There are a ton of different standing desk converter options, but there are not many that are able to accommodate people that are tall. Most standing desk converters will be lacking in one way or another which makes them sub-par for tall people. In this review, I will talk about what to look for in a standing desk converter for tall people and what you will want to avoid. I have also put together a list of what I would consider to be the best overall options for tall people in an effort to help you narrow down your choices. For this review I will define anyone 6’0” and above as “tall”.
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5 Best Standing Desk Converters For Tall People in 2021
- BTOD Duke VESA
- Innovative Winston
- Humanscale QuickStand
- Varidesk Tall 40
- HealthPostures TaskMate EZ
- 6 Things You Must Consider Before Buying a Converter
- Bottom Line
1. BTOD Duke VESA
Duke VESA Starting Price: $555.99 + Free Shipping
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Duke VESA Summary
In my opinion, the Duke VESA is the best all around standing desk converter for tall people. The 17” keyboard height adjustment range will accommodate an ergonomic typing position for people up to 6’5”. The keyboard platform has a low-profile design in which your seated typing position will be increased by .5”. This is one of the few converters that keeps your typing position at almost the same height while you are seated, instead of increasing it by an inch or more like most converters. Increasing your typing height while seated won’t affect you as much if you are tall, but it is always nice to be able to stay in a familiar position instead of having to adjust to a new seated one. There is infinite position lock on the keyboard tray, so you will not be forced to choose between a pre-set number of height options.
The Duke VESA is dual ergonomic with a separate monitor adjustment range of about 33”. The minimum monitor height is about 17” off your desk and the maximum monitor height is about 50” off your desk. This is a huge range allowing for tall people to comfortably view their monitor at standing height. The range also goes low enough to allow you to keep your familiar sitting position.
The Duke VESA is one of the most stable standing desk converters that I have tested to date. It does not have any glaring weaknesses which make it a well-rounded product in terms of stability. At the tallest heights, there is a bit of front to back rocking that contributes to some keyboard bounce, but it is much less pronounced than the majority of other standing desk converters.
There is one main downsides to the Duke VESA that you should be aware of. The monitor height adjustment can be a bit tricky. You need to be able to reach around the monitor(s), loosen both screws and then manually adjust the monitor while holding its weight to keep it from falling. The good thing about this is the taller you are, the easier it is to adjust because of the extra arm length that allows you to comfortably reach around the monitor(s).
2. Innovative Winston Workstation
Innovative Winston Starting Price: $642.99 + Free Shipping
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Innovative Winston Summary
The Winston by Innovative makes my list because of its massive adjustment ranges on both the keyboard tray and monitor. It is also dual ergonomic which improves the adjustment capabilities even further. The Winston has a maximum keyboard height of 18.5” off your desk and a maximum monitor height of 52” off your desk. This will allow for an ergonomic typing position and viewing angle if you are up to 6’7”. The Winston also features infinite position lock which means that you will be able to choose your preferred height, without being forced to choose between predetermined positions.
The Winston does increase the height of your keyboard by about 1.5” when in the seated position. This may not be as big of a problem for tall people, but it will certainly require you to alter your normal typing position. The monitor is capable of adjusting all the way down until it makes contact with the work surface so you will have no problem getting the monitor low enough to achieve the proper viewing angle when seated.
The first downside is that the monitor height adjustment is difficult to the point of being impractical for a lot of people. To adjust the monitor, you need to loosen four screws with an allen wrench, which will allow the monitor mounting bar to slide vertically. This process is difficult because you need to hold the combined weight of the mounting bar and monitor(s), which is actually quite heavy. The movement has a lot of friction so it does not slide smoothly. The adjustment process requires quite a bit of physical strength and will take several minutes.
My next concern is with the stability of the product when at full height. At sitting height and mid-range height, the Winston is stable. But, at tall heights there is a bit of movement. The steel base is very heavy and provides a nice anchor point, but the base is not perfectly flat, so there is a little bit of rocking that can be seen in almost all directions when at the tallest heights. There is also a bit of wiggle where the columns meet. Losing some stability at taller heights is normal for standing desk converters, but the overall stability of the Winston will be a bit lacking compared to the other items on this list.
