This comparison will feature two very similar products that are both sold by us on BTOD.com. The Ergotron WorkFit-A and BTOD Duke Mount have the same core design philosophy and they function almost identically. It can be tough to see the differences by simply comparing pictures and manufacturer specs but they do exist. In this comparison, I will go over every aspect of both products so that you can see the similarities that they share and the characteristics that separate them. By the end, hopefully you have all the information needed to decide which product is better for you.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
– Specs / Features / Pricing
– Return Policy
– Delivery and Assembly
– Build Quality
– Desktop Mobility
– Making Adjustments
– Task and Keyboard Space
– Wire Management
– Bottom Line
Specs / Features
|Country or origin||Taiwan||China|
|Sits on top of desk||Clamp Mount Standard||Clamp Mount Standard|
|Lifting mechanism||No Handle Counterbalance||No Handle Counterbalance|
|VESA monitor mount||Yes||Yes|
|Lifting capacity||24 lbs.||25 lbs.|
|Product weight||30 lbs.||45 lbs.|
|Height position options||Infinite||Infinite|
|Overall at lowest height||27.5”W x 37.5”D x 17.75”H||27”W x 39”D x 18”H|
|Overall at highest height||27.5”W x 31.5”D x 33.5”H||27”W x 44”D x 37”H|
|Keyboard tray dimensions||27.5”W x 15.25”D||27”W x 10”D|
|Max keyboard tray height||16.25”||15.5”|
|Min keyboard tray height||.5”||-3.5”|
|Min height to center of monitor||11.5”||8.5”|
|Max height to center of monitor||32”||32.5”|
|Distance keyboard to Monitor||14.5”||19”|
|Crossbar for Dual Monitors||28”W||29”W|
|Warranty Period||5 Years||5 Years|
The WorkFit-A can be returned within the first 30 days for a full refund. The item must be in the original packaging and arrive in like new condition. Return shipping is the responsibility of the buyer and restocking fees may be applied, depending on who you make the purchase through.
The Duke Mount has a 30-day money back guarantee. You can return the item within the first 30 days for a full refund. The item must be returned in the original packaging. The return shipping charges will be covered by BTOD.com.
Delivery & Assembly
Both products will require more assembly than most converters. With that said, the WorkFit-A requires quite a bit more assembly than the Duke Mount. There are more screws that need to be assembled and a lot more tension adjustments that need to be tweaked before the item functions properly with your monitor set-up.
The WorkFit-A also had numerous pain points that made installation more difficult for me than the Duke Mount. The Duke Mount took me a total of 40 minutes for installation, which included the unboxing. The WorkFit-A took me 1.5 hours.
|Order Processing Time||1 Day||1-3 Days|
|Shipping Time||1-5 Business Days||1-5 Business Days|
|Shipping Method||UPS/FedEx Ground||UPS/FedEx Ground|
|Assembly Time||30-60 Minutes||1 – 2 Hours|
The WorkFit-A and Duke Mount both use a monitor arm system with an added platform for a keyboard tray. They are each mounted to the back of your desk with a clamp system. Both products are made with good quality, durable materials with the inner workings of the unit hidden from sight. Both units function smoothly with no awkward noises or sticking points. The Duke Mount has a black paint finish while the WorkFit-A is mostly chrome. I would put both products on the higher end of the build quality spectrum.
The Duke Mount and WorkFit-A have similar footprints. The only portion of each desk that remains on the desk at all times is the mount at the back of the desk. Each mount is quite small. From there the amount of space required for each unit will depend on how you have them adjusted. The WorkFit-A is larger than the Duke Mount and has a wider adjustment range so you will need a bit more space around your desk than the Duke Mount requires.
The Duke Mount weighs about 15 pounds less than the WorkFit-A. It is a bit easier to move to another room but neither product is going to be simple to move. They will both be heavy and awkwardly shaped. You will want to remove the monitors in order to make moving the products easier if you are doing it on your own. If you have a second person, then you can probably leave the monitors on while moving them.
In terms of desktop mobility, these are the two most versatile products I have tested to date. They are both able to move in all sorts of different positions on your desk and can even be moved completely out of the way if you need to use your entire desk space.
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The WorkFit-A and Duke Mount are both extremely adjustable. They are both among the most adjustable standing desk converters available. Each unit can fully articulate. They also have 360° swivel, fully adjustable monitors and a flip up keyboard tray for storage. Both products use multiple tension controlled adjustments. The adjustments are easy to perform on both products except for the 360° swivel on the WorkFit-A. That adjustment requires considerable physical effort compared to the rest of the adjustments.
There are a couple additional adjustments that the WorkFit-A has that the Duke Mount does not. The first is that you can tilt the entire front of the converter side to side. This will allow you to keep the platform and monitor level when swiveling the unit to the side. The Duke Mount does not have this adjustment because the Duke Mount’s system keeps the platform and monitor level automatically. The second adjustment changes the vertical tilt on the frame that holds the keyboard and monitors. This tilt adjustment allows you to control the keyboard angle so that you can work in whatever keyboard tilt position you’d like.
