I hate wires. Oddly enough, writing for WIRED is coming from someone. That doesn’t mean I am Anti Cable – Ethernet rules, and Wi-Fi drills – I just hate chaotic desks, so the wires need to be kept out of sight. I once drilled a hole around my desk instead of just spreading it upwards like a labout to run wires from my old mechanical keyboard to his desktop PC.
Unfortunately, I never practiced Good Cable management. Of course, things were neat and tidy on the surface, but the bottom of my desk could have been right in Nebuchadnezzar’s house. From there comes Magnus from SecretLab. The company that makes the best gaming chairs has made a metal, magnetic pot to help hide all the insane wires. Only the management features run on top of the desk And Below her.
Looks like it was custom-made for people like me who talk but are a little lazy to walk. And if you’re like me, just know that now there’s zero need to scotch tape wire on the wall or desk and call it a day (no, I’ve never done that, no, never). I can now welcome you to a wireless world.
Magnus comes in two boxes and you can feel overwhelmed after unpacking each part of it. It’s too much. Fortunately, SecretLab labels every part of the desk, and the included assembly instructions are very clear. The whole thing took me about 30 minutes to assemble. You may need to enlist a friend even though it weighs 93 pounds.
The desk is 59 inches long, which is more than enough space for my PC, an ultraviolet monitor, and a second vertical monitor, as well as common desk accessories like speakers and the ever-necessary funco pops and amoebas. SecretLab rates its load capacity at a generous 221 pounds.
An important part of this desk is the moat, as I call it. The back of the Magnus is separated from the main desktop. A thin panel that goes along the back of the desk bends upwards to reveal a folded cable management tray. This is where you can hide most of the cables running from your PC to your peripherals. At the bottom of the desk, you can remove a magnetic cover to access these cables and take them to an outlet. Thanks for that, I didn’t have to worry about the mess of wires hanging under the desk at my feet. All the wires are completely out of sight and mind.