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iMovR Trackless Under-Desk Keyboard Tray Review

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iMovR Trackless Under-Desk Keyboard Tray Review

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Review Summary

The iMovR Trackless Keyboard Tray is next in the long line of ergonomic keyboard trays, offering easier installation and enhanced stability, plus the standard suite of ergonomic features (15 degrees of negative tilt, up to 6.98" of distance from the bottom of your desk, display gauges, and an independent mouse platform). It’s differentiated mostly by its trackless installation, affording it extra stability at the cost of lateral mobility.

Street Price

$275.00 for Mouse Platform

Shipping

Free shipping to lower 48 states.

Warranty

5 year limited warranty

Where to Buy
Positives

Features 15 degrees of negative tilt for ergonomic typing. Solid construction with a thicker keyboard panel and direct mounting. Available in two configurations, with an "all-in-one" tray or a side mouse platform. No track makes for easy installation on a wider variety of standing desks.

Negatives

Like all under desk trays, there's some shakiness, which will only be exacerbated when used in conjunction with a treadmill. However, we find this tray to be of exceptional stability for its category. The utilitarian look will not match all decor styles.

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Bottom Line

iMovR's Trackless Keyboard Tray is an all-around solid option for an ergonomic keyboard tray, featuring 15 degrees of negative tilt and an optional independently adjustable mouse platform. While it may not be the best option for treadmill desking, non-treadmill desk users will find that the Trackless Keyboard Tray feels much better to type on that other under-desk options.

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Disclosure: iMovR and WorkWhileWalking have mutual ownership interest*

Less is More

The Trackless Keyboard Tray from iMovR 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.

The Trackless Tray draws an immediate comparison to the iMovR Stowaway, albeit with slightly more limited adjustability but an overall more sturdy feel. It offers a solid but standard 15 degrees of negative 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 being 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.

Two Ergonomically Adjustable Versions

The Trackless Tray is available in two options: an all-in-one tray, or a shorter tray which includes an independently adjustable mouse platform. We at WorkWhileWalking prefer the mouse platform. You can pivot the platform in toward your keyboard, reducing the need to reach for your mouse; you can also swap the platform between the left and right sides. You want your peripherals to be in an arc around your body (see the Elevon), which the Trackless Tray comes close to allowing you to do.

The main tray on the version with the mouse platform 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”), but a larger niche product like the Microsoft Sculpt might be an uncomfortably tight fit. The larger tray of the all-in-one version measures 24.25” long, and should leave you with ample room to use your mouse.

Both versions give you the same ergonomic features: 15 degrees of tilt and up to X” of height adjustability. The advantage comes with the Trackless Tray’s stability. While it’s not at the level of iMovR’s SteadyType line of keyboard trays (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.

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. The one minor annoyance with this is that you’ll have to lift up your mouse as well, or it will slide off whenever you move the tray.

Ergonomic Evaluation for Sitting, Standing, and Walking

The big question is this: is 15 degrees of negative 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 degrees of tilt, the Trackless Tray made a world of difference in reducing strain. 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. 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. Stick to iMovR’s SteadyType line of desks, or the Elevon, for the best typing experience possible while using a treadmill desk. However, if you already own a treadmill desk, and you’re in search of a keyboard tray, you could certainly do worse than the Trackless.

Under-Desk Keyboard Tray Installation

The Trackless Tray installs under the desk using an included mounting template. The process wasn’t particularly time-consuming or confusing, though it does require you to bust out the power tools. Not having to install the track cuts out one step from the process, which makes things a little easier; however, iMovR isn’t currently offering pre-drilled holes on their desks, which would turn the installation process into a cakewalk.

As a side note, we recommend installing the tray not at the very center of your desk, but slightly to the right, as your keyboard will rest on the left side of the tray. This way you’ll be properly centered when you place your index fingers on the F and J keys of the keyboard. This is not an issue on track-mounted systems, where you can just slide your keyboard into the perfect position.

The Takeaway

By far the biggest benefit of the Trackless Tray is its improved stability and build quality, leading to a much more comfortable typing experience. It delivers a standard, but not groundbreaking, set of features that enable you to type from a proper ergonomic position. Pair that with quicker and easier installation, and the appeal of going trackless becomes apparent. Serious treadmill deskers may not be satisfied, but for everyone else, the Trackless is a solid choice.


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*Full disclosure: iMovR and WorkWhileWalking have mutual ownership interest. However, we can assure our readers that we expose the good and the bad of every product, regardless of any financial connection we may have to the manufacturer.

  • Total height adjustment of  5.73"(-1.25" to -6.98" under desk).
  • Easy Lift-n-Lock™ height adjustment
  • +10 to -15 degrees of keyboard tilt
  • Easily visible separate height and tilt gauges
  • 360 degrees of swivel for under-desk storage
  • Trays are made from 0.5” thick high density polyethylene, meeting “Green” product requirements
  • Keyboard tray dimensions (mouse platform version): Tray: 19.4” x 9.4”. Mouse platform: 9.04” diameter
  • All-in-one: Dimensions: 24.25” x 8.33”. Weight: 8.3 lbs.

15 year limited warranty

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