If you are beginning your search for an electric sit-to-stand desk, the number of choices can be overwhelming. For the smart shopper who looks hard at a purchase before committing, we have video comparison reviews of our MojoDesk standing desk and other available options. Below are links to full reviews as well as our comparison chart (currently being updated for 2022) that lines up specifications, price, and features of other brands side-by-side.
If you are considering a standing desk, these video reviews and comparison charts will help you decide what options are right for you. One of the key differences of MojoDesk is the quality and stability of our adjustable height frame. All MojoDesk models come standard with a commercial-grade frame that lifts over 250lbs. Unlike others, our bases are all dual-motor with 3-stage telescoping T-style legs for ultimate stablity and include an LED hand control with 4 height presets at no upcharge.
But before we get into more detail, here's a 60 second video about the importance of a sit-to-stand desk as part of overall work wellness.
Both MojoDesk and Vari (previously VariDesk) offer a full sit-to-stand desk that meets BIFMA stability requirements, comes with a 5-year warranty, and offers free shipping to the lower 48--but the similarities end there. If you’re looking for stability and safety up to 300 pounds (vs. 200-250 with the other guys), MojoDesk is the clear choice.
The devil is in the details when it comes to building a comfortable workspace--one where you'll likely spend endless hours. Don’t underestimate the importance of choosing the right features, like a desk shape that suits your work environment and contoured edges for wrist comfort.
Our “apples-to-apples” comparison for this review is between the Evodesk Ergo Edge electric standing desk and MojoDesk—and the findings may surprise you. Let's start with issues of safety and health: two critical factors when researching a high-quality gaming desk.
Ergonomic comfort during long sessions of work or gaming is top priority. In addition to the damage that passionate keyboard users inflict upon the sit-to-stand desk itself, gamers and workers are also punishing their own hands and wrists. Both comfort and stability were key factors in comparing MojoDesk with the IKEA Bekant standing desk side-by-side.
Looking for the most environmentally friendly stand-up desk? Look for a workstation option that is fully Greenguard-certified to reduce VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions into the air. Found in many everyday products and processes, VOCs can put your health at risk and create air pollution.
There are many low-cost standing gaming desks and the Respawn RSP-3000 is one of them. But how does it stack up for value vs. what you get with the more expensive Mojo Gamer Pro?
Whether you’re 4’11” or 6’6”, size matters when it comes to choosing the right standing desk. MojoDesk has the greatest height-adjustability on the market today, to deliver the best in health and comfort for users of all shapes and sizes. From reducing and preventing back problems to improving circulation, alternately sitting and standing improves both health and productivity.
MojoDesk and the iMovR Lander have several similarities, including a large adjustable range, compliance with national ergonomic standards and free shipping.
The areas where iMovR comes up short—namely environmental compliance, tabletop design return policy and price—can be significant concerns for gamers and desk jockeys on a budget.
Besides VertDesk only available in one shape - rectangular - the parent company of VertDesk does not actually manufacture the VertDesk itself, instead working with a U.S.-based OEM manufacturer. In contrast, MojoDesk has a large variety of shape options and made and shipped from our company headquarters in Denver, Colorado.
Note: All specifications sourced from competitor website specification pages as of January, 2020. Since that time, Varidesk (now Vari) has changed their ProDesk in the chart below in both specs, pricing, and name. The price below on the cart and specs are being updated. The list price of $695 is for the 48x30 Vari ProDesk which has now been replaced with the 48x30 Vari Electric Standing Desk at $550. We will have an updated review soon.
Sources: Autonomous, Fully, UpLift, Varidesk
Ever since the open workspace trend burst onto the corporate scene a couple of decades ago, workers and managers alike have regarded open design with skepticism. Exactly how productive can an employee be in the physical midst of other humans, with their sounds, movements, smells, and more. Ever worked in an office with Tuna Sandwich girl? Or Fish Friday guy?
Add the new threat of coronavirus germs that threaten the confidence and the health of employees, and it’s a wonder any work is getting done at the office.
