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The absolute best gaming desks for your PC setup

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A gaming desk that fits your needs is more vital to your PC setup than you might think — from L-shaped, to motorized, and everything in between, these are our top picks.

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If gaming on a PC could be distilled down into just two things, the first is that the games you play can be more demanding thanks to its inherent power. (As opposed to, say, laptop or console gaming.) The second though is that you’ll have a pretty overwhelming set of options when it comes to your setup.

The burden of that second thing is on you, and it’s a deterrent for a lot of people who consider getting into the PC gaming space. We can understand why — the initial investment that PC gaming requires is huge, both financially and mentally. You have to really take the time to pick out each part of your setup, and then be prepared to drop a pretty penny on all of it. Choosing parts doesn’t just come down to what’s going in your PC tower, though. You’ll also have to put a decent amount of time into choosing accessories like a mouse, keyboard, monitor, and a desk. 

While it might not strike you as a vital piece of your PC setup, your gaming desk can actually make all the difference in your experience in terms of comfort and organization. There’s a ton of options out there, though, and finding the one that’s right for you and the space you’re working with can be an intimidating task. 

As you probably could’ve guessed, we’re going to help you out with that. 

What should I look for in a gaming desk?

There are a lot of attributes you’ll want to focus on while shopping for a gaming desk, but we recommend that you give special attention to these five categories:

  1. Shape and size: Your choice here will usually come down to either an L-shaped desk, or a more traditional one. The amount of space you need and how much gear you have (as well as the size of the area you’ll be placing it in) will inform what you end up getting.

  2. Surface area: The overall surface area of your desk is super important — all your stuff is going to be on it, after all. Make sure to check the dimensions and be positive that your monitor, keyboard, and other PC parts will fit comfortably.

  3. Other dimensions: You’ll also want to take note of all the other dimensions, too. Is there enough space underneath for your chair to fit? Is there enough depth to ensure that you can place your keyboard in front of the monitor?

  4. Storage: Not all gaming desks have storage, and not everyone will need it, but if it’s going to double as a work station or a home for other electronics, you’ll want something that can house all of that stuff. 

  5. Add-ons: Take note of any add-ons you want to be included with your desk (or if there are options to customize later). This can range from monitor stands, to headset holders, to adjustable height functions. You might not want or need all the bells and whistles at the moment, but think about the long-run and if you eventually see yourself building upon your initial setup. 

Having a desk with ample storage is a nice bonus.

Having a desk with ample storage is a nice bonus.

Image: Tangkula

What size gaming desk should I get?

This will be dependent on the size of your PC setup and how much space you have to spare.

Take stock of all the PC parts you have — monitor, tower, and accessories included. If you want to get really creative, lay them out how you’ll want them to look on your desk to get an idea of how much space they’ll take up.

Also, take a look at the room you’ll be putting the desk in. Are you dedicating an entire office to it? Or will it be tucked away in a small alcove? If you have a lot of space to work with, you may be able to pull off a big L-shaped desk that’ll give you ample room for the ultimate gaming experience (nothing wrong with keeping it minimalist, though).

From there, you should have all the information you need to get your new gaming desk confidently. 

What’s the best gaming desk?

Now that you have an idea of what kind of gaming desk will fit your specific needs based on your space and personal preferences, picking out your gaming-desk-to-be should be a lot more straightforward. 

Here are our picks for the best gaming desks you can get right now, each specializing in a different category for a different type of person. 


Large surface area for multiple monitors or ultrawide • Manually adjustable height • Surface-wide, water-resistant mouse pad • Cord management cutouts
Some reviewers said theirs was a bit wobbly, but your mileage may vary
If you’re a multi-monitor or ultrawide PC gamer, the Arozzi Arena should provide you with all the space you need to enjoy your experience.

1. Arozzi Arena Gaming Desk

The large surface can hold up to three monitors (or an ultrawide one), and the desk-wide mouse pad is a sweet bonus.

