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Imperfect, but decent.
on 24 April 2012
You always get what you pay for with anything, in this case this desk is incredibly cheap for what you get. Yet it is still not perfect, far from it in fact. So i will briefly describe some of the main problems.
First of all, the right desk which moves inwards and outwards has two wheels on it. For some ungodly reason they have a lock which stops them turning, the lock is easily turned off yet even more easily turned on. Only a mild brush is needed. Now these locks have no purpose but to annoy, as there will never be a situation where this side-desk moves when you dont want it to. But moving the side desk with the locks on can cause the whole thing to be damaged. For me the stand with the wheels on is now very wobbly. I dont blame the desk construction for this - it is entirely my fault. But be aware, this desks stability is questionable.
It is mentioned a few times that this desk is very stable in other reviews. This is... slightly true. It is indeed far more stable than most. Unlike many flatpack desks i actually feel it will likely last a while even with my aforementioned wobbly side. But it could never be described as incredibly stable. The parts have a very small but noticable give in them, even with the tightest screws tied. In short, its still flat pack furniture, which will always be inferior for this sort of thing.
Now, i wouldnt mind. Accept for one thing. When i type on the moving keyboard support thing, there is a very small but noticable shake. Extended typing (say for... 5 seconds) causes my monitor to slowly rock from side to side. If i continue fast enough i can get it to shake quite violently. Never a danger, but quite annoying. And that little imperfection is the certain indication that thi product is not perfect.
In the end, you get what you pay for again. In this case i firmly believe this desk is probably the absolute best value for money of any desk on this site. But do not fool yourself into thinking it has the same rockhard firmness inherent in ready made furniture. It doesn. It will wobble, and if you - like me - are bothered by this then stay away.
I must still give it 3 stars, if only because again - i paid so little for it and its good points are numerous. but if only it was more stable i would have given it a far higher recommendation.