This is beautifully designed and functions as it’s supposed to, unfortunately it doesn’t articulate at all making it just out of arms reach. Having a 16” MacBook Pro with touchbar, I would like to be able to use it without needing to strain in order to reach it. Also be aware of the extra clearance space it will need on the left side of the desk, the original spot I had the chair in was no longer sufficient once I attached the laptop mount.
I've been a quest to find a workspace solution that would allow for more than just sit/stand for years. My own crude implementations were barely-functioning static prototypes that, while better than nothing, were embarrassingly unsightly and severely lacking in moving-functionality. When I discovered the Altwork Station, I immediately dismissed it due to the hefty price, but the seed kept growing in my mind. I work on a computer for most of the day and much of my recreation involves a computer as well—how could I justify relegating myself to a workspace experience that is anything less than the highest degree of excellent? So I took the plunge, having never so much as sat in one and I have no regrets. It's really a fantastic design that works flawlessly. I find that I switch positions about 5x a day or so (I prefer reclined positions, generally, but start off standing). Aesthetically, it fit's into my tech-enthusiast decor and is the centerpiece of my office.
Overall, if you work on a computer every day (especially in these pandemic times where we all work from home), it just makes sense if you have the money. I highly support this type of innovative solution and just hope that it becomes more widely available!
It was delivered very quickly. The upper lower mount is big enough to accommodate larger sized monitors, and it feels sturdy. Altwork was nice enough to supply screws with the mount system too!
Overall – This desk is outstanding, completely worth the investment, and I honestly recommend it to everyone I know who has to work from home! Thank you for making this.
I purchased this desk because 1) After 3 months of working from home, I was having hip, wrist, elbow, and hand pain. my work is moving to work from home more permanently, and I decided that spending $7k up front was less costly than dealing with disabling & worsening health issues possibly for my whole life. 2) I actually like working in the laying-down position, but it's not ergonomic. This desk fixes that.
The Pros: Man I feel like there are too many to name!
Well designed: My fiance and I (both engineers) were SO impressed by the robust and thoughtful design, allowing for so much customization during use. I like to adjust it a lot, and every position i can be in is comfortable, plus adjusting is SO EASY. I especially love the adjustable bottom half (foot pieces?) - usually companies focus on back and neck adjustments, but your thighs and feet are neglected and you have to create your own solution for them. With this machine, the adjustability of my feet/legs REALLY impacts my comfort level (in a good way!). I don't often say this, but A-friggin-plus on the design!
Pain disappeared after 1 week!: Not only did the pain disappear after a week of using it (seriously, ALL of my pain, even the hip pain that had been occurring 6 months before the work from home orders), even when I was using my home laptop in a non-ergo position one night, the pain didn't immediately return.
Desk + mouse set up wide enough: I have a split keyboard because I actually like for my keyboard to be the width of my shoulders...and then have space for the mouse to the right. The desk by itself, is wider than every keyboard tray I've had, which makes it easy to have a very ergonomic keyboard setup. And because of the magnetic nature of the mouse pad / desk, I actually was able to move my mousepad half-off of the desk to give myself even more mouse space! And it works great. So thank you for making the desk wide enough across that people don't have to compromise any ergonomics
Customer Service was Great: After a couple days of use, I encountered a terrifying crunching sound when laying it all the way back. I chatted to Jeff the service guy, and he actually put me in touch w/ the engineer! We facetimed, and he was able to quickly troubleshoot what was happening. We were able to resolve the issue and I haven't had any issues since. The quickness with which Altwork got me a source matter expert for my puzzling but serious issue was phenomenal. So I very much appreciated that support! Additionally, I appreciate being able to chat to someone rather than having to physically call. So thank you for that
Cool factor: This desk is COOL. It's fun to use (I call it my "space desk"), and it's just, cool. When people think of desks, "interesting" and "cool" aren't words that come to mind. But the pneumatics and its ability to go from laying, to sitting, to standing is just, fun. I video chatted the equipment and mechanical engineers I work with and they were impressed. So thank you for making work a little more fun :) Also, my fiance likes to play a PC space game, and doing it in this desk (it's VR) I think will be AWESOME
Information for consideration about changes, additions, modifications:
1) Biggest Gripe – Construction Instructions-those included were out of date/sometimes difficult to follow, and the only instructional video on your website wasn’t complete
a. Request – Have step-by-step video instructions (that go from unboxing to testing the complete assembly) on your websites, by model. The video was by far the most helpful instructional format. Additionally, don’t include written instructions in the box; keep them on your website, and include just a 1-pager in the boxes that reference this online location
2) Move Mousepad magnetic strip from bottom to top.
