Review: WorkFit Tablet and Work Surface Accessories
January 24, 2012
In 2010, I reviewed the ErgoTron WorkFit-S sit-stand workstation. Last month, I posted a follow up with how I’ve fared with the equipment over the last year. One of the issues I mentioned related specifically to workflow efficiency when using the product: by itself, it can be difficult to perform tasks that involve anything other than your keyboard, mouse, and display.
Well, there must have been a little bird watching me attempt to clamp my iPad to the keyboard arm to do some studying one day, or reading my mind whenever I had to access some item from my desktop periodically, because accessories were released not long afterward that addressed these exact situations. Enter the Tablet Holder and Work Surface accessories.
The tablet holder is unquestionably the simpler of the two in form and function, and has the advantage of being less expensive. Construction consists of only two pieces that sandwich the keyboard arm. It’s not loose per se, but feels added in as an afterthought. Functionality-wise it, ahem, holds your tablet, at a jaunty angle suited well for reading, but cannot claim to do much else. Although it does have occasional and specific use for just about anyone, people transcribing from paper documentation as a primary job function would utilize it most (for me it remains empty a good portion of the time).
Alternatively, the comparable huge Work surface provides ample space for just about anything that you might need to do your job. Consider if you will your coffee mug, writing implements, desktoys, etc. Construction is unquestionably more rugged than the tablet holder, not at all like it was separate equipment. A handle hovers 6 inches above the keyboard, making adjustment from sit to stand easier than the default configuration, but stand to sit becomes ever so slightly more difficult. If you require access to paperwork or other readable material, the flat surface isn’t as convenient right out of the box, but does have space for your favorite tablet stand should the need arise.
Between them, they provide access to materials essential for getting your job done – from simple paperwork, tablets and pen cups, to whatever your needs dictate. If all you need is access to reading material or a tablet, the Tablet Holder is adequate for your needs. If, however, you long for more space, my recommendation is to pony up for the work surface. Crucially, it doesn’t just hold your tablet, it keeps your caffeine close at hand.
- Tablet Holder
- Holds your tablet
- Cheaper of the two options
- Work Surface
- Holds your tablet AND coffee
- Makes Sit to Stand adjustment easier.
- Incredibly well constructed
- Tablet Holder
- Unitasker, only useful for it’s primary function.
- Work Surface
- More expensive
- Makes Stand to Sit adjustment slightly more difficult
- Requires Tablet display stand to ergonomically use tablet
Need a WorkFit as well? Buy one here.