Best Computer Desks Reviews: Top 5+ Recommended

Updated December 2018

BEST OF THE BEST
Prepac WEHW-0200-1 Floating Desk with Storage, White
Transit L-Shaped Modern Computer Desk - 61"W x 59"D
Sauder 404961 Harvest Mill Computer Desk with Hutch, L: 43.47" x W: 19.45" x H: 56.3, Oak
OneSpace Regallo Expandable "L" Computer Desk
BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK
Compact Computer Desk With Side Shelf And Keyboard Panel. Color: Cherry
Prepac
White Floating Desk with Storage
Transit
L-Shaped Modern Computer Desk
Sauder
Harvest Mill Computer Desk
Comfort Products
OneSpace Computer Desks
Techni Mobili
Juvenile Compact Computer Desk
PROS
A clever, wall-mounted solution that is an absolute work of art. Made of modern wood with laminate surfaces. Allows you to put a useable computer desk more or less anywhere.
It's an example of what can be done with stain-resistant laminated composites and clever visual design.
Much more of a traditional look, which should appeal to those who need something that blends in with classic furniture.
The clever extra here is the swing-out section that virtually doubles your working area when you need it - but tucks neatly away when you don't.
It's compact, both its frame and working surfaces are made to last, and it offers plenty of space and flexibility.
CONS
Although it frees up floor space, it does mean that working area is limited.
The drawer is actually a drawer and not the usual concealed keyboard shelf.
Doesn't have a huge working area, although the desktop space is freed up by the nicely concealed keyboard shelf.
The lower shelf isn't deep enough to fully support a computer placed back to front.
Not industrial grade, so it's not as durable as the Sauder Harverst Mill or the Prepac.
BOTTOM LINE
It's not expensive, it's well made, it's available in a choice of colors, and - importantly - hundreds of owners absolutely love it.
If you are willing to make the upfront investment, this is a reliable and spacious computer desk that will last you a long time.
The optimal choice if you are looking for a classic computer desk.
A good value for a highly versatile desk, but we recommend the Prepac over it. The best value.
You won't find another piece of office furniture that offers as much for so little.
BEST OF THE BEST
Prepac WEHW-0200-1 Floating Desk with Storage, White
Prepac
White Floating Desk with Storage
PROS
A clever, wall-mounted solution that is an absolute work of art. Made of modern wood with laminate surfaces. Allows you to put a useable computer desk more or less anywhere.
CONS
Although it frees up floor space, it does mean that working area is limited.
BOTTOM LINE
It's not expensive, it's well made, it's available in a choice of colors, and - importantly - hundreds of owners absolutely love it.
Transit L-Shaped Modern Computer Desk - 61"W x 59"D
Transit
L-Shaped Modern Computer Desk
PROS
It's an example of what can be done with stain-resistant laminated composites and clever visual design.
CONS
The drawer is actually a drawer and not the usual concealed keyboard shelf.
BOTTOM LINE
If you are willing to make the upfront investment, this is a reliable and spacious computer desk that will last you a long time.
Sauder 404961 Harvest Mill Computer Desk with Hutch, L: 43.47" x W: 19.45" x H: 56.3, Oak
Sauder
Harvest Mill Computer Desk
PROS
Much more of a traditional look, which should appeal to those who need something that blends in with classic furniture.
CONS
Doesn't have a huge working area, although the desktop space is freed up by the nicely concealed keyboard shelf.
BOTTOM LINE
The optimal choice if you are looking for a classic computer desk.
OneSpace Regallo Expandable "L" Computer Desk
Comfort Products
OneSpace Computer Desks
PROS
The clever extra here is the swing-out section that virtually doubles your working area when you need it - but tucks neatly away when you don't.
CONS
The lower shelf isn't deep enough to fully support a computer placed back to front.
BOTTOM LINE
A good value for a highly versatile desk, but we recommend the Prepac over it. The best value.
BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK
Compact Computer Desk With Side Shelf And Keyboard Panel. Color: Cherry
Techni Mobili
Juvenile Compact Computer Desk
PROS
It's compact, both its frame and working surfaces are made to last, and it offers plenty of space and flexibility.
CONS
Not industrial grade, so it's not as durable as the Sauder Harverst Mill or the Prepac.
BOTTOM LINE
You won't find another piece of office furniture that offers as much for so little.

