- Lab tested
Like most reviews sites, our editorial staff and laboratory testing expenses are partially offset by earning small commissions (at no cost to you) when you purchase something through those links. iMovR and WorkWhileWalking have mutual ownership interest. Learn More
If you want to understand iMovR products, you have understand the brand as a whole. This iMovR review will help explain what has make iMovR one of the leading providers of ergonomic office standing desks and accessories. The company has an unparalleled legacy of industry innovations and holds numerous patents on ergonomic products.
Headquartered in Bellevue, WA, iMovR is best known for manufacturing every one of their standing desks “on demand” and fully personalized for each customer. Made in America, iMovR offers vastly more models, shapes and sizes of premium quality standing desks—in some 65+ finishes—most models shipping in just one week from order, with a few models offered in “Quick Ship” configurations that ship out within 1-2 business days. The company leverages its advanced precision robotics manufacturing capabilities alongside veteran furniture craftspeople to create these durable, reliable and stunningly beautiful made-to-order desks.
iMovR’s standing desk manufacturing facilities are located in the “Silicon Valley of office furniture,” Grand Rapids, Michigan. Various components are also produced in Kentucky, Missouri, Texas and Ohio. They are as well known for their exclusive, state-of-the-art 3D laminates as for their hand-crafted high-end solid wood desktops. Where all other standing desk makers are limited in how many shapes, sizes and colors of desktops they can offer by what they can afford to inventory, at our last count iMovR’s customization options for personalizing a workstation well exceeded 100,000.
iMovR’s standing desks and tables tend to be top-rated due to their tech-forward features, industry-leading warranties, incomparable stability and exceptional quality and beauty. They also offer a series of “designer” standing desks, such as their Baltic line, developed by their lead furniture designer, Vincent Leman. Among their many “firsts,” iMovR manufactures the largest standing desk we’ve ever seen—the 4-legged Lander U-Desk—with a capacious 43 sq feet of work surface area, and the most sophisticated executive standing desk we’ve ever seen, the luxurious Lander Executive.
Because of their roots in treadmill desks, iMovR’s desk lines tend to have more ergonomic range than other brands (imagine an office treadmill adding 6″ to your height) and thus they tend to cater to very tall and very short users, not just the mainstream medium-height market. iMovR desks are known for being much heavier and thus more stable than cheaply-made Asian-import desks. The company has also led the industry in advancing Bluetooth-synced smartphone apps for controlling the desks and adding useful features like health coaching, including their iMovR Ergodynamics App.
Another thing that makes this vendor stand out from the pack of Chinese-produced standing desks is that most iMovR desk models, such as their flagship Lander Desk, are designed to install in as little as three minutes, with no toolbox required. Even their Lander L-desks are designed to install in only 13 minutes with nothing more than a screwdriver required (as opposed to the typical two-man, 90-minute installation required for competing L-shaped standing desks).
In 2022 iMovR released the first standing desk built with brushless motors, the Jaxson. Since the invention of electric standing desks in 1998 this is the first desk to feature the revolutionary new technology, which is ultra-reliable, quiet and allows for thinner lifting columns than conventional brushed motors.
In 2021 iMovR launched a sister brand, ZipDesk, the first “migratory standing desk,” among its many unique features. Unlike iMovR desks, which are all made-to-order, ZipDesks ship immediately from stock the day they are ordered.
A “pure play” office fitness/office ergonomics company, iMovR was founded in 2013 to specialize in active workstations; the company never offered a fixed-height desk. iMovR does extensive research and development, pioneering the field of ergodynamics (ergonomics for standing desk and treadmill desk users) and holds numerous patents. As treadmill desks go, iMovR is still the only manufacturer of ultra-reliable, ultra-quiet and ultra-safe “enterprise class” office treadmills, like the ThermoTread GT and the Unsit.
In the category of standalone electric lifting bases for people looking to build their own DIY standing desks, no manufacturer offers as many options as iMovR does. These include the Lander base, Lander L-desk base, Lander Lite base, Jaxson base, Freedom base and Studio 470 base. The Lander bases are all made in the USA, with the others being made in Europe.
In ergonomic monitor arms, iMovR has the broadest selection of any standing desk manufacturer, with no less than six model lines. Every one of these arms is designed specifically for the greater height adjustment range required by sit-stand users versus the traditional arms that only worked well on fixed-height desks. These include the ZipView, Tempo, TopView, Compass, and a full line of EMMA electric monitor arms that can support up to 150 lbs and six displays. For users that prefer a monitor stand instead of an ergonomic monitor arm, iMovR also offers their Flydeck monitor riser.
In keyboard trays, iMovR is famous for their patented SteadyType technology, which offers countless advantages over conventional under-desk keyboard trays. SteadyType trays can be built into the desktop itself (as in the Lander desk line), or added on to any standing desk or treadmill desk using models like the SteadyType Exo, SteadyType Slide or Elevon. These trays have unlimited tilt angles, whereas conventional trays are limited to 15 or 20 degrees of tilt. iMovR also offers conventional trays, like the Stowaway and Trackless, that are specifically designed to install on standing desks that have crossbars interfering with the installation of a retraction rail, as well as an adapter kit for installing any conventional keyboard tray on any brand of standing desk.
