POST UPDATE: It appears that the ViviStand Quattro products are no longer available as of 7/29/19. They are not available on Vivistand.com website or Amazon.com.
Today we are going to be taking a closer look at likely the most unique standing desk offered, the ViviStand Quattro. Originally launched on Kickstarter, the ViviStand Quattro released as one of the first four post leg style electric standing desks to hit the US mainstream. Featuring stylish aluminum extrusions, it does a great job at not standing out in your space. The ViviStand Quattro is one of the least likely products to actually look like an electric standing desk. While the ViviStand Quattro is impressive to look at, it functionally lacks some of the most important aspects of an electric standing desk. This post will explore the top seven problems with the ViviStand Quattro and solutions if they exist.
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Top 7 Problems with Vivistand Quattro For 2019
- Stability Issues In All Directions
- Low-Quality Electronics
- Inconsistent Lifting Capacity
- Slow Adjustment Speeds
- Loud Operation
- Long Delay Pushing Up or Down Button
- High Price Tag
- Bottom Line
1. Stability Issues In All Directions
One of the biggest misconceptions we’ve found with the standing desk industry is that all four leg desks are more stable than two leg alternatives. While this may be true with a more traditional four leg desk, that utilizes a long foot desk, the post leg design is anything but stable. Combine the post leg design with thin aluminum extrusions and the ViviStand Quattro is one of the least standing desks we have tested to date.
The most common motions that we’ve tested with all standing desks is the front to back rocking motion and the left to right wobble motion. With four post legs, the ViviStand exhibited an additional motion which was a twisting motion. The twisting motion created a bad wiggle that only made the other stability issues more obvious.
Our front to back rocking test showed signs of motion at the absolute bottom height. By 32” tall the rocking motion became bad and beyond 36” it would impact your work. The left to right wobble test had the same results, with motion at the bottom, becoming bad beyond 36”.
There is a lot of room for improvement with the ViviStand Quattro’s stability problems. Because aluminum extrusions were used to create a custom look, the first suggestion would be to add ribbing inside the columns for added structural support. Instead of using a four post leg design, tying the columns together with a more traditional foot would help with some of the front to back movement. Lastly, a traditional cross support to help with lateral stability would go a long way when the desk was raised to standing height. These solutions would unfortunately change the entire look of the ViviStand Quattro, so this solution might not be the best option.
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2. Low-Quality Electronics
The uniqueness of the ViviStand was evident throughout the entire desk. Because the Quattro decided to use stepper motors to drive the desk up and down, a unique control box system was used. Instead of being the more commonly found small box with a plastic case, the ViviStand had an oversized metal control box. Their control box was easily three times the size of the Linak control box, found on the similarly priced Xdesk Terra shown below.
Opening the control box we found quite the elaborate system running the ViviStand. While the inside looked different than other boxes we’ve tested, the quality was similar to other low-end Chinese products. Utilizing a two board system, that incorporates mass produced circuit boards for many different industries, the ViviStand didn’t include high-end electronics normally found on a product at this price point. Cheap internal components on the circuit boards were used and held in place by excessive amounts of caulk.
While this might have been okay for a lower priced desk, the ViviStand ranks amongst the most expensive we have tested. Pair that with inconsistencies we found while testing the operation and there are some major concerns with the electronics.
The best solution would be to develop a single
motor board system, similar to other high-end brands in the electric standing desk market. While the stepper motor design might require a more robust system, using better internal components that match the price of the Quattro should be expected.
Looking at others at this price point, the first product that I think of is the Xdesk Terra. Using the latest technology from Linak, they were able to use an inline motor that still created a streamlined look for their column. With the use of a more traditional brushed DC motor, they were able to use their normal control box. The Linak control box comes with a single board that is clean throughout. You will not find a single cheap component or excessive use of caulk on a Linak control box circuit board.
3. Inconsistent Lifting Capacity
An extension of the low quality electronics mentioned in the second problem, the ViviStand Quattro was extremely inconsistent during our capacity testing. Considering the desk comes standard with four motors, I was surprised to find they only rated the desk at 264 lbs. During my initial testing with the product, the first attempts would not allow me to lift over 100 lbs., plus the desk surface weight.
During later tests I attempted to move the desk again. This time I was able to increase the load from initial tests to 150 lbs., plus the desk surface. Unfortunately, that was short lived as the desk began to fault again after additional testing. Lowering the weight to 100 lbs., I was able to resume testing again.
Through the entire testing process I was never able to lift the max capacity stated on the ViviStand website. Considering the Quattro was touted as a high-end desk, the fact it couldn’t lift more than 200 lbs. was disappointing.
I wasn’t really sure the reason for the inconsistencies with the ViviStand’s lifting capacity. This was the first product I have tested to use a BLDC stepper motor. Looking at four post leg adjustable standing desk alternatives, the Uplift 900 is the best alternative. While our review isn’t live on this product, it has been in our lab for the past few months. It shares some of the same stability issues but it was a lot more consistent during our capacity testing. Similar to other JieCang products, it far exceeded the listed weight rating. While the 700 lbs. rating that Uplift gives it is a bit excessive, the Uplift 900 four leg frames should have no problem lifting more than 400 lbs.
