If you are in the market for a standing desk converter, you may be feeling overwhelmed due to the abundance of choices available. To make the shopping process a little easier on you, we have put together this list of 10 things that you should consider when choosing a standing desk converter to help you narrow down your selections.
1. The Type
Choosing the type of converter will help you narrow down your choices a lot. There are several different configurations of converters that will change your current setup to a sit-stand desk. The six main types include:
- Desktop Risers: A riser is simply a box or shelf that sits on your desk and enables you to bring your computer up to standing height. While it is functional, it will only allow you to use the desk at a single level. They do not offer any way of making ergonomic adjustments. While they tend to be inexpensive, they do not allow you to transition from a sitting to a standing position easily.
- Post and Base: This converter sits on the existing desktop and generally doesn't need any type of clamp to hold it in place, the base is sturdy enough without them. The post typically has a shelf for the keyboard and a shelf for the monitor. They do not take up as much space on the desktop as some of the larger models, like the Z-lift and the X-lift. Although, it is a good happy medium between those larger models and the Hover.
- Z-Lift: This type of converter offers a lot of stability, even if you are an aggressive typer. They come preassembled, and they are easy to lift. This is important because when you want to switch from sitting to standing, you need to be able to do so with very little effort. The Z-Lift is one of the most popular types of converters.
- X-Lift: This the second most popular type of converter, after the Z-Lift. The lifting mechanism moves them straight up and down which makes them even more stable than the Z-Lift. However, they typically don’t come with a keyboard tray that is able to be tilted. X-Lifts are generally less expensive than Z-Lifts, but they are both reasonably priced.
2. The Height
With the exception of the Desktop Risers, all of the converters will have an adjustable height mechanism. The various height ranges that at converter can achieve is very important for you to consider. Some may have a cap that won’t suit someone who is very tall.
You will also want to consider the height at which the keyboard tray sits. You want to make sure that you can adjust the standing height to one that is ergonomic for viewing the monitor. However, you will need the keyboard to be in a usable range as well.
3. The Size
Once you find the ideal height range, you will need to consider the size of your work surface. This will fall down to your personal preference and the type of work that you do. You will just want to make sure that you have enough room for your mouse, your keyboard, and your hands.
4. The Stability
You will want a unit that is stable enough to handle the type of work that you do. The more that you type, the more stable you will need your sit-stand desk to be. If the keyboard shelf shakes or wobbles, you may find that you have to use more force on the keys which can lead to hand and wrist strain.
5. The Ergonomics
You will want to check the ergonomics, that the keyboard shelf adjusts to suit you and that the monitor can be adjusted so that you are not straining your neck. If you end up being in an uncomfortable position while standing, you are less likely to use the function. Research your converters to find the one that fits you perfectly.
6. The Weight Capacity
This can be an easily overlooked factor. You need to make sure that your converter can handle the weight of the items you will be placing on it. While having a single monitor and keyboard are not all that heavy, if you use two or three monitors the weight will add up.
7. The Tabletop
You want to find a converter that matches the decor in your office. A lot of them will have color or wood grain options, so it shouldn't be too difficult to match your existing desk or other office furniture.
8. The Special Features
Some converters have a spot for your smartphone. Others may be better suited for a laptop. Consider all the things that you do during the course of your workday, and make sure that your stand up desk converter will have the features that you need to get your job done.
9. The Assembly
Some desk converters will come ready to go, right out of the box. However, others may take a bit of assembly. Make sure that you have the tools and the inclination to assemble your converter if need be or else shop for one that comes complete right out of the box.
10. The Guarantee
What happens if you don’t work well with your converter? Choosing an option that comes with a solid return policy or a guarantee is the best bet for your own peace of mind. You may find that you are too short or too tall to be comfortable or that your bad knee just can’t handle standing for long periods. Whatever your reasons, you want to be able to return or exchange your converter.
At Eureka Ergonomic, we are happy to discuss all of these features with you and help you find the perfect converter desk to suit your needs. Call one of our knowledgeable customer service reps today, and we will help you find the standing desk that fits you like a glove. Plus, with our 30-day guarantee, you won’t have to worry about your decision because you can return or exchange your converter until you are satisfied.