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iMovR Energize and Cascade Corner Standing Desks Review

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iMovR Energize and Cascade Corner Standing Desks Review

Overview
Review Summary

As stand up corner standing desks go (and L-shaped standing desks, for that matter), iMovR now offers more size and shape options than any other desk manufacturer. Featuring the same seamless, ergo-contoured 3D lamination as all their other desks, these new sizes are sure to add elegance and productivity to any corner space. Less costly and easier to install than a 3-legged L desk, these 2-legged beasts can also be arranged in an array of different configurations to bring vitality and collaborative energy into any open workspace plan or call center.

MSRP / List Price

Prices start at $967

Shipping

Free within the continental United States. Additional costs for AK, HI, Canada and international.

All iMovR desk ships within 5-7 days of order. Add up to one week for freight delivery anywhere in the continental US.

Warranty

Ten years on the base, five years on the warranty

Lift Type

Dual electric motors

Transit Speed

1.5 inches per second

Controller

Two-button up/down with programmable sitting and standing heights and anti-collision features

Sizes Available

47" x 30", 53" x 30", 59" x 30", 65" x 30", 47" x 24", 53" x 24", 59" x 24", 65" x 24" (see pictorial)

Colors Available

Mahogany, Hayward Cherry, Shaker Cherry, Almond Cherry, Light Maple, Urban Walnut, Black, Frosty White, Warm White, Putty, Shark Gray

Minimum Height

Standard Freedom Base: 27"
Freedom XT: 22.5"
Freedom XT base with 6" leg extenders: 28.5"

Maximum Height

Standard Freedom Base: 45"
Freedom XT: 49"
Freedom XT base with 6" leg extenders: 55"

Weight Capacity

265 lbs

Noise Level

41 dB

Competition

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Positives

An expansive array of size, color, and even thickness choices are now added to iMovR's popular, American-made Freedom Desk Line. Stable enough to be used with walking treadmills, these two-legged desks offer exceptional ergonomics, decor options, and cost-effectiveness. Compared to pricey three-legged L-desks, these corner desks strike the perfect compromise between cost, performance, decor, and layout.

Negatives

Chamfered back corner will leave a gap behind your desk, though there are good reasons for it (read the full review), and allows these desks to be grouped together into quads, honeycombs, and other creative layouts to make open workspaces more vibrant and interesting. Full, three-legged, L-desks are now also available from iMovR (see Lander L-Desk).

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Bottom Line

Adjustable-height corner desks are notoriously difficult to find in the exact size you need, but these new corner desks from iMovR come in no less than 1,152 size and color combinations, both with or without a built-in SteadyType keyboard tray. They address a great need in the marketplace, with more stability and desktop capacity than can be achieved with single-leg bases, and far less cost and installation complexity than 3-legged L desks.

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Full disclosure: iMovR and WorkWhileWalking have mutual ownership interest. Learn More

The Corner Case

42" corner desk olympusIf you're looking to fill a corner in your office or cubicle with a sit-to-stand desk you're in luck... there are now so many offerings in this category that we had to break then up into "corner standing desks" and "L-shaped standing desks." The difference? Corners are made with a single desktop as opposed to two desktops mounted perpendicular to one another. Some are built on a two-legged base, also making them more affordable than L-desks that only come on three-legged bases (50% more cost in the lifting base).

While all the L-shaped standing desks we've reviewed come in a wide array of sizes, colors and desktop materials, most stand desk manufacturers offer only one size of corner desk, in a very limited color palette. Learn about all of them in our comprehensive Corner Standing Desk Reviews round-up. Examples include the UpDesk Pro SquareUp Corner Standing Desk and the UpLift Curved-Corner "Pork Chop" L-Shaped Standing Desk.

In this review we take a look at the standout offering from iMovR, which has made corner desks their specialty. Like their Lander L-Desk, this line of corner models is brimming with size and color options to fit most any decor.

The Energize and Cascade—1,152 Corner Standing Desk Combos

 

iMovR's 24 new Freedom corner desk options are really eight desktop sizes in two multiple versions. The difference between the two sets is that the Energize is designed to use plainly or with an under-counter ergonomic keyboard tray (these tops are pre-drilled for iMovR's Stowaway Keyboard Tray), and comes in two desktop thicknesses—"Thin" (0.75" thick) or "Select" (1.125" thick)—while the Cascade adds iMovR's patented, built-in SteadyType keyboard tray.

Within each set of eight desktops four have 30" deep "side wings," and four have 24" depths.  See the Specs tab for full dimensional drawings on each of these sizes.

iMovR Corner Desk Diagrams

iMovR Energize Standing Corner Desk

The iMovR Corner Desks come in flat-topped versions like this Energize model...

