I went ahead and took a chance on this desk even though I couldn't find reviews or even proper measurements of it 'anywhere' online. And, after reading the horror stories about the assembly of some other desks, I am glad that I did go with this one. The 'base' (everything other than the glass tops) arrived one day before the glass did...they shipped in two different boxes. Both were well packed and protected. The box with the base in it weighed a little over 50 pounds. The box with the glass in it weighed a little over 70 pounds even though there are only 4 pieces of glass; the glass is fairly thick - about 5/16 inch. I took my time and put the base together as soon as it arrived. I spent 3-4 hours on it, working alone and methodically. The directions are adequate if you pay close attention to the drawings. Everything is powder-coat black except for the very upper section which is wood as is the frame around the keyboard tray. They call it dark walnut - I'd call it dark cherry but definitely more red than espresso. The correct quantity of all parts were present and everything fit well - no trips to the hardware store or anything like that. The glass then arrived and it drops right in on top of the base - one for each of the three sections plus one for the keyboard. The glass is not just smoked; it has a black coating on the back so that it truly looks black and is not transparent. Once the desk is bolted together it is rock solid. The dimensions are: 74 3/4 inches on the long side, 62 inches on the shorter side, the work surfaces are 27 inches wide and the desk stands 30.5 inches tall. It is a fairly big desk but looks good if you have the room. It is simple and contemporary; doesn't seem like there is a lot to it for ~$500 until you start doing some comparison shopping and, for me, the look is right. The 'L' of the desk can be swapped between the left and the right when you assembly it. The keyboard tray can be left off if you don't like it (I use it to hold my laptop). I've been quite pleased with the desk so far - if you order one, I hope you have the same good luck.
First off, this thing is too heavy for one person to carry by themselves safely. So naturally, I carried it by myself. That was one heavy box. All of the contents were in good shape and all were accounted for. I spent half an hour just unpacking, putting all the parts in numerical order, and verifying the parts list. Usually something is missing, or there are two rights instead of a right and a left. This time, it was all there. After that it took me about four hours to put together. You definitely have to pay attention to the drawings, and think about orientations and positions. The positions of the rails are not clear in the drawings, and the many holes leave you with a multiple choice question. Once I got the wrong answer and ended up moving the sliders on the scanner panel one hole back to set it right. You need to look at the pieces together and lined up to make sure you pick the right holes. Once you do that, everything lines up and slides smoothly. Overall it wasn't difficult to assemble, but there are a lot of pieces, sliders, brackets, and screws and so it takes a while. (26 panels, 4 sliders, 2 handles, 9 posts, 8 feet, 110 screws, and 2 washers.) I highly recommend the use of a Makita or equivalent powered screwdriver. Now that it's finally done, I'm pleased with the result. The table is very solid, no doubt in part due to the weight. I like the little printer stand, which is big enough if you put the printer on it diagonally, and leaves lots of room to move the mouse around under it. The drawers and panels slide smoothly and easily. As noted, the "powder coated steel" is difficult to find. The thing is made out of particle board with some sort of thick plasticy coating that gives it a black painted woody look. If you're looking for solid wood or "powder coated steel", this isn't the desk for you. But if you want something solid and functional, I felt it was worth the cost and the assembly time.
Seems to be a good solid desk. Not for dancing on though. The black side panels could be a bit more attractive but it definitely beats the tacky generic vinyl coated spit and glue type. I would describe it as inconspicuous that it does not draw the wrong attention to that area.
Great quality and pretty dang durable item. The top is coated in an interesting... material. I don't know what it is, but it's a great mouse pad. Has a texture on it so makes it a little hard to write on with one piece of paper, but still works quite well.
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