And as might be expected from this leading provider it has created a product which combines sleek looks with many innovative features, rather then just launching another height adjustable desk into the office furniture market.
So, let's take a look at who the Float will appeal to.
Who can benefit from using it?
Humanscale has designed its Float table to be usable by an estimated 95% of the population. This is taken care of by its very wide ranging height adjustment which is infinitely adjustable anywhere between 27 and 47 inches.
This means whether you are 5 feet or under, 6 feet or over or anywhere in between its 20 inches of adjustment ensures it will be work well for you.
So what else sets Float apart from other movable top desks and tables?
What makes it different?
Many new adjustable height desks opt for electrical operation, which in the push button world we live in perhaps isn't surprising. And yet Humanscale has chosen to go with a counterbalance mechanism for controlling the table's height adjustability.This might seem unusual as often counterbalanced mechanisms can be awkward and unwieldy to control, not so with the Float. Its simple paddle lever makes it effortless to raise and lower.
The reason this is possible is down to the table having a separate adjuster to balance out the weight of the contents of your desk top.
By turning its crank handle tensioner it's quick and easy to optimize the effort required to move the top to your desired height.
And of course this can always be adjusted should you change your workspace contents in the future.
Once you have fine tuned the weight mechanism top height changes are rapid and smooth. You won't find a faster adjusting top, in fact it moves far more quickly than an electrically operated top.
Under desk obstructions are minimal, so you don't have any chunky cross support members to bang your legs on. Not only that the clutter free area underneath makes it ideal for fixing an articulated keyboard and mouse tray. Trays are great for freeing up desk space and at the same time allowing precise positioning of your keyboard and mouse.
Finally the floor space underneath the desk is completely clear leaving ample leg room when sitting to work, unlike some counterbalance models supported on bulky pedestal uprights.
Moving on , what options are available?
Product specification and technical details
Float is offered in frame finishes in white, silver or black and can be purchased as frame only if you want to fit your own top. However, with a choice of ten different top sizes it should be possible for most users to find the right one for their needs.
Here's what is available:
- 48” x 24”
- 48” x 30”
- 54” x 24”
- 54” x 30”
- 60” x 24”
- 60” x 30”
- 66” x 24”
- 66” x 30”
- 72” x 24”
- 72” x 30”
All tops are offered in a choice of colored laminates in either white, gray, black, platinum or tan. And top edges can be specified with either a beveled knife or square edge detail.
Finally the crank weight adjustment lever can be specified as removable or mounted. It locates at the front right hand edge of the top.
The table will safely support a load of 160lbs. There is a safety cut out preventing the top from moving if it is unevenly loaded or too much weight is applied.
All Float models carry a 5 year 24/7 warranty.
There's no doubt that Humanscale has invested a lot of time in the design of the Float to make sure it offers features that other competing products lack. Ease and speed of adjustment have got to be amongst it most desirable features. It's generally assumed that an electrically operated height adjuster is the the most desirable way to alter the height of a moving top desk.
However, the rapid rate of adjustment on the Float makes it one of the most flexible choices of height adjustable tables currently available.
Developing this new mechanism has probably contributed to a higher cost than might be expected with an entry level price around $1750 which is the one downside.
Leaving cost aside, this is definitely an excellent addition to Humanscale's range of ergonomic office products.
Where to buy online
This Humanscale specialist offers the Float table with low price guarantee as well as free shipping.