EXAM – Last year, I went from a standard Desk IKEA IDASEN at a Flexispot standing desk; I love this desk and continue to use it. This spring, our daughter got married and her new husband decided to replace his computer desk with a standing desk. In this review, I test a new standing desk from Maidesite to see if he should think about it.
What is that?
The Pro Series 55 Desk is an electric, adjustable standing desk that ranges from 27 to 46 inches in height. The desk is made of MDF and measures 55 inches wide by 27 deep. It has a handset that controls the height of the desk and includes three programmable heights. Maidesite is a Chinese marketing company that “aims to create a comfortable and healthy working style”. Their website says that they do not use any distributors, wholesalers, or retailers to offer their offices directly to US customers at a great price, but that they also sell offices on Amazon and walmart.
What’s in the box?
- Maidesite Pro Series 55 Standing Desk (Unassembled)
- Hardware and a hex key
- Installation instructions
- Desktop dimensions: 55.25 x 27.5 inches
- Desktop thickness: 0.7 inches
- Desk material: MDF
- Frame Material: Steel
- Vertical desk height: 27.5 to 46.9 inches
- Weight: 62 pounds
- Maximum weight supported: 260 lbs.
- Color choices: black on black, oak on white and walnut on black
Design and features
The design of the Maidesite Pro Series 55 standing desk follows a very typical pattern for standing desks. It has an MDF top which is mounted on a steel frame. There are two legs attached to the frame, each with a motor inside. The edge of the top is slightly rounded, but not enough for me to call it ergonomic. The desk is very heavy, requiring two people to lift and move it, and is quite sturdy. The desk has clean, simple lines that will look great in any home office.
Setup and Setup
The Maidesite Pro Series 55 Standing Desk arrived in a single heavy box. The various parts were well protected with custom inserts; I couldn’t find any scratches or dents anywhere. I cleaned part of the floor of my office, because the assembly takes up a lot of space. The instructions are quite good; everything is well laid out, and the photos have good detail.
I really appreciate how Maidesite took the time to individually package and label the hardware, which made it easy to find the parts I needed. No spare parts were included.
One of the first steps in the process is to attach the legs to the frame. This requires eight screws to be screwed in while they were inside these small holes. This was the most frustrating part of the assembly process, as there just isn’t a good way to get my fingers inside here to line up the screws.
With a little patience and perseverance, I managed to tie them all up.
The next step is to fasten the two halves of the top together using wooden dowels and steel rods with threaded fasteners. The result is a desk that isn’t particularly strong or stable, especially compared to the IDASEN’s particleboard/fiberboard desk or the Kana Pro’s bamboo desk; there is a lot of play between the two halves. The Maidesite website says that the top comes in two pieces for “easier transport and assembly”, neither is true. It’s more work to put together than not less, and I have to be very careful when moving the desk, as it’s more likely to break.
The next step is to attach the frame to the desktop. Although Maidesite has included a hex key which can be used to assemble almost anything – you will also need to provide a Phillips screwdriver – I cut assembly time in half by using a drill with a hex bit.
The final step in assembling the Maidesite Pro Series 55 standing desk is to attach the controller to the motors and handset. Looks like it’s going to be a disaster under the desk with wires running everywhere.
Luckily, Maidesite has one final metal piece that holds everything in place, keeping the mess to an absolute minimum. It worked very well.
Here is the end result of the assembly process. As this desk is heavy, I asked my wife to help me turn it over on its feet.
Legs at the bottom of the legs are threaded and can be raised or lowered to help balance the desk.
After assembling the Maidesite Pro Series 55 standing desk, the first thing I tested was the strength of the desk. As you’d expect, when I pressed down on the top, there was a noticeable downward flex where the two halves meet. It’s just not as sturdy as other standing desks I have. I don’t like this split desk, and this is by far the least desirable feature of this desk. I hope Maidesite will abandon this design in favor of single-piece desktops in the future.
