VIVO has a wide range of high quality office products, including a few really nice standing desk frames.
This article will guide you through the details and differences between the desks.
What are the most important properties of a VIVO's standing desk frames?
Sit-stand desks and frames have a few properties which quickly tell the whole story:
- The way the height is set: VIVO's frames use either electric motors (these are fast) or cranks (these are slow but cheaper). Both type can hold a lot of weight.
- If you need to move the desk often you'll want one with casters.
Unfortunately VIVO's frames come without casters, moving them is hard.
- The tabletop's size matters - as these frames come without a tabletop you'll have to fit your own. On the upside you can fit a small one if you have a small office, or a large one if you have lot of equipment you need to have on your table.
VIVO's frames have adjustable width.
- VIVO's frames do not have support bars between the legs - this is good. Otherwise you could hurt your knee or shin with the bars when you sit down.
For best ergonomics go for desks which are BIFMA certified.Unfortunately VIVO does not have BIFMA certified frames.
- The desk's max surface load limits how much you can put on the desk. VIVO's frames all have a max surface load higher than 130 lbs. so they should be able to hold all you need.
VIVO's electric frames have memory buttons which make raising and lowering them even easier.
How can you set the height of your VIVO frame?
- With an electric motor - VIVO's V102E and V103E have electric motors which will raise or lower the desk for you at the push of a button. These desks also have a memory feature so setting a desk to a previously programmed height is even easier.
If the electronics get damaged the desk is stuck in position, you may not be able to raise or lower it.
- With a crank - VIVO's V101M has a hand crank you can use to raise or lower the desk to the height you want.
Cranking can get really boring, get this frame only if you have a high drafting stool, so you'll only have to crank to fine-tune the height.
- If you are looking for a different solution you may want to check Ergotron's Workfit-B frame - their design uses springs to counteract the weight of your equipment, this means you'll have to use your muscles too to raise or lower the desk.
This design has a low max surface load.
VIVO electric sit-stand desk frame (DESK-V103E)
The VIVO V103E sit-stand desk frame is suitable for tabletops 40" to 90" wide and 24" to 44" deep. This makes the desk suitable both for small offices using a small surface, and still gives you the option of fitting a large surface that can hold all you need for work - your laptop or desktop computer, external monitors and keyboard, notes, snacks and the office cat too.
You can set the height between 24.4" and 50.4" (without the surface), the two motors in the leg do a good job of raising or lowering the desk four you.
Raising or lowering the desk between the highest and lowest settings takes about 17 seconds - this is about four times faster than using a crank would be.
The desk has a 220 lbs. load capacity so it can hold all the equipment you could ever need.
This desk frame has no crossbars between the legs, so you will not hurt your knee or shin when sitting down to it.
To get the ergonomics right you'll want to get a monitor arm for your display.
This frame is a good choice if you want to build a desk that's customized to your needs.
VIVO sit-stand desk frame with a crank (DESK-V101M)
The VIVO V101M standing desk frame is suitable for surfaces 40" to 80" wide and 24" to 36" deep. Using a small surface you can fit this desk in a tiny office, with a large surface it can hold all you might need for work - it's just a bit smaller than the electric V103E.
You can set the height between 29" and 48" (without the surface) using a crank.
The desk has a 132 lbs. load capacity - less than a top of the line electric desk, but still plenty to hold all you'd need for work.
The frame comes without stabilizing bars between the legs, so you won't hit these when sitting down.
This frame is a good choice if you want to build a desk that's customized to your needs and you do not mind cranking.
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VIVO electric sit-stand desk frame (DESK-V102E)
The V102E is suitable for tabletops 41" to 85" wide and 23" to 44" deep. With this the desk is suitable for both for tiny offices and for those of you who have a lot of equipment on your desk.
The minimum height for this frame is 28.7", the maximum is 48.5", both without the surface.
The surface is raised by a single electric motor.
Raising or lowering the desk between the highest and lowest settings takes about 15 seconds - you'd have to be a cranking champion to beat this.
The desk has a 176 lbs. max load, so it can hold all you can think of. You'll need to get a surface strong enough to make use of this high capacity.
The frame has no crossbars which means no hurt shin or knee when sitting down.
Getting a standing desk frame is a great idea as the surfaces can get damaged during the delivery. You can get the tabletop from a nearby shop and safely deliver it home.
This frame is a good choice if you want to build a desk that's customized to your needs and you do not need the higher weight capacity of the V103E.