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Best gaming desk 2021: top standing, L-shaped and motorized desks

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Just because it won’t make you a more competent gamer doesn’t mean sitting at one of the best gaming desks won’t improve your gaming experience. Having an ergonomic desk will make your setup work in your favor. Make sure you can get the most out of your gaming chair and maximize your comfort by complementing it with the proper furniture.  

There are a few things that set these gaming desks apart from more humdrum offerings. Features like ruggedness, desk space, and height adjustability are the tip of the iceberg. Some also offer gaming-related features such as RGB lighting. We’ll help you take your desk game to the next level.

So, skip cramped quarters, strange heights, and unsecure monitors and get yourself a gaming desk that will enhance instead of detracting from your gaming sessions. And, if you’re at your desk all day long, get those legs moving and consider one of the best standing desks

Cougar Mars

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1. Cougar Mars

A veritable tank of a gaming desk

Specifications
Type: Standard
Height range: 29.5 inches – 33.5 inches
Desktop size: 60.4 inches x 30.4 inches
Reasons to buy
+Enormous surface area+Best-in-class construction+RGB lighting effects
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

The Cougar Mars is the best gaming desk around if you want one that’s as big as it is durable. It’s heavy and takes time to assemble, but once in place is rock-steady thanks to its sturdy steel frame which offers three manual levels of height adjustment. 

A capacious textured carbon-fibre surface that’s large enough to accommodate two 27-inch monitors with room to spare sits atop the desk, which sports two RGB lighting strips that can be connected to a PC’s motherboard for syncing with gaming peripherals. Handily, two control stands provide quick access to USB and 3.5mm audio ports, which helps keep your wiring setup neat and tidy.

Evodesk Gaming Desk

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2. Evodesk Gaming Desk

The best standing desk for gamers

Specifications
Type: Motorized
Height range: 23.75 inches – 49.5 inches
Desktop size: 48-72 inches x 30 inches
Reasons to buy
+Wide range of height adjustment+Evoguard finish removes need for a mouse mat+Ergonomic design
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

While the Evodesk Gaming Desk has a shorter width than the Cougar Mars, it has a wider minimum and maximum height range that can be electronically raised or lowered or command using an internal motor. More than 250 height positions can be stored in its memory, allowing you to quickly adjust it on the fly. 

Another interesting feature is the Evodesk Gaming Desk’s fine-textured surface, which feels like a high-quality mouse mat. You can also opt for a version with an oak or bamboo finish if you’d rather use your own mousing surface.

GreenForest L-Shaped Corner Desk

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3. GreenForest L-Shaped Corner Desk

For those who play hard and work hard

Specifications
Type: L-Shape
Height range: 29.13 inches
Desktop size: 58.1 inches x 44.3 inches
Reasons to buy
+Space-saving design+Can set up separate equipment zones+Desks combine
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

If you’re a little short on room, this space-saving desk from GreenForest is equally suited to work and play. Designed to be slotted in the corner of a room, its L-shape provides ample space to position a gaming setup at one end and work machine (or whatever you want to fill the space with) at the other. 

Greenforest’s model is easy to assemble, shipping in three parts with adjustable feet that let you raise or lower its height manually – and you can even assemble two desks together to create a ‘U’ shape. Beware however that the desk only reinforced with a horizontal bar at one end, which is less than ideal for combating monitor shake.

Eureka Ergonomic Gaming Computer Desk I1

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4. Eureka Ergonomic Gaming Computer Desk I1

The best budget desk for gamers

Specifications
Type: Standard
Height: 29.9 inches
Desktop size: 44.3 inches x 24.1 inches
Reasons to buy
+Large surface area+Cable management system+Easy to assemble
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

The Eureka Ergonomic Gaming Computer Desk I1 is a great option if you want to use one large monitor or two smaller ones and have room to spare. Sporting an ergonomic curved design that lets you sit closer to the action, its surface features a textured carbon fibre pattern which is smooth and should stand up well to scratches while being easy to clean. 

That said, you'll probably still want to pick up an extra-large mouse mat for greater mousing precision. Despite its budget price tag, this gaming desk adds nifty features including a cable management system that houses a power strip for keeping your wires and plugs tucked out of sight.

DXRacer GD/1000/N Series Gaming Desk

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5. DXRacer GD/1000/N Series Gaming Desk

A sturdy e-sports-inspired gaming desk

Specifications
Type: Standard
Height range: 31.5 inches
Desktop size: 47.3 inches x 31.5 inches
Reasons to buy
+Designed for comfort+Eye-catching design+Angled worktop
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

Available in black (and green, red, or white), this sturdy e-sports-inspired computer desk is suitable for gaming or office work thanks to its reinforced ‘double triangle’ design that keeps desk shake to a minimum. 

