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The best L-shaped computer desks in 2022

One of the best L-shaped computer desks in an office
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The best L-shaped computer desks can transform a home office or studio – or a non-home office for that matter. The L-shape format gives you more space for working than a traditional straight desk, but the fact that they can fit into a corner of a room means they don't necessarily have to take up a huge amount of space or dominate a room.

As well as making a good use of space, the best L-shaped desks are particularly convenient if you use two monitors or move between a laptop and computer and another device – or if you want to keep space free for peripherals or for paper and other materials. Many of the best L-shaped computer desks also offer storage solutions, with drawers, cupboards or shelves to make even better use of the space. And if you need a really huge desk and you have the space, you can even join two L-shaped desks to create a U-shape and surround yourself with everything you need to work.

Below, we've chosen the best L-shaped computer desks at different price points as based on both our reviewers' own experience and on customer reviews. We've evaluated each desk for build quality and finish, versatility, storage options and other features and value for money.  We've also sought out a couple of L-shaped standing desks for those who want a more active working style to improve posture or avoid back pain (see more about how we test and review).

The availability of the best L desks varies on either side of the Atlantic, so we'll start with our selection for the US, and then move on to the best L-shaped computer desks in the UK. If you decide you don't have the space for an L-shaped desk, make sure you see our pick of the best desks in general. Or if you want help to improve your posture without buying a completely new desk, see our choices of the best standing desk converters and the best office chairs for back pain.

The best L-shaped computer desks: US

A product shot of Tbfit L-Shaped Corner Desk, one of the best L-shaped computer desksCB

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01. TBFit L-Shaped Desk With Storage Space

The best L-shaped computer desk overall

Specifications

Material: Oak
Dimensions (depth x width x height): 59.4 x 59.4 x 29.1in
Colours: Oak, Umber or Vintage

Reasons to buy

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In-built storage space 
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Changeable layout
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In-built power strip

Reasons to avoid

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Self-assembly may time some time

We rate this as the best L-shaped computer desk overall in the US when balancing price, size, versatility and features. Not all L desks come with storage space, but this desk has built-in shelves for stowing things that you need to keep at hand's reach. It also has an in-built power strip with four plugs and two USB ports, so it's perfect for a multiple-monitor setup. 

There are three colours to choose from, so you can choose the best design for your office space. With its minimalistic design, it should fit into a range of different environments. And since it comes in two parts, if you ever get bored of the L-shape, you can readjust your desk and transform it into one long desk (if you have the space).

Product shot of Casaottima L-shaped Gaming Desk, one of the best L-shaped computer desksCB endorsed

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02. Casaottima L-Shaped Gaming Desk

The best L desk for gaming

Specifications

Material: Engineered wood, steel
Dimensions (depth x width x height): 50.8 x 50.8 x 28in
Colours: Black, gray, vintage, bamboo, white, marble

Reasons to buy

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Very good price
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Monitor shelf
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Sturdy frame

Reasons to avoid

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Lots of parts

Need to accommodate lots of monitors? This Casaottima L-Shaped Gaming Desk should happily hold three or even four of them. It also comes with a monitor shelf that can be fitted to either side; perfect for putting a laptop at eye-level without the need for a laptop stand. The Casaottima's X-shaped frame provides plenty of stable support and looks great, while the desktop is waterproof, scratch and heat-resistant and designed for durability. 

It does require assembly and quite a number of parts that need to be put together – you'll want to check they're all present before you start since a couple of people have mentioned missing pieces, but the company was quick to send out a replacement in these cases. Perhaps best of all, this is also one of the cheapest L-shaped computer desks in our list. The recommended retail price is under $130, and we've seen some decent discounts.

The Brodan L-shaped standing desk in a home officeCB endorsed

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The best electric standing L-shaped computer desk

Specifications

Material: Walnut or oak laminated table top finish, metal frame
Dimensions (depth x width x height): 67 x 59in
Colour: black/walnut or light grey/light oak

Reasons to buy

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Premium build
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Smooth electric motor to change heights
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Great for a more active work style

Reasons to avoid

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Heavier and more expensive than many traditional desks

The vast majority of L-shaped computer desks on the market are of the tradition fixed, sit down variety, but there are a few standing L-shaped desks available. Standing desks are becoming increasingly popular because of concerns about the negative effects of too much sitting. A fixed standing L-shaped desk may not be practical since you probably won't want to stand all day, but the Brödan Electric Standing L Desk is a fairly rare example of an L-shaped desk that offers the best of both worlds: you can both sit and stand because the height can be adjusted. 

