Posted October 30, 2016 .
Please do not assume what my reasons were for purchasing this desk. My primary concern was not so I could potentially burn more calories; nor was my reason to curtail the stress on my back. While it is favorable to spend less time sitting, hunched over in my office chair, I routinely stand up every 20 to 30 minutes and stretch my bodily joints anyway.
So why would I spend hundreds of dollars on one of these trending, potentially bullshit autonomous standing desks?
I bought a standing desk because I figured it would clear up my thinking.
And has it?
The act of “standing up” is empowering as it is. Similar to taking long walks, the mere act of standing up assists in the generation of new ideas. With that said, I do not regret this purchase.
The ordering process from the Ergo Depot site was straightforward and they offer standard free shipping. I purchased the Rectangular 72 x 30 with the white legs. I also added on the programmable memory switch unit, which I highly recommend (more on that later). The total came to $735 before tax.
The desk contents were split up in two boxes: 1) the desk top, and 2) the legs, power unit, and other accessories. However, I will warn you: the box containing the legs was VERY heavy. Moving the contents upstairs was challenging and I had to lift the box one step at a time.
The items appeared to be of high quality. In particular, the legs seemed sturdy. I don’t necessarily enjoy the process of assembling things, so I was not looking forward to putting all these pieces together.
The assembly process ended up being pretty easy. The assembly instructions and diagrams were clear enough to avoid any dire mistakes. Like most assembly instructions, it was printed in several languages. So at first glance, it seemed like assembling this unit was going to be a pain. The only slight issue I had was that I do not own a power drill. Don’t get me wrong, the entire process is very doable without one, but my hands were a bit sore after twisting all those screws with a manual screwdriver into the thick bamboo desk top.
The Result and Final Thoughts
After nearly 4 weeks of usage. I can confirm that this desk has substantially improved my productivity. It also looks great.
The programable memory unit is a must-have. It comes with 4 programable slots. Currently, my slot #1 preset is “standing mode” and #2 is “sitting mode.” If someone else regularly used my desk, I’d use slots 3 and 4 for that purpose. If you don’t add this upgrade, you’ll have to hold the UP or DOWN controls to manually position the desk.
When raising or lowering itself, there is no noticeable “wobbling” effect that some people have reported. Quite possibly, they just didn’t do a very good job at assembling their desk ;).
All and all, this desk has immensely improved the “feng shui” of my office and I recommend it.