The list of standing desk chairs continues to grow. Although there are a lot of options available right now, there are a limited number of options below the $200 mark. One of those chairs is the Vivo 2800 by OFM, Inc. It has a similar design to other popular chairs, like the Muvman and Mobis, but it has lower quality parts so that OFM can sell it for a more affordable price. How does the Vivo stack up to higher-end chairs? In this review, we will find out. I will cover as much information about the 2800 as possible, which will include my experiences while testing the chair. I want you to be able to easily decide if the Vivo 2800 is a chair that would fit your needs.
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OFM Inc was founded by Abel and Barbara Zalcberg in 1995. Their son, Blake, is the current CEO. OFM is located in Holly Springs, North Carolina. The company focuses on providing outstanding customer service and fast shipping, at affordable prices. They do this by importing products from countries like China, Mexico and Taiwan and shipping from multiple warehouses across the country. In February of 2016, OFM Inc was acquired by HNI Corporation. HNI Corporation has been in business since 1944 and has grown to become one of the largest furniture manufacturers in the world. HNI owns other popular office furniture brands, like Allsteel, Gunlocke and HON.
Country of Origin
Seat Size: 14.5”W x 12”D
Seat Height Range: 21.5” – 31.5”
Base Dimensions: 22”W x 15”D (half-moon shape)
Weight Capacity: 250 lbs.
Chair Weight: 17 lbs.
Shipping Weight: 20 lbs.
Shipping Box Dimensions: 10″H 17″W 23″L
Forward tilted seat design
Seat swivel with automatic return to center facing
Seat pivots 360 degrees from point in base
Built-in handle on back of seat for better portability
Pneumatic seat height adjustment
Price – $189.99
The OFM 2800 is sold through a large network of dealers and wholesalers. There is a wide range of prices on the 2800. $189.99 is the price we sell the chair for on BTOD.com but you can often find the chair for under $150.00 on Amazon.
You have a few color choices with the 2800. The frame is available in black or cream. This means that the base, piston, seat pan and handle are all the same color. You then have five seat fabric colors to choose from: blue, green, grey, orange or red.
You can return the 2800 Stool within the first 30 days that you own it. The item must be returned in the original packaging and you are responsible for the return shipping charges. OFM, Inc will charge a restocking fee that is based on the condition in which the chair is returned to them. The restocking fee will be no less than 25%.
OFM Inc covers the 2800 Vivo with a limited lifetime warranty. Your chair must be purchased from an authorized dealer in order to have a valid warranty. The two limitations to the lifetime warranty are the cylinder, fabric and upholstery materials. The cylinder has seven years of coverage and the fabric and upholstery materials have two years of coverage. This warranty is on par with other industry leaders. The fabric and upholstery coverage is a bit less than some brands but the frame and cylinder coverage is longer than most.
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The Vivo 2800 ships via FedEx or UPS Ground. It will ship within one business day and will arrive within a few days after shipping. The chair arrives in a small box that weighs about 20 lbs. It is easy for one person to carry. The chair is well packaged so I would expect the damage rate to be really low on this product.
There is a minor amount of assembly on the 2800. The chair arrives in three separate pieces. You just need to drop the piston into the base and then place the seat on top of the cylinder. You want to make sure the seat is facing the same direction as the base. Once you sit on the seat, everything will lock into place. There are no tools required and installation should take most people a minute or two.
The 2800 has a very similar build to the popular Muvman chair but it doesn’t have high quality parts, like the Muvman. It features a base that remains flat on the floor. The base has a steel plate that connects to a pivoting piston. The piston is able to swivel from that point in the base. There is a seat with built-in handle on the back for better portability. The Vivo 2800 is imported from China and has a build quality that falls on the lower end of the spectrum. OFM kept the price down by going with lower cost materials, like plastic for the base and seat pan. They also used a cylinder that showed signs of excessive grease, which is not something I saw on higher-end products. The fabric is soft to the touch, but it does not feel as durable as the microfiber on the Muvman or the EVA foam on the Focal Upright products.
While the Vivo has a lower build quality, it did function nicely during my testing. It did not have any sticking points with the cylinder or awkward noises while using the chair. It is also nice that OFM chose to make the 2800 as sleek as possible by making the entire frame uniform in color and making the adjustment buttons flush with the bottom of the seat.
The Vivo 2800 does not have wheels and does not slide. This means that you have no mobility when you are using the chair. This is something that we have seen on other similar models, like the Mobis, Hon Perch and Muvman. Since the chair does not have arms, a backrest and you are already halfway standing, I found it easy to grab things around my desk and office by simply getting up and walking to them. Not having any chair mobility can be a problem when trying to get comfortable with your keyboard and monitor. Since you can’t move the chair without lifting it off the ground, it can sometimes be a tedious task to find the exact position you want your chair to sit in front of your computer.
One area that the 2800 really excels in is portability. It is one of the lightest standing chairs we have tested. Not having a backrest and arms also makes the design really compact. Add a handle and you end up having a chair that is easy to carry with you in the office or simply move to the side when you are not using it. The small size also helps to make the Vivo a nice option for people that are looking for a complimentary chair since it takes up such a small amount of space. This can also be an option for people looking for seating in collaborative areas where the chair will be moved around a lot and used by many different people.
