This review will be on a product that we have sold on BTOD.com since 2014, the WorkFit-A by Ergotron. The WorkFit-A is one of the original products from Ergotron’s sit to stand lineup. We have sold quite a few of these units and they have gotten nice feedback from our customers. This is the first standing desk converter I have reviewed that works like a monitor arm. These are often referred to as “hover” units. This type of system has its advantages and disadvantages. This review aims to highlight the good and bad with the WorkFit-A so that you can decide if this unit is best suited for your needs.
Note: The model I used for testing is the 24-392-026. It features dual monitors with an added work surface and lowered keyboard tray. I am using two 24” widescreen monitors.
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The WorkFit-A is made by a US based company called Ergotron. Ergotron is one of the leading producers of ergonomic accessories like monitor arms. They have a presence worldwide and are an OEM manufacturer for a number of popular brands. They have also had a line of sit to stand solutions for quite a few years now which include other popular products like the WorkFit-S and WorkFit-T.
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Country of Origin
Made in China
VESA monitor mount
Single or Dual Monitors
Overall Weight Capacity: 25 lbs.
Work Surface Weight Limit: 5 lbs.
Keyboard Tray Weight Limit: 2 lbs.
Light Duty Monitor Weight Limit: 0 – 10 lbs. each
Heavy Duty Monitor Weight Limit: 10 – 20 lbs. each
Unit Weight: 45 lbs.
Maximum Monitor Size: 27” Single, 24” Dual
Overall Dimensions at Lowest Height: 27”W x 39”D x 18”H
Overall Dimensions at Highest Height: 27”W x 44”D x 37”H
Worksurface Dimensions: 22.5”W x 9.75”D
Worksurface at Lowest Height: 2”
Worksurface at Highest Height: 20.75”
Keyboard Tray Dimensions: 27”W x 10”D
Keyboard Tray Lowest Height: -3.5”
Keyboard Tray Highest Height: 15.5”
Distance from Work Surface to Keyboard Tray: 5.75”
Center of Monitor Mount at Lowest Height: 8.5”H
Center of Monitor Mount at Highest Height: 32.5”H
Monitor adjustment range: 5”
Crossbar for Dual Monitors: 29”W
Distance from Monitor to Front of Keyboard Tray: 19”
Clamp attaches to desks .78”-2.6” thick
Clamp or grommet mount included
Counter-balance adjustment system with no button or levers
Independent monitor height adjustment
Forward/backward monitor tilt on Single Monitor Units
Monitor rotates 360 degrees
Keyboard Tray Tilt
Unit articulates in almost any direction
3 keyboard tray mounting positions
Built-in cable management
2019 Starting Price – $446.99
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Ergotron products are sold through a network of dealers, wholesalers and Ergotron themselves. The return policy on the WorkFit-A will vary from seller to seller. You will want to reach out to the seller you are considering to find the details of their return p0licy.
The WorkFit-A comes with Ergotron’s comprehensive five year warranty. There are no exclusions.
The WorkFit-A ships within a couple business days and then arrives via FedEx or UPS ground a couple days later. Everything arrives in one rectangle shaped box weighing less than 50 lbs. I did not have a problem moving the box on my own but some people may want an extra hand. Everything in the box is very well packaged. There is Styrofoam protecting the entire unit and all of the individual parts are wrapped in plastic. Everything was easy to unpackage and the unit had no damage or defects.
The Installation on the WorkFit-A is going to be right up there with the QuickStand as the most involved and longest assembly processes I have experienced. The entire process, including unboxing, took me an hour and 30 minutes. There are two reasons for such a long process. The first is that there are a lot of individual parts that need to be attached with multiple screws. Ergotron does a good job of clearly labeling all of the parts to help with this. They have all of the different hardware pieces separated and labeled so there is no confusion about what hardware should be used on what parts. The second reason for such a long installation process is that there is a lot of customization with all of the different tension options. There are seven different spots in which you can increase or decrease the tension. This “fine tuning” process can take a while to get right.
It should be noted that I did not fully complete the wire management portion of the installation so the total time will actually be a bit longer than it took me. To have the wire management done properly would have required me to re-arrange my desk set-up, change the location of surge protectors, change the location of my CPU tower and attach the wires using zip ties. I chose to skip the wire management installation process since this was for a review and isn’t going to be my permanent standing desk converter.
There were a few pain points I experienced during the installation and I will go over those so that you can be as prepared as possible if you decide to purchase the WorkFit-A.
