VARIDESK: Revolutionise your workspace
Nicola McClean test runs the new VARIDESK® ProDesk 48™ Electric and finds it is the perfect way to revolutionise your workspace.
Office jobs are notoriously associated with sedentary lifestyles. While it can be tempting, for productivity reasons, to remain seated and focused during work hours, extensive research has linked sitting for long periods of time with several health concerns, among them increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels, heart disease and diabetes. Not to mention the effects it can have on your mental health and energy levels.
When I first began working in an office I immediately signed up for the gym because ‘sittingitis’, or chronic sitting, took a noticeable toll on my energy and clarity of thought. While this helped, I still wanted more movement and flexibility during office hours. Varidesk aims to eradicate these problems with its sit-stand solutions, so I decided to put it to the test.
At first glance, this desk is incredibly chic. The reclaimed wood finish – one of five choices of finishes – added a retro feel to my workspace and after adding folders, sticky notes and a green succulent, I had the most stylish set up in the office. Assembling the desk took less than 10 minutes, plus there are three programmable presets which is useful when I wear different height shoes. The work surface is large enough to accommodate a dual-monitor, while still giving you room for paperwork and necessary accessories. Two handbag holders make for a fashionable yet practical addition, keeping my personal items within arm’s reach and also out of the way should my colleagues be walking past.
The only downside of the desk is a noticeable hum when adjusting the height – this has taken some time to get used to by myself and my colleagues. Despite this, being able to move around the desk has kept my mind active and my workplace performance has noticeably improved. After lunch, I usually face a slump in productivity, however, after raising my desk to the standing position this is instantly solved.
While the Varidesk only burns 87 more calories per day than traditional desks, it does noticeably enhance my concentration, mood, posture and energy levels, which are all directly linked to my productivity. The trendy wooden finish is also a great excuse to invest in some office greenery!
ProDesk® 60 Electric
Weight capacity: 250 lb | 113.4 kgs
Display surface: 60” (W) x 30” (D) | 152.5 cm (W) x 76 cm (D)
Footprint: 60” (W) x 30” (D) | 152.2 cm (W) x 76 cm (D)
Finishes: black, white, darkwood, butcher block and reclaimed wood