iMovR Cadence Standing Desk Converter-A Top Shelf Standing Desk

iMovR is one of the leading industry innovators in the standing desk industry, and the Cadence Desk Converter is no exception of their top-notch quality. Here is full breakdown of one of the smoothest standing desk converters you can find.

First off, there are 2 options that you can go with, the original Cadence converter or the Cadence Express. So we’ll look at both of these options to see if one of them may be good for you or not.

Overall Rating

Company: iMovR

Style: Floating Arm Converter

Average Price: $379 (Express) or $549 (Original) $399 (Original)

Original Cadence Rating: 92/100

Cadence Express Rating: 91/100

Overview of Both Cadence Converters

iMovR has 2 floating arm desk converters you can go with. The reason the Cadence Express converter actually scores better is the price point. For almost $200 less you can purchase the Cadence Express. The original Cadence is an excellent desk, and for many will be an improvement on the Express, but the price point it is at puts it in the ballpark of a full standing desk.

Being able to get the Express at under $400 makes this a great purchase. The original Cadence, however, may just be the ideal desk converter for some people. If you prefer a desk converter over a full standing desk and the Cadence checks off all the boxes that you are looking for, then it may make sense to go with the original Cadence.

Let’s look at each option, starting with the Cadence Express as I gave it a higher overall rating.

UPDATE: The original Cadence has dropped in price to $399 making it the better value.

Cadence Express Desk Converter

Specs

  • Height Range: Bottom tray is 5/8″ to 18.5″ adjustable
  • Width/Depth: 28″ wide, 18″ deep
  • Speed: Less than 3 seconds
  • Weight: 29 pounds (single monitor), 33 pounds (dual monitor)
  • Weight Capacity: 6.5 to 24.5 pounds (single), 1.5 to 19.5 pounds (dual)
  • Assembly: 15 to 30 minutes
  • Extras: Monitor height can be adjusted separately from the bottom tray
  • Warranty: 5 years

Pros

  • Adjusts smoothly in seconds
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Affordable compared to other “floating arm” converters
  • One of the tallest desk converter you can find
  • Very wide range of motion
  • Infinite stopping points
  • Doesn’t take up very much desk space
  • Can be moved out of the way if you want to use your desk
  • Very ergonomic as you can adjust the monitor height
  • Easy to collaborate with workers
  • Quality 5-year warranty
  • Works with various desk depths

Cons

  • Not as stable as a Z type converter (some wobbliness)
  • Not very portable if you switch desks often as it clamps to your desk

Cadence Express Desk Overview

This desk converter is simply a top of the line product, as a desktop workstation it is able to accommodate people up to at least 6’5″.

Not only does it have a great height range it adjusts smoother than just about any other desk converter. The “floating arm” is basically just a monitor arm attached to a standing desk.

While strong enough to work as a standing desk it still has excellent flexibility for user experience. Not only is it perfect for adjusting but it also is able to be moved around in any direction. This makes it great to collaborate with other workers if needed, or just to be moved out of the way if you want to work straight on top of your desk.

The futuristic look of the Cadence is another selling point as it definitely stands out (no pun intended).

The Cadence Express in More Detail

Price

The single monitor option, at the time of writing this, goes for $379 while the dual monitor option goes for $439. As a comparison, this is about the price of some of the top Z-type desk converters which tend to go for less than the floating arm converters.

Z-type desk converters will generally range from about $150-$500 while floating arm converters are usually double the price.

So the Cadence Express coming in at under $400 is a really good price to pay for what you are getting.

Warranty

This desktop workstation comes with a 5-year warranty. This is very good for a desktop workstation, although there are a few that actually have lifetime warranties, most converters come with about 2 or 3 years for their warranty.

In addition to the warranty, you also get a 100-day 100% guarantee on the product. So in other words, if you simply don’t like it, you can send it back for a full refund. Most other companies tend to only offer 30 days.

Desktop Space/Versatility

This is what really sets this desk converter apart from other options. With the “floating arm” you can simply adjust any way you need to making it incredibly versatile.

