I brought in the InMovement DT2 standing desk and wrote an in-depth review on the product. The look of the unit and large work surface had given me the impression that the DT2 would be one of the better standing desk converters out there. The truth is, I was not very impressed. I found quite a few downsides with the product during my time using it. This article will highlight those downsides and offer some solutions and alternatives that may work better for your situation.
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Lack of Stability
One of the most surprising downsides to the InMovement DT2 was the lack of stability while sitting or standing. The robust base and thick support arms make it look as though the DT2 is a tank. This is actually not the case. The metal used is low quality and easily bends. This allows the platforms to tilt and twist. Another problem is that the unit still has noticeable bounce and movement when the it is supposed to be locked. These two factors contribute to an overall lack of stability on the entire unit.
The DT2 has very noticeable keyboard bounce and monitor shake at standing height. The keyboard also has keyboard bounce when sitting because it does not lay flat on your desk in the lowest position, like the majority of other similarly designed converters.
If you want to be sure that you have a stable set-up, then I would look for an alternative product. There are several options that have similar designs to the InMovement DT2 but don’t suffer from the same stability issues. I would recommend taking a look at our list of the best standing desk converters for stability.
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Limited Adjustment Range
The DT2 sits on top of your existing desk. Your keyboard tray cannot go below your desk. Shorter people may have a difficult time getting into an ergonomic typing position when sitting because they may be reaching up to their keyboard. The 13” adjustment range will allow for people 5’11” and under to be in the correct ergonomic position when standing.
The limited adjustment range makes the DT2 a less than desirable choice for people that are in the 10th or 90th percentiles for height. Another limiting factor is that the DT2 only has 10 pre-determined height options that are spaced a little over an inch apart. This will put some people in a situation where their preferred height is in between two options. They will need to choose a height setting that is too high or too short for them.
The standing desk converter market has grown to be so large that there are a number of good options for both tall and short people. I have written articles on what I believe to be the top 5 standing desk converters for short people and the top 5 converters for tall people. I suggest giving them a read if you are tall or short. Another thing to keep an eye out for is infinite position lock. Infinite position lock allows you to choose any height within a converter’s adjustment range. You will not be limited to a pre-determined set of heights.
Not Dual Ergonomic
Dual ergonomics allows you to have your monitor at the correct ergonomic viewing height while having your keyboard tray at the correct ergonomic typing height. To ensure this is possible, you need to be able to adjust the monitor platform and keyboard tray separately. Not being able to adjust them separately means that you will likely have a viewing angle that is not ergonomic. Most people will prioritize typing height over viewing height. This will cause some people to have an upward viewing angle and some to have a downward viewing angle.
The DT2 features a monitor platform and a keyboard tray. Having them separated is better for ergonomics than a single platform, but they remain at a fixed distance from each other at all times. This means that the DT2 is not dual ergonomic.
Typically, I would recommend a monitor arm to make the DT2 dual ergonomic, but, the DT2 does not have a grommet mount. The back portion of the base also has a horizontal bar that will prevent a lot of clamp mount monitor arms from being attached to the back of the work surface. You will need to look for a different product if you want dual ergonomics. Our list of best standing desk converters for ergonomics would be a nice place to find products with dual ergonomics.
Takes Up a Lot of Space
At 41” wide by 25.5” deep, the InMovement DT2 is one of the largest standing desk converters. You need to have a lot of desk space to be able to fit the InMovement converter. You also need to be willing to give that space up semi-permanently because it is not practical to take the DT2 on and off your desk; it is almost 80 lbs.
Another thing to think about is the movement pattern on the DT2. It pushes you backwards as it is raised. You will need more space behind your desk, when standing, which may be a problem for people with tight spaces.
The best thing going for the DT2 is its massive monitor platform, which is a solution by itself. This will give back the same space that is lost on your existing desk. If you would like a similar product but have a tight space behind your desk, then I would recommend the FlexiSpot ClassicRiser. There are also converters designed to be more mobile on top of your desk. Products like the WorkFit-A can swing completely out of the way so that you can use your desk space at any time.
Unfortunately, the InMovement standing desk converter has one of the worst warranties in the industry at one year. I typically see warranties of one year or less on the low priced products. For $399.00, it would be nice to be guaranteed more than one year of use. I would be a little less concerned if the product was well made with high quality parts. But, that is not the case. As we discussed in the stability section, I am less than impressed with the quality of the components. Having such a short warranty on a higher priced item also does not show a lot of confidence from the manufacturer in their product.
If you purchase the DT2 on Amazon, you can add a protection plan through a 3rd party company. The price is around $60 for five years of coverage. The details look like they cover the mechanism and work surface so this may be worth considering for some people. I would go over all of the details again prior to purchasing. It is hard for me to justify paying almost $500 for this product though. If you would like to purchase a similar product with a five year warranty included, then I would look for products from the brands Ergotron and FlexiSpot.
35 lbs. Weight Limit
The DT2 has a 35 lbs. lifting capacity. This has become the standard in the standing desk converter world. While this is OK for a converter, it is still very low in the world of standing desks. An electric or crank adjustable desk with the same size work surface will be capable of lifting 150-300 lbs. If you want to take advantage of the large work surface by using dual monitors, you may have to think twice. You may not be able to add dual 22”-27” monitors, depending on how heavy they are. My single 27” monitor weighs 19 lbs. with the stand. Two of them would already be exceeding the weight, with no accessories on the unit yet. Having such a large platform is a really nice feature. It would be much more useful if you didn’t have to worry about the weight of your normal office items.
Small weight limits are a problem that plagues the standing desk converter industry as a whole. There are a few options, like the Winston Workstation, that may offer limits of around 100 lbs., but almost all of them are around 35 lbs. or less. If you plan on loading up your desk, then you may want to consider a full electric desk. There are a lot of good quality products at low price points now.
Retractable Keyboard Tray is a Nuisance
The keyboard tray on the InMovement desktop converter is retractable with drawer slides. The slides are smooth during operation and the tray locks when pushed underneath the worksurface. The problem is that the tray does not lock when you pull it out to use it. Even when you pull it out all the way, it still does not click in place.
The tray is made from one thin, lightweight, piece of steel. This makes it very easy to push the tray in while you are typing. I found myself having to pull the tray back into place very frequently while working. This was one of my biggest complaints with the unit when it came to negatively impacting my work experience.
While the idea of a retractable keyboard tray on a standing desk converter is nice, the implementation is almost never as good as a fixed keyboard tray. The FlexiSpot M2 and WorkFit-T are both products that I mentioned earlier in this post. They both have fixed keyboard trays and provide more stability overall.
The InMovement DT2 has some good qualities that have made it a popular standing desk converter. The large task space, work surface color options and easy adjustment system are a few of the features that I like about the product. With that being said, I think the number of downsides can make it hard to justify the $399.00 price point, especially when there are so many good alternatives available. I think it is important to be aware of these downsides so that you know whether the InMovement DT2 will be a good fit or if it would be better to look for a different option. (Buy on Amazon)