Best Gaming Desks for 2020

12. Flash NAN-JN21719-D-GG
11. Bush 400S144WH
10. Flash NAN-JN-2339-G-GG
9. Bestar 160402-08
8. Sauder Carson Forge Desk
7. Flash NAN-WK-109-GG
6. Mayline Argo
5. OFM ESS 1020 Essentials
4. Mayline SOHO Glass Desk
3. Safco Xpressions Glass Desk
2. BTOD Gamma Gaming Desk
1. VertDesk v3 Standing Gaming Desk

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VertDesk v3 

Gaming Desk

- Electronic Standing Desk 

-  Great Stability at all heights




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OFM Essentials

ESS 1020

-  Large Gaming Space

-  Good Stability

-  Durable Laminate Surface

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Mayline Argo

Workstation

-  Compact Gaming Desk

-  Includes Lower Storage for PC

-  Durable Thermofoil Surface

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What is a gaming desk?

The exact definition of a gaming desk is fairly obvious. It is a desk that is used for computer or console gaming. What isn’t so obvious is the type or style of desk that is best suited for gaming. The reason for this is that with so many different styles of gamers, it’s hard to narrow down one specific type of desk best suited for everyone.

The Best Gaming Desk List
12. Flash NAN-JN21719-D-GG PC Gaming Desk


JN21719 Price: Starting at $99.99
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JN21719 Pros and Cons


Pros:

Available under $100

Includes ¼ inch tempered glass surface

Durable powder coat finish

Quick assembly




Cons:

Small gaming space

Knee clearance issues

Suction cups hold glass surface

No storage






JN21719 PC Gaming Desk Summary

What we liked

Available for under $100, the JN21719 is the least expensive option in our best gaming desk list. This compact gaming desk is good for small spaces, with an overall footprint of 43.25″ W x 21.5″ D x 28″ T. The surface is made from durable clear tempered glass and includes a durable powder coated steel base. Assembly was straightforward and should only take most 15-45 minutes.

What we didn’t like

Because this desk is great for smaller spaces, the actual gaming space is on the small side. Without any additional storage space, you’ll likely have to find a spot for your PC or console. Underneath the surface is a steel cross support system that could pose a knee clearance issue for taller users. Unfortunately, the glass surface is only held in place with suction cups. While we found these held the surface in place, more expensive options use bolts for a permanent connection.

11. Bush 400S144WH Computer Gaming Desk


400S144WH Price: Starting at $464.99
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400S144WH Pros and Cons


Pros:

Made in the USA

Large gaming space

Frame fit and finish

1-inch thick surface




Cons:

High price tag compared to alternatives

No storage

Stability just okay






400S144WH Computer Gaming Desk Summary


What we liked

The Bush 400S144WH was the only desk we tested that was made in the USA. It comes standard with a large 59” W x 29” D gaming space. The desk features a 1-inch thick commercial grade laminate surface with a durable edge banding. While this desk doesn’t come with storage, the surface is large enough to support a gaming PC and/or console. There is also plenty of space below the surface to add additional accessories like a CPU holder or keyboard tray/drawer. The frame fit and finish was nice, with a smooth silver paint finish.

What we didn’t like

One of the biggest downsides was the high price tag, at $464.99 it was one of the most expensive options on the list. Being manufactured in the USA was the likely cause of this bloated price. For that price, we would have liked to see better stability, but without a cross support between the legs, there was some wobble.

10. Flash NAN-JN-2339-G-GG Gaming Desk


JN-2339 Price: Starting at $254.99
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JN-2339 Pros and Cons


Pros:

Most storage options we tested

Upper shelf can be used for monitors

Consistent paint finish and welds

Durable laminate surface




Cons:

Awkward space if upper shelf not used for monitors

No drawer slides for upper storage compartments

Big bottom storage doesn’t hold files

2+ hours for assembly

Stability just okay






JN-2339 Gaming Desk Summary


What we liked

If you’re looking for storage, nothing beats the KN-2339 gaming desk. This desk comes standard with an attached pedestal file and an upper shelf storage area. If you’re tall enough you’ll be able to take advantage of the upper shelf, using it as a monitor holder. The frame finish is consistent throughout, with nice welds as well. The black laminate surface gives the look of wood and is durable enough to resist scratching.

