House of Trade DeskRiser Series Standing Desk Converter Review
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|MSRP / List Price||$168.99|
DeskRiser: Black, White
DeskRiser: 6.5”, DeskRiser Pro: 4.7”
|Number of Monitors Supported||
DeskRiser Main Work Surface: 32” x 24”
DeskRiser Pro Main Work Surface: 36.5” x 24”
|NEAT™ Certified by Mayo Clinic||
|Competition||All Standing Desk Converters|
|Where to buy||
Buy on Amazon
|Positives||Low price points make these products appealing and popular on Amazon. Manual versions feature a retractable keyboard tray.|
|Negatives||Small keyboard tray and weak counterbalance may make day-to-day usage a bit of a struggle. Only five levels of height adjustment. Some assembly required.|
Editor’s Note: The following is a “forensic” review. We have not yet had the opportunity to test the High Supply in our labs. When we have been unable to obtain a review unit from the manufacturer and when there is demand from our readers for information on the product, we evaluate publicly available information that the manufacturer and users of the product have provided online. We then apply our extensive experience evaluating standing desk converters and make an informed projection of how well this product will stack up against other products in its category. As soon as we are able to conduct a hands-on evaluation of the product or learn new information about it, we will update this review. Learn more about our review process at Anatomy of a Review.
- 3 versions available:
- 32″ DeskRiser
- 36″ DeskRiser Pro
- 32″ Electric Riser (post and base version)
- Budget friendly
- Not recommended for taller people
- Retractable keyboard tray
- Potential problems are weak counterbalance and small keyboard tray
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House of Trade offers their DeskRiser series of standing desk converters in both a 32” and 36” version—the larger version is known as the DeskRiser Pro. At time of writing, these models boast a combined 4.6 star rating on Amazon with 323 reviews. An electric post and base version is also available—however, this review will focus on the manual versions.
A major point of concern for us is only 5 levels of height adjustment. For comparison, the original Varidesk Pro Plus 36 has 11, and we wished that one had more. Additionally, some users complained about the keyboard quality. From a design perspective, it isn’t large enough to support both a keyboard and mouse pad, and it does not offer any ergonomic tilt. The keyboard also does not feature any ergonomic tilt, which can lead to wrist strain and carpal tunnel with prolonged usage. However, it does have the ability to retract, which is a nice feature for the space-conscious.
The other issue we commonly see with lower cost converters is the counterbalance. The most common complaint we noticed with this product is that it was difficult to raise, especially for shorter users who cannot get leverage as easily while clutching the handles. We certainly would not recommend it for anyone with a back issue. The “recommended” weight capacity is 50 lbs, however in some locations in the copy and manual it says that it can support up to 88 lbs—a bit of a strange quirk that suggests the marketers wanted to advertise an 88 lb capacity, when in reality the converter becomes unstable after 50 lbs. It also may have a tendency to “crash” when being lowered the final couple of inches, which is a telltale sign of weak, cheap counterbalance piston.
Also, taller users complained that the 16.5” max height of the 36” version was not tall enough for them.
Overall, the DeskRiser seems like another sketchy choice in a market of surface-level imitators on Amazon. We recommend sticking to known brands with higher quality in order to avoid issues in both ergonomics and build-quality.