Gaming is a career now. Whether you're training to become the next Overwatch League MVP, acting a fool on webcam to get Twitch subscribers, or writing about the games you play, you're going to be spending a lot of time sitting in front of your computer. All of that inaction is bound to have an effect on you at some point. Especially because most of us probably don't exercise proper posture. Data is still being gathered on exactly what continuous gaming does to us, but in the meantime, we can take steps to sit better. Like maybe look into a new gaming desk.
What Is Eureka Ergonomic?
Ergonomics has been a thing in the office world for years. Much like gamers, people who work in offices often spend hours upon hours sitting in front of a computer screen. We eventually learned that this had negative effects on employees, from both an efficiency and long-term health standpoint. Companies like Eureka began to engineer desks that played with ergonomics, rethinking the ways we looked at our monitors or where we placed our keyboards. Eureka's Vice President of Sales, Mike Whaley, explained to me that the recent rise of esports inspired the company to take ergonomics to gaming.
As to what that means, exactly, Whaley admitted that even Eureka's engineers were still figuring that out. But they knew that they could at least start with the basics. To that end, the Z1-S PRO is designed with efficient length and height in mind. After a week of swapping it in for my old desk, I can definitely say I like the setup a lot better. My monitor is at a much more comfortable distance and my keyboard feels like it's at the perfect height.
By Gamers, For Gamers
Whaley would later go on to tell me that Eureka sourced opinions from its engineers as well as the customer reviews for its first wave of gaming desks. That would form the basis of Eureka's claim that its desks are "by gamers, for gamers." I have to say, as tired as that phrase sounds, they honestly did a great job packing requested features into the Z1-S PRO. The standard version comes with a headphone hook, a cup holder, a controller/game stand, a long mousepad, clean paths for cables, and RGB lights on the sides. For an additional cost, you can add things like monitor stands or a separate keyboard tray.
I was given the standard version to review, and it still feels like I'm living the life. A cup holder was apparently the #1 requested feature. Again, I have to admit that's accurate. Having my coffee safely off the to the side where it can't spill on my work (or God forbid my fancy new keyboard) makes me embarrassingly happy. The included long mousepad and controller stand are very welcome additions as well. Overall, I'm very impressed with the features included and their placement.
The one thing that isn't really blowing me away is the RGB lighting. It's neat, it matches the rest of my setup. But it also feels kind of unnecessary. It doesn't exactly make the desk worse, though, so it's not a true negative. I just wouldn't care either way if Eureka left it out of future products.
One Tough Desk
Not that I'll be worrying about buying a new gaming desk anytime soon, the Z1-S PRO seems built to last, and Whaley confirms that was one of the key focuses of the design. Eureka prides itself on putting out quality products, to the point that it offers a 30-Day Risk-Free Guarantee. The secret to that confidence seems to be the way Eureka emphasizes sturdy construction of the legs and points of contact. Supposedly, the little red stabilizer arms that connect the legs to the desktop are inspired by F-1 race cars. Another claim that seems wild, but that I can't totally disprove. This thing never even gets close to wobbling. The desktop is thick and finished with a carbon fiber texture. It's like a Mass Effect ship in desk form; sturdy and sleek as it is.
What does the future hold for gaming pros who sit in front of their desks for way too long? It's still too early too tell. The Eureka Ergonomic Z1-S PRO probably isn't the magic cure to bad gaming posture. But it is a quality, feature-heavy desk that reminds me to sit a little better. It's an investment at $218.99, but it might just be one of the best investments of your gaming career.
The Eureka Ergonomic Z1-S PRO is on sale now through the Eureka website.
A product sample was provided to TheGamer for this review.
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