What we didn’t like

If you decide on this desk, be sure to plan on at least two hours or more for assembly. If you’re not so handy, it could take as long as three to four hours total. There are a lot of parts with the multiple sections of storage included with the JN-2339. If you’re under 6’0 tall, the upper shelf can pose an issue, creating an awkward viewing angle for your monitors. Moving the monitor in front of the upper shelf will push them too far forward for most users. While the storage options were nice, they didn’t include an option for file storage.

9. Bestar 160402-08 Gaming Table


160402-33 Price: Starting at $285.99
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160402-33 Pros and Cons


Pros:

Large gaming space

Durable commercial laminate surface

Consistent edge banding

Consistent frame paint finish and welds

Made in Canada




Cons:

Bottom of the surface doesn’t match the top

Stability just okay

No storage






160402-33 Gaming Table Summary

What we liked

Made in Canada, the Bestar 160402-33 comes with the high-quality fit and finish you’d expect. Available for under $300, it is a much less expensive option than the similar Bush desk further up the list. The 160402-33 features a large 59” W x 29” D gaming space. Even though this gaming desk didn’t include storage, like the Bush desk, the surface is large enough to support a gaming PC or console. There is also plenty of mounting area underneath the surface to add accessories like a CPU holder or keyboard drawer. I really liked the laminate finish on this desk, which included a durable edge banding that should hold up well over time.

What we didn’t like

While the surface color was nice, Bestar didn’t use the same color for the bottom. This was likely done to save on some cost, but it didn’t provide a nice fit and finish. Because the desk doesn’t include a full modesty panel, the stability was just okay. You could notice some wobble and swaying with the desk when you push or lean on the desk.

8. Sauder Carson Forge Desk


412920 Price: Starting at $269.99
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412920 Pros and Cons


Pros:

Unique wood like surface finish

Consistent edge banding

Plenty of storage

Nice black pulls and accents




Cons:

Surface leaves rub marks

Center drawer can get in the way

No ball bearing drawer slides

2+ hours for assembly






412920 Gaming Desk Summary

What we liked

The Sauder Carson Forge desk had the wow factor when it came into the office for testing. While this isn’t what most are looking for when they think of a “gaming desk”, it will probably pass the significant others sniff test. Getting your gaming system in the living room will always be a challenge, but the Forge desk has a nice sophisticated look with the black accents and hardware. The desk also features plenty of storage, allowing you to use the desk for more than just gaming.

What we didn’t like

While the surface was really cool, it wasn’t the most durable of the desks we tested. While it is resistant to light scratching, we did find that you could leave marks when putting a good amount of pressure onto the surface with pens. If you’re a taller user, the center drawer has the potential to get in the way. At only 25” high to the bottom of the drawer, you’ll want to double check your current setup to verify if it will get in the way. Like the JN-2339, the Sauder Forge will take a minimum of two hours for assembly.

7. Flash NAN-WK-109-GG 


WK-109-GG Price: Starting at $166.99
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WK-109-GG Pros and Cons


Pros:

Large gaming space

Good stability

Consistent powder coated paint finish

Includes CPU holder and keyboard drawer




Cons:

An awkward joint in corner

Surface shows bubbles and imperfections

Thin paper used for surface laminate

Keyboard drawer small






WK-109-GG Gaming Desk Summary


What we liked

For only $166.99, the WK-109-GG comes with a ton of gaming space. We also found during testing that it provides good stability for the price. The frame had a nice consistent powder coated paint finish throughout. An additional CPU holder and sliding keyboard drawer was a nice touch for the price as well.

What we didn’t like

With such a lower price tag, the WK-109-GG does have a few shortcomings that were to be expected. The two most obvious were linked to the desk’s surface. The paper-thin surface covering had a cheap appearance and showed bubbles in the wood core. We also found that the corner surface piece didn’t off the same edge profiling, which creating a non-matching appearance. Lastly, if you planned to game with the keyboard drawer, it will be a little tight for some at only 22 ¾ W x 11 ⅜”.