After this test, I swapped my old desk for this one, putting everything I normally use in it. This office contains both my work computer, a MacBookPro, and my home computer, a Mac mini. They share a monitor, keyboard and mouse, and there’s plenty of room for everything. The Maidesite Pro Series 55 Standing Desk works great as a computer desk. It is both wide and deep and has a lot of surface area. As long as I don’t put anything heavy on it, and as long as I don’t do anything where the two-piece desk would get in the way (eg if I was using the desk for large drawings), then it will work just fine.
The desk raises and lowers using a simple handset, which is fixed under the desk, either on the left or on the right side. Its controls are easy to use. The “+” button raises it and the “-” button lowers it. When I found the ideal setting for sitting, I pressed the “M” button and then “1”, which saved that height. I repeated this with a standing height using the “2” button.
For me, the lowest height of the Maidesite Pro Series 55 Standing Desk is not low enough. When I read articles about the ideal and ergonomic posture while sitting, I find that my arms should be horizontal to the ground. The Pro 55 series is too high to achieve this. When I compare it to the Kana Pro and IDASEN, I found it to be about two inches taller at its lowest setting. When I reviewed the Kana Pro, I found 25.6 inches to be my ideal size; the lowest height of the Pro Series 55 is 27.5 inches. This means that this desk is not suitable for working for long periods. As I’m a programmer who spends all day at my desk, this is a deal breaker for me, but depending on your chair height, this might not be a problem for you. Simply measure how high you prefer to have your desk when seated.
The Maidesite Pro Series 55 Standing Desk has two motors, one in each leg, and they’re plenty powerful for the job. I found that it then took 11.6 seconds to go from standing height (41.3 inches) to my sitting height (27.5 inches), and exactly the same time to go up. It’s impressive and very responsive to me.
On the right side of the desktop, there is a hole at the top for cables. It’s a nice idea, but I found I had so many cables that it was just easier to run them all around the back of the desk. Speaking of cables, although Maidesite has designed a built-in mechanism to manage its own cables, it doesn’t provide any mechanism to manage all my cables. Instead, they threw a handful of self-adhesive cable ties, a cheap and disappointing solution to the problem. Maidesite could take inspiration from IKEA, who used a wonderful solution with a net to manage cables under their IDASEN desks.
The Maidesite Pro Series 55 standing desk has a “super anti-collision system” which claims to have a sensor capable of detecting a collision, if something gets in the way of the desk while it is lowering, causing it to automatically reverse its direction. In fact, this office does not have sensors capable of detecting a collision and preventing it. What it does have, however, is an ability to sense resistance to motors, which can cause them to stop moving and back up a bit, before they accidentally run over something that gets in their way. . The website has a nice graphic of the desk hitting what appears to be a styrofoam coffee cup and bouncing around, so I tested this by putting a Solo plastic cup on top of a book balanced on my lap. The office completely crushed the cup. I tried again with a sturdy plastic cup, one he couldn’t crush, and found he still wouldn’t stop. It’s safe to say that the out-of-the-box Maidesite desktop is not configured to avoid collisions. I followed the instructions in the manual and set the lowest sensitivity; even then, it took a significant amount of resistance before the motor reversed. The safest thing for me to do is make sure I have nothing under my desk when I lower it.
Many budget 55-inch powered standing desks seem to cost around $350, so the Pro 55 series is on the higher end of that price. It’s certainly cheaper than Flexispot’s Kana Pro, which has a solid bamboo desktop.
What I like
- Excellent packaging and instructions
- Plenty of desk space
- Smooth and fast motors
- Easy to use handset
What I would change
- Use one piece of MDF for the desktop instead of two
- Lower the lowest height two inches
- Provide a real cable management system for my cables
Maidesite’s Pro 55 series is an electric sit-stand desk. Its steel frame provides sturdy support and its large 55-inch-wide desk offers plenty of space for computer equipment. It is powered by a pair of high performance motors and has a handset that makes it easy to adjust the desk to your desired height. While this desk does the job, it’s hard for me to recommend it. The desk is split into two pieces, which aren’t as sturdy as the one-piece desks I own, its lowest height is two inches too high to be ergonomic for me, and it doesn’t provide a good management system for my cables. Although this desk is in line with the price of other budget adjustable desks, it is at the high end, not the low end, so it doesn’t really save money. This desk will work, but I have to think there are better choices.