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The Best Sub-$100 Computer Glass Desk?

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Published on 20 October 2013 12:30 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
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Every once in a while Phoronix readers that see photos of my office setup inquire about the glass computer desks I use. These particular desks are very functional, built well out of glass and metal, and are surprisingly affordable.

For those curious about the desks but haven't contacted me about them, the glass desks commonly shown in Phoronix photos are all the Walker Edison 3-Piece Corner Desk. The L-shaped glass desk is made of tempered glass and steel tubing. I've been using them for about five years now and am now up to my fourth purchase of the Walker Edison 3-Piece Corner Desk.

I've yet to have one of these desks break or cause problems, but simply buying more as my office expands and need to accomodate more hardware. Just last week was my purchase of the fourth desk and this glass L-shaped desk cost just $75.02 USD! I always purchase these desks through Amazon and the price seems to vary from time to time from $75 up to $125, but regardless it's a bargain.

The Best Sub-$100 Computer Glass Desk?


There's a few different varieties on Amazon as the prices vary from black or silver colored steel tubing to a black glass version. There's also a slide-out keyboard tray on the desks too, and a seperate "PC stand", but I personally don't use those simple stands that elevate it a few centimeters off the ground.

The Best Sub-$100 Computer Glass Desk? The Best Sub-$100 Computer Glass Desk? The Best Sub-$100 Computer Glass Desk?


Assembling the desk is very easy and versatile -- for my most recent addition, I decided not to use the corner piece and just make a longer straight desk, in the past I've made other modifications too like reinforcing the metal tubing to handle LCD monitor mounts. The only issue I've ever encountered with these desks is that wanting to reinforce the tubing with additional metal when using multi-monitor stands that clamp to the metal/glass in order to mitigate the risk of potentially cracking the glass due to the additional weight.

The Best Sub-$100 Computer Glass Desk? The Best Sub-$100 Computer Glass Desk? The Best Sub-$100 Computer Glass Desk?


On my main desk I have an Apple Thunderbolt Display, 30-inch Samsung monitor, and a quad-LCD display setup using a monitor mount and I have yet to run into any issues with the weight or this sub-$100 desk failing or causing any sort of issues. On another desk I have a dual LCD mount with 22-inch displays and on the other units I have various open-air test systems and other hardware. (For those curious about the monitor stands/mounts I prefer, they're the very interesting Tyke Supply LCD stands.)

The Best Sub-$100 Computer Glass Desk? The Best Sub-$100 Computer Glass Desk? The Best Sub-$100 Computer Glass Desk?


For those looking towards a low-cost L-shaped (or can be made straight if ignoring the installation of the middle curved section) glass desk that is built well, easy to assemble, and quite flexible, I would recommend the Walker Edison 3-Piece Corner Desk. If using that link or our Amazon link you will earn us credit at Phoronix for your purchase(s).

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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