Many gamers will have or be aspiring toward a great gaming desk. This desk is a largely functional piece of furniture that holds essential gaming equipment like monitors, PCs, consoles, keyboards and mice. While this basic functionality exists in most gaming desks, there are ways that you can optimize your set up to ensure the most enjoyable, comfortable gaming experience possible.
Here we will look at ways to set up your gaming desk to provide additional benefits, pointing out specific products where appropriate. Without further ado check out our gaming desk set up ideas:
His & Hers Gaming Desk Setup
If you’re wanting a couple gaming desk set up, something like the above works really well – where you have one continuous long desk that supports both your gaming rig as well as your partners. So you can both be in quite close proximity to one another as you go about gaming away.
While many gamers will be happy playing games and using their devices on one screen, adding a second monitor will allow vastly enhanced productivity. This will allow you to play games, watch videos, manage settings and more without constantly switching between tabs or programs.
A lot of people will not need more than two monitors but if you have the budget, space and need, you can always add a third monitor to your gaming desk.
In the last few years, ultrawide monitors have made their way into the gaming market. These monitors have screens that extend far wider than traditional monitors that allow you to be more immersed in video games or be more productive in working situations.
It must be noted that these ultrawide monitors take up quite a lot of space on your gaming desk and not all video games offer ultrawide resolution support. Expect to see more support for these screens built into games in the coming generation.
Some people are current or aspiring streamers on platforms like Twitch or YouTube. When streaming, it can be difficult to read the viewer chat box while playing and if you are using one screen, this chat can cause visual clutter.
What you may have seen is that many streamers opt for a vertically aligned monitor off to the side of their main screen, to view the stream chat, settings and statistics while playing. This approach will keep your games clutter free and allow you to engage more with your viewer base.
Every monitor comes with a removable stand, which allows them to sit on your gaming desk but this can be restrictive in terms of set up and adaptability. With a flexible monitor arm, you can move your monitors into a wide variety of positions including options for custom height and tilt. This can also help to keep your gaming desk surface clear of obstructions and leave more room to operate in.
Tiered Gaming Desk
We have already mentioned the importance of maximizing the amount of desk space you have available and using a tiered gaming desk you can do just that. By introducing another level of the desk at an elevated height, you can set your monitors there to create additional space at the back of the desk that the monitor stands would have previously occupied.
Not only does this open more opportunities for additional desk accessories, it can also be kept clear to create a neat and tidy visual quality.
When setting up your gaming desk, cable management is an essential part of the equation. To keep things tidy and ensure electrical safety, you can find products like cable management boxes to house cables, extensions and sockets so that they are out of the way. A good way to deal with unsightly cables is to use a cable management box that is mounted to the underside of your gaming desk to keep everything out of sight and out of mind.
L-Shaped Gaming Desk
Space can be an issue with gaming desks, since there is plenty of equipment that is common in a gaming set up. While there are large gaming desks available, there are also L-shaped desks that can fit nicely into the corner of the room for maximum efficiency. This can allow you to set up equipment and keep some free space so that you can swivel on your chair and make use of the extra surface.
A laptop is a commonly used device with regards to gaming desks and they can also be used effectively as a second monitor or as your main gaming machine. Where they sit flat to a gaming desk, it can be poorly positioned for you to see the screen and lead to some neck injuries or eye strain.
Laptop stands can be a great idea for your gaming desk set up since they can elevate your laptop screen to an ergonomic position, allowing you to use them in conjunction with a separate keyboard and mouse.
Most gaming monitors come with speakers built in but they are often not the best in terms of sound quality. That is why some dedicated gaming speakers will be beneficial for your gaming desk set up and there are plenty of options out there for various aesthetics, prices and dimensions. It is also worth noting that quite a few premium monitors do not come with built in speakers, making this addition to your set up a vital component.
The set up of your gaming desk can drastically impact your comfort,enjoyment and utility when playing games or working.
We have outlined a variety of gaming set up ideas that include ways to maximize space, enhance audio, keep your room tidy and increase productivity.
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