Standing desks being the hot commodity that they are, you can find one in just about any shape and size you choose. The trouble is, the landscape is beset by what I’ve begun to call ‘Model T Syndrome’. See, legend has it that Henry Ford used to tell prospective customers that they could get one of his famous Model T automobiles in any color their hearts desired, just as long as it was black. Standing desks, it seems, are going down the same path – you can have any size, shape, and configuration you want, just as long as it’s size extra-huge with all the bells and whistles. But what if you don’t want or need all that? What if you want to reap all the benefits of owning and using a standing desk while still managing to travel light? If that sounds like you, then you’ll want to read this review, because [amzlink title=”Stand Steady’s folding standing desk” asin=”B00M4K83CQ”]Stand Steady’s folding standing desk[/amzlink] might be just what you’ve been looking for all along. Ready? Let’s get started!
A Brief Overview[amzimage asin=”B00M4K83CQ” pull=”right” image=2106]If you’re the perpetually jet-lagged sort, this is the standing desk for you. It’s compact yet feature rich for its size, it’s visually attractive, and since it’s made by a company that specializes in standing desks and standing desk related products, you can be confident that it’ll do exactly what you need it to do.
When it comes time to get stuff done, this desk doesn’t disappoint. The generous height adjustment factor means you’re almost certainly tall enough to use it, and the desktop itself can rotate if you like to work at an angle. There’s even a no-slip lip to prevent the untimely demise of your PC! Speaking of which, the work surface of this Stand Steady product is nice and roomy, with plenty of space for just about any modern laptop, a peripheral or two, and perhaps a drink or other materials stowed underneath the unit if you’re cautious and/or starved for space. Beware of utilizing this last option, though, as that sort of defeats the “collapse and go” feature.
All in all, this unit is quite basic, and there are some drawbacks to this desk that can’t be ignored (we’ll explore the pros and cons in more detail in just a minute), but if you’re looking for a standing desk you can toss in a suitcase or carry-on bag without worrying too much about the details, this one is definitely worth checking out.
The Pros[amzimage asin=”B00M4K83CQ” pull=”left” image=2128]This little guy has a lot of good points to its name. You can learn more about a few of them by checking out the list below:
- Stand Steady (the parent company behind this standing desk) is a well-respected company whose entire point and purpose is the manufacture of desks like this one. They make a good product, and their reputation reflects that. That’s no guarantee everything they make will be perfect, of course, but it does mean you can rest easier than you might if you choose to shop with some of the other fly-by-night operations out there.
- At +/- 2 pounds and capable of flat storage, you can slip this into almost any piece of luggage you own, including regulation carry-on bags!
- This desk can be modulated in height from a minimum of 9.25 inches to a maximum of 12.8 inches. This makes it ideal for people of almost any height.
- No assembly required or power cables to fuss with! Simply place the Stand Steady Folding Stand-Up Desk on your work surface of choice, adjust it to the height you desire, and start working!
- The Stand Steady Folding Stand-Up Desk is available in a range of colors to suit all tastes – Standard Black, Blue, Midnight Black, and Silver Matte.
- At approximately $70.00 USD (with the exception of desks in the Silver Matte finish), this standing desk is a very budget-friendly option.
The Cons[amzimage asin=”B00M4K83CQ” pull=”right” image=2127]For better or worse, every piece of technology or top of the line tool has its quirks, idiosyncrasies, and drawbacks, no matter how shiny the packaging or slick the marketing campaign. This travel-ready standing desk from Stand Steady is no exception. If you’d like to learn more about where it falls short / needs work, just take a look at the following list of bullet points:
- Whether it’s an oversight by Stand Steady, Inc., Amazon, Inc., or both companies, there’s no warranty information to be found regarding this product. While it’s quite unlikely that it’s being offered entirely devoid of customer protection, this is a wrinkle that needs to be ironed out ASAP.
- Funnily enough (in a grim sort of way), some folks who’ve bought this product are complaining of its flimsiness while in use and its propensity for random breakage during use and/or transport. Coupled with a “Who’s on first?”-esque delivery of pre-purchase warranty information, this is troubling news indeed.
- For reasons unknown, the Silver Matte finish option will cost you roughly $260 USD instead of ~$70 USD.
- While the top / desk surface is made of aluminum, Stand Steady appears to have cut corners on the legs, choosing to fashion them from plastic. This leaves the desk looking and feeling somewhat cheap and toy-like.
- Being what it is, this desk sacrifices many things for portability. One of those things is the profile of a proper desk. You’ll need a table, traditional seated desk, or other suitable work surface to sit this folding desk on, otherwise it simply won’t be useful as the standing desk it was meant to be.
- Being non-powered, there’s no cable management to speak of here. Nor is there any room to spread out (no room for dual monitors, tons of notebooks, or what have you), although you may be able to squeeze in a standing desk treadmill if you work your space correctly. Want my advice? If you’re a person of large workplace appetites, this desk may not be for you.
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