Jarvis Monitor Riser Review
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The Jarvis Monitor Riser looks good but is on the much pricier end of the spectrum compared to the bulk of the options in this category. It has a clamp-on installation, which is good and bad. It’s good because it will stay on your desk well and free up some extra space. It’s bad because it requires some assembly (minimal) and won’t work on real wood desktops. From an aesthetic appeal standpoint, however, at the end of the day this is a great looking add-on for a Jarvis bamboo desk, but an expensive clash for any other kind of standing desk.
|MSRP / List Price||$139|
Free to lower 48 states
10 years on components, 5 years on shelf surface
27″ and 36″`
Shelf surface: Natural bamboo
27″: 27″ long, 5.75″ tall, 19.5″ underneath space between clamps
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|Where to buy||
Buy on Fully
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|Quality and Aesthetics|
|Positives||The Jarvis is one of our favorite risers to look at, which is one of a monitor riser's key values. The clamp-on installation makes for a sturdy monitor riser and saves some desktop space. It comes in two sizes and four colors. It's backed by a solid warranty. If you have a Jarvis bamboo desk it'll pair beautifully.|
|Negatives||It's quite a bit more expensive than comparable monitor risers. The clamp-on installation means we can't recommend this on any real wood desktops due to the likelihood of damage/indentation, but you probably wouldn't want to use this particular monitor shelf on anything other than a matching Jarvis bamboo desktop in all practicality. There's no height adjustability (like with most monitor risers) so your ergonomics will be harder to dial in.|
Read our roundup of monitor risers to see what a monitor riser is supposed to do, situations where it makes the most sense to go with a monitor riser instead of a monitor arm, and what factors you need to pay attention to when making your monitor riser decision.
Jarvis Monitor Riser
The Jarvis Monitor Riser is a clamp-on riser with an attractive bamboo top. It comes in two sizes, 27″ and 36″. Both sizes are 9.8″ deep with a shelf thickness of 0.8″. They both have a height of 5.75″ and can accommodate desktops up to 1.25″. Both tops have a weight capacity of 60 lbs.
The risers come with a bamboo top and four frame color options, Black, Silver, White and Alloy. If you have a Fully desk, you’ll be able to get an exact match to the frame. If not, you still have enough color options to make something work.
The Jarvis riser uses a clamp-on method for installation. It is the most secure method of installing a monitor riser. You definitely won’t have to worry about this riser falling off your desk like some others. It also conserves some desktop space because it doesn’t have supports that come down to the desktop. This is a big asset, especially if the main reason you’re getting a monitor riser is to reclaim desktop space.
Like the UpLift Desk Monitor Riser that’s also a clamp-on unit, the Jarvis does require some assembly. You first attach the crossbar to the shelf with either four or six screws, depending on which size of shelf you have. Then you attach the clamp columns onto the crossbar with two screws.
This assembly is very minor, but it is more than most other monitor risers.
Finally, there’s the question of cost. The 27″ costs $139 and the 36″ costs $149, which seems slightly overpriced compared to comparable monitor risers like the UpLift riser. Both risers have a 27″ version and similar weight capacities (60 lbs for the Jarvis, 50 lbs for the UpLift), but the Jarvis riser is $40 more. The Jarvis monitor riser is more attractive with its bamboo top and the assembly is slightly easier, so it’s up to the user to decide if that’s worth the extra $40.
The Jarvis Monitor Riser looks great with its bamboo top. It is clearly designed to complement Fully’s Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk and the Jarvis Bamboo Desk Drawer, which means you’ve got to be a fan of bamboo in the first place (we have our serious concerns about it’s durability as a desktop material and its environmental footprint). To pair this monitor shelf with any other standing desk from Fully or any other standing desk maker would be to potentially visually clashy. It might work OK with a solid white or solid black hard-laminate desktop, since white and black pretty much go with anything.
The Jarvis riser comes with a 15-year warranty on the components and a 5-year warranty on the shelf. The 60-lb weight capacity is fine but not extraordinary.
Issues arise when you compare it to other risers in the same price range, like the one from UpLift that’s the same size, has the same weight capacity and is $40 cheaper. You’ll have to decide if the nicer looks of the Jarvis riser are worth the extra money.