As far back as I can remember, I’ve wanted a standing desk. There’s plenty of research out there which indicates that sitting in a chair all day isn’t good for you, but this has never really been much of an influence on me. I simply believe that with most things in life, the key is moderation – and sitting for 8-10 hours at my desk, continued by several hours of sitting whilst eating dinner, watching TV or reading, isn’t moderation.
Keeping this in mind, the main feature I wanted in such a desk is that it’s quick and easy to change the height. I like the idea of switching between standing and sitting throughout the day. I believe you are losing a lot of the benefits by using a desk that is intended to stay at one height, even if that height is standing. Similarly, the height needs to be easily adjustable. The more difficult it is to change height, the less likely you are to do so regularly.
I’d always heard good things about GeekDesk, who specialise in height adjustable desks. Unfortunately for me, they never had something that suited my needs – that is, until the GeekDesk Max came along. The Max has a range of 23-49 inches, but most importantly, it has programmable presets. It sounded perfect, so I decided to pull the trigger.
As I live in Australia, I needed to have it shipped internationally, as well as with a different power supply. All this really meant was that a few emails were exchanged to place the order, rather than buying directly on the GeekDesk website. Really, the process was simple. Unfortunately, when my GeekDesk arrived some parts had suffered damage in transit. I still don’t really know how this happened, as the parts were pretty well packaged, and the boxes themselves didn’t seem to have been damaged much. Regardless, the GeekDesk support was very helpful, and although it was annoying having to wait for replacement parts, the issue was handled perfectly. How a company handles things when they go wrong can speak volumes.
Once I had all the parts, it was time for construction! It took me roughly 3 hours from start to finish to put everything together, but if I’m being honest, most people would do it in half the time. It was the weekend and putting things together is part of the fun for me, so I took my time. The instructions are clear, and there’s some nice spots for hiding all the cables away. Once the desk is setup, you’d barely know it was anything but a regular desk.
Changing the height of the desk is super simple. Press the up button, desk goes up. Press the down button, desk goes sideways – just kidding, it goes down. Being able to key in presets though is the real power of the Max model. All I need to do is press the number 1 button, and the desk raises up to the perfect standing height for me. Press number 2, and roughly 20 seconds later I’m all ready for sitting. The operation is very smooth, and much quieter than I would have expected. The desk also has an acceleration/deceleration curve, so it doesn’t stop suddenly when it gets to the pre-programmed height.
If you’re still reading, you’ve probably got the point by now – the Max is a fantastic height adjustable desk. It’s solid, works very smoothly, and it couldn’t be easier to change heights. But what’s it like to actually use?
So far, it’s fantastic. I’ve spent the last 2 days switching between standing and sitting every half hour. The 20 seconds or so that it takes to change the height gives me a good chance to shake out my legs. It’s much easier than I expected to stand for a period of time, and I love being able to just walk in and out of the room as I please. I don’t know why, but it feels so much nicer to walk up to your computer, rather than plonking yourself down in a chair.
I’m quietly confident that I’ll never go back to sitting all day ever again.