Varidesk ProDesk 60 Electric: Quick to Set Up, Fantastic to Use

I have standing desks in both my home and work offices. I love them. In both cases, however, assembling the desk took quite some time. The Varidesk ProDesk 60 Electric solves this issue without tradeoffs. The desk, whose MSRP starts at $995, can be assembled in about five minutes yet is an impressive no-compromise standing desk.

My idea of a good standing desk isn’t exactly complex. I want a desk that offers a large, stable work surface and an easy and quiet mechanism to raise end lower the surface. That’s it. I don’t need bells and whistles. I don’t need elaborate materials or fancy, eye-catching design. No, I want something that looks clean, is functional and doesn’t call all that much attention to itself.

The Varidesk ProDesk 60 Electric delivers all that and assembles in under 5 minutes. The motor is both quiet and powerful and goes from sitting to standing in just seconds.

The control panel comes pre-installed. You can choose any height between 25.5″ and 50.5,” and the three programmable memory presents let you move from sitting to standing and back again all with the touch of a button. And it’s well built. Varidesk uses commercial-grade materials and employs their own heavy-duty laminate for the work surface in order ensure it lasts the life of the desk. It can hold up to 250 pounds!

This desk may be on the more utilitarian side of things (I like it that way!), but the 60” by 30” desktop is also available in four finishes. You can choose from Butcher Block, Reclaimed Wood, Darkwood, White, and Black and find the work surface that best meets your decor. As Varidesk explains:

We built the ProDesk 60 Electric from the ground up – after talking to customer after customer to find what they wanted in a motorized electric standing desk and what problems they had with ones they’d tried. The ProDesk 60 Electric is tough enough to withstand use in a corporate environment and can help create a workspace that makes you feel healthier and more productive and engaged.

Our goal was to create the highest quality, most stable, and easiest-to-assemble height-adjustable standing desk for commercial offices. We created the ProDesk 60 Electric with commercial-grade materials and designed it to do something no other motorized electric standing desk can do – assemble in under 5 minutes while being incredibly stable at any height. Each desk has a heavy-duty laminate finish as well as a sturdy steel frame with a stability crossbar for enhanced stability. Unique legs with a patent-pending, easy-to-attach feature means setup only takes minutes. This desk also offers ample work space and has 3 programmable settings to easily and quietly adjust to heights up to 50.5”. Plus, this high-quality electric standing desk features chamfered edges and is available in 5 finishes.

The Varidesk ProDesk 60 Electric arrives in a few boxes. Once they are unpacked and laid out, it becomes immediately apparent that it won’t take long to get the desk setup and ready for use.

Unlike my other desks, the electronics are pre-installed into each of the two legs.

The cabling beneath the desk is already in place and attached to its underside. The control panel and its three pre-programmable buttons are attached and ready to get to work.

The company includes a specialized tool for tightening the included bolts.

The first step is to place the work surface upside down and put each of the two legs in place.

After putting the bolts in loosely, they can be tightened with the included tool.

Then, you simply connect the cables coming from each of the two legs to the cabling that was already in place under the desk.

Before flipping the desk over, however, there is one more step. The desk ships with a cable management tray. Attachments points for the tray are pre-installed so all you have to do it place the tray in position and click the two together. I note this because the company could easily have included the tray but required you to attach it with screws, but that would have required additional work and tools thereby defeating the goal of being able to set the desk up in five minutes. Once the cable tray is locked in place, and the bolts are sufficiently tightened it is time to turn the desk over. Trust me; you will want to get someone to help you. I learned that the hard way.

The Varidesk ProDesk 60 Electric, now standing on its own two legs, is almost ready for use but the company wanted to ensure their newest product delivered “enhanced stability.”

The ProDesk 60 Electric sits on a sturdy frame and includes a steel stability crossbar to provide maximum strength and a stable desktop at any height. So go ahead and work active without disrupting your desktop.

The steel crossbar makes a huge difference in the desk’s stability. Here too, however, Varidesk made setup as easy as possible. As they explain, you first plug the desk in and raise it up to its maximum height. The crossbar has a flange on either side that sites into a slot pre-installed on each of the legs. The company includes a rubber mallet and instructs you to place the flange into the slot in the leg and then give it a few whacks (my word not theirs) to fully seat it in place. It makes a huge difference.

Once the crossbar is in place, the desk is ready to use.

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Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.