VariDesk ProPlus 36 Reviews
GIVE YOUR BACK AND BUTT A BREAK WITH THIS STANDING DESK CONVERTER.
WE DON’T OFTEN review office furniture in TechLife, but standing desks have become a much-talked-about item in the modem workplace, with the pitch being that standing is better for your health than sitting – something that’s largely backed up by science. For example, studies have shown that sit-stand furniture improves blood circulation, thus lowering cholesterol, blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
Headquartered in Texas, VariDesk has been making sit-stand furniture and accessories since 2013, and has since become one of the world’s leading manufacturers. We were sent a VariDesk ProPlus 36 standing desk converter for this review and, subjectively, we can honestly say it didn’t take long for us to reap the benefits of being able to sit and stand as desired. Within days, the pressure on this writer’s lower back reduced and tightness on the upper back eased.
The ProPlus series comes in three sizes – 30-, 36- and 48-inch – with a choice of four colours (which is dependent on size). All three feature a two-tiered design, with a lower shelf that protrudes out from underneath the top shelf, with the front curved in so you don’t have to stretch too much to reach the keyboard or the mouse. Depending on which model of the ProPlus series you choose, you can set up two monitors side by side on the top shelf, like the VariDesk ProPlus 36 that we were sent. The 30-inch model, however, will only sit one.
What we like most about the ProPlus series is that they come fully assembled and ready to use out of the box. It sits on your current desk, so there’s no need to rearrange or replace existing furniture.
While there are many sit-stand options that have electric motors to raise or lower the workstation, the ProPlus series needs to be adjusted manually. That’s generally not an issue, however, as the spring-loaded design is smooth and easy to adjust, with clamps that you press to release the springs on either side of the top tier.
The ProPlus 36 has 11 height adjustment levels. While that might sound like a lot, some users – depending on your height – may not be able to lock the desk at the exact position they’d like. When raising the desk for standing use, it arcs forward, making you step back a bit. You will, therefore, need some spare room behind the desk to accommodate your chair while you’re standing. You’ll also need to ensure no cables get pinched when lowering the desk back to a sitting position.
At sitting height, the ProPlus 36 is remarkably stable, but you will experience a tiny bit of bounce when it’s raised, particularly if you’re used to hammering away at your keyboard. Despite that, the VariDesk ProPlus is well made and there’s enough overall space to accommodate a dual-screen computer setup and even a smaller set of speakers.
While there are cheaper standing desks available, you’ll be hard pressed to find one that’s ready to use out of the box, and looks this good while helping you move more whileyou work.
Two-tier design; fully assembled; holds up to 20kg, spring-assisted lift; 11 height settings; available in 30-,36- and 48-inch sizes.