Last updated on August 31, 2017
When you need a great piece of furniture to support your heavy workflow, it can sometimes be a challenge to find one that fits your exact needs. RTA’s “producer station” has garnered high praise indeed in its sturdy design and generous offerings of space and surface area for keyboards, mouse and equipment. If you have a lot of larger pieces to your setup, then this workstation might be a great option that deserves your attention. Here, I’ll give you an idea of what it is you’re looking at, and then I’ll leave the rest to you.
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What to Expect
RTA is known for making strong aesthetic pieces of furniture. They produce pieces that are both intended for use in businesses as well as for use in private homes. I wouldn’t be surprised if I found this workstation to be of spectacular quality, because that’s what I’ve come to recognize as one of RTA’s greatest signature marks. If you’re still skeptical, just look on Amazon where the product (at east, at the time of this writing) is sporting very strong reviews. I’m not sure about you but I rarely find products with that kind of positivity surrounding it and I believe that’s a testament to the aforementioned quality that RTA puts into all of their products.
Studio RTA Producer Review
We’re not talking about just any old producer’s station here. This product has a lot going for it, so I’d like to take a moment to break down some of its best offerings for some easy reading. First off, RTA offers excellent customer service when it comes to warranty and delivery, and they’ll always work with you to get the product to you as best they can. There is enough room to fit almost any setup into the available space, whether you’re a music producer, an online gamer, or just someone looking for a comfortable and spacious desk for your home office. It’s incredibly sturdy and fairly simple to assemble. I was personally blown away with how much more I ended up enjoying this workstation than I had previously thought I would.
Getting the boxes into my house and up a flight of stairs was definitely at least a two-person job, as the entire workstation is about 150 pounds. It can be lifted by one person, but you’ll be regretting that show of strength in the morning, let me tell you.
Assembly was rather straightforward as there were only 10 steps to move through. If you work at a leisurely pace it can take up to an hour. I personally put this together at a reasonable pace and was done in half the time. Moving my setup to this station offered no problems or unexpected issues and my transition into using this product was both smooth and immediate. I was so confident in the stability Studio RTA that I gave my old desk to a friend. That can tell you how much I think it’s the best gaming desk on the market at the moment.
In the one month that I’ve been using this product, I’ve gathered some solid information on its durability, and so far I like what I see. Naturally, with supports made of steel, the desk isn’t going to break down anytime soon. The smooth tabletop offers a nice look and feels great when resting my wrists and arms on it during lengthy work sessions on my laptop.
Design and Materials
I really appreciated this gaming desk for its mindfulness of the artist’s need for room to store equipment and really spread out. This ergonomic design is great for anyone who is looking for something that is both practical and beautiful. I did utilize it for work purposes and as a setup for my gaming sessions, and I found the piece to offer more than enough room space. Many workstations I’ve used before were cramped with shelves that couldn’t be removed blocking the already limited top space, and so I appreciated the fact you the top shelf comes as a separate, optional part in this product’s assembly.
As I mentioned before, the supporting pieces are all steel, adding a lot of weight to the desk, and the particle board laminate is well made. The paneling doesn’t chip or snag on corners like other desks I’ve had before. It does come with casters, meaning it moves fairly smoothly and easily. However, most of my home is carpeted, so the desk’s mobility was limited, so that may be something to keep in mind if you have a heavily carpeted house or apartment. Keep in mind that this thing will be HEAVY when you go to pick it up, so have them deliver to your home if you can. They should call to let you know when they are on route to your abode, and they will most likely help you carry the delivery into your home if you ask nicely. Be sure of where you want the desk to end up before you assemble it.
When your order arrives, you’ll be receiving two long, heavy boxes. The first box should contain the wooden shelves while the second holds the assembly instructions, metal supports, panels and all the accessories you need to assemble the whole thing. It’s incredibly straightforward, but the delivery guys told me that the boxes, together weighed in at 180 pounds whereas all of the sources I could find online estimated 150 pounds. Either way, I would suggest lifting at least the first box with two people to avoid any unnecessary back strain.
User Experience and Performance
In my time with the workstation, I found myself enjoying the desk. One of the panels underneath makes for a nice footrest, which is fantastic for me because I tend to fidget a lot while I work unless I have somewhere comfortable to rest my feet. Don’t ask me why, I’m not sure.
The studio RTA does absolutely everything it needs to and it even looks good while doing it. It may be heavy, but it’s surprisingly not as clunky as space-consuming as I thought it would be and it fit nicely in my 200 sq. ft. office space. I was able to manage all of my messy cords and cables very neatly at the back of the studio RTA workstation and I’m pleased with its durable, though equipment with sharp metal edges have a higher potential of marking it up than that which I used in my time with it.
I found on their website that they do offer comprehensive warranties, but the length of said warranties really depends on the product in question. The warranties that RTA claims to offer are within a range of 1 and 5 years. For this gaming desk, specifically, their warranty could be obsolete. If the desk is out of production, which I believe it is, then RTA will not carry the exact parts that you would need for replacements, however, there’s always the option of supporting third-party vendors and woodworkers in your local area!
In the end, I think this is a very well-designed piece of furniture and I have enjoyed every bit of mine to the fullest. I am currently considering buying another to set up in my office at work as well, to replace a 10-year old desk that I really need to fix or replace. I have no doubt this desk will outlast any other gaming desk I’ve purchased before, and for the amount of space that this product offers, I would say that this is certainly worth more than what the various third-party vendors are asking for.
The issue of part replacement may be a turn-off for many interested buyers, but if you’re comfortable getting custom parts made when the situation calls for it, which will be rare considering the studio RTA’s durability, then by all means, knock yourself out. Studio RTA’s producer station is a workstation made on a foundations of quality, affordability, aesthetic design, and a versatile workspace. It’s the perfect station for anyone that wants to go pro in the music, film or gaming industries who may need the storage space for all of their expensive gear. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do in life, just do it.