|Item Weight||64.8 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||36 x 26.8 x 4.2 inches|
|Item model number||34563|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Number of Drawers||1|
|Size||39.76 x 32.87 x 6.50|
|Manufacturer Part Number||49900|
VariDesk Pro Plus 36 by Vari – Height Adjustable Standing Desk Converter – Stand Up Desk Converter for Dual Monitors – (Black)
|Price:||& FREE Shipping|
|Number of Drawers||1|
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- 2 SPACIOUS TIERS: Offers a large workspace with an upper tier (36” x 12.25”) for up to 2 monitors, a laptop, and a notebook and a lower tier for a standard keyboard, mouse, and a calculator or papers!
- ERGONOMIC MOVEMENT: Our special rowing-lift raising mechanism with its up-and-back movement allows you to use the power from your lower half – leaving your back in a neutral state/healthy posture/straight and strong.
- QUALITY: Built with a heavy, weighted base and high-quality materials so it remains sturdy and stable at any of its 11 height settings. The patented, spring-loaded lift was designed and tested for your safety and ease.
- SIMPLE: This desk was created to pop out of the box and onto your work surface. You’ll be up and working more productively in no time.
- TRUSTWORTHY: When you buy through Vari, you get our 30-day risk-free guarantee – which means you can be sure you’ll love your desk. And don’t forget our fantastic 5-year limited warranty!
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We ordered this desk and it came a day earlier than anticipated. Setting it up was cake. There's no assembly. I got everything setup in 15 mins, and it was back to work. I love the desk. I'm 5'10" (1.78 meters), and this desk is the ideal height for me at it's highest setting, so I can understand why taller people have given the desk negative reviews. My review may not have been as good if I was a couple inches taller myself. For my height, it's perfect. I've posted a couple pictures so you can get an idea of what it looks like. The second picture I posted shows how the desk looks next to me, a 5 foot 10 inch guy.
Some have said the desk is unstable. The monitors do shake a little when I pound away at the keyboard, and I'm detracting one star for that. I wouldn't call it "unstable" though since I don't see any chance of it falling or of anything falling off of it. It's only a minor inconvenience. I adapted quickly. It didn't bug me much considering my last desk was cardboard :) I do recommend this desk for people that are my height or shorter....and maybe an inch taller.
Being able to easily switch being sitting and standing is a big plus! Standing for too long has it's risks as well (varicose veins).
First, sure I can adjust height to different positions. Those positions are pre-set, fixed positions. I needed to try a couple of times to get it to the height close to where I want it to be. Every adjustment and locking came with the annoying click click noise. I have expected it to be reasonably quiet, but that is not the case.
Second, when I set it at a specific location, it is not securely locked into that position. Rather the desk still can move down for about an inch when I applied a little force on the desk, like it is cushioning. Why is that? It literally changed the position you want it to set at, when you put on your monitors or other stuff on the desk surface.
Third, the desk wobbles left or right beyond the reasonable tolerance (to me). So when I type, put on or take away something from the desk, it just responds to that motion. I was expecting a solid and stable positioning from the desk but it didn't seem to deliver.
I am having trouble to securely push down the desk to its lowest position. The right side always pops up unless I press it down really hard. I didn't try Varidesk before, so can't tell whether this is a common issue or a defect.
Once the desk lifts up to the full height, the keyboard tray sticks out quite a bit, and I have to stand back and give away some space. I feel the desk may tip if I lean on it. Sure I would not purposely do that, but in my view it has tipping risk. I hope such risk has been well assessed and validated.
So, my conclusion is this desk is not meeting my expectations for a premium quality standing desk at almost $400 price range. I am going to return it and look for other solutions. I can only speak from my experience, but would not be surprised if others have similar experience. I would NOT recommend this desk to anyone who seriously considers a $300-$400 price range standing desk. There got to be better ones. Do your research and don't blindly go with number of reviews or ratings.
I really enjoy the Pro Plus 36 but almost went with the Pro 36 because I thought I was going to have a lot less desk space. I end up being very wrong. At home I have my Surface Pro 3, my 29 inch monitor very comfortably on the desk (see images). I have plenty of room to put more items on the desk such as ipad, folders, paperwork, and can easily fit my Moleskin planner on the keyboard tray. I also have the Pro Plus 36 at work and fit two large monitors comfortably.
My husband and I work on the computer 10+ hours a day and the desks have tremendously helped our backs and our energy levels. The desks are sturdy but I wouldn’t recommend any heavy leaning while the desks are extended.
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This has, without a doubt, positively improved my working day. Save for the occasional stint at the gym, I've essentially spent the last 20 years of my working life sat on my backside. As a computer programmer, this doesn't tend to be 9-5, either. It's not uncommon to be sat down 8-12 hours or more at a stretch. After reading an article suggesting that 'sitting is the next smoking', it brought home just how much this could be impacting my health, so I decided to try a standing desk.
After doing a bit of research, the Varidesk Pro Plus 36 seemed like the best option. I already have a pretty decent table, but it's not adjustable at all - this 'hybrid' model works perfectly, by essentially transforming my static desk into something height adjustable. The price was a sweet spot for me -- while there are cheaper table-top options, this is incredibly good value for the build quality. At the same time, I didn't want to shell out £1,500+ for a full standing desk, since I have a perfectly decent table already. So this was ideal.
Speaking of the build quality, I'd sum it up by saying "it feels American". American products seem to be sturdier, larger, easier, better engineered, somehow. I've found that with numerous higher-end products, and this is all of those things. The desk was shipped from the Netherlands but I believe it's manufactured in the US. It's big and heavy, and feels incredibly well made. This is evidenced by the fact it's sent as a SINGLE item-- there's no assembly required. Just take out of the box, put on your table, and you're ready to go.
