Top X-Lift Standing Desk Converter Reviews

October 19, 2021

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Top X-Lift Standing Desk Converters – Expert Reviews

X-Lifts may be the second most popular type of stand up desk converters in the market. They lift straight up and down, eliminating a slight weakness of their (more popular) Z-Lift cousins, which lift up and out. Lifting straight up and down saves space and eliminates the ‘teeter totter’ effect that comes from a device that arcs out into the standing position. However, we haven’t yet seen a model with a tilting ergonomic keyboard tray, and you’ll want to be careful not to pinch your fingers in the frame.

X-Lifts are usually a bit less expensive than Z-Lifts (at least upper end Z-Lifts), but keep in mind you’ll have no built-in way to adjust your monitor height for when you stand. Without a monitor arm or monitor post, you’ll be craning your neck down to see your monitor(s) while you stand. Adding a monitor arm of some kind will add to the cost, and make an X-Lift more comparable in price to a Post & Base model (which come with a built-in monitor post), for instance.

One more point on X-Lifts before we get into the reviews. Unlike some Z-Lifts, the X-Lifts we’ve reviewed do not have lift mechanisms with brakes for stopping at precise heights. They have spring-aided lift mechanisms with gas struts, and limited height settings. They latch into place when you adjust the height, and depending on the model, this makes some noise. Enough to bug your coworkers? Depends on the product. Our reviews discuss this and more in detail.

Editor’s Note: Not included below are electric X-lift units, like the Eureka Ergonomic Electric Standing Desk Converter. See our Electric Standing Desk Converter Reviews.

Best Stand Up Desk Converters (X-Lifts, Single Arm) by Ranking

Instead of dual lifting arms on either side of the unit, these models have a single x-frame lift in the center. They span a wide spectrum in terms of quality and ergonomic soundness.

1. Eureka Ergonomic Sit-Stand Desk New Generation (31B)

Experts’ Rating: 4-Stars

Pros: Great value, silent lift mechanism (as opposed to models that make loud latching noises), space-saving X-Lift design, infinite height stops in its range, unique buffering system for smoothly lowering unit, solid height range, monitor arm compatible (with a minor caveat), deep work surface is better for viewing a larger monitor or dual monitors, no assembly required

Cons: Low weight capacity (25 lbs.), 2.4” distance between the back edge of work surface and frame member means larger monitor arms will not fit, no tilt adjustment on the keyboard tray.

Bottom Line: No other standing desk converter in the $199 price range offers the feature set of the Eureka Sit Stand Desk New Generation: a silent lift mechanism, unlimited stops in its height range, a buffering system for smooth descent, a deep work surface ideal for larger monitors, and a healthy height range to boot. While it’s missing a tilting keyboard tray like ergonomic models in the tier above, this converter is a top choice if you’re looking for a manual converter with quality engineering at the lowest cost. Read Our Full Review

Price: $199

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2. Eureka Ergonomic Ultra Slim Portable Sit Stand Desk Converter

Experts’ Rating: 4-Stars

Pros: Convenient carrying handle for moving around your home or office, silent adjustment (no latching noises like competitors), unlimited stops within its height range, sturdy work surface, solid construction, no assembly required

Cons: Only accommodates laptops, low maximum height (16”) will work for users up to about 6’ 3”

Bottom Line: If you’re looking for the best of the best when it comes to single platform standing desk converters designed for laptops, the Eureka Portable is that crème de la crème contender. The sturdiest and the most sophisticated lift mechanism, the Eureka Portable will keep you working comfortably all around the house or office. Its X-Lift is silent and stops at any point within its height range (as opposed to a limited number of preset height stops). A convenient carrying handle makes it easy to take into the kitchen, the living room, and back to your office. Overall our review staff was blown away by the quality of the design and construction for a product at this price point, and dubbed it the Expert’s Choice for the single platform converter category. Read Our Full Review

Price: $149

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3. Flexispot AlcoveRiser M7C 35″ Corner Standing Desk Converter