Point #1) The first problem I encountered was in the tools required for assembly. You need a phillips head screwdriver and a ¼” socket wrench. Ergotron includes the correct socket but you need to supply the wrench. I did not have a socket wrench small enough to fit the socket included so I needed to go to the hardware store to purchase one. Make sure to have a ¼” socket wrench on hand for assembly.
Point #2) The second issue for me was step three in the instructions. I was confused as to what hole I was supposed to put the screw into. There are three holes in very close proximity to the area that you are being told to put the screw. After messing around with this for a couple minutes I realized that I was supposed to drop the screw in the lower hole and then use the hole above it to be able to get to the screw head with the Allen wrench provided. Once I realized what I was supposed to do, I looked at the instructions again. The picture does tell you to do this but it is small and difficult to see. I took two pictures so that you can easily see what I am talking about. See below:
Point #3) Step 6 was also confusing for me. I think the biggest problem with the instructions is that there is no written explanation as to what you are trying to accomplish with the steps. Step 6 is trying to tell you that you can choose to either allow your monitor to rotate or to lock it in place. If you want to lock it in place, then attach the screw in the specified hole on the lower right-hand corner. If you’d like to be able to rotate your monitor, then do not attach the screw.
Point #4) Step 10 is another step that was difficult for me. Step 10 requires you to attach the auxiliary tray. The reason that this step was difficult was because it came before the tension adjustment steps and after the monitor installation steps. At that point in the installation, I had it loaded with a cross bar, dual monitors and keyboard tray. Since the tension had not been adjusted, I needed to lift the unit off my desk to expose the screw holes underneath it, hold it in place and attach the screws. The weight of the unit made this a difficult step. I would recommend doing this before step 5 or after step 12a to make the process a lot easier.
Point #5) Step 12a is a step that I would recommend having a second person for. This step will adjust the tension on the unit’s height adjustment. To get to the screw, you need to have the arm tilted up at a specific angle. Holding the arm at this specific angle and adjusting the screw is difficult due to the overall weight of the product and the monitors. Having a person to either hold the unit or adjust the screw will help a lot.
The WorkFit-A is made in China but it is one of the higher quality standing desk converters I have tested. The unit is based on the concept of a monitor arm. It just has an added platform for your keyboard tray and the option to add a work surface for tasking. The metal and plastic components are all good quality. The unit is very well put together with plastic casings covering the inner workings of the unit. The WorkFit-A functions smoothly with no sticking points or awkward noises.
The WorkFit-A is a bit weird when talking about the footprint because it is so versatile that you can change the footprint itself. When standing, the only piece of the unit that makes contact with your desk is the clamp or grommet mount at the back of the desk, which is quite small. If you want to use the unit straight on, with the arm pointed toward you, then you will need about two feet of extra space behind you because the arm will push you away from your desk. If you like to stand closer to your desk, then you can swing the WorkFit-A to the side while keeping the monitors and trays facing you. This will allow you to stand close to your desk but you will need about two feet of additional space on the side.
When sitting, you have a similar situation. If you want to sit straight on with the arm, then you will be pushed a couple feet away from your desk. But, you can change this if you’d like. You can swing the unit to either side to reduce the distance. You can even have it set-up so that your keyboard tray is laying on your desk to reduce the distance as much as possible. You can also swing the unit out of the way entirely to expose your whole desk, except for the mount.
The WorkFit-A is mounted to your desk, weighs about 70 lbs. with dual monitors and has a very awkward shape to carry. Moving it to another location will not be as simple as lifting it up and placing it somewhere else. You will want to slide the monitors off the crossbar to remove some weight and make it less awkward to carry. I would also recommend getting a second person to help you move the main unit without the monitors attached.
As far as desktop mobility, the WorkFit-A outshines any standing desk converter I have tested thus far. Since it functions like a monitor arm, you can move it in any direction. The numerous points of adjustment allow for many different working combinations. You can even swing the unit completely around and use it from the other side of your desk.
Adjusting the WorkFit-A
The WorkFit-A is the most adjustable desktop converter I have tested to date. It has 10 different points of adjustment. There is a vertical arm that comes off the mounting bracket. The top of this arm is responsible for two of the adjustments. The first is the overall height adjustment of the unit. This adjustment is tension controlled. Once you find the correct tension you can grab the unit and move it up or down. It moves easily and holds its new position firmly. The second adjustment, from the top of the vertical arm, is the 360° rotation of the unit. This adjustment is also tension controlled but even on the least amount of tension, it still requires a lot of force to move. This may be easier with a single monitor setup.