The seat on the 2800 is a small rectangle with a slight convex shape on the top side. The convex shape is not very pronounced so the seat feels even smaller, similar to the VARIchair and Muvman. The seat is small enough to limit the number of people that will be able to use the 2800 comfortably. The seat has standard foam padding but the edges have little to no padding. I found the front edge to be uncomfortable after short periods when using the chair at leaning height. The reason is that you are not able to sit fully on the seat when leaning, so you need to use the front edge. Since it is not well padded, it was not as comfortable for me to lean as it was to perch. The fabric is soft to the touch but it feels thin and does not feel as durable as higher-end products. I found the seat to be comfortable for about an hour at a time.
Range of Motion
The Vivo can move 360 degrees. Moving backwards is more limited than forward and side to side but it does move in all directions. All of the motion is produced from the pivoting piston in the base. The Vivo 2800 has a limited range of motion when compared to some of its peers. While there are many chairs that use this design, the range of motion can be quite different from brand to brand. Some brands have more tension than others. The 2800 has quite a bit of tension so the range is more limited than other models. I noticed the lack of range most often when using the chair at leaning heights. The seat is naturally tilted forward to make it easier to use at taller heights. But, the higher the seat was, the less leverage I had to move the seat forward, so it took quite a bit more physical effort to use the chair at leaning heights.
Adjusting the Vivo 2800
There is only one adjustment on the 2800 and it is for the seat height. There is a button under each side of the seat. Pressing and holding either of them will unlock the gas cylinder and allow the seat height to be adjusted. The gas cylinder will automatically raise the seat, so you can press the button and stand up off the seat to raise the height. Lowering the height is easy if you just use your body weight to move the seat down. When you get to the height you want, release the button and it will lock at that height.
The Vivo 2800 has a design that is meant to put your legs and hips at an open angle. The purpose of this position is to reduce pressure on your lower back and help you to sit up straight while you work. Along with the open leg angle, the Vivo is meant to keep you moving. You are not locked into a position like chairs with armrests and backrests do. Instead, your arms are free and you can move around as you wish. You can move as much or as little as you like but the purpose is to keep you active. This helps to prevent you from getting stiff or tired because your muscles are more engaged and you have increased blood flow. I found the Vivo to be most effective as a complimentary chair. I was comfortable using the Vivo for about an hour at a time before needing to switch to standing or my standard ergonomic office chair.
The Vivo 2800 has great stability for a number of reasons. The base has a crescent shape that is significantly wider and deeper than the seat. The base also has a heavy steel plate, which puts the majority of the weight on the bottom of the chair. To help prevent slipping, there is an anti-slip rubber strip on the bottom of the base. These factors all help to ensure that the base remains in the same position while using the chair. Another factor that helps to improve stability is the limited range. While this can be looked at as a negative for people looking for the most movement, it can be a positive for people looking for a stable standing desk chair. The limited range makes it difficult to move the seat far enough to get off balanced.
What Do I Like?
I really like the warranty that comes with the Vivo. Even though the Vivo has one of the lowest prices available for a standing chair, it comes with a warranty that is equal to higher end products. The one thing on this type of chair that is at the most risk to go bad is the pneumatic cylinder. OFM covers the cylinder for seven years.
Having a chair that is so easy to move around makes it really versatile. It can be used by a single person, multiple people in the same room or multiple people in multiple offices.
Very stable at all heights
If you are looking for a standing desk chair but are concerned with feeling off-balance or uncomfortable, then the 2800 may be a nice option for you. It will still allow you to incorporate movement into your day but it won’t allow you to get into positions that may be intimidating.
What Don’t I Like?
Lower end build quality
The Vivo has a low price point for the category so it is only logical that the components aren’t going to be on par with higher-end brands. Having lower quality parts helps to save you money but they do not perform as well, and they increase the chance for the chair to break down or become defective.
Limited seat height adjustment range
The height adjustment range is a bit limited compared to competing models. It does not go low enough to be used by everyone at a normal desk. It also does not adjust high enough for tall people because it has a maximum seat height of 31.5”.
Not good for multiple hours at a time
If you are looking for a product to use for multiple hours at a time, then I would recommend alternative products. I did not find the Vivo 2800 to be comfortable for more than an hour. This was mainly due to the seat design.
Limited range of movement
The Vivo 2800 does not offer the same level of activity as higher end chairs or wobble stools. I would not recommend the 2800 to people that know that they want to be moving a lot throughout the day.
Seat may be uncomfortable
The seat is small, has hard edges and does not have a lot of padding. The size alone will be a limiting factor for a lot of people but the lack of padding may be a problem for others.
Takes time to get used to
The Vivo 2800 is a much different sitting experience than a normal chair. There is more pressure placed on your shins, feet and thighs. If you have never used a standing chair, then there is a good chance you will experience some soreness when getting acclimated to your new standing desk chair.
At the beginning of the review, I raised the question: How does the Vivo stack up to higher-end chairs? I think the Vivo 2800 definitely has its downsides when compared to more expensive brands but I am not sure that the increase in price is always worth it. The Vivo 2800 has a lower end build quality but the chair is backed by a strong warranty. The seat may be uncomfortable for some people and the chair is not something I would recommend for prolonged hours. But, I have said that about almost all of the standing chairs I have reviewed. I think the biggest factors that will deter most people are the limited range of movement and seat height range. The seat height range may not be suitable for people over 6’0” and I would not recommend the 2800 to people looking for a standing chair that allows them to have a lot of freedom of movement. But, I do think this is a nice option for people looking for a less expensive alternative to the Muvman, Mobis or VARIchair.