Saturday, February 11, 2017

Standing desk review: Actiforce

I am too jumping on the standing desk bandwagon. I first gave it a try using a support on the table and once I felt the benefit (I felt more creative and focused) I decided to make the move. After all you can still use a standing desk as a normal desk.

I first tried buying one from the usual, US-based, suspects but it can be hard to figure out the cost of shipping and then I'd also have to manage import which has never been too fun the rare times I had to (fyi: you must send a bloody fax. In 2017!).

So I looked around and found some good looking stuff from Italian manifacturers, but the prices are omg!

So I searched Amazon and of course, there it was. It is from a German vendor who is in fact reselling products from Actiforce. I know people using Actiforce and they are happy with it so I bought it.

Bear in mind that this will only get you the frame. The rest (cable mgmt, monitor arm, casters, mat) you need to figure out yourself. The price is IMHO cheap, on par with Ikea, which I had already discarded because of the bad reviews. I had a chance to try the Bekant desk at an Ikea store and I don't remember it feeling too bad, but ultimately I was scared away by the reviews.
The final result. Cable mgmt? not yet

The frame arrived on the second day in a tight, but heavy, package. Heavy is good, right?

Assembly was easy, it took probably an hour. The manual is only in German with ridiculous pictures that you can't make anything out of, but I managed.
Good quality tools are included.

Once it's assembled you screw in your own top and then start typing away. The motors are maybe a *little* noisy, but I don't care.

Stability is excellent: the darn thing won't move, wobble or give way even when pushing intentionally. When it starts moving rising or lowering it does so gracefully, so it should not spill your coffee :-)

At the moment I am using a cheap 125x60 cm top, but I'm moving to a 75x130 soon as I feel 60 cm is not deep enough.

Absolutely recommended and this is not a sponsered review.

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