Balt Ergo Workstation Base, 39H x 41W x 29D, Silver
Better options out there?
So, I got this after doing a fair amount of online shopping for a stand/sit adjustable workstation. I did set up my desk for standing for a couple of weeks prior to buying this unit to see if I'd even like being upright for all of my computer work. I would think the standing wouldn't be for everyone but it works pretty well for me.
First of all assembly. I'm reasonably handy so it wasn't too bad and I think most could do it. It does come with assembly "tools" but arm yourself with a good Phillips screwdriver before starting. Give yourself a couple of hours.
Looks and functionality: After I got the thing together it did have a nice quality look to it and seems to be pretty solid for the most part. People have commented that it looks modern. As for how it works, well this is where I'm not impressed and expected more. If you look at the pic of the station you'll see that the monitor is sitting at the tabletop and the keyboard right below that. I didn't really pay attention to that when checking it out. This setup is fine if you like having your monitor at naval level when working and your head bent down in an awkward position. Obviously not well thought out. I tried moving the printer stand into the middle position and placing the monitor on that to raise it, very wobbly. If you move the montior as far back as it goes to firm it up some, then you're squinting to see it at well over 3' away. I ended up using an old monitor riser to get the monitor up to a working height. Keep in mind I'm only about 5'8" and I have the table raised to full height and my monitor on a 16" riser to get it to a working height. If you're tall I would say beware. I haven't lowered the station to sitting and have basically been standing at it all day for weeks. However, if you do decide to lower it, it requires a strong push to get it to go down, and I know I would have to disconnect and take my monitor off the riser or it would tip over from the wobble from the force applied. Maybe if one were to adjust it up and down a lot it would become easier to do, I don't know. My other beef would be the mouse pad area, very slippery and feels very flimsy, like if you accidentally put a little too much weight from your hand it will break off.
Overall, I gave it 3 stars because it does what I wanted it to do and that's make me stand for most of my day. For a long project it will take some manipulation to lower it down. I can't help but think as these catch on more that there will be better more well designed options. This appeared to be the most practical one for what I needed.
February 12, 2013