Varidesk Pro Desk 60 Review

Last updated August 12, 2017 by Ryan Fiorenzi

Quick Summary

This desk is Varidesk’s first attempt at a free standing desk. All of their previous models required an existing desk or table that their unit would rest on. There are a few issues with this desk, the first of which is that for the last few months it’s been unavailable on Amazon or on Varidesk’s website. You can check here to see if it’s available.

I had issues with the shipping, it was difficult to lower the desk, and I have a preference for electric desks (this one you have to push and pull up via paddles under the desktop).

Overall I don’t recommend this desk; there are a few other desks that I would recommend taking a look at instead:

  1. Jarvis Standing Desk
  2. Upwrite UpDesk

Also take a look at our recommendations for the best standing desks of 2017.

Overall Score:
0
out of 100

Based on 12 key areas of evaluation listed below.

Shipping
15%
Assembly
100%
Stability
95%
Speed of switching from sitting to standing
95%
Noise level
95%
Overall Feel
80%
Surface area
100%
Overall look
75%
Lift Capacity
80%
Warranty
85%
Overall Value
65%
Ergonomics
55%

Varidesk Pro Desk 60 Full Review

Cons

The Pro Desk 60 is a solid desk from a great standing desk company. My main concern with this desk after trying it out is that it was hard to push down. I’m almost 200 lbs, and I’ve lifted weights for years, so I’m not weak, but it took a lot of effort for me to push the desk down into the lowest position.

To be fair, I didn’t put a lof of stuff on the desk, which would have helped. And over time I imagine the desk would be “broken in” and be easier to use.

The second issue I had was with the pickup. This wasn’t a huge deal, but when the truck arrived the driver told me that it wasn’t his job to help me get the desk in my house, it was only his job to park the truck outside. I pretended not to be pissed, and started to grab the desk myself. It’s 170 lbs, and hard to grab, so that woudn’t have gone well. The driver then decided to help me, but we carried it in by hand. For a few days after that my back was sore.

The third issue I had was with the return, and it was only with the Pro Desk 60, not with any other desk. Varidesk used FedEx to deliver the smaller desks, and a separate company to deliver and pick up this desk.

The first time it was supposed to be picked up, no one showed. I called to schedule another pickup, and they gave me an 8 hour window wher I had to be home waiting for them (I hate that!). The truck never showed. The next morning I called and they said there was a miscommunication and it was going to be delivered that day. I wasn’t at home, I hurried home and they showed up.

Varidesk needs to fix these issues the shipping company.

Pros

If you’re looking for a standing desk without a motor, this could be a good option. Many desks raise and lower via an electric motor, and they often have preset heights so you can just push a button and your desk will go to a preselected height. If you’re in a quiet office or an area where you don’t want to make much noise, this desk may work for you. And it’s not that this desk makes no noise, it will click when you release the paddles after you find the height you want the desk.

One reason I would consider buying the Pro Desk 60 is because Varidesk offers these features on all of their products:

  1. Varidesk has a 30 – day guarantee on all products.
  2. Free shipping on delivery and returns.
  3. Quick delivery – around 7 days (some standing desk can take weeks).
  4. Minimal assembly: just screw the legs in and the desk is ready to be flipped over and put into place. It will require 2 people.
  5. Friendly customer support.
  6. All of their products are solid, well made, and look good.

Pro Desk 60 Specs

Accessories and Options

You have space on your desk for multiple monitors, and one way you can do that is with single or dual monitor arms. With the monitor arms you can  raise, lower, and tilt the screens to the perfect height and angle for sitting and standing. See our Top Monitor Arms review for more information.

If you start using your standing desk and find yourself getting tired, there are a couple things you can do. One is to sit down (you’re supposed to be switching positions every 20 minutes anyways), and the other is to get a standing desk mat. See my favorite anti-fatigue mat below, the Topo.

The Verdict on the Pro Desk 60

I had an issue with the delivery – that’s a possible one time issue.

I had an issue with the return – you may not be returning the desk if you buy it.

The desk doesn’t lower easily, but if you put a monitor (or two or three) and other items on the desk, it might lower much easier.

If you like the way it looks, and you’re looking for a simple, quiet, no frills desk that’s solid, from a solid company, this may be a good choice for you. However, for the price, there are electric adjusting desks that do more than the Pro Desk 60, such as the iMovr Thermodesk Uptown (which is cheaper) the Jarvis, or the UpWrite.

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