I assume you’re already aware of why standing desks or standing desk converters are essential to you if you’re an office worker. I’ll jump straight right in and skip all boring intros here.
I chose the Halter ED-600 for review since in my opinion it’s one of the best standing desks in the mid price range. The Halter ED-600 can be a good Vairdesk alternative for those looking for a reasonably priced, quality standing desk.
In contrast with different models, the ED-600 features sleek design and quality materials and can be a good way for us back pain sufferers to manage our back pain while doing our job at the office.
I’ll elaborate on its functions, advantages and also its letdowns. As always, I haven’t received any demo models to give a review about. These are my own judgments solely.
|You'll love it for these||You won't like these, though|
|Comes fully assembled||Hard to elevate especially with two monitors on top|
|Robust but nice looking design||Not enough space for your mouse|
|Very good bang for the price||Might not be good for taller people|
|Easy and fluid motion|
Robust still elegant: The ED-600
This Halter adjustable desk comes fully assembled, as you’ll notice right out of the box. What you’ll take notice immediately is its characteristic design:
Whether you choose black, cherry or white as your preferred tone, the ED-600 standing desk expansion will surely fit either your office or home, thanks to its minimalistic curved lines.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that the ED-600 is something extremely durable which you’ll note right at first use. The steel framing supplied with gas spring technology gives a stable feeling even when bending on it.
Speaking of weight though, please note that this Halter standing desk can bear up to 40 or 45 pounds at its maximum. This means that it actually can hold even two monitors at the same time.
Using two screens can be efficient, but note that you’ll need some more power to lift the desk because it’s going to be weightier. Although I haven’t seen ladies in action using the ED-600 with two monitors, I can imagine it can give a hard time for them.
Other than that elevating the desk is simple and straightforward. You’ll just need to pull the 2 adjustment lock mechanism handles, one at the left and one at the right side of the upper desk.
I love this desk. I purchased one for a coworker, and recognizing the back problems issue as something I am fighting decided to try one for myself. It has made a huge difference for my back pain.An Amazon.com customer
Halter ED-600 dimensions
The Halter ED-600 features an optimal size that makes it just enough to be used conveniently:
- Desktop length: 35.6”
- Desktop width: 20.4”
- Keyboard desktop length: 35.6”
- Keyboard desktop width: 16.9”
- Desktop adjustment: 17” (Max height)
- Desktop weight: 47.3 lbs
As you can see, the ED-600 weighs up to 47.3 lbs that makes it a bit hard to move around in the office. If you’ll need to move it from one desk to another on a daily basis then the ED-600 might not be the best bet for you, because of its weightiness.
Sizes are decent and I believe it will provide enough space for most office users out there. However I won’t say that the lower desk’s shape is perfect. More on this later, though.
Benefits of using the Halter ED-600
I can imagine that you (as well as I) enjoy getting up from the seated position after hours of constant work. It can be a true salvation at times.
I can honestly say that the ED-600 will redeem those suffering of chronic lower back pain, scitatica, kyphosis, to name a few. However, if you’re suffering from any of these illnesses, please take into consideration that you’ll need to elevate the desk itself multiple times a day. If you think you can handle this, the ED-600 will work out great for you.
What I liked probably the most in the ED-600 was the movement of desk itself. You’ll notice that the gas spring technology operates with a nice, fluid motion. I also appreciated how one can set the height position of the desk. To put simply, you can stop it anywhere immediately after releasing the two handles.
Support was also more than enough provided by Halter. I had one issue with the handles and they immediately replied and managed to fix the problem together in no time.
Also, they provide us a 1-year old warranty. To be honest, I’m not sure if the warranty concerns the entire elevating desk or just parts of it, still it’s good to know they’ve got us covered if any issue would happen.
Shortcomings of the Halter ED-600 adjustable desk
While the ED-600 comes with a variety of great features, it does have some letdowns as well.
Actually, the two handles which you can modify the height with, are too much at the back of the desk. This means, you’ll need to bend over to simultaneously hold the two handles and raise the entire desk. Such a non-ergonomic design.
You’ll instantly notice that this can cause strains to your lower back if you don’t pay enough attention to it. Also, if you plan to switch between positions like four times a day, I’m sure you’ll end up packing down all the two monitors, speakers from top level to bottom to avoid strains.
Halter should have placed those two handles near to the front, so you could raise the whole thing up staying up straight, or should have included more springs in aid to the elevation process.
Another disturbing issue with the ED-600 is the mouse space. Put simply, there’s not enough space for your mouse to maneuver around freely, because you need to squeeze into a small rectangle on your right.
If you’re taller than 6’3” (around 190 centimeters), then this elevating desk can give you a hard time, being too short. You either live with it or just put two pieces of lumber under each rail, this way you can win even 3”-5” without buying a taller, pricier elevating desk,
Let alone its shortcomings, the Halter ED-600 is a great bang for your buck. What really makes it a winner compared to its contestants (like the Versadesk models) is the good price / quality ratio.
It’s an extremely sturdy construction which is designed to be used 24/7 as your main desk and will be of great help to maintain those painless days longer than before.
So if this is the first elevating desk of yours, and still thinking on which to buy, I can definitely recommend the Halter ED-600.
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- Very good value for the price compared to other elevating desks
- Nice design
- Sturdy materials
- Fluid motion from sitting to standing position
- Hard to lift with two monitors on it
- Not enough space for your mouse to maneuver
- Can be too low for taller (6'2") people