Last update on 2018-12-08 PST - Details


BEST COMPUTER DESKS

The number of desks available can sometimes be bewildering. We've set out to help make your choice easier by being as specific as possible, focusing this review on the best computer desks you can buy. They are:

Products we Considered

CONSIDERATIONS

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Computer desks tend to be relatively lightweight pieces of furniture, but you still need something that's robust enough to give you years of service.

Working Area

Your computer and keyboard may have a relatively small footprint, but it's important to also account for space for peripherals like printers and other accessories that can take a surprisingly large amount of real estate.

Storage/Features

Once your screen, keyboard, and tower are taken care of, is there space left to store paperwork, pencils, or all of those other bits and pieces you need to keep handy?

Price

Office furniture can be surprisingly expensive at times, but it doesn't have to be. We've assembled a great range of computer desks to suit every budget.

Considerations

Component Quality

Samsung SL-M2020W/XAA Wireless Monochrome Printer

Some people might be surprised that we've included a black and white printer in our top five but, there are plenty of very good reasons for choosing the Samsung SL-M2020W/XAA Wireless Monochrome Printer. This is a laser printer, rather than the more common inkjet. It's a print technology that for many years was expensive - and only really viable for office machines. Now, however, they are much more reasonably priced, their accessories are often cheaper than those for inkjets. The two big advantages with a dedicated mono laser printer are sharpness of text (which is excellent) and speed. The Samsung claims an output of up to 21 pages a minute, and while such claims should always be taken in context (it depends on complexity and how much ink or toner is actually put on the page), it is a useful number for comparison purposes. Print resolution is 1200 x 1200 dpi (dots per inch) and because of the way a laser printer operates, things like text, graphs and line drawings are clearer - free from the slight blurring you can get with inkjets.

HP Envy 4520 Wireless

The HP Envy 4520 Wireless Color Photo Printer is the first of our inkjets and, according to the manufacturer, is capable of printing "laser-sharp" documents. Actual output resolution varies, with up to 1200 x 600 dpi for mono and up to 4800 x 1200 dpi for color - although these figures are considerably lower when the HP Envy is used for copying. Page per minute rates vary enormously, starting at up to 20 ppm in black draft mode and 16 ppm in color draft mode (these either omit images or only provide low quality) and reducing to 9.5 ppm for mono and 6.8 ppm for color when used at full quality - which is really what most people would do, most of the time. The HP Envy has the ability to print "borderless" - right out to the edges of a standard 8.5" x 11" sheet - and also on both sides.

Canon PIXMA MX922

With the Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color Photo Printer you get a rating for ipm (impressions per minute) rather than ppm. At first, this seems like an unnecessary complication, but Canon feel this is a better measure of duplex printing speed (both sides of the paper). It's an approach taken by some manufacturers and not others, so really you're left to make your own judgement. The printer will output black and white "impressions" at a rate of fifteen a minute, and color at ten, but keep in mind that image or text density will have a considerable impact on that number. As far as resolution is concerned, it's a big step up on the HP Envy at a maximum of 9600 x 2400 dpi. Like the HP, it will print right up to the edge but only on 6" x 4" photo paper and not on a full sheet. Often there's a noticeable delay between the time you hit the "print" button and when paper starts to come out of the machine. Canon claims their "Quick Start" feature reduces this, but no actual times are given.

Epson WorkForce Color

"Performance Beyond Laser" is the proud boast of the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 Wireless Color All-in-One Inkjet Printer. It's another duplex printer, capable of 20 ipm black and white and 20 ipm color, although on further investigation we found that double-sided printing reduces this by about half. This calls into question the use of the ipm measure, and we've been unable to ascertain whether the Canon suffers the same speed drop. The safest option, in our opinion, is to be skeptical of most claimed print speeds on home printers, particularly when the manufacturers themselves put provisos like "depending on software, configuration and page complexity," in the small print! In real terms, we expect its performance will normally be similar to that of the Canon.

Brother HL-3170CDW

We return to laser technology with our final choice, the Brother HL3170CDW Wireless Color Printer - another machine that offers duplex printing but this time reverts to pages per minute as its measure of speed. Brother doen't quote separate rates for color and black & white, simply stating a maximum of 23 ppm mono. Resolution is up to 600 x 2400 dpi, but laser and inkjet resolutions shouldn't be compared directly because of the differences between laser toner and the ink used in inkjets. It's an area that, understandably, can confuse potential buyers, but unfortunately at present there's no real way to make direct comparisons. What standards there are can be applied to compare one inkjet with another, or one laser with another, but not lasers with inkjets.

