Sitting down all day to work isn't fun, and recent studies suggest a link between extended sedentary periods with an increased risk for obesity, heart disease, and overall mortality. Standing desks -- especially of the adjustable height kind -- have been touted as one way to get people off their butts and into more ergonomic positions, but they can get quite expensive. We've also debated before about whether an "active desk" where one can move one's computer around to different localized spots could be a smarter option.
In any case, it doesn't stop people from making portable standing desks, which are probably the next best thing, like this sleek version that's being Kickstarted by Danish company OPLØFT. It features a large working surface and a cross-structured, pneumatic spring-assisted lifting mechanism that helps you easily elevate the desk to whatever height is needed.
To operate it, you pull the side handle, activating the mechanism and lift it to the desired level, and release the handle to lock it in place. It's designed to have a couple extra inches of a lip sticking out after it's elevated to give room for your legs.
The OPLØFT measures 25.5 inches by 25.5 inches, weighs 12 kilograms (26 pounds), can carry up to 40 kilograms (88 pounds) and folds down flat to be stored away.
OPLØFT's design is minimal but sturdy enough, offering a middle-way compromise: a more seamless sit-stand ergonomic spectrum than other designs we've seen previously, yet still light enough to shift around. We also like the fact that provides a much larger work surface than some of the other portable standing desks; though, like most portable options it's probably better geared toward desktop computers than laptops (in terms of having to angle your head down a bit more), but one can easily migrate around with a laptop anyway. The remaining early bird promotion for OPLØFT starts at USD $425, check out Kickstarter and OPLØFT for more information. In the meantime, if you're thinking of switching over to a standing desk, check out our tips on how to do it as painlessly as possible.