Anti-fatigue mats are another large category for iMovR. Their made-in-USA Ecolast standing mat line comes in hundreds of size, color and design variations, primarily designed for standing desk users, but also branching out into treadtop mats for treadmill desk users, large format mats, high-traction mats, portable standing mats, hybrid sit-stand mats, custom area puzzle-piece mats and even custom logo mats.
In cable management, iMovR features its state-of-the-art Tucker cable management system for standing desks that is by far the most sophisticated and versatile on the market.
In ergonomic seating category, iMovR has developed two specialties. One is treadtop seating for treadmill desk users such as the Energy Stool, Tempo Stool and Tempo Chair, and the other is a line of conventional ergonomic office chairs including the very competitive Neemo and McHale.
All iMovR products feature a 100-day satisfaction guarantee and they’re known for offering free ergonomic consulting and expert product advice from 6am to 9pm Pacific, 7 days a week. Below are abstracts and links to all of our lab-tested iMovR reviews of their ergonomic office products.
Check out our full collection of office fitness equipment reviews roundups by brand.
iMovR Standing Desks
It’s hard to say what we like the most about the Jaxson desk, it has so many distinguishing features over the dozens of “ordinary” commodity-grade standing desks we’ve lab tested over the years. The ultra-reliable brushless motor technology in the base is obviously a standout, the Jaxson being the first standing desk in 24 years not to be built with brushed motors. The unobtrusive yet sleekly contoured handset is as “space age” as it gets in standing desk controls, with built-in Bluetooth, an infrared presence sensor and NFC. But it’s the overall styling that really grabs us, from the chamfered square columns to the ergo-contoured 3D-laminated tops, there are no hard edges to this desk. Where many standing desks have an industrial equipment aesthetic, the Jaxson with its warm colors and softened edges just looks nicer in any home or commercial office environment. And the industry-leading 15 year “top to bottom” warranty and 100-day satisfaction guarantee is classic iMovR. At only a slight premium in price to the most popular standing desks out there today (all of which are made in China), this American beauty is likely to massively disrupt the competitive landscape and finally give consumers the impetus to ditch the cheaply-made foreign goods.
iMovR has managed to take the industry’s No. 1-rated, premium-technology standing desk, the original Lander, keep 90 percent of the technology features and significantly lower the entry price with this new Lander Lite offering. It’s a winner because of features like factory pre-assembly, Bluetooth-enabled height control paddle and smartphone app, built-in health coach, and the choice of over 50 colors of Surf(x) 3D-laminated or solid wood desktops resulting in superior value to consumers.
The Lander is clearly more future-proof than any other standing desk we’ve had the pleasure of testing. There have been some gimmicky predecessors that had an iPod built into the desktop (e.g. the Stir Desk) or a smartphone app (e.g. the Autonomous SmartDesk 3, from a bottom-bracket Chinese manufacturer with extraordinarily bad reliability and customer service record). And there have been multiple attempts at building in standing reminder notifications, but the results have been clunky, at best. The Lander is the first desk we’ve seen to put it all together in a clean way, with true ease-of-use, and on a top-tier mechanical platform.
All this comes at somewhat of a premium price, naturally. While the Lander isn’t the cheapest desk on the market, given its premium components, the value is clearly there. Desks built this well tend to last longer and easily justify their higher price by promising lower cost of ownership (purchase price divided by years of use) than cheaper models from China.
Literally the most advanced standing desk on the market. Comes 98-percent factory pre-assembled and tested, the impressively-engineered Lander L-desk can be installed by one person in just eight minutes, instead of the usual two-man, 90-minute affair required to assemble all other sit-stand L-desks. All the high-tech features you can expect to find in a premium standing desk, including Bluetooth sync to smartphone app. Literally thousands of customization options in 3D-laminate and solid-wood desktop colors and sizes. Outstanding quality and industry-leading warranty.
Yet another incremental extension of the most advanced standing desk on the market, the iMovR Lander, this 4-legged U-desk comes 90 percent factory pre-assembled and can be installed by one person in just 13 minutes. This is not only much faster than most 2-legged standing desks, it stands in stark contrast to the usual two-hour, two-man installation job a “console” desk like this would ordinarily require. All the tech-forward features you’d expect to find in a premium standing desk, including Bluetooth sync to a smartphone app, are built-in. There are a mind-boggling 15,000 customization options available, yet this is the first “off-the-shelf” product in the category at a fraction of the cost.
When you need a desk as fast as possible, and are willing to pay a little bit more to not have to worry about product quality, reliability, durability or lack of cutting edge features. What you trade off is size and color personalization, but those desks take longer to built-to-order and ship.
