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Those who have a desktop computer often have problems fitting it on or under a normal desk. Questions often arise such as: Where to put the tower? How does the keyboard fit on the work surface next to various documents? Where to put the second monitor?

Questions that have long been answered with a PC table, because this type of table is specially designed for massive personal computers. In our PC table guide 2021 we have compared various PC tables to help you find the right one. Whether height-adjustable PC tables, PC tables with castors or gaming PC tables - you will find the right one for every need.




The most important facts in brief

  • PC tables are desks that are specially designed to accommodate the individual elements of a desktop computer.
  • Height-adjustable PC tables offer the possibility to work from the sofa or even from bed.
  • The price of PC desks can vary greatly depending on the design, equipment, material and manufacturer.

The Best PC Table: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for PC desks

If you want to buy a PC table, there are various buying criteria that will make your decision easier and that you should think about beforehand:

In the following, we explain what exactly these criteria mean for a PC table and what you should look for when making your purchase decision.

Castors

Castors are important if you want to work with your computer in more than one place. If you want to be flexible in your (home) office, sometimes working in the living room, sometimes in the garden and sometimes somewhere else, then you should make sure that you choose a PC table with castors. This way you can easily change your location without having to lug around the heavy tower and monitor.

Height adjustability

Height adjustability also maximises your flexibility. With the height-adjustable tabletop, you can always adjust the height to your situation. If the chair is too uncomfortable and you want to work from the sofa, that's no problem. Even working while standing, which is recommended by ergonomics experts, is made possible by this function. There are PC desks whose height can be adjusted manually and those that can be adjusted electrically.

Storage space

Many users need a PC desk not only because they have to store a PC. Files and folders and other electrical appliances also need to be stored. There are various ways to increase the storage space. There are PC desks with classic drawers. But there are also more open versions, where there are either shelves under the tabletop or shelves replace the table legs and thus provide more space.

Keyboard drawer

A keyboard drawer can also provide more space. A keyboard often takes up a lot of work surface and makes it difficult to place documents on the table. With a keyboard drawer, the keyboard is located underneath the work surface and allows you to make the best use of the freed-up space on the table.

Cable feed-through

Once the monitor, tower and all the other electrical appliances are stowed away, the question arises as to where to put all the cables. Too many cables not only often form an indefinable cable tangle, they can also often be a source of danger. Most PC desks do not have a rear panel, so the connections of the devices simply lead to the socket at the back of the desk.

If this is still too messy, you can use cable grommets. These are pre-drilled openings in the tabletop through which the cables can be bundled and routed downwards. This not only looks good, but also makes it possible to push the table all the way to the wall without pinching off cables.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about PC desks answered in detail

Before you finally decide on a PC table, these questions can help you.

Who is a PC table suitable for?

PC desks are suitable for people with desktop PCs. These are computers that consist of a monitor, tower, keyboard and mouse. Because the tower is often large, it is difficult to fit it on or under a normal desk.

A PC table is specially designed to store the tower. In addition, it often offers a retractable shelf for the keyboard, which provides more space on the work surface.

A PC table also often offers additional space for other electrical devices that are connected to the PC, such as printers and scanners, and prevents cable clutter by means of cable feed-throughs. So if you have a desktop PC and other devices that you want to use in one place, you should opt for a PC table instead of an ordinary desk.

What types of PC desks are there?

There are PC tables in many different shapes and colours to meet the different needs of users. There are PC tables with castors, PC tables with lots of storage space and height-adjustable PC tables. Some PC tables are also a combination of these features. The materials, shapes and styles can also distinguish PC tables from one another. There are PC tables made of solid wood, wood imitation, metal or glass, PC tables that are long and wide or short and narrow, angular PC tables and modern or vintage PC tables. The types are very diverse, as are the demands of the customers.

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A gaming PC places different demands on a PC table. Often, a larger or even two monitors have to fit on it. (Image source: Abdul Barie / Unsplash)

Special gaming PC tables are a subcategory of PC tables. These place completely different demands on the table. Mobility is not a criterion here, but stability and space are, since gamers often use two monitors. In terms of design, too, gaming PC tables often differ from regular PC tables and often have additional lighting and holders for headsets and drinks.

What is the recommended height for a PC desk?

The ideal height for working is set by ergonomics experts at around 72 cm. However, this height can vary and depends on body size and seating position. For children and young people, the ideal table height is lower. Even if you work from the couch or sofa, the height of the PC table should be adapted to this, provided the table is height-adjustable. The important thing about the height of the desk is that the arms can rest at an angle of about 90 degrees and that the monitor is slightly below eye level.

Conclusion

A PC table with its corresponding compartments and shelves offers the ideal opportunity to accommodate the desktop PC and the supplementary electrical appliances. This makes it ideal for users who prefer a large computer to smaller laptops and notebooks.

The question of where to put the tower and keyboard no longer arises with this specially designed table. Users can choose a PC table from a wide variety of designs and models to suit their personal preferences and requirements. Whether rollable, angular or height-adjustable - there is a suitable PC table for every user.

Image source: Matt Wojtas / Unsplash

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