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The Ergotron WorkFit-S is a “sit-stand workstation,” which means you can easily raise and lower your computer to work standing or sitting (so you don’t die). While you can find a decent, dedicated standing desk for under $270, that means you have to stand all day. I usually find that I want a break from standing by mid-afternoon, at least.
Unfortunately, a good sit-stand desk that lets you switch back and forth is closer to $1,000. That is why I asked Ergotron to let me try the WorkFit-S. At under $390, it is a good compromise on price, but definitely not on quality.
What I like about the Ergotron WorkFit-S
I recently set up a home office, but nothing in it is at standing height. I don’t really want to scrap everything for a new setup. Also, I only spent about $400 on the whole office setup at Ikea, and getting the same amount of sit-stand surface area would cost thousands. I’m just not interested in spending that kind of money. I bought a balance ball for $20, but I still really want to stand for part of the day. Which is why the WorkFit-S is a near-perfect solution.
The WorkFit-S is basically a vertical post with a monitor mount and keyboard tray, and some stabilizers at the bottom. It took about ten minutes to assemble and clamp to my work table. After you get it installed, it is solid enough that it feels like part of the table. Even so, moving it is as simple as unscrewing the clamp and putting it somewhere else.
For what it is, the WorkFit-S is reasonably good-looking (it should look just fine with your iMac mounted on it). It does leave a fair amount of empty space behind it, though, depending on the depth of your desk. And it takes up some extra space in front of your desk, due to the keyboard tray. If you already use a keyboard tray, you probably will not notice any difference. If you do not already use a keyboard tray, the WorkFit-S will push you about 18 inches away from your desk, so that your keyboard and monitor will be in the correct whether sitting or standing.
I have plenty of room in my home office to accommodate the extra space, so it’s no big deal for me. I just have to figure out what to do with all the now-empty space behind the WorkFit-S.
Most of the mount points on the WorkFit-S are easily adjustable (which you would expect from a company named “Ergotron,” after all). You can adjust your mounted monitor by rotating, tilting, or sliding it up and down. The keyboard tray is stationary, but you can use the keyboard tray’s arm to slide the entire apparatus up and down for adjustment or to change position. All the adjustments happen with minimal effort, because the moving parts are counter-weighted or counter-sprung. Just give them a firm push, and they will go where you want them to.
I own two other Ergotron products, an adjustable laptop stand and a monitor arm. Both are sturdy and well-built, and have lasted for years. The WorkFit-S is cut from the same mold. It feels like it will last for years doing exactly what you want it to do.
Living with the WorkFit-S is easy. I like to stand for a while, sit for a while, then stand some more. All you have to do to switch is raise or lower the workstation. This is especially useful while you are getting used to standing. I spend so much time sitting in front of my computer that standing was a bit of a shock to my system. I was sore for a few days while my body adjusted. Being able to break up my day by sitting was a huge help. Even now that I am relatively comfortable standing all day, I definitely prefer having the option to do both.
I did not want to try the Ergotron WorkFit-S as a sort of half-step towards buying a full sit-stand desk. That just winds up costing more. I wanted to try it as a long-term sit-stand solution for my office. And it is. I would be happy to use this for as long as I use my desk, and I really appreciate the flexibility it gives me to transform any work surface into a standing solution.
What I don’t like about the Ergotron WorkFit-S
I do have some complaints about the WorkFit-S, although none are reasons not to get one.
In designing the Workfit-S, Ergotron apparently forgot that most computers have cables, and so cable management feels like an afterthought. You just get a couple of stick-on cord clips, a flexible cable tube, and a couple of zip ties. They do the trick, just not with much style. This is not a deal-breaker, by any means, but when you elevate some components of your PC, you expose more cables, and an elegant way to conceal them from view would have been nice.
The display mount on the Workfit-S allows you to move your monitor in almost every direction except forward and backward. If the default position works for you, great, but it felt a bit too close for my eyes. I wanted to move it back about 6 inches, especially when sitting. I did get used to the position, but I still don’t love it.
The plastic keyboard tray is just not great. The combination of a plastic keyboard tray and a single post holding the entire apparatus in place means you will notice some movement as you type. You get used to it, but it is always there.
Finally, while the WorkFit-S looks okay, I don’t think it is the kind of thing you would want sitting between you and your clients. If you can tuck it into a corner, you will be fine. But if you plan to have it on the same desk across which you meet with clients, you might be happier shelling out the bucks for a GeekDesk — even though those aren’t the height of style, either.
Again, none of these things are deal-breakers, but they are annoyances.
Who should buy the Ergotron WorkFit-S
The WorkFit-S is a pretty optimal solution if you want the option to stand up and work at your computer, but you don’t want to have to buy new furniture.
Ergotron WorkFit-S Sit-Stand Workstation
Reviewed by Sam Glover on .
Summary: The WorkFit-S is a pretty optimal solution if you want the option to stand up and work at your computer, but you don’t want to buy new furniture.
Overall score: 4.5 (out of 5)