iMovR Standing Desks
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The iMovR Family of Standing Desks
iMovR is recognized as the leading innovator in the standing desk industry, with a long history of ground-breaking advancements in advanced lifting base technologies, desktop materials, ergonomic features, and beautiful, ultra-reliable designs. The company invented on-demand manufacturing of standing desks, allowing it to offer literally hundreds of thousands of custom combinations.
iMovR continues to be the exclusive manufacturer of advanced Surf(x) 3D-laminated desktops in the industry, and now also leads in the luxury category with 36+ artisan-handcrafted, solid wood desktop finishes. They are also far ahead of the competition in the development of ergonomic keyboard trays, monitor arms, office treadmill bases, anti-fatigue mats, and ergonomic balance boards. Most notably, since 2018 every standing desk they’ve introduced has had integrated Bluetooth and accompanying smartphone apps, while most of their competitors haven’t even introduced one model with Bluetooth yet.
All of iMovR’s standing desks are made-to-order in the USA by a highly automated process. The desks fall into two categories: Premium-grade desk lines are made with 3D-laminated desktops and are priced starting at about 20% more than the most popular commodity-grade desks sold online (Lander, Lander Lite, Jaxson). Luxury-grade desk lines feature iMovR’s solid-wood desktops and extra-large L-desk and U-desk models (in the Lander and Lander Lite lines). The ZipDesk line is adjacent to all the made-to-order models, being pre-manufactured in a limited number of color/size combinations and shipping next-day, primarily addressing the “migratory standing desk” market.
Also listed below in the second block of review abstracts are iMovR’s standalone lifting base kits for the DIY builder. As in full desk models, iMovR offers more standalone electric lifting mechanisms than any other manufacturer in the industry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 birch desktop.
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 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.
iMovR’s new Freedom Standing Desk Line takes cheaply-made imports to task, 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 launches its new 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.
iMovR DIY Standing Desk Lifting Base Kits
In addition to offering more standing desk models than any other manufacturer, iMovR has the broadest array of standalone lifting base kits for the DIY standing desk builder.
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.
Our staff favorite for DIY standing desk bases, the Vigor combines quality, strength, reliability and versatility with ease of assembly and an industry-leading warranty to make it one of the best options available for building your own custom sit-stand desk or table.
iMovR Discontinued Standing Desk Models
As an innovation juggernaut, iMovR is constantly adopting the latest technology platforms for its standing desk line-up, so after nearly a decade in the business a few of its older models are no longer being made. We leave these reviews published for posterity and too help existing owners of these desks quickly determine which current iMovR product is the nearest relative.
The biggest impetus for change in iMovR’s line-up has been the company’s strategic switch in 2017 to using only American-made or European-made lifting bases in its made-to-order desk models. Prior, half of iMovR’s product line used Chinese-made lifting bases, as 99% of their online competitors still do today. While the competition generally doesn’t openly disclose where their products are made, iMovR believes in full disclosure of the country of origin of each major component of their desks (there’s no such thing as 100% made-in-USA when it comes to electronic components but several of their desk models exceed 90%). Ever since, iMovR has become the preeminent brand known for American-made standing desks.
One thing that hasn’t changed in all these years is iMovR’s use of Surf(x) 3D-laminate for their desktops. Over the years their offering has grown from 6 original colors to 23, at least the last time we checked. Because iMovR desks are manufactured on demand they have an astounding number of desktop shapes and sizes to offer, plus the 36+ options in handcrafted solid wood desktops. This means there are literally hundreds of thousands of desk size and decor combinations available from the company today, even with the following models discontinued.