4 Stars By Doley on 2017-06-19
The StandSteady UpTrak is a great solution for what it is :)
For what it is and what it costs, the Stand Steady UpTrak works great. Just pay attention to the "what it is" part. The UpTrak is a slider-type sit/stand desk solution, so it rests on the desktop itself and you side the platform up the metal rails if you want to stand, and slide it down it you want to sit. It's not spring-supported so you have to be sure and hold on to the platform, however heavy it is, when you slide it. You don't get an actual mounting bracket for your computer monitor, so the monitor has to sit on the platform along with the keyboard, mouse and anything else you want on it. In the stand position, the platform is held in place by a couple of plastic pinch-brackets in the back, and a separate support column in the front. To change from sit to stand position or vice versa, you have to hold onto the platform, release the pinch-brackets, and remove the support column, then slide the platform to the desired position.
Some people will find that process to be a pain in the butt, others won't. The pinch-bracket handles seem flimsy to me, like they might break at some point, but who knows maybe they will last forever. The point is that if you opt for a slider-type solution, you're going to have to deal with these things no matter which brand you choose. The slider type ones are generally cheaper, which is why I only paid $140 and why I chose this type. In my experience, these slider type solutions are best for those who a) don't want to pay a lot, or b) who will be spending most of their time in one position or the other and won't need to change between the sit and stand positions too often, if at all. Both of these conditions apply to me. If they apply to you as well, then The UpTrak is as good as any slider-type solution and better than many. For the price it's hard to beat.
But you need to be aware that if you are someone who needs to switch between sit and stand on a regular basis, then you may want (or need) to consider paying more and buying better. That's not a reflection on the UpTrak, that's just the way it is IMHO. Say that you have a back injury and you can't lift anything; how are you going to lift the platform on the UpTrak to the stand position or hold the platform while lowering it to the sit position? Answer: you probably can't, and you will have to go with a scissor-type or heavy-duty spring-loaded type that actually mounts to your desktop. That's because these two types of sit-stand generally seem to require less effort and rigmarole to go between stand and sit, particularly the spring-loaded ones. They will almost surely cost more too, so be ready.
Point is, don't buy the UpTrak thinking that it's going to be the end-all be-all sit/stand desk solution regardless of your needs, and then get mad when you put it together and discover that it carries with it all the disadvantages of the slider-type solution and none of the advantages of a more expensive solution. Again you don't even get a monitor support for this model, so if you use more than one monitor then that rules out the UpTrak right there IMHO. There's a reason it's only $140. I like it because the rigmarole that I would have to go through to change positions from stand to sit encourages me to keep It in the stand position all the time, which is what I should be doing anyway. And again, you might not care about having to loosen the pinch brackets, remove the support column, and slide the platform to stand or sit, maybe it's not that big a deal for you to have to do that each time. But for the solution that it is, the UpTrak will not disappoint!
5 Stars By Jennifer M. Hilton on 2016-05-30
Yeah a standing option that isn't super pricey.
I think there are probably more advanced products out there that have hydraulic lifts etc but this is perfect for my use. Some of the sit stand desk have a lift similar to a desk chair this lift is like an older tripod for a camera. I only have a laptop on it so it isn't that heavy or complicated. I am using this in my home office and love it. Such a change from sitting. Easy to put together the little kick stand thing is kind of cute. I don't put it in front like on the picture I put it off on the side underneath where the 'mouse' would sit.
3 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2017-03-20
Woudl have been nice, if there were stoppers
Overall the item is ok, it does what it's supposed to. One thing to consider, is that it is a bit awkward to rise and lower. You have to be prepared to hold on tight to the unit to drop and rise. I didn't realize it at first, but when i lowered it, the thing came crashing down on my desk. Also, being that there is no 'anchor' you have to be careful of it tipping over when trying to lift it. Woudl have been nice, if there were stoppers, or a lever that can control the speed as to when it rises or lowers.