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3. Humanscale QuickStand
Humanscale Quickstand Starting Price: $789.00 + Free Shipping
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Innovative Winston Summary
The Humanscale QuickStand is another great product for tall people. The keyboard adjusts from .25” off your desk to just over 18” off your desk. This will accommodate people up to 6’6” in an ergonomic typing position. This is also the lowest profile design currently available, so your sitting keyboard position will remain almost the same as your normal desk height. The QuickStand also features infinite position lock so any position can be chosen within its given adjustment range.
The QuickStand is dual ergonomic with independent monitor height adjustment. The 5” adjustment range is more limited than the Duke VESA”, but still enough to allow for a very large monitor adjustment range, when paired with the overall height adjustment of the unit. You can adjust the monitor as low as 18.5” and as high as 41”. This is low enough to keep your same sitting and typing position while also being high enough to accommodate you if you’re in the mid 6-foot range.
There are two major downsides to look out for on the QuickStand. The first thing is the monitor viewing distance. You want to make sure that there is between 20”-40” between the monitor and your eyes to ensure a proper ergonomic viewing distance. The standard keyboard platform has a very shallow depth of 11”. This puts me about 15” from the screen, which is simply too close to be comfortable. There is an option to upgrade to a larger platform for $50, which will increase the depth from 11” to 17”. This extra 6” makes a huge difference in improving your viewing experience, so the large work surface is a must have on the QuickStand, in my opinion.
The next area to think about is that the QuickStand has very pronounced keyboard bounce while standing, when choosing the large keyboard platform. The work surface lays flat on your desk when in the lowest height. It is solid when in the seated position, but it will have quite a lot of bounce at standing height. The rest of the unit is very stable, but pronounced keyboard bounce when standing could be a deal breaker for some.
4. Varidesk Tall 40
Exec 40 Price: $550.00 + Free Shipping
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Varidesk Tall 40 Summary
The Varidesk Tall 40 is the only fixed dual platform converter to make our list. This is because most models like this only extend high enough for people around 6’0” or less. Varidesk designed the Exec 40 specifically to be used by tall people. It offers the tallest height range we have seen on any fixed dual platform converter. The keyboard height will extend high enough for people up to 6’7” or 6’8”. The monitor platform is a few inches higher than the keyboard tray and will work for people up to about 6’6”. If you have larger or taller monitors, you may be able to use them in an ergonomic position if you are a couple inches taller.
The Tall 40 has a simple adjustment process. Just squeeze the 2 handles in the monitor platform and it will allow you to move the platforms up or down and you can choose between 9 different height options. Varidesk also offers a nice return policy on the Exec 40 just in case you order it and it doesn’t fit your needs. You can return the product within 30 days for a full refund and Varidesk will cover your return shipping charges.
The biggest downside to the Tallc 40 is that it is not the best option for ergonomic. It does not have dual ergonomics or infinite position lock. This means that the distance between your keyboard and monitors will remain the same at all adjustment heights. There are also only 9 height positions to choose from so you may find your preferred height is actually in between 2 of the height options available.
The next potential issue is that the Tall 40 has an awkward adjustment pattern. It extends out and toward you as it gets higher. Because the range is so large, this becomes pretty drastic when at the highest height. You will need to make sure you have quite a bit of space behind your desk to accommodate for this extra space. Extending the platforms so far from the base also causes some keyboard and monitor bounce at the absolute tallest height.
5. HealthPostures TaskMate EZ
TaskMate EZ Price: $212.00 + Free Shipping
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TaskMate 6400 Summary
The final product to make my list is the 6400 by HealthPostures. This is an inexpensive, crudely designed product, but it has a wide adjustment range and dual ergonomic functionality. The 6400 has the highest available keyboard tray height on this list, at 19.75”. This is high enough if you are as tall as 6’8” to be in an ergonomic typing position. Unfortunately, the design of the keyboard tray only allows it to go as low as 2” off your existing desk. This is the highest typing height when seated we have seen on this list and will greatly affect your normal typing posture.
The independent monitor height adjustment allows the monitor to go from 23” off your desk to about 41” off your desk. This will allow for an ergonomic viewing angle for people in the mid 6-foot range. It should be noted that the 6400 does not have infinite position lock. Each position will be about 1” apart, which could be a limiting factor when finding your optimal height.
Overall, the TaskMate 6400 is a stable product. The column is very solid. The keyboard platform does have a bit of side to side tilting and some keyboard bounce, but the 6400 received a good stability score when compared to other standing desk converters at standing height.
