A popular alternative to buying a full height adjustable desk is to hang on to your existing fixed one and convert it for sit stand use, by adding something like Humanscale's QuickStand desk.And this makes good sense when you want the added flexibility of standing to work and already have a perfectly good fixed workstation for making the switch.
Who is it for?
In terms of individual users QuickStand is very versatile. It's designed to fit 95% of the population, so whether you are short built or as tall as 6′ 4” it's flexible enough fit you.
It's intended to be an alternative to a full blown adjustable height desk, provided you are aware of its limitations. So, if you have lots of heavy gear that has to be on the raised worktop then it's not going be for you.
On the other hand where you only need a keyboard, mouse and maybe notepad and pens when standing to work it's definitely worth taking seriously.
Let's move on to what distinguishes it from rival products.
What sets it apart?
Humanscale has given thought to how users are likely to want to configure it, and one of the hassles it identified is connecting everything up. As a result it comes with power, DVI and USB cables preinstalled inside the mechanism.So no worries about attaching power or display cables to your monitor. And keyboard and mouse are similarly taken care of. Consequently, the usual spaghetti of wires is all neatly hidden from view giving a clean uncluttered look to the whole unit.
Another neat feature is the unit attaches to the rear of your desk and so doesn't obstruct the front of your work space, making it much more like a traditional moving top workstation.It has the versatility to handle both single and dual monitors, with limitations on weight, these are detailed below in the technical details.
Finally, it can be used with workstations varying between 24” to 36” in depth.
More on that and the techy bits below.
QuickStand comes in three versions:
Single monitor support with small platform for 24” to 29” deep work surfaces
Single monitor support with large platform for 30” to 36” deep work surfaces
Double monitor support with large platform for 30” to 36” deep work surfaces
All are available in either White or Black with Gray trim.
Dimensions and weight capacities
The small platform measures 28” wide by 11” deep and the large one is 28” wide by 17” deep, both can be raised by a maximum of 18”.
Monitor height can be adjusted by up to 5” giving an overall range of 23”.
Single screen arms will support a VESA mountable monitor weighing between 4lbs to 11lbs, and dual monitor arrays will carry a pair monitors within the same weight range.
Overall weight capacity of the QuickStand assembly is 25lbs including monitor(s) and platform contents.
Single screen models come complete with the following cables built in:
One 3 meter power cord
One 3 meter DVI cable
Two 2 meter USB 2.0 cables
The double monitor version has an additional power cord and DVI cable.
Mounted displays can be tilted by +15° to -5° and can be rotated by 180° to switch between landscape and portrait use.
All models include a 5 year 24/7 warranty.
Humanscale's QuickStand is a well engineered sit stand desk conversion unit, with a very clean design which the company is famous for.
It will prove an ideal add on to allow height adjustable working for pretty much all builds of people.
However, as with most of these hybrid adjustable height desk units close attention needs to be paid to the weight carrying capacity when assessing its suitability. Typically a 22” monitor weighs around 7lbs and so shouldn't present any problems.
However, Mac users will find that VESA mounting iMacs or Apple cinema display units will be too heavy for use with the product.
Provided that you pay close attention to the recommended weight ranges and don't exceed them, QuickStand offers a great way of converting that fixed desk into an adjustable one.
And 5 years 24/7 warranty shows a good level of confidence by the manufacturer in its product.
Where to buy online
This online ergonomic specialist site offers the different QuickStand models with great pricing that includes free shipping to US mainland addresses.