Side-by-Side Workstation Comparison

There are so many new, as well as older adjustable workstations for corporations to choose from when retrofitting their current office workstations.

We have decided to choose a few well known workstations as well as some newer solutions. We’ve decided to do a side-by-side comparison of Ergotron’s Workfit-A, Workfit-S, Innovative Office Supplies Winston, Humanscales’ new QuickStand & Quickstand Lite, Ergoprises’ S2S Workstation and Varidesks’ Pro Plus 36.

The criteria for the comparison is as follows:

  • Arm Height Adjustment Range
  • Independent LCD Adjustment
  • Independent Keyboard Tray Height Adjustment
  • Keyboard Tray Positions Below the Desk Surface
  • Meets HFES 100-2007
  • Meets BIFMA GI-2013
  • Location of Mounting – Front/Rear Desk Surface
  • Unit Swings Away Freeing Desk Space
  • Total Weight Capacity
  • LCD Weight Capacity
  • Ergonomic Keyboard Tray Tilt
  • Dimensions of the Keyboard Tray
  • Dimensions of the Platform Tray
  • LCD Quick Connect/Release Plate
  • LCD Tilt (Away From/Towards User)
  • LCD Pans/Swivels to Left/Right
  • LCD Independently Pans/Swivels from Keyboard
  • LCD Portrait to Landscape Rotation
  • Desk Mounting Options Provided
  • Clamp Dimensions
  • Color Options
  • Lifting Mechanism
  • Cycle Tested
  • Warranty

We highlighted in green which solutions stood out in the comparison. One of the functionalities you really need to be cognisant of keyboard tray being in your ideal seated and standing height. We are reviewing seven workstations and four of them do not position below the desk worksurface (QuickStand, QuickStand Lite & Varidesk Pro Plus 36). If you have a desk that is 28″ tall, you should be around 6′ tall for ideal ergonomic typing. This is why if you are not this tall you should look at a solution that keyboard tray extends below the worksurface (S2S Workstation, Workfit-A and Workfit-S).

Workstation Side-by-Side Comparison 


A Side-by-Side Comparison of Popular Height Adjustable Desks

We decided to do a side-by-side comparison of some of the more popular height adjustable desks available for corporations or individual home office users. Desks being reviewed are: Conset 501-49, Workrite Sierra HX, S2S Desk S2S-100, NextDesk Tera, Uprise Desk, Steelcase Series 7, Anthro Elevate II, New Heights Elegante, New Heights VERT and UpDesk.

We asked 10 large corporations (1,000 to 100,000 employees), 10 small businesses (25-500 employees) and 10 consumers what were the most important factors when deciding on a height adjustable desk.

The criteria for the comparison which was decided is as follows:
#1 Price: both for just the base (a number of corporations want to recycle their table tops) and full desk (The closest desk to meet a 60″x30″ Table top).
#2 Height range of the desk.
#3 Speed
#4 Weight capacity
#5 Power consumption
#6 Noise level when lowering or raising the desk
#7 Multiple position digital display comes as a standard?
#8 Does the base adjust
#9 Warranty
#10 Shipping

I took the liberty to add a new desk that we’ve been told will ship this June. The reason we added it was that one of the large corporations we interviewed mentioned they will be using this new desk, thus we decided to add it. It’s called the UpriseDesk. After reviewing this desk we believe that you will all be aware of it very sooner or later. It’s fast, quiet, versatile and price friendly.

2014 Height Adjustable Desk Review -Final


The UpriseDesk height and width adjustable desk is one of the newest and most feature rich desk to hit the US market place in some time.

There are numerous reasons why we really like the UpriseDesk. First & foremost the price of this base is advertised on a few websites for $599.00. This desk offers feature sets of those starting at $1,000.00+ base. When we first reviewed this desk, we had just come back from visiting a sizeable Fortune 100 corporation that had deployed a large number of conventional height adjustable desks from an established ergonomic furniture brand. Some of the feedback was that the desks were loud and distracting when their neighbors (most in cubicles) were raising and lowering their desks. Upon our return from the meeting we were very anxious to assemble the UpriseDesk to see if it would be similar to the desk referenced above. We were incredibly impressed with how quiet the operation of this desk. We used our “Decibel 10th” app to check the decibel range of this desk while in movement; it ranged from 39db to 40db which is amazingly low. As more companies are adapting sit to stand it is very important to consider the individuals in cubicles. They need to have movement throughout the day. They will not use the desk if it is loud and bothersome.

P1030227 (3)-Gray BGOther features that stood out; it’s travel speed of 1.7” per second is faster than the Workrite Sierra HX and as fast as the Series 7 desk by Steelcase. The 3-stage lifting columns offer terrific travel distance from 24” to 50.75” high. If you use a standard 1.25” thick laminate table top it will bring the work surface up to 52” which one of the highest of any height adjustable desk. That being said we also have had a number of tall users complain that a height adjustable desks rock a lot when the desk is positioned at their highest settings. The UpriseDesk is incredibly sturdy. We tested by typing and even leaning against this desk, it had very little give. This is very impressive, for a desk without a lower connecting crossbar supporting the desk at its first stroke.

