Standing desks are increasingly becoming the norm, especially as many of us are looking to upgrade our home setup for work. While we often associate these with work life, many gamers have upgraded their setups to offer more flexibility during extended gaming sessions.
While it’s easy to assume that all desks are the same, many companies have gone further. Cougar’s Work brand has launched the Royal line of electric standing desks, aiming for a premium feel and build quality.
- Table Dimensions: 59 x 31 x 1 inch (Width x Thickness x Thickness)
- Height Range: 28 – 48 inches (with desktop mount)
- Table frame: Two-legged, dual-motor system with high-quality steel frame
- Desktop material: Premium MDF board, available in White or Black, built-in power strip
- Keypad: 3-digit display, 4 memory buttons with height lever
- Movement speed: 1.57 in/sec
- Lifting capacity: 220lbs
- Noise level: 50 decibels during motion
- Price: $599 on Amazon
Impressions of Cougar Royal 150 . standing desk
The Cougar Royal 150 is a large, workable desk up to 5 feet wide and nearly 3 feet deep. It’s also a heavy table, with the entire assembly weighing over 100 lbs. This is a good thing, though, as the desk has a premium feel to it. Nothing feels cheap, which can often be an issue with expensive standing desks.
The tabletop is smooth with an angled edge for your arms to rest on, making sure there are no sharp corners hitting your arms if you’re like me and tend to rest them on a desk while working. The matte black MDF board on the table surface is made of a material that feels good to mouse over, making me wonder if I need to lay down the Goliathus table mat for my mouse. Short answer, yes, although it depends on the mouse itself.
It wasn’t necessary using my Logitech G502 mouse, although Apple’s Magic Mouse did struggle to glide with ease. Since this desk is primarily used as a workstation, Apple’s mouse was forced to solve the problem.
The desk itself is equipped with a cable grommet on the left side to help remove annoying cables from the desk surface. However, there are two power outlet plugs on the right side so you need easy access to plug in a charger or an additional accessory.
The underside of the desk comes with two cable baskets, with one of the baskets housing a power strip. This is huge because it makes setting up PCs, monitors, and more on a desk easy. I was able to simply route and hide all the cables underneath and make sure I didn’t have a bunch of wires hanging from my desk to the wall behind it – with just a single power cable. Best.
As someone who has many accessories for work, from two Elgato Key Air lights, audio equipment, multiple monitors, etc., this is a lifesaver. Compared to my automated AI desk, which has some cable management, it’s a breath of fresh air when it comes to the included power strip. Even with the cables managed under Autonomy, I still have a lot of work to do to the floor. It’s a hassle – and a concern, when using some of the exercise equipment I have, such as the treadmill and the bike.
The actual table is powered by two motors, one on each leg, to ensure smooth height adjustment. Thankfully, the frame is made from high-quality steel, which is needed to hold the weight of the table.
To activate the engine, a small keyboard is located under the right corner of the desk. It looks pretty simple: four buttons, a small LCD screen, and a small lever that keeps your desk moving. The buttons can be set to your preferred height and the lever moves the table up and down depending on your needs.
One issue I have is that while I like the simple look of the keyboard – it matches the overall look of the desk – I wish Cougar had created a separate memory button to make saving presets easy. slightly.
To store the preferred height, you will need to hold the button as well as the lever in the up position for three seconds. It’s not too complicated, but compared to my Autonomous which has a separate button for saving memory settings, it’s a bit more complicated than it could be.
However, the table movement is very smooth, and fortunately extremely quiet. I’ve tested several desks that sound like jet engines as I move them up and down, but the Cougar Royal 150 is thankfully on the opposite end of the noise spectrum.
Royal 150 also has a pretty cool feature that it can detect if the desk has hit something when moving up or down. This prevents the desk from, for example, hitting a poorly placed wall shelf or even a person who might be underneath when it begins to descend, a pretty cool safety feature.
However, while I love how quiet the desk is and how smoothly it moves, it’s frustrating that I often have to “wake up” the desk to use it every time. There is a delay when moving the lever and it actually works. Pressing a button to adjust the height also requires a second press of the button if you haven’t moved the table in a while.
These are minor annoyances, but I’ve gotten used to my Autonomous desk. When I press a key, I can simply walk away, knowing that when I get back, that’ll be where I need it for my next mission. There is also a slight lag when moving that table, but when using the memory keys, it does not require more than one input to continue. This input lag will take some getting used to, but it’s not something that can’t be overcome, thankfully.
Cougar Royal 150 Standing Desk is a beast. It’s big and heavy – but it’s also silent and graceful. The table moves up and down easily, assuming you’ve woken it up first. I also can’t exaggerate how comfortable the angled section at the front of the desk helps. Not having a single cut on my forearm in the last week has been a miracle.
For a workstation, the Royal 150 is perfect, if not a bit expensive for many consumers. As home workstations become more and more popular, there are many different options for consumers to get the right desk for their needs. If you’re someone who balances a ton on a desk or just needs all the space to work like me, then this is a great offer. But in general it is very expensive, which can reduce its value.
Thankfully, for that price, you’re getting a table that feels like it’ll last. Nothing about this table feels cheap. I don’t worry that after a few months this construction will start to fail thanks to the quality materials used in its construction. And, if you’re doing this for a shared office, the fact that the desk can come with modest panels to go around the bottom of the desk is a huge addition.
Overall, the Cougar Royal 150 Standing Desk is a great accessory. It’s sturdy, moves gently and quietly, and is comfortable for long periods of work and gaming. While there are some minor annoyances from the fact that it takes a minute for the desk to wake up, as well as the complicated way to set the preset altitude, once you get used to those things shouldn’t be a problem. great.
It’s expensive, which means this desk might be out of the price range for some people looking to upgrade their home office. However, if this is a desk you can afford, you won’t be disappointed in the end result.
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