Actio Standing Desk Review

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Updated August 30, 2022
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Apathy and laziness are killing the world. Well, more America and other modernized countries that are GDP is dependent on desk jockeys. In other words, we’re all sitting for too long. And it’s slowly killing us. Hence “sitting is the smoking of our generation”. You’ve heard that one right?  To combat this slow death spiral of artery-clogging stagnation, a wide variety of top-standing desks have emerged in recent years.

A few of the brands we review include the Jarvis standing desks, Duke adjustable standing desks, and the Eureka standing desk converters. While most tend to be large, stationary standing desks, some of these brands do quite well in creating portable standing desks that can be used just about anywhere.

Finally, we also discuss one of the newest units: Actio Standing Desks. If you’re interested in even more options, then read our list of the best standing desks.

Learn more about great walking treadmill standing desks and other similar office furniture by reading any standing desk review from Gadget Review.

Summary: An exceptionally well-built standing desk that’s only shortcomings are its pricey upsells.

What we liked:

  • Well-made and high-end materials
  • Pre-programmable height settings
  • Stable

What we disliked:

  • Pricey up-sells
  • Only comes in two sizes

Website: Actiostandingdesk.com

What is Actio

Actio is a small company based in Austin, Texas. They’re designed and built right here in the USA. So homegrown might be an apt description.

Desk Features and Pricing

The company currently offers two desk sizes:

  • 62″ x 31″ x 3/4″
  • 80 x 31″ x 3/4″

In fact, on their website that’s how you begin your shopping process; you pick the size of the desk. Next, they’ll ask you what finish you’d like the desk, made from 100% natural bamboo plywood, should come in. You’ve got your choice of Amber, Blonde, or Auburn (this one adds $40 to the price).

Related: Also see our Zest desk review

Following that, you can pick from a variety of frame colors – made from aircraft-grade aluminum –  including Sky White, Rich Black Gloss, Brushed Silver (+$145), Brushed Black Coal ($195), and Brush Aluminum Gloss ($95+). And if so desired there are a variety of options you can add, such as a keyboard tray ($345), cable management tray ($145+), surge protector ($95+), or grommet holes in the left, right, or center for additional cable management.

With the most expensive options selected, the price caps out at $2,315 before tax.

Actio Standing Desk Hands-On Review

Action Standing Desk Hands On
The Actio buttons control height and pre-programmed settings.

I’ve used just one standing desk in the past. It was from Steelcase and from my understanding cost just over $1000. It worked ok, but often would break down, get its wires yanked out, and its surface area, which was composed of a lament finish, was on the small side.

Related: Check out our Autonomous Smart Desk 2

The Desk Surface

The Actio, so far, seems to be anything but the aforementioned. The surface, made from 100% natural bamboo wood, is exceptionally crafted. The edges have been milled and the wood sealed without any signs of warping or imperfections. Aesthetically it most certainly reaches the top of the charts and seems, for the most part, to be impervious to water rings often caused by cups sitting for long periods.

My Options

My version arrived with a surge protector and keyboard tray. I don’t often use an external keyboard as I found my Macbook Air to be just fine. But for those seeking to maximize ergonomic bliss, and in turn, reduce shoulder and arm strain, this is the way to go as you can adjust the angle and height with the push of your hands. Plus there is a knob for controlling the keyboard’s angle. So suffice to say it’s customizable to just about anyone’s needs.

What I wouldn’t opt for is the $95 upcharge for the surge protector. It’s no more than a Belkin surge protector pinned under the desk by a few screws, which in my case weren’t properly aligned.

Stability and Legs

During assembly, which I only assisted with, I couldn’t help but notice how nicely crafted the legs and metal was; way above and beyond what I’ve seen in other standing desks. When I asked, I was informed that it is “aircraft grade” aluminum. A friend of mine remarked, “why, does it fly?”. Of course not, but it looks cool and goes great with the bamboo finish.

In terms of stability, Actio says their desks can support 300-600lbs of weight. I haven’t sat on the desk, but according to their website this is intended to support accessories – what those would be I don’t know – not humans. However, I couldn’t tell you why the range of 300-600lbs. But 300lbs would seem to suffice in my case since all I have is a monitor, stand, and a few random glasses of liquid on my desk at most times. That and a few toss-away t-shirts and protein powder (no judging).

As for how stable the Actio is, well, I’d say fairly stable. It’s not impervious to shaking, but at max height, things remain steady and balanced. A quick shake of the desk, though, and the monitor on my monitor stand will start to sway. Press my weight against the desk while leaning on it and it will begin to tip. So it’s no set it and forget it scenario – you still have to be somewhat mindful – but for everyday use, it will be a nonissue unless you have a serious tendency to constantly lean on your desk. If that is the case, you’re not using the standing desk right and you should read our piece on how to use a standing desk.

Up and Down, Motors

Despite my floor being uneven, the Actio moves up and down with luxury car smoothness. However, because my floor is slightly at an angle, and thus the legs are offset height-wise, the desk tends to jump when going from high to low. This can be combatted with a few wood slats or a variation thereof. In all fairness, the top of the desk, the desk itself, is the heaviest part, whereas the legs and other pieces are quite lightweight.

Final Thoughts

The Actio isn’t the cheapest standing desk on the market. But you didn’t need me to tell you that. But with that in mind, it’s not the smallest, and it doesn’t feel like they skimped on anything, save for the surge protector, which feels like a downright oversell.

A nice touch is the controls; there are three buttons (in addition to the up and down buttons) that can be preprogrammed to set different heights. There is also a small screen to indicate height, which you might think is pointless, but is quite useful to achieve the same height again and again.

The Actio Standing Desk is available now and ships within 10-12 days.

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