Genesis Holm 510 RGB gaming desk hands-on: More than just a lot of space and RGB lighting
Gaming accessories cover the entire price range of the market, but they often come with a price bump of at least 15 percent over their non-gaming counterparts with similar specs and features for no particular reason. It looks like carrying the "gaming" label is enough for some brands to rise the prices of certain products and draw severe backlash from gamers all around the world. These being said, I will kindly ask our beloved readers to avoid hateful comments. After all, one could just grab the materials needed to build a regular desk, paint it, cover it using carbon fiber material, add some RGB lights, a cup folder, a hinge for headphones, a wireless charger, and so on... or not.
The Genesis Holm 510 RGB is currently priced at roughly US$320 and comes with the aforementioned accessories and even something extra. In the end, the decision to buy it or not is entirely yours. Today's hands-on review tries to share my own experience with it and point out a few highlights and shady spots, nothing more.
Box contents, assembly, build quality
Since I've seen many comments on various websites that considered this gaming desk is a flimsy one, I will address this from the start. The box with all the accessories and protective material that I received had a weight of 29.5 kg (65 pounds), and the tabletop alone has 15 kg (33 pounds). While I might have a few complaints regarding the quality of the metallic parts, the tabletop looks good and feels solid. Obviously, I had no tools to perform any tests, but it is not recommended to sit on it, in case you were wondering.
In addition to the tabletop and the metallic frame, the box also contains the holders for cup and headphones, speaker stands, power strip shelf (too small for my APC UPS), and the remote control.
While the assembly part is not recommended to be done by a single person, I managed to pull it off. There is nothing complicated, just have patience and follow the instructions. If a screw doesn't seem to fit in or if the metallic frame seems misaligned, don't worry. The final result is the part that really matters, after all.
Unfortunately, the metallic frame does not feel as solid as the tabletop. The holes look pretty bad and the screws aren't well finished, either. The adjustable feet are great for placing the Holm 510 in a steady position at the end of the entire process.
As a final note regarding the design and assembly part, I must point out that the speaker shelves have no mounting holes beneath the table, which would have been a great idea. In the manual, they are shown mounted facing the user, on the corners of the desk. On the official website, they are placed in the back, facing forward. In my opinion, they look better facing the diagonals, but this also comes with a problem for those using the Genesis Helium 300BT ARGB speakers, which have a connecting cable that is simply too short to allow them to be placed on the stands in this position.
Features, real-life usage
All the above should have given you an idea regarding what can be done with the Genesis Holm 510 RGB. The RGB lighting is interesting and can be adjusted to a rather discrete level. After finishing the assembly process, I can say that the desk feels stable enough, although I am sure that the overall stability can be further improved a bit by using a sturdier metallic frame. The surface feels and looks great. The essential dimensions are 160 X 75 cm (63 X 30 inches), with a height of 75 cm that can be adjusted by roughly 1 cm (not mentioned anywhere, but possible).
The USB 3.0 hub is a nice addition, but it is not powered, so connecting three external drives that are USB-powered might not be a good idea. A few additional accessories for routing cables would have been nice, but I think the retail package is decent the way it is right now.
The headphone holder gets the job done wonderfully, but having a few additional mounting positions for the cup holder would have been great (for example, in the front towards the center on both sides, or on the far left/right side). However, I must highlight that both the cup and headphone holders can be mounted in the same corner, although the result could be quite awkward.
Those not using the speaker stands could just forget about them, although they can be useful for storing smaller items.
The good, the bad, and the truth
The Genesis Holm 510 RGB looks good for a gaming desk that can be used in a business setting as well. The USB hub and wireless charger are very useful additions and the size of the tabletop is very generous. The tabletop looks and feels great. Those who enjoy RGB lighting have quite a few settings at their disposal.
Sadly, the metallic parts feel quite cheap and flimsy. The finish of all elements can be improved, while the mounting system and design of the speaker stands should also be refined. At least one additional storage basket to place below the table would also be nice.
Considering all the above, I can conclude that the Genesis Holm 510 RGB is slightly overpriced. The concept is very good, and a few design ideas can be implemented without high expenses to improve the whole product. Obviously, a price cut (or a drastically improved quality of the metallic parts) could increase its value.
Disclaimer: The author of this review received the Genesis Holm 510 RGB gaming desk from Genesis free of charge for the purpose of testing.
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