Title: This desk riser made me famous
Content: Good news travels fast, especially theough the office grapevine! Since I set this up in my office, coworkers who have never even spoken to me have stopped by my office to see my new desk riser. Everyone remarks on how beautiful the brown wood tone color is. I agree. It is striking. I chose it because it's a beautiful color, and will not show dust as much as a boring black one. I will mention, though, it is a textured surface, that mimics real wood, so is not a good writing surface. My coworker has a black one that looks smooth at first glance but, she pointed out to me that it is not really smooth either. It has really tiny "pimples". So, it's not really a complaint, just an observation. It weighs about 45 pounds and is in a long box that's rather awkward for one person to carry. It actually has a note on the box that it requires a 2-person lift, but I'm not the type to ask for help and nobody was offering their assistance, so I managed to get it from my car into the office by myself. The handles on each end of the box were a tremendous help with that! Our IT guys had offered to help with setup, but we had a huge internet outage that day so they were busy. Patience is not a virtue I possess, so I set it up myself. Since it basically was delivered fully assembled (hence the huge box), setup was a breeze. I am an out-of-shape middle-aged woman with shoulder issues so my coworkers were shocked that I was able to move it and set it up by myself. I am mechanically-inclined, but that wasnt really a necessity as the only thing I needed to do was insert the keyboard tray into the slot on the bottom of the main component. There is a clasp on each side to lock the tray in place, so it doesn't slide out unexpectedly but that step isn't even necessary in my opinion, which I see no situation where a keyboard tray sitting on a flat surface would slide out on its own. By the way, the keyboard tray is NOT retractable - as in, it doesn't slide in and out to quickly/temporarily use your desk as a writing surface. It is, however, easily removable so you can pull it out and stash it to the side if you need your desk surface for an extended period. Then easily insert it back into its slot when you need the keyboard again. So, it's either in or its out - no in-between. It is easy to adjust from sitting to standing height by squeezing the lever on the right side of the riser to activate the hydraulic lifts. It is a smooth, controlled movement - not jerky at all. I'm 5'6" tall and it goes higher than I need it to be. It can be adjusted to go all the way down, flush with the desk, so I can comfortably rest my wrists while typing in the seated position. I purchased the 40", which comfortably fits 2 monitors, with room for a small fan in between. Before ordering, my office's IT manager sent me links to 3 risers he recommended from Amazon. This was one of them. He recommended a 42" to fit the dual monitors, but I went rogue and ordered the 40" because I measured my desktop and found the 42" would extend slightly beyond the edge of my desktop. I thought that would be uncomfortable. My coworker has the 42" - it does hang over rather edge a bit, but she says that doesn't bother her at all. Now my IT guy is telling me I should have ordered the 42" because they are going to be adding a laptop dock to my set up within the next year so I might need the extra space. I thought about exchanging but #1- it seems like too much trouble to box it up after having already set it up with all my monitors and other accessories AND disposed of all the packing materials, and #2- the 42" doesn't come in the brown wood tone color. So, I'm keeping the 42" brown one. According to the product photos, a laptop can be set up on the keyboard tray, so there's that option. Or, I will bring the brown one home for personal use, and buy a second one of this item (but in the 42" version) for my office. Shipping was slow, but that was disclosed during the ordering process prior to checkout. Trust the date they give you, even if it seems like a ridiculously long time for delivery. It took about a month for mine to arrive, but it arrived well-packaged and free of damage. The huge outer box is sturdy, and has made a great "playpen" for my cats!