The QuickStand Lite became available for sale in early 2016. It was awarded the Best of the Best award in 2016 by Red Dot for its “top quality and groundbreaking design”. We have received little customer feedback and there are only a handful of reviews out there. I decided to order one and try it out for a few days so that I could get a feel for the product. Here is how my experience with the QuickStand Lite went.
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QuickStand Lite Manufacturer
The QuickStand Lite is made by Humanscale. Humanscale is one of the world’s leading ergonomics products manufacturers with a presence in a number of countries. Humanscale is known for their focus on making sleek, environmentally friendly products that provide a good ergonomic experience.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
– Country of Origin
– Specs / Features / Pricing
– Return Policy and Warranty
– Build Quality
– Making Adjustments
– Task and Keyboard Space
– Wire Management
– What I Like
– What I Don’t Like
– Bottom Line
Country of Origin
Made in China
VESA monitor mount
Single or Dual Monitors
Unit Weight: 29 lbs.
Overall Weight Capacity: 25 lbs.
Light Duty Monitor Weight Limit: 0 – 11 lbs.
Heavy Duty Monitor Weight Limit: 12 – 22 lbs.
Dual Monitor Weight Limit: 22 lbs.
Maximum Monitor Size: Dual 27”
Overall Dimensions at Lowest Height: 27”W x 38”D x 20.5”H
Overall Dimensions at Highest Height: 27”W x 44”D x 40.5”H
Keyboard Tray Dimensions: 25.5”W x 12.5”D
Keyboard Tray Lowest Height: 0.0”
Keyboard Tray Highest Height: 20.25”
Center of Monitor Mount at Lowest Height: 12.5”H
Center of Monitor Mount at Highest Height: 38”H
Monitor adjustment range: 5.75”
Standard Crossbar for Dual Monitors: 27”W
Distance from Monitor to Front of Keyboard Tray: 18”
Clamp or grommet mount included
Counter-balance height adjustment system
Independent monitor height adjustment
Forward/backward monitor tilt
Monitor rotates 360 degrees
Unit articulates in almost any direction
Built-in cable management
2021 Starting Price – $649.00
|Single Monitor from 12 to 22 lbs.||$40.00|
|Dual Monitors up to 24”||$80.00|
|Dual Monitors up to 27”||$100.00|
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Humanscale accepts returns on the QuickStand Lite within the first 45 days of owning it. The item must be in its original packaging and in “like new” condition. You will be responsible for return shipping charges and a 5% restocking fee.
The QuickStand Lite comes with a comprehensive five year warranty. There are no exclusions. Humanscale also goes above and beyond most warranties by offering on-site service if you are within close proximity to one of their stores.
The QuickStand Lite shipped in 10 business days from the day that it was ordered. It then arrive within a couple days via ground shipping. The unit arrived in a single rectangular box that weighed under 40 lbs. The box was easy to move into the office on my own. The packaging was very good with each component having its own compartment molded into the cardboard. This kept any parts from moving and protected them from damage. The unit arrived in perfect condition.
The installation process was similar to the Duke Mount in terms of time invested. I spent about 10 minutes unpackaging the unit and then about 35 minutes on assembly. The only tool I needed, that wasn’t included, was a Philips head screwdriver. Humanscale does a nice job with their hardware and assembly instructions. The hardware bags are not labeled like the Ergotron WorkFit-A but the different hardware is separated so that you don’t have to sort through them all. The instructions make the assembly process easy to follow since they have clear written instructions, along with detailed photos. I have run into several converters that only feature pictures that are often hard to interpret. Having clear instructions along with detailed pictures made the process much quicker overall.
Another thing that really helped with the assembly was that many of the parts simply clicked into place or had specific slots built-in to make it easier to line the parts up. You do not have to struggle to hold two parts together, while attaching a few screws, like I have seen on other units. This made it easy to complete the entire process on my own.
Humanscale is known for making products with a modern, minimalist design that function well but more importantly, look nice. The QuickStand Lite fits this bill. The design is simply a monitor arm with an added platform for a keyboard tray. The aluminum and plastics used are good quality and look really nice. They do a very nice job of hiding the inner workings of the unit, along with your wires. The unit is highly functional with everything operating smoothly. There are no awkward noises when adjusting the unit.
The QuickStand Lite mounts to the back of your desk with a clamp system. The clamp only takes up a space that is 11”W x 5.75”D so this is the absolute minimum amount of space you need to mount the unit. Humanscale instructs you to configure the QuickStand Lite in a way so that the keyboard platform can lay flat on your desk when the unit is swung to the side for the seated position. The overall amount of space that the unit will take up on your desk when configured this way is 33”W x 27”D. You will also need to make sure you have a little additional space available to the side of the desk to accommodate for the area where the monitor extends if you are using dual monitors.
