Eureka Ergonomic® is one of the newest companies to enter the standing desk converter market and they are looking to position themselves against top brands like Varidesk, Ergotron and FlexiSpot. I had planned on ordering their desktop converter for a review. I read some good things about it and wanted to see how it stacked up for myself. Before I got a chance to order it, I was contacted by Eureka to review the product. I am happy to share my experience with the Eureka Sit Stand Desktop 36”.
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EUREKA ERGONOMIC® was founded in 2017 and operates under the company name, Eureka LLC. The name “Eureka” was used because of the owner liked the state of California’s motto, based on the 1849 Gold Rush. While Eureka has only been in business for about a year, they are backed by a much larger company, Designa.
Designa has extensive experience with manufacturing, exporting and importing products. They were founded in 1999 as a joint Chinese and US operation. The products are made at a Designa factory in Foshan, China. Their factory is about 35,000 square meters in size and the company employs about 1,000 people. Their main products consist of wire mesh desktop storage accessories. They have recently entered the standing desk market with the EUREKA ERGONOMIC® product line.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
– Quick Summary Video
– 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
Eureka Converter Quick Summary Video
Country of Origin
Made in China
Overall Weight Capacity: 35 lbs.
Unit Weight: 61 lbs.
Shipping Weight: 77 lbs.
Shipping Dimensions: 40” x 36” x 22”
Overall Dimensions at Lowest Height: 35.5”W x 32”D x 5.25”
Overall Dimensions at Highest Height: 35.5”W x 37.5”D x 19.25”
Base Dimensions: 30”W x 24”D
Monitor Platform Dimensions: 35.5”W x 22”D
Monitor Platform at Lowest Height: 5.25”
Monitor Platform at Highest Height: 19.25”
Keyboard Tray Dimensions: 35.5”W x 9.5”D
Keyboard Tray Lowest Height: 1”
Keyboard Tray Highest Height: 15”
Distance from Monitor to Front of Keyboard Tray: 24”
Two handle gas assist height adjustment
Infinite position lock
Sits on top of existing desk
Dual Platform Design
Slot on keyboard tray for tablets and papers
Ledge to secure keyboard
Monitor arm cut-out
2020 Price – $319.99
The platforms are available in black, cherry, white or taupe. The black, cherry and taupe options feature a black base and arms. The white option features a white base and arms.
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You may return your Eureka converter within the first 30 days that you own it. Eureka will arrange for the pick up and you will get a full refund. They recommend that you hold on to the original packaging but will send you a replacement box at no charge if the original is damaged or has been thrown away.
Eureka covers the ERK-CV-PRO36 for three years. This includes all components on the converter. Three years is a decent coverage period. It is longer than low end products that typically offer one year warranties. But, it is not as long as industry leaders like Varidesk, Ergotron and FlexiSpot who offer five year warranties.
Eureka will ship your converter within one business day. It ships via FedEx or UPS ground and will arrive within a few days of shipment. The ERK-CV-PRO36 arrives in a large box that weighs over 70 lbs. You will want a second person on hand to receive the box and move it into your office. The ERK-CV-PRO36 was packaged with thick cardboard and everything was protected by foam. There were some scratches on the top of the monitor platform but I would not expect damage to be the norm.
There is no assembly required on the ERK-CV-PRO36. I would recommend having someone available to help you lift it out of the box and place it on your desk. But, once it is on your desk, it is ready to go.
The ERK-CV-PRO36 is a fixed dual platform converter with a double z shaped base. The z shaped base has an arcing pattern that moves the platforms out as they are raised. This arcing pattern is much less pronounced than models like VariDesk Pro Plus 36. The movement is assisted by gas cylinders and features infinite position lock. The height adjustment is controlled by pressing two handles found underneath the monitor platform.
The movement is smooth and silent through all heights. The locks also function consistently and there is no awkward bouncing. The platforms are made from MDF. They have a nice finish with slanted edges that feel and look nice. Eureka also made an effort to make the rest of the converter more attractive. They used uniform colors on the base, with all of the inner working hidden from sight; it’s a nice touch. Overall, the ERK-CV-PRO36 is one of the highest quality fixed dual platform converters I have tested.
The ERK-CV-PRO36 is going to take up a lot of space on your desk. The base is 30”W x 24”D so that is the minimum desk size you will need to place the unit on top of. But, the platforms are quite a bit larger than the base. You will need to make sure you have 36”W x 32”D at a minimum for the sitting position. You will also need to make sure that you have enough space behind your desk. When raising the ERK-CV-PRO36, the platforms will move away from your desk. At the maximum height, you will be pushed about 5” from your desk. This is not a huge amount but it may make a difference for people that have small workspaces.