The third and fourth adjustment points are where the second arm connects to the frame that holds the monitors and keyboard tray. From this point, you are able to swivel the entire front part of the product side to side which allows you to change your working angle depending on where you want to be facing. This adjustment is tension adjustable so you can control how easy it is to move. From this same point, you can also tilt the sides of the unit up and down which allows you to keep the platforms and monitor level when you swing the unit to the side. These are tension adjustable and can be fully tightened to keep them from moving.
The fifth adjustment will affect the angle of the frame that holds both trays and the monitor(s). You can tilt the frame up or down depending on how you want it set up. This will allow you to work with your keyboard in a negative tilt position. You just need to loosen two screws behind the frame to unlock it. Then you can turn the middle screw with an Allen wrench to adjust the tilt up or down. Re-tighten the two screws to lock it in the new position.
The sixth adjustment is the individual tilt of the keyboard tray. You can tilt the keyboard tray all the way up to a stowed position. This also has tension adjustment but I could not get it tight enough to support my hands being placed on it to try a negative tilt position. The keyboard tilt is for storage purposes only.
Adjustments 7-10 all have to do with the monitor(s). All monitor setups will have height adjustment that is tension controlled. Once you find the right tension, you can move the monitor(s) up or down and they will hold their new position without having to lock them in place. All monitor set-ups will also have 360° rotation. The single monitor setups allow the monitor to pan side to side 180° and tilt front to back 30°. It should be noted that I cannot rotate my monitors with my current set-up so I am unable to use my monitors with a portrait view. My monitor hits the work surface because it is too big and it will not turn. This would not be a problem with the work surface removed.
One area that the WorkFit-A struggles in is stability. Placing so much weight on an extended monitor arm makes it very difficult to produce a stable product. There is nothing to support the arm so the entire unit has a lot of bounce. There are also several different points of adjustment which means there are a lot of points of movement, which all contribute to a less stable product. The good thing about the adjustments is that they are almost all tension adjustable. You can remove a lot of the movement and play on the unit by tightening the tension. But, tightening the adjustments too much will take away from the adjustability and mobility of the unit. My score is based on a set-up that still allows you to move the unit the way that it is meant to be used. This set-up will not be as stable as it would be if you tightened every adjustment to the max but I think it is a realistic depiction of how most people will use the WorkFit-A.
The WorkFit-A is capable of swiveling side to side, tilting side to side and rotating 360°. These 3 adjustments contribute to some noticeable wobble. This wobble can be reduced by tightening all three adjustments but I think there will still be side to side movement for almost all people using the WorkFit-A.
The bounce on the WorkFit-A will be very noticeable for most people. The WorkFit-A is adjustable enough to allow for you to have the frame resting on your desktop when in the lowest position. If you are able to work comfortably in this position when seated, there will be a lot less keyboard bounce than if the unit is hovering. If you need to work with the unit hovering while seated, then the seated bounce score will be similar to the bounce score when standing. When moving to standing, the WorkFit-A has among the most keyboard bounce I have experienced on a converter. The problem with the bounce is that it is not just limited to the keyboard tray. The entire unit bounces up and down, so it is very noticeable.
The monitor bounce is tied completely to the keyboard bounce. There is not shake on the monitors themselves. They are very solid on their mounting brackets. But, since the entire unit bounces when you type, the monitors will be in constant movement when the keyboard is moving.
There are some deductions in the general stability category because of the adjustable tension factor and the consideration that not all people will be able to use the WorkFit-A while resting on your desk in the seated position.
|Sitting Wobble (10%)||Standing Wobble (15%)||Sitting Bounce (10%)||Standing Bounce (15%)||Sitting Shake (10%)||Standing Shake (15%)||General (25%)||Total Score|
The WorkFit-A excels in the ergonomics department. The product features dual ergonomics which means you can adjust the height of the monitor and keyboard tray separately of each other. The monitor has 5” of individual height adjustment and 24” of overall adjustment range.
The WorkFit-A is one of the few products that allow the keyboard tray to go below the desk the unit is mounted to or placed on. This is a great option for short people and people that are used to working with a keyboard tray or keyboard drawer mounted underneath their existing desk. The keyboard tray has an adjustment range of 19”, spanning from -3.5” to 15.5”.
The recommended ergonomic viewing distance to reduce eye strain is 20”-40”. The distance from my monitors to the front of the keyboard tray is 19”. My eyes were about 25” from the screen when working. I think that almost all users will be within the recommended ergonomic viewing range.
