Secretlab today announced that it’s expanding beyond gaming chairs with the Secretlab Magnus Metal Desk, which it designed specifically with PC gamers in mind. Before you ask, yes, that does mean the desk features RGB lighting. But that isn’t the only way Secretlab tried to make the Magnus Metal Desk differ from all the humdrum desks made for non-gamers. A pile of modular, magnetic features help make it stand out by making cables do the opposite.
As its name implies, the Magnus Metal Desk is made from stainless steel, which is “finished with a textured obsidian powder coat,” according to Secretlab’s announcement. The primary exceptions are the aluminum corner blocks and, presumably, rubber stoppers that prevent the desk from destroying the floor. That all-metal construction isn’t just for show; it’s critical to the Magnus Metal Desk’s magnet-based appeal.
Magnetic Cable Management
The most important aspects of the Magnus Metal Desk (aside from its flat plane and the four legs that support it) are its cable management features. Secretlab said it created a “specially fabricated cable management tray, hidden by an easy-access rear hinged cover,” to give people a way to keep their desks clear of all the eyesores upon which gaming setups rely.
That cable management tray is complemented by a “proprietary ecosystem of modular, magnetic accessories.” Right now that ecosystem features magnetic cable anchors, a magnetic cable sheath and cable fastening straps meant to be used in the cable management tray (surprise!), as well as a dedicated hanger that’s supposed to be attached to the front of the desk for displaying your best gaming headset.
More Magnet Mania
The company’s obsession with magnets didn’t stop there. Of course, Secretlab made a magnetic strip of RGB LEDs designed specifically for the Magnus Metal Desk. The company said these MAGRGB Diffused RGB LED Strips feature 90 LEDs per meter that can shine with seven different colors and four pre-built lighting effects at variable brightness levels, with the help of a bundled remote control.
It also designed a magnetic desk mat, sold separately, that covers the entirety of the Magnus Metal Desk’s surface with a “plush and durable leatherette” that’s complemented by “metal sleeves.” Some of those mats will look familiar too because they’re made in collaboration with eSports organizations like Cloud9 and Team Liquid.
Secretlab said that it has “many more add-ons on the way” but didn’t specify when those add-ons will arrive. It doesn’t even seem like the headphone hanger’s been finalized; the image provided to the press is merely a render. We probably won’t know how large the Magnus Metal Desk ecosystem will be for a while after release.
On a non-magnetic topic: Secretlab said it designed the Magnus Metal Desk in tandem with its Secretlab Omega and Secretlab Titan gaming chairs. For example, the armrests line up with the edge of the desk by default, with support for angles between 90-100 degrees. This is supposed to make the desk more ergonomic than its competition; although, this seems like a bit of a stretch. We won’t know for sure unless we try the Magnus Metal Desk for ourselves.
Secretlab is launching the Magnus Metal Desk with a 59-inch-long top, and a smaller ,47-inch-long version is “coming soon.” Both versions are 27.5 inches wide, stand 29 inches tall by default and can be manually set to about 0.8 inches higher than that. All of the legs are individually adjustable, too, which is supposed to provide greater stability on uneven flooring.
Both desk sizes can hold up to 220.5 pounds, according to Secretlab, and 55.1 pounds on the rear cover, where all the cable management happens. The company will cover both desk models with a 5-year limited warranty.
Price and Release Date
Here’s the rub: Secretlab didn’t say when exactly it plans to release the 47-inch Magnus Metal Desk or its price. The larger, 59-inch version is available now though for $449. But $449 doesn't net you the whole setup. Once you add the Magnus Cable Management Bundle, which includes the magnetic cable anchors, magnetic cable sheaths and cable fastening straps for $44 (parts of the bundle are also sold separately), and the $59 RGB strip for the 59-inch desk, you're looking at a $552 bill.
It’s easy to laugh at the idea of a gaming desk—especially when so much of the other furniture meant for gamers is genuinely laughable (looking at you, gaming bed). And this setup gets expensive quick. But Secretlab might well end up laughing its way to the bank, as the Magnus Metal Desk seems like a compelling option for people who want a decently sized desk that can help them manage their setups -- even if many of the Magnus Metal Desk’s accessories are magnetic takes on existing products.
