The BACK Standing Desk Review
Aaron Karns, M.A.
Updated May 10, 2019
The BACK standing desk converter is a great option for converting an existing traditional sitting desk into a sit/stand desk. It's perfectly suited for use at home or in the office. The BACK desk is lightweight, easy to adjust and priced very well. Perhaps one of the best features is that it is ready to go out of the box - no assembly required. It's backed by a trustworthy company with a generous return policy and above all, it's priced extremely competitively at a $299.99 starting price.
- The BACK standing desk is mechanically sound
- For a desk at this price point it is extremely stable.
- The desk can support just over eighty pounds.
- Extremely lightweight
- Tabletop looks and feels great
- Room for two 20" monitors and a couple note pads
- No assembly required
- Easy to raise and lower with no electric cables needed
- Free shipping over $75
- Max height is 16.3"
- Top platform and keyboard tray are pressed board
- Rubber lip around edge of keyboard tray
When ordering products from Backpainhelp.com you will find that all U.S. orders $75 or more will have the option for free standard delivery - excluding Hawaii and Alaska(sorry guys!). Standard delivery is expected to take between three and five business days. Fast delivery should take between two and three business days. You should allow for one business day for your order to be processed, which is done Monday through Friday.
What is there to say about assembly? If you can open a box then you can assemble the BACK standing desk. Straight out of the box this bad boy is ready to rock. There isn't a nut or bolt you need to worry about. Just cut the tape to open the box, have a spot on your desk cleared off in advance and be capable of lifting about 25 lbs by yourself.
The BACK, like all of our friends' products over at Backpainhelp.org, have a 30-day money back guarantee. Their products are designed to improve posture and relieve back pain and are endorsed by the London Spine Clinic on Harley Street. If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase then you can send it back. You can expect to receive a refund of your original payment within two or three business days after they receive the returned product.
We didn't see anything indicating that the desk must be in "like new" condition and in its original packaging. If you order from Backpainhelp.com but end up wanting to exchange the size that can be done for free if the items have not been in your possession for more than 30 days from the day the items were received.
Desktop & Keyboard Tray
The desk raises and lowers manually through the use of two handles on the left and right underside of the desk. To raise the desk simply depress the handles by pulling them up. While the handles are depressed firmly grip the desktop and slowly pull upward and slightly toward yourself, stopping at the desired height. To lower the desk, depress the handles again and put the desktop downward and slightly away from yourself. Its worth noting that the more weight there is on the desktop the more effort raising and lowering will take. The first time raising the desk we noticed that it stuck a bit but it wasn't an issue again after that.
Speaking of weight, the BACK standing desk is supposed to be able to withstand 88 lbs on the top platform and 11 lbs on the keyboard tray. We have a monitor and laptop on the top platform and just for fun put a 20 lb kettle on in addition just to see how it affected the raising and lowering experience. It really didn't make it any more difficult to raise but when we went to lower the desk we almost had to catch it because it started going down so fast. Sometimes, after standing for a while, team members catch themselves leaning forward and resting an elbow on either the top platform or keyboard tray and there is notable bending and deflection. We would definitely not recommend doing that.
If you are a taller user this desk may come up a little short (pun intended). I'm 5'11 and at the max height my arms are not at the recommended 90-degree angle and my computer monitors are way below the optimum height which would increase neck fatigue. It could be that I have a short desk though. The desk that the BACK desk sits on is only 29.5" tall. If it were 32-34" then the heights for the BACK desk would be more than adequate. When using our sit/stand stools all of the heights are perfectly adequate. Another workaround to make the max height more comfortable is to stand with you legs spread a bit further apart than usual. We don't think it's a deal breaker, especially at this price.
The top platform is large enough to hold my 20" monitor and 15.5" laptop without issue. From front to back at its widest it's about 20.5" and from side to side it's about 32" according to my Stanley Fat Max. The material appears to be a pressed board with a thin plastic laminate covering the top and bottom. Around the entire circumference, the edge is protected by a plastic bumper. The raised plastic edge may help prevent things from rolling off which is nice. All of the corners are very rounded and the front has a nice ergonomic curve to it. We're not the biggest fan of the material used. But look, it keeps cost down and that saving is passed down to the consumer. It also makes for a super lightweight desk.
The tabletop is available in black and white. It is also available in two additional sizes. Here's a list of all three available sizes:
- Small Standing desk: 23.6" W x 15.7" D - 4 height settings"
- Medium Standing desk: 31.9" W x 20.5" D - 5 height settings"
- Large Standing desk: 37.4" W x 23.6" D - 10 height settings
You can see in the photo above that keyboard tray is a little cramped for the medium size standing desk. The official dimensions for the medium desk are 24" W x 10.4" D, and it slides out 6.2" beyond the rim. We do have to call out the fact that the plastic lip tends to rub on the wrist. It's not really that big of a deal but it would be nice if the edge had a bevel to it instead of a raised plastic lip. We're sure the pressed board material is a little limiting in that regard. We almost hate to mention this because overall we think this desk is great, but the pressed board platform is probably the weakest link. We have a damaged corner that we're sure is due to rough handling during the shipping process. The damaged corner was small and almost unnoticeable. You can see image of the damaged corner below. We contacted Backpainhelp.com and they assured us that they would send a replacement. We said not to worry about it since it is not a functional issue and hardly noticeable cosmetically. We definitely want to emphasize that this is most likely from rough handling during shipping, not any manufacturing errors.
After pointing out a couple negatives regarding the platform and keyboard tray we have to mention something about the desk that we have a lot of faith in. We believe the mechanical components will last forever. The mechanisms and arms that raise, lower and support the desk have zinc alloy joints and aluminum components. The hydraulic pistons do a great job of assisting in the effort required to raise and lower the desk. The engineering of the bracing has made for a very stable desk even at full height.
For the price, the BACK Standing Desk is a pretty good desk. We've reviewed a lot of adjustable standing desk converters, and we'd have to place this in the upper middle pack. It's not the best but it has satisfied most of our requirements for a standing desk converter. We love how lightweight it is and the fact that there is no assembly required. Most importantly, you will be able to get up and move more!
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