Your desk is a vital component in any PC gaming setup, so it’s nice that companies have started manufacturing desks specifically designed for gamers. These frequently come with little features like oversized mousepads, headset hooks, and various other amenities designed to take your gaming station to the next level.
Flexispot has made a name for themselves in the ergonomic and standing desk industries, but they also have a line of gaming desks. They contacted us and requested we review one of their products. The Flexispot Gaming Desk GD01 isn’t a standing desk, although it does have three different preset heights. We put one together and spent a couple of weeks with it so we could share our experience with you.
Zoom In: Specs
- Desktop Size: 63” (W) x 28.7” (D)
- Weight Capacity: 176 lbs
- Height: 27.6” / 29.5” / 31.5”
- Features: Full mouse pad surface, cable management net, cup holder, headphone hook
- Price: $289.99
Unboxing and Assembly
The GD01 comes in a simple brown box with all the components packaged tightly under a generous layer of Styrofoam to keep everything safe. The desk surface itself is split into two parts, so there will be a seam down the middle (the included full-sized mouse pad covers it up). All of the smaller, connective pieces are individually wrapped and sorted.
Putting it together is a little bit of a chore, but it isn’t anything overly complicated. The instructions include both written and visual aids that were easy to follow. It essentially comes down to assembling the frame with various hex bolts and then attaching it to the desktop by driving in the thirty-four included Phillips head screws by hand.
It’s tedious, but you should be able to get the whole thing together in about 30-45 minutes.
You’ll select which of the desk’s three preset heights you’ll be using when attaching the feet to the legs. These are attached by four hex bolts on each side, so while you can change the height later, you’ll probably have to take everything off your desk and turn it on its side to do so.
There are also holes drilled on both sides for the cupholder and headphone hook, allowing you to choose which side you want them on.
Not much really stands out about the Flexispot GD01 in terms of build quality, but it’s a solid product that doesn’t leave much to complain about, either.
The surface is made of two carbon pattern-coated particleboards with cable routing cutouts at the back. They’re heavy, but the desk still doesn’t have much wobble under normal use. The seam down the center is obvious if you choose to use the desk without the mouse pad, but you don’t really feel it much with the pad on. The mousepad feels sleek and has a nice, red-seamed lining. It also has a red cardiograph design on it with the Flexispot Gaming Station branding on the center-right.
The cupholder and headphone hook are made of cheap-feeling plastic with a lot of flex to it. The cupholder seems particularly liable to break since it protrudes from the corner of the desk. I caught my hip on it twice in the two weeks I was testing the product. It’s nice that you can choose which side you want each of them on, though I personally felt like the pre-drilled holes were too close together for you to comfortably have them both on the same side.
The mesh cable management net is a nice touch for keeping those messy outlets off the ground, though it isn’t easy to add new plugs or change anything around once the cables are stuffed in there.
While the GD01 Gaming Desk is currently on sale for $229.99, this still feels expensive for the product. A cursory Amazon search for 63″ gaming desks revealed several options under $200, including the Vanspace 63″ Ergonomic Gaming Desk, which also comes with a USB gaming handle rack, mousepad, cup holder, and headphone hook.
The only real stand-out feature is the ability to select one of three preset heights — a rare option for gaming desks this size. That alone might make the Flexispot GD01 an appealing option, especially for shorter users who have a hard time finding a large gaming desk that they can use comfortably.
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Zoom Out: Verdict
Build Quality - 5/10
Features - 8/10
Comfort - 8/10
Value - 4/10
The Flexispot GD01 is a solidly built desk with a few features which gamers will enjoy. The ability to choose between three different heights is particularly nice. Unfortunately, adjusting the height isn’t as simple as it could be and it isn’t competitively priced against similar models.
- Three preset height adjustments
- Custom-fit, full surface mousepad
- Sturdy build quality with minimal wobble
- Adjusting the height isn’t simple
- Seam down the middle of the desk
- Cheap plastic cup holder and headphone hook
- More affordable options available with similar feature