What's the Best Gaming Desk on a Budget?

NINJA Competition standing gaming desk

You want sturdy. You want rock solid. You want as much gaming desk awesomeness as it’s possible to squeeze into a modestly priced package. And if it’s not too much to ask, you’d like it tomorrow please.

Say hello to the Ninja Club and Ninja Competition height adjustable gaming desks.

There’s a certain class of gamer who will happily spend more on a graphics card than they will on their first car. They have a monitor setup so vast you could see it from another galaxy. If their chair was any more top of the range it would hover.

It’s not that they’re a better or more serious gamer than you are. In Fortnite, you’d back yourself to take them down with the Common Burst Assault Rifle, even though it’s rubbish. In FIFA, they could field a team of Messis and you’d still hammer them playing as Burton Albion.

The difference between you and them? They have very deep pockets while you have to live in the real world like the rest of us. But you still want a gaming desk that’s got, well, game. It can’t be flimsy. It can’t be lightweight. It can’t be, in any sense of the word, small. But it does need to come with a sensible price tag.

Funnily enough, we know just the desks for you.

Introducing the Ninja Club and the Ninja Competition Gaming Desks

We know. You wait ages for a serious quality gaming desk to arrive at a budget price and then two turn up at once.

The Ninja Club is our lowest priced height adjustable desk. If you’re the observant type, you’ll notice our SEO people called it an “entry level sit stand gaming desk” in the meta title, which is technically true, but only if ‘entry level’ also means ‘pretty damn good’.

Sitting next to the Club and standing just a little taller is the Ninja Competition. Price isn’t the only thing that’s different about these two desks, but before we explore how else they differ, it’s probably best to explore the numerous ways in which they’re similar.

Comparing the Ninja Club and Competition Gaming Desks – the Similarities

Both our height adjustable gaming desks come with ten year warranties on the desktop, with a three year (Ninja Club) and five-year (Ninja Competition) warranty on everything else - good to know when so many other desks in this price bracket come with just a year or two.

Both desks have a 4-way memory controller to bring them back to a preset height easily (so you don’t have to take your attention away from the game to shift from sitting to standing). Both are sustainably manufactured, with the desktops made from UK grown and FSC-certified timber. To make things even more eco-friendly, buy either desk and we’ll plant ten trees to more than offset the carbon in our manufacturing and shipping.

Both desks are dispatched same day, so if you’re anywhere on the UK mainland and order before 2pm, it should arrive the next working day. Both desktops are available in two colour choices – gamer favourites black and graphite. Both come with loooads of customisable options, from a CPU cradle to monitor arms to cable port holes and power lead. And both let you split the cost into three, for free, thanks to those nice people at Klarna.

Comparing the Ninja Club and Competition Gaming Desks – the Most Important Similarity

If you’ve never enjoyed the experience of gaming at a sit stand desk before, you won’t yet know the most important factor of all in making the right choice. If you want a gaming desk that really performs, you want a desk that doesn’t wobble.

Wobble is to gaming desks what Bowser is to Mario (yes, we know it’s not a PC gaming reference but let’s be inclusive).

You won’t get wobble when you’re sitting. But extend those legs to the full height and then try playing anything that involves a joystick, steering wheel or even just some serious keyboard hammering and you’ll separate the high quality, low cost gaming desks from the just plain cheap.

Wobble is caused by all sorts of details. It’s the load capacity. It’s the quality of the steel in the subframe. It’s the beefiness of the screws and bolts that hold your desk together. It’s the number of fix points between desktop and frame. Get them all right and the result is a desk more grounded than a Zen master in a really heavy hat.

Get any of them even slightly out and your gaming will forever feel as though your monitor arms are made of Play-Doh.

Both the Club and Competition not only deliver what we believe is best in class sturdiness in their price range. There are lots of far more expensive gaming desks that can’t offer the same levels of rock solid gameplay.

Comparing the Ninja Club and Competition Gaming Desks – the Differences

The headline difference is that the Ninja Club has a single motor to lift and lower the desktop while the Competition has two. The single motor doesn’t stop the Club from being a classy piece of kit, especially in its price bracket, but that extra motor in the Competition can make a difference.


The Competition’s dual motors raise and lower the desktop 7mm per second faster than the Club. The Club’s not exactly a sloth, but if you want your desk to deliver a little extra zip as you sit and stand, go with the Competition.


We’re rather proud of the fact that our gaming desks are impressively quiet. Then a few gamers pointed out that, with headphones on and the volume cranked up, the desk could sound like a steam train and they’d never hear it. So let’s put it this way: the Ninja Club is quiet. The Ninja Competition is quieter still. And even if that doesn’t matter a great deal to you, the people you live with might thank you for it.


This is a biggie. With the load shared between two motors, the Competition can bear a load of 100kg (including the desktop). The Club comes in at a slightly lower 80kg. For most gamers, the Club should do the job perfectly well. But if you’re running lots of hefty monitors (a standard flat monitor can come in close to 10kg and if you’re running the latest curved screen 4k beast you can probably double that) you might want to consider the Competition on load capacity alone.


Two motors mean the Ninja Competition standing desk has the clout to manage three extending masts while the Club uses two. That means you’ll be able to sit lower and stand higher with the Competition (see the table below for details).

If you need a few extra mm at either end of the range to game in comfort, the Competition may be your better bet.

Specs At A Glance

Let’s do a quick spec summary:

Ninja Club Ninja Competition
Height range (to working surface) 740-1220mm 645-1295mm
Maximum load 80kg 100kg
Motors 1 2
Noise 50dB 45dB
Speed 25mps 32mps
Anti-collision Yes Yes
Desktop colour options 2 2
Warranty 3/10 years 5/10 years
USB as standard No Yes
Memory controls as standard Yes Yes

Comparing the Ninja Club and Competition Gaming Desks – Which Is Right for You?

In truth, there’s not much in it. That’s why we tend to suggest that everyone looking for a good quality, solid, height adjustable gaming desk starts with the Ninja Club and then considers whether they will need:

  • A greater height range
  • A higher load capacity to cope with the kit you have or expect to get
  • A quicker (and quieter) raising and lowering of the desk

If the answer to any of those is yes, switch your attention to the Competition. But whichever gaming desk you choose, you’ll get the some of the most rock solid gaming around, especially for the price.

Still unsure which is the better option for you? Give us a call and let’s chat about it.