In every other way, these tops are similar to those found on all iMovR desks, being 3-D laminated, ergo-contoured, with dual 80-mm grommet holes that are also completely laminated through. The effect of the hermetically sealed lamination gives each tabletop—especially in the wood colors—the look of natural hardwood, even though their cost is comparable to the same standard "high-pressure laminate" that most every other desk maker still offers.

The iMovR Corner Desks come in flat-topped versions like this one...All tops are available in 16 colors of advanced Surf(x) 3D laminate, including solids, wood grains, nebulae and carbon fiber.

iMovR Cascade Corner Standing Desk

...or versions with iMovR's super-ergonomic SteadyType keyboard tray like this Cascade model...

Whether you choose the Energize or Cascade style - i.e. with or without a built-in SteadyType tray - the electric base won't vary: the Freedom Base is used in the Energize and Cascade models. For brevity, here we refer you to our fully detailed reviews of the Energize and Cascade to learn more about the performance specifications and optional accessories for these two popular desks. As with the standard rectangular desktops, the Energize tops come in a choice of 0.75" thickness ("Slim") or 1.125" thickness ("Select"), depending on the look you prefer. The Cascade tops only come in the thicker Select version due to the mounting requirements of the SteadyType tray.

On all eight shapes the base legs are spread far enough apart that they can be used with an office treadmill, such as the iMovR ThermoTread GT, though we'd strongly recommend the Cascade model for its built-in SteadyType tray if you anticipate using the desk as part of a walking workstation.

"Hey, cut that out!"

All eight of the corner desktop shapes have a "chamfered" back corner, creating an empty space behind your desk that is typically lost real estate that just collects dust anyway. Our advice? Put a tall plant back there to spruce up the office.

There are a few good reasons for trimming off these back corners. One reason is that it makes it easier to edge-mount monitor arm bases, which is important for keeping your monitor(s) at the proper ergonomic height and depth. Another is that there are significant production costs and freight savings given that all tabletops are made from rectangular wood stock, and shipped on rectangular pallets. The upshot is that a corner desk as large as 65" to a side can still be made from a single piece of MDF (Medium-density fiberboard) stock, with little waste, and without costing as much as the desk itself just to ship to the customer (freight is usually charged by cubic dimension or the footprint of the pallet). These corner desks can ship on the same pallets as are used for regular rectangular desks, keeping their prices within reason.

If you still feel that you'd rather use 100% of the available space for your desk you should be looking instead at any number of L-Shaped Standing Desk options.

But there's one more less obvious benefit that we discovered to having these back corners shaved off, and that's the ability to...

Turn drab office layouts into exciting workspaces

One of the things that got us really excited about the new iMovR corner desks is the many configurations they can be set up in to create energizing workspaces that encourage collaboration, and break up the monotony of conventional rows of straight desks. The corner desks can be set up back-to-back, in quads, or in "honeycomb" rows, as shown in these examples below. iMovR has a lot of experience helping clients lay out office spaces and call centers, and their workplace solutions specialists can offer free assistance in creating different layout options for your company.

iMovR Corner Desks - Quad

 

honeycomb layout of standing desks

sit stand desks call center

Conclusion

There are a few other stand up corner desks you could buy online that we've reviewed in our round-up of Corner Standing Desk Reviews. iMovR is the first to bring such a wide array of size and color options, with a base that is tall enough and stable enough to optionally accommodate an office treadmill. iMovR offers an industry-leading ten year warranty on their bases and five years on their desktops, along with a 100-day satisfaction guarantee. Made entirely in America these customized desks ship in one week from order.

If what you're really looking for is a classic L-desk that is height adjustable be sure to check out all our L-Shaped Standing Desk Reviews.

 

Full disclosure: iMovR and WorkWhileWalking have mutual ownership interest. Learn More

Where to Buy

Energize Corner Desktops

See Energize Standing Desk Review for performance specifications and other details.

Available in 0.75" and 1.125" thicknesses:

47" x 30"
53" x 30"
59" x 30"
65" x 30"

47" x 24"
53" x 24"
59" x 24"
65" x 24"

Cascade Corner Desktops 

See Cascade Standing Desk Review for performance specifications and other details.

Available in 0.75" and 1.125" thicknesses:

47" x 30"
53" x 30"
59" x 30"
65" x 30"

47" x 24"
53" x 24"
59" x 24"
65" x 24"

Where to Buy

The Warranty applying to the corner desks is the same as for their underlying desk models. In the case of the Cascade and Energize, there is a 10-year warranty on all motors and electronics, and a 5-year warranty on the 3D-laminated tabletop.

Where to Buy

Shipping is the same as for any iMovR desk, free to anywhere in the lower 48 United States. Room-of-choice and white glove delivery options are available.

Where to Buy

 

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