The Victor DCX610 Standing Desk is fairly basic; it sits on top of your existing desk and raises or lowers manually using a handle and a gas spring system. It’s very smooth and simple to operate, and you can stop at multiple points, not just at its highest or lowest.
- Incredibly easy to set up
- It’s Sturdy
- Comfortable to use in both standing and seated mode
- Thoughtful designs like a pen holder on the keyboard shelf
- Not a lot of room for wires or storage
- Large footprint
One of the downsides to working from home is that there are fewer reasons to get up and move around. At work, I would get up from my desk and walk to visit coworkers, get coffee, or visit the printer; at home, that just doesn’t happen. I was starting to feel pain from this loss of routine movement in my back and hips, which is why I was excited to give the Victor DCX610 Standing Desk a whirl!
The Victor DCX610 Standing Desk is fairly basic; it sits on top of your existing desk and raises or lowers manually using a handle and a gas spring system. It’s very smooth and simple to operate, and you can stop at multiple points, not just at its highest or lowest. This desktop addition is also extremely sturdy, as I’ve inadvertently leaned on the keyboard shelf while it’s fully extended and standing, and it didn’t budge!
More importantly, setup is an absolute breeze. The only part you need to assemble is the keyboard shelf, and it’s just two brackets and a few screws. Once that’s attached, you just place the standing desk on top of your existing desk, and you’re all set to raise and lower it to your heart’s content.
The Victor DCX610 Standing Desk measures 36″x 23″, so if you’re planning on placing it on a smaller tabletop, it’s worth noting that you will lose a chunk of usable space if, like me, you tend to stack everything on one side of your desk.
Speaking of my “desk,” it’s a folding table that measures 4′ by 2′ from Home Depot. I got it because I had to throw together a home office workspace in a hurry last March, and I didn’t have the space to accommodate anything bigger. Despite the rather homemade nature of my workspace, the Victor DCX610 Standing Desk fits well.
Even when I’m seated, it raises my monitor and laptop to a more comfortable level. I’ve noticed a difference in my posture even when I’m working in a chair, so that’s a happy and unexpected bonus.
Still, the main reason to use something like the Victor is to work while standing. Many studies have pointed to various benefits of standing while working; it may not necessarily be a caloric burn, but it could benefit your back, legs, and posture. I am not a doctor. We are not offering specific medical advice here at Gear Diary, so my observations on the physical benefits of using a standing desk are purely my own.
Having said that, I have noticed a difference using the Victor. I have a “bad” knee, one that’s had two surgeries that’s popping and creaking merrily along to becoming arthritic. Due to a combination of stubbornness, a deep and sadistic love for squats, and what might be considered an unhealthy obsession with kettlebells, I don’t generally let my grumpy knee stop me.
One thing I noticed early on in quarantine, though, was that my knee was bothering me more and more. Eventually, I realized this was partially related to the fact that I wasn’t getting up and moving around enough. I’m also in the middle of an intense kettlebell challenge, so standing while working at the Victor DCX610 Standing Desk has made my knee happier. I’ve noticed a huge difference in my kettlebell performance the next day if I integrate plenty of standing the day before.
I don’t currently have a soft mat to stand on while working, but I do plan to get one — I’ve seen those recommended as a way to make standing while working more efficient and comfortable.
The Victor DCX610 has impressed me immensely for two reasons. The first was that the desk was a snap to set up and use, so the learning curve was basically nonexistent. The second is that it is on sale for $179.99 and is normally $287.99; even at the higher price, that’s very reasonable for an adjustable standing desk. True, you don’t get bells and whistles like motorization, but if you own the desk for the purpose of standing more, you can handle manually moving it up and down!
As I said, the movement is also very smooth and quiet; I’ve been able to move it up while on phone calls (using a wireless headset). So if you were to use it in an office setting, if and when those ever return, you wouldn’t annoy your coworkers with your adjustments.
My only complaint and this is somewhat case-specific, is that you don’t get a ton of space under the Victor when it is collapsed due to the size of the frame and lifting mechanism. This isn’t a big deal if you have a reasonably large desk, but if you’re cramped for space like I am, you need to know that you lose usable space. You might have to do what I did and carefully layer wires and a hub, so they don’t interfere with the desk movement.
Overall, I can’t say enough good things about the Victor DCX610. It’s smooth to use, it’s comfortable, and it really does help make working at least somewhat more ergonomic!
The Victor DCX610 High Rise Height Adjustable Standing Desk sells for $287.99 (currently on sale for $179.99; it is available directly from the manufacturer and other retailers, including Amazon [affiliate link]
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample
What I liked: Incredibly easy to set up; It’s Sturdy; Comfortable to use in both standing and seated mode; Thoughtful designs like a pen holder on the keyboard shelf; Affordable
What Needs Improvement: Not a lot of room for wires or storage; Large footprint