When we reviewed it, we found the desk was big and bulky, and it's fairly expensive too, but after using it for a month, our reviewer was convinced by its premium build and ergonomics. We found the motor to be efficient and quiet for adjusting between the three preset heights and there are some nice details like desktop power ports to make life just a little bit easier.

See our full Brödan Electric Standing L Desk review for more details.

A product shot of Sauder Northcott L-Shaped Computer Desk with File Storage, one of the best L-shaped desks

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04. Sauder Northcott L-Shaped Computer Desk

The best L-shaped computer desk for storage

Specifications

Material: Engineered wood
Dimensions (depth x width x height): 59 x 57 X 30in
Colour: Bourbon oak, white

Reasons to buy

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In-built storage drawers
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Finished on all sides
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The ideal size for most homes

Reasons to avoid

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Only comes in two colors

We've mentioned that a lot of L-shaped computer desks don't come with storage options. This is a fine balance to get right, and it often involves a trade off. No storage under the desk itself means more leg room throughout the whole desk, so that you can sit under any part of it. However, one big benefit of an L desk is making the most of space, and drawers or other storage options can really help with that. 

We think this Sauder Northcott L-Shaped Computer Desk strikes a good balance. It's smaller than some L-shaped computer desks, making it ideal for most homes, and we found the built-in drawers with differing sizes useful for keeping documents and accessories at hand. The lower drawer is designed to be big enough to accommodate legal-size hanging files. 

The desk is finished on all sides, including behind the drawers, so you can choose either side as your primary desk space or even put the desk in the centre of a room. The one drawback is that there are only two colour options: white or black.

A product shot of Red Barrel Studio L-shaped desk

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05. Bush Furniture Key West Farmhouse L Shaped Desk

The best L-shaped computer desk for stylish offices

Specifications

Material: Maunfactured wood
Dimensions (depth x width x height): 30.01 x 60 x 60in
Colour: Gray, cherry, linen, oak, white

Reasons to buy

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Sturdy wooden design
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Stylish accents in a range of colors
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Generous dimensions 

Reasons to avoid

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No additional storage

Balancing a versatile wooden design with farmhouse-style accents, this rustic but sturdy wooden desk will offer you all the space you could need to complete your home office, whether you're gaming or working. There is enough space for at least three monitors and the desk itself will look just as great sat in the center of the room as it will in the corner. That's because the back is fully finished, so it doesn't need to be pressed against any wall in your home. 

Choose from pine, oak, hickory, or a washed grey for different designs, and while there are no drawers or shelves, there is plenty of space to move your chair around the entire surface of the desk or add some shelving units underneath the 30-inch clearance.

A product shot of the Teraves Reversible L Shaped Desk, one of the best L-shaped desks

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06. Teraves Reversible L-Shaped Desk with Shelves

An L-shaped desk that'll fit any office or studio

Specifications

Material: Particleboard, steel
Dimensions (depth x width x height): 53.15 x 68.90 x 29.53in
Colour: Beige, oak, teak, white

Reasons to buy

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Reversible design
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Open shelves
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Computer stand included

Reasons to avoid

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Assembly takes some time

The Teraves Reversible L-Shaped Desk is wonderfully versatile. Its reversible design means that you can set it up to match the layout of your studio, and it comes with a pair of open shelves that you can use for storage. As a handy extra it also comes with a floor stand for your computer; ideal if you prefer to work with a tower PC rather than an iMac or laptop.

The desk can hold up to 110lbs, which should be more than enough for all your kit, and it's available in either black oak or dark teak.

A product shot of Sauder Palladia L-Shaped Desk, one of the best L-shaped desks

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07. Sauder Palladia L-Shaped Desk

The best L-shaped computer desk for a touch of old-school class

Specifications

Material: Engineered wood
Dimensions (depth x width x height): 68.25 x 65.2 x 29.75in
Colour: Oak, cherry, vintage

Reasons to buy

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Luxurious build
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Plenty of drawers
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Choice of finishes

Reasons to avoid

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Big and expensive

Treat your studio to a bit of luxury with this solid and imposing Sauder Palladia L-Shaped Desk. Made from environmentally-friendly engineered wood, it's loaded with features including a storage area for a tower PC, a slide-out shelf for your keyboard, plus extra drawers including a full-size file drawer for stashing important documents.

It's available in three finishes: vintage oak, wind oak and cherry, and while it's one of the most expensive options here, it's definitely worth it if you want to give your work area a touch of class.