6. Mayline Argo Mobile Gaming Desk


Argo Price: Starting at $179.99
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Argo Pros and Cons


Pros:

Durable thermofoil surface

Includes keyboard drawer

Large lower shelf for CPU and other storage

Casters included for added mobility

Good for small spaces

Consistent frame paint finish and welds




Cons:

Can be too small for some

Casters creates some unwanted movement

1+ hour assembly

Keyboard drawer surface is perforated






Argo Mobile Gaming Desk Summary


What we liked

The Mayline Argo was our pick for best gaming desk for small spaces. With a well-built frame, that featured a nice paint finish and consistent welds throughout. When compared to the other desks around this price point, the frame just felt better built. The durable thermofoil surface finish should have no problems holding up to a lifetime of gaming. While the desk was small, it included some nice storage for a PC or console and a large space for your keyboard/mouse. If you need to move your gaming station, the Argo comes standard with four casters for added mobility.

What we didn’t like

One of the biggest issues with mobility is the stability issues it can create. Even though the Argo desk features two locking casters, there was still movement with the desk. One of the most surprising things during testing was the assembly time required. With over an hour invested in the Argo, it could take less handy users even longer to build. If you’re looking for a larger gaming space, the Argo will probably not be a good fit.

5. OFM ESS 1020 L Shaped Gaming Desk


ESS 1020 Price: Starting at $185.99
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ESS 1020 Pros and Cons


Pros:

Good stability

Large gaming space

Durable laminate surface and edge banding

Edge banding matches surface color

Smooth and consistent frame paint finish




Cons:

No storage

1+ hour assembly






ESS 1020 L Shaped Gaming Desk Summary


What we liked

The OFM ESS 1020 was the most stable desk we tested under the $200 mark. With cross supports for the main desk and return, stability was definitely a focus of this l shaped gaming desk. If you’re looking for a lot of space to gaming, the ESS 1020 has plenty of it with its L shape design. The desk’s surface was nice, with a durable laminate finish that included edge banding to match. The frame finish was smooth and included nice consistent paint throughout. A nice perk was that the return side offered a 23 ⅝” deep option for users that want a little deeper setup.

What we didn’t like

For the price there really wasn’t a lot not to like about the OFM ESS 1020 l shaped gaming desk. For the price, it isn’t a surprise, but there wasn’t any additional storage included. There was, however, plenty of space underneath to add a CPU holder or short keyboard drawer. Assembly time was a little over an hour and if you struggle it could be even longer. Because the parts are easily interchangeable you’ll want to pay attention to how they are marked during assembly. Not doing some could lead you to attach parts backward, which will only lengthen the assembly time.

4. Mayline SOHO Glass Gaming Desk


SOHO Price: Starting at $273.99
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SOHO Pros and Cons


Pros:

¼ inch thick tempered glass surface

Box/File storage cabinet

Includes hanging file mounts

Consistent frame paint finish and welds

Good stability




Cons:

Small gaming space

1+ hour assembly

 






SOHO Glass Gaming Desk Summary


What we liked

If you’re looking for a desk with a modern look, the Mayline SOHO has it. The Soho features a ¼” thick tempered glass surface, with black backing. Chrome accenting on the bolt connection for the frame really pops off the surface. The Soho includes a box/file storage pedestal that comes attached to the right side of the desk. The file drawer includes hanging file mounts and uses a high-quality ball bearing drawer slide. The frame has nice consistent paint finish and welds throughout. Overall the SOHO is well built and provides good stability.

What we didn’t like

There wasn’t a lot not to like about the SOHO desk. Because this desk has file storage, the assembly time was over one hour. With its compact design, users looking for a big gaming space will want to find another option.

3. Safco Xpressions Glass Desk


Xpressions Price: Starting at $349.99
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Xpressions Pros and Cons


Pros:

¼ inch thick tempered glass surface

Upper shelves for console storage

Large lower shelf for PC storage

Consistent frame paint finish and welds

Reversible configuration




Cons:

Desk surface can be too tall at 30 5/8 inches

Adjustable glides create some desk wiggle

Upper shelves use suction cups to connect






Xpressions Gaming Desk Summary


What we liked

Ranked at number three, it’s not really a surprise the Safco Xpressions desk was one of my favorites in the list. With a ¼” thick tempered glass surface and matching glass storage shelves, the Xpressions desk has a sleek look to it. If you’re looking for storage, this desk definitely has it. The lower storage shelf is large enough to fit a good size PC or console. The two upper shelves provide even more storage options for users with a lot of stuff. If you prefer the shelf on the right side of the desk you’re in luck because the Xpressions desk is reversible.

