We’ve been doing some rearranging of furniture and rooms in our house due to becoming parents which forced me to sell my desk where the Varidesk used to rest on. In the process of moving said furniture and rooms around I’ve been left with placing my office equipment on a kitchen cart we had in the basement. It works quite well.
Anyways, I’ve owned the Varidesk Pro for about a year now and its time for a review. What drove me to buy a stand up desk in the first place is when I noticed knee and hip problems. After a bit of self diagnosing I concluded that years of sitting on my arse is a leading factor into these ailments.
With me working from home for 6 years now the amount of time on my butt has dramatically increased. Something just didn’t feel right and no amounts of working out seemed to remedy the situation. After doing some searching I found a number of people saying the same thing and how they combat it with stand up desks.
I had a very nice glass desk from Ikea and getting rid of it did not make sense at the time. I liked how the Varidesk sat on top of my old desk and could be moved anywhere. Figured my iMac would fit and look oh so pretty on it which it does.
Can’t remember why I went with the Pro version instead of the Single version besides it being I believe only $50 more for the Pro. I got super-sized. While it was in route to my house I dreamed of the days when I didn’t have knee, hip, and back pain. Hopefully this would be my savior. Pro and Cons probably work best here.
- Flexible – Move it where ever your standing desires are needed.
- Sturdy – Put it down and the Varidesk ain’t moving.
- Well built – Nothing flimsy about this bad boy.
- Multiple settings – Works for people of all heights.
- Varidesk app – Alerts you to stand up. Keeps track of calories burned.
- Lives up to expectations – The Varidesk performs exactly how it says it would.
Varidesk Pro Cons
- Heavy – Its 48 pounds. Thought it might break my glass desk but it didn’t.
- Expensive – At $350 plus $50 in shipping it can put a dent in your wallet.
- Large – 36 inches long by 23 inches wide. There is space for a notepad and you can store stuff between the upper and lower levels.
The Varidesk Pro has done exactly what I thought it was going to do. I spend quite a bit more time standing up now when I’m working and notice a difference in how I feel at the end of the day. More energy, bloods pumping through the body, stuff is stretching. All good things.
Saying all that I unfortunately am in the process of trying to sell the Varidesk due to my home office being eliminated due to babies. My working environment is also changing which means I’ll be spending a lot less time working from home. The amount of real work I will be doing at home will be done from our kitchen table and the Varidesk would look stupid sitting on it. I love my iMac but I foresee me switching to a MacBook so when I need to stand up I can slide over to the kitchen counter.
**If you go the standing desk route you must buy an anti-fatigue mat to stand on or your knees will hurt something fierce.
I don’t think I’d spend $400 on the Varidesk again if I was in the market to do so. My home office needs are simple and something like The Ready Desk for $169 would be better. I feel the Varidesk Pro is geared more towards the corporate office instead of the home office. Just looking at it says “I’m designed to take a beating everyday and my black finish will blend in with any cubicle.”
I just checked the Varidesk Companies website for the first time since I bought mine and noticed they have come out with a few more models. I like how some of them have a “keyboard lift” level which puts the keyboard at a lower level for a more ergonomic approach. It does appear they are continuing on with going after corporate offices instead of the home office.