- Category: Reviews
- Published on Wednesday, 06 January 2016 22:47
Something I’ve been looking into getting for quite a while now is a new desk. I spend a lot of time sitting behind my desk writing, doing tech stuff and repairs not to mention editing reviews and photos.
My space is limited, so if I’m going to use space in my home it needs to be worth it! I’ve been doing a lot of research and figuring out what I need and I came to the conclusion I need 2 to 3 workspaces: one with a workbench for doing computer repairs (I don’t want to be bent over a table all day installing parts and doing repairs) or any tinkering, a table for doing tabletop reviews and photos, and lastly one as a desk. Like I said before space for me is limited so having three desks or workstations is out of the question. I’ve been looking for something that would give me the best of all worlds; the first thing I thought of is a workbench, but they’re too high for a desk and I don’t want to stand all the time.
After over a year of research I found what’s called a standing desk or a sit stand desk, it’s a desk that allows you to adjust the high to anything needed from a desk to a work bench all in one. I found a Canadian company who is selling the Anthro desk. Anthro is a company who makes desks for industrial use such as in offices or hospitals.
I will admit I was sold on the idea of an electric standing desk the first time I saw them, but which one to get was the real question as they come in all different brands, styles and quality. A big point for me was when I found out a lot of the companies are in the USA, this means very high shipping as well as duty and taxes. These are things that people don’t consider but it’s a very big deal as these costs can double the price of the product when it comes to the low Canadian dollar.
So I set out to find a company that had what I was looking for but sold in Canada saving me all those costs. Anthrodesk.ca was the company I settled on because of three main points. It’s a Canadian company that ships from Ontario so delivery was super fast, I got the desk in 4 days. The next point was cost, the desk appears higher in price than other desks that ship from the USA but after doing a ton of calculations I soon saw that when you factor in all the costs, you end up paying less for the Anthro desk and you’re getting delivery for free, and it’s fast - around 3 to 10 days in Canada as opposed to 10 to 20 days outside Canada.
The next big selling point for me was service, when buying anything one needs to look at the company and the service, no one wants to call a company with a question and have to spend a week trying to get someone to speak with, speaking with anthrodesk.ca I really felt that they understood what I was looking for and they where very helpful and easy to talk to, and as a consumer that's a big selling point for me.
I also was a little thrown by the warranty. On 99% of electronics you get 1 year, but with the Anthro desk you get 3 years on your electronic parts and an insane 6 years on the frame and other parts. When you think about it these days you can’t even get 6 years warranty on a car that you pay tens of thousands of dollars for, the most I’ve seen is 5 years. For me this was a big point, it really felt like you’re shelling out the money for something worth it, and the best part about the Anthro desk is the design - if you ever do need to send a part back it’s all modular and you can just ship the one part not the whole desk.
When you see the desk in person for the first time, it’s not hard to tell why you get a 6 year warranty. The metal in the frame is far thicker than I thought it would be, I would say it’s twice as thick as I was expecting. This is not your cheap metal frame you find on furniture, it’s more industrial looking, as it’s put together with high grade metal and each stress point has been welded with thick seam welds similar to what I’ve seen on high end mountain bikes, and the parts that are tack welded are very well done and strong.
Some have asked how much weight can it support, and it’s 265lbs, so for reference I have a lot of stuff on my desk, I would say it’s pretty much full as you can see in the photo, and I’m only using maybe 60lbs. So just think about that for a second, 265lbs is a lot of weight. I can’t even think of anything you could get on the desk that would be that heavy unless you’re sitting on it, but then again the average man weights 180lbs. I also thing this gives you a real idea how strong the motors and gears must be not just to propel 265lbs up and down over and over, but for them to warranty it for 6 years, Anthro must feel very strongly that it’s up to the task!
Now let’s talk the desk, I’ve been using the desk for a few months now and I’m loving it! It’s been one of the best purchases I’ve made in my life, so useful and user friendly. I opted for just the desk and installed a top myself, but you can order the top if you want or make your own. Another great point about the desk is the main desk is steel, and the top can be anything you want. I’ve done a lot of thinking about this, and when spending money on a desk I wanted the best I can get for the money. The Anthro desk features gives you tons of ability to grow with the desk, if you change your home décor or the top becomes damaged you can buy or have a new top made allowing your desk to outlast most of your other furniture in the long run!
