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Devaise Rustic Brown Electric Standing Desk review

Standing desks can be, and for the most part are, quite expensive. Desks can be expensive in general, so finding one that doesn’t break the bank can be a challenge. A cheap desk usually means flimsy, poor quality and unreliable in the long run.

Devaise wants to break the mold. We checked out the Devaise Rustic Brown Electric Standing Desk to see if a sub-$300 standing desk would be worth the money, or if it’s just worth spending a little more to get into one of the big names in the business.

Specifications:

  • Price: $240.23 on Devaise website ($229 on Amazon)
  • Dimensions: 55″D x 48″W x 28″H; Workstation: 55″W x 24″D
  • Material: panel made of engineered wood, metal frame
  • Motor: Single leg electric motor
  • Keypad: Electrical with four memory keys
  • Height adjustment: 27″ to 49″
  • Weight Capacity: 176 lbs

Devaise Rustic Brown Electric Standing Desk Set Up

When the box arrived at my house, I was shocked at first glance at how small the packaging was. I thought at first it might have been the wrong desk as the box was much narrower than the measurements given on the website. However, when I opened the box myself, I was happy to see that wasn’t the case.

One of my original office tables was a small, cheap table from IKEA—something that cost about $24 and did the job (it’s actually my kitchen table now). The dimensions were roughly the same as the Devaise desk, so I knew the desk would work for what I needed: space for a PC monitor, keyboard, mouse, and a few accessories.

Devaise standing desk

Setting up the desk was a bit more complicated than I would have liked, especially compared to some of the more expensive options. I said to my roommate when I was assembling the Devaise standing desk that it was interesting that the cheaper desk was more involved in the assembly. From setting up the legs to building the entire desk frame to assembling the desk top from four pieces of rustic looking wood, the whole process took about an hour. Luckily it wasn’t difficult and the instructions were pretty easy to follow.

I also appreciated how the desk was packaged and arranged to make perfect sense. There wasn’t a spot where I was really confused as to where any part connected to the actual desk, when, or how. Everything was straightforward – it was just time consuming with so many pieces to put together.

For the price I was expecting halfway cheaper frame materials. Fortunately this is not the case. The steel frame is sturdy and heavy, which is exactly what I want from a desk that’s in some ways a workout beyond just holding my PC. Nothing felt cheap, although the setup was a bit complicated. Each leg weighed quite a bit, which made me confident I wouldn’t buckle the desk under the weight of my PC and monitor.

Devaise Rustic Brown Electric Standing Desk Comfort and design

There is an actual motor on only one leg, and it works by turning a crank that runs the length of the desk from leg to leg. Installation was relatively easy, but it’s a shame the desk doesn’t go up with two motors.

As a result, moving the Devaise desk up and down doesn’t feel nearly as smooth as the Cougar standing desk or my autonomous AI desk. It’s not as slow as I expected when I first looked at the desktop, but it’s not as smooth as some of the other options out there.

However, I like how responsive the keyboard is. Compared to the much more expensive Cougar desk we recently reviewed, the Devaise feels like it responds to a height adjustment almost immediately. It’s also not complicated to save a preset in one of the four memory settings. Press and hold the memory button where you want to save your current altitude and it will run.

Fortunately, the desk is at a relatively comfortable height. I’m 6 feet tall, so if the desk reached a maximum height of just over 4 feet, it was enough for us to work comfortably during our review period.

What is not pleasant are the sharp edges of the desk surface. While I’m not expecting the most ergonomic fit for the price, I wish the edges of the surface were rounded so they wouldn’t dig into my forearms when I put them down while typing. While I know you’re not quite sure what makes your arms rest directly on the surface, it happens more often than not. Having the desk cut into my forearm after a long day of work wasn’t the best feeling.

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This was really just a standing issue, but it was annoying nonetheless. While my autonomous AI doesn’t have the most ergonomic design for its corners, the rounding goes a long way toward maximizing comfort while working.

At first I thought the narrow desk would also hamper my workflow. I’m used to having multiple devices on my desktop, from audio mixers, multiple monitors, stream decks, and more. Thankfully, while it’s smaller than my Autonomous, which acts as my primary workstation, it didn’t feel cramped. Mounting monitors on an arm would free up some space, but even then it didn’t feel too bad.

Assuming you have a less cluttered workspace than me, even better. I used this desk primarily with my Macbook and iPad and it worked beautifully. The desk also has two ports on the back for cable management, and it comes with clips that you can attach to the underside to hide and route cables. While I wish it had its own built-in surge protector, it’s not difficult to clip one to the underside and route the power cords to the wall as needed. Also, the headphone hook on the side of the desk is a really, really nice touch.

Visually, the desk took a little getting used to at first. I love the rustic brown wood in the center of the desk. At first glance, it looks like a beautiful, high-quality wooden panel as a desk. It draws attention even when something is on the surface and easily muddles it.

The ends of the desk are painted dark black, which doesn’t look good Poorly perse, but it just seems out of place. I would have much preferred that the entire desk surface was of one piece, if only because of the uniform look. It doesn’t look bad though and it goes with my furniture.

Devaise Rustic Brown Electric Standing Desk Review Conclusion

The Devaise Rustic Brown Electric Standing Desk is an excellent option if you’re looking for a more affordable option than some competitors. While it’s a single motor that moves both legs, which makes me wonder about the overall longevity of the desk after years of use, it works flawlessly. Sure it could be smoother, but it gets the job done.

I like the look of the desk, although I wish it was all a single, unified finish. While it took a little more time to assemble than other desks on the market, it wasn’t difficult to set up and the instructions were easy to follow. Also, never underestimate a long Allen key, which Devaise is thankful to provide so you can turn it easily no matter the angle.

At $240 on the Devaise website (even cheaper on Amazon), it’s not a bad price for a great quality package. While some may not find it deep enough for your setup if you’re looking for a workstation for your remote office, or even just a standing desk to break up long gaming sessions, the Devaise Rustic Brown Electric Standing Desk isn’t a bad one way for the money.

Full Disclosure: The product described was provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of this review.

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