There is no mobility or portability to the ERK-CV-PRO36. The unit is large and weighs over 60 lbs. It also has an awkward shape, making it difficult for one person to carry. It is not reason to use this product for multiple offices or locations. It is also not a good option for someone that wants to move their converter around their desk or on and off their desk. Not only is it large and heavy but it also features rubber stoppers under the base that prevent it from sliding.
Adjusting the ERK-CV-PRO36
The ERK-CV-PRO36 features height adjustment for the platforms and that is the only adjustment. The platforms remain at a fixed height from each other at all times. To change the height, you’ll need to press and hold the two handles underneath the monitor platform. Holding the handles will unlock the platforms and allow you to move them up or down. Releasing the handles will lock them in place. I found the height adjustment on the ERK-CV-PRO36 to be really smooth and easy to perform. It required very little effort in both directions. The gas cylinders do a good job of making the adjustment process easy at all heights.
The ERK-CV-PRO36 did a good job in the stability category. This starts with the large, heavy base as it provides a nice anchor point for the rest of the product. The arms that extend from the base to the platforms are thick and sturdy. They do not bend or twist like I have seen on other similarly designed products. The unit also fully locks into position and doesn’t have any awkward bouncing or tilting when it should be locked in place.
At sitting height, the keyboard hovers slightly above your desk which produces a very small amount of platform tilt, keyboard bounce and monitor shake. It is so minimal that it will not affect your work. When going to the tallest height, the keyboard bounce and monitor shake will increase slightly. But, again, I do not think the increase will be enough to affect your work. Overall, the Eureka ERK-CV-PRO36 is among the most stable standing desk converters I have tested.
|Sitting Wobble (10%)||Standing Wobble (15%)||Sitting Bounce (10%)||Standing Bounce (15%)||Sitting Shake (10%)||Standing Shake (15%)||General (25%)||Total Score|
The ERK-CV-PRO36 has a couple features that are nice for ergonomics but there are also several downsides. The good things that the ERK-CV-PRO36 has going for it are the infinite height adjustment and monitor viewing distance. Most standing desk converters will limit you to a predetermined number of positions. Infinite position lock allows you to choose any height you’d like which eliminates the potential problem of having your most comfortable height between two different predetermined heights. The recommended ergonomic viewing distance is somewhere between 20”-40”. This is the best distance for reducing eye strain. I found myself to be about 30 inches from my screen while using the ERK-CV-PRO36.
The first downside is that the ERK-CV-PRO36 is not dual ergonomic. Dual ergonomics means that your monitor and keyboard height are adjustable independently. This allows you to have the proper monitor viewing angle and keyboard typing angle at the same time. In order to make the ERK-CV-PRO36 dual ergonomic, you will need to add a monitor arm. The ERK-CV-PRO36 does not have a grommet hole but there is a cut-out in the back of the monitor platform that allows you to use a monitor that can be mounted with a clamp.
The next downside is the overall adjustment range. On the low end, it raises your keyboard height about an inch. On the high end, it adjusts high enough for people that are 6’2” to be in an ergonomic typing position. While this will work for most people, it will not be good for short or tall people. Another thing that may be a problem for shorter people is that the minimum platform height is pretty high, at over 5”. This can create an upward monitor viewing angle, which is not recommended for an ergonomic posture.
The monitor platform is made of MDF and features a nice smooth finish. It is a large platform with a big cut-out in the front. The cut-out is there so that you can use a laptop on the keyboard tray. This is an obvious trade off because it takes away quite a bit of your potential task space. The platform is large enough for dual 24” monitors and a few accessories but you will not have a large space like we have seen on the FlexiSpot M2 or Victor DCX760.
The keyboard tray is fairly large but it has a bit of an awkward shape. There is a small indentation in the front of it. This puts the mousing platforms behind the section that you place your keyboard on. This forces you to reach back to use your mouse, which could be uncomfortable for some people. The keyboard platform also features a large section behind the space where you would place your keyboard. This extra depth allows you to use a laptop on the tray instead of a keyboard. Or, you can just use the space for smaller objects, like a phone or notepad, when using a keyboard set-up.
The back of the platform has a couple plastic pieces to keep your keyboard from falling off the back of the tray. There is also a slot built-in to make it easier to stand up a tablet, smartphone or reading material. Overall, the keyboard tray is large enough to fit almost any keyboard and mouse combination. I tested the ERK-CV-PRO36 with my oversized, ergonomic keyboard and had no problem fitting it comfortably on the tray.
