ReadyDesk 2 Standing Desk Review

ReadyDesk 2 standing desk
ReadyDesk 2
Desktop Riser
by ReadyDesk
$ 189 Basic configuration
$ 199 Deluxe configuration

See below for pricing details.

  • Editor Rating

  • 69%
  • 69%

  • ReadyDesk 2
  • Reviewed by:
  • Published on:
  • Last modified: August 9, 2016
  • Shopping & Buying
    Editor: 100%
  • Shipping & Delivery
    Editor: 90%
  • Assembly
    Editor: 80%
  • Engineering
    Editor: 74%
  • Ergonomics
    Editor: 62%
  • Warranty
    Editor: 0%
  • Customer Service
    Editor: 60%

Review Details

The ReadyDesk is a basic desktop add-on that lets you work on your laptop computer standing up at your existing sitting-height desk. It’s one of three CNC-milled plywood desktop add-ons in our review of affordable standing desks.

The ReadyDesk posts a fairly low score when evaluated by the criteria we apply to all standing desks. But bear in mind that our criteria are biased against this category of standing desks (slot- and groove-adjustable desktop add-ons). If you just want a simple workstation to rest your computer and accessories on while you work standing up, then the ReadyDesk may work fine for you.

Here’s how the ReadyDesk measures up to our review criteria.

Shopping & Buying Experience (5% of total score)

The ReadyDesk website is informative and professionally designed. It’s easy to find answers to common questions. For the most part, it avoids marketing hyperbole and gives you a realistic sense of what to expect from its desk. Like many standing-desk marketing sites, it lumps together the generic benefits of standing and its unique product features.

The site includes a privacy policy and a page with contact information. It uses a secure connection to process orders and otherwise inspires confidence during the ordering process.

Shopping & Buying Experience score 5/5 (100%)

Shipping & Delivery Experience (10% of total score)

We ordered our ReadyDesk May 31, 2016 and received it very promptly on June 7, 2016.

Our ReadyDesk showed up in good shape in one simple, flat cardboard container.

The ReadyDesk delivers orders to the US and Canada via FedEx for about $20. They deliver to international destinations for charges ranging from $100 t0 $120.

Shipping & Delivery Experience score 9/10 (90%)

Ease & Elegance of Assembly (10% of total score)

The ReadyDesk comes in five pieces. You first attach the sides to each other with an X-shaped crosspiece. You need to exert a fair amount of force to insert the crosspiece into the sides, so once they are set they aren’t going anywhere. You then insert into grooves the main work surface and the monitor/laptop shelf. We found the fit to be pretty tight as we slid the shelves in and had hold the lower shelf with our hip and pull the frame toward us to completely set the shelf in place.

The ReadyDesk website provides an assembly video to help guide you through the process.

Assembly Experience score 8/10 (80%)

Engineering (30% of total score)

The ReadyDesk is one of many CNC-milled plywood desks that have launched in the past few years. Like many of these desks it was launched as a Kickstarter campaign. The design of the ReadyDesk has evolved a fair amount since the original campaign.

Style and Design (5% of Engineering score)

Well9to5 isn’t a style publication, so we don’t make esthetic judgments in our evaluations. Rather, this style and design score is based primarily on the range of options (size, color, shape, etc.) presented to you as you choose your standing desk.

In the case of the ReadyDesk you don’t get any options.

1 of 5 possible Style & Design points

Stability (40% of Engineering score)

TheReadyDesk was very stable on the several different conventional desks that we tried it out on. Both front-to-back and side-to-side, it barely moves at all under normal use. Depending on the surface it rests on, the ReadyDesk can slide a bit as you put pressure on the work surface. A similar desk, The Upstanding Desk, provides small anti-skid pads that prevent this kind of movement. They’d be easy enough to add to the ReadyDesk – you can get similar pads at your local hardware store or at Amazon.

32 of 40 possible Stability points

Sturdiness (40% of Engineering score)

The ReadyDesk felt very sturdy to us in normal use. The ReadyDesk is designed to support up to 75 pounds.

32 of 40 possible Sturdiness points

Details (5% of Engineering score)

TheReadyDesk offers slots at the back of each shelf and optional cable management straps but no power management or other extras.

1 of 5 possible Details points

Materials & Surfaces (5% of Engineering score)

The ReadyDesk is made with nice-looking Baltic birch plywood.

4 of 5 possible Materials & Surfaces points

Construction (5% of Engineering score)

The ReadyDesk is about as simply constructed as it gets – five pieces of plywood slide together easily to form a sturdy, stable work surface.

4 of 5 possible Construction points

Maintenance (0% of Engineering score)

You’ll want to care for your ReadyDesk as you would any piece of wood furniture.

Engineering score 22/30 (74%)

Ergonomics (35% of total score)

Ergonomics is the science of balancing comfort and productivity in the workplace. Because it offers limited adjustment options, has to be cleared off to be adjusted, and has small work surfaces, the ReadyDesk earns a low ergonomics score.

Comfort (40% of Ergonomics score)

Comfort is perhaps the most subjective of the criteria we evaluated. Comfort at a standing desk is determined to a large extent by how adjustable its height is and how flexibly it lets you organize your work gear.