The best L-shaped computer desks: UK

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01. SHW Vista Corner Desk

The best L-shaped computer desk for a flexible modular design

Specifications

Material: Tempered safety glass with steel frame
Dimensions (depth x width x height): 48 x 130 x 72cm
Colour: Black, walnut, espresso

Reasons to buy

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Easy to transport
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Attractive smoked glass

Reasons to avoid

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Desktop is rather low
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Assembly takes a while

The SHW Vista Corner Desk might look like a regular L-shaped desk, but it actually divides into three sections so it can be assembled in a small space. If you work in an apartment and don't like the thought of heaving a huge piece of furniture up the stairs, this is the L-shaped desk for you. 

Its smoked tempered glass top is a thing of beauty, and there's even a foot rest bar to help you sit more comfortably. You'll need to dedicate some time to screwing the sections together, but the results are worth the effort. A great-looking desk for designers with limited space.

Product shot of Office Hippo Ideal corner desk, one of the best L-shaped desksCB endorsed

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02. Office Hippo Ideal Corner Desk

The best L-shaped computer desk for heavy loads

Specifications

Material: Particleboard with metal frame
Dimensions (depth x width x height): 120 x 160 x 73cm
Colour: Beech, oak, white, gray

Reasons to buy

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Extremely durable
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Five-year warranty

Reasons to avoid

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Not very attractive
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Drawers sold separately

If your everyday design work involves some heavy equipment (a Mac Pro and multiple monitors, for example), you might not feel entirely comfortable trusting a glass desk with the tools of your trade. The Office Hippo Ideal Corner Desk is built for exactly that kind of weightlifting, and is rated to support loads up to 80kg. It comes with an impressive five-year warranty as well, and the top is heat- and stain-resistant (ideal for coffee addicts). Not the most stylish, perhaps, but it won't let you down.

The Brodan L-shaped standing desk

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The best electric L-shaped computer desk

Specifications

Material: Walnut or oak laminated table top finish, metal frame
Dimensions (depth x width x height): 170 x 150cm
Colour: black/walnut or light grey/light oak

Reasons to buy

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Premium build
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Lots of space
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Built-in power outlets

Reasons to avoid

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Big and expensive

A standing desk is a good option if you're concerned about your posture and want to try to spend less time sitting down. There aren't a huge number of standing L-desk options around, but we found this motorised option from Brödan to be a very pleasant desk to use, offering all the space you want from an L desk but with the added flexibility of motorised height adjustment with 3 preset settings. 

We found the desk to be big and heavy, but that also speaks for its quality. Ergonomically, it's a pleasure to use, and the electric motor is quiet and efficient. There are some nice touches like cable management and plug sockets, but note that as a US import it comes with US sockets, so you'll need adapters to be able to use this benefit.

See our full Brödan Electric Standing L Desk review for more details.

A product shot of FEZIBO L-shaped standing desk

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04. FEZIBO Triple Motor L-Shaped Electric Standing Desk

Another good electric L-shaped standing desk

Specifications

Material: Engineered wood, alloy steel
Dimensions (depth x width x height): ‎160 x 120 x 75cm
Colour: Black, white, rustic brown, light rustic

Reasons to buy

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Adjustable for use sitting or standing
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Smooth motor
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Hooks for storage

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Not the largest L-shaped desk

As we mentioned, there aren't many standing L-shaped computer desks on the market, but this FEZIBO desk is another good option. Again, It's quite pricey, but the triple electric motor system makes adjusting from sitting to standing positions very smooth. There are three buttons to quickly choose preset heights between 70cm and 120cm, so you don't have to use it only for standing.

It doesn't offer as much space as some L-shaped desks, but what extra space it does offer against a standard desk can be invaluable if you work with two screens or a laptop and a monitor. And while there are no cupboards or shelves, there are hooks that you can use to hang headphones and bags, for example. There's also a cable management tray, and casters make it easy to move the desk around without scratching the floor.

Product shot John Lewis & Partners L-shaped desk

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05. John Lewis & Partners Abacus Corner Desk

The best L-shaped computer desk for corners

Specifications

Material: Oak veneer
Dimensions (depth x width x height): 80 x 137 x 74cm
Colour: Oak

Reasons to buy

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Compatible with a keyboard tray
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Suitable for small spaces
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Plenty of storage

Reasons to avoid

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Only comes in one colour
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No cable hole

The John Lewis & Partners Abacus Corner Desk is a budget-friendly option that will slot neatly into the corner of the room. It is made of FSC-Certified oak and has four generous shelves at either side of the desk. 