The TaskMate 6400 also has a couple potential downsides .. The first is the clunky adjustment system used. The back of the monitor bracket and keyboard tray each feature a metal mounting bar that is used to manually mount the two items. To change the height, you need to tilt the tray or monitor to release it from the metal mounting teeth and then manually move it to the new position. Adjusting the monitor is awkward because there is not a good spot to grab the bracket and there is the potential to pinch your fingers. Adjusting the keyboard tray is also a bit of a nuisance because you need to remove the objects from the tray or they will slide forward when you tilt the tray to adjust it.
The second potential downside goes back to the monitor viewing distance we have addressed previously. The distance from the monitor to the front of the keyboard tray is only 12.5”. I am about 15” away from the screen when using the 6400. If you’re taller you’ll be further than me, but most likely you’ll be less than 20” from the screen. I would recommend using a monitor that is 22” or less on the TaskMate 6400 to help mitigate the effects caused by standing too close to your monitor.
6 Things You Must Consider
There are many things to think about when shopping for a standing desk. Two of the most important things to consider, if you are tall, are monitor viewing angle and keyboard tray height. Both of these factors will be crucial in determining whether or not an ergonomic position can be achieved. It is very important to make sure the standing desk converter will fit you before moving forward with any other considerations. Once you’ve found a few choices that can accommodate a comfortable position, you can start to narrow them down for other reasons.
1. Monitor Viewing Angle
The first thing to consider is your monitor viewing angle. A proper ergonomic viewing position will have the top of your screen at eye level so that you can have a natural downward viewing angle. This type of viewing angle is the best for reducing stress and strain that can be caused in the neck and shoulders from tilting your head to view your screen. This viewing angle is also easy on the eyes because you don’t need to look up, which causes more strain to the eyes over time.
2. Keyboard Tray Height
The next thing to think about is the keyboard tray height. Proper ergonomic keyboard positioning will put your elbows at a 90° angle or slightly more. This will allow for the best position to reduce stress and strain to the elbows, wrists and forearms caused by long hours of tasking. BTOD.com has a very helpful standing desk calculator that will tell you the proper ergonomic keyboard position for your height.
There will be a few things to keep an eye out for if you are tall and shopping for a desktop converter. Dual ergonomics and a wide adjustment range will be musts for most people over 6’0” that wish to achieve an ergonomic typing posture. Stability will also be a big factor since most standing desk converters are quite a bit less stable when at their tallest height. You will also want to know whether the standing desk converter you are considering can accept accessories, like a monitor arm, if it doesn’t come with dual ergonomics out of the box.
3. Dual Ergonomics
Dual ergonomics gives you the ability to adjust the monitor and keyboard separately from each other. This is very helpful in creating the right distance between the keyboard and monitor so that you have the proper viewing angle. Models without dual ergonomics will keep the monitor at a fixed distance from the keyboard. This creates a problem if you are tall and need more space between the two. Without the extra space, you will be looking downward at a more extreme angle than recommended.
4. Range of Adjustment
The range of adjustment is going to be one of the most important factors when considering a standing desk. This is even more true for tall people. It goes without saying that the higher the adjustment range, the taller you can be to use a product. If you play around with the standing desk calculator you will see that anyone over 6’0” will need their keyboard to be at 44” or above. Standard desk height is 29” or 30” which means that a standing desk converter has to go at least 15” above the existing desk to accommodate a proper position for people 6’0” and above.
5. Stability at Standing Height
Almost all standing desk converters become less stable the higher they are adjusted. Since tall people will be using their converter at or near the tallest allowable height, you want to make sure that you choose a stable enough product that doesn’t produce distracting or unsafe movement.
6. Can It Accept Accessories?
This is important for converters that don’t come standard with dual ergonomics. You want to be sure that you know whether or not you can add a monitor arm to your converter at a later date, should you decide you need the extra adjustment capabilities to achieve the proper typing posture.
Shopping for a standing desk converter when you are over 6’0” will be more challenging simply because the options are more limited. Just make sure that you are well aware of the adjustment ranges for both the keyboard tray and monitor arm so that you can ensure that they will be tall enough for you. Look for things like stability at standing height, dual ergonomic capabilities and the monitor viewing distance. This will help to eliminate any surprises. Hopefully this list will help to provide a foundation so that you know what to look for when shopping for your new standing desk converter.