It is going to take up a small section of your desk and other than that you can utilize the rest of your desk anytime you want by maneuvering the floating arm out of the way.

With the more common Z-type desk converters you don’t have that option. This is perfect for any job where you write or draft in addition to using your computer.

Another key aspect of this is if you are collaborating with other workers you can simply shift over the monitor to where they can see it and move it back as needed.

Height Range

This desk converter is tall enough for someone at least 6’5″. The bottom tray level goes as high as 18.5 inches off of your desktop. This is a great improvement over most sit/stand workstations as they usually only go about 14.5 inches above your desktop.

A couple of things to mention, though. The 6’5″ height is just a rough guideline. It will, of course, depend on how tall your desk is that you are going to attach the desk converter to.

The industry standard is 28-30 inches tall for a traditional desk. This means it would range from 46.5 inches off the ground to 48.5 inches off the ground.

If you are a little over 6’5″ you may still be able to use this desktop workstation though. Be sure to read my full guide on the correct height for using a standing desk if you want to utilize this desk converter but are a couple inches over.

Another thing that needs to be mentioned is that iMovR actually claims this desk converter is only tall enough for someone 6’1″, while they claim the original Cadence (see below) is tall enough for someone 6’5″.

This simply doesn’t add up, I assure you it is tall enough for someone 6’5″. The keyboard tray level is going to be the most important thing to look at when considering standing height and the keyboard tray level is the same as the original Cadence converter (actually .4 inches taller).

The top monitor height for the Cadence express won’t be as tall as the original Cadence, however, but this really isn’t an issue at all because at its top level it is at a comfortable distance. In addition to that, you can tilt your monitor up if you need to.

So if you’re tall and are looking for a tall standing desk converter, then you don’t have to spend the extra $200 to get the original Cadence unless of course you really want the added ergonomic keyboard tray.

Build/Sturdiness

As you can tell from looking at it and viewing the videos below, this is a top of the line standing desk converter. It has just about everything you need.

Now, the one issue with any floating arm converter is that they won’t be as solid at standing heights as other models. It simply isn’t possible since they don’t have anything directly under them holding them up solid.

So you will see a little bit of wobbliness using this option. This would be the main concern if you decide to go with this. Don’t worry though, the amount of wobbliness isn’t enough to negatively affect you working.

Make sure to watch the videos to see how the Cadence works and whether or not the wobble will bother you.

Adjustment

This is another reason to buy the Cadence over other options. It is easier than pretty much any other type of desk converter to adjust up and down.

The smoothness of its movement is a huge selling point.

You can also adjust the monitor level as much as 6.3 inches. The great thing is that it is really easy to adjust so if you wanted to adjust the monitor height every time you sit and stand you can do that.

Extras

The Cadence Express comes in either black or silver.

Check out this video to see it in action:

Final Verdict/Overall Score

Factor for Total ScoreRating (Out of 5)Impact on Final Score
Durability/Quality5/520/20
Stability/Wobbliness4/512/15
Price3/59/15
Height Range5/515/15
Desktop Space/Versatility5/515/15
Aesthetics5/510/10
Speed5/510/10
Total91/100

As you see the scores really well which is why I consider one of the best sit/stand workstations you can buy. You are simply getting a top shelf standing desk if you decide to go with this option.

More Info and Where to Buy Online

Cadence Express Converter at iMovR.com

Cadence Express Converter at Amazon.com

 

Original Cadence Desk Converter

Specs

  • Height Range: Top level is 1″-22″ adjustable, keyboard level is -7.5″(under desk)-18.1″(above desk) adjustable
  • Width/Depth: 24″ wide, 32″ deep
  • Speed: 3 seconds
  • Weight: Single monitor-37 pounds; dual monitor-42 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 20 pounds for the monitor, 25 total
  • Assembly: 15-30 minutes
  • Extras: Ergonomic tilting keyboard tray. Keyboard tray and monitor height can be adjusted.
  • Warranty: 5 years