Perfected ergonomics and designer furniture panache combined? This desk brings it all together like no other we’ve seen because it allows you to pick the configuration that best fits both your sense of style and your ergonomic needs at the same time. The Scandanavian-styled Red River or Baltic birch top, curved edge option and optional Fly Deck monitor stand together to form one of the most beautiful standing desks we’ve seen. Plus, it has the trusty Lander Lite base beneath it. It’s a desk that forces you to make very few compromises.
If you’re tired of the typical “two legs and a slab of wood” standing desk design, the Captain’s Desk is a breath of fresh air. Packaging that design with the technological features of the Lander Lite base makes for an exceptional desk. You get the warranty, assembly, stability, height range and quality you would expect from a premium, American-made iMovR desk, plus a stunning design and the strong Baltic or Red River birch desktop.
iMovR’s Freedom Standing Desk Line takes cheaply-made imports to task (when it was still in production), combining American-made quality with an impressively low price point. The Energize model (reviewed here) features iMovR’s standard ergo-contoured, 3D-laminated tabletop while the Cascade model includes iMovR’s built-in SteadyType™ keyboard tray.
iMovR’s Freedom desks, an American-made standing desk line to compete with the barrage of cheaply-made imports on the market. The Cascade model features iMovR’s innovative SteadyType™ technology – a built-in tilting keyboard tray for unparalleled typing ergonomics.
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.
If you’re looking for the most elegant and sophisticated standing desk available in the market today, you’ve found it. But be prepared to pay what it costs for this kind of quality workmanship and materials as this desk is made 100% of solid wood, and the most premium select cuts of wood at that. This is a truly bespoke product, with 6-8 weeks of artisan woodwork labor to produce it. Even the delivery experience is exceptional. The lifting base is the strongest we’ve ever seen on any standing desk at 540 lbs, as it needs to support the weight of three drawers, the full-length concealed electronics cabinet, and all the desktop equipment and drawer contents that an executive user might add to their desk. The full-length concealed electronics cabinet is a major innovation, as is the optional 1800W Executive Power Bus that goes in it. Like test driving a Bentley (which we actually did in preparation for this review), when we got to test out the very first Lander Executive units, we were blown away by all the little touches that make it a true luxury product.
Check out our full roundup of electric standing desks
iMovR Standing Desk Converters
The newest competitor attempting to dethrone the Varidesk, the ZipLift+ introduces an ergonomically-adjustable keyboard tray, a silky-smooth and quiet Z-lift mechanism with infinite stops, a grommet hole for mounting an ergonomic monitor arm, and granite-hard stability even at full 20″+ height extension. For the same money as a Varidesk Pro, it overcomes all the deficiencies of its highly popular, yet outdated competitor’s design.
The newest ZipLift model introduces the same ergonomically-adjustable keyboard tray, a similar silky-smooth Z-lift mechanism, and three grommet holes for infinite monitor arm options. Rock-steady at the full 20″+ height extension.
iMovR’s newest addition to the ZipLift family is updated with their signature 3D-laminated wood grain tops. It’s also made in America, which opens it up for bulk buyers that have a mandate to buy American-made whenever possible and for individuals who prefer to buy American in general, whether cars or standing desks. Aside from that, it’s the same ZipLift that we reviewed highly in the past for its stability, ease of adjustment, and ergonomics.
The ZipLift Corner model introduces the same ergonomically-adjustable keyboard tray, a similar silky-smooth Z-lift mechanism, and three grommet holes for infinite monitor arm options. Rock-steady at the full 20″+ height extension.
Also a part of iMovR’s discontinued Cadence line, the Cadence Plus is a middle option between the Cadence Express and the Cadence Pro. It features a dropped keyboard like the Pro, and a sleek, lightweight MDF core like the Express.
In the realm of “hovering” sit-stand workstations the now discontinued Cadence Express broke new ground in sharp looks, durability, range of motion, and above all, stability. At nearly 50% less cost than “high design” models like the QuickStand Lite, the Cadence Express had a far more rigid arm mechanism for a better customer experience, while looking just as good. A five-year warranty backs up the top quality components used in the Cadence Express.
Price: $599 Single, $669 Dual
Check out our full round up of standing desk converters
iMovR Treadmill Desks
There simply isn’t a more sophisticated, reliable, quiet, and stable treadmill desk in the market today than the Lander standing desk coupled with iMovR’s newest Unsit treadmill base. iMovR offers optional 6″ height extenders on all its standing desks specifically for very tall users and office treadmill users (the treadmill’s step-up height is 5″), which makes the Lander the highest-reaching and most stable desk on the market, which is essential for keeping your monitors from shaking as you walk and type. The Lander’s gesture-based height controller is intuitive and sleek and connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth for extra features like a built-in “health coach.” The desk comes in literally thousands of customizable choices of desk size and decor, including 24 ultra-durable 3D-laminate finishes and 38 artisan-handcrafted solid wood options. The new Unsit treadmill base is the quietest ever made, with a super hush 42.9 dB sound signature. Industry-leading warranties on both the desk and treadmill reflect the quality and durability of their components. The Lander is made in the USA and assembles in 3 minutes with no tools. The Unsit treadmill is made in Taiwan (not China) and also installs in minutes, no tools required.
