We’re taking a look at the recently introduced WorkPad model X201 adjustable desk from Ergo Office, and first let’s begin by examining who could use this product.
Who is it for?
In terms of body size it will fit a huge range of different users as the manufacturer states it is suitable for anyone between 4 feet 11 inches and 6 feet 11 inches tall.
Clearly this makes it usable by virtually anyone, although the upper height range seems a little high. Nonetheless, it should still work well for most 6 feet plus users.
Let’s look into its functionality. It’s designed to be a mobile adjustable height desk and comes with lockable casters. This allows it to be quickly wheeled into position before locking the wheels to make the unit rigid.
The ease with which it can be moved makes it an ideal workstation for anyone needing a quick work surface while working on the move. So as well as use by individuals it is also great for use in hospitals, libraries and hot desking in offices. Anywhere requiring an ‘on demand’ work surface.
With that said this desk is aimed at a particular type of user.
What makes it different?
First off the WorkPad isn't intended for use as a traditional height adjustable desk. For a start it comes in a single size and has a relatively small worktop which is 24 inches wide by 18 inches deep. So for computing work it’s best for laptop and tablet users. However, it also makes a perfect surface for reading at too.
And as it has such a small footprint it is ideal to use alongside a fixed desk for when you feel like standing to work, to maybe read a report or for handwritten work.
In terms of how it works, it’s a little different to many sit stand desk arrangements. The sturdy aluminum base has a central support column to which the adjustable section of the desk attaches.
A gas filled strut is secured to the front and this is similar to the type used on office chairs. At the rear are three articulated support arms, comprising a lower pair which connect from the support column to the bottom of an aluminum mounting block on the underside of the worktop.
The remaining arm is located above this pair and connects from the rear of the vertical support to the rear of the mounting block.
All this may sound a little complicated, however in reality it is extremely simple and elegant in use.
All the user needs to do is to release a lever on the underside of the top. This enables the desk surface to be rapidly moved to your chosen working height. Smooth top movement is taken care of by the gas lift in conjunction with the three arm supports which operate as a pantograph mechanism. This keeps the whole workstation very stable when changing height.
Let’s take a look at the specification and dimensions of the WorkPad desk.
The X201 comes with a single sized top 24 inches wide by 18 inches deep with a concave front edge. Top finishes are from a choice of five laminate finishes including cherry, expresso, walnut, black and white.
All frame components are in silver painted aluminum with the gas strut support in black.
Top height is infinitely adjustable from a low of 28 inches up to a maximum of 41 inches.
The base has 4 sturdy support legs each equipped with a caster for ease of movement, the front 2 being lockable for working stability. The footprint of the base is approximately 26 inches wide by 20 inches deep.
Overall weight of the height adjustable WorkPad is 30 pounds and the top will safely support 40 pounds.
It has a 12 month warranty.
Ergo Office’s WorkPad is a high quality movable top desk and should give many years service. It’s important to realize that it is intended for use by those who only require a small work surface.
This makes it perfect for portable computing and reading either standing or sitting. The ease with which it can be moved means it can readily be stored in a recess or closet when not required. Its versatility means it functional for occasional as well as full time use.
The only downside is the rather limited 12 months warranty as the build quality suggests it should last far longer than this.
Where to buy online
This online specialist offers the WorkPad desk at a very competitive price which
includes free US mainland shipping.