I spend a lot of time at my desk. Whether it’s working, chatting with friends over Discord or playing games (still technically work for me). When it became obvious that I was going to be working from home, I thought it was time to look at my desk situation, and in came Omnidesk. The company was one of the first trendy standing desk creators on the market and have stood the test of time.
I had the chance to test out the Omnidesk Pro 2020 and was impressed with everything from setup, to stability to just how much it improved my day to day life and productivity.
I went with the Large size (153×76) and chose Natural Hevea from the Wildwood collection. It’s a nicer light wood . The desk itself came with three boxes (plus two bonus boxes for some extras that came along wit the desk that I’ll touch on later). The table top was obviously in a box, and super well packaged given it was a heavy piece of wood, and two boxes containing the legs, motor and all of that good stuff, which again were all really clearly labelled and well packaged as to not get damaged.
Whilst the desk does require you to build everything, requiring you to do everything from attaching the legs, and brackets that they attach into, it was really straight forward thanks to the provided instruction manual that runs through each step and very clearly details which parts are needed at what step. It did get a little bit confusing one or two steps, but each of my minor concerns were alleviated very quickly by referring to both the instruction manual.
After popping your legs on (which is the bulk of the operation), you’re instructed to attach the small Omnidesk control panel (on either the left or right side) before plugging it into the control box and then subsequently to your mains power. Flipping the desk for the first time after popping the legs on revealed a very solid desk that feels like it has been professionally built, rather than me shoddily banging it together, and naturally the White Ash wood selection that I had chosen looks absolutely gorgeous, as I’m sure the other hardwood options do too.
Plugging the Omnidesk desk in is where the fun really began. This specific model has an improved motor that is capable of lifting up to 130kg of weight at 43mm per second. It’s able to quickly move from a seated height of 60 cm to a standing height of 125 cm and you’re able to manually adjust the height or you can assign a pre-selected height to the four numbered buttons on the control panel.
I was a little bit unsure how much I’d opt to stand up before getting the desk, but I found myself standing at least once in the morning and then for the entire afternoon and left it in the standing position during the evening, so that if I did come and go from my desk to quickly write an article, I could just walk up to it, smash out what I needed and then walk away without spending too much time seated at my desk.
The best part about the standing desk was without doubt cable management. The Omnidesk has a cut out on top of the desk at the back, which is something I haven’t seen on other desks. Omnidesk also give you a little block that can fill it in to ensure that there’s no a ginormous gap in your desk.
There’s also an integrated cable channel which I believe comes as a free extra now. This allows you to run all of your cords into the channel at the back without them hanging down. You can also fit a few power boards into these channels so that cables can run straight through the desk without causing any mess.
The Omnidesk also comes with a bunch of cable ties and such to neatly sort your cables. I’ll admit, my setup still needs a bit of work, but as you can see in the image of my desk, none of these cables are visible even though you’d probably never believe it by looking at this close-up photo.
DUAL MONITOR MOUNT
The Omnidesk Arc Pro Dual monitor mount is an added extra that will set you back $220. Again, it’s not a mandatory purchase but it makes everything look so much nicer and allows you to place your monitors exactly where you want them.
Both arms have built in cable management, which again, really just allows you to have every single cable out of the way, and allows you to have not a single cable visible apart from the main power cord that needs to connect from your desk to mains power.
I was able to fit a 32? in landscape as well as 27? in portrait and still have them exactly where I needed them. Unlike other dual mounts, the process for putting my monitors on this mount was much easier, with minimal screwing required.
WHO SHOULD OPT FOR AN OMNIDESK STANDING DESK?
I think in this day and age, if you’re spending more than an hour or two at a desk either for work or for gaming, it’s worth looking at an electric standing desk. Not only does it allow you to hide your cables perfectly and look damn nice, you’ll be surprised with how much standing up at intervals throughout the day can improve how your body feels and also keep your motivation lasting longer.