Combine iMovR’s state-of-the-art treadmill with one of its new Freedom Desks, and you have one of the best-valued treadmill desks around. The model reviewed here, the Cascade Treadmill Desk, incorporates SteadyType™ technology for the most sturdy, ergonomic typing experience on the market.
The Unsit stands apart from the pack in being substantially wider and drastically shorter than conventional walking treadmill bases. Yes, we have reviewed numerous “office treadmill bases” over the years that were simply too narrow to be comfortable to walk on for hours on end. In fact, all the units we ever tested with walking belts 14” to 18” wide are no longer being made, likely for good reason. Recognizing that flaw, the industry standard became 20″ as remaining competitors followed iMovR’s lead in this direction with the introduction of the ThermoTread GT in 2015 (now replaced with the Unsit model). Apparently, that wasn’t good enough for the original designers of the Unsit Walk-1, who thought more width would be even better, and created this treadmill with a 30″-wide belt and 38″ overall width. At the same time, where conventional office treadmills have a deck length of 50″-65″, they shortened the deck down to 40″, ostensibly in the name of removing a tripping hazard from tight office quarters. Some trade-offs were made with this unconventional aspect ratio. While the unit takes up less floor space in your office, it can take up all the space underneath your standing desk (be mindful that you need at least 40″ of space between the lifting columns for the Unsit to slip in). The biggest issue some users will experience with the shortened length of the deck is that the placement of the treadmill underneath the desk has to be extremely precise, lest the user’s feet either hit the motor housing or slip off the back of the treadmill. This is fine if you’re the only user and you’re not particularly tall, but for multi-user workstations it may mean frequently having to reposition the treadmill (like a wheelbarrow) to accommodate others in your office or households with different stride lengths and belly contours. Where other units have touch-screen controllers with all the metrics at your fingertips, the Unsit’s minimalistic desktop console is just a simple speed dial and an on-off switch. You’ll need to connect the smartphone app via Bluetooth to get any of the usual statistical readouts, or export their data to their FitBit or Apple Health apps. There are some other challenges when it comes to leveling the unit and lubricating it as compared to more conventional treadmills, but we found some hacks that work around the problems reasonably well. At the end of the day, the Unsit is one of only a handful of office treadmill bases still in production that we can wholeheartedly recommend, except in some very specific circumstances. It is built with quality componentry and should be highly reliable for many years if diligently maintained.
Check out our full roundup of treadmill desks
iMovR DIY Standing Desk Base Frames
It’s hard to say what we like the most about the Jaxson desk, it has so many distinguishing features over the dozens of ordinary, commodity-grade standing desks we’ve lab tested over the years. The ultra-reliable brushless motor technology in the base is obviously a standout, the Jaxson being the first standing desk in 24 years not to be built with brushed motors. The unobtrusive yet sleekly contoured handset is as “space-age” as it gets in standing desk controls, with built-in Bluetooth, an infrared presence sensor, and NFC. But it’s the overall styling that really grabs us, from the chamfered square columns to the rounded-end feet there are no hard edges to this desk. Where many standing desks have an industrial equipment aesthetic, the Jaxson offers warm colors and softened edges that just look nicer in any home or commercial office environment. And the industry-leading, 15-year, “top-to-bottom” warranty and 100-day satisfaction guarantee is classic iMovR. At only a slight premium in price compared to the most popular standing desk lifting frames out there today (all of which are made in China), the European-manufactured Jaxson base is massively disrupting the competitive landscape and finally give consumers the impetus to ditch the cheaply-made Asian goods. The bottom line is that the Jaxson is a true clean-sheet, future-proof design that has unique advantages over conventional brushed-motor designs, a very sleek aesthetic, and a great price point.
While iMovR’s Lander Desk may never have been designed for the DIY market, its overwhelming success has led to increased demand, and the creation of this DIY kit. The Lander base is simply the best DIY standing desk base available, with all of the features that set the Lander Desk apart: smartphone compatibility, an easy-to-use paddle controller, incredible stability, and ease of assembly (yes, even for the DIY version).
iMovR has managed to take the industry’s top-rated original Lander base frame, keep 90% of the technology features and significantly lower the entry price with this new Lander Lite electric lifting base. Like the original, it’s made entirely in the USA from the highest quality materials and highest precision robotic manufacturing techniques, resulting in a superior value to the consumer. All the other tech-forward features like “gesture” height control paddle with Bluetooth and built-in health coach function, along with the smartphone app, are also present in this lower-cost version.
iMovR’s new Freedom Standing Desk Line takes cheaply-made imports to task, combining American-made quality with an impressively low price point.