Experts’ Rating: 3.5-Stars

Pros: Very inexpensive price point, space-saving X-Lift design, lowered keyboard tray (removable for use with laptops), above-average maximum height for corner units, high reported stability levels

Cons: Keyboard tray doesn’t rest flush with tabletop in the sitting position, some assembly required (keyboard tray), plenty of potential pinch points in X-Lift frame

Bottom Line: A single X-Lift frame may normally cry quality concerns, but the Alcove M7 series from Flexispot is a durable and sturdy fleet of desk risers. The corner version features an extra-deep work surface and is shaped to fit seamlessly in corner areas. Note the keyboard tray doesn’t rest completely flush with the tabletop in the sitting position and that you will be required to assemble the keyboard tray (no tools). Overall, a top contender in the lowest cost tier of corner desk converters. Read our full review

Price: $249

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4. Ergotron WorkFit Corner Standing Desk Converter

Experts’ Rating: 3.5-Stars

Pros: Large keyboard tray, work surface cutout accommodates two 27” monitors easily, sturdy steel base and solid construction, space-saving X-Lift design, no assembly required

Cons: High price point for those on a budget, heavy weight requires two people to lift, no tilting keyboard tray for better ergonomics

Bottom Line: Ergotron’s WorkFit Corner Standing Desk Converter is one of the highest-priced manual corner standing desk converters we’ve seen on the market and a major improvement over the (extremely overpriced) Varidesk Cube Corner models. The Ergotron WorkFit Corner provides a smoother height transition, solid stability at all heights, and a spacious keyboard tray for larger keyboards. It still lacks a tilting keyboard tray found on more ergonomic models like the iMovR ZipLift Corner. Read our full review

Price: $454.50

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5. Fitueyes 2-Tier 32" Standing Desk Converter

Experts’ Rating: 3-Stars

Fitueyes has produced an array of non-electric standing-desk converters for nearly every size workstation, and the 32-inch two-tier converter checks the box for the compact station as well as larger stations giving owners leftover desk space. It requires virtually no assembly, coming ready to use out of the box (you just attach the second tier to the main frame), and is sturdy and easy to lift. The design is sleek, but perhaps not suitable as a premium-category option given the plain metal desktop. It’s height range is not suitable for individuals 6-feet and taller as it won’t raise their monitors on their focal plane, thus forcing painful neck-craning.

Price: $119

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6. Fellowes Lotus

Pros: Compatible with dual monitor arm kit for improved ergonomics, 22 different height settings, most stable work surface for an X-Lift, Single Lift

Cons: Weighs 50 lbs and is cumbersome to move

Bottom Line: Read Our Full Review

Price: $370

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7. AirRise Pro

Experts’ Rating: 2-Stars

Pros: Multiple color and finish options, less quality complaints than other devices in this price range

Cons: Users report difficulty lifting due to weak counterbalance force in lifting mechanism, low maximum height (15.5″) makes it unusable for workers over 6’0″

Bottom Line: AirRise Pro is one of the nicer budget desk converters. It also doesn’t have as many construction issues as other desks in the same price category. The non-adjustable keyboard tray has enough room for a keyboard and mouse. However, its maximum height is only 15.5”, which is considerably lower than some of its competitors. Read Our Full Review

Price: $179

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8. Stand Steady X-Elite Pro

Experts’ Rating: 2-Stars

Pros: Lightweight, simple, and sleekly designed

Cons: Ergonomically insufficient due to lack of a keyboard tray and incompatibility with monitor arms, extremely noisy during height adjustment, overpriced for what it does

Bottom Line: It may look pretty, but the X-Elite Pro is simply not an ergonomic solution for anyone looking to type at standing height. You’ll end up straining your neck or your wrists if you plan on typing on this thing for an extended period of time. It’s not a good decision for your wallet or your health. Read Our Full Review

Price: $229.99

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9. FEZiBO Standing Desk Converter Series H Review

Experts’ Rating: 2-Stars

This standing desk converter is as cheap as it gets, in every sense of the word. While it does provide decent size options, and limited colors as well, it shares the concerns of other commodity-grade sit-stand workstation converters manufactured in Asia that are popular on Amazon solely because of their price – quality. “You get what you pay for” is the name of the game when keeping the price this low for ergonomic office equipment.

