- 1 The best standing desk converter for most situations
- 2 For non-VESA monitors or laptops
- 3 Best electric standing desk converter
- 4 Less permanent and laptop-only
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Kangaroo Pro Junior
The best standing desk converter for most situations
This converter takes up less space than most but gives you more room to work while providing stable, adjustable standing heights that comfortably support people with heights up to 6 feet 1 inch.
All standing desk converters are an inherent compromise, an attempt to make one part of your non-moving desk move for your work. The Ergo Desktop Kangaroo Pro Junior makes the fewest ergonomic compromises of the converters we’ve tested without being too annoying to use. That’s no small feat for this category, believe us. Being able to control the height of your monitor and keyboard tray separately makes the Kangaroo Pro Junior a better fit for more people. The monitor mount means your display is more stable and takes up less room than a monitor standing on a platform. And because you work on a flat, deep surface, rather than a narrow tray, you can use whatever combination of keyboard, mouse, and other tools best fits your work. The Kangaroo Pro Junior makes you do a little bit more work than some converters—turning knobs and gently lifting with your hands—but that pays off in ergonomically superior arm and neck angles.
VertDesk 35.5″ Wide Standing Desk Converter
For non-VESA monitors or laptops
This is the best converter we tested that allows for stand-mounted monitors or laptops. It’s stable, its keyboard tray is adjustable, and it doesn’t require a huge desk.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $300.
If you don’t have a monitor you can mount to a VESA bracket or you want to use your laptop screen but still stand at your work, the VertDesk Standing Desk Converter is the best fallback option, and we mean that as a compliment. It’s more stable than many other two-tier converters, especially its keyboard tray. It’s smooth to raise and lower, it rises mostly straight up instead of lurching out like many converters, and it has some built-in cable routing that make it easier to create a good monitor setup.
Uplift E7 Electric Standing Desk Converter
Best electric standing desk converter
It’s much heavier and space-filling than non-electric converters, but the E7 gives you one-touch raising to memory positions, a lot of workspace, and an optional lower keyboard tray.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $400.
If you’ve got a sizable desk to dedicate to standing (that you don’t want to trade out), and you know you won’t need to switch out your setup for other work, the E7 by Uplift gives you the most convenient standing setup short of buying a standing desk. It weighs nearly 100 pounds and takes up 26 inches of desk depth (nearly 40 with an overhanging keyboard tray), but it’s quicker and quieter than other electric converters we tested, looks better than most converters with a bamboo or rubberwood desktop options, and lets you use either a lowered keyboard tray or a flat work surface.
Fully Cora Standing Desk Converter
Less permanent and laptop-only
If you need a standing workstation you can stow quickly, or if you use only a laptop, the Cora is the best simple laptop riser we tested.
You save $30 (19%)
If you only use your laptop to work and want to start standing, the Cora gives you a lower-cost, less-permanent way to do so. Using your laptop alone whether sitting or standing isn’t a great ergonomic setup, and the Cora cannot fit a monitor. But it also works great with a laptop on a stand, a small keyboard, and a small mouse, making your sitting and standing angles ergonomically better, if not ideal. It’s also the quietest, easiest to adjust, and best-looking laptop riser we tested.
Source: The NY Times
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