October 01, 2016

Product Note: Active-Pro Sit-to-Stand Desk

Nicole Black
Neither the ABA nor ABA entities endorse non-ABA products or services. This review should not be construed as an endorsement.

We’ve all read the articles warning about the dangers of sitting behind a desk, staring at a computer screen all day. But when your job requires you to spend much of your time drafting and reviewing documents, it can be a difficult task to find ways to avoid sitting for hours at a time while still maintaining an ergonomic workspace. And, unfortunately for many lawyers, that aptly describes what we do on a day-to-day basis. Sure we get out of the office on occasion, whether it’s to go to court or meet with a client. But oftentimes, much of our time is spent behind our desks, hoping that we are able to somehow escape the negative effects of sitting for hours at a time.

 

Enter standing desks. They’re all the rage these days, since they offer you the option to easily move from sitting to standing without interrupting your workflow. And because they’re becoming so popular, your choices run the gamut. Some people choose to purchase more affordable convertible laptop stands, others settle on a separate work area with a standing desk, while others go all out and invest in an electric, adjustable standing desk.

Because I work remotely in New York for a California-based company, MyCase, I was lucky enough to be the recipient of an adjustable standing desk for my home office, compliments of my employer. The desk, an Active-Pro Sit-To-Stand work station, arrived in a very large, heavy box. It took my husband about 30 minutes to put it together and according to him, the assembly was relatively simple and the directions that accompanied the desk were easy to understand.

The desk that I received measures 30” by 60”. It provides more than enough space for a laptop, large second monitor, and keyboard with plenty of room to spare. My desk is white and is similar to the one shown below, except it has a white base. It’s also available with desktops that are maple, teak, or walnut and comes in a variety of dimensions. All in all, it’s a sleek, attractive, modern design that offers form as well as function.


 

The desk has a small, unobtrusive LED touch screen on the right-hand side that allows you to adjust the height of the desk. You can preset up to four different heights and are able to manually adjust the height as well. Programming the desk was a cinch and it took me all of 30 seconds to set the desk up based on my preferences. Once programmed, it’s simply a matter of pressing the right button to move the work surface to my desired height. The motor is very quiet and the desktop quickly glides into place.

My only complaint is that it took a while to figure out how to adjust the wires underneath the desk so that they weren’t hanging down and getting in the way. But ultimately, we figured that out and now the wires are safely out of the way.

The only downside of this desk is the price. It has a rather hefty price tag that ranges from $969 to $1,039, depending on the options that you choose. But if you’re in the market for an attractive, easy-to-assemble—and use—adjustable standing desk, then this might very well be the perfect investment for you.

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Nicole Black

Nicole Black is a Rochester, New York, attorney and the Legal Technology Evangelist at MyCase, web-based law practice management software. She has been blogging since 2005, has written a weekly column for the Daily Record since 2007, is the author of Cloud Computing for Lawyers, coauthor of Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier, and coauthor of  Criminal Law in New York. She is easily distracted by the potential of bright and shiny tech gadgets, along with good food and wine. You can follow her on Twitter at @nikiblack, and she can be reached at niki.black@mycase.com.