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Um, I have a question. Isn't stainless steel non-magnetic?Reply
There are magnetic stainless steels, there is more than one kind of stainless steel.steve15180 said:Um, I have a question. Isn't stainless steel non-magnetic?
Gam3r01 said:There are magnetic stainless steels, there is more than one kind of stainless steel.
I suppose, but I was referring to the types a desk would be made out of. Haven't seen much in the way of furniture or appliances made out of blade steel or any of the other variants outside of the usuall 300 series stainless.
Ok, found the answer, I was browsing a few tech sites I read and came across this:Reply
It's just run of the mill cold rolled steel. Makes sense now.
Wow, this gaming gear...Reply
I'm half expecting to see an article on gaming desks Vs office desks, or some other DIY solutions, like the solid slab of wood on top of 2 file cabinets...
I don't know if it makes sense to have a magnetic table. Magnet and electronics are not exactly good friends, and I suspect it may cause issues. Also with the entire table being metal, if there is a power leak anywhere, its gonna give the user a rude zap.Reply
I was going to say, it's called the "Secretlab Magnus Metal Desk" and I didn't see the word "stainless" anywhere on its product page. Even if an appliance or piece of furniture were to use the common non-magnetic forms of stainless though, there's always the possibility of only using it for the outer layer, with a magnetic metal behind that.steve15180 said:Ok, found the answer, I was browsing a few tech sites I read and came across this:
https://www.thefpsreview.com/2021/04/27/secretlab-announces-magnus-metal-desk-with-magnetic-ecosystem/It's just run of the mill cold rolled steel. Makes sense now.
Actually though, the specifications image on the page you linked list the tabletop and rear cover as being made of "MDF with Steel (SPCC)". MDF is "Medium-Density Fiberboard", a type of strong wood product made from sawdust and glue. So if those specifications are accurate, the tabletop is likely made of fiberboard with a layer of steel, rather than being an all-metal construction, as this article suggests.
cryoburner said:I was going to say, it's called the "Secretlab Magnus Metal Desk" and I didn't see the word "stainless" anywhere on its product page...
Actually though, the specifications image on the page you linked list the tabletop and rear cover as being made of "MDF with Steel (SPCC)"...
Came here to say the same.
Calling BS on the notion of there being ANY stainless in this desk at all. SecretLab's site makes NO mention of stainless and the spec sheet specifies SPCC - not 400 series stainless (which is ferritic).
This desktop is MDF with a bit of SPCC mild-steel around the edges. Guarantee magnets will NOT stick to 99% of the desktop surface - just the edges and legs.
@nathanielmott - please learn how to fact check.
EDIT: Added link to the spec sheet
Some of the marketing materials have shown the red magnetic cable guides attached at arbitrary points on the desk's surface, so there is likely a layer of metal covering the MDF, giving the impression of an all-metal construction. The MDF may be sandwiched in-between sheets of metal to provide additional stability and strength without the need for using really thick steel, which would undoubtedly be a lot more expensive to manufacture, and might not really benefit the end-user much, so I can see whey they might have gone with a design like this.LiamThinks said:This desktop is MDF with a bit of SPCC mild-steel around the edges. Guarantee magnets will NOT stick to 99% of the desktop surface - just the edges and legs.
Actually, I just checked this preview video, and it seems to be exactly that. I was expecting the video to just be a paid influencer marketing piece, but around the 2:45 mark he does bring this up while discussing his initial impressions. Apparently the underside is just a non-magnetic MDF surface, while the top is covered with a sheet of metal. He also does some quick stability testing, and tests out the cable management features, and overall the video actually seems to provide a good overview of what the desk actually has to offer...
It looks like a fairly nice desk, with some good integrated cable management features, though it doesn't actually appear to have an "all-metal construction" as some articles seem to be suggesting, nor does it appear to be stainless steel.