Totally’s Jarvis is my favourite standing desk, and it ranks as one in all my greatest purchases ever. It glides up and down as easily because the day I assembled it, and the eye-catching curved bamboo desktop nonetheless attracts admiring feedback, even when it has picked up a few dents over time. Nevertheless, it very a lot appears to be like like a standing desk. Store round for different options they usually all considerably look the identical.
That is the place the Totally Nolan is available in. The place the Jarvis relied on L-shaped legs with two motors to maneuver up and down, the Nolan has a extra conventional desk design with 4 telescopic legs. The controls are embedded within the desktop, and a steel body outlines the underside. The headline enchancment right here is superior stability because of 4 motors. However with the Nolan beginning at $1,299, in comparison with $569 for the Jarvis, that is an costly improve.
It has been 4 years since a standing desk modified my life, all however banishing my again ache. I’ve discovered it actually useful to alternate between sitting and standing all through the day, and having a desk that may transfer up or down means you’ll be able to select the proper top if you find yourself sitting. It helps when the desk additionally simply appears to be like like some other desk.
Assembling the Totally Nolan took me round half an hour. The 4 legs slot into place and screw into the body, and the body screws into the bamboo desktop. The motors plug right into a small management unit by operating cables neatly by channels contained in the body, and that is it.
You will get the steel body and legs in black or white, and there are two sizes of bamboo desktops, however other than varied extras—like a desktop-mounted surge protector or cable administration trays—that’s it for personalisation. I opted for the cable administration tray ($30), which screws into the underside of the desktop and holds a surge protector. My solely second of pause? I needed to resolve the place to screw it in, because the guide solely had suggestions for the Totally Jarvis.
The Nolan’s rectangular steel body goes across the underside of the desktop, which might current a possible concern for monitor arms, because the clamps have to be prolonged and fitted to the entire body. I’m utilizing an Ergotron LX for my ultrawide monitor, with its portrait companion mounted on a VonHaus Single Arm Gasoline Mount. After just a little fiddling, each securely clamped in place, and I haven’t had a wobble since.
Utilizing the Totally Nolan is simple through the management panel embedded within the desktop. You possibly can set mounted positions or use the up and down arrows, and I a lot want the tactile bodily buttons to Totally’s touch-sensitive OLED management panel on the Jarvis. The peak seems on a delicate show, which solely involves life if you press one of many buttons. It is responsive and environment friendly. I frightened about setting it off by chance, as a result of it sits on the entrance proper of the desktop the place my arm typically rests, however the buttons require a deliberate press.
Highs and Lows
The one factor I’ve lengthy disliked about my Jarvis desk is that it wobbles. It jiggles barely when the motors kick in, and the upper it goes, the much less steady it feels. I’m 6″1′, and with the Totally Jarvis … er, absolutely prolonged for my standing place, my screens rock if I bump the desk.
Against this, the Nolan is rock-solid. That annoying shudder from my monitor arm is totally gone. I can lean on the desktop of the absolutely prolonged Nolan and it doesn’t budge an inch. It’d sound trivial, however the additional stability seems like a serious improve. Different desks enhance stability with a crossbar on the again, however even that answer can’t compete with a motor on every leg. I additionally respect the pleasingly easy design that leaves you with loads of actual property beneath the desk, with nothing to get in the way in which of your legs.
The Nolan’s vary of motion, at 26.5 to 45.5 inches, is extra restricted than the three-stage Jarvis body, which might go right down to 25.5 inches and as much as 51 (there’s even a low model that bottoms out at 22.6 inches), however that received’t be a problem except you might be very brief or very tall. The one factor I miss concerning the Jarvis is that contoured desktop, which you’ll add as an improve. That is not out there on the Nolan (not less than, not but), however given a alternative between the 2, I might choose the Nolan each time for the added stability.
Sadly, you will pay a hefty premium for it. The Jarvis begins at $569, and for those who spec it just like the Nolan, it jumps to $749, which remains to be a far cry lower than the Nolan’s $1,299 asking value. However for those who can afford it, you will find it irresistible. The Totally Nolan is the perfect standing desk I’ve ever examined.