The Fully Jarvis Bamboo curved standing desk is a sturdy piece of kit with minimal wobble. The experience from the moment of ordering, delivery and construction was a smooth process however was let down by a manufacturing defect upon delivery which I have no doubt support will get sorted once they are past the Christmas period. Outside of that, the desk is an amazing piece of kit that, had it come without defects would have received a perfect 5 out of 5 but, for these reasons, scores lower.
- Real wood top
- Collision Detection Built In
- Generous Warranty Period
The time has come for me to replace my trusty homemade office desk which has served me well whilst working from home, gaming and even making video content for PerformancePSU – It really is a sad time as I become quite attached to it. The desk has been with me for well over a decade and has seen good times and bad, but, I am getting too old now to be constantly sitting in one spot.
My creaking back is not what it used to be and I needed the flexibility of a height-adjustable standing desk for those days when I am just struggling to sit in the desk chair.
Before we dive into this standing desk review, I wanted to brush over the competition. While the Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk is perfect for my needs, I didn’t want an all-out gaming desk like the Secret Labs Magnus Pro with RGB lighting nor did I want something as Quirky as Ikea’s IDÅSEN Height Adjustable desk which I didn’t feel was that aesthetically pleasing.
The only other real options that it come down to at this point were between the Fully Jarvis desk and a Flexispot desk.
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Fully Jarvis Specifications
The Fully Jarvis Standing Desk range starts at $599 (£698 in the UK) and is available in 3 different frame options that come with various different minimum and maximum height settings allowing you to tailor your desk to your exact requirements.
Fully Jarvis Frame Options
2-stage frame – Height adjustable from 73.7 to 122.7 cm (without top)
3-stage frame – Height adjustable from 62.2 to 127 cm (without top)
3-stage low frame – Height adjustable from 55.6 to 107.2 cm (without top)
Being the shorty I am (5’6) I went with the 3-stage low frame. I also wanted to be able to lower my desk so my son can use it when he wants to.
While we will be reviewing the 3-stage Jarvis standing desk low frame, functionality is identical across all variations.
Fully Jarvis Key Facts
- Made from sustainably grown and harvested Mao Zhu bamboo.
- Rectangle and curved tops are available in 120, 140, 160 and 180 cm x 80 cm.
- Rounded edge and corner design.
- All tops use European E1-level glues and feature a German wear-resistant UV-cured top coat.
- No pesticides or fertilisers are used.
- Each bamboo top is crafted with predrilled metal inserts, installed for ease of assembly and disassembly
- 15-year warranty on all desk frame components, mechanical parts, motors, and electrical components.
- 5-year warranty on desktop surfaces, excluding normal wear and tear, and damage caused by improper assembly, disassembly or repair.
With the Fully Jarvis specifications covered, let us move on to the unboxing or in this case – unboxings.
Fully Jarvis Bamboo Review
So, after a month of research, weighing up the pros and cons of all of the height adjustment desks available, I decided on a Fully Jarvis Bamboo. It was a hard decision with many of the other options coming in close. After all was said and done, I ended up grabbing the 180cm x 80cm with the added curve but, after a month of usage, what do I think of this premium standing desk from Fully? let us find out
The Fully Jarvis comes in five different boxes.
One holding the bamboo office desktop.
Another box holds the electrically adjustable columns.
The second to last box holds the desk feet.
The final box contained the memory and adjustment module.
Overall, Unboxing the Fully Jarvis Bamboo standing desk was a task unto itself coming with various boxes that included the tabletop, legs, tools and other accessories that were supplied however, it was not a hard task and can easily be handled by one person.
Putting the Fully Jarvis Bamboo together was a breeze. The boxes were rather large and it likely helped the construction process by having a helping hand to flip the top, get things put together and get it all set up. I think if I was doing it alone it would have taken me a lot longer to complete.
Tools were provided by Fully, but I found myself using my own to keep the process going smoothly with less fiddling around.
As I mentioned before, there were several standing desks available that I could choose from but went for the Fully Jarvis for the weight it can withstand and the wobble, but how did it do?
Honestly, outside of the desktop, I’m very impressed with the frame itself. I have not been paid to write this review either. Of course, there is a slight bit of wobble at full extension but that is to be expected with any desk where the centre of gravity is set so high. That being said, the side base on the feet helps with stability and there is no obvious wobble from the legs.