Having a standing desk converter that operates like a monitor arm is a very difficult design to keep stable. There is a lot of weight at the front of the arm which will cause noticeable bounce on the keyboard and monitor. For this reason, the WorkFit-A and Duke Mount both struggle in the stability category. The Duke Mount is slightly more stable than the WorkFit-A but they are both going to be on the lower end of the stability spectrum for converters that I have tested.
|Product||Sitting Wobble (10%)||Standing Wobble (15%)||Sitting Bounce (10%)||Standing Bounce (15%)||Sitting Shake (10%)||Standing Shake (15%)||General (25%)||Total Score|
The Duke Mount and WorkFit-A both feature dual ergonomics. This allows you to adjust the height of the monitors and keyboard tray separately. They each have a large adjustment range and a fully articulating arm but the WorkFit-A does a few things better than the Duke Mount. The Workfit-A has an overall monitor height adjustment range of 24” with a maximum height of 32.5”. The Duke Mount has about 20” of monitor height adjustment range with a maximum height of 32”. Both of these heights will accommodate an ergonomic monitor viewing angle for people up to 6’4”.
The WorkFit-A’s keyboard tray goes as high as 15.5” off your desk while the Duke Mount’s tray has a maximum height of 16.25”. The WorkFit-A allows for an ergonomic keyboard height for people up to 6’2”, with the Duke Mount accommodating people that are up to 6’3”. The WorkFit-A has an advantage over the Duke Mount because of the option to add a lowered keyboard tray. The Duke Mount’s keyboard tray sits on top of your desk and raises the minimum height by .5”. The WorkFit-A allows you to use the keyboard tray below your desk height by as much as 3.5”. This makes it much easier to get into a proper ergonomic typing position when sitting. This is also a nice option for short people.
Another advantage the WorkFit-A has over the Duke Mount is the monitor viewing distance. The correct viewing distance for an ergonomic position is 20”-40”. The WorkFit-A will put most people somewhere in the middle of the recommended ergonomic range while the Duke Mount will put you near the bottom of the range or closer.
The Duke Mount does not have any task space on the unit. The low-profile keyboard tray will allow you to use your desk space when seated, but unfortunately, you will not have any task space at standing level. You will need to reach down for any objects when you are using the Duke Mount at standing height.
The basic version of the WorkFit-A has the same lack of task space problems that the Duke Mount does but it is actually a bit worse than the Duke Mount when sitting. The WorkFit-A has a much thicker keyboard tray so it is not as comfortable to use on top of your desk as the Duke Mount is. The one big upside to the WorkFit-A is that you can add a 22.5”W x 9.75”D work surface for $81.99. This is not a very large amount of space but it is substantial enough to improve your working experience, especially when standing.
The Duke Mount’s keyboard tray is made of thin phenolic which provides a low profile to your desk. The tray has a lot of space with a much larger depth than the majority of standing desk converters I have tested. I was able to fit my oversized keyboard with plenty of space left over. The tray comes with a contoured rubber palm support which can be removed if needed.
The keyboard tray on the WorkFit-A is plenty wide but it is not as deep as the Duke Mount. It is less than 10” deep but I still felt comfortable using my oversized keyboard, even though it was hanging off the edge slightly. The tray’s surface is a hard plastic and the underside of the tray is metal. The tray is one of the thickest trays I have seen on a standing desk converter but it is rigid. The back of the tray has curved edges to keep your keyboard and mouse from sliding off when using it in a negative tilt position.
The WorkFit-A and Duke Mount have very similar wire management systems. Both products indicate a clear path for your cords in the instructions. The cords run along the underside of the arms and out the back of the mounting pole. The WorkFit-A requires you to use zip ties, that are included, in order to attach the cords to underside of the second arm. The Duke Mount has a long plastic cover that can be easily removed and reattached. The plastic cover on the Duke Mount does a much better job of hiding wires and is easier to use when having to swap them out.
Both products have a potential pinch point behind the monitor due to the horizontal swivel. This is not a big concern for me since you will only really have your fingers in this area during installation or when adjusting tension. Just be cognizant of the adjustments points and you won’t have a problem with either unit.
The Duke Mount and WorkFit-A share a lot in common. From their functionality to their design choice to their aesthetics, they are very similar. I think that the Duke Mount and basic version of the WorkFit-A are almost identical. The basic WorkFit-A provides an ergonomic viewing distance and the option to use the keyboard tray in a negative tilt position, but otherwise, the products are pretty much the same. It is hard to justify going with the WorkFit-A base model over the Duke Mount simply because you save so much money by going with the Duke Mount and it doesn’t cost you anything if you want to return it.
The real advantage that the WorkFit-A has over the Duke Mount is the additional options you can choose; specifically, the lowered keyboard tray and work surface options. After adding these options, the WorkFit-A becomes an upgrade to the Duke Mount. I think that both products are very good at what they do. Deciding which one to go with just depends on what your needs are and how much you are willing to spend.