The one star reviewer is an idiot. Yes, its particle board, hence the $330 price tag. If you understand what you are buying, I think this is a great buy on a great looking desk. I've had mine for over a year now and its held up wonderfully. We have gotten many compliments from people who love it. Its very easy to assemble and I think it looks nicer than any other particle board desk you're going to find. Looks like real wood at most glances. If you're looking for a nice desk for under $500… this is a great bet.