Made of wood with an ABS plastic frame, the DXRacer is angled at 10-degrees to make resting your arms and elbows on it more comfortable. There's plenty of space for sneaking wires around the back via a large opening, and its bottom edges are padded to reduce pressure on your arms and elbows.

Arozzi Arena Leggero Gaming Desk

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6. Arozzi Arena Leggero Gaming Desk

A gaming desk that's easy to keep clean

Specifications
Type: Standard
Height range: 28.5 inches
Desktop size: 44.9 inches x 28.3 inches
Reasons to buy
+Water-resistant and machine washable+Microfiber surface+Sturdy construction
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

One of the largest gaming desks on our list, the grandiose Arozzi Arena is an eye-catching slab of MDF wood that places you closer to the action thanks to its ergonomic front curve. 

Available in red, white or black, it’s convenient to boot thanks to its microfiber surface which is waterproof, easy to clean and removes the need for a mouse mat. Another useful feature is its cable management pouch that’s positioned underneath the desk and works in tandem with three cut-outs used for snaking wires out of sight.

Respawn 3010

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7. Respawn 3010 Gaming Desk

The best gaming desk for accessory owners

Specifications
Type: Standard (height adjustable)
Height range: 33.5 inches x 49.5 inches
Desktop size: 52.6 inches x 23.6 inches
Reasons to buy
+Shelves and trays are useful+Monitor shelf+Sturdy steel construction
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

Its name may sound like a Nokia handset from the 90s, but the Respawn 3010 is no joke. Featuring appendages where most gaming desks have none, the 3010 includes a dedicated monitor shelf and lets you hang anything from gaming accessories to cups from its multiple trays for easy retrieval. 

And with a maximum 200lb weight capacity that’s enabled by its sturdy steel tube frame, the Respawn will support pretty much anything you place on it and then some. The gaming desk is available to buy in black with a choice of two-tone colour flourishes - including blue, red, grey and green to match Respawn’s line of gaming chairs.

Flash Furniture Computer Desk

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8. Flash Furniture Computer Desk

A traditional desk that’s useful on a number of levels

Specifications
Type: Standard
Height range: 33.13 inches
Desktop size: 27.88 inches x 23.50 inches
Reasons to buy
+Raised top shelf+Sturdy frame+Easy to assemble
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

If gaming desks are too gaudy for you, this traditional-styled alternative from Flash Furniture will (quite literally) help raise your game – all without breaking the bank. Its elevated top shelf is suitable for positioning a larger monitor or two smaller ones, which leaves the lower tier free for laying out an ample-sized mouse mat. 

We particularly like this desk’s bottom shelf, which can be used to position anything from a power surge strip to a PC tower, console or gaming accessories. Reinforced by horizontal metal bars and supported by long legs at the base, the Flash Furniture is plenty sturdy despite its tall frame.

Thermaltake Tt Gaming Level 20 GT Battlestation Computer Gaming Desk

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9. Thermaltake Tt Gaming Level 20 GT Battlestation Computer Gaming Desk

Durable gaming desk totes a huge mousing surface

Specifications
Type: Standard (Height adjustable)
Height range: 28.9 inches to 40.7 inches
Desktop size: 59 inches x 27.5 inches
Reasons to buy
+Full-surface mouse pad+Highly durable+Cable management system
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

Throw away your gigantic mouse mat, as the snappily-named Tt Gaming Level 20 Battlestation flaunts a full cloth mouse pad that’s removable and washable. It sits atop a generously thick desktop, which is height adjustable and protected by a wear-resistant powdered coating to withstand knocks and scrapes. 

Reinforced with steel across its two legs, this is one gaming desk that won’t suffer from the shakes. Nor will it leave you agitated by unruly cabling thanks to a smart cable management tray underneath that spans almost its entire horizontal length.

Lian-Li DK-04X Electrical Height Adjustable Desk Case

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10. Lian-Li DK-04X Electrical Height Adjustable Desk Case

Flashy standing desk is a nifty PC case too

Specifications
Type: Motorized
Height range: 27 inches – 46.2 inches
Desktop size: 47.2 inches x 29.5 inches
Reasons to buy
+Desk and PC case in one+Motorized height adjustment+Ports and RGB lighting
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

If you've ever fancied housing your PC components inside a standing desk, Lian-Li has you covered. This motorized standing desk doubles up as a PC case on (sturdy) legs, making for an attractive and minimalist option – if you have deep pockets. Billed by its maker as the first-ever standing computer desk, its chassis accommodates drive mounting, water-cooling support and electrical height adjustment that can be fine-tuned to different users’ needs. 

It supports a range of motherboard types including ATX, E-ATX and Micro-ATX; whichever you’re using, fitting components is a doozy thanks to a removable motherboard tray which uses anchored cable clips to simplify cable routing.

Matt Hanson

Senior Computing editor

Matt (Twitter) is TechRadar's Senior Computing editor. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. If you're encountering a problem or need some advice with your PC or Mac, drop him a line on Twitter.