While it's not included, you can buy an Abacus keyboard drawer to store your laptop or keyboard when not in use. This desk is also compatible with a wide range of John Lewis & Partners' home office furniture, so if you want to kit out your entire space, it's a smart choice. There is only one colour on offer, but the oak veneer is practical without looking too utilitarian.

Product shot of Habitat L-shaped desk

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06. Habitat Nyle Corner Desk

The best L-shaped computer desk with shelves

Specifications

Material: MDF with a wood effect finish
Dimensions (depth x width x height): 150 x 150 x 150cm
Colour: Oak

Reasons to buy

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A storage-friendly desk
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Very stylish, industrial look

Reasons to avoid

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Open display shelves with no drawers

Habitat is always a big hitter when it comes to style as well as function. The Habitat Nyle Corner Desk is perfect for those who need some extra storage space but don't want to sacrifice a modern look in their office. The shelves are open, which means you won't be able to cram pens and other tools into any drawers, but you can use the below-desk shelves to keep crates of any loose items, as well as a printer or other bulky essentials. 

Of course, because there is a shelf above the right side of the desk, you won't be able to position larger monitors here, but it makes a great place to keep a laptop or smaller screen while you position your main monitor on the front desk panel. 

Product shot of Dosleeps L-shaped desk

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07. Dosleeps L-Shaped Corner Desk

A budget L-shaped computer desk with storage space

Specifications

Material: Laminated MDF
Dimensions (depth x width x height): 130 x 74 x 40 (other sizes available)
Colour: Black or beech

Reasons to buy

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Budget price 
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Easy to assemble
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Includes storage space but plenty of room to move too

Reasons to avoid

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The laminated coating on the MDF is fairly thin and may be prone to chipping 
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No cable acesss

If you want a sturdy corner desk at a very affordable price, this option from Dosleeps is a winner. At under £60, you're not going to get the best quality materials, and the coating on the MDF panels does seem a little thin. While the wood grain finish looks fine on setup, we do wonder about long-term durability. That said the desk feels solid and it offers a good amount of space. It fits nicely into a corner and there's a sturdy open shelf offering some storage space, while still leaving plenty of space for your legs. 

Product shot of Yaheetech L-Shaped Desk, one of the best L-shaped computer desks

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08. Yaheetech L-Shaped Desk

Another very budget-friendly L-shaped computer desk

Specifications

Material: metal, particleboard
Dimensions (depth x width x height): 162.5 x 130 x 96.5cm
Colour: rustic brown

Reasons to buy

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Very affordably priced
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Easy to assemble
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minimalist design

Reasons to avoid

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No cable access

Not everyone will appreciate the rustic-industrial look of this minimalist L-shaped desk, but it will look just at home in the right office or studio. The clean lines and space-saving design make it practical and convenient for saving space, and you can easily put two together to create U-shaped desk if you need a big workspace. At under £90, the price is great, and it's received some great reviews too, with customers attesting to its sturdiness.  

How should I choose the best L-shaped computer desk?

The first thing to do to choose the best L-shaped desk for you is to decide what you need it do. Some people want an L-shaped desk that can support several monitors, while others will use it for gaming. This difference might influence the size and the look of the ideal option for you. You also need to think about how much additional gear you have to store. Cupboards and shelves can be useful for storing accessories, cables, books and more.

How big are the best L-shaped desks

L-shaped desks are generally designed to fit into a 90-degree corner, but their size can vary a lot. The best L-shaped desks in our selection range from around 80cm to 140cm in length, so it's important to check the measurements for the space where you want to place your desk to make sure you get the dimensions.

And don't only consider the length and depth. One thing that is often overlooked is the height of the desk and leg clearance. If you don't have an adjustable chair, then it might be a good idea to measure the height of your legs in your chair to make sure that it will fit comfortably under the desk.

How should I measure for an L-shaped computer desk?

Because of the unusual shape of an L-shaped desk, it can be tricky to take measurements to check if it'll fit in your space. We recommend clearing plenty of space in the area where you are hoping to put your desk. Once the area is clear, simply use the dimensions we've provided for you to see if the desk of your choice will fit. Remember to also measure the height, especially if you plan to put your desk below a windowsill or shelves.

It's also important to make sure you know which side of the desk you will be predominantly working on. It's no good buying a desk with plenty of storage options, only to realise that they're in the way of where you're hoping to put your legs! 

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Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.

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