The Ergohacks Verdict
The Kangaroo desk is an adjustable combination monitor stand and work area. Place it on top of your regular desk, attach your monitor to it then put your keyboard and mouse on the work area. Sitting down I didn’t notice any major difference in setup, but loosen one handle and gently lift to the perfect height and your work station becomes a standing desk.
I spent two weeks using the larger two screen version of the Kangaroo Elite and it was its most notable features was the ergonomic design. It has a range of height adjustments for users up to 6″2 and once I’ve got the standing setting adjusted perfectly to me, I can lock it in with an Allen key and go back to my personal setting whenever I want. At its lowest setting, the Elite adds around an inch and a half to the height of the desk and puts the screens in mid air around a foot or so in front of you. I found this a little closer than would have been ideal but workable.
At nearly £600 the Kangaroo Elite isn’t the cheap option for a sit/stand desk. If you are able to change the desk you’re using to a sit/stand model then that’s likely to work out more economic. However, if you are but if not the Elite is a good all in and long lasting solution with the additional benefit of being movable if you change work locations or jobs.
The Kangaroo Elite is a beautifully designed and manufactured piece of furniture that for a certain niche will be a perfect fit. If you’re working in an office space where you can’t fit a standing desk, it may be the perfect alternative. It’s a piece of furniture more suited to larger organizations where it can be used with any existing desk and easily moved as required. It wouldn’t be our first choice for a sit/stand home office desk, but we would recommend it as a viable alternative when replacing a desk isn’t possible.
Price: £599 (including VAT)
Comes with everything you need to setup including a stabilization leg and tools. Free shipping in the UK.
Paid Extras: Forward extension or side extensions available if you need more space
Main work surface: 71 x 61 cm deep
Main work surface is adjustable 38cm above the desk
VESA mounts have 75 x 75mm or 100 x 100mm hole pattern
VESA ,mounts have “tilt, pan and rotate” adjustability
Monitors have 16.5cm of adjustability independent of the work surface
Fits monitors up to 4.5kg (without base) and 63cm wide including bezzels
Base Plate: Solid Steel
Stabilization legs: One included
Colors: Black as standard. Maple, cherry and putty by order
Warranty: The Non-Electric Kangaroo Desk’s Gas Springs and all moving parts come with a full two-year warranty and the steel structural frames come with a five year warranty.
The Kangaroo is designed to sit on a normal table at a standard or slightly lower than standard height. The unit is quite heavy when you consider that you’ll be adding a couple of screens plus mouse and then occasionally leaning on it the table should be able to take the weight without moving. The spec’s say that it can handle two monitors of up to 23″ each although I found that I was able to get by with one 27″ monitor in landscape mode and a 23″ in portrait. The final requirement is for a monitor that has either a 100mm or 75mm Vesa mount built in and a base that is removable.
Ergo Desktop is a US company that developed the Kangaroo specifically for those who want to be able to sit and stand but without discarding their original desk. They manufacture in the US and have a range of different sized options and have launched an electric line.
Project Ergo is the UK supplier of Kangaroo Height Adjustable desks and also handles shipping to Europe.
We based our Ergohacks Verdict on 2 weeks of tinkering, testing and using the Kangaroo Elite Black kindly lent by Project Ergo. This article was first published on 12 May 2016 and last updated on 12 September 2017.