Ergotron WorkFit-A Platinum Sit-Stand Workstation

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The Ergotron WorkFit-A Platinum is a robust, good-looking sit-stand workstation that attaches to your desk and lets you switch between sitting and standing throughout the day. After all, standing is apparently better for your long-term health. But since it is not always comfortable to stand all day, every day, it is nice to have the option to sit down without rearranging your entire workspace.

You could just set up a standing-only (or sitting-only) desk, but it’s really nice to have the option to pick between sitting and standing throughout the day. There’s no point in standing all day if you get too tired to be productive. Some say this goes away after a while, but it never did for me, even when I was standing full-time for several months. Now, I usually stand for a few hours in the morning while I am fresh, then sit in the afternoon until I start getting tired. Then I stand up again to help me stay alert.

The WorkFit-A is a relatively new entry in Ergotron’s line of sit-stand workstations. Last year, for example, I tried the Ergotron WorkFit-S, and I have used it regularly since then. The WorkFit-A is a bit more expensive than the S model, has all metal components, and attaches to the back of your desk, rather than the front.

Setting Up the Ergotron WorkFit-A Platinum

Setting up the WorkFit-A is not simple, but the directions are clear and all the tools you will need besides a screwdriver are included in the box. It took me about 20 minutes to set everything up — from the time I opened the box to the time I turned my computer back on.

One warning: you do need a sturdy desk to use the WorkFit-A. After setting everything up, I was all ready to sharply criticize its wobbliness when I realized the flex was coming from my Ikea Galant work table, not the WorkFit-A. It turns out 3/4″ particleboard can get pretty flexible when you attach a heavy three-foot lever with a significant weight on the other end.

The WorkFit-A mounts to the back of your desk, and the sturdy articulating arm stretches across your desk. Initially, I was hoping the WorkFit-A would give me more usable space than the S, but the S turns out to be the more compact model because you can easily fit things behind it. The arm of the WorkFit-A needs to move up and down, which reduces the usable space on your desk surface considerably.

On the flip side, the WorkFit-A has a work surface built right in. You can put documents in front of you while you are working on them, leave your phone in view, or whatever you like.

Sitting and Standing with the WorkFit-A

The entire assembly moves up and down so you can switch between sitting and standing. When you want to stand up, just pull the workstation up with you, and do the reverse when you want to sit down. When sitting, the keyboard tray reaches over your desk so that it can sit at a comfortable height for typing and mousing. The action is smooth doesn’t require much effort. The only downside to the attractive monitor mount (which, despite appearances, works just fine with non-Apple monitors) is that it does not adjust up and down. You are stuck with the stock height and tilting the screen forward and backward. Whether or not this is a problem for you depends on your body. For me, the screen is a bit low when standing, but it’s not so far off that I mind or notice any strain.

Assuming you have a strong-enough table top, the WorkFit-A itself is surprisingly solid. The plastic keyboard tray on the S model actually bounces quite a bit during typing. The WorkFit-A barely moves at all by comparison, and typing and mousing (or touchpad-ing, in my case) is essentially free of distracting movement. It’s not quite as solid as a desk, but it is close enough.

The keyboard tray on the WorkFit-A is plenty wide for a full keyboard with number pad and a mouse or trackpad. However, it is pretty close quarters for working with a mouse. You might be more comfortable with a trackpad.

Summary

The Ergotron WorkFit-A Platinum is a solid, good-looking sit-stand workstation that works great if you have a sturdy desk to attach it to.

Rating: 4 (out of 5)

Ergotron WorkFit-A Platinum, reviewed by Sam Glover on .

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  • Paul Spitz

    I suspect that the people who advocate standing all day haven’t worked retail.

    • John Gear

      I worked retail all through college. Didn’t realize how much it was helping counteract all that beer. Have returned to standing all day about 3 years ago, I feel better, weigh less, and enjoy working more, including those brief periods when I sit (client meetings).

      I don’t “advocate” standing all day — I do encourage people to read the research and draw their own conclusions.

  • How about some pictures? Does this attach directly to the desk?

    • There are other pictures on Ergotron’s website, but there’s not much more to it than the one you see at the top of this post. It clamps to the back of the desk, or you can use those accessory holes that lots of office desks have.

  • Nick Greco

    This seems ideal, but I like working with two monitors at my desk. That’s the only deal breaker for me, otherwise I like standing for a portion of the day. Great review.

    • Don’t let that stop you. Ergotron makes workstations for just about every multiple-monitor configuration you could imagine. Here is a dual-screen version of the WorkFit-A, for example. Or a dual-screen WorkFit-S, if you prefer. There’s even a laptop-and-monitor version of the WorkFit-A.

    • Steve Hayes

      I use an Ergotron and my version has a monitor on the left and my laptop (connected to a docking station) on the right for my standard dual monitor set up. I also have a work space below the monitor which is between the keyboard/mouse area so I can place reference materials on it. Works very, very well and my back has improved with regular use. I frankly seldom use it in the sitting position any longer.

  • IdahoMariner

    I use an architect’s drafting table as my workspace — and adjusted it to be flat, like a desk. It gives me a ton of workspace. When I want to stand, I stand. When I want to sit, I use my tall office chair (they make them tall to go with drafting tables). If I want to stand, I just push it off to the side. No need for tricky gadgets. Just a tall table and a tall chair.

  • Aaron Williamson

    Thanks for this review, Sam. My concern looking at the photo is that the keyboard/mouse stand is fixed, and doesn’t appear to raise, lower, or incline. When I experimented with a standing setup a little while ago, I found that getting my keyboard in the right position and orientation was the most challenging part. What was your experience on that score?

    • The keyboard tray does tilt up and down, but it’s definitely not as adjustable as the WorkFit-S I reviewed.

  • Michelle S

    At my firm, we have quite a few people who use the Varidesk products. They are sturdy, don’t have to be attached, and come in single or dual monitor versions. You can find them at the Varidesk site or on Amazon.