What we didn’t like

While the Xpressions is one of my favorites, it isn’t perfect. Depending on how tall you are, the desks surface height of 30 ⅝” tall could pose an issue for shorter users. The desks adjustable glide design also allowed for some movement, which has a noticeable wiggle. The two upper shelves are connected with suction cups, which I would have preferred something more permanent. If you have cats that climb on your desk, this could be a problem as the top shelf tends to move.

2. BTOD Gamma Gaming Desk


Gamma Price: Starting at $498.99
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BTOD Gamma Pros and Cons


Pros:

¾” commercial grade laminate surface

Multiple color options

Large gaming space

Durable powder coated steel frame

Height adjustable base

Built-in horizontal and vertical wire management

Good stability




Cons:

Higher price tag

No storage






Gamma Gaming Desk Summary


What we liked

The Gamma gaming desk from LEVL definitely deserves the #2 spot on my list. With a unique shaped top, the color edge banding really pops. The indentation on the back of the surface was designed as a pass-through for wires when the desk is pushed against the wall. This was the only desk in our list to feature horizontal and vertical wire management. If you’re particular about your wires, this desk is sure to tame them. With an added cross support, the Gamma offers good stability for gaming. Lastly, the Gamma features a screw height adjustable feature that lets you fine-tune the height of the desk.

What we didn’t like

All of the features listed above come at a price, which means the Gamma desk is one of the most expensive in our list. With the higher price tag, it would have been nice to see some storage included with the desk.

1. VertDesk Standing Gaming Desk


VertDesk Price: Starting at $683.99
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VertDesk Custom Gaming Pros and Cons


Pros:

¾” commercial grade laminate surface

Multiple color options

Large gaming space

Durable powder coated steel frame

Electric height adjustable desk

Great stability




Cons:

High price tag

Storage not standard option






VertDesk Custom Gaming Desk Summary

What we liked

If you spend a lot of time gaming, you’re likely sitting quite a few extra hours during the day. The VertDesk gaming desk gives you the opportunity to sit or stand with push button height control. This was the most stable desk we tested, with a strong steel frame that includes a cross support system for added lateral stability. The large gaming surface is available up to 30” D x 72” W, so there is plenty of space for a PC or console system. Multiple surface and edge banding color options allow you to customize the desk to fit your aesthetics perfectly.

What we didn’t like

Starting at $599.99, the VertDesk gaming desk was by far the most expensive option in the group. This means it will likely price itself out of some gaming setups. With a price tag this high, we would have liked to have seen it come standard with some additional storage. If you want to add a keyboard tray or CPU holder that will come with an extra charge.

Why Trust The Learning Center at BTOD.com

Simply put, we are experts. We have been selling office furniture for 12 years and have seen the gaming desk market grow from the beginning. We are not a company that is simply dedicated to writing reviews on emerging markets in hopes of making a quick buck. Office furniture is our life and we have gained extensive knowledge about the products within our space. We know what to look for and what to avoid. Our goal is to share this knowledge so that customers are better informed when making their buying decision.

One thing that really separates The Learning Center at BTOD.com from almost every other review site is that we bring in all of the products that we review. We do not do forensic reviews or reviews based on what other customers have said about the product. We order the product for ourselves so that we know how it performs. Some of the products we sell on BTOD.com, but many of them we do not. Regardless, we have tested every product we have reviewed.

What is our testing process?

The testing process for the best gaming computer desks is straightforward, but also very thorough. Since we purchase all of the desks we are able to get an idea of what the experience will be receiving the furniture. Having the opportunity to assembly each desk is important too. If there are any pain points we want to know about them. Once the desk has been assembled we are able to start using the desk.

All of the desks go through the same testing process. We first ensure the sizing is accurate for each of the manufacturer’s specs. Then, we inspect the build quality of the surface and frame. Next, we determine how stable or sturdy the desk is by gaming and doing other tasks like writing.

If the desk has additional options like storage, we verify that it is functional. A couple of the desks we tested were height adjustable, so we check to ensure they move as described. Lastly, if the desk includes wire management, we set it up, as we would at home, to see how well it manages the wires.

