Humanscale QuickStand is a Smart Standing Desk for Your Dumb Legs

first_img Sitting is the new cancer. I know I’ve led with that bold assertion from Apple CEO Tim Cook before, but that doesn’t make it any less true. However, the sadder truth is, outside from some articles on fitness smartwatches or Back to the Future shoes, a lot of things we cover on Geek.com encourage you to sit down for dangerously long hours at a time. You can’t really enjoy a fried chicken pizza standing up. Our bad.The workplace used to be a den of sinful, uninterrupted sitting, but now standing desks are lifting up employees everywhere. So to encourage you readers to stand the hell up, for your health, I spent the last week using and writing down my impressions of the Humanscale QuickStand. In fact, I’m standing up while typing these very words.The QuickStand isn’t a full desk but rather an accessory that is placed on top of your existing desk. A representative spent a few minutes assembling the mount itself while I slotted in all of my electronics afterwards. Between the two of us set-up lasted maybe an hour, and it was about as difficult as putting together a comparable piece of IKEA furniture. In fact, the mount even looks like something those Swedes might try to sell you. There’s the base, the spacious tray for your keyboard and mouse, a center column all of your wires run through, and a top bar for mounting two monitors or a monitor and a laptop on easily adjustable ball joints. It’s very sleek.That sleekness makes the one inelegant central element of the design all the more conspicuous. You can raise and lower everything from the tray up, so you can easily transition from standing to sitting. But once you’re in a preferred position, there’s no way to lock everything into place. Instead, you must use an Allen wrench to wind up the coil in the center column taut enough to create enough tension for keeping things where they are.This is an annoyingly vague set-up process. The representative said the weight I planned on placing on the QuickStand called for “30 to 40” turns with the wrench. But that was a total guess. I just had to keep turning until the tray stopped falling as soon as I lifted it up and let go. Even then, natural pressure from my hands resting against the otherwise convenient padded strip on the tray pushed everything down over time. And you if go overboard with turns, the tray won’t stay still in the lower position and starts to creep up. I haven’t used a lot of other standing desks, but I have to imagine there are some out there that let users simply snap into different positions.While QuickStand’s solution wasn’t my favorite, once everything was just right I didn’t have any majors problems using the mount. It easily fit on my desk. All of my pieces of tech fit in just fine. I could comfortably type, use my mouse, use my laptop, or look at my other monitor while standing or sitting. And I appreciated having a good reason to stand up from time to time while working in the office, for my health.However, if all you’re looking for out of a standing desk is the self-satisfaction of standing up, the QuickStand might be overkill. At home I use a cheap little upright computer tray thing when I want to stand up and work. It’s not nearly as nice as the QuickStand, it’s smaller and doesn’t move at all, but it’s also a fraction of the cost. Humanscale is selling you a premium standing desk experience with the $849 QuickStand (lighter models are cheaper). You just have to decide for yourself if that’s worth it to you.The good news is, whatever you decide, standing up is totally free. So what are you waiting for? Get up! Herman Miller’s Live OS Turns Desks Into Activity TrackersThis $25 cardboard standing desk promotes health, won’t make your … Stay on targetlast_img


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