Unfortunate Manufacturing Damage
Despite the frame being of high quality, the same couldn’t be said for the desktop which despite looking great, was not free from manufacturing defects. My current desktop has holes in the front where it was not filled properly or there was a defect in the material used.
I do currently have a support request open but am yet to receive a response. I am hoping they get back to me and resolve the issue.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about the build quality. While it is a solid desk, the manufacturing defects did make the whole experience less than desirable.
Update: As expected, I received an update from Fully stating they would love to get the bamboo top rectified. I have sent over pictures of the damage and will await a further response. So far, no complaints in the process although, I would have rather not had to do it at all.
Pictures can speak a thousand words but I don’t think they quite grasp the beauty of this desk if you can look past the defect mine had upon inspection. The Bamboo finish is silky to the touch and looks great against the contrasting black legs. For those of you wondering why I didn’t get the white legs – I didn’t feel like the contrast was large enough as well as it is used as a gaming setup occasionally. I wanted the dark vibe to my gaming setup.
Overall, the Fully Jarvis Bamboo aesthetics are an understated and modern and good balance between office and gamer vibes.
The Jarvis Bamboo standing desk comes configured with the premium desk adjustment module with memory management and presets built-in. This sweet little unit comes with collision detection (and varying settings of sensitivity), and four presets to save your own height settings which is handy for those of you that share your office desk setup with others.
I have dual usages for my desk; Programming during the day to make a living with, with either me or my son video gaming in the evening and / or at night. For both uses, the Jarvis Bamboo Curved desk excels.
The curve on the desk stops everything from feeling so far away from me, so my eyes are never strained nor am I left feeling like my screen is to close. The ability to stand up and adjust the height of the desk whilst programming increases my productivity whilst at work and at the same time releases some of the pressure on my lower back. Sitting all day really does increase the pressure on my lumbar spine increasing the risk of injury.
The Fully Jarvis Bamboo standing desk is a beautiful adjustable office desk. It is a sturdy surface to work from with great build quality and aesthetics.
While this desk is not the most gamer-focused, it is still an amazing investment and a middle ground between a plain office desk and a full-on gaming desk with led light integrations and sharp lines (I’m looking at Secretlabs).
Is a Fully Jarvis Standing Desk Worth It?
So the burning question considering you might be asking; Is a Fully Jarvis Standing Desk worth the money? After all, with the current economy (2022) times are tough and not everyone might have £698.99 (at the time of writing) to splurge on a desk.
My honest opinion is; Despite the defect with the top which I am sure they will resolve – Yes, the Fully Jarvis Bamboo desk is worth the money. The competition either is similarly priced and has lower weight tolerances or there is huge waiting lists like with the Secret Labs Magnus Pro which currently has 2023 delivery times.
Why did I choose to Buy the Fully Jarvis Desk?
Well, after some late-night research on a few forums and Reddit, I come to the conclusion that the Jarvis was superior to the other available options in a couple of ways.
First, there were reports that the Flexispot had some wobble and while wobble is to be expected at full extension the second point really sealed the deal for me – The Flexispot standing desk is rated to carry 125kg while the Jarvis is rated to carry 158kg which I am sure you will agree, is a sizable amount of weight.
I don’t call 33 bags of sugar a small amount of weight, do you?
Should I spec the Curved Jarvis Fully Bamboo Desk?
This is a question of hot debate amongst most people buying a new standing desk and really comes down to preference. If you plan to share your desk or have multiple setups on it, it might be wise to skip the curve. The reason is that the curve really does centre you on your desk and everything around you. While this is great for a single-setup desk, it might not be ideal for a multi-computer setup.
If however, you will only be running the single gaming PC with a single or multiple monitors, I would highly recommend the curve option when speccing your Fully Jarvis Bamboo Desk.
Are the Fully Desk Leg Casters Worth it?
If you require the ability to move your desk around quickly without any hassle or risk of damaging your setup, I would definitely recommend speccing the locking castors.
They are a great addition and give me the option to move my desk where ever I want in my room. When you take into consideration that my bedroom is also my office, it can be really handy to change the position of my desk to free up space for other activities.