The UpriseDesk crossbar runs along the top of the base which offers additional support to the table top and adjusts from 44.5” to 74” wide. A number of desks have begun to support the base this way, so that one base can acclimated to fit numerous table top lengths. This adjustable base is ideal for either a corporation that may have a number of different work environments including a large offices, small cubes or collaborative nesting pods. The only issue with the crossbeam is that it can interfere with a keyboard tray system. That being said, there are solutions to this problem. You can either use a short track of 11” to 12” long. You can also use two block spacers that will keep your track flush with the desk top.

Additional features of the Uprise Desk worth noting are that the lifting load rating for each column is 800 Newtons which translates to 180lbs per leg. This being said we tested this base at over 400lbs and it operated perfectly.

The Uprise Desk comes with either the standard up/down controller or a three position LED controller, which is ideal if you add a treadmill or recumbent bike to the desk.

Cost & Availability: $599.00 Base & Base with Work-surface Starts at $779.00

• Telescopes from 44.5” to 74” which accommodates desk tops from 46” to 80” plus wide
• Raises/Lowers at 1.7” per sec.
• 3 stroke lifting column raises & lowers from 24” to 50.75” high
• 360 lbs lifting load max
• 0.06 W Power consumption in standby mode
• 39db level (similar to a silent room)
• Control Box: maximum output: 29V DC, 10.0A
• Anti-collision feature
• Frame Finishes: black, silver & white
• 5 year warranty
• 3 position LED pre-set controller (upgrade option)

Pros: The UpriseDesk is without question the most enhancement rich desk base we’ve seen at the modest price starting at $599.00.

Cons: As mentioned the only con we could find is that the telescoping crossbeam can interfere with a long keyboard tray system track. That being said, they have a number of options to overcome this situation.

GeekDesk Max & v3

When it comes to the height adjustable desk branding, Geek Desk is the leader. Like numerous companies that were first to gain market share, they get comfortable and never see what’s happening in the rear view mirror.
It seems as though Geek Desk is no different. For years they were the go-to for the small and medium size corporate market as well as the consumer market. Most of the largest corporations are usually under contact with furniture manufactures like Herman Miller, Steelcase, Workrite Ergo, etc.). Over the past few years a number of middle-tier desk manufactures have introduced desks with richer feature sets, while it seems Geek Desk has just kept with the business as usually mode. It’s too bad.

The Geek Desk offers two models (Max & v3) both slow and noisier than the new norm. Both models raise & lower at 1.1” per second which is standard for the economy lines like Conset and the Vert Desk. Both desk versions offer a travel distance from 23” to 48.75” high. This is ideal for users from 5’2” to 6’3”
The Geek Desk is noisier than a number of height adjustable desks in the market. When these desks are traveling the noise level is right around 74 to 75db.

products_max_thumbnailCost & Available at: GeekDesk
– GeekDesk Max Starting at 949.00
– GeekDesk v3 Starting at 749.00

Features Offered By GeekDesk:
GeekDesk® v3 Desk Specifications:
• Strong and durable steel frame construction
• Lift mechanism driven by hidden-drive internal motors
• Polymer coated black or silver finish (resists scruffs and scratches)
• Lift Speed: 28mm to 35mm per second.
• The (conservative) maximum weight for daily use, for the frame itself without top is 275 lbs. (Tops typically weigh 30-60 lbs).
• Both the v3 large & the v3 small frames will go as low as 23″ and will raise up to 48.75″
Frame Dimensions:
• The v3 large frame is 55.1″ / 140cm wide (at the crossbar)
• The v3 small frame is 39.4″ / 100cm wide. (at the crossbar)
• The v3 large/small frame arms are 22″ / 55.88cm deep.

GeekDesk® Max Desk Specifications:
• Strong and durable steel frame construction
• Lift mechanism driven by electronically synchronized dual motors. (each leg has its own motor)
• Polymer coated black or silver finish (resists scruffs and scratches)
• Lift Speed: 1.1″ per second.
• The (conservative) maximum weight for daily use, for the frame itself without top is 335 lbs. (Tops typically weigh 30-60 lbs).
• Both the Max Large & the Max small frames will go as low as 23″ and will raise up to 48.75″
Frame Dimensions:
• The Max Large frame is 55.1″ / 140cm wide.
• The Max Small frame is 39.4″ / 100cm wide.
• The Max Large/Small frame arms are 22″ / 55.88cm deep.
Warranty: The GeekDesk® motor and all moving parts come with a full two-year warranty (any trouble and we ship necessary replacement items free of charge), and the steel structural frame itself comes with a five year warranty.
Shipping: $125.00 UPS Ground deliveries to all lower 48 states Canada shipping & handling charges include applicable duties, broker’s fees, and taxes. Canada INSIDE/DOORSTEP DELIVERY: The driver unloads the desk boxes from the truck and delivers them inside your business (entrance area / ground floor), or to the porch in the case of a home residence (most carriers cannot enter a residence, for liability reasons).
Shipping & handling charge is per desk, flat rate, and based on an average cost. We do it this way to keep things as simple as possible.

We look forward to see what new innovative products GeekDesk will bring to the market.