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Varidesk Goes Electric Part 1: ProDesk 60 Electric

Varidesk is synonymous with ergonomic office upgrades, and their latest, the ProDesk 60 Electric, brings some welcome innovations to a competitive space.

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The ProDesk 60 Electric is first and foremost a commercial product- a fact I had to remind myself of repeatedly when evaluating it. It’s big, heavy, easy to clean, super-stable, and not minimalist. You won’t find any glass, stone, or premium wood options in the list of surface choices, and I went with black because none of the wood options are to my taste at all.

The ProDesk can be put together in minutes by one person, though you’ll probably need a second set of hands to help flip it upright. In fact, Varidesk is a fan of demonstrations where they assemble an entire office in record time- around three and a half minutes while I was watching.

While the ProDesk is utilitarian on the surface, it shines in the details, with chamfered edges, a cutout in the back for cable management as opposed to an annoyingly small hole, and the best cable management tray I’ve ever seen.

Paired with those touches is a great ecosystem of accessories, including anti-fatigue mats, monitor arms, power hubs, and included headphone/bag hooks. Each of these add-ons is perfectly sized to clamp on to Varidesk’s desktops, though unfortunately monitor arms are still a pain in the ass to install just right.

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If your desktop consists of say, a MacBook, some Grovemade accessories, and an LG UltraFine monitor, the size and aesthetic weight of the ProDesk are going to be overkill. On the other hand, I’m currently rocking a Corsair One Elite and MassDrop Vast, and the depth of the desk actually feels just about right.

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Given that there are great electric standing desks available for less than $300, as well as better-looking electric standing desks out there, I wouldn’t recommend most people run out and buy the ProDesk for home use. But again, this is a commercial product, and I’d recommend the ProDesk to a company in a heartbeat. The desks at our office are physically impossible to sit ergonomically at, and plugging in something underneath them is like getting through the swamp in Legends of the Hidden Temple, so we’ll take a couple hundred, please.

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Shane Roberts

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