We spoke with an electronics shop professional who told us that some ink refills cost more than the printers themselves. If you're a casual user, you probably don't need anything too fancy at home.
Considerations

Working Area

Techni Mobili Juvenile Compact Computer Desk

Although the Techni Mobili Juvenile Computer Desk is intended to be a relatively compact, space-saving unit, it has a considerable amount of working space. The sliding keyboard shelf leaves plenty of additional room in front of the screen, and there are accessory shelves for a computer tower and a printer or other peripheral - each of which is rated for up to a 30 pound load.

Although the Techni Mobili is intended to be a space-saving unit, it has a considerable amount of working space.

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Comfort Products 50-100705 Regallo Expandable "l" Computer Desk

The swooping, curved upper surfaces of the Comfort Products 50-100705 Regallo Computer Desk give quite a lot of space, but the clever extra here is the swing-out section that virtually doubles your working area when you want it - and tucks neatly away when you don't. It's perfect for people who have the occasional need to consult paper documentation or large plans. A computer and other additional items are catered for by the full width lower shelf, giving a surprising amount of surface area considering its overall dimensions.

Prepac White Floating Desk with Storage

The trade-off you get with a unit like the Prepac White Floating Computer Desk is that although it frees up floor space, it does mean that working area is limited. There is adequate room for an average monitor (plus a keyboard), and certainly for a laptop, but not a great deal more. Fortunately there are many wireless printers and other devices available today which may be the solution if you need additional equipment.

Sauder Harvest Mill Computer Desk with Hutch, Abbey Oak Finish

The Sauder Harvest Mill Computer Desk is another desk that doesn't have a huge working area, although the desktop space is freed up by the nicely concealed keyboard shelf. Some owners did raise concerns about the monitor height, so you might want to take measure (it's 19 inches from the top of the desk surface to the underside of the hutch shelf).

Transit L-Shaped Modern Computer Desk - 61"W x 59"D

In comparison with the other desks we've reviewed, only the Comfort Products Regallo, when opened out, comes anywhere near the Transit L-Shaped Modern Computer Desk when it comes to working area. The drawer is actually a drawer and not the usual concealed keyboard shelf. That said, there's still plenty of area for whatever you want, and the offset hutch means there are absolutely no height restrictions.

Considerations

Storage/Features

Techni Mobili Juvenile Compact Computer Desk

While computer desks like these aren't overflowing with storage or features, it's worth pointing out anything that adds to the usefulness or that makes your life a bit easier. With the Techni Mobili Juvenile Computer Desk, we've already mentioned the various shelves, but it's important to reiterate how much space the sliding keyboard unit can save. Little touches like the safety bar that prevents the computer from being knocked off accidentally can also be difference makers for some customers. It's also possible to mount both it and the peripheral shelf on the other side. The whole thing only weighs 37 pounds (before you add your computer, etc.), so it really is very easy to move around.

Little touches on the Techni Mobili like the safety bar that prevents the computer from being knocked off accidentally can be difference makers for some customers.

Comfort Products 50-100705 Regallo Expandable "l" Computer Desk

The main feature of the Comfort Products 50-100705 Regallo Computer Desk is, of course, the swing-out section. We should also point out that it's wheeled, making it really easy to open and shut. Many owners commented on just how useful this was, although some also said that the lower shelf wasn't deep enough to fully support their computer when it was placed back to front.

Prepac White Floating Desk with Storage

Although the Prepac White Floating Computer Desk doesn't give a whole lot in terms of work space, it does have a cable management system to keep things neat, as well as side compartments that have removable shelves. Add the top shelf and you actually have quite a bit of useable storage in what remains a very compact unit.

Sauder Harvest Mill Computer Desk with Hutch, Abbey Oak Finish

The Sauder Harvest Mill Computer Desk comes with the previously mentioned hutch, giving it extremely valuable extra storage. The side cupboard can also be used (and contains a dividing shelf), but if you want to place a computer tower inside, it will halve the useable area. A unit like this is a combination of function with pleasing form, and to an extent the former has to be slightly compromised for the latter.

Transit L-Shaped Modern Computer Desk - 61"W x 59"D

The Transit L-Shaped Modern Computer Desk comes with a very useful central drawer, two shelves in the left hand side pedestal, an elevated hutch divided into three cubicles, and, because the hutch is relatively low, a useful shelf area on top. The rear of the unit is completely finished, so there's no need to push it up against a wall unless you want to. However, the hutch is not reversible and can only be assembled on the right hand side of the desk.