4. Extremely Slow Adjustment Speed
Unfortunately, the adjustment issues with the ViviStand weren’t only linked to its inconsistent capacity. The overall adjustment speed we found during testing was one of the slowest in the category. The advertised adjustment speed from ViviStand of .87” was close and our actual reading averaged .84” per second. The ViviStand Quattro had been the slowest desk I tested until I recently brought in the $299 Autonomous Home Edition. The ViviStand only edged this budget standing desk from Autonomous by six hundredths of a second.
The good news is that if speed is a major concern, almost all of the other desks we tested rated better than the ViviStand Quattro. This means that products that are in the $400 to $500 price range will perform better and save you quite a bit of money. Considering what we know about the electronics in the ViviStand, these alternatives will offer similar electronics as well. The Autonomous SmartDesk 2 Business Edition features the fastest adjustment speed we have tested to date. With an adjustment speed of 2.09” per second, you will be able to get to a standing position much faster than the ViviStand Quattro. If you’re looking to stay in the high-end category, the Steelcase Series 7 averaged 1.68” per second, ranking third out of twenty plus desks.
5. Loud When Operating
The ViviStand Quattro is the only electric standing desk I have tested to date to include two operating modes. The first is the standard full speed mode and the second is what ViviStand called the whisper mode. The problem is that both of these modes were loud, with the standard operation being the loudest we have tested, averaging 70-72 dB. The whisper mode was better than the standard operation, but it still operated at 62-63 dB. When compared to the other desks in the standing desk category, the whisper mode still ranked at the top for its high dB level. The standard mode was hands down the loudest of all the desks we tested, including some of the cheapest standing desks on the market. It also goes against the 39-55 dB rating that is advertised on the ViviStand website.
The most obvious solution for the sound problem with the ViviStand would appear to be using the whisper mode. Unfortunately, the height adjustment rate is also different for the standard and whisper mode. While the standard operation mode averaged an unimpressive .87” per second adjustment rate, the whisper mode was even slower at .54” per second. Not even the cheapest standing desks we have tested operate this slowly and that should be a major red flag. While I commend ViviStand for trying something different, using stepper motors and a unique control system, the end result was a fail.
While a lot of desks in the industry claim to be quiet, most find themselves around the 58-62 dB mark. The quietest desk we have tested to date was the UpDesk Elements, with an average decibel reading of 55-58 dB. After our full review of the UpDesk Elements, we found that the secret was how they housed their motor. Inside the motor box was a molded foam cover that fit around the outside of the motor perfectly. There is a fine line here where too much foam would cause overheating, yet they have done a good job quieting down the motors. Adding the molded foam also reduced some of the natural vibrations that occur with this type of motor.
6. Delay When Pushing Up or Down Button
One of the more interesting problems found with the ViviStand Quattro was the odd delay when pressing the up or down button. The delay was over one second when pressing either direction on the keypad which was an annoyance more than anything. It also created a bit of concern as this would not be something you should expect from such an expensive product. This was something that directly linked to using components not normally found on an electric standing desk. The lack of knowledge manufacturing these types of products was evident. I was also a bit concerned considering what we found while reviewing the electronics in the ViviStand.
The best solution to avoid the long delay is to use the ViviStand memorized adjustment option. With the ViviStand you are able to set a sitting height and standing height position. To switch to a memorized position, once you have set the memory, press the up button or down button once and release. This will also be beneficial to those who do not want to press the up or down button and wait for the desk to move into position. While this isn’t the safest option, it is probably the best for the ViviStand Quattro.
7. High Price Tag
Considering all of the problems presented in this post, the high price tag for the ViviStand Quattro is likely the biggest problem of all. With the loudest decibel reading for the category, slow adjustment speeds and inconsistent lifting capacities it’s tough to recommend this product. While it was definitely one of the best looking standing desks to come through our lab, it’s hard to justify a price tag north of $1400 just to look good. At this price point I would expect a desk to offer much better stability and higher quality electronics.
Depending on where you stand with your budget, there are a lot of good alternatives for less money. I wrote a post recently that covered the four best electric standing desks under $1000. In that post I included three desks, the VertDesk v3, ModDesk Pro and UpDesk Elements. Each includes high-quality components throughout and would be a much better alternative to the ViviStand Quattro. I also included what I felt was the best Chinese alternative, the Uplift 900 Desk, which features the JieCang Linear Technology. Considering what we know about the ViviStand, the Uplift 900 offers equal components for significantly less money. In my opinion, JieCang technology is much better than what you find on the Vivistand. Putting each product side by side, you can tell right away which the better option is.
Looking at the ViviStand Quattro, I can tell why the product has been intriguing to so many. With four post legs, one of the biggest misconceptions is the Quattro must be stable. ViviStand Quattro also has a “I’m not a standing desk” look to it as well, which is definitely an attractive selling point. Unfortunately, after spending a good amount of time with the Quattro, it comes up short in a lot of categories. As one of the least stable standing desks we’ve tested, their choice in design choice created stability problems at all heights. Slow adjustment speeds, inconsistent lifting capacities and low quality electronics were all major concerns for me as well. If you are considering a high-end electric standing desk, there are more well-rounded products available over the thousand dollar price point. We suggest considering one of those alternatives before settling on the ViviStand Quattro.
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