Oristand Standing Desk Review

Oristand standing desk
Desktop Riser
by Oristand
$36 Basic configuration
$36 Deluxe configuration

See below for pricing details.

  • Editor Rating

  • 41%
  • 41%

  • Oristand
  • Reviewed by:
  • Published on:
  • Last modified: August 15, 2016
  • Shopping & Buying
    Editor: 100%
  • Shipping & Delivery
    Editor: 80%
  • Assembly
    Editor: 80%
  • Engineering
    Editor: 26%
  • Ergonomics
    Editor: 27%
  • Warranty
    Editor: 0%
  • Customer Service
    Editor: 60%

Review Details

The Oristand is a simple cardboard desktop add-on that lets you work on your laptop computer standing up at your sitting-height desk. We had hoped to compare it with another cardboard deks, the Ergodriven Spark, in our review of affordable standing desks, but the Spark hadn’t yet shipped as we began this review round.

The Oristand posts a very 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 (fixed-height desktop add-ons). If you just want a simple platform to rest you laptop on while you work standing up, and if you happen to be the right height, then the Oristand may work fine for you.

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

Shopping & Buying Experience (5% of total score)

The Oristand website is informative and professionally designed. It’s easy to find answers to common questions. It avoids marketing hyperbole and gives you a good sense of what to expect from its desk. Like many standing-desk marketing sites, it sometimes conflates the generic benefits of standing and its unique product features.

The site includes a privacy policy and a page with contact information, as well as a pop-up form on each page in which you can ask questions. 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 Oristand May 31, 2016 and received it June 14, 2016. This is pretty slow delivery for a simple cardboard container, so we deducted a couple of points here.

The Oristand showed up in good shape in one simple, flat cardboard container.

Oristand delivers individual orders to the U.S. and Canada via a number of different carriers. They will deliver bulk orders internationally by special arrangement.


Shipping & Delivery Experience score 8/10 (80%)

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

To assemble the Oristand, you simply push one creased surface onto the sides of the desk to create a two-tiered work surface. It wasn’t immediately obvious that you needed to push in the side panels a bit to stabilize the unit, and we couldn’t get the keyboard surface to lie flat with only the weight of a small Apple keyboard on it.

Assembly Experience score 7/10 (70%)

Engineering (30% of total score)

Engineering is a pretty big word to use to describe the design and construction of a fancy cardboard box, but we want to use the same terminology across all of our standing-desk reviews, so we’ll stick with it here.

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 on the range of options (size, color, shape, etc.) presented to you as you choose your Oristand.

You get only one option – a choice of three colors – as you check out of the Oristand store. There are no size or other options available. The size of the keyboard tray and the laptop surface require you to have a separate keyboard and mouse; you can’t just plop your laptop down and get to work as you can on other desktop add-ons.

1 of 5 possible Style & Design points

Stability (40% of Engineering score)

The Oristand was pretty stable on the several different conventional desks that we tried it out on. As long as you’re applying only the downward pressure of your hands on the keyboard, it’s stable enough. However, if you apply any lateral forces – bumping it from the front or side – it slides very easily. If you’re leaving your Oristand for any length of time, you’ll want to safely stow your computer on a more stable surface. Still, it’s more stable than some laptop stands we’ve seen, so it doesn’t fall all the way to the bottom of the rankings on stability

12 of 40 possible Stability points

Sturdiness (40% of Engineering score)

While it’s surprisingly sturdy for what it is, the Oristand is still basically a fancy cardboard box. If you keep it dry and never crease it as you fold and unfold it for storage, and if you or a co-worker never lean on it or bump into it, it will like serve you for a fair amount of time. Still, it’s lack of any kind of frame and give it a low sturdiness score.

10 of 40 possible Sturdiness points

Details (5% of Engineering score)

The Oristand has no trim on its exposed cardboard edges. It includes no cable management, power management, or other extras.

0 of 5 possible Details points

Materials & Surfaces (5% of Engineering score)

As cardboard goes, this desk is as OK. The painted surface adds a little texture so that things don’t slide around too much. This same feature, however, bothered one of my Hub testers as it created an annoying scritching noise as her mouse slid over the surface. Another tester commented on how the combination of the textured surface and the hollow box exaggerated the noise that his mouse made as he worked.

1 of 5 possible Materials & Surfaces points

Construction (5% of Engineering score)

As cardboard structures go, the Oristand is very well constructed. The subtle inward angle of the side panels creates a good foundation for the two surfaces that rest on them.

2 of 5 possible Construction points

Maintenance (0% of Engineering score)

You’ll want to keep your Oristand dry and to be careful not to crease or crush it as you fold and unfold it for storage.

Engineering score 7.8/30 (26%)

Ergonomics (35% of total score)

Ergonomics is the science of balancing comfort and productivity in the workplace. Primarily because it offers no adjustment options and has small work surfaces, the Oristand earns a very 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. The Oristand offers only one height option, so it scores very low on this crucial criterion.

If you happen to be the right height to use this desk (likely between 5′ 7″ and 5′ 10″, depending on how long your upper arm is), the Oristand may work OK for you. At that height, you’ll be able to comfortable reach your keyboard and to see your laptop screen without craning your neck.

8 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 Oristand 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 Oristand and reposition whenever you change, it scores low on this criterion, too.

9 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 Oristand folds up easily enough, but you’ll have to carry both it and your laptop, keyboard, and other work materials with you to the next location.

3 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. In the case of the Oristand, we downgraded it a bit due to the scritchy noise that results when you slide a mouse over its textured surface.

3 of 5 possible Noise points

Safety (5% of Ergonomics score)

The lightweight Oristand itself isn’t going to hurt anyone if it falls on them, but we took a point off here due to the risk of your computer falling if the desk is bumped.

4 of 5 possible Safety points

Ergonomics score 9.45/35 (27%)

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.

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 Oristand, so they get the mid-range starting points.

Customer Service score 3/5 (60%)

Overall Rating: 41%

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 Oristand’s raw score of 41 is quite low, but bear in mind that we are comparing it to highly engineered desks that cost 20 times as much. If you’re the right height and you just want to get standing, the Oristand 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 [no upgrades available]
Model/Price Oristand $25
Monitor/Laptop Surface 21″ wide x 10″ deep
Keyboard Surface 21″ wide x 10″ deep
Extras n/a
Shipping ground $11.23
TOTAL Basic $36.23


  • folds flat when not in use
  • no assembly required
  • affordable at $25 (but shipping adds another $11)



Desk height adjustment:
N/A - Fixed-Height

Lowest desk height:
11.5 inches

Tallest desk height:
11.5 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.
  • Alaska and Hawaii



Warranty notes:
"Oristand Enterprises is built to improve your work environment, productivity and job satisfaction. We stand behind our products and if your Oristand is defective upon arrival, just email a picture to customerservice@oristand.co within 15 days of product arrival. Please include your name, email, telephone number, and order ID (if possible). We’re bummed your Oristand is busted and we’ll be in touch with options. Please note, warranty does not cover regular wear and tear and degradation over time."

Return Policy

"You can return your brand new, unopened Oristand within 15 days of receipt for an exchange or refund. Since we don’t issue prepaid shipping labels, you’ll have to pay the shipping costs both ways."


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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: June 17, 2016

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