The answer may seem obvious: have everyone work from home. But there are, simply, some businesses who cannot work from home, for reasons ranging from access to needed technology to security concerns. Even the techiest of tech companies, e.g., Apple, are bringing employees back to the office for reasons ranging from hardware access to data security threats, which increase exponentially for work-from-home employees.
For companies that will not allow work from home, and don’t have the option of exiting their office lease for a better “social distancing” layout, here are three ways to improve productivity in the open workspace:
Until now, the emotional impact of working in the open workspace has been the “elephant in the room.” As Forbes reports, working in an open office already lowers employees' output as well as their morale. Today (thank you, coronavirus), more data than ever before is available before to show the cost of feeling insecure about work when it comes to one’s health and safety.
A new study by Ginger, an on-demand mental health company found that nearly 70 percent of workers claim that this is the most stressful time of their careers, exceeding their stress levels in the time of the September 11 attack and the 2008 Great Recession.
Options for making employees feel safe at work include:
1. Rigid Health Monitoring
Conducting regular temperatures checks, reporting of symptoms, upgraded office cleaning, and handwashing protocols lets employees know you're serious.
2. Virtual Mental Health Services
Leaders beyond the HR department are now leaning into the need to offer mental health support to employees. Telehealth is playing a critical role in enabling the privacy and convenience issues that have blocked stress out employees from seeking help in the past.
3. Visible Safety
These include tangible measures like social distancing barriers, re-design of office space for six-foot social distancing, and office furniture upgrades like MojoDome.
Ever been on the receiving end of a call from a noisy call center? Few things are more annoying and distracting. Imagine the person who is trying to help you upgrade your insurance policy, sell you a piece of technology, or provide technical support.
Whatever the scenario, rest assured that both the employee and the customers are having a less-than-pleasant interaction, and that impacts productivity.
Research from global market research firm IPSOS found that 95 percent of audio end-users and decision-makers experience pain points relating to sound that affect their concentration or efficiency at work. These pain points include background noise, having to repeat yourself, and asking for information to be repeated. For businesses that lack access to high-quality audio technology, audio pain points cost companies dearly in terms of time, productivity and revenue.
1. Employer-provided technology
Having a quality microphone is essential for making or receiving professional phone calls or video conferences. Upgrading to a USB microphone like Blue Microphone is a massive upgrade to sound quality for not a huge investment, vs. your iPhone headphones or built-in computer microphone.
2. Smaller groups of employees in the office at a time
While this isn’t exactly helpful for making up lost revenue caused by COVID-19, more and more companies are splitting shifts or otherwise reducing by 50 percent the number of employees who can be in the office at a single time.
3. Soundproof Booths
Office products with names like privacy pods and phone booths have tried, with mixed success, to address the privacy issue in the open workspace. Options up till now haven’t been great, but stay tuned for convertible, sound-absorbing options.
“Visual noise” can be caused by things like bright walls, busy pictures, knickknacks, or clutter on your co-workers’ desks, even your co-workers themselves. The biggest cause of visual noise? Movement of people.
While being around teammates who are performing similar tasks can be a comfort to some workers, it's true that unpredictable movements around one's field of vision distract our brains from the task at hand. People vary in their responses to visual distractions, and being visible to bosses and colleagues can make workers feel pressured to conform to others’ expectations. For employees who default to keeping their heads down to look busy, rather than taking time to reflect or confer with others, innovation and analytical work can suffer.
The old-school solution to physical distraction was the cubicle, which eventually became a joke to many, as cartoons like Dilbert and TV shows like "The Office" poked fun. Plus, a cubicle doesn’t solve the other issues of sound and safe social distancing.
Some workspaces are set up like a warehouse, creating long lines of sight where employees see everything that's happening around them. If your business has the option, change the setup to be more of a labyrinth, with walls, corners, short hallways, and large plants that block views between co-workers.
Much like blinders on a horse, the MojoDome is a convertible workstation allows workers to raise and lower their personal office "walls" around them, as needed and on-demand.
CTA: Ready to bring your workers back to the open workspace, safely and productively? Check out the MojoDome, available for purchase in fall 2020.