1 Stars By Wayne on 2016-12-19
Great idea, poorly executed
Poor design, not stable. The only positive is the infinite height adjustment. Unfortunately, the positioning of the rear bracket means your monitor will be practically sitting in your lap, right up against your keyboard, making it an ergonomic nightmare. Additionally, the front center "pole" is flimsy and doesn't stabilize the surface very well, so that as you're typing the monitor will be moving around. Wound up returning this desk for one with four legs and a larger surface area.
2 Stars By Ms Raha on 2016-06-28
I am disappointed in this product. The concept is good, however, it feels quite unsteady when fully extended, and the tension rod that supports the front of the platform would not stay at the height that I set it - the smallest amount of pressure would cause the rod to collapse and fall (thankfully the platform itself didn't follow!). After only a few uses, the tension rod came apart completely, and is virtually useless. I find myself nervous to use the desk, and I'm definitely not using it as much as I had hoped to. A complete waste of money - I should have spent an extra $50 for a sturdier option - I'm currently shopping for one.
3 Stars By Stacy R. on 2017-09-19
Great stand. Broken part. :-(
I would give this stand a much higher rating if the part of the stand that is separate and you wedge under the front hadn't broken like the second day I had it!
I LOVE having this stand. I'm a teacher and I don't have to sit at my desk to take roll, look something up with a student, or send a quick email anymore. I spend much less time sitting in general and I know my back appreciates it.
I'm probably going to have to return the stand and get a new one but I really do like it!
It's easy to raise and lower, you get used to supporting the platform with one hand before you lower it pretty quickly. I was very mindful of that after reading other reviews and haven't had it fall once.
5 Stars By Bob Eldridge on 2016-07-31
I really like my new Stand Steady
I really like my new Stand Steady. The product was easily assembled in about 15 minutes and is made with quality materials. I am getting used to standing at the desk and feel better about doing less sitting.
If there is one thing I would change, it would be to add top and bottom rubber cups for the stick support. Although the stick has never collapsed nor fallen out of place (I make sure it is perpendicular to the two boards and tightened - two rubber cups similar to the one I posted below, centered and aligned (bottom of top shelf and top of bottom shelf) would, in my opinion guarantee proper alignment of the plastic tipped stick.
Thanks for making the Stand Steady desk.
5 Stars By vincent bonventre on 2017-05-06
Purchased one for myself after trying a few other brands.that ranged from okay to worthless. This one is very sturdy and very stable. Loved it so much, I purchased one for my wife who loves hers as well--then purchased another for her office. If you're looking for a laptop stand so you can stand while working, this is a really excellent option. Don't bother trying to save a few bucks by buying a cheaper one that wobbles and even collapses while using it.
4 Stars By KiKi on 2016-12-12
Really nice stand up desk.
I really like this stand up desk. I love being able to stand and the design of this allows me to set it back far enough on my desk that when I sit, I can still use plenty of desk space for writing. The only thing I would have liked to see differently is the ability to lower and raise it. I have to lean forward to do this and it's about a 15 lb monitor that I lift. Because it requires my own natural strength, It's to heavy to raise and lower, so I just leave it raised. Perhaps some kind of hydraulic to assist would be a nice added feature.
5 Stars By M. Spears on 2016-02-28
I am delighted so far with this product
I am delighted so far with this product, which I have used to date only in the standing position. It was delivered promptly and in good condition, and easy to assemble with the included Allen wrench. I was spending many hours a day sitting at my desktop home computer -- since I began standing rather than sitting, I have experienced a significant lessening of hip and knee pain, as well as a greater overall feeling of fitness. I have a desktop PC rather than a laptop, and the desk surface is a bit of a squeeze for my big flat screen monitor base and wireless keyboard, but it works. My workstation has a half-width shelf at the top of it -- purchasers who currently use a flat desktop with no over-desk structures will find they have more usable area than I do. I stand on a shock-absorbing gel mat..