The Studio 470 was designed for one purpose: to make a high-quality yet inexpensive small-sized standing desk. Supremely lightweight design is easy to handle and perfectly suited to the compact footprint. It is not the base to place under a large, heavy desktop, or to be used with a lot of desktop equipment. If you’re looking to make a fast and simple compact standing desk for use with a laptop setup or minimal computer gear this new robotically-manufactured base gives cheap Chinese-made DIY frames a serious run for the money.
Check out our full roundup of DIY standing desk base frames
iMovR Standing Mats
Targeted towards budget-conscious standing desk users who crave the back support and foot relief of a quality anti-fatigue mat, the Economy features a thinner shape. It continues EcoLast’s tradition of lifelong durability, environmental friendliness, and superior comfort.
The Dual Gripper’s anti-travel system of rubber strips and carpet grippers prevents mat travel during use, whether on carpeting or on harder surfaces. It also comes in an extra-small size, which makes it ideal for placing atop a stationary treadmill belt. This versatile non-slip mat will provide long-lasting anti-fatigue support.
This handy mat is the most versatile of iMovR’s Ecolast line. It is made with premium 100% polyurethane that provides wear and tear resistant comfort that can be carried with you anywhere and put to use in many diverse environments.
This Asian-imported mat with nearly the same exacting formulation as iMovR’s premium EcoLast line impresses on both price and quality. Any manufacturer can create an affordable mat, but none have come this close to recreating the quality of the EcoLast series at a reduced price.
The TreadTop fits on the deck of an office treadmill, providing much-needed relief to deskers who find themselves taking standing breaks without dismounting. It continues EcoLast’s hallmark traits of lifelong durability, state-of-the-art comfort, and environmental friendliness.
The EcoLast Hybrid Sit/Stand Chair Mat seamlessly bridges the gap between sitting and standing at your desk. It offers plenty of room for your five-caster office chair, while beveled edges let you easily roll your chair onto your mat. It offers the same health benefits and supreme durability of the EcoLast Premium standing mat with the convenience of a versatile workspace.
Unlike iMovR’s made-in-USA mats this one comes from Asia, but it’s made to the same exacting formulation as their premium EcoLast line. Can it stand against the famous EcoLast Hybrid Chair Mat? We contrast and compare in this lab review.
Featuring the same high-quality construction as all other iMovR mats, EcoLast Continuum offers a wider spectrum of sizes to accommodate long, narrow floor spaces.
Check out our full roundup of standing mats
iMovR Monitor Arms
iMovR’s Tempo Monitor Arm is available in three configurations—this review focuses on the Heavy-Duty Single Arm version. (There is also a Light Duty Single Arm and a Tempo Dual Monitor Arm that we’ve reviewed separately). Smooth and silent adjustment, sleek looks, quality componentry, and a weight gauge for the adjustable counterbalance put this arm at the top of the crowded field of manually adjustable monitor arms. With a 30-lb capacity means it can handle most modern displays. A 15-year warranty is best-in-class for gas cylinder-based monitor arms.
iMovR’s Tempo Monitor Arm is available in three configurations—this review focuses on the Light single arm version. Smooth and silent adjustment, sleek looks, quality componentry, and a weight gauge for the adjustable counterbalance put this arm at the top of the crowded field of monitor arms. 15-year warranty is best-in-class for gas cylinder-based monitor arms.
It can be quite challenging for standing desk users to mount two monitors at an ergonomically appropriate height, but iMovR’s Tempo dual LCD monitor arm makes it easy. Its considerable range of ergonomic adjustments allows for a ton of different configurations (though the most common by far is side-by-side), and its internal gas-lift counterbalance mechanism allows for smooth, yet precise, adjustment. Arriving pre-assembled, installation is a breeze. The 15-year warranty is exceptional.
Our top value pick for use with standing desk converters (X-lift and Z-lift types, specifically), as long as your monitor weighs 17.6 lbs or less. Uncommonly robust features and high quality construction for a monitor arm in this price range, with a 10-year warranty and commercial office furniture grade ratings to match. Note that the “short pole” design, while making this the ideal arm for use with desktop converters, also means it may be too short for taller individuals to use on a full-fledged standing desk or treadmill desk.
We love it when a monitor arm sports significant differentiation that sets it apart from the sea of competition, and the iMovR Compass Single Monitor Arm definitely fits that description with its exceptional maximum height reach of 28”. And it isn’t just for tall applications, it’s also great for wide applications. Meaning the ability to take dual monitors each up to a whopping 48” in width and 20 lbs in weight. In fact, it has the broadest vertical and horizontal reach capability of any mechanical monitor arm we’ve ever lab tested (only some very pricey, specialized electric monitor lifts surpass it). But the Compass’ other secret weapon is its modern styling, which is sure to give premium-priced design leader Humanscale a serious run for the money.
iMovR’s TopView Max Monitor Arm stands out from the crowd of mechanically-counterbalanced monitor mounts thanks to an incredible 42-lb weight capacity. Smooth and silent adjustment, sleek looks, quality componentry, and a 15-year warranty only add to the appeal. If you have a chunky ultra-wide monitor, all-in-one PC or iMac, this is the monitor arm for you.
