Jarvis Standing Desk Review
Last updated April 7, 2017 by Ryan Fiorenzi
The Jarvis desk is one of the best values currently available for the money. It’s a solid, well made desk that is easy to adjust via the electric motor, it feels good, and it looks good. It has a solid warranty, and it’s from a reputable company. Starting at $470, it’s one of the lower priced desks and one of the top standing desks we’ve reviewed.
Based on 12 key areas of evaluation listed below.
Speed of Height Adjustment
Jarvis Bamboo Adjustable Standing Desk
- Well built
- Large lift capacity (350 lbs)
- Tabletop looks and feels great
- Speed of adjustment is good
- Will accomodate users up to 6 foot 6 inches (desk can go up to 51″ high if you add the locking rolling caster, 49″ without)
- Nice customization options
- Free shipping
- Desk will arrive in 2 shipments and most likely at different times
- Not the quietest desk on the market, but good for the price
- Cable management could use improvement
Delivery, Warranty & Assembly
The desk will arrive in 2 packages and may arrive at 2 different times. It may take up to 12 days to get both packages (that’s a little slow and a little annoying).
Assembly isn’t difficult with the clear directions that they include. It will take an hour or two, and you can save a little time if you use an electric drill for the screws.
The warranty is 7 years on the frame, the motor, and the moving parts.
If you have to return the desk, the desk must be in “like new” condition, and in it’s original packaging. If you didn’t keep the packaging, there will be a restocking fee. They’ll then issue you a refund, minus shipping charges and any damage fees.
Speed, Stability, and Noise
The desk raises and lowers at 1.25″ per second, which is a solid stat for a desk at the lower end of the price range for a quality standing desk. The desk isn’t quiet when switching, but not bad.
If you like to keep a lot of stuff on your desk, this desk is a beast with it’s 350 lb. lift capacity. This is probably the reason why it’s a little louder than other higher priced desks.
If you’re a taller user and use the desk at the highest height, you may find there’s a little shake to the desk. We don’t think it’s a deal killer, especially at this price.
The bamboo tabletop is beautiful! The finish is really smooth, and good for a mouse. The corners are rounded and sealed, which will keep the desk looking new longer.
The tabletop is available in 2 different shapes, rectangle and contour. The rectangle is available in 7 different sizes:
- 30 x 27″
- 36 x 27″
- 42 x 27″
- 48 x 30″
- 60 x 30″
- 72 x 30″
- 78 x 30″
The contour, pictured below, is $20 more, and is available in 3 sizes:
- 48″ x 30″
- 60″ x 30″
- 72″ x 30″
If you’re a treehugger like me, you’ll be happy to know that the bamboo desks are made from bamboo that requires no fertilizers or pesticides. Bamboo is an eco-friendly option it grows to maturity in 5 years. The tops are Greenguard certified, so they’re made without the use of stains or dyes which can contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds, which can be harmful to the environemnt and your health).
You have 2 options for adjusting the height: the simple handset, which has an up and down button, and the programmable handset (which is an upgrade).
The programmable handset is a $35 upgrade and has the up and down buttons as well as 4 presets for height. We recommend the programmable handset as you can preset your favorite sitting and standing height. There’s 4 buttons, so if there’s a second desk user in the house or office, they can preset their standing and sitting height as well.
We recommend the optional wire management grommets (featured below with the poser options) so your cords can funnel through them on the back left and back right sides of the desk. These range in price from $20-$39.
There’s also a wire management bundle available which includes a surge protector with a 15 ft cable, two cable trays, zip ties, and double sided tape to attach the trays to the back underside of your desk. If you have a lot of cables, the cable trays may not fit everything.
You can also get grommets that hold an AC outlet and two USB ports, so you can plug in 3 devices per grommet. This is really convenient for phone charging.
One possible good option is to get one of your grommets for cable management (on the side of the desk that’s closer to the power outlet), and the other grommet can be upgraded for wire management.
Ergo Depot offers two options for keeping your computer off of the floor (which reduces the amout of dust that can get inside of your maching). It also frees up floor space, and looks a lot better.
One is the Buddy ($69), which holds CPUs 2.25″-4.75″ wide and 9″-16.25″ tall. It will hold a CPU up to 22 lbs, and it swivels 360°.
The other option, the Ergo Depot CPU Holder ($59), holds larger machines, and is available in black or silver.
A $29 upgrade, this will add 2 inches of height (which could be useful if you’re really tall), and makes the desk mobile.
A $29 upgrade that hides under your desk and swivels out, convenient for holding a few small items. Do people still use pencils?
The sidekick is painted gray, white, or black to match your Jarvis frame. It has a lock for all three drawers, 5 rolling casters, a pencil drawer, box drawer, and a drawer for hanging files.
At $199, you might want to make a trip to a local office store and compare prices.
Ergo Depot offers an articulating monitor arm, or dual monitor arms, as well as an optional laptop tray. These are avalable in black, gray, or white to match your frame.
Monitor arms are great as an ergonomic option as you can get your monitors at the perfect angle when you’re sitting and standing, putting the least amount of strain on your upper back and neck.
Having 2 monitor arms is how you can increase the amount of information you have access to, which can be great for traders, designers, video editors, etc. And if you use a laptop, you could have 3 screens in total.
Is the Jarvis Right for you?
For the price, the Jarvis Bamboo Adjustable Standing Desk is a really competitive desk. We’ve reviewed a lot of adjustable standing desks, and this one is one of our favorites.
If you like the base but want a different tabletop, you can put whatever top on the base that you like. We’ve seen people attach an old door to make their own tabletop.
This desk has received a lot of favorable reviews, and if you live in Portland or San Francisco, you can visit their showroom and try the desk out.
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