The WorkFit-T by Ergotron is one of the most popular standing desk converters from Ergotron. This comes as no surprise. It is a very well-rounded product with some nice features across the board. Like all standing desk converters, it does have its downsides. Some of these downsides may make the WorkFit-T a less than desirable option for you. In this article, I will share the top six problems with the Ergotron WorkFit-T so that you have as much information as possible when considering your next standing desk converter purchase.
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Small Keyboard Tray
The keyboard tray on the WorkFit-T is going to be one of its biggest limiting factors. It has one of the smallest keyboard trays available on a standing desk converter. Some keyboard trays will be small in one direction but the keyboard tray on the WorkFit-T is small in both width and depth. This will limit your keyboard and mouse options. My oversized, ergonomic keyboard would not fit on the keyboard tray. It was too wide and too deep.
Some standard sized keyboards will work fine but compact keyboards will be the best option for maximizing space for your mouse movements. If you want a similar product with a larger keyboard tray then the WorkFit-TL might be a nice option. It is a bit more money but you gain valuable keyboard space.
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Raises Minimum Height When Sitting
The WorkFit-T sits on top of your existing desk. The keyboard tray sits a little under an inch off your desk when in the lowest position. This means that your normal typing posture will be raised slightly when you are seated. This may be a problem for shorter people that cannot sit high enough to achieve an ergonomic typing position with the increased desk height.
Almost all standing desk converters with a design like the WorkFit-T will increase your minimum typing height. If you would like you have your keyboard tray to be adjustable enough to go below your normal desk height, then you may want to consider a different type of product. A couple options that are available from Ergotron are the WorkFit-S and WorkFit-A,
One small addition that could make a world of difference for short people is to add a footrest to your set-up. This will allow you to put your chair at or near the maximum height. This way you can be closer to an ergonomic typing position, even with the increased height of the keyboard tray when seated.
Limited Height Range
The WorkFit-T has a maximum keyboard tray height of 15.25” off your existing desk. This height will accommodate an ergonomic typing position for someone up to about 6’2”. The WorkFit-T has 20 different height positions to choose from which ends up being about a position every ¾ of an inch. This is better than products like the VariDesk Pro Plus and FlexiSpot M2, that offer fewer choices, but there is always the potential for your desired position to be in between two height options.
If you are over 6’2″, then you will need to look for another option if you want to ensure that you will be in an ergonomic position. I would recommend checking out my list of the best standing desk converters for tall people.
Not Dual Ergonomic
The WorkFit-T is not dual ergonomic out of the box. Dual ergonomics is a function that allows you to adjust the monitor independently from the keyboard tray. This can be a crucial function for you to have the proper ergonomic monitor viewing angle. The recommended ergonomic viewing angle will place your eyes at or near the top of your monitor screen. Without dual ergonomics, you will be unable to achieve the proper viewing angle.
Ergotron included specially designed monitor mounting holes in the back center of the monitor platform. These mounting holes allow for an Ergotron brand monitor arm to be attached to the monitor platform. The addition of a monitor arm will make the WorkFit-T dual ergonomic.
Adding a monitor arm to the WorkFit-T pushes the price closer to higher-end products like the WorkFit-S and Humanscale QuickStand Eco, which come standard with dual ergonomics. If dual ergonomics is a high priority for you, then it may be worth considering a higher-end product.
35 lbs. Weight Limit
A limited lifting capacity is going to be a downside that persists on almost every standing desk converter. The WorkFit-T is only capable of lifting 35 lbs. This will limit what you can place on the unit. Dual monitors with a few small accessories is going to about all that you can have on the unit. Adding things like monitor arms will take up a large percentage of the allowable weight and a dual monitor mounting system is pretty unrealistic unless you are using small monitors with nothing else on the unit.
I would recommend using low-profile monitors that have light-weight designs. If you plan to use a monitor arm, try shopping for arms that are lower in weight. Try to avoid using things like oversized laptops and keyboards that will unnecessarily increase the weight on the WorkFit-T.
If weight capacity is a concern, then you may want to consider an electric converter. Products like the HealthPostures TaskMate Executive and VersaDesk Power Pro will give you higher weight capacities because of the added power coming from the motor.
Takes Up a Lot of Desk Space
The WorkFit-T is a large standing desk converter. It requires and takes up a lot of desk real estate. You need to be willing to give up a very large portion of your desk to the WorkFit-T. Since it is so large, it is also not the most convenient product to move around. It is heavy and can be awkward to lift by yourself.
Similar to the FlexiSpot M2, the WorkFit-T gains about the same amount of space that is lost on your existing desk. Having a lot of useful task space on the WorkFit-T helps to limit the loss by sacrificing so much desk space.
If you prefer to use your existing desk space but would like the option to stand with a desktop converter, then I would suggest looking into floating desktop converters like the WorkFit-A or Humanscale Quickstand Lite. These will allow you to stand but they conveniently move out of the way so that you can use your normal desk if you’d like.
I think the WorkFit-T is a nice product that will be a solid option for a large percentage of people shopping for a standing desk converter. It does have its drawbacks though. It’s limited height adjustment range and small lifting capacity might make some customers look toward an electric adjustable desk. The small keyboard tray and lack of dual ergonomics may be a turnoff for others. In the end, it is important to identify which features you feel are most important. I hope this post helps you to understand the potential drawbacks to the WorkFit-T so that you will know if it is the best standing desk converter for you.