When it comes to installation of the desk its just about as simple as it can be, you don’t have a complicated design like IKEA, where you have 500 screws and need a map to tell where everything goes, some things I’ve bought from IKEA have taken me days to put together, but the Anthro desk took only 20 minutes!
Anthro has designed this desk so well that the person who did it really made it simple! You have two main allen bolts - one large that is used for the legs, feet, and body, and 4 small allen bolts to mount the controller box to the frame, and lastly you have the screws that mount the top to the body, that’s it! The feet mount onto the legs with 4 allen bolts for each leg. Then the legs slide into the main beam and are held it place with 6 allen bolts. These are all the same size and are identical allen bolts which I found very smart, saving you a lot of time trying to figure out where everything goes.
Once you have assembled the body it’s just a matter of running the four wires, one from each leg to the controller box, then your power and main remote cable. All cables plug in either with an RJ45jack, which is the same as you use for the internet cables on your computer, or a 6 pin connecter you would find on a computer graphics card, and all plugs are one way so you can’t plug them in wrong as they’re designed only to be plugged in one way and lock. So if you’re not familiar with these connections it’s about as simple as it can be, they go together like wall plugs or Legos.
Lastly it’s just a matter of testing your setup to make sure everything is working before you install the top. I recommend doing this because this is the time to re-adjust things if they’re not right, you don’t want to take everything off and pull the top if something isn’t setup right, but to be honest it’s not likely!
Now for controls, this is something that can be intimidating for people. With an electronic standing desk they may think it’s too complicated to run. And again Anthro has made it simple, all you do is use the up and down keys to get the desk where you want it, then press the S button (or as I call it save) then the preset you want to make that height, that’s it! Now every time you press that button it will go to that height. The controller comes with 4 presets. I use the buttons 1 for the desk level, 2 for standing height and 4 for its top height. This leaves you one preset left for anything you need or want in the future and keep in mind these buttons can be changed at any time or adjusted for different family members. The S button also serves as an emergency stop if you need to stop the desk quickly when it’s moving.
This brings me to the one thing that’s not perfect about an otherwise perfect desk, and that’s the LED display, it stays on. It’s not a big deal, but I would like to see it dim then shut off, then once someone pushes a button it could come back on. It’s a small thing but I think for a desk that was so well thought out, it’s weird to overlook something so small, but to be honest I’m so pleased with the desk it’s easy to overlook something so insignificant.
Cable management, with a desk like this I was pretty much thinking I would have a mess of cables underneath because of it being so open, And I have to mention if you’re a big guy, it being so open really allows you to stretch out over other desks that cram you all in. With the cable management I used double sided industrial tape and these cable tie holders to mount almost every cord to the underside of the desk including a power bar. This allowed me to run all the items I have on the desk while keeping the wires pretty much hidden.
I did have to have some cables hanging so that I could hook up computers to be repaired. So what I’ve done is set up umbilical-like cords on each side of the desk which I’ve run power internet and monitor cables through, then it’s just a matter of using my monitors as a video switch to go from one computer to the other. I also use a keyboard and mouse all in one, that I switch using a dongle depending on which one I’m working on. I will be hooking up some USB extensions so that a wired keyboard can be used just in case for some reason the computer will not run the Bluetooth dongle.
Something I’m also wanting to do is mount the monitors on arms or a stand as this will give me even more room “as if the 30 x 60 inches wasn’t enough” but it will also allow for the monitors to be moved around depending on what you’re working on.
Why I chose the 30 dollar top from Home Depot was to save a little money but it’s MDF and because I plan to use this desk as a workbench as well I wanted something that could be cheaply replaced when and if it becomes damaged and this desk’s setup allows me to do so. But if you’re just going to use it as a desk I would recommend getting the desk top as well from Anthrodesk.ca, it will save you time running around finding a top. Also the way the desk is made it can accommodate just about any top if you want to get real fancy or want something that matches your décor in your home.
All and all I’m very pleased with my desk. As most people know I only do reviews of products I like, I know it’s not a survival or outdoor product but I did the review anyways because after all who doesn’t need a quality desk and Anthro desks are without question the best desk I’ve ever owned! The Anthro Adjustable Electric Standing Desk is a simple very functional desk, and I’m sure it would fit into anyone’s home as it did in mine!
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