  • Surface area (in):
    63 x 32
If your setup includes an ultrawide monitor (or just multiple monitors), your gaming desk is going to need a lot of space. The Arozzi Arena desk provides just that.
With a 63-inch by 32-inch surface, you’ll be able to comfortably fit your monitor(s) without a hitch — it can fit up to three. Another great feature is the surface-wide mouse pad, which allows you to use your mouse literally anywhere on the desk without running out of tracking space. It’s water-resistant, too, so you’ll be protected against spills. 
You’ll also be able to adjust the desk’s height manually, and it has three different cord management cutouts to keep everything looking neat. If you’ve got a lot of equipment and enjoy an ultrawide setup, you’ll be a fan of the Arozzi Arena.

Tons of room for gear and add-ons • Headphone and cup holders • Raised monitor stand • Minimalistic design
You’ll have to move your chair around often to reach opposite ends of the desk
With the Respawn’s amount of space and quality-of-life add-ons, you won’t find a better L-shaped gaming desk at this price.

2. Respawn L-Shaped Gaming Desk

Perfect for those with a lot of space, you’ll also get handy accessories like a monitor stand, headphone holders, and more.

  • Surface area (in):
    66.25 x 66.25
If you’re dedicating a whole room to your PC setup, we say spring for an L-shaped desk. Why not, right?
This L-shaped desk from Respawn will be a lovely addition to your gaming corner — it’s minimalistic design isn’t an eyesore like a lot of other gaming-centric desks, and comes with a few nice quality-of-life features that you’ll enjoy, including a raised monitor stand and holders for headphones and drinks. 
And with all that space, the possibilities are endless for the gear you can add to your setup even after your purchase. Speakers, multiple monitors, a big old mouse pad, and whatever else you want to customize with are all within reach. 
If you’ve got the available space, we couldn’t recommend a better L-shaped desk for this price. 

Electronically adjustable height • Programmable presets • Cord management ports
Concave design takes away some precious equipment space
The ApexDesk Elite Series is great for switching up your posture throughout longer gaming sessions, and the built-in control pad makes it very easy to do so.
Adjustable desks are great for switching up your posture throughout the day so you don’t get restless or end up hurting your back. If you’re prone to long gaming sessions (whether purposefully or not), the ApexDesk Elite Series will help ensure that you’re not aching at the end of it. 
Equipped with a handy button pad, you can adjust the height on the fly without disrupting your gaming session too much. You can even program four different height presets for even faster adjustments. 
Other than that, it’s a solidly made desk with plenty of space for your equipment, as well as two cord management holes on each side. If keeping good posture and avoiding back pain is your priority, this desk is the way to go. 

Compact for small spaces • Four-tier shelf can be installed on either side • Sturdy frame
Assembly is harder than it should be
If you’ve got a small space and need extra storage to keep things organized, this desk is a good choice at an affordable price.
One thing you won’t find in a lot of gaming desks: storage. This desk from Tangkula has that. 
It’s technically not a gaming desk, but it totally could be. The desk has a beautiful minimalist style that should fit seamlessly with the rest of your decor, and features a four-level shelf that can be installed on either side. You can use it for anything from headphones, to speakers, to office supplies if your desk doubles as a work station. The whole thing is super compact, and will work great for smaller spaces.
If you want a nice looking desk with ample storage, this Tangkula is a good (and affordable) option. 

Adjustable monitor stand • Built-in accessories • Great price for what you get
Some reviewers said that the headphone hooks feel a bit flimsy
If you don’t want an adjustable desk but also don’t want neck pain, you won’t go wrong with the GTracing’s nifty monitor stand.

5. GTracing Gaming Desk

An all-round great option thanks to its affordable price, built-in accessories, and adjustable monitor stand to keep you from straining your neck.

