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 S2S, Conset, and Jarvis; for just slightly more you can get a higher-performing, stronger and quieter Uprise or iMovR Electra electric base.
Ships via UPS Ground in 1 - 5 business days
Human Solution offers a 7-year warranty on the UpLift base, including frame, moving parts, and electronics
1.25" per second
Two-Button Up/Down Controller Standard
Optional Digital LCD Controller with 4 Memory Presets
Desk is low-cost; electric controller has 4 memory presets
Tabletops use HPL (high pressure laminate), lacking the durability, ergo-contouring, and sleeker appearance of 3D-laminated or hardwood tops found on other desks we've reviewed. Jiecang bases are notorious for being unstable, especially at taller heights.
The Jiecang base is infamous for it’s lateral instability at higher settings, in-the-field failures, high noise signature, and overstatement of performance specifications. For example, all desk makers utilizing the Jiecang base parrot the manufacturer’s stated 1.5″ per second lifting speed specification – which would put it in the mid-range as far as stand up desk performance goes – yet our lab testing found it to be a more slovenly 1.25″ per second. This puts the Jiecang base near the left end of the spectrum (only the Geekdesk is slower at 1.1″ per second). Its weight capacity is rated at 355 lbs (see our article “Do Weight Ratings on Electric Desks Really Matter?“), and Ergoprise uses their own custom mold to cast new aluminum feet for the Uplift that the company claims improves the desk’s stability. Without the base in our labs, we are unable to independently verify this claim. Like we said on the review of the Jarvis desk from ErgoDepot, this kind of modification could help the Uplift edge out stock Jiecang bases, though until we can test the final product in our labs, we won’t know for sure.
The standard Uplift Desk comes with an ordinary HPL desk top available in three woodgrain finishes (maple, mahogany, and cherry) as well as two solids (black and white). HumanSolution does offer nicer tabletop options like solid and reclaimed wood or bamboo, but expect to pay significantly more – their solid-wood Uplift desks start at $1,349, taking it way out of mid-tier range. Manufacturers who compete in the mid-tier of electric standing desks include iMovR, MultiTable, and GeekDesk, among others. Check out our reviews of the Omega Everest, ThermoDesk Elite, ThermoDesk Electra, Ergoprise Uprise, ModTable Mod-E, GeekDesk and others.
User Reviews of the Uplift 900 Stand Up Desk
Because the Uplift stand up desk is not sold through any outlet other than HumanSolution, there aren’t many user reviews available online other than on this retailer’s own website(s). As a general rule we always assume that user reviews posted on a vendor’s website are curated, and put more stock in reviews found on independent sites like Amazon and other online marketplaces or Google reviews. That said, we did see a general pattern of satisfaction with both the desk’s build quality and HumanSolution’s customer service among the handful of Google reviews we found. We saw the same attitude displayed in user recommendations that got the Uplift listed in this LifeHacker article about standing desks from 2014. If you own an Uplift desk and would like to post a review of it where other buyers might find it, please do so below.