VIVO Electric Corner Standing Desk Converter (DESK-V000VCE) Review
- Forensic Review
A low-cost entry into the growing field of electric standing desk converters, the VIVO Electric Corner Desk Riser combines value and ease of adjustability. But we’re not convinced going with a budget brand is worth the risk.
|MSRP / List Price||$ 229.99|
VIVO comes with a 3 year warranty on all parts
Electric, Z-Lift frame
Wood and steel
|Monitor Arm Mounting Options||
6.5″ when in the sitting position
17.2″ in the highest position setting
|Number of Monitors Supported||
2 x 27″
Work Surface: 43.3″ W x 22″ D
|NEAT™ Certified by Mayo Clinic||
|Where to buy||
Buy on Amazon
|Quality and Aesthetics|
|Positives||Inexpensive price point, relatively sturdy look and feel, work surface easily holds two 27” monitors, tilting keyboard tray for better typing ergonomics, usb charging port, easy electric height adjustment, convenient accessory slot|
|Negatives||Very small keyboard tray makes mouse work difficult, lots of potential pinch points in frame, lingering questions about quality due to VIVO’s reputation|
VIVO Electric Corner Standing Desk Converter (DESK-V000VCE)
Editor’s Note: The following is a “forensic” review. We have not yet had the opportunity to test the VIVO Electric 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.
The Turn to Electric Standing Desk Converters
Like car windows before them, standing desk converters are going electric. Why use a crank handle when you can make your height adjustment with the press of a button?
We’ve seen standing desks evolve over time from manual crank desks to electric-lift, and now the entire market is full of electric standing desks. From our view, the same effect is taking place with standing desk converters. More electric desk converters are entering the market, and at more inexpensive starting prices. Pretty soon, electrics may dominate the whole field of standing desk converters.
Designed for Your Corner Space
The VIVO Electric Corner Standing Desk Converter is a corner unit, and that means it is shaped to fit optimally in corner spaces on your desktop. It is also a Z-Lift model, meaning its lift mechanism makes a Z-shape as it raises. This means you will be pushed back from your desk when the unit is in the standing position. Usually, not a problem, but if you are concerned about space in your cubicle area, it could be something to look out for.
Enough Work Surface Space for Large Monitors
The VIVO Electric Corner is 43.5” wide, but note this measurement is at the front (its widest point), and the back of the work surface is much narrower due to its curve. In this way, it offers much less surface area than a 42” ZipLift Corner or a 41” Flexispot Corner. That being said, its curved work surface does permit large 27” monitors to rest comfortably at angles. Its surface features a slot for conveniently placing devices like tablets and mobile phones.
Poor Keyboard Tray Design
The keyboard tray is 11.7” deep and due to a cutout in the front part of the work surface, enables most laptops to sit on top. However, the way the keyboard tray’s shape greatly limits the room for using a mouse on either side of the keyboard. As you can see clearly in the photo below, there is barely enough room to move the mouse.
Several customers on Amazon have complained about this serious design flaw, and its difficult to imagine choosing this model if you do a lot of work with your mouse, which is the majority of us. One option may be to slide the keyboard to the far side of the tray. If it’s shallow enough, this could work, but you will not be centered with the rest of your workstation.
One positive note on the keyboard tray: it has the option to tilt. We have seen this feature on only a few top-performing models such as the iMovR ZipLift+, so we’re glad to see other brands taking a turn towards providing a more ergonomically-sound typing experience. Of course, even if the tray tilts, that doesn’t make the issue with having enough space for mouse work go away.
When the device is in the fully-lowered sitting position, the keyboard tray rests ¼” above the desk surface. For models with ultra-sturdy keyboard trays, this doesn’t create much of a problem. The VIVO, however, has a keyboard tray that is prone to bounce ever so slightly while you type, and this can be distracting while you’re trying to focus. We’d prefer to see this keyboard tray closer to the desk surface, minimizing shake, or to see the way the keyboard tray is attached to the frame strengthened.
We’ve reviewed VIVO Converters in-house before. See our review of the VIVO Standing Desk Converter. At first, we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the work surface, but as we inspected more closely, it became evident there were serious flaws with the lift mechanism. We have a strong suspicion this Electric version doesn’t escape close scrutiny either.
Although we haven’t yet reviewed this product in person, we would suggest going with a more reputable brand’s electric converter. If you’re on a budget, but are keen on going electric, it will serve your needs at a slightly higher price ($299). If you need a corner electric standing desk converter, we suggest looking at the Versadesk model, although it isn’t without its flaws, and is a mighty step up in price ($495).
The VIVO Electric Standing Desk Converter is backed by a 3-year warranty.