We love it when a monitor arm sports significant differentiation that sets it apart from the sea of competition, and the iMovR Compass Dual Monitor Arm definitely fits that description with its exceptional maximum height reach of 27.75”. And it isn’t just for tall applications, it’s also great for wide applications. Meaning the ability to take dual monitors each up to a whopping 48” in width and 20 lbs in weight. In fact, it has the broadest vertical and horizontal reach capability of any mechanical monitor arm we’ve ever lab tested (only some very pricey, specialized electric monitor lifts surpass it). But the Compass’ other secret weapon is its modern styling, which is sure to give premium-priced design leader Humanscale a serious run for the money.
Our top value pick for mounting dual displays on a standing desk converter (X-lift and Z-lift types, specifically). Uncommonly robust features and high quality construction for a dual monitor arm in this price range, with a 10-year warranty and commercial office furniture grade ratings to match. Note that the “short pole” design, while making this the ideal arm for use with desktop converters, also means it may be too short for taller individuals to use on a full-fledged standing desk or treadmill desk (with the caveat that this issue diminishes with larger monitors or monitors that have their VESA mounts well below their centerline). With the ability to handle dual displays up to a whopping 39″ wide each, this arm is in a class of its own when it comes to handling some of the new parabolic, wide-format displays.
The strength of the ZipView Unison Dual Monitor Arm is obvious at first glance: You can adjust both of your monitors in unison with a single movement, rather than adjusting two monitors independently and expending energy getting them to line up with each other every time. But it’s not a one-trick pony. It also has a solid weight capacity, an impressive maximum height, max monitor width of 32” each, and superb build quality.
The iMovR TopView Dual Monitor Arm has a fairly narrow niche of great independent adjustability for very large monitors, but if that’s what you need, you won’t be able to find it elsewhere in a package this nice. Smooth and silent adjustment, sleek looks, quality componentry, and a 15-year warranty only add to the appeal.
Truly a groundbreaking development in the arena of ergonomic monitor arms, the new EMMA Electric Multi-Monitor Arm is the most exciting thing we’ve gotten to lab test in a while. And we got to really put it through its paces with a crazy number of potential configurations of displays (up to six, flat or curved, landscape or portrait, and up to 75 lbs each or 150 lbs in total) and laptop mounts. The ability to keep each monitor at the same focal depth is also going to be a game changer for people who really need to be able to focus on all their entire screen area without lag time or eye strain (e.g. day traders, gamers). The bluetooth-enabled controller has promising future app features that we look forward to seeing. While definitely a pricey option compared to mechanical counterbalance arms, there are things those conventional arms simply cannot do nearly as elegantly and swiftly as the EMMA. Exceptionally well prepared installation videos and documentation make assembly a relative breeze compared to other, far more expensive solutions that we’ve seen in the “console” industry (not items you can buy through e-commerce). 100-day satisfaction guarantee and 5-year warranty reflect the quality and reliability of the componentry.
The iMovR Fly Deck is better than competing monitor risers in every way, outside of a few niche situations. It’s also more expensive than competing risers. It comes down to deciding whether you want to buy the best out there or spend less on a product that will fall short in some way.
Check out our full roundup of monitor arms
iMovR Ergonomic Keyboard Trays
The SteadyType Exo is an overachiever. Its raft of awarded patent claims is just the start. Among ergonomic keyboard trays, it is not only the most stable and durable design we’ve ever tested, the easiest to install, and the best at achieving steep “negative” ergonomic tilt angles; it is all of those things by a large margin. While the SteadyType Exo does not offer the ability to retract your keyboard underneath the desktop, its ability to install in just 30 seconds to literally any standing desk with a straight front edge, and to accommodate virtually any combination of keyboard and pointing device imaginable, forges a new and exciting category of adjustable keyboard trays. We can state categorically that it is the most ergonomically versatile add-on keyboard tray for standing desk and treadmill desk users on the market today.
Most standing desks cannot accommodate most conventional, retractable keyboard tray designs. In contrast, the iMovR Trackless Keyboard Tray can be installed on virtually any standing desk in existence because it eliminates the need for a long glide track, and still offers retractability. Being “trackless” also means easier installation and greater stability, while still offering the standard suite of ergonomic features (15° of negative tilt, up to 6.98″ of distance from the bottom of your desk, display gauges, and an independently height- and tilt-adjustable mouse platform).
The Stowaway does everything a keyboard tray needs to, does it well, and comes in at a surprisingly low street price. A wide range of height adjustment is complemented by removable gel/foam wrist pads (perfect for accommodating ergonomic keyboards). 15º of negative tilt is an industry-standard for adjustable trays, and the Stowaway adds 5º to that. Anyone looking for more extreme tilt angles, like treadmill desk users, will be better served by something like the SteadyType Exo.