The base model of the WorkFit-A will not include a work surface. This means that there is no task space when standing. You also will not have easily accessible task space when seated. You can swivel the unit to have the keyboard tray on top of your desk, which will allow you to use the desk space for tasking but this will have a negative effect on your ergonomics. If you use the unit normally, with the keyboard below the desk surface, then it is tough to reach the desk so it isn’t practical to plan on tasking without adding the work surface option.
Adding the work surface will give you about 1.5 square feet of task space. The space is limited but it will allow you to have a few important objects in your close proximity so you don’t have to reach all the way to your desk. You will have no problem fitting things like a notepad, smart phone, tablet or beverage.
The keyboard tray is very spacious. It measures 27”W x 10”D and is not restricted by any side walls or front plates. The tray is made of a nice plastic with a metal underside to give it a bit more rigidity. The back of the tray has a curved edge to keep your mouse or keyboard from sliding off the tray when using it in a negative tilt position. The tray was large enough to use my oversized ergonomic keyboard. The front of the keyboard hung off the edge slightly but it still felt secure so I stuck with it. I had plenty of space for my mouse, even with the oversized keyboard.
One thing to note is that the keyboard tray has shaved down edges on the sides and the metal underneath them is bent to form a handle. Grabbing the tray on both sides with allow you to easily tilt, turn or swivel the unit.
Ergotron has a built-in wire management system on the WorkFit-A. There is clear pathing for cables going from your keyboard tray and your monitors. The pathing leads the wires along the underside of the arm, then out the back side of the post and finally, off the back of your desk. Ergotron includes a handful of zip ties and a nylon cable sleeve to help with bundling your cords. During assembly, make sure you leave enough slack in your cables so that you still have full range of motion without pulling cords from the wall or your computer.
What do I like?
The WorkFit-A is a higher priced standing desk converter and it comes with a warranty to match. Ergotron offers a comprehensive five year warranty that is among the industry leaders. It is good to have peace of mind knowing that you’ll have a usable standing desk converter for five years minimum.
Good Build Quality
I am impressed with the build quality on the WorkFit-A. The quality of components and attention to detail is evident. The product feels strong, is very well put together and has good aethetics. I definitely think that the WorkFit-A is one of the higher quality standing desk converters I have tested.
Great Desktop Mobility & Versatility
The huge amount of adjustability on the WorkFit-A is probably its strongest asset. This is the most adjustable standing desk converter I have tested to date. Having 10 possible adjustment points makes the WorkFit-A extremely versatile. You are able to use a wide range of different working positions which makes the WorkFit-A a good choice for many different applications.
Easy to Use
When you have the tension adjustments set correctly, the WorkFit-A is very easy to use. You do not need to press a button or hold a lever. Everything is adjustable by grabbing it and moving it. The tension will help to make the movement easier while also holding the item in its new position, without having to apply a locking mechanism.
Huge Adjustment Range
The WorkFit-A not only has a lot of different adjustments but the adjustment ranges are large. The combination of a keyboard that goes below the desk and an individually height adjustable monitor makes the WorkFit-A a good ergonomic choice for short and tall people in the sitting position. When moving to standing, the WorkFit-A provides a large enough adjustment range to provide an ergonomic position for people up to 6’2”.
The wire management system on the WorkFit-A is not super sophisticated like the QuickStand but it is still a better system than most standing desk converters. I think it is very helpful that Ergotron provides a mapped-out route for the cables in the instructions. The few built-in tools, along with the zip ties and nylon cable sleeve, make it very easy to neatly organize your cords.
What don’t I like?
The biggest downside to the WorkFit-A is going to be its lack of stability when typing. The design choice will inherently produce a lot of bounce and movement overall. The WorkFit-A has some of the highest levels of keyboard and monitor movement that I have experienced. People like me, that type with an aggressive pecking style, will experience more of this bouncing than people with calm, softer typing styles. Almost all people will experience noticeable keyboard bounce and monitor movement when typing.
Limited Task Space
Long Assembly Process
Many of the most popular standing desk converters arrive fully assembled and ready to go out of the box. Ergotron’s WorkFit-T would be a good example of this. This is not a coincidence. Many people would prefer to have something ready to go than have to install it. The time investment required to get the WorkFit-A installed and fully adjusted to your equipment and preferences is large. Most people will need at least an hour to complete the full installation. This type of installation may be a deterrent for people that do not like assembly or are not confident with such a lengthy assembly process.