Assembly was a lot easier than I was expecting, going together in under an hour with a great set of instructions to follow. Its a heavy piece of kit coming in at 29Kg so having a helping hand would be an advantage for assembly.
The desk is controlled by means of a simple control panel that can raise or lower at a rate of 40mm/sec. The Atlas has a load capacity of 120Kg thanks to the dual motors which is perfect for if we have a couple of systems on the go, and with a surface area of 180cm x 80cm, it gives us more than enough room to work in. If we forget that we left something under the desk, anti collision is included meaning that the desk will simply cut out if it detects anything untoward.
I decided to go with the all-white version but there are plenty of colour options available, not only for the frame but the countertop too, this is a product that can easily be customised to fit any colour theme as needed. Ergo desks offer a variety of other desks that may suit your needs better and enhanced motion control systems including a memory recall feature.
For office work, I can stand comfortably with my laptop, writing build logs, reviews, or planning out my next build. It makes a refreshing change to being in front of a PC or sat on the couch with a laptop, its a dedicated space that I have found really does help me to get more done as I seem to find myself more focussed on the task in hand.
My main use case though is building and that is where the Atlas really flexes its muscles, it just gives me so much freedom to work around large, heavy systems without having to compromise. It is widely suggested that a sit/stand desk can improve productivity and I can see why, usually by the end of the day I am tired of working on a build. Not having to bend all day leaves me so much fresher and keen to carry on, especially if we have a tight deadline on a system.
The Atlas has been the perfect upgrade for working on all of our projects, not least due to the flexibility of having such a large and height-adjustable workspace. By being able to raise and lower the countertop to a manageable height has meant that I am no longer crouching over to fit components and don’t suffer anywhere near as much with back pain at the end of the day. The range we have available is 640mm all the way to 1300mm, that’s more than enough scope for any project we are gong to encounter.
When filming a video, something I am still quite new to, again the adjustable height means that less time is spent setting up, its simply a case of hitting a button, getting the top to where it needs to be and its done, no faffing with cameras and we can have so many components on show without drowning me out of the picture.
There’s no doubt that many companies already use sit-stand desks in the workplace, but given the current situation around the world, with so many more people working from home, I can only see more and more investing in a sit/stand desk such as the Atlas. These desks are more expensive that a standard unit, thats granted but it sure is a worthwhile investment if you spend any reasonable sort of time at a desk anyway.
Are we impressed with the Atlas? Absolutely over the moon is more precise, and the service from Ergo Desks has been fantastic. Our only gripe is not having enough space to grab another so that we can separate our workflow a little better.