This is a follow up post to my Altwork Station Preview that I posted a while back.
Most office work these days tend to involve a desk, a PC, and a chair. Despite the various advancements in ergonomics, not all work desks are comfortable. But then again, there’s always Altwork. It’s so different that just about every Altwork Station review raves about it.
It’s not really a matter of whether the Altwork is effective. It IS. The main objection, right now, is that it is rather expensive. It starts at about $4,000 and with customization options the cost can go up to $6,000. Still, if you get it as a gift (from someone who loves you a lot) then you’ll probably be thrilled to put it in your office.
Here are the highlights:
- This work table resembles a dentist chair, except that the experience is much better. You have a head rest and back support, but you also have a leg rest. There’s a large desk for the keyboard (or if you want to write something down), and then a monitor mount.
- This lets you sit back and relax, and you can even virtually lie down horizontally. With normal desks this can be a problem, since you may feel that the monitor may be too far from you or that the angle of the monitor or the keyboard is all wrong.
But this time the desk, the chair, and even the monitor are all connected, so that if you lie back down, the monitor follows along so that it can be horizontal too. That goes the same for the desk, and you have magnets in place to secure the keyboards, mice, and even tablets on your desk.
- Right now it fits people with heights ranging from 5’1” to 6’4” and the weight limit is 250 pounds. If you fall out of this range, don’t worry; Altwork is working on newer models to accommodate heavier people.
- The chair, desk, and monitor can be adjusted to your preferences, and there are even memory positions so that you can change the settings with the press of a button. You can also tilt the monitor so that you can show stuff to a colleague beside you.
- It doesn’t take up much space, 18 square feet will do just fine. You can also just unplug the casters and the power cable and with the casters you can move it to a different spot in your office.
- There’s also an electronic tray that will power all your peripherals. This eliminates the bother of having too many cables to deal with, and it looks better too.
Basically, it’s a perfect combo of functionality and comfort. If you have to spend hours working on your desk, this is the way to do it.
Of course, the price is a problem, as mentioned in just about every Altwork Station review online. But if you think about it, the price may be worth the increase in your productivity, plus you can avoid the aches and pains that you may experience from a traditional desk and chair setup. One thing’s for sure, if its price will be marked down in the future, everyone’s going to have their own Altwork Station.