ApexDesk has high quality electric standing desks, and it's easy to get lost in the details when looking for a desk. This guide will help you clear up the differences, and will make choosing a desk easier. Read on to find out more about ApexDesk's products.
What are the most important properties of a ApexDesk standing desk?
Standing desks have properties which define their utility:
- The mechanism for setting the height: ApexDesk's products use either electronics or pneumatics.
- The casters: unfortunately most of ApexDesk's desks come without casters, which makes them hard to move.
- The surface width - this is the "size" of the desk. If it's too large it may not fit your office, if it's too small it will have a hard time holding all you need.
- The pneumatic desks from ApexDesk have support bars between the legs. You could hurt your knees by hitting these bars when sitting.
If possible go for the desks which are BIFMA certified or at least are made with the BIFMA standards in mind. This ensures that the desk is ergonomic.The Vortex corner desks from ApexDesk are built to the BIFMA standard.
- The max load of the desk: this limits the equipment you can put on it.
ApexDesk's electronic desks have a higher than average max load so they are a safe buy from this point of view. However they do not even say the max load for their pneumatic desks, probably because it's so low. Manufacturers often round up the desks' dimensions. If you are paranoid about this just get buy the legs and you'll be able to fit the tabletop you measure yourself.
How is the ApexDesk standing desk's height set?
- Electronically - the most popular desks from ApexDesk have electronic controls. You can raise or lower the desk with the push of a button. Most models have memory too, which makes it easy to set the height to a previously stored value.
If the electronics get damaged the desk is stuck in position, you won't be able to raise or lower it.
- With pneumatics - in this case a pneumatic cylinder helps you raise or lower the desk. These cylinders are usually weak, and you'll have to use your muscles to raise or lower the desk.
Avoid pneumatic sit-stand desks.
- Other companies support setting the height with a stud - in this case you need to raise the desk by hand and place a stud in a hole in the legs. Click here to learn more about these desks. There are desks from other manufacturers which use a crank, you can learn more here.
ApexDesk Elite series electric standing desks, 60" and 71" wide
The ApexDesk Elite series have a 60" or 71" wide surface, more than enough to fit everything you'd need for your work on it - your laptop, external keyboard and monitor, your notes and snacks too.
You can set the height of these desks between 29" and 48" - there are two electric motors in the desk which do the raising or lowering for you.
Both raising and lowering the desk between the endpoints takes about 15 seconds - four times faster than using a crank.
While other desks have crossbars between the legs which you could hit when sitting down, these desks have a crossbar right bellow the surface which makes them safer than the average.
You'll want to get a monitor mount for these desks to get the ergonomics right.
These desks are ideal choice for those of you who keep lots of devices and equipment on their table.
ApexDesk Vortex series 60" wide electric standing desks
The Vortex series comes with a 60" wide surface. It's ideal for most use cases as the desk can hold all you'd need for your work - your computer, screen, mouse, keyboard, notes and even the office cat.
You can change the height between 27.5" and 45.5" without the top - these desks are a bit lower than the Elite series.
The desks comes in two variants, one with memory buttons, the other without.
This desk moves slower than the Elite series - it takes about 35 seconds to raise or lower the desk between the endpoints. On the upside it's still faster than using a crank.
The surface capacity is 170 lbs - it's smaller than that of the Elite series, but still more than enough.
These desks have no casters. You'll want to check out other desks too if you'll want to move it around a lot.
Flex Pro 66" electric standing desk
The Flex Pro series has a 66" wide surface, which is a middle ground between the 71" and 60" you find on the Elite series.
This desk is wide enough to fit all you need, you will not have problems finding place for your laptop, screen, keyboard, notes and books.
You can set the height of the desk between 28" and 48.5". This desk has two electric motors so it's fast and strong.
The desk has memory buttons and a mobile app too to set the height. The mobile app supports both iOS and Android, and uses Bluetooth for communicating with the desk. You can set the height with the app very precisely.
As the desk has no stabilizing bars between the legs, you will not hurt your knees when sitting down to it.
Choose this desk if you'd like a desk with a mobile app. Otherwise just go with the Elite series. Make sure you get a monitor mount for proper ergonomics.
AirDesk pneumatic sit-stand desk, 24", 47" and 59" wide
The AirDesk series of sit-stand desk from ApexDesk come in 24", 47" and 59" wide variants. While the 24" wide one is too small for office use, the other two sizes are practical and can hold all you need for your work.
For the 24" wide variant you can set the height between 30" and 47".
For the 47" and 59" wide variants you can set the height between 29" and 48".
You can set the height using a single lever, after which you can raise or lower the desk with your hands - the pneumatics will help you.
24" wide variants
These desks are mainly for classroom use, and are not suitable for office use.
These desks have a single central column instead of legs.
47" wide variants
These desks are large enough to hold all you'd need but there's no information on how much weight they can cope with - probably because it's too low.
ApexDesk Vortex 63" wide electric corner desks
The Vortex corner desk series have 63" wide surface in an L shape. It's large enough to suite all your needs, and will hold pretty much everything you can think of.
As this desk is L shaped it comes in as left-return or right-return variants.
You can set the height between 27.5" and 45.5" using the buttons on the side of the desk.
The desk has no stabilizing bars between the legs so you will not hit your knees when sitting down to it.
Choose this desk if you need the extra space provided by the L-shape.
ApexDesk Flex series electric desk frame only, for 47" - 78" table tops
This series is does not have a surface so you'll have to fit your own. It can hold surfaces 47" to 78" wide.
With a wide enough tabletop you can fit everything you need for your work on it.
You can set the height between 27.5" - 47" using the buttons on the controller. The desk is raised or lowered by the electric motors in the legs.
Just as with other ApexDesk products you'll need a monitor mount or monitor arm to get the ergonomics right.