Through this process, we are able to get a much better idea if certain desks work better than others. While most of the competing sites just look at pictures on Amazon, our actual usage of the desks sets us apart.

Things To Consider When Picking The Best Gaming Desk
Gaming Space

One of the most important aspects of a desk for gaming is the amount of space it has to game. PC gamers will require the most space, with keyboard and mouse setups resting on the desk surface. If you plan to keep your computer case or gaming console on the desk, you’ll want to account for that space as well. Gamers that mix both PC gaming and console gaming will require even more space and will want to look for additional storage options.

If you’re like most, you will probably have to use the desk as an actual desk at times as well. This means you want to account for writing tasks that can include homework, paying bills or other office related tasks. While some of the straight desks will offer a good amount of space, the best option will be for users to look to L shaped options. These will free up space for a second task as well as gaming.

Stability

While it might not be the first thing you think of, stability plays an important role in gaming. With precision being an important part for gamers like first-person shooters, having your desk moving is counterproductive. If you’re on a console, this won’t impact your gaming like it would for those using a keyboard and mouse.

While none of the desks in our list are low enough quality to fall over, some didn’t have more movement than others. We look at the front to back movement, left to right and any other wiggle motion.

Assembly

Depending on your level of handiness, the difficulty of how something goes together can play a big part in your buying decision. Most would rather spend their time doing something they enjoy, like playing the games the desk is being used for. The truth is, the entire process is an investment, not just the desk. The amount of time you put into building the desk is part of that investment.

The good news is you should only have to assemble it one time. Either way, we’ve done the hard work for you and assembled all of the desks. Through this process, you can get a better idea which desk is going to require the fewest tools and least amount of time to build. If you’re handy, you might consider some of the desks that required up to two hours for complete assembly.

Surface Quality

Looking at the quality of the desks we tested, there were two main areas we focused on. The first was on the surface quality. How well was the surface made? Looking at things like fit and finish? Does the surface easily scratch when you run a pen across it? Will it hold up to the occasional control smash? What about surface spills or condensation from a glass of ice water?

If the desk you just invested in starts to show signs of wear quickly after you purchase it, that is not going to last. It’s important to note that not all laminate surfaces were created equal. Products in our list varied from commercial use to a not as durable home use desk. The quality you get is almost always linked to the price you’re willing to invest in the desk.

Frame Quality

The second area of focus for quality is the frame. You want to pay attention to the consistency of the paint finish and welds. Also, some metal components will be welded together, then ground down to create a smooth finish for paint. You want to pay attention to these areas too if you’re a stickler for aesthetics.

One of the desks in our list is an electric standing desk. All of the things mentioned above are important here for aesthetics, but also for the stability of the desk. Good consistent welds can help ensure your standing desk is solid throughout all heights. Inside the frame, good quality components are important if you want the desk to last for a long time.

Storage

If you plan to use your pc gaming desk for more than gaming, or just want to hide some of the items on your desk, storage is something to consider. While not all of the desks we offered included storage, it can be a really nice feature to have.

Storage will vary from under desk pencil drawers that tend to be on the smaller size, to full-size file drawers. Less expensive models will have lower quality drawer slide systems and some of the least expensive models won’t have drawer slides at all. If you plan to put a lot of weight into the drawer, you’ll want to find something with steel ball bearing slides to operate smoothly with heavier loads.

Wire Management

Wire chaos just comes with the territory. No matter if you’re a PC gamer or a console gamer, you’ve probably got a decent amount of wires that need to be tamed. While there are plenty of DIY gaming desk solutions when it comes to wire management, having something built into the desk will give you a clean look.

Most of the desks featured in our list didn’t include wire management. If you’re interested you will want to look at both horizontal and vertical wire management solutions. This will ensure that you have completely tackled the wires and make your desk look that much better.

Warranty

Warranties do exist for computer gaming desks. Not all gaming desk warranties were created equal though. Reading the fine print is important because some manufacturers will hide the important details.

Normal wear and tear are never covered on gaming desks. If a brand sees that you were abusing the product, they likely won’t cover that either. Delamination of edge banding is one of the most common issues with desks. If this is a problem within the warranty period, you probably have a good chance to get a replacement.

Just watch out as some brands will require that you pay for shipping on the parts. In some cases, this can exceed the cost of the desk and might be worth looking into a new desk altogether.

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