Review of the Varidesk Pro Plus
A Varidesk is a height-adjustable sit-stand desk built to fight sitting disease
. It is designed to sit on your existing desk, providing a work surface that you can raise or lower to suit your ergonomic needs. We have already reviewed the Varidesk Single on HomeGear. The Varidesk Pro Plus is not very different from the Varidesk Single. Like the Single, the Pro Plus consists of a black plastic desk with a metal frame. The main difference is that the Pro Plus desk is big enough to hold two monitors (as all Pro models do).
Getting set up
The Varidesk Pro Plus looks as elegant and cool as the Varidesk Single. Despite its large size (36 inches wide and 27 inches deep, including the keyboard tray), it does not look ungainly, thanks to its well-planned design. However, at about 50 pounds, it is quite heavy, so you may need a hand to lift it onto your existing desk or table. Once this job is done, though, you have an adjustable-height desk that allows you to work in both sitting and standing positions. The shifting process is almost effortless due to the spring-assisted lift technology, which enables you to squeeze the lock handles on each side of the desk to raise or lower it. You can raise the Varidesk Pro Plus up to 18 inches above its lowest, most compact position. At the lowest position, it is about five inches high. The keyboard tray sits four inches below the desk.
The Varidesk comes with a free app which alerts you when it is time to switch between sitting and standing positions. It also tracks and reports the calories you burn, based on how often or long you work in a standing position.
The Varidesk Pro Plus is sturdy. It is designed to hold up to 35 pounds of weight.
Putting it to use
Taller people will not have to use a monitor stand when seated at a Varidesk. Taller users, however, may face another problem with the Varidesk Pro Plus. My colleague, who is 6 feet 3 inches tall, found the desk and keyboard to be slightly lower in height than he was comfortable with while standing up. He had to bend slightly toward the desk. At 5 feet 10 inches tall, I did not experience any such problem. Sometimes I wanted just about one more inch of surface on the keyboard tray while using the mouse.
At least two additional feet of cable length (on top of how much is used for a standard work station setup) are needed for the Varidesk to accommodate its standup position. When it comes to the real estate of the desk, we tried placing two 22-inch monitors, which worked nicely for us. The side edges of both monitors still extended a couple of inches out from the desk on both sides, but it was a workable setup. The Varidesk supported both monitors securely, with a sturdy feel.
Varidesk encourages a healthy habit of working in a standing position. Overall, the Varidesk Pro Plus is a nice product with a solid build that is helpful for fighting sitting disease. It is a more expensive solution than an average work station setup, but its advantages might give it the upper hand on value in the marketplace. We recommend it to anyone who works with computers for prolonged periods. The HomeGear Lab awards the Varidesk Pro Plus our highest rating: 4 Lights On: Excellent and Highly Recommended.