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Vivo Standing Height Adjustable Desk Converter review

A quick and easy non-electric solution that transforms your standard desk into a standing desk

Vivo Standing Height Adjustable Desk Converter review
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Our Verdict

The Vivo Standing Desk Converter is a straightforward way to get standing at your existing home office desk, but there’s little in the way of the fancy features you would find in an electric model. That said, if you don’t have the budget or need for a fully-fledged standing model, this is a superb half-way house.

For

  • Easy to transform any desk
  • Portable

Against

  • Keyboard tray doesn’t slide in or out
  • No presets

The Vivo Standing Height Adjustable Desk Converter is tailor-made for anyone who longs to own one of the best standing desks, yet doesn’t have the budget or the space for one just yet. Similarly, it would also suit people who have an existing ‘normal’ home office desk that they want to transform every now and then to enjoy the proven health benefits of working while standing.  

Vivo’s desk converter, also known as a desk riser, would also suit you if you don’t want to commit to a bigger purchase just yet, and would prefer to get a feel for how this type of home office setup would suit your body. The Vivo Standing Height Adjustable Desk Converter is available in two different sizes – 32 inches and 38 inches – so choose the one most suited to your height and home office desk size.

Vivo Standing Desk Converter: Spec

Type: Standing desk converter
Height range: 4.5 to 20 inches
Desktop size: 31.5 x 15.7 inches (top), 31.3 x 11.8 inches (keyboard tray)
Lifting capacity: 33lbs
Price: $109.95 (32 inches), $149.99 (38 inches)

As we explain further into our Vivo Standing Height Adjustable Desk Converter review, you can also buy it in four different colors to suit your home office decor. These are: black, white, dark wood, and light wood, with enough space on both sizes to accommodate your keyboard, home computer and a monitor. The bigger 38-inch model can possibly accommodate two monitors. 

With an easy-to-use adjustment lever, and separate keyboard tray, Vivo’s handy home office must-have will also help ease your posture and keep you active as you work. Let’s have a closer look at what’s on offer now, and to complete your healthier home working setup, also check out our guide to the best ergonomic office chairs.

Vivo Standing Height Adjustable Desk Converter review

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Vivo Standing Height Adjustable Desk Converter review: Overview

If you aren't quite ready to take the plunge on a fully formed sit-stand desk (take a look at our Uplift V2 review for inspiration) then a converter is the natural choice for you at this time. Vivo US is known for its well-built home office equipment, and the Vivo Standing Desk Converter is no exception to this. As mentioned earlier in our review, it comes in a choice of colors and sizes, so you can tailor it to your home office style and working needs. 

There's a space to place your home office keyboard as well as your machine of choice, while with wipe clean surface should survive any coffee cup rings. (If in doubt, always use a drinks mat.) This converter is built to be easy to assemble and use, and to give you an instant taste of the health and posture benefits of standing up while working. 

Vivo Standing Desk Converter: Design and build

The Vivo’s straightforward dual-tier design offers a spacious 31.5 x 15.7-inch surface to place your monitor (or two) or laptop on, with the 31.3 x 11.8-inch keyboard tray beneath providing a handy way to keep your desk free of clutter. For a smaller yet proper sit-stand desk, read our Seville Classics AirLift S3 Electric Standing Desk review.

There’s a good range of heights on offer too from 4.5 inches to 20 inches, easily adjusted by a simple lever. This simplicity could be a pro or a con depending on what you’re after, as you won’t have the convenience of instantly going to your preset height as you would with an electric standing desk. However, having a non-electric desk riser does mean there is one less cable to worry about as you work.

Another design feature that might be an issue for some is that the keyboard tray is fixed, meaning you won’t be able to slide it in or out. It is removable, though, so you can have plenty of room underneath the top platform should you need it.

Made from sturdy, high-grade steel the Vivo Standing Height Adjustable Desk Converter has a three-year manufacturer warranty, plus Vivo offers tech support if you have any questions.

Vivo Standing Height Adjustable Desk Converter review: The converter in black supporting a monitor and laptop

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Vivo Standing Desk Converter: Features

Vivo’s standing desk riser comes with some simple extras that makes it just that little bit more convenient as you’re using it. One such feature is a grommet opening so you can install a monitor mount, plus the dual surfaces raise in sync with each other to provide a steady surface at whatever height you need. 

The ease of use with this standing desk means you can switch positions instantly to help relieve posture-related aches and pains, which means less stress and more productivity! This desk converter is sturdy and can take up to 33lbs in weight, which is ample for most home users. What’s more it’s easy to assemble straight out of the box, just attach the keyboard tray and you’re good to go.

Vivo Standing Desk Converter: How could it benefit you?

If you suffer from bad desk posture but don’t have the space or budget for an electric desk, then the Vivo Standing Desk Converter could be exactly what you need. This desk riser is ideal for transforming most standard desks, so you won’t have to swap out any existing furniture in your home office either. 

We like the simplicity of this desk converter that gives you exactly what you need without any bells and whistles… or wires. The benefits of this product include:

  • Gives you a taste of electric desks without the expensive
  • Easy to remove whenever you don't want to use it
  • Not as heavy as other desk converters
  • Fast and simple to assemble 
  • Designed to fit up to two monitors

VIVO Height Adjustable Standing Desk Converter review

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Vivo Standing Desk Converter: User reviews and support

There are more than 5,000 reviews for the Vivo Standing Desk Converter on Amazon, with plenty of 5 out of 5 star reviews written by satisfied folk working from home.  Comments include: “This is a well-designed product that does what it needs to! Good value, easy assembly, and functions exactly as described”. 

Another review commented how, “I am over six feet tall, I thought that maybe the desk wouldn't go high enough, but it certainly does.” 

Other feedback describes how easy the converter is to use and adjust, while some users also commented on an improvement in their posture and back pain. Negative feedback mentioned some issues with stability, while others complained about the fixed keyboard shelf.

In terms of customer service support, Vivo US itself has a range of ways for you to get in touch, including email and phone (1-309-278-5303 Ext. 1). There's also a live chat function available from Monday to Frida, 7am to 7pm CST.

Should you buy the Vivo Standing Desk Converter?

The Vivo Standing Desk Converter is a no-brainer if you want to quickly and easily move between standing and sitting with ease. It’s a simple and fuss-free way to get working from home, no matter what your height, and the build quality is solid.

However, if you are looking for something that quickly gets to your best heights without much adjustment then this might not be for you, as there are no presets as you would find on a more expensive, proper electric desk.

Davina Franks

Freelancer writer and sub-editor Davina has over 20 years’ experience under her belt, and is one of our go-to writers for wellness content. From handheld massagers to mattresses, Davina has a keen interest in all things relaxation and rejuvenation, and spends a lot of her time covering these areas for Top Ten Reviews. So if you’re wondering which essential oil to use for easing stress, or whether a percussive massager really can banish your knotty muscles, Davina is the one to ask. When not working, she loves reading, practicing yoga and writing fiction.