Price: $130

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10. FlexiSpot ML2 GoRiser Portable Standing Desk Converter Review

Experts’ Rating: 1.5-Star

The FlexiSpot ML2 GoRiser Standing Desk Converter is a compact and highly portable standing desk converter, and is great for that purpose, especially with the low price. But being that, it is very limited in its other capacities, such as supporting monitors and other ergonomic accessories that help make an ideal sit-stand workstation. It’s biggest problems are that it can’t be ergonomically used at sitting height (so you’ll be taking the 18 lb unit off your desk every time you want to sit) and only has a couple of fixed height settings (out of 5) that are in the standing height range for most people. And not very tall people, because its max height is only 15.9″. So it’s really a portable standing desk, not a sit-to-stand converter. Might be good for other home applications like raising a sewing machine to a more comfortable height, but for long-term use with a laptop computer, its ergonomic limitations leave a lot to be desired. The price is great, though, so if you need something portable to use once in a while for short stints it might be worth the small investment.

Price: $119.99

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11. Leband Electric Standing Desk Converter

Experts’ Rating: 1-Star

Pros: It’s the cheapest electric standing desk converter we’ve ever tested. It adjusts with the push of a button and lifts straight up. There’s a thoughtful child lock feature and height memory preset. It looks nice and is light enough to move around. The built-in wireless charging pad is a handy feature.

Cons: Due to the fact that the minimum seated working height with this product is 2.75” higher than your desk, the lack of a descending keyboard tray, and incompatibility with ergonomic monitor arms, we can’t recommend typing on this converter for any length of time. Its thin metal frame is too flexible to provide any sort of rigid structure to this desktop converter. The motor is weak and very slow. But it shouldn’t even be called a sit-stand converter because it’s flatly unusable in the seated position for many users.

Bottom Line: The Leband Electric Standing Desk Converter is likely your cheapest entry point for an electric converter and has some interesting features. Unfortunately, design flaws in its frame, motor and ergonomics make it a weak entry in this category. To be blunt, it’s not really a “standing desk converter” at all for many users. The best thing that could be said for it is that it will convert a fixed-height desk to an adjustable-height desk usable only for standing, but even at that, not a very ergonomic or stable one. Most users would need to entirely remove it from your desk to be able to work in a seated posture.

Price: $199.99

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12. Fitueyes 30" Basic Series Standing Desk Converter

The Fitueyes basic series 30″ standing desk converter is a suitable option for average-height individuals looking to break out of the sedentary work habit. Anyone over 5-foot-9, though, will find this converter to be insufficient in providing adequate visual range and ergonomic posture as it won’t raise monitor screens high enough to prevent painful neck-craning. The 22-pound weight capacity is only sufficient enough for a single monitor or laptop and you’re likely to notice constant vibration as you type. Steer clear of this cheap, commodity-grade converter. We suggest sitting until you can afford something that would better suit ergonomics.

Price: $99

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Best Stand Up Desk Converters (X-Lifts, Dual Arms)

1. Flexispot Classic

Experts’ Rating: 4-Stars

Pros: Four models—27″, 35″, 42″(corner), or 48″ wide work surfaces, extra deep work surfaces ensure proper viewing distance from monitors, solid stability at all heights, straight up-and-down motion saves office space

Cons: No tilting keyboard tray; some assembly required

Bottom Line: Not the most ergonomically sound given the lack of adjustability on the keyboard tray. But if you’re looking for “second-to-none” stability and spacious work surfaces, the FlexiSpots are some of the best standing desk converters on the market. Read Our Full Review

Price: $149.99

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2. Halter ED-258

Experts’ Rating: 1.5-Star

Pros: Wood grain HPL work surfaces are a nice alternative to solid-color competitors, arrives fully assembled, so you can use it right out of the box

