Planning to build a sit-to-stand desk or treadmill desk with your own desktop lumber? There are some great options available. We'll take you through the pluses and minuses of each model. Understandably, DIY'ers are always looking to find the lowest cost option for any components they need to buy versus make. In the case of electric height-adjustable bases spending a little more, as a rule of thumb, is going to buy you a quieter, faster, heavier-lifting, more reliable desk base, a longer warranty period, and a longer "stroke" (total distance between top end and bottom end).
iMovR ThermoDesk Elite Standing Desk Review
Not only is the Elite a top of the line desk for a one-man walkstation, it’s also our first choice for shared “hotdesk” style treadmill desks. Incredibly quiet motors ensure that frequent desk adjustments won’t bother coworkers. Some desks (lookin’ at you, Mod-E) sound a bit like a coffee grinder with pebbles in it while operating. The Elite barely even registered on our decibel meter during testing, spiking at ~46dB while lifting and 42dB during descent, right in the range of typical ambient office noise or very low whispers. Elite Waterfall Edge & Power Console An advanced digital hand controller also helps. Instead of the standard up/down controls we see on most electric desk lines, [...]
iMovR's newest adjustable height desk entry in the mid-tier range, the Uptown is an impeccable marriage between cost and quality. With a digital programmable controller and an unprecedented array of customization options – including two table top thicknesses, five tabletop sizes, 11 tabletop colors, two base colors, and optional grommet-mounted power+USB nodes and wireless cell phone chargers – the Uptown Adjustable-Height Desk offers the best value for any electric standing desk, and clearly is, as iMovR claims, "the most customizable adjustable-height desk in the world."
iMovR Upsilon Electric Stand Up Desk Review
iMovR is known for making some of the nicest standing desks in the industry, such as their high-end Omega models (Everest and Denali) that integrate the SteadyType™ keyboard tray right into the desktop, optimized for treadmill desking like no other. Their mid-tier ThermoDesk line (Elite, Electra, Ellure) offers plenty of great options for standing as well as treadmill desking. But until now, iMovR has shied away from mixing it up with low-end competitors. That’s all about to change with the introduction of their new Upsilon line. iMovR has brought their classic technology innovations to bear - including 3D-laminated work surfaces and powerful, whisper-quiet motors – in order to create [...]
Jarvis Stand Up Desk Review
A private-label desk product offered only through a single ergonomics products retailer, the Jarvis is based on the most commonly used electric base on low- to mid-tier desks - the Chinese-made Jiecang base (albeit with some modifications to improve its stability). The tabletops offered with the Jarvis are standard fare high-pressure laminates in the usual sizes. But the base gets high review marks on Amazon from DIYers who use their own tabletops. Compares favorably against other bases like Uplift, S2S and Conset; for just slightly more you could get a higher-performing, stronger and quieter Uprise or iMovR Electra electric base.
UpLift 900 Stand Up Desk Review
A private-label desk product offered only through a single ergonomics products retailer, the Uplift is based on the most commonly used electric base on low- to mid-tier desks: the Chinese-made Jiecang base. The tabletops offered with the basic Uplift are standard fare high-pressure laminates in the usual sizes, with other tops available for additional cost. Similar desks include the Evodesk, S2S, Conset, and Jarvis; for just slightly more you can get a higher-performing, stronger and quieter Uprise or iMovR Electra electric base.