Sitting all day in front of a computer is both monotonous and unhealthy. That’s why sit-stand desks are gaining in popularity. The ability to quickly switch from sitting to standing is a great way to burn a few extra calories, improve circulation, help with back problems and more. Last month I reviewed my first standing desk, the Varidesk Pro Plus, and today I’m going to tell you about the Ergo Desktop Kangaroo Pro standing desk.

Although there are free-standing standing desks on the market, I don’t have room for one. I prefer desks like this one that can be placed on top of an existing desk without any drilling or clamping to the original surface. But unlike the first desk that I reviewed which was came pre-assembled, the Ergo Desktop Kangaroo Pro standing desk arrived disassembled. At first I was like ugh… because I didn’t know I’d have to put it together… But it really wasn’t that big of a deal so don’t be frightened off that assembly is required.

The nice thing is that all the tools (except for a screwdriver) are included with the desk, so you can open the box and start putting it together right away. The first step is to attach the steel base plate to the lifting assembly using the included screws and allen wrench.

So far so good! In the next step you attach the work surface.

Ergo Desktop offers this desk in four different finishes. There’s the black version that you see here, light maple, cherry and putty. The work surface is not slick, it has a slight texture to it. At 28″ wide by 24″ deep I was a little concerned about the size of the work surface because the front edge hangs over the desk a few inches.

The desk is able to accommodate a monitor with a weight of up to 15 lbs. Unlike the first standing desk that I reviewed, this one is designed so that you have to attach your monitor directly to the desk. To do this you have to attach the included VESA bracket to the back of the monitor and then remove the monitor’s desk stand. The majority of monitors have four screw holes in the back for VESA brackets, so attaching the hardware is a snap.

At this point, it really helps to have an extra set of hands, something I did not have when I was assembling the desk. It was pretty awkward to attach the monitor to the desk and adjust the angle of the display with just my two hands, but somehow I managed it. The bracket allows the monitor to rotate. It will also allow you to tilt the display, but you’ll have to loosen and retighten a screen once you get the angle you desire.

Presto! Total assembly time was about 30 minutes, but that’s only because I had trouble attaching the monitor by myself. My initial concern about the overall work surface size being too large was minimized once I was able to position the Ergo Desktop Kangaroo Pro standing desk in the desired location on top of my existing work area. I really like that the desk is easy to move if you need to slide it out of the way. Felt pads on the bottom of the base plate ensure that the original work surface doesn’t scratch.

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