NTENSE Genesis gaming desktop review
Sitting at a office all day while work from home can have negative effects on your health and this also applies to games. That’s why more and more people are turning to standing desks that allow you to move from a seated position to a standing position to help interrupt your working day or, in this case, your gaming sessions.
Although we looked at manual standing desks like the Ergotron WorkFit-D and electric standing desks like the ApexDesk ââElite Series 60 before, today we’re going to take a closer look at a non-adjustable standing desk from NTENSE with a focus on gaming. The company has made a name for itself on Amazon over the past few years with its gaming desks, TV cabinets, and other accessories.
In this review, we’ll take a look at the features, build quality, and storage space offered in the NTENSE Genesis Gaming Desktop to see if it might be suitable for those looking to be a bit more active while playing their games. favorite retro arcade, consoles and PC games.
Pricing and availability
The NTENSE Genesis gaming desk is available on Amazon for $ 249.99 at the time of writing, although it recently went on sale for around $ 150 last month. You can also find this desk for sale online from other retailers, including Target, Office Depot, and Staples.
The NTENSE Genesis Gaming Desk features a total of three medium density fibreboard shelves that are held in place by a sturdy metal frame. The desk has a relatively small footprint as the frame has a narrow 13.8-inch base that extends to 23.1 inches at its top. While the desk is also available in white, only the black model is currently available on Amazon at the time of writing.
The lower shelf is split in half and offers more than enough space to store your controllers, games and other accessories. The middle shelf is both taller and wider and this is where you can put either a small PC, a Nintendo Switch, or even an Xbox Series X. However, since there are only 14.4 inches between the middle shelf and the top shelf, you won. You won’t be able to mount a PS5 vertically, although you can lay it horizontally.
The top shelf is where you can put your keyboard or even an arcade key. This shelf also extends a bit back so that you can store your keyboard and mouse when playing with a controller. A cup holder and headphone holder attach to either side of this shelf so you can have an energy drink and a pair of headphones close at hand during long gaming sessions.
Finally, at the top of the NTENSE Genesis gaming desktop, there is a riser for your monitor or TV. Keep in mind that the riser is only 30 inches wide and can support up to 15 lbs (6.8 kg), so larger and heavier TVs as well as those with legs on either side instead having the bracket in the middle will probably be out of the question.
The NTENSE Genesis Gaming Desk that was sent to us for review arrived in a large box that contained the left and right leg frames, four shelves, a partition, the back panel of the desk, an RGB LED strip light, a door -cup and holder for helmet as well as all screws, bolts and wooden dowels necessary for its assembly.
If you’ve ever built home or office furniture, you should be home to assemble the NTENSE Genesis Gaming Desk. Although a hex wrench is included, you will also need a Phillips screwdriver to assemble it. NTENSE also recommends that two adults assemble the desk but we were able to do it on our own without any issues.
However, our only complaint during the installation was that we followed the instructions exactly and didn’t think about how we were going to set up our PC afterwards when installing the LED light strip. . NTENSE offers it to you under the top shelf in the middle to illuminate your consoles or your PC to showcase them. However, since the PC we used in testing is a bit bigger, it obscured the light strip. Nonetheless, the light strip is secured under the shelf using small brackets and screws in addition to an adhesive strip to prevent it from falling out, which is a nice touch. A longer light strip and more flexible positioning options, however, would be something we’d like to see in an update or new version of the NTENSE Genesis Gaming Desk.
As we mentioned above, we first tested the NTENSE Genesis gaming desktop using a small form factor PC. However, we also had room on the right for a Nintendo Switch. Although our PC just fits in the space between the two shelves, airflow was not a problem and we didn’t notice any increase in temperatures during testing.
We placed a Samsung M5 smart monitor on the desk riser and a mechanical keyboard and mouse on the top shelf. While the helmet holder did the job perfectly, we were somewhat disappointed with the cup holder as it is too narrow for larger drinks despite being the perfect size for a Red Bull or a bottle of beer, but we ended up using it mainly to hold the remotes for the LED light strip and our monitor.
In our second round of testing, we pushed our keyboard to the back of the top shelf and played retro games on Nintendo Switch Online using an 8BitDo arcade stick. There’s even enough room for two side-by-side arcade sticks so two people can play together on the NTENSE Genesis gaming desktop.
As finding alternatives to the NTENSE Genesis gaming desk has proven difficult due to its unique design, those looking to stand while gaming may want to consider a similar non-adjustable standing desk or even an electric standing desk that is adjustable.
The Coleton Ameriwood Home Standing Desk is a much cheaper option at $ 84, although it’s currently on sale for $ 70. It has a much simpler design despite being both wider and slightly shorter than the NTENSE Genesis gaming desktop. It won’t look as good and showcase your gaming consoles in the same way, but it will allow you to stand while you play.
For just $ 5 more at $ 255, the Flexispot EC1 is an entry-level electric standing desk that can rise from 28 inches to 47.6 inches so you can sit or stand while playing. Unlike other standing desks from Flexispot, this one comes with no presets to store your favorite sitting and standing heights. Instead, it only has a 2 button controller.
The NTENSE Genesis gaming desk is a truly unique standing desk as it offers an experience similar to using an arcade machine but with a wider range of games since its shelves can house a number of gaming consoles and even smaller desktop PCs. The desk is sturdy when assembled and its smooth black finish gives it a truly elegant look. There is also plenty of storage despite its small footprint and cutouts on the top and middle shelves make it easy to pass cables.
While the NTENSE Genesis Gaming Desk is not a replacement for your home desk and its height cannot be adjusted, it could be the perfect addition for those with less space who want to set up their own little play nook. You can also buy several if you want to create a video game room in your basement or playroom. If ergonomics are your concern and you want your monitor or TV to be at eye level while you play, you will likely need a wall mount or height adjustable stand.
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