Secretlab Magnus Gaming Desk Review
When the idea of creating a gaming zone comes to mind, most people first think of things like how to display the TV in relation to the screen, which gaming chair will best suit your needs. their backs, the parts that go into the new PC, etc. The most important things that sometimes get overlooked, however, is the desktop that will contain it all. Secretlab has a solution in the Magnus, the company’s take on what a “gaming desktop” should entail with a wire bay for those pesky wires, a headphone mount, and of course RGB lighting. I was lucky enough to build one for myself, and the Magnus does the trick in every way I can.
First and foremost this thing is robust. It is a heavy suction cup, weighing over 100 lbs, and made of sturdy and durable metal. Granted, it’s not infinitely durable, there’s a weight limit of around 220 pounds, but it’s more than enough to hold everything you need. Right now I have a 49 inch TV, three consoles, and several accessories and there is no sign of weakness at all. As long as it doesn’t hold me personally, the office will do the job.
Building the office was so incredibly simple that I would go so far as to call it “idiot proof”. Lay the desk top on the floor, screw in the clearly marked legs with the clearly marked screws and tools, add the wire bay, turn it over and secure the magnetic pieces. That’s it. In fact, I would say it took me longer to install my tech on it than it did to assemble the dang, which is pretty impressive.
My favorite feature easily is the Wire Bay, a shelf under the desk specially designed to keep wires out of sight. Anytime I add something to the office, I can just drive the wire into the crevice, run it in the direction the plug is going, and never have to see it again. The mess of threads and nonsense of my previous setup is gone, hiding from my eyes and giving me a clean setup that makes me so happy. As a person sometimes stressed by messy things, I am very happy to have this mess out of my sight.
Optional accessories include a headphone stand that simply attaches to the bottom of the desk via a magnet, a magnetic RGB light strip that adds an extra touch, and a magnetized wire management system that allows me to contain the sea of wires. I didn’t need the cable management system – the cable bay turned out to be enough to hold everything – while the RGB light strip is a neat little touch. I especially like the little accompaniment controller which allows me to modify the movement of the light, the color palette, etc.
The helmet mount is the best addition though, as I can attach it where it’s comfortable and have easy access to my helmet. Those with multiple helmets – like a couple playing together, for example – will need to invest in multiple hangers, however. The room just isn’t big enough to hold more than one.
That said, there is one optional piece that, while serving an honorable purpose, can only be described as infuriating: the MagPad desk mat. The MagPad is a massive magnetized pad, designed to protect the desk top by stretching its full length. The instructions make the installation look straightforward, but ohhhhhhh no … that part is painful. Setting up the MagPad requires extreme precision, first securing two metal bars on each side and then rolling it across the desk. If a tiny little is misaligned, no matter how big the offset, the rug will hang over the edge of the desk and you will have to start over. Frankly, installing the MagPad sucks and I hated every second, trying several times to get it where it needed to be. With that said, however, it’s worth putting it on. I never have to worry about my tech scratching the top of the desk, which is a piece of peace of mind worth trying MagPad installation.
However, there is one unintended consequence of using this magnetic pad, and that goes for anyone who uses wireless keyboards and mice: magnets. will mess with your accessories. I was using a Logitech wireless mouse before building the Magnus, and it works well on any surface I use it on (including my own leg). However, since the Magnus was built and the MagPad installed, the mouse stuttered when I moved it, making it difficult to move the cursor around the screen smoothly unless I was using another surface (like my own leg). . Once I replaced the wireless mouse with a wired mouse, I no longer encountered these issues, which means it is limited to wireless technology. If you depend on your wireless accessories, maybe think of another way besides the MagPad to protect the Magnus.
All in all, the Magnus is a very impressive piece of equipment perfectly suited to your designated playing area. It’s a sturdy sucker, creating quite a presence once she finds her new home. It’s also durable, containing just about anything you can put in it outside of your own body. Building and installing was super easy outside of an incredibly frustrating (but optional) section, and the myriad of accessories only adds to the experience. If you want a desk that’s built to last as long as you need it, even if it’s a decade, the Magnus is a fantastic option.The product described in this review has been provided by the manufacturer for evaluation purposes.