  • Surface area (in):
    47 x 25.5
If you’re not going to go for an adjustable desk, having a raised monitor is probably the next best thing for your posture (especially if you have a great gaming chair to go with it). 
The biggest selling point of the GTracing gaming desk is exactly that — it has an adjustable (horizontally) monitor stand that’s sturdy enough to support an ultrawide screen. Just don’t go shaking it. 
The desk has a decent amount of space without taking up a large portion of the room, and we love the included accessories like the speaker and controller holder, headphone hooks, and powerstrip holder underneath.
The GTracing gaming desk is an overall solid option at a good price, and will keep your neck from being sore at the end of your gaming sessions. 

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The Trump campaign celebrated a growth record that Democrats downplayed.

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The White House celebrated economic growth numbers for the third quarter released on Thursday, even as Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s presidential campaign sought to throw cold water on the report — the last major data release leading up to the Nov. 3 election — and warned that the economic recovery was losing steam.

The economy grew at a record pace last quarter, but the upswing was a partial bounce-back after an enormous decline and left the economy smaller than it was before the pandemic. The White House took no notice of those glum caveats.

“This record economic growth is absolute validation of President Trump’s policies, which create jobs and opportunities for Americans in every corner of the country,” Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign said in a statement, highlighting a rebound of 33.1 percent at an annualized rate. Mr. Trump heralded the data on Twitter, posting that he was “so glad” that the number had come out before Election Day.

The annualized rate that the White House emphasized extrapolates growth numbers as if the current pace held up for a year, and risks overstating big swings. Because the economy’s growth has been so volatile amid the pandemic, economists have urged focusing on quarterly numbers.

Those showed a 7.4 percent gain in the third quarter. That rebound, by far the biggest since reliable statistics began after World War II, still leaves the economy short of its pre-pandemic levels. The pace of recovery has also slowed, and now coronavirus cases are rising again across much of the United States, raising the prospect of further pullback.

“The recovery is stalling out, thanks to Trump’s refusal to have a serious plan to deal with Covid or to pass a new economic relief plan for workers, small businesses and communities,” Mr. Biden’s campaign said in a release ahead of Thursday’s report. The rebound was widely expected, and the campaign characterized it as “a partial return from a catastrophic hit.”

Economists have warned that the recovery could face serious roadblocks ahead. Temporary measures meant to shore up households and businesses — including unemployment insurance supplements and forgivable loans — have run dry. Swaths of the service sector remain shut down as the virus continues to spread, and job losses that were temporary are increasingly turning permanent.

“With coronavirus infections hitting a record high in recent days and any additional fiscal stimulus unlikely to arrive until, at the earliest, the start of next year, further progress will be much slower,” Paul Ashworth, chief United States economist at Capital Economics, wrote in a note following the report.

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Black and Hispanic workers, especially women, lag in the U.S. economic recovery.

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The surge in economic output in the third quarter set a record, but the recovery isn’t reaching everyone.

Economists have long warned that aggregate statistics like gross domestic product can obscure important differences beneath the surface. In the aftermath of the last recession, for example, G.D.P. returned to its previous level in early 2011, even as poverty rates remained high and the unemployment rate for Black Americans was above 15 percent.

Aggregate statistics could be even more misleading during the current crisis. The job losses in the initial months of the pandemic disproportionately struck low-wage service workers, many of them Black and Hispanic women. Service-sector jobs have been slow to return, while school closings are keeping many parents, especially mothers, from returning to work. Nearly half a million Hispanic women have left the labor force over the last three months.

“If we’re thinking that the economy is recovering completely and uniformly, that is simply not the case,” said Michelle Holder, an economist at John Jay College in New York. “This rebound is unevenly distributed along racial and gender lines.”

The G.D.P. report released Thursday doesn’t break down the data by race, sex or income. But other sources make the disparities clear. A pair of studies by researchers at the Urban Institute released this week found that Black and Hispanic adults were more likely to have lost jobs or income since March, and were twice as likely as white adults to experience food insecurity in September.