Unfortunately, the ERK-CV-PRO36 does not come with any wire management tools. There is not a built-in system on the unit and Eureka does not include things like Velcro strips, zip ties or cable sleeves to assist with cable management. The best way to handle cable management on a converter, with a design like the ERK-CV-PRO36, is to run all of your cords straight off the back. This will help you to avoid pinch points and reduce the chances for damaging your cords.
The ERK-CV-PRO36 will have the inherent safety risks that come with any double z or x shaped base. But, Eureka does a better job than most companies at covering up as many potential pinch points as possible. There are still a couple major pinch points that cannot be avoided with this design. The extra little pinch points we have seen, in areas like the space between the gas cylinder and the arm, are not present on the ERK-CV-PRO36. This is one of the safer dual fixed platform converters I have tested.
What Do I Like?
Risk Free Trial
Eureka is one of the only companies that offers a 100% risk free trial. You do not have to pay return shipping, restocking fees and you are also not responsible for holding on to the original packaging. This is a great incentive for people that are on the fence about which product to buy or for people that want to try a standing desk but are not sure if they will like it.
Not having to worry about installation is a huge positive for a lot of people. Some people don’t have the time or ability to assemble a standing desk. Other customers may not be allowed to order something that needs to be assembled due to restrictions from their employer. The ERK-CV-PRO36 solves that issue since you can use it right out of the box.
Good Build Quality
The ERK-CV-PRO36 is made in China but it is definitely a high end dual fixed platform converter. All of the components feel solid and the unit operates smoothly.
Easy to Adjust
The ERK-CV-PRO36 is one of the easiest converters to adjust. The gas cylinders provide a great balance to make the adjustment process easy in both directions. I also like that the adjustment is silent and without any stopping points or awkward hitches.
The ERK-CV-PRO36 is a very stable product. It really has no weaknesses and excels in almost every category. Even at the tallest height, it remains sturdy.
Infinite Position Lock
Infinite position lock is a function that is a bit of a luxury on a fixed dual platform converter. Most models will use the system with a limited number of height options for you to choose from. Having infinite position lock further solidifies the ERK-CV-PRO36 as a higher quality product than most similarly designed converters.
What I Don’t Like
Not Dual Ergonomic
The lack of dual ergonomics will be a problem for a segment of the population. Adding a monitor arm will solve this problem but that will come at an extra cost that some people may be unwilling to pay.
Limited Adjustment Range
While I like seeing the infinite position lock function, the overall height range will be a problem for tall people. People over 6’2” will want to find an alternative product that can adjust high enough for the keyboard tray to be in an ergonomic position.
Raises Minimum Height
Some people may have issues with the increased minimum keyboard height and the minimum monitor height. For short people, both will be at an upward angle, which goes against the principles of ergonomics.
Awkward Keyboard Tray Shape
The keyboard tray has plenty of space but I am not a fan of the way that you have to position your mouse behind your keyboard. It feels awkward to me and I think others will share the same sentiment. I believe that the cut-out is there to allow you to get closer to the handles to make the adjustment easier but I do not think the trade-off is worth it. It not only changes your mousing posture but also takes away a bit of space that would be useful to have.
Normally I would not consider a three year warranty to be a downside. Three years is right in the middle of the two most common warranty coverage periods, one and five years. I would normally look at three years as average and therefore not an upside or a downside. But, in this case, it is the main aspect that is pulling the overall score of the ERK-CV-PRO36 down. I feel that the build quality, price tag and Eureka’s intention to compete with the industry leading brands justifies a five year warranty.
The ERK-CV-PRO36 is a product that has a lot going for it. It arrives fully assembled, has a good build quality and comes with a 30-day risk free trial. The height adjustment process is simple and the infinite position lock is a high-end feature that ensures you will be at the correct height. I am also a big fan of the stability on the ERK-CV-PRO36. There are a lot of similar products that have noticeable bouncing and shaking. The ERK-CV-PRO36 is solid at all heights.
The ERK-CV-PRO36 has some attractive features but it is also important to address the downsides. The biggest problems with the ERK-CV-PRO36 are going to be the lack of ergonomics and the shape of the keyboard tray. The fixed nature of the platforms and limited height ranges will be things to consider if you are looking for a converter that provides an ergonomic working experience. The ERK-CV-PRO36 also may not be the best choice for people that prefer a large, rectangle keyboard tray.
After getting a chance to use the ERK-CV-PRO36, I think that it is a nice overall product. It has a lot of nice features and also compares favorably to a lot of similarly designed products. It is not perfect and won’t be the right choice for everyone but I would have no problem recommending the ERK-CV-PRO36 to people looking for this type of standing desk converter.