I recently got a new desk setup for my home office. The last desk was designed and built for entirely different requirements. It was meant to be for up to two people to work together from time to time. Most commonly, it was meant for uni work and a few hobby project in the evening. However, because I have now been working three years from home, my requirements changed.

Research

The main difference is that my new desk is height-adjustable so that I can get some standing in during while working. It is electric as my previous experience with desks moved by handles is: You do not use it. At all.

During my reasearch into height-adjustable desks and desk-frames, my priorities were:

  1. Awesome physical controls, as its what you most interact with
  2. Stable desk both in sitting and standing positions
  3. Powerful and quiet drive system
  4. Smart home controls as a plus

Apart from the desks mentioned above, there is the option to buy frames with generic drive systems and use existing software to enable smart home controls. You then need to provide a tabletop yourself. After a bit of back and forth, I opted to prioritise complete desk builds so that the physical build quality was the best possible.

In the end, I landed on the Ergotopia Desktopia Pro sized 160x80cm in oak veneer. It has the highest range of motion (62.3–127 cm), is pretty quiet, has 7 years of warranty and the “Pro X” controller is a nice controller. The latter has many more feature than I actually need. I’ll go into more detail on why I chose that controller in another post. Apart from my extensive research, I think it is worth mentioning I contacted Ergotopia support before my purchase and had a very helpful and insightful interaction with their customer support.

Deployment

The delivery was quick and with two people, the desk was ready in about one and a half hours. The extensive documentation in both English and German in combination with clear packaging made it easy. There are clips included to manage the cables you need for controlling the desk. They provide enough so you can easily manage many more cables around the desk frame.

I added a cable tray and some cable management. While managing power plugs, network equipment and cables witin the cable tray is sometimes frustrating, it looks really slick once it is closed. The exact solution to cable management in general might depend on your needs and the available space that you have for working on those areas after the desk is deployed in its final location.

Conclusion

I have been using the desk now for a bit over a month and I am very happy with it. I haven’t experienced any problems with the drive system and the physical controls are very responsive. The Pro X OLED display looks nice but I guess that wouldn’t have been a problem with the other controller as well. The menu is available in both English and German.

The desk fullfills all my requirements for a best-in-class hardware solution. I like the oak look and don’t regret moving from 200cm to 180cm in width. The build quality in combination with the customer service I already experienced before my purchase makes me very happy and confident in my new desk.