Lifestyle

Ergonomic doesn’t have to be expensive

The benefits of why people have standing desks has been verified by us in a prior article here and by Apple CEO Tim Cook. Between EFTM and Apple, the “why” is covered. How you go about obtaining a standing desk or starting a habit of standing and sitting during the day comes in many forms. You could go out and buy an entirely new desk, one which winds up for example. Then there are the add-on options. Keep your current desk and buy something that sits on top of it. Varidesk have an example of this and we’ve been testing the Kogan alternative.

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The Kogan Standing Desk is very similar to the Varidesk in that it requires no assembly, slides out of the box and is ready to use in no time. The Kogan desk that we are testing is holding dual monitors, keyboard and mouse very comfortably, the surface materials are of a good quality and the operations are easy.

The Kogan Standing Desk operates using two hydraulic cylinders making the effort of lifting and lowering the desk very easy. This is unique to see, the Varidesk alternative can feel rather hard to lift and risky to lower without these cylinders.

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Our only gripe with the design of the Kogan option is the levers to raise and lower the desk are on the sides, with a wide reach this may be difficult for some to use. One other recommendation, which Kogan doesn’t sell, is to buy a standing matt. A soft matt will keep your feet from causing too much pain throughout the day.

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The main difference with the Kogan option though is the price. Kogan is selling their standing desk for $299 which is far cheaper than the Varidesk Pro Plus 30 (the closest comparison) which sells for $525.

Being ergonomic and looking after your health can come at a cost, but it doesn’t mean it should cost you more money than necessary.

Living in Sydney his entire life, Geoff has always had a close eye on technology. Through school and immediately after, tech held his focus. Attending University later in life, Geoff began his IT career immediately after leaving high school and has been in the industry ever since. In his spare time he launched a YouTube channel focused on consumer tech that had millions of views. This led to work on community radio talking tech every week and has now stepped him into the studios of 2GB / 4BC every Saturday helping people with tech problems and reviewing the latest gadgets.

When Geoff is looking away from the screen he can be found holding a glass of red wine, spending time with friends and/or watching the Formula 1.

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