Review: Varidesk ProPlus 36″

If you work in front of a computer in an office or in your home, you’re likely sitting. The thing is that there is research that suggests that sitting for long periods of time is really bad for your health. So the question is how can you use your computer for long periods of time without potentially affecting your health? Vairdesk has the answer in the form of an addition to your desk that you can put your keyboard and monitor on that allows you to raise it to stand and lower it when you want to sit and still use your computer. To test how well this work, Varidesk sent me the ProPlus 36″ which allows you to put your keyboard and up to two monitors on it to try out.

Now the cool thing about the Varidesk products is that they arrive fully assembled which makes your life easier.You just have to simply take it out of the box, put it on your desk and put your keyboard and monitors on it. To test this, I used my wife’s desk as my test bed. Here’s the result:

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As you can see, it’s two tiered so that you can place your keyboard, mouse (and in this case my wife’s MacBook Pro on the lower level, and her monitor on the upper level. This design also opens up space for you to keep other stuff on the Varidesk. Now when you stand up and want to raise the desk, you simply squeeze two levers which are located on either side of the Varidesk, press down, and then pull up. This is the result:

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It’s not fully raised here as my wife is 5′ 6″, but you can raise it up to 17.5″ which will allow someone who is 6′ tall to use the Varidesk. If you’re taller that that, you should be looking at a 48″ Varidesk model. One other thing that the Varidesk pivots out towards you when you raise it which allows you to be in the perfect position. It was very easy to raise and lower the Varidesk and it felt smooth everytime I had to do so.

Now, the question is how often should you sit or stand? Varidesk has this covered as they have an app for Windows, Mac, iOS (including Apple Watch support) and Android. You simply set the amount of time you want to spend standing and the app gives you cues as to when to stand. Not only that, it will keep track of calories burned during your standing periods. 

There are a couple of things that I should mention. You’ll need to make sure that all the cables for your monitors and computers are long enough to accomodate the raising and lowering of the desk. In my case, I needed a longer power cable for my wife’s USB hub and a longer USB cable for the UPS that is plugged into her MacBook Pro to make it work at all heights. But having said that, Varidesk supplies velcro cable ties to make sure that the cables are neat. The other thing is that the shipping weight of the Varidesk that I tested was 71 pounds. Without packaging it is around 51 pounds. That means that you might need some help getting it into your office and onto your desk if don’t have a lot of upper body strength. Having said that, the weight helps to keep it stable.

The Varidesk ProPlus 36″ goes for $590 CDN direct from Varidesk. Now, they have 30″, 40″, and 48″ sizes in a few designs for every use case. Plus they also have a full desk replacement which allows you to have the most desk space possible. If you are concerned about using your computer during your workday without affecting your health negatively, the Varidesk is an option for you that you should take a look at.

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One Response to “Review: Varidesk ProPlus 36″”

  1. […] the reviews that I wrote in 2016, I was able to narrow down the list and eventually I landed on the Varidesk ProPlus 36″ as the winner of the best accessory. The reason being is that when I was reviewing it, I used my […]

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