Full-metal Pull-out; Sturdy, Wobbles, and not so "ergonomic".
Reviewed in the United States on 2 November 2019
Note: there is a summary with concerns at the end, should you want to skip the lengthy review.
A full metal pull-out, with height and angle adjustment. The product is sturdy and offers a lot of benefits over a standard wide pullout. However, due to the "neck" being thinner in width, as well as the adjustable angle and height, you may notice more "wobble" from the keyboard especially while typing even with the knob fully tightened.
The product is, easy to install with only three main steps, those being put screws into part for other part, then screw unit into desk, then put other part on, done. However, it should be noted that if your desk isn't thick enough, you will notice a bulge or even a pierce from the screws that install the unit (The pull-out, unsurprisingly, has to be screwed into the desk). This unfortunately happened to mine.
The "Ergonomic Gel-Wristpad" (if it can be called that) is not very comfortable. It feels hard and awkward, the awkwardness mainly being attributed to the slim design (instead of a much thicker, albeit bulkier design that you may recall from the 2000's and even today). The reality is that the wristpad will serve more as a holder for your keyboard and mouse than anything else. It should also be noted that you will experience even worse wobble if you utilize the wristpad, as you are now applying more force to the edge with no support.
Pulling and pushing the pull-out in and out, it has some resistance to it, but does not squeak or moan. Truthfully, I like the bit of resistance it offers, as it prevents me from accidentally pushing it in, though others may find it less than ideal. Pushing it in and out feels smooth.
Summary: The product is sturdy material wise, and may be a potential candidate for those looking to replace or add a pull-out. There are three big concerns that should be considered before purchasing this product:
1. Thickness of the desk (top region, where the screws will be drilled into to hold the pull-out), as well as the depth of the desk itself (the unit is very long, so it is advised for potential buyers to measure their desk twice).
2. Height of the person sitting down, to avoid the pull-out from hitting the chair and/or the person's legs.
3. The Wristpad is (as mentioned) not very comfortable. While not hard plastic, it won't give you any real comfort, and the wobble provided due to pressure can throw a typist off. The wobble, again, is there by design.
- Keyboard size. My G910 Orion Keyboard takes up the full depth of the available space, with very little room offered to the right of it for a mouse. The depth of the Orion fits snugly in, but the width of the device disables me from having my mouse down below. For me, this isn't a problem, but for those with far more limited desk-space and larger keyboards, this is a big consideration! Some people prefer to type on a mechanical keyboard, other prefer keyboards with numpads. Depending on the size of your keyboard, you may have to have your mouse live somewhere else, or invest in the trackball mice, or look at alternative pull-outs.
- Wobble. I know I mentioned it, but this thing wobbles due to the nature of the adjustable parts, which I sometimes find to be irritating, though not enough to warrant a bad review (sort of a packaged deal when it comes to products that can "adjust"). For typists, this may be a deal-breaker, as the wobble can throw off your "groove" while typing.