VIVO Corner Standing Desk Converter (DESK-V000VC) Review

August 29, 2021
  • Forensic Review

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Overview

Review Summary

Attractive due to its low price point, the VIVO Corner Standing Desk Converter is a classic example of ‘you get what you pay for’.

MSRP / List Price $179.99
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Shipping

Free

Warranty

VIVO comes with a 3-year warranty on all parts

Lift Type

Z-Lift frame

Colors Available

Black

Construction

Wood and steel

Monitor Arm Mounting Options

Yes

Adjustment Range

Height range: 6″-17″

Weight Capacity

33 lbs.

Number of Monitors Supported

2 x 27″

Dimensions

Work Surface: 43.5″ W x 28.3″ D
Keyboard Tray: 28.2″ W x 10.6″ D
Base: 23.3″ W x 21.75″ D

Product Weight

44.2 lbs

NEAT™ Certified by Mayo Clinic

No

Competition

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Rating

Stability
2.0
Safety
2.0
Reliability
1.0
Customer Experience
2.5
Quality and Aesthetics
2.5
Ergonomics
2.5
Innovation
2.0
Value
3.5
Positives Inexpensive price point, relatively sturdy look and feel, work surface easily holds two 27” monitors, convenient device holder
Negatives Serious durability/longevity concerns, very small keyboard tray makes mouse work difficult, stability concerns with lifting heavier monitors, hard on the back due to weak counterbalance force, lots of potential pinch points in frame

Bottom Line

2.5
Impossible for us to recommend if you’re looking for a durable, high-quality desk converter. Concerns include product length of life, stability with heavy monitors, enough space for mouse work, and too many pinch points in the frame. Worth checking out higher quality, slightly more expensive alternatives.

VIVO Corner Standing Desk Converter (DESK-V000VC)

Editor’s Note: The following is a “forensic” review. We have not yet had the opportunity to test the VIVO Corner in our labs. As soon as we are able to conduct a hands-on evaluation of the product or learn new information about it, we will update this review. Learn more about our review process in Anatomy of a Review.

Corner Shape, Deep Work Surface

The VIVO Corner Standing Desk Converter is a corner standing desk converter, and that means its work surface is shaped to fit optimally in the corner of your l-shaped desk. Corner desk converters often have deeper work surfaces, and the VIVO Corner is no exception.

Measuring in at 28.3” deep, the VIVO Corner provides plenty of distance between you and your monitors, which makes it easier on the eyes when you have large 27” screens or a full-sized iMac. Its published spec of 43.5” wide slightly exaggerate the total surface area since the curve narrows towards the back, down to 21.6”.

VIVO Corner Desk Converter
The VIVO Corner’s work surface is angled in the back to fit better on your l-shaped desk.

Troubled Z-Lift Lift Mechanism

The VIVO Corner unit has a Z-Lift lift mechanism, which means its frame takes the shape of a ‘Z’ when it raises to standing height. Z-Lifts share many features in common, such as the fact they arc up and outwards, pushing you back from your desk surface while standing. They also tend to be sturdy and heavy-lifters; at least, the higher-end models like the ZipLifts and Eureka products do.

This VIVO Corner unit’s lift mechanism is troubled, at best. Customer feedback includes the fact that the desk gets stuck in the upright position and won’t budge up or down, making it impossible to use. One claims the problem can be remedied by ‘tightening a few nuts’, but others claim it can’t be fixed.

Even if your VIVO avoids this mechanical failure, its lift mechanism can’t really handle the 33 lbs. weight limit it advertises. As you approach 30 lbs., while lifting, the whole unit will tilt forward, forcing you to stabilize it with all your strength. This could be a problem if you add a monitor arm and dual monitors.

VIVO Corner Desk Converter - Z Lift
As a Z-Lift, the VIVO Corner Converter moves up-and-out as it raises rather than straight up-and-down.

Cramped Keyboard Tray

The biggest complaint about the VIVO Corner Standing Desk Converter, however, is the same as the VIVO Corner Electric: the keyboard tray does not permit enough space for using your mouse comfortably. As you can see in the photo above, it would be difficult to even fit a mouse pad on this surface. You’d be forced to slide your keyboard to the far side of the tray, typing off-centered from the rest of your workstation.

The keyboard tray has another significant flaw: it doesn’t rest flush with the desk surface when you lower into the sitting position; it sits ¼” higher. This may not be a problem with other models featuring sturdier trays and mounting methods, but the VIVO’s weak keyboard tray bounces slightly while you type in the seated position, which is distracting while you’re trying to work.

On a positive note, the keyboard tray tilts. This permits you to type at a declined angle, which is easier on your wrists in the standing position.

VIVO Corner Desk Converter
In addition to lacking room for a mouse, the keyboard tray does not rest flush with the desk surface. The gap creates a ‘bounce’ effect while typing.

The Takeaway

Overall, we’d suggest looking at one of the slightly more expensive corner standing desk converters, if you’re keen on purchasing a desk converter in this price range. Eureka and Flexispot make better quality corner standing desk converters for the dollar and would be an ideal place to start. See our reviews of the Eureka 28” Corner Standing Desk Converter and the Flexispot Alcove M7C.

Interested in seeing all the best corner standing desk converters in one place? Check out our round-up review Top Corner Standing Desk Converters. Want to broaden your scope and look at all standing desk converters? See our article Top Standing Desk Converters.

And to make sure you’re getting the most out of your converter, check out the iMovR Tucker Pro Cable Management Kit for standing desk converters. It’s the first kit on the market designed specifically for standing desk converters.

Specs

VIVO Corner Standing Desk Converter Specs

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Warranty

The VIVO Corner Standing Desk Converter is backed by a 3-year warranty.


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