To provide a bit of background before we jump into my impressions of the VariDesk, I've struggled with scoliosis and a plethora of other back issues for the vast majority of my life. I rarely go a day without experiencing back or neck pain and am a frequent daily user of brain-numbing pain management medication. I've spent years in doctors and chiropractor offices but gave up as everything I tried felt like it was there to mask the pain and not fix it in a meaningful way. While a standing desk isn't going to make everything better suddenly, I was hopeful that it would help with some of my daily pains and discomfort. I've been looking into Standing Desks for a few months now and was thrilled when VariDesk reached out and provided us with one at no cost.
Right off the bat, the VariDesk is an absolute breeze to set up. There are no bible-length instructions or a myriad of tools you'll need to assemble. The VariDesk is ready to go straight out of the box. The packaging keeps the unit safe and secure while it ships to you and will take all of five minutes to open up and put on your preferred surface.
I naturally opted to get the optional Monitor Arms and don't think I could ever go back to using my old factory monitor stands. Being able to move the monitors into the perfect position, I noticed far less neck strain at the end of the day. The arms themselves are solidly constructed and feel excellent and stable with my large monitors attached. My desk has now gone from having a stack of old books to prop my monitors up, to fancy swivel arms with a huge range of motion making me feel like an extra on the set of Mr. Robot.
A couple of years back, I tried out a standing desk full-time but found standing all day to be counter-productive and painful. Of course, sitting all day isn't great for your health and well being either, so I was looking for something that would allow me to swap between the two whenever required. That's where the VariDesk comes in. It's as simple as grabbing the handles on both sides of the unit, squeezing them and lifting to your desired height. It takes less than fifteen seconds to go from sitting to standing and is perfectly comfortable in both variations. I was worried that the VariDesk would feel wobbly when fully extended, but it manages to still feel stable and secure throughout.
If I had to be picky, I'd say I would love to see a bit more personality in the final product. With the unit I received being all black, it could do with a bit of fun colour to give it a bit of extra personality. Thankfully I've amassed a vast collection of gaming stickers over the years.
I'm so genuinely impressed with my VariDesk experience that I'm going to pick one up for the home office so I can stop feeling so lazy and sore after spending a day sedentary. By standing for half the day, you'll burn 200 extra calories per day, which in the long-term, equates to running about 18 marathons in a year. Considering the longest walk I do is from the couch to the fridge, this presents a major selling point.
Since using the VariDesk, I've had fewer issues with back pain and am finding my posture improving each day incrementally. I've also noticed my attention drifting far less and I'm managing to stay focused for longer stretches during the day.
Perhaps the biggest hurdle for most will be the price of the unit. At $799.25 for the Pro Plus 36, it's anything but cheap, but I think you get what you pay for. The quality and construction are solid, and it can be a lot easier to justify once you start to feel the numerous benefits. It's not a particularly exciting product, but the build quality feels nice and sturdy, it's a total breeze to set up, and the health benefits can't be overlooked.
If like me, you're continually having a hard time finding the perfect desk setup, you seriously need to check out the VariDesk. I've spent the better part of a month using the VariDesk Pro Plus 36 now and have to say, it has improved a lot of things about my day to day at work.
The company is so confident that you'll love your VariDesk, that they're even offering a 30-day guarantee. If you do decide to try one but aren't happy, they'll pick it up for free, so there's no risk at all.
At the end of the day, if something as simple as standing on occasion while working will improve your general health and well-being, I'm all for it. Now if someone could send me a treadmill to put in front of it, that would be perfect.
I'm completely converted to the standing desk movement now and don't think I'll ever look back.