Cons: While the converter has an advertised weight capacity of 44.1 lbs, we found that it could not even hold 40 lbs., a combination of weak counterbalance pistons and cheap handles makes the ED-258 very difficult to lift, the handles were of exceptionally poor quality—unfinished, and attached to the frame by a single (bent) screw with no nut

Bottom Line: The Halter ED-258 is a perfect example of a product that looks good on paper, but simply does not work as advertised. Our model collapsed under the weight of 40 lbs. Additionally, the handles are the worst we’ve ever seen, requiring a very tight grip to unlock the height-adjust feature. Its redeeming factor is an extra-deep keyboard tray that can fit your laptop, but we’d caution any potential buyers not to put too much weight on this converter. Read Our Full Review

Price: $199.99

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3. Varidesk Laptop 30

Experts’ Rating: 1.5-Star

Pros: Miniscule footprint makes it better suited for compact workstations than other Varidesks, improves upon original Varidesk models by adding ‘lowered’ keyboard tray

Cons: Ill-equipped for long-term use, thanks to its lack of ergonomic customizability, extremely low 10 lb. weight capacity, very few height settings, making it difficult to find your ideal position

Bottom Line: Dubbed the “ironing board” by our reviews team, the Laptop 30 is so-so. Its compact design lends itself well to workers with limited desk top space, or limited space behind them. It’s the first Varidesk model that you can easily move around the office, and it comes with a very low price point. But this mobile construction forces a few concessions that make it ill-equipped for long-term use. Its condensed work surface is designed only for small laptops, and has very little room for an ergonomic keyboard. And, just like the rest of its Varidesk siblings, its height adjustment mechanism doesn’t permit the precise tuning we’ve come to expect from modern desktop converters. Less precise tuning means less chance you’ll find the right ergonomic height to stand at. Read Our Full Review

Price: $195

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For all our standing desk converter reviews, see our sit-stand converter comparison review page.

Top 3 Factors to Consider When Buying X-Lift Stand Up Desk Converters

Keep these points in mind as you’re comparing X-Lifts.

Do You Use Dual Monitors?

Like Z-Lifts, some X-Lifts are better able to accommodate multiple monitor setups than others. Here’s a quick list of specs to consider if you want an X-Lift to hold more than one monitor:

  1. Work Surface Width
  2. Weight Capacity
  3. Counterbalance Force

You’ll see each one of our detailed reviews tackle these aspects one by one, but here we’ll make a quick note on “Counterbalance Force”. X-Lifts come equipped with an air piston that aids in lifting the device up and lowering it down. Without these you’d be stuck lifting the whole weight of your device (monitors and all) up and down, which would put a hefty strain on your back (and be simply too much to lift for some people).

On cheaper X-Lifts, you’ll see tiny, inexpensive air pistons that aid little in the lifting process and basically put the burden of lifting on you alone. These will likely break sooner than larger, high quality pistons, and the issue is exacerbated when you’re adding multiple monitors. That’s why it’s so important to choose a unit with strong counterbalance force if you’re planning to put a lot of weight on your converter. We’ll assess each unit’s counterbalance force in our detailed reviews (as it’s not usually an advertised spec).

How Noisy is the Unit?

Unfortunately, noise is a concession you’ll have to make if you choose to go with an X-Lift. These units use spring lift mechanisms with gas struts as aids, but none of them have the braking system you’ll see on a high quality Z-Lift. This means X-Lifts will make some kind of noise (some worse than others) when latching into place at their predetermined height settings.

Is it Ergonomically-sound?

We’ve already mentioned monitor arms are not included with most X-Lifts. They will be an extra cost. As for tilting ergonomic keyboard trays, we haven’t seen any X-Lifts to date with this key feature. A tilting keyboard tray correctly emulates a proper ‘neutral’ position for your arms and wrists to rest at while you type and stand.

If you want more items to consider when purchasing a desktop riser, see our article Top 8 Factors to Consider When Buying a Standing Desk Converter.

And to make sure you’re getting the most out of your converter, check out the iMovR Tucker Pro Cable Management Kit for standing desk converters. It’s the first kit on the market designed specifically for standing desk converters.

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