The financial impact of the pandemic hit many of the families that were least able to afford it, even as white-collar workers were largely spared, said Michael Karpman, an Urban Institute researcher and one of the studies’ authors.

“A lot of people who were already in a precarious position before the pandemic are now in worse shape, whereas people who were better off have generally been faring better financially,” he said.

Federal relief programs, such as expanded unemployment benefits, helped offset the damage for many families in the first months of the pandemic. But those programs have mostly ended, and talks to revive them have stalled in Washington. With virus cases surging in much of the country, Mr. Karpman warned, the economic toll could increase.

“There could be a lot more hardship coming up this winter if there’s not more relief from Congress, with the impact falling disproportionately on Black and Hispanic workers and their families,” he said.

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Ant Challenged Beijing and Prospered. Now It Toes the Line.

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As Jack Ma of Alibaba helped turn China into the world’s biggest e-commerce market over the past two decades, he was also vowing to pull off a more audacious transformation.

“If the banks don’t change, we’ll change the banks,” he said in 2008, decrying how hard it was for small businesses in China to borrow from government-run lenders.

“The financial industry needs disrupters,” he told People’s Daily, the official Communist Party newspaper, a few years later. His goal, he said, was to make banks and other state-owned enterprises “feel unwell.”

The scope of Mr. Ma’s success is becoming clearer. The vehicle for his financial-technology ambitions, an Alibaba spinoff called Ant Group, is preparing for the largest initial public offering on record. Ant is set to raise $34 billion by selling its shares to the public in Hong Kong and Shanghai, according to stock exchange documents released on Monday. After the listing, Ant would be worth around $310 billion, much more than many global banks.

The company is going public not as a scrappy upstart, but as a leviathan deeply dependent on the good will of the government Mr. Ma once relished prodding.

More than 730 million people use Ant’s Alipay app every month to pay for lunch, invest their savings and shop on credit. Yet Alipay’s size and importance have made it an inevitable target for China’s regulators, which have already brought its business to heel in certain areas.

These days, Ant talks mostly about creating partnerships with big banks, not disrupting or supplanting them. Several government-owned funds and institutions are Ant shareholders and stand to profit handsomely from the public offering.

The question now is how much higher Ant can fly without provoking the Chinese authorities into clipping its wings further.

Excitable investors see Ant as a buzzy internet innovator. The risk is that it becomes more like a heavily regulated “financial digital utility,” said Fraser Howie, the co-author of “Red Capitalism: The Fragile Financial Foundation of China’s Extraordinary Rise.”

“Utility stocks, as far as I remember, were not the ones to be seen as the most exciting,” Mr. Howie said.

Ant declined to comment, citing the quiet period demanded by regulators before its share sale.

The company has played give-and-take with Beijing for years. As smartphone payments became ubiquitous in China, Ant found itself managing huge piles of money in Alipay users’ virtual wallets. The central bank made it park those funds in special accounts where they would earn minimal interest.

After people piled into an easy-to-use investment fund inside Alipay, the government forced the fund to shed risk and lower returns. Regulators curbed a plan to use Alipay data as the basis for a credit-scoring system akin to Americans’ FICO scores.

China’s Supreme Court this summer capped interest rates for consumer loans, though it was unclear how the ceiling would apply to Ant. The central bank is preparing a new virtual currency that could compete against Alipay and another digital wallet, the messaging app WeChat, as an everyday payment tool.

Ant has learned ways of keeping the authorities on its side. Mr. Ma once boasted at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, about never taking money from the Chinese government. Today, funds associated with China’s social security system, its sovereign wealth fund, a state-owned life insurance company and the national postal carrier hold stakes in Ant. The I.P.O. is likely to increase the value of their holdings considerably.

“That’s how the state gets its payoff,” Mr. Howie said. With Ant, he said, “the line between state-owned enterprise and private enterprise is highly, highly blurred.”

China, in less than two generations, went from having a state-planned financial system to being at the global vanguard of internet finance, with trillions of dollars in transactions being made on mobile devices each year. Alipay had a lot to do with it.