Considerations

Price

Techni Mobili Juvenile Compact Computer Desk

At the moment you should be able to get the Techni Mobili Juvenile Computer Desk for $71.59 - which is remarkably little for any piece of office furniture. It's not an industrial construction, but many satisfied owners have said that as long as it's not subject to unreasonable treatment, it's a very useful unit. Comments like "best desk for the price," and "great quality little desk," are common among the users that we surveyed.

Comfort Products 50-100705 Regallo Expandable "l" Computer Desk

The Comfort Products 50-100705 Regallo Computer Desk is normally a very reasonable , but right now it can be found for as little as $125.00. That's good value for what is widely recognized to be a very versatile desk. Some owners weren't entirely happy with overall rigidity of this desk, but care and patience when assembling is key to a stable finished product.

Many owners of the Prepac Floating Desk could never see themselves going back to a normal stand-alone workstation again.

Prepac White Floating Desk with Storage

The Prepac White Floating Computer Desk is price aroundfrom $118.74 . It's more expensive than the Techni or Regallo and doesn't have the useable space offered by either - but that's not the point. What you get for the money is a clever solution to a common problem, and the majority of those who have bought one are delighted with it - some were even quick to point out that they could never see themselves going back to a normal stand-alone workstation again.

Sauder Harvest Mill Computer Desk with Hutch, Abbey Oak Finish

It's difficult to imagine how the Sauder Harvest Mill Computer Desk could be more different to the Prepac, yet at from $94.00 it's offered at very similar price. This is just a testament to how much people's needs and tastes vary, as well as the complexity of the computer desk market. A number of owners found the Sauder a bit time-consuming to put together, though none actually found the instructions difficult to follow. In general, they were very happy with the combination of appearance and usefulness that this desk has to offer.

Transit L-Shaped Modern Computer Desk - 61"W x 59"D

If you like the look of the Transit L-Shaped Modern Computer Desk (and many do). That still leaves a $490.94 price - considerably more than any other computer desk here - but then you do get quite a lot more desk with your investment. Several owners mentioned the amount of space and time you need to put it together, but most seem to think it was worth the effort.

BEST OF THE BEST

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Prepac WEHW-0200-1 Floating Desk with Storage, White
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Prepac WEHW-0200-1 Floating Desk with Storage, White
  • Mount at any Height with Prepac metal hanging rail system
  • Cable and wire management features keep your desk organized
  • Side compartments with two removable shelves each are ideal for speakers, electronic devices, books, photographs and other personal items
  • Store books, photographs and other items on the Top shelf
  • Proudly manufactured in North America

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We've tried to be specific, and to only focus on computer desks with this review, but as you have seen, a computer desk can be many different things to different people. This makes it very difficult to pick an outright winner.

In many ways, it could be the Transit L-Shaped Desk because of its size and style, but in making our final decision we've decided to go with what we believe is the best answer to a difficult question: the Prepac Floating Computer Desk.

An ingenious solution to a problem that is faced by many, many people.

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It's an ingenious solution to a problem that is faced by many, many people. It allows you to put a useable computer desk more or less anywhere - so it does precisely the job asked of it. It's not expensive, it's well made, it's available in a choice of colors, and - importantly - hundreds of owners absolutely love it. The fact that its durability and quality of materials may end up saving you money in the long run makes it the outright winner in today's crowded computer desk market.

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

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Compact Computer Desk With Side Shelf And Keyboard Panel. Color: Cherry
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Compact Computer Desk With Side Shelf And Keyboard Panel. Color: Cherry
  • Heavy-Duty MDF Panels with a Moisture Resistant PVC Laminate Vaneer in Cherry Finish
  • Scratch-Resistant Powder-Coated Steel Frame
  • Pull Out Keyboard Tray Equipped with a safety stop
  • Side Printer Shelf and Privacy Panel
  • 5 Year Limited Warrenty, Ships in 1 Box

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Picking the best value for money computer desk is also a difficult decision. If you do a quick review of office desk prices in general, you'll see that even the most expensive desk on our shortlist is a good deal.

That said, there is one package that stands out from the rest, and that's the oddly named Techni Mobili Juvenile Computer Desk. It's compact, both its frame and working surfaces are made to last, and it offers plenty of space and flexibility. It is, as one owner said, a "great little computer desk," and at $71.59, it is an absolute bargain.

The team that worked on this review

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Writer

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Kate Doe

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