Pros

  • Adjusts smoothly in seconds
  • One of/if not the tallest desk converter you can find
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Very wide range of motion
  • Infinite stopping points
  • Doesn’t take up very much desk space
  • Can be moved out of the way if you want to use your desk
  • Very ergonomic as you can adjust both the keyboard height and monitor height
  • Keyboard tray is great for your wrists while sitting
  • Keyboard tray tilts up to 15 degrees
  • Easy to collaborate with workers
  • Works with various desk depths
  • Quality 5-year warranty

Cons

  • Not as stable as a Z type converter (some wobbliness)
  • Not very portable if you switch desks often as it clamps to your desk

Original Cadence Desk Overview

The ergonomic keyboard tray with the original Cadence converter would be the primary reason to go with this option over the Express, it also has a white option that the Cadence doesn’t have if you like that color more.

The keyboard tray allows you to go under your normal desk height if you want and puts your wrists in a comfortable position while sitting.

The main downside of the desk is its price, as stated above it goes for $549. This desk converter now goes for $399 on their official website making it one of  my favorite sit/stand workstation you can find as it checks off quite a few boxes.

The ergonomic keyboard tray gives you excellent ergonomics while sitting, it also can make it more ideal for taller users while standing.

So even if you’re 6’7″ or 6’8″ (over the recommended height), then this converter may still work for you (see below).

The Cadence in More Detail

Price

As mentioned, this used to go for $549 and now goes for $399! And for the dual monitor option you can add an additional $50 to that. This price point makes it an excellent buy.

Considering the top shelf quality of this workstation it may make sense to make the investment.

Warranty

Like the Express, it comes with a 5-year warranty and a 100-day 100% guarantee.

Desktop Space/Versatility

The versatility of this option is the same as the Express only it has the added ergonomic keyboard tray to give it an extra feature if that is something you prefer.

Height Range

There are a couple benefits when looking at the height range on this option compared to the Express. First, the express only goes down to 5/8″ off of your desktop while this can go not only to desk level but below your desk as much as 7.5 inches. This gives you the ideal sitting ergonomics.

While standing the keyboard tray goes as high as 18.1″off of your desktop level. Again, this is the main thing to look at for standing desk height. Like the Cadence, that puts it in the ballpark for someone around 6’5″.

But the added ergonomic keyboard tray being able to tilt upwards actually improves your wrist ergonomics at higher levels. Because of this someone up to about 6’8″ or even 6’9″ could use this option, just maybe not as ideal as someone shorter.

The monitor height level also goes about 4 inches taller than the Express, which would be another reason it could be fine for someone over 6’5″.

Build/Sturdiness

This desk converter is a top-notch build but like the Cadence will have some wobbliness. Be sure to check out the video below. Right at 2:06 into the video gives you an idea how much the Cadence may wobble.

Adjustment

The adjustment of this desk converter will be smoother than pretty much any other converter, just like the Express.

In addition to being able to adjust the monitor level, you can also adjust the keyboard level 4 inches so that it goes anywhere from 7.5 inches below the top level to 3.5 inches below the top level.

Extras

The original Cadence comes in black, white, or silver while the Cadence Express comes in either black or silver.

Check out this video to see it in action:

Final Verdict/Overall Score

Factor for Total ScoreRating (Out of 5)Impact on Final Score
Durability/Quality5/520/20
Stability/Wobbliness4/512/15
Price3/59/15
Height Range5/515/15
Desktop Space/Versatility5/515/15
Aesthetics5/510/10
Speed5/510/10
Keyboard Tray+1+1
Total92/100

The original Cadence also scores really well, and even though overall it is better than the Cadence Express, it doesn’t score as well because of its price point.

However, if you’re able to fit this into your budget then it’s one of the best sit/stand converters you can buy.

More Info and Where to Buy Online

Cadence Express Converter at iMovR.com

Cadence Express Converter at Amazon.com

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