Complete guide to VIVO standing desks

2018-05-31 Admin

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.

This is a base only, and does not include a desk surface, you'll have to buy that separately.

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.

The frame features memory buttons which you can use the quickly raise or lower your desk to a preprogrammed height - this way you can switch between sitting and standing with a single push of a button.

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. Make sure you get a strong enough surface to support this load.

This desk base comes without casters so you'll have a hard time moving it around. Finding desk frames with casters can be harder than expected, if you need them you'll want to check Stand up desk store's electric desks complete with a surface.

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.

There's no information if these desks were built to the ANSI/BIFMA ergonomic standards.

Tabletops often get chipped during delivery, ordering a standing desk frame without a tabletop and buying the surface from a local shop gets around this problem.

This frame is a good choice if you want to build a desk that's customized to your needs.

VIVO Electric Stand Up Desk Frame w/Dual Motor and Cable Management Rack, Ergonomic Height Adjustable Standing DIY Workstation (DESK-V103E)
 
Color: Black
 
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Memory buttons:
 
Width: 40" - 90"
 
Max load: 220 lbs.
 
Height: 24.4" - 50.4"
 
Price: $339.99 (list price) as of 03:45 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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VIVO White Electric Stand Up Desk Frame w/Dual Motor and Cable Management Rack, Ergonomic Height Adjustable Standing DIY Workstation (DESK-V103EW)
 
Color: White
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Tabletop:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Width: 40" - 90"
 
Max load: 220 lbs.
 
Height: 24.4" - 50.4"
 
Price: $354.99 (list price) as of 03:45 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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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'll need to fit your own tabletop to use this desk.

You can set the height between 29" and 48" (without the surface) using a crank.

Cranking between the sitting and standing positions can get boring quickly. This desk is a good match for a high drafting stool, so you'll only need to crank for the tiny adjustments.

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.

This frame has no casters, moving it will be difficult. If you need casters your best bet is to get a standing desk complete with a surface, for example Stand up desk store's crank desk. Finding a frame with casters can be a bit harder than expected.

The frame comes without stabilizing bars between the legs, so you won't hit these when sitting down.

For the proper ergonomics it's a great idea to get a flexible monitor arm - these bring your display to you so you won't have to lean in or look downwards too much.

As there's no information if this frame was built to the ANSI/BIFMA standard you can safely assume that it was not. This is not a big problem though.

If you only buy the desk frame online and get the tabletop from a local shop you can make sure the surface you get is not chipped.

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 VIVO V102E sit-stand desk frame is the smaller brother of the V103E. The biggest difference is in the price and the max surface load, however the recommended tabletop sizes and the minimum and maximum height differs a bit too.

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.

Just as VIVO's other bases this one comes without a surface too, you'll have to buy that separately.

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.

The electronics comes with memory buttons, which you can use to quickly raise or lower the desk to a preprogrammed height - this makes lifting the table very convenient.

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.

Just as VIVO's other sit-stand frames this one comes without casters too - moving it will be hard. Frames without casters are fairly rare, your best bet is to get a proper standing desk if you need casters.

The frame has no crossbars which means no hurt shin or knee when sitting down.

For proper ergonomics you'll need a monitor holder, or even better, a flexible monitor arm.

There's no information if these desks were designed to the ANSI/BIFMA ergonomic standards.

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.

VIVO Black Electric Stand Up Desk Frame Workstation, Single Motor Ergonomic Standing Height Adjustable Base (DESK-V102E)
 
Color: Black Frame
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Tabletop:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Width: 41" - 85"
 
Max load: 176 lbs.
 
Height: 28.7" - 48.5"
 
Price: $284.99 (list price) $259.99 (lowest new) $241.79 (lowest used) as of 03:44 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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Learn more

  • Visit Vivo-us.com to learn more about the company.
  • You can check their standing desks here.
  • For a really detailed look at the Vivo V103E check Beyond the office door's article.