Aside from this standard sitting position, the amount of space required around you will vary depending on how you are using the QuickStand Lite. The large amount of adjustability changes the required space. If you would like to use the unit straight on when sitting or standing, then you will need a total depth of about 38”.
The Humanscale Lite does not weigh very much but it is awkwardly shaped and is attached to your desk with a clamp or grommet mount. This is not a product that should be used in multiple offices or moved from location to location. In terms of desktop mobility, the Humanscale Lite is going to be one of the most versatile products I have used. You can move the unit in almost any direction which allows you to create a number of different working set-ups and postures.
Adjusting the QuickStand Lite
The QuickStand Lite is right there with the WorkFit-A and Duke Mount as the most adjustable converters I have tested. The unit is able to rotate on the pole that comes up from the mounting bracket. This allows you to swing the whole unit left or right. You are also able to adjust the overall height of the unit from the same pivot point on the top of the pole. There is a second adjustment point right behind the monitors that allows you to turn the monitor and keyboard tray left or right. These three adjustments allow you to completely articulate the unit with a variety of different working positions and angles. All three adjustments are tension adjustable and all three adjustments are performed by simply grabbing the unit and moving it.
The remaining adjustments are related to the monitor. The monitor is height adjustable with a handful of preset positions. There is a lever behind the monitors that you need to press forward which will unlock the monitor and you can then slide them up or down. I found this adjustment to be very difficult when I first started using the unit. Greg saw me struggling with it and was able to come up with a much easier method. I will try to show the hand positioning with pictures but you just need to use your thumb to press the lever forward slightly while using both hands to move them up or down.
Aside from height adjustment, the monitor can also tilt in any direction. Most monitors can tilt side to side and up and down but the QuickStand Lite’s monitors are mounted with a system that allows you tilt the monitor at any angle you would like. They can also rotate 360 degrees. This huge range of monitor adjustability is nice but I found it difficult to line my monitors up evenly because there was no baseline to keep things even. Another thing that made lining up my monitor difficult was that one monitor would slowly tilt further and further forward over time. This needs to be corrected by tightening a set-screw in the back of the monitor mount to increase the tension. This is not something I saw on the WorkFit-A or Duke Mount.
Unfortunately, the QuickStand Lite is one of the least stable standing desk converters I have tested. It is certainly the least stable when standing. The problems stem from the overall design of placing a keyboard tray on the end of a monitor arm. There is far too much weight at the end of an extended arm for it to be stable. These problems are compounded for a few reasons.
The first is because the arms on the QuickStand Lite are quite a bit longer than models like the Duke Mount and WorkFit-A. This means that the keyboard and monitor are further away which makes them even more unstable. The phenolic keyboard tray is another factor that contributes to the instability of the unit. The phenolic is thin and has no support underneath it, so it lacks any rigidity. The final factor that contributes to the QuickStand Lite’s instability is that there are a number of different adjustment points. With so many points of movement, it is hard to keep the unit fully stable in one spot.
The only positive side to the stability on the QuickStand Lite is the seated position. There are two different ways to use the product when seated. You can either swing it to the side and lay the tray flat on your desk or you can use the unit straight in front of you with the keyboard tray arm resting on your desk. Laying it flat on your desk will be the most stable position. There will be no bounce and very little monitor shake. If you use the product straight on with the arm on your desk, then there will be some bounce and side to side movement on the tray. The sitting score is the middle ground for these two different positions.
|Sitting Wobble (10%)||Standing Wobble (15%)||Sitting Bounce (10%)||Standing Bounce (15%)||Sitting Shake (10%)||Standing Shake (15%)||General (25%)||Total Score|
One of the areas that the QuickStand Lite excels in is ergonomics. For starters, it is dual ergonomic. This means that the keyboard tray and monitors are independently height adjustable from each other. The keyboard tray has an adjustment range of about 20” and the monitor has almost 6” of adjustment range. This is very important because it allows you to have your monitor and keyboard at the correct ergonomic height, at the same time.
In the sitting position, the keyboard tray has a very low profile and will have little effect on your normal typing posture. One thing that is a concern is the minimum monitor height when sitting. The lowest height option was barely low enough to allow me to have a proper ergonomic viewing angle. Taller people or people with 27” monitors may have an upward monitor viewing angle when sitting.
The last thing to keep in mind is your monitor viewing distance. The recommended ergonomic range to reduce eye strain is 20”-40”. My monitors were 18” from the front of the keyboard tray so I was about 27” from the monitors. The QuickStand Lite does a good job of putting you well within the recommended ergonomic range.
