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I just replace my 55x24” manual crank s/s desk that I bought from Amazon a year ago with a brand new 72x30” Fully Jarvis in dark bamboo, 3 staged legs, and programmable handset. I took the Vivo keyboard trