StandDesk SmartCord Cable Management Mesh Taco Review

March 25, 2021

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StandDesk Mesh Taco

Overview

Review Summary

We can’t recommend buying something that doesn’t list dimensions, full stop. Buyers have no idea what they’re getting or if it will fit even fit their desk. The Mesh Taco is also about triple the price of standard cable trays. This is a nice idea that’s not fully formed.

MSRP / List Price $73.45
Colors Available

Black, gray and white

Competition

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Rating

Ease of Assembly
2.5
Stability
2.0
Safety
2.5
Reliability
1.5
Customer Experience
0.5
Quality and Aesthetics
2.5
Innovation
2.0
Value
0.5
Positives The taco includes 12 velcro straps, which should be enough to get a power strip and cables organized for a workstation of light to medium complexity.
Negatives There are no dimensions and very minimal product details listed, so you don't know exactly what you're getting. It's more than twice the price of good cable management trays.

Bottom Line

2.0
The StandDesk Cable Management Mesh Taco is a nice idea: A mix between a modesty curtain and a cable management tray. Unfortunately, StandDesk doesn't follow through on that idea in listing the product. Not having any dimensions listed is a huge oversight. Buyers are expected to purchase this product when it might not even fit their desk. The StandDesk Mesh Taco is also quite expensive compared to other cable trays.

Before cable management kits became a thing we used the simple hack of screwing a power strip directly to the underside of our desks, but using a cable tray is definitely a better solution. For one thing, many devices (such as laptops) come with power cords that include a transformer brick and a lot of excess power cord length you don’t need if you’re using a power bar under your desk. The tray is a great place to keep all that clutter out of view and improve the ergodynamics of your workstation.

StandDesk SmartCord Cable Management Mesh Taco

We came away from our first review of StandDesk’s cable management efforts unimpressed, but this Mesh Taco design shows more promise. The mesh contraption is a mix between UpLift’s “modesty panel” (really more of a curtain) and a standard cable tray.

The Mesh Taco installs with four hooks that screw in to the bottom of the desktop. The taco has two rails that hang on these hooks, which is simple enough.

The taco includes 12 velcro straps to hold power strips and cables in place.

We prefer this design over the previously-mentioned modesty panel because it’s up higher and therefore more out of sight. However, we’d still prefer a standard cable tray (assuming it’s a quality one) because if you can’t fit everything into a velcro strap in the taco, then you have a bit of a jumble to deal with as you hold everything in place every time you open and close the taco.

StandDesk Mesh Taco

No Specs to be Found

Unlike competing products from UpLift, Fully and iMovR, StandDesk doesn’t provide detailed specifications for the SmartCord Mesh taco. In fact, there isn’t a single dimension listed on the product page. We can’t recommend buying a cable tray without knowing how long it is and if it will fit your needs. It does come in black, gray and white.

The Takeaway

The SmartCord Mesh Taco is a solid looking product. We like it better than a modesty panel, like the one from UpLift, but not quite as much as a quality cable tray of standard design.

Unfortunately, there are no dimensions and only incredibly minimal product details listed. You don’t know what you’re getting or if it will fit your desk, and therefore we don’t recommend buying this product. It’s also about triple the price of standard cable trays.

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 deskskeyboard traysmonitor armsergonomic seating and standing mats.


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