The ReadyDesk offers several height options, so it can accommodate a good range of user sizes. It’s work surfaces are relatively small, which may limit your ability to use a wrist rest or a larger ergonomic keyboard.

Compared with the WellDesk and The Upstanding Desk, it offers more front-to-back separation of the keyboard and monitor surfaces, so it’s better ergonomically than those desks. At first we were concerned that this additional depth would force us too close to the existing desk surface, but we soon realized that we could simply slide the ReadyDesk forward and back to keep the keyboard ergonomically positioned.

The edges and corners of the surfaces are sanded and a little rounded off but may still create pressure points depending on how you rest your arms on your desk.

Both I and all three of my Hub evaluators found the ReadyDesk to be the most comfortable of the three CNC-routed desks we evaluated.

29 of 40 possible Comfort points

Productivity (45% of Ergonomics score)

To be productive at a standing desk, you need room for your computer, paper, and other materials that you need to do your job. If you work strictly on a laptop, then the ReadyDesk may offer enough room for you. But there is very little room to spread out papers or other materials on the small work surface.

In the active office, we also judge a desk by how easy it is to change back and forth from sitting to standing positions. Since you have to remove everything from the ReadyDesk to adjust its height, it scores low here.

22 of 45 possible Productivity points

Portability (5% of Ergonomics score)

Modern offices flexible and many folks want or need to change locations throughout the work day. The ReadyDesk is light enough to be fairly easily carried from desk to desk. If you need to navigate hallways or go to another office, the ReadyDesk can be disassembled and reassembled in just a couple of minutes. You’ll have to carry both it and your laptop, keyboard, and other work materials with you to the next location.

2 of 5 possible Portability points

Noise (5% of Ergonomics score)

This criterion is normally concerned with how well the noise of electrical motors and other moving components in height adjustable desks is managed. The ReadyDesk’s lack of moving parts makes it a perfectly quiet desk.

5 of 5 possible Noise points

Safety (5% of Ergonomics score)

The ReadyDesk poses few, if any, safety hazards.

4 of 5 possible Safety points

Ergonomics score 22/35 (62%)

Warranty (5% of total score)

A good way to gauge a manufacturer’s confidence in the durability of their products is by the length of the warranty they offer.

The ReadyDesk offers a 45-day return policy but no warranty.

We award warranty points for standing desks based on this scale:

  • less than 1 year = 0 points
  • 1-2 yrs = 1 points
  • 3-4 yrs = 2 points
  • 5-7 yrs = 3 points
  • 8-10 yrs = 4 points
  • 10+ yrs = 4.5-5 points

Warranty score 0/5 (0%)

Customer Service (5% of total score)

We didn’t have any need to contact ReadyDesk, so they get the mid-range starting points.

Customer Service score 3/5 (60%)

Overall Rating: 69%

We compute the overall rating by adding up the number of total points earned and dividing by the total possible points (which, to simplify the math, is always 100 for any one product category) and then rounding to the nearest whole digit. The rating is expressed as a percentage, but don’t automatically assign a corresponding letter grade based on that percent. The ReadyDesk’s raw score of 69 is pretty low, but bear in mind that we are comparing it to highly engineered desks that cost 5 times as much. If you don’t change your desk height very often and just want to get standing, the ReadyDesk may work fine for you. We will never give even the highest-rated product in a category a 100%, mainly because we’ll always leave room in each criterion in our rating system for the possibility of superior products emerging in the future.

Price Details

Basic Deluxe
Model/Price ReadyDesk $169 ReadyDesk Value Combo $179
Main Work Surface 31″ wide x 11 1/2″ deep (dimensions to come)
Footprint 31″ wide x 23″ deep 31″ wide x 24″ deep
Laptop/Monitor Shelf 31″ wide x 11 1/2″ deep included
Keyboard Tray 31″ wide x 11 1/2″ deep yes (dimensions to come)
Shipping ground $20 ground $20
TOTAL Basic $189 Deluxe $199
Kangaroo Elite

The main work surface and the upper laptop/monitor surface are identical.


  • adjustable to fit people 5' 5" to 6'3"
  • shake-free cross-bracing
  • supports two monitors
  • birch wood sourced from FSC Certified suppliers
  • assembles and disassembles without tools
  • four slots for holding cables in place



Desk height adjustment:

Lowest desk height:
3.5 inches

Tallest desk height:
21 inches

Desk height measured from:


Shipping & Delivery

Default assumption is shipping from/to the continental U.S. Shipping to Alaska and Hawaii or to Canada and other countries will cost more.

Shipping Options

  • Ground to continental U.S.
  • Express to continental U.S.
  • Alaska and Hawaii
  • International


Assembly & Set-Up



Warranty notes:
No warranty information provided on website.

Return Policy

"45-Day Perfect Fit Guarantee"


ReadyDesk 2 Manufacturer’s Promotional & Educational Videos


Updates and Corrections

All basic product information (features, pricing, specifications, etc.) on this page is from the desk information page on the manufacturer’s website or in its product documentation, or from correspondence with the manufacturer or an authorized representative. We do our best to keep the information on this page up to date. If you see any errors or omissions, please let us know and we’ll correct the information as soon as possible.

Page last updated: August 9, 2016

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