iMovR Trackless Keyboard Tray Review

April 4, 2021
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Overview

Review Summary

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).

MSRP / List Price $275
Shipping

Free shipping to lower 48 states

Warranty

15 year limited warranty

Colors Available

Black

Construction

Made in the USA. Trays are made from 0.5” thick high density polyethylene, meeting “green” product requirements. All other parts are steel.

Adjustment Range

Total height adjustment of 5.73″(-1.25″ to -6.98″ under desk)
+10° to -15° of keyboard tilt
360° of swivel for under-desk storage
Mouse platform tilt adjustment range: unlimited
Mouse platform height adjustment range: 2″
Easily visible separate height and tilt gauges

Dimensions

Mounting bracket: 4.2″ x 6.25″
Keyboard tray dimensions: 19.4” x 9.4”
Mouse platform: 9.04” diameter

Product Weight

10.8 lbs

Typical Assembly Time

About 1/3rd the time as installing a conventional glide-track ergonomic keyboard tray. Less time with a Lander, Lander Lite or ZipDesk standing desk, all of which come pre-drilled for the Trackless Keyboard Tray

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Rating

Expert Rating
4.5
Ease of Assembly
4.0
Stability
4.5
Reliability
5.0
Customer Experience
4.5
Quality and Aesthetics
5.0
Ergonomics
5.0
Innovation
4.0
Value
4.5
Suitability for Treadmill Desking
3.5
Positives Features 15° of negative tilt for ergonomically-proper typing position. Solid construction with a thicker keyboard panel and direct mounting translates into significantly less "floppiness" than other conventional adjustable keyboard trays. The elimination of a glide track makes for a much easier installation, and also means it will physically fit on virtually any standing desk model, yet without sacrificing retractability under the desk.
Negatives Like all under desk trays, there's some shakiness. However, we find this tray to be of exceptional stability for its category. To get any more solid that this you'd have to give up retractability and go with something like a SteadyType Exo or Elevon keyboard tray designed specifically for standing desks and treadmill desks.

Bottom Line

4.5
This installation about 1/3rd as involved as other keyboard trays that slide in and out on a track, iMovR's Trackless Keyboard Tray is an all-around solid option featuring 15 degrees of negative tilt and up to 7" of below-the-desktop height adjustment. The mouse platform is also independently adjustable in height relative to the keyboard as well as tilt (you'll want to keep it level to the floor regardless of tilt in the keyboard, naturally). While it may not be the best option for treadmill desk users, regular standing desk users will find it much more comfortable and ergonomic to type on that other adjustable keyboard trays with less stability and adjustment range.

Another Case of “Less is More

The iMovR Trackless ergonomic keyboard tray shown installed on a white desktop

The iMovR Trackless Keyboard Tray is more than the sum of its parts. It’s an under-desk keyboard tray that offers a host of important benefits, deriving its name from its unique “trackless” under-desk mounting. While this means that your keyboard will be fixed in one position on your desk (as opposed to being able to slide laterally), it also means that installation is easier, stability is improved, and the range of standing desks it accommodates is bigger. These benefits are not small—typing on this tray is a joy compared to a shakier track-mounted tray. We should mention that while installation, stability, and compatibility for the Trackless are good, they are not on the level of another iMovR offering: the SteadyType Exo.

The Trackless Tray draws an immediate comparison to the iMovR Stowaway, albeit with slightly more limited adjustability but an overall more sturdy feel and significantly easier installation. It offers a solid but standard -15° of ergonomic tilt versus the Stowaway’s -20°, plus 5.73” of adjustment (traversing between -1.25” and -6.98” under your desk). The gauge is also a little different, with both displaying height and degree of tilt, and neither is clearly superior. It’s up to you to decide whether you prefer a little bit more adjustability, or the extra stability and overall more polished feel we noticed in the Trackless.

