Varidesk Cube Corner 48; An In-Depth Review

Varidesk is one of the more respected names when it comes to desktop risers; their Pro and Pro Plus varieties gained positive feedbacks and rave reviews, which is a testament for the products’ quality. However, both products are designed for the traditional office desk setup, where you simply place the rectangular riser on top of your existing desk, then position the monitor(s), keyboard and mouse, or laptop. Though there’s nothing wrong with this setup, the sheer size and shape of risers makes them a difficult choice for users with tiny workstation spaces, such as office cubicles. Enter the  Varidesk Cube Corner 48 – a riser dedicated for maximizing every inch of space in your little workstation. Know more about this product in this in-depth review.

Varidesk Cube Corner 48 (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

As with other Varidesk desktop risers, the Cube Corner 48 is designed to provide an elevated workstation and allow users to work on sit and/or stand position, while providing the most ergonomic setup. This product however, is particularly designed for computer users who want to maximize small workstation space and position their computers in the corner, all by providing the same brand of ergonomic quality we find in its standard design.

 

 

Benefits


Setup and Adjustments Easy As Pie

As with other Varidesk products, the  Varidesk Cube Corner 48 provides ease of use. Unlike some desktop risers in the market that requires screwing and assembly time, this product comes fully assembled right out of the box, which means it’s ready to use. Setup is as easy as pulling it out from its box and placing it on the corner of your L-shaped desk. Users can customize it however they want, whether that would be adding a monitor or two, and a pair of keyboard and mouse on its dedicated tray. The whole setup can be done in a matter of minutes, and storage is as easy as its setup too.

This also means you don’t need to screw holes on your existing desk, saving you precious time for a more productive day in your office.

 

It Fits to the Corner Just Right

Varidesk Cube Corner 48 (image from Amazon)


Each inch of space in cubicles is usually utilized, providing office staff L-shaped desk to work with. Though it’s a nice way to save space, it’s not always the most comfortable work position, especially for cubicles with so many things going on, such as placing piles of files on the desk, along with other workstation peripherals, such as printers, telephones, etc. This is what the L-shaped design of  Varidesk Cube Corner 48 tries to address – to maximize the often under-utilized corner of workstations desks.

This height adjustable desktop riser offers a smart and practical solution for cubicle workers to work comfortable on their workstations. Its triangular shape is specifically designed to fit nicely into the corner of L-shaped desk, hence the name “Cube Corner”.

 

 

Quick and Easy Transitions

Varidesk Cube Corner 48 (image from Amazon)


Varidesk takes pride in its skill0fully designed products, the Cube Corner is no different, as with other desktop risers under its name, it takes just three seconds to shift between sitting and standing position, and vice versa.

Thanks to the easy-to-use spring-loaded height-adjustable mechanism, the  Varidesk Cube Corner 48 can switch from positions in as fast as three seconds. Simply squeeze down the levers located under each side of the desk to raise or lower the desktop or set at your preferred height, then release the locks to set the desk in place. This desk also offers 11 different height-adjustment settings, which more than enough settings for users of different heights.

 

Design and Features

Varidesk Cube Corner 48 (image from Amazon)


Spacious Work Surface

The triangular design of this desktop riser measures 33 x 48 inches, which means it has more than enough room for most types of workstations, whether you’re using laptop, desktop or dual monitor setup.

 

Dropdown Keyboard Tier for Comfort

As with standard rectangular model Varidesk Pro Plus 36, this one is also comes with a drop-down keyboard tray, providing users the best and most comfortable position for their hands, elbows, and shoulders when typing. However, because it’s attached to the top level, it moves with the top level and vice versa, which can be an issue for some users.

  

Open for Upgrade

As with most desktop risers, the Cube Corner 48 features an open-architecture design, leaving room for upgrade. One important upgrade you may want to know about is the use of monitor mount. Its work surface is spacious, providing a lot of room even for dual monitor setup. However, because you have to place your monitors or laptop right on its desk it may put you in a disadvantageous position, especially if your display doesn’t come with full adjustments. For a more ergonomic setup, you can get the clamp-on monitor specifically made for this Varidesk model.

The clamp-on provides extra 20.5 inch height adjustment, and can swivel and move your monitor side-to-side, and let you find the best angle and position for your displays in both sitting and standing position.

 

Tech Specs

Varidesk Cube Corner 48 (image from Amazon)

Bottom Line

As with other ergonomic products out there,  Varidesk Cube Corner 48 has its set of positives and negatives. One of its positives is that, it does bring a lot of convenience for users working on tight spaces, such as cubicles, as the desktop riser can utilize every inch of space there is in your workstation by working in one corner. However, it has some minor issues on its design that may have been compromises for its triangular shape.

For one, there are no precise height adjustments. Height adjustments are available at 11 levels, with 1.28-inch of increments. This may seem enough for most people, but then again, we all have different preferences and have different ergonomic requirements for our body. Also, when adjusting, instead of moving up and down vertically, it actually swings out in an arching motion, which will obviously push users away from their desk. Thus, if you have important stuff you want to keep within reach, you need to reach further to pick them up. Ironically, this arc swing actually eliminates the “space saving” idea, as the desktop riser will be bigger than it should be. This is one reason why some adjustable height desk manufacturers opt for gas-assisted mechanism – to provide more precise adjustments and stop and set the desk at any point within its vertical range.

Another issue is on its locking mechanism, it’s a bit noisy, but then again, it wouldn’t be a big deal for your officemates, unless you switch positions every 2 minutes.

The keyboard tray is quite a neat feature, the only gripe we have is it tray is attached to the top level, which means it moves with the top level, and vice versa. It would have been really great if they made the keyboard tray adjustable, as not every use is of the same size and height. The way it was designed, it doesn’t really address the ergonomic issue with keyboards and desks, which is prolonged wrist extension.

All in all, the  Varidesk Cube Corner 48 is still an impressive desktop riser for many reasons; such as quality and dependability, two common traits of Varidesk products. It is very easy to use, feels solid and sturdy, and definitely gets the job done.

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