Alibaba created the service in the early 2000s to hold payments for online purchases in escrow. Its broader usefulness quickly became clear in a country that mostly missed out on the credit card era. Features were added and users piled in. It became impossible for regulators and banks not to see the app as a threat.

ImageAnt Group’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China.
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A big test came when Ant began making an offer to Alipay users: Park your money in a section of the app called Yu’ebao, which means “leftover treasure,” and we will pay you more than the low rates fixed by the government at banks.

People could invest as much or as little as they wanted, making them feel like they were putting their pocket change to use. Yu’ebao was a hit, becoming one of the world’s largest money market funds.

The banks were terrified. One commentator for a state broadcaster called the fund a “vampire” and a “parasite.”

Still, “all the main regulators remained unanimous in saying that this was a positive thing for the Chinese financial system,” said Martin Chorzempa, a research fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington.

“If you can’t actually reform the banks,” Mr. Chorzempa said, “you can inject more competition.”

But then came worries about shadowy, unregulated corners of finance and the dangers they posed to the wider economy. Today, Chinese regulators are tightening supervision of financial holding companies, Ant included. Beijing has kept close watch on the financial instruments that small lenders create out of their consumer loans and sell to investors. Such securities help Ant fund some of its lending. But they also amplify the blowup if too many of those loans aren’t repaid.

“Those kinds of derivative products are something the government is really concerned about,” said Tian X. Hou, founder of the research firm TH Data Capital. Given Ant’s size, she said, “the government should be concerned.”

The broader worry for China is about growing levels of household debt. Beijing wants to cultivate a consumer economy, but excessive borrowing could eventually weigh on people’s spending power. The names of two of Alipay’s popular credit functions, Huabei and Jiebei, are jaunty invitations to spend and borrow.

Huang Ling, 22, started using Huabei when she was in high school. At the time, she didn’t qualify for a credit card. With Huabei’s help, she bought a drone, a scooter, a laptop and more.

The credit line made her feel rich. It also made her realize that if she actually wanted to be rich, she had to get busy.

“Living beyond my means forced me to work harder,” Ms. Huang said.

First, she opened a clothing shop in her hometown, Nanchang, in southeastern China. Then she started an advertising company in the inland metropolis of Chongqing. When the business needed cash, she borrowed from Jiebei.

Online shopping became a way to soothe daily anxieties, and Ms. Huang sometimes racked up thousands of dollars in Huabei bills, which only made her even more anxious. When the pandemic slammed her business, she started falling behind on her payments. That cast her into a deep depression.

Finally, early this month, with her parents’ help, she paid off her debts and closed her Huabei and Jiebei accounts. She felt “elated,” she said.

China’s recent troubles with freewheeling online loan platforms have put the government under pressure to protect ordinary borrowers.

Ant is helped by the fact that its business lines up with many of the Chinese leadership’s priorities: encouraging entrepreneurship and financial inclusion, and expanding the middle class. This year, the company helped the eastern city of Hangzhou, where it is based, set up an early version of the government’s app-based system for dictating coronavirus quarantines.

Such coziness is bound to raise hackles overseas. In Washington, Chinese tech companies that are seen as close to the government are radioactive.

In January 2017, Eric Jing, then Ant’s chief executive, said the company aimed to be serving two billion users worldwide within a decade. Shortly after, Ant announced that it was acquiring the money transfer company MoneyGram to increase its U.S. footprint. By the following January, the deal was dead, thwarted by data security concerns.

More recently, top officials in the Trump administration have discussed whether to place Ant Group on the so-called entity list, which prohibits foreign companies from purchasing American products. Officials from the State Department have suggested that an interagency committee, which also includes officials from the departments of defense, commerce and energy, review Ant for the potential entity listing, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Ant does not talk much anymore about expanding in the United States.

Ana Swanson contributed reporting.

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