What to do when you want to take a conventional keyboard tray off your old fixed-height desk and transfer it to your new standing desk instead? iMovR’s Keyboard Tray Standing Desk Adapter Kit does exactly what it sets out to do by offering an affordable, easy workaround to the common issue of incompatibility between ergonomic keyboard trays and crossbar-equipped adjustable-height desks. And it does this without sacrificing any adjustability or stability.
The original add-on SteadyType keyboard tray from iMovR, the Elevon remains “the most adjustable keyboard tray in the world,” and one of only a handful that were designed for the ergodynamics of standing desks and treadmill desks. While iMovR’s new 2nd-generation SteadyType Exo and 3rd-generation SteadyType Slide are targeted at more mainstream users (cheaper, lighter, retractable, less expensive) the Elevon remains the only option for users who’ve already suffered ergonomic repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) and need the maximum adaptation to their own anthropometry and range-of-motion limitations.
The latest in a series of “ergodynamic” keyboard tray products that iMovR has released since receiving its patents in 2014, the SteadyType Slide takes the very best of all of them and combines them into a single product. It advances their previous top-seller, the SteadyType Exo–a portable unit that can attach to any standing desk in 30 seconds–by enabling it to now retract beneath the desktop on permanently-mounted, high-quality slide rails. Ergonomic keyboard trays, which haven’t changed much from their original designs of the 1980’s, haven’t adapted in any meaningful way to the new ergonomic requirements of the standing desk or treadmill desk user (so-called “ergodynamics,” which are quite a bit more involved). Besides the ergonomic differences, there’s a crossbar running under the desktop of most standing desks that can interfere with the installation of a conventional keyboard tray’s slide rail. For those reasons the vast majority of active workstations currently lack a keyboard tray altogether. Where the SteadyType Exo can attach to any standing desk with 8″ of free depth (measured from the user edge), the new SteadyType Slide requires only 15″ of free depth to install. And the installation of the factory pre-assembled Slide is dramatically easier than any conventional retractable tray (minutes versus an hour). Thanks to its clever rail system it can be added to a lot more standing desks than old-school sliding keyboard trays can (most trays require a 17″-25″ long slide rail). SteadyType’s primary ergonomic benefit of being able to achieve much steeper (i.e. more “neutral”) tilt angles than the conventionally-limited -15° is one of several patented features that no other tray offers. In the otherwise glacially slow-changing field of ergonomic keyboard trays, the SteadyType Slide is the new “killer app.”
Check out our full roundup of ergonomic keyboard trays
iMovR Ergonomic Chairs
There are cheaper stools to be found for use with height adjustable desks, but for our money, the Energy Stool is a bargain. After testing dozens of different active stools over the years, we can say most are either too uncomfortable, have too small of a dynamic range, or don’t have enough traction grip for safety on slick floors. The Energy Stool is also perfect for use as a treadtop seat as the soft rubber base will not damage the belt, and it’s so light that it’s easy to move on and off your treadmill desk workstation. A gentle swaying motion isn’t just going to be good for your posture, joints, leg, and low back muscles, but it actually feels great on the glutes. Particularly after long periods of standing and/or walking at your desk. The Energy Stool quickly became an office favorite.
Usually when we say “you get what you pay for,” it’s meant as a negative point against a cheap product. But with the iMovR McHale, you get what you pay for—in a good way. This chair is superb. Comfort, assembly, all the ergonomic adjustments you need and great quality set it apart from the competition. It comes with an excellent 12-year warranty matching the much more expensive Herman Miller equivalent. Unlike most ergonomic chairs you can buy these days it is built in North America, not China.
The Neemo feels great to sit in and comes with an excellent 12-year warranty matching the much more expensive Herman Miller equivalent. Unlike most ergonomic chairs you can buy these days it is built in North America, not China. While it may not fit the very largest or very smallest users because it only has one seat pan size, it has excellent ergonomic adjustability for 95% of the population.
Unless you have a particularly wide standing desk that can accommodate both your treadmill base and a regular sized office chair side-by-side, the best solution for sitting at your treadmill desk is not to bend over and roll the heavy treadmill out of the way each time, but rather to use a treadtop seat of some sort, all of which we’ve reviewed. There are basically two prime directives when it comes to designing a seat that you can place on top of an office treadmill: 1) it has to be super stable and safe, 2) its base can’t damage the tread belt. The McHale StableChair is the latest treadtop chair to hit the market, and iMovR’s fourth option in this category. The McHale has a 26”-wide base, which means the only office treadmill with a deck wide enough to accommodate it is the iMovR Unsit Treadmill—for which it was specifically designed. With the adjustable height, lumbar support, and “4D arm adjustment,” you will be able to achieve your ideal position for working at your treadmill desk when you want to take a break from walking or standing. Compared to its cousin, the McHale Ergonomic Office Chair, it has had the seat pan tilt and backrest tilt removed in the name of safety and stability when resting on a treadmill deck, but has had a footring added to give the user a place to rest their feet other than the fragile plastic motor housing of their treadmill.
