“ Brand: Office Depot / Type: Computer Desk „
This desk is not good quality. There is no written instructions just pictures and they don't clearly say where everything goes. We went through the first two steps and there was things missing and stuff that didn't fit right. Step 2 says there is supposed to be 4 "R's" but there are none. We cant move on to any other steps without doing step 2. Also there is sticky stuff all over and brown sticky stuff on the plastic bags. I would not recommend this desk to anybody. I don't know if we got a defective desk but this is not worth the money we paid.
When looking for a new computer desk we knew we wanted was one that would be sturdy, have the right amount of places to put our equipment, be attractive and at a reasonable price. When we saw this desk at Office Depot, it met all our requirements, and here's why we're pleased with this purchase.
First of all, you should know this comes flat packed, so before you can put your computer on it, you'll have to put it together. This can sometimes be quite a pain, but the instructions here were very easy to follow, and my son and I had this put together and installed in less than two hours. This may seem a bit long but as you can see from the picture, there are quite a few things here that look fiddly to put together, so of course it will take you longer than something that's just a plain table, so no points off for this.
All the parts are nicely labeled and even the screws and bolts come in a convenient plastic where there's a bubble for each item, and every bubble is also labeled. They even gave us some extra pieces (just in case) as well as an Alan Key and two little tin wrenches to help you put it all together. The only thing they don't give you is a screwdriver, but most people have those anyway. The instructions note that you shouldn't use power tools with this, but I would suggest that if you have an electric screw driver to use it. We did, and since we were gentle with it, I don't think we did any harm. You won't need any glue or other accessories, so once it's all together, you're ready to go. But the best bit is that because this is on wheels, you can assemble it anywhere you have space and then just roll it to where you want it to stand.
As for the desk itself, the wooden bits here are actually MDF covered with a thin, wood looking contact paper. This looks okay when it is new, but you should know that the contact paper isn't the most durable thing and it may need replacing in places some years down the road. Thankfully, you'll probably only notice this when you're putting it together, since it actually looks more classy than it really is. The other problem is that on the one we got, the surface seems to wreck havoc with my mouse and I have to use a mouse pad with it or the cursor will jump all over the screen.
Although it is hard to see from the picture, under the pull-out keyboard shelf there's a drawer. This is a very convenient thing to have on a computer desk, and you can keep all your writing materials in there. The problem is that it is a bit on the shallow side, and it is the tiniest bit close to the keyboard drawer so it sticks a little, but not enough that it gets stuck. Now, if you have an agronomic keyboard, you might find that the shelf isn't all that wide and you won't have much room for your mouse next to it, but it will fit - especially if your mouse pad isn't too large. Also, if you leave the drawer closed when the keyboard shelf is open, when you go to open the drawer or close the keyboard shelf, sometimes the mouse wire gets stuck in the drawer.
You'll also notice from the picture that the place for computer box hooks to the outside legs of the desk. This may look like it makes the width of this very wide but we've hooked it on the inside of the legs and there's still plenty of leg room, so if space is an issue, you don't have to worry about this at all. I also notice that when the printer is printing, the whole thing seems to shake a bit, but far less than my old table, so I'm not really complaining about that - it was bound to happen on something that stands on legs, anyway. Finally, there's a very strange shelf that is attached to the back of the table which is supposed to help keep the wires in place and not trail on the floor. To tell the truth, it is a bit useless, so if you don't want to attach it, there's no real loss - just get yourself a wire protector instead.
The thing is, this all sounds pretty negative, but it isn't a bad table for what I paid (I can't seem to find the link I had when I suggested this item, but it costs in the area of £40). I like the fact that the desktop is large enough to use as a writing surface when you're not using the computer, and that there's a drawer there. It also feels pretty sturdy and although it is on wheels, they lock so it won't go sliding around by accident. It also looks attractive enough, and because of the open style, it makes the small area where we keep our computer feel a whole lot larger. All told, I'm pretty happy with the purchase and it is worth just a bit more than three out of five stars, but I'll leave it at three due to the various drawbacks.
Davida Chazan © September, 2010