Size-wise, the 36" model is perfect for my use. On the lower rung, it fits a Macbook Pro 15", a separate mouse and mouse mat, and a book or notepad comfortably. On the top layer, I have a 27" monitor on Varidesk's adjustable arm (sold separately- worth the investment, see my other review), often a large mug of coffee, and a book stand that often seats a heavy technical manual of some kind. It fits all of that stuff without having to shift anything around; what's more, adjusting between seated and standing positions is sturdy and smooth enough that I don't have to move loose items around out of fear of dropping anything. It's incredibly sturdy and well made.
Health-wise, clearly, using your legs throughout the day as a means to be healthier is a no brainer. Few people would dispute that sitting down all day is good for your well-being. With that said, I think the health benefits of standing may be a little overstated (by others; not Varidesk directly). I've read miraculous stories of people dropping kilos of weight and curing life-long back pains. That's perhaps possible, but for me, it was much simpler -- it helped me stand up straighter, and put a little less stress on my back. I don't think standing is a panacea alone; it's more about not being locked into one position all day, every day, and having the freedom to move.
It takes a good few weeks to adjust to standing, routinely. At first, I found myself putting all my weight on one leg or another, and would often end the day with leg cramps. It takes a little persistence to remember not to stand 'lazily', and a few weeks to get the balance between standing time and sitting time right. For the first little while, I went a little gung ho on standing and my legs and back actually felt worse before they got better.
In my experience with this over the last few months, the ideal balance is to sit for maybe 3/4 of the day, stand for the other 1/4. Alternate between the two every couple of hours. It's here where this desk REALLY shines. Adjusting takes 5 seconds. Just shove your chair out the way, grab the clips at either side, and lift up or down. I was quite surprised by how adjustable the desk was; there are plenty of 'notches' and finding a position that works for any height is simple. I should add that I'm 5'8" and the desk goes PLENTY high for me. It could comfortably work for a someone 6" or taller. It depends on exactly what height desk you're starting with too, of course.
I would recommend this model to anyone that has a large enough desk to host it (see the attached pic to get an ideal for the size), and who wants to improve their health whilst working for longer periods at that desk. This will solve the 'standing' part. It won't alone solve the sitting. I'd still recommend a good chair (swapping a cheap IKEA one for a Herman Miller Embody, in my case, made as much difference as going from a static to a standing desk since snapping the attached pic.)
A good chair + this standing desk = a positive improvement to your health for years to come.
big, holds lots
rises smoothly and has multiple locking positions for those who are not 6 foot 6 tall
the photos don't show any cables, power, data or video. in real life the cables end up everywhere and cannot be hidden as that would prevent the desk rising and falling. So you can't put this hard up against a wall even
I got this to help me with balance problems, I need to avoid sitting down for long periods of time and yet my job requires me to use a computer all day. As far as this aspect goes, the varidesk is ace. I build a whole new home/office area around the idea of the desk. It looked great, until I had to route the cables for the (so far) single monitor. Luckily I use a wireless keyboard and a wireless vertical mouse, so no cables there.
What this desk really needs is a few holes on the top surface to allow cables to be routed a bit nicer. The use of those helix type cable tidies might work as well, as long as you fit them when the desk is raised and you make sure you have space for the cables to mass when it goes back down.
Installation is both easy and hard. It needs two people to lift the huge box it comes in (33Kg+), but the desk itself is fully assembled. The desk itself weighs about 22Kg+, which is just about moveable given reasonable strength. The best instructions on how to get it out of the box are, of course, inside the innermost packaging. I used a very small blade to cut the very edge of the outer box down the side having previously opened both ends. This way I didn't cut any other packaging or the desk itself. Do this at your own risk, the box clearly says not to but doesn't suggest how else to really get the contents out.
The varidesk can be raised or lowered really easily. It was a lot heavier than I anticipated and required 2 of us to get it up the stairs but I can understand why it is so heavy as it is a serious piece of kit.
The varidesk sits on top of a normal desk and I the desk I have it on is not as deep as the varidesk and I made a silly mistake of initially letting it overhang at the front of the desk - until I realised that when the varidesk is raised it not only goes upwards but it comes forward too so all the weight comes forward and could easily be tipped forward which, with the weight it is, would have been disasterous. I moved the varidesk so that the overhang was at the back and it's now safe to use. I do think that it should come with a warning that it needs to rest properly on the surface it is placed on as it would have been an accident waiting to happen.
Having said that I am very happy with the varidesk and all the muscle problems seem to have gone since I started being able to be flexible how I worked
I have now owned and used this desk for 21 months, and I still have the same impression as when I first used it - it is even better to use than I expected.
When down, it looks smart and use it just like a desk, you can raise & lower it silently in 2-3 seconds - the rising bit moves forwards towards you as it extends, keeping your body away from the desk that it is sitting on. You can stop it at any height (just wiggle it slightly to make sure both sides are locked with a 'click'), but if you extend it fully it doesn't need a 'click' and is fully silent. When extended, you can lean gently against it, but I wouldn't put full weight on it like you might your normal desk. The monitor platform is raised a fixed amount relative to the keyboard/mouse lower platform, a height difference I personally find perfectly comfortable. It forms a very stable platform and is well designed and made.
I have used it in 2 locations - so had to set it up twice, and the wires are no issue. You obviously have to have wires long enough to cope with it extending upwords, but with a bit of care and some cable-ties, you can be set up in 10 minutes.
It has transformed my days at work - if you can cope with the price, you should find it an excellent product.