If it's going in the living room only because it has to (not because you really want it to) then I would suggest an armoire - an enclosed cabinet. It will hide all the computer stuff and papers when it's closed
I bought my daughter the Martha Steward green craft desk from http://www.homedecoratorscollection.com. It is wonderful. The size is larger (longer) and the height is taller. I think it came in a lower height too but not sure. I also bought her the matching desk hutch accessories. I think it had matching files that could go under the desk. The price was under $300.00 on sale I think. I love this desk but you had to put it together which was OK. For myself I bought a $900.00++ Pottery Barn white corner desk with file cabnets on both sides. It is beautiful and functional. I have it in my living room but I love my daughter's desk more and wish I bought one for me. I even tried to get my daughter to trade desks and she refused to do it.
It has 2 drawers for the important stuff and a place for the laptop / ipad.
We have the printer hooked up downstairs in the office and it will print wireless, so we don't have to put up with the printer in our formal living room.
^I really like the Parson's desk from West Elm. It's a nice sleek, simple style that won't stand out too much in your living room. And it has the 2 drawers to hold stuff. If you don't have a ton of room, they also have a smaller version that's only 1 drawer. It usually comes in a few different colours too (and without the glass top).