Last year when I upgraded my standing desk to a VariDesk and purchased new monitors I thought that I had more or less created the perfect standing desk for myself. To me, a great standing workstation allows you to stand and move around comfortably most of the time while still having the ability to easily transition into leaning or sitting positions without any compromises. The more that I worked in last year’s setup, there were a few compromises that I wanted to attempt to fix:
- The ergonomics were never quite right (based upon my comfort and what I’ve read on the topic). When standing the monitors were too low, when sitting they were too high. The keyboard was always too high.
- Often times when moving the desk up and down cords would get accidentally pinched in the desk.
- Every adjustable chair that I tried didn’t go high enough. Because the VariDesk is on top of my normal desk the sitting height is a few inches higher.
Each problem had a relatively simple solution once I wrestled with the pros and cons:
- I purchased the VariDesk dual monitor arm. At $195 the price is tough to swallow, but it is perfect for a VariDesk. I can adjust my monitors in every possible direction, allowing me to lower the keyboard position and put the monitors in the proper spot.
- I switched to a wireless keyboard and mouse, which I’ve never been a huge fan of, but in conjunction with some better cable management I can now move the desk up and down without fear. After trying a returning a bunch of mice, I settled on the Logitech Wireless Anywhere Mouse MX. I ended up purchasing a second one for my bag so that my travel mouse was identical. It’s not perfect, but it was the only wireless mouse I found with back/forward buttons, middle click, and hyper-scrolling that also fit my hand well and didn’t cost $100+.
- I bought an adjustable stool to replace my chair.
Now I can set the positions of my seat, keyboard/mouse, and monitors completely independently of one another! It takes me about 10 seconds to switch from standing to seated and vice versa. The standing desk will always probably be a work in progress but this feels like one big step closer to an ideal setup.