Typical sit-stand-walk desks can often be too wide for many prospecting users who have more restricted floor space. iMovR’s new Tempo TreadTop ergonomic office chair transforms treadmill desks of any size into a fully-fledged sit-stand-walk workstation. More than any chair on the market, the Tempo Chair is perfectly suited for use atop any office treadmill. And its unique seat materials and adjustment range create a sitting experience unlike any other.
iMovR’s two Tempo TreadTop™ seating solutions address a huge problem that many treadmill desk users contend with—how to take a break from walking or standing when your treadmill desk isn’t wide enough to accommodate a good chair alongside the treadmill. Compared to the Tempo TreadTop Office Chair, the Tempo Sit-Stand Stool is the less costly, and more versatile—in fact, we’d unconditionally recommend it as a “perching stool” for standing desk users who don’t have a treadmill. With similar ergonomic adjustability as the TreadTop Chair (only lacking a full-sized back rest), the Stool offers surprisingly good comfort—whether used as a seat, or as a standing “perch”—and is ideal for office workers looking for a portable seat they can move from the cubicle to the conference room. Boasting a lifetime warranty, the construction quality and durability of this American-made chair is exceptional.
At $159, the Birdi is a well-priced, lab-tested perching stool great for active workstations. The thick, high-resilient foam also makes the Birdi noticeably more comfortable than many of its leaning stool competitors. While a no-back perching stool-style may not be for everyone, the benefits are particularly noteworthy for those seeking to reduce back pain, increase circulation, and promote core muscle activation throughout the day.
Check out our full roundup of ergonomic chairs
iMovR Cable Management Kits
Cable management on a standing desk workstation is key for both sanity and safety. And it can be challenging to hide the “cord spaghetti” due to the amount of slack required in cables as the desk moves up and down. The three iMovR Tucker Cable Management kits we review here (Basic, Advanced and Pro) have progressively more advanced components. They get it right by providing high-quality, well-thought-out components that are not only much stronger than the weakly adhering components of most cable management kits, most of them are also reusable—so you can easily add or change out equipment without starting over. The innovative, patented cable management spine in the Pro Kit is easier to use and leaves a tidier desk appearance than any other vertebrae chain we’ve tested.
This kit features a patented cable chain and addresses the need for cable management for standing desk converters, which is the first attempt we’ve seen and a great idea. Cable management on a standing desk converter is key for both sanity and safety. And it can be challenging to hide the “cord spaghetti” due to the amount of slack required in cables as the work surface moves up and down. iMovR gets it right by providing high-quality, well-thought-out components that are not only much stronger than the weakly adhering components of most cable management kits, most of them are also reusable—so you can easily add or change out equipment without starting over.
Check out our full roundup of cable management kits
iMovR Standing Desk Drawers
The iMovR Hide-Away drawer is a cheaper alternative to the company’s premium Lander drawer. The Hide-Away is a simple product and it delivers on what’s promised with a small storage addition to your standing desk.
Check out our full roundup of standing desk storage options
iMovR File Cabinets, Credenzas and Bookcases
At first glance, a filing cabinet unit that has been custom built as a standing desk storage solution may not look radically different from a classic one. But as we continue with this review, you’ll soon know why they’re indispensable to complete an ergonomic workstation built around a standing desk. And why we have awarded 5 stars to the iMovR cabinet for unique attributes that set it in an entirely different class from other units on the market.
In iMovR’s furniture design philosophy, the sit-stand table is usually the centerpiece, and various accessories complete the office. It started out with matching two-drawer file cabinets, but the idea of building an active office furniture “collection” in the classic sense really started to take off with matching keyboard trays, center drawers, monitor risers, and now the two-door credenza. It’s nice that they’ve done this in both their premium 3D-laminate desk lines as well as the luxury solid wood standing desk lines. Available in multiple sizes, the two-door credenza adds anywhere from 8.9 to 12.2 cubic feet of storage, making it the largest piece of matching accessory furniture we’ve seen yet in a standing desk line (although we hear several more pieces are coming, like book cases and etageres). Made in Michigan, these credenzas are extremely well constructed, and come with the same industry-leading warranties as their matching desks.
Check out our full roundup of file cabinets
iMovR Balance Boards
The Gymba is the category winner for balance boards for standing desk users, hands down. It is the veritable Swiss Army Knife of motion boards, combining features that would cost many times more and take up a lot more floor space to replicate with individual purchases, and thus making its $229 price a relative bargain.
We come to this assessment after many man-months of testing, adding up the many different ways that you can use the Gymba to improve your flexibility and general fitness and health while continuing to maintain maximum typing proficiency and overall productivity at your active workstation.
Check out our full roundup of balance boards for standing desks