iMovR Tucker Cable Management Chain Review
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While it’s the most expensive cable chain you’re likely to be able to buy via e-commerce, the iMovR Tucker Cable Management Chain is clearly the best. And it’s still significantly cheaper than the commercial-grade cable chains used by professional furniture installers, which frankly aren’t as well designed. It’s longer, better and easier to work with than other popular cable spines. The design keeps all your descending cords moving in a neatly-contained vertical column hidden behind one of the desk legs, which is much more professional looking than all the other cable management spines we tested. Plus, there’s a 5-year warranty to provide peace of mind. (The best bargain is to buy the Tucker Pro Cable Management Kit bundle which includes this cable chain.)
|MSRP / List Price||$99|
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|Quality and Aesthetics|
|Suitability for Treadmill Desking|
|Positives||It looks and feels great. It has a best-in-category 5-year warranty. Its length is much greater than any other cable chain we've tested, making it a great option for tall and treadmill desk users. You only need a flathead screwdriver to open the links; no special tools required.|
|Negatives||You pay for the quality, the Tucker cable chain is the most expensive one we've tested. (While the kinds of cable chains used by professional furniture installers can cost much more than the Tucker we tested only those that the average consumer can buy through online e-commerce.)|
A cable chain or cable spine (or cable management vertebrae or cable track, these things are called a lot of different names) is along the same vein as a cable sleeve, but it’s a rigid structure instead of a soft one. Good cable chains will take into account how many times a standing desk goes up and down every day, how users add and remove cables, and how they look.
Beyond cosmetic tidiness, cable management is key for a safe and sane workstation as well. As we discuss more thoroughly in our primer on ergodynamics, cable management can help you avoid tripping and bending injuries, among other issues.
iMovR Tucker Cable Management Chain
The iMovR Tucker Cable Management Chain easily installs out of view behind one of the desk’s legs; hence the name “Tucker” for this product line (we have separately reviewed the full Tucker Cable Management kits, of which the Tucker Pro kit contains this chain).
Consideration for the standing desk user is obvious in the design, starting with the fact that a simple flathead screwdriver opens the chain links instead of a special tool like other kits. That’s one less tool you have to keep around. It’s very easy to change the chain length, add cables and take cables out. This method also avoids damage to thicker cables from push-through methods we’ve reviewed from VIVO and StarTech.
The chain goes behind the desk leg and stays vertical as the desk goes up and down, as opposed to other cheaper chains that pop out to the side awkwardly when the desk comes down. Cheaper chains also usually have much larger gaps between the chain links and tend to either be too flexible or not flexible enough. The Tucker cable chain is the best we’ve felt.
It also has the greatest extension range. Other cable chains we’ve reviewed top out at 50” which may not be enough to stay on the floor for taller users with higher-reaching desks, like the ones often used with office treadmills. The Tucker cable chain blows those chains away with a length of 66” providing enough height for even the tallest and treadmill users.
This sleekly-designed cable chain definitely elevates the tidy professional appearance of any standing or walking workstation. With better functionality and aesthetics than professionally-installed cable tracks that cost a lot more, it’s a state-of-the-art mechanism at an e-commerce-friendly price.
The Tucker vertical cable chain is by far the highest quality cable track we’ve reviewed. It has well over a foot of extra height range as compared to most of its peers’ 5-foot lengths. It uses a flathead screwdriver for putting in cords, something everyone has around. Topping it all off is a 5-year warranty, the best among cable chains.
According to the company, iMovR’s US-based engineering team spent two years studying the weaknesses of the other cable track products on the market, and then prototyping and testing the Tucker cable chain system before putting it in production. As a treadmill desk manufacturer with the highest-reaching standing desks in the industry (most models top out at 56″ with leg extensions) they had a high incentive to out-innovate the competition, and there’s even a patent behind this product to prove they’ve done it.
Being the highest-quality cable track you can buy through ecommerce it is not surprisingly also the most expensive. Our advice? To get the best bargain buy the Tucker Pro Cable Management Kit bundle, which includes this cable chain, for only $40 more.
Note that a modified version of this cable track is also a part of the Tucker Pro Cable Management System for Standing Desk Converters.
Don’t Stop Here
Cable management is an excellent place to start but it’s best to think of your ergonomic setup as a work in progress. There are always ways to improve. Check our in-depth reviews on standing desks, keyboard trays, monitor arms, ergonomic seating and standing mats.