Electric Standing Desk vs Manual: What's the Difference?

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You might be wondering– what exactly is a standing desk and what could we stand to gain from using one? 

A standing desk is really as it sounds– it is an adjustable table that allows you to work freely while standing upright. Users can adjust the desk according to their height. With a standing desk, you could choose to work on your feet or lower the desk to accommodate your seated position. It’s both simple and functional. 

In today’s post-pandemic, hybrid working world, investing in a new standing desk for your home could really bring a boost to your overall well-being. 

Benefits of a Standing Desk:

  • Customisable height for comfort
  • Sit or stand as you wish
  • Relieves aches and pains, such as shoulder and back tension (from sitting too long) 
  • Combats ADHD 
  • Improves your mental health and productivity in the long run, by having more control over your work station 

While standing desks do not necessarily cause you to lose weight or stay slim, health researchers advocate for standing desks as it could help prevent food coma, lower your risk of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, as well as cancer. If you already use a standing desk, try to alternate between sitting and standing every 30 minutes to an hour. Remember, sitting too long is never good for you, but neither is standing! 

Perhaps now you are interested in getting a standing desk of your own. The question that lies ahead is this: what sets an electric standing desk apart from a manual one? That is, which option is better? 

Electric Standing Desk vs Manual: Similarities

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Both an electric standing desk and a manual one are height adjustable. This means that both types of desks have an ergonomic feature (i.e. designed for workplace comfort and efficiency). Visually, electric standing desks and manual standing desks look and function very similarly. The benefits that they bring to your health and work life are hence also the same. 

Electric Standing Desk vs Manual: Differences 

An electric standing desk is often priced higher than a manual one. However, there are good reasons behind this price tag difference (which isn’t very significant to begin with). 

The main feature that separates the two archetypes is straightforward. Manual standing desks come with a hand-crank so users have to physically adjust the desk to attain their desired height. This could result in much repetitive effort of having to alter the desk height whenever you switch between sitting and standing. Bending down to use the crank could also get tedious as you will have to keep checking on whether you adjusted the height correctly. Moreover, exerting yourself on a hand crank isn’t going to make much of a difference in cutting your calories.  

Meanwhile, an electric standing desk comes with an automatic switch. The height of the table can thus be adjusted with one push of a button. 

While electric standing desks could be prone to higher maintenance as compared to manual ones, this problem is easily eradicated if you purchase an electric standing desk of reliable quality and take good care of it. 

AUKEY Dual Motors Height-Adjustable Electric Standing Desk 48 x24'', Black

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Life with an electric standing desk could be so much more convenient and efficient! We recommend the AUKEY Dual Motors Height-Adjustable Electric Standing Desk, which can be assembled in five minutes. 

It also comes with three memory buttons. Select your saved heights from them without even having to push the ‘up’ or ‘down’ buttons– as if life couldn’t get any easier. The automated adjustment process is also thoughtfully noise-proof.


GC-A02 Ergonomic Gaming Office Computer PU Leather Chair with Adjustable Swivel Recliner and Armrest

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Complete the electric standing desk ensemble with an affordable ergonomic chair! This AUKEY gaming office chair is made with lasting leather, a body-hugging backrest, and a seamless reclining or swivelling function that is maximised for comfort, whether you’re hard at gaming or working. 

The Electric Standing Desk Wins

In today’s remote, work-from-home environment, it can’t hurt to build yourself a healthy and relaxing work space. Medical practitioners see value in getting a standing desk, and we choose the electric standing desk for obvious reasons. Why scrimp on a quality working/gaming experience if it will last a long time?