The main tray measures in at 19.4”, enough space to fit most keyboards (it even accommodated a Razer Blackwidow Chroma V2, which is pretty wide at 18.5”. We were even able to use it with the widest of popular keyboards, the Microsoft Natural 4000, which at 20″-wide overlapped the left and right edges of the tray by 3/10ths of an inch.

The iMovR Trackless ergonomic keyboard tray shown with independent mouse platform on the left of the keyboard platform

More Stable Than 95% of Ergonomic Keyboard Trays We Tested

When you look at a typical articulating keyboard tray on a gliding track there are numerous “tolerances” between all the connecting parts that add up to a fair degree of floppiness. Because the Trackless Keyboard Tray eliminates the first and sometimes loosest component of all—the glide track itself—it has a lot less overall floppiness than other adjustable keyboard trays (AKTs) we lab tested in our comprehensive round-up of Ergonomic Keyboard Tray Reviews.

While it’s not at the level of iMovR’s SteadyType line of keyboard trays such as the ones built into their Lander and Cascade desks, or the externally attachable ones like the SteadyType Exo and Elevon (which also offer steeper inclines), it does offer better stability than just about anything with a track. Plus, it has a thicker tray, which lends it a more solid feel than the Stowaway.

This stability is essential for the ergodynamics of using a standing desk or treadmill desk.

When the tray is not in use, you can store it conveniently under your desk. It is normally locked in place, and it unlocks when you lift the front.

Ergonomic Evaluation for Sitting, Standing, and Walking

The big question is this: is 15° of tilt enough for proper typing? For sitting and standing, the answer is yes for the vast majority of people. In our testing, as compared with using a keyboard on the surface of a desk at 0° of tilt, the Trackless Tray made a world of difference in reducing strain on the wrists and elbows. You can keep your hands aligned with your wrists, and with the addition of a monitor arm for some extra height, you have a completely ergonomically sound workstation. No problems there.

If you have a treadmill desk, however, the same old issues of shakiness are bound to occur (for more information, check out our primer adding adjustable keyboard trays on treadmill desks). Under-desk keyboard trays were never designed for users to anchor their hands to while in motion. The tray isn’t going to break off your desk and destroy your keyboard, but it will feel shaky. The good news is that the Trackless Tray is less shaky than other under-desk trays, but the hard truth is that products like this just were not designed for the treadmill desker. You would be better off sticking to iMovR’s SteadyType line of desks, or the SteadyType Exo or Elevon, for the best typing experience possible while using a treadmill desk.

Under-Desk Keyboard Tray Installation

The Trackless Tray installs under any desk using the included mounting template.  The process wasn’t particularly time-consuming or confusing, though you’ll probably want to bust out the cordless drill and screwdriver, as you would when installing most any conventional AKT. Not having to install the track cuts out one significant step from the process, which makes things a little easier. Find out more about the usual challenges of adding adjustable keyboard trays to standing desks including other workarounds for the problem of installing a track on a standing desk with a crossbar.

Note that if you own an iMovR desk it is probably already pre-drilled for the Trackless Keyboard Tray, making installation a relative breeze. The Lander, Lander Lite, ZipDesk and other new models are pre-drilled for this tray, while the older Freedom Desks (Energize and Cascade) are pre-drilled for the Stowaway Tray since that was the available tray design when these desks were originally designed.

This installation is quite easy for a keyboard tray, but if it makes you uncomfortable, check out the 30-second installation of the SteadyType Exo as another option.

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The Takeaway

By far the biggest long-term benefit of the Trackless Tray is its improved stability and build quality, leading to a much more comfortable typing experience. The biggest up-front benefit is the much easier installation process, especially on newer iMovR desks that are pre-drilled for this tray. While the Trackless Keyboard Tray falls behind more innovative options like the SteadyType Exo, it delivers a standard, but not groundbreaking, set of features that enable you to type from a proper ergonomic position.



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  • Chris August 31, 2018

    Where are the mounting instructions. How do you expect anyone to decide to buy this if they can’t tell if it will work in their situation?

    Chris

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