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 from Utah,  Feb 22, 2011

I have to give this five stars, not because it's a five star piece, but because the combination of quality, looks, and price make it an incredible value. I often prefer other more pricey retailers for overall build quality, but the Andaman pieces can't be beat for self-assembled furniture. The material is very heavy and solid (this is our second piece of rubberwood furniture with walnut veneer), and the instructions have improved significantly over similar pieces with drawers. But take heed! if the drawer slides don't roll onto the tracks immediately, try swapping them for alternate sides of the drawer. The detailed guidance for the tracks has improved, but it could still be better. Also check to make sure that you haven't accidentally bent the desk track (we had, and a needle nose plier solved the problem). As for scale.... I'm a 5'2" woman and the keyboard tray is the perfect height for ideal ergonomics (elbows 90 degrees, feet flat on the floor). The cross brace at foot level is just out of reach to be a tempting foot rest--I think a taller person may be tempted to stretch their legs and rest their heels. The slightly asian styling is perfect for traditional or transitional style. If you want modern, get a Parson's table or a saw-horse style desk. Best feature in my opinion: the top is 28" deep -- perfect for laptop and/or large flatscreen monitor. Most stylish desks were too shallow to be really functional. There's a cutout for keyboard and mouse cables (or better yet, go bluetooth!). A couple of storage compartments in the side and back of the drawer would be good for storing rarely used things like a jump drive or stapler or extra ink cartridges. I also purchased the Andaman console for a complete "office ensemble" -- I didn't want an L-shaped desk, but I did want a cohesive set for peripherals, paper, charging station, etc (I prefer an empty desktop). Definitely a good buy.

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