The QuickStand Lite does not have a work surface so there is no task space on the unit. The only available task space will be in the sitting position with the unit is lying flat on your desk. In this position, you will be able to use your normal desk for tasking. But, any other position will leave you without any task space.
They keyboard tray on the QuickStand Lite is made of phenolic. Each side of the back of the tray has a curved, plastic handle. These handles are the best place to grab to articulate the unit. The tray is a rectangle and comes with a gel palm support that can be added to the front of the tray. The tray is not very large so I would make sure your keyboard fits on the tray before adding the palm support. I was not able to fit my Microsoft ergonomic keyboard. It would have fit without the palm support added but there wouldn’t have been enough room left to mouse comfortably. I used a standard sized keyboard and it fit the tray much better.
The QuickStand Lite has a full built-in wire management system that will hide any wires coming from your monitors or the keyboard tray. The path is easy to follow and the cords are well hidden behind the plastic and aluminum components.
One thing to be aware of is that running your wires through the management system will require you to have your power management running right underneath the unit. Or, you need to have really long cords for everything. The system runs the cords along the arms and then off the back of the desk. This requires more cord length than simply running them straight off the back of the unit. The QuickStand Lite also has a massive adjustment range which makes you need even more cord length to use the full adjustment range.
My only safety concern on the QuickStand Lite is the quick release system used on the monitor mounts. To remove a monitor, you need to hold back a plastic tab and then slide the monitor up and out of the mount. Be careful not to scrape or cut the finger you are holding the tab with. The edges of the mount can be sharp when it slides sup.
What do I like?
Good Desktop Versatility
The large adjustment ranges from numerous adjustment points make the QuickStand Lite one of the most versatile desktop converters out there. This is great for a number of different applications including areas that other converters are not very well suited for. The QuickStand Lite can be used in areas like point of sale or by people who would prefer to be able to swing the unit out of the way and use their normal desk when needed.
Good Aesthetics and High End Build
Humanscale makes some of the nicest looking products out there. I was impressed with the look of the QuickStand and the same can be said for the QuickStand Lite. The unit does not appear bulky and imposing like the WorkFit-A and it has nicer looking finishes than products like the Duke Mount.
Fully Integrated Wire Management
The QuickStand Lite has one of the better wire management systems I have seen on a converter. You do not need to attach strips or run cords through a coil. Simply run them through the tunnels on the QuickStand Lite and they are hidden from sight.
Having one of the best warranties in the industry is a huge positive for a product with a higher end price tag. If something goes wrong, you know that you will be able to get it fixed. It is nice to know that you will be able to use your QuickStand Lite for a minimum of five years.
Large Adjustment Range
The QuickStand Lite can accommodate ergonomic typing and viewing heights for very large range of people. Being able to lower the unit to the height of your normal desk makes this a good option for short people that are looking for an ergonomic converter while they are sitting, which can be hard to find. The QuickStand Lite also has a large enough adjustment range to allow for people up to 6’9” to use the product at the correct ergonomic typing height. This is among the tallest standing desk converters I have seen.
Can Hold Dual 27” Monitors
The QuickStand Lite is one of the few standing desk converters out there that can hold dual 27” monitors. This may be a nice option for people with large monitors that need an ergonomic desktop converter.
What don’t I like?
Poor Stability at Standing Height
The lack of stability at standing height is my biggest concern. There is simply no way to avoid the massive amount of keyboard and monitor bounce when you are typing. Unfortunately, I feel that this amount of bounce is something that will negatively impact your work.
You will need to set aside a large chunk of time to get the QuickStand Lite installed. When the process is complete, the unit functions really well and has good wire management. But, not everyone buying a standing desk converter wants to commit that much time to assembly.
No Task Space
Not having any task space will be a problem for a lot of people. Some people are fine with just using their converter for typing but the majority of people would like a little extra room to place frequently used items or even a beverage. You will not be able to do this with the QuickStand Lite while standing.
Limited Keyboard Space
The keyboard space is a bit more limited compared to some other standing desk converter models. The best keyboards to use are standard to compact but you will want to avoid oversized or ergonomic keyboards.
I had high hopes for the QuickStand Lite. The regular QuickStand is one of the higher rated standing desk converters I have reviewed so I was hoping the QuickStand Lite would produce similar results. The problem with the QuickStand Lite is that the bad really overshadows the good. The unit looks really nice, has a massive adjustment range and provides a good ergonomic experience for lot of people. It is capable of holding dual 27” monitors, has a fully integrated wire management system and comes standard with an industry leading warranty.
But, it is one of the more expensive standing desk converters I have tested and for that high price tag you end up with one of the least stable products and no task space. It is hard for me to recommend this product except for niche situations like people looking to hold dual 27” monitors or point-of-sale applications where you want a really nice looking converter.