a. Reason – I found when docking the mouse to the bottom strip, it would would still flop. So I rotated the mousepad 90Degrees clockwise; the magnetic strip is at the top – ergonomically and functionally, I massively prefer this way
3) Issue: Had trouble w/ keyboard magnets. My Kinesis freestyle 2 keyboard is split and has adjustable angled feet, so the surface area for the magnets to stick to wasn’t enough, and all of them came off the 1st time I tried to move the keyboard. I also didn’t want to opt for a less ergo keyboard option
a. Suggestion for users: I found that by using magnetic bars (4" x 1" x 1/8" thick) were easier for this keyboard type – I positioned those and then let my keyboard feet rest above them. The bars acted as little stoppers/shelf, so even when I tilt my desk all the way back, the keyboard stays in place
4) Issue: I like my split keyboard pretty wide, so it actually covers the desk’s adjustment buttons. I don't use the presets much, so moving the preset #s ...
Really great product! Super comfortable and more productive.
First and foremost a little history about me. I've gone through my share of ups and downs. With 4 major back surgeries resulting in a solidly fused lumbar spine, my back issues are huge. Unfortunately, 14 years after my last back surgery, my hips finally gave in. In May and November of 2017, I underwent full hip replacement on both hips. Everything was goingI was so looking forward to being somewhat normal again. It began in March of 2018. Pain issues were creeping in on my left leg. By the middle of April there were days that I couldn't walk on my left leg. After seeing my original surgeon all he said was give it more time. Which I did. By June, I was convinced something was wrong. My wife talked me into getting a second opinion. Within minutes of explaining my situation, this new doctor believed an infection may be present in my left hip. Two tests later, his diagnosis was confirmed. Not only was my left hip infected, my right hip was too. Long story short. Four surgeries later, 11 more months off of work, I finally went back to work. As a design engineer in the mining industry my job consists of being in front of a computer all day long. Unfortunately, sitting upright for more than 30 minutes was extremely painful. I ended up standing most every day all day long. As time moved on I could sit once in a while but still the pain crept in. Working in pain is not something anyone should have to deal with. Keeping your focus and concentration while in pain is not very productive. Being one stubborn man, I wouldn't give up. I wasn't going out on a medical disability. I love what I do. Even after 15 years, I still enjoy going to work every day. My coworkers could see on my face just how much pain I was in all the time, but I was too stubborn to throw in the towel. I actually began to work from home when the pain was too bad. Sitting in a recliner with my legs up enabled me to work pain free. It was one of those days while working from home when I found ALTWORK on line. My initial thoughts when I saw the price tag was; absolutely not! There is no way I'll spend that amount of money on something like this. So I continued my search for something else. But...I kept coming back to Altwork. Long story short, my wife finally told me, Honey, this is what you need buy it.
So I did. With the big guy above as my witness, I couldn't be happier. The Altwork station is everything they said it would be and more. After months of suffering through an eight hour day, I can finally work a complete day without excruciating pain. My Altwork station truly saved my career. With eight more years to retirement, I am confident I can make these last eight years. From one design engineer to another, KUDO's to the design engineers at Altwork. Your Altwork workstation has made a huge impact on my life, but more importantly it will sustain my future. Words are not enough to say thank you.
I purchased the Signature Altwork Station (Nightsky Black) with the laptop mount about a month ago after searching for some time for a monitor mount / chair system that could accommodate a reclined position to aid in both good posture and relief of chronic neck/back pain. This product is exactly what I had been looking for! The work station is extremely sturdy, the craftsmanship is exquisite, and the aesthetics is pleasing. I’ve attached a curved 34” monitor and it feels like being in the cockpit of a spaceship; my teenage kids think it’s pretty cool. The monitor changes position in an ergonomically optimal position throughout the numerous configurations without need for manual adjustments. It is so comfortable especially in the fully reclined position that I have fallen asleep on the chair a few times, but have awoken refreshed without any neck/back issues. Jeff Ward is phenomenal! He was very helpful in answering questions and sending additonal information about the product; handled the purchase order; and always professional and prompt with his replies. The DHL tracking didn’t work initially and then the laptop mount did not arrive with the other components. Jeff promptly tracked down a new tracking number and sent the laptop mount the following business day. He was always courteous and responsive in his interactions. Jeff deserves a raise!! I am fully satisfied with this purchase and the purchasing experience with Jeff Ward was the icing on the cake. THANK YOU!
25 years in a regular chair has taken a toll. This workstation has alleviated all that damage. Working with the staff has been a blessing as well. Highly recommend to anyone who really books hours at the desk...
Love the chair, can focus more for longer periods of time, and my sales rep put up with all of my many questions. Having a library of videos from folks that install the chair would have helped me, I found a youtube video for leveling the desk that helped .
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Customer support was fantastic when I fat-fingered my own address. But I work in telehealth, and the market has exploded, and I haven't had time to go home. I will gladly re-review when I am home long enough to sleep, shower, eat and assemble the unit(s)
Initially I had problems with my system. I think it wasn’t quality checked before It left the factory. I got in touch with their engineer John who helped me fix the problems. He was very helpful and professional. Eventually they sent me a new backrest. The station is excellent. extremely comfortable and nice looking. I had a treadmill setup with it and am 5ft 11. I can raise and rotate the screen so I can switch from sitting to walking very easily. It is obvious through the quality of the product and professionalism of their support staff that they love their product. I give only 4/5 stars because their factory didn’t quality check my unit before sending.
I used the dual mount for a few weeks before deciding to buy a ultra wide monitor. It is a very good mount. The Artwork guys were very helpful and responsive when I needed to exchange it for a laptop mount. Which is also very nicely made.
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I love my Altwork Station! It has allowed me to get back to work after a significant spinal fusion and two hip replacements. The quality is fantastic! Love it!
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This review is for my second AltWork station - I bought one for my office last year, and with current C-19 work from home situation, I felt the need to buy one for my home as well. As someone who spends 12-14 hours a day in front of my computer, AltWork allows me to move seamlessly between 4 different working positions (reclining, seated with feet up, seated with feet down and standing), each with my hands, shoulders and head in optimal ergonomic position. While the unit at work has a two monitor setup, Jeff recommended that I consider using a 49 inch double ultra wide monitor (with the heavy duty single monitor arm) and I am delighted to have done that. The Dell 49 inch monitor I bought to go with this station allows me to see three full size screens simultaneously. All in all, I feel grateful and privileged to work this way!
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For those employees that require accommodation due to carpal tunnel or back/disk injury, the Altwork is a potential alternative. The ability to have a fully adjustable reclining workstation and a standing workstation is a reasonable all in one solution. Our healthy testers found that they preferred their alternative standing work desks and that they stopped using the reclining portion after a few days of use. Our employee with severe disk issues has adopted the Altwork as his primary workstation.
From Start to Finish the purchasing process for my 2 Altwork stations has been seamless! The Altwork representative I dealt with was helpful and accessible and walked me thru the process with ease! He truly felt like a friend during it all. The station came quickly and I was able to set it up with out any problems. It operates as advertised and is extremely comfortable, work wise it has made my day so much more enjoyable and medically it has allowed me to comfortably work for as long as id like now, with out having to take breaks to stretch or elevate my legs! This chair has renewed my ability to work and be a productive team member! that's why we purchased a second one only 2 weeks later!!
Life saver and productivity booster.
Thank you !!!!
I was facing having to go on Long Term Disability as I could no longer sit in a regular office chair. I now can work my 10 hour shifts in comfort. My monitors are always in the right place no matter the position I am in. Everything is aligned perfectly. I truly LOVE my ALTWORK Station !!!
My wife is a schoolteacher, and spends a lot of time in her off hours grading papers and drafting lesson plans. I bought her the Altwork station so that she could elevate her legs and alter her seating support during those evening hours. We programmed the positions she favors, and she has been sitting in it daily ever since! This has included marathon sessions during the day, as the corona virus quarantine closed her school, and she has had to reach her students on-line. The machine admittedly is expensive, even on sale, but the engineering and quality of construction is top notch. The product support is beyond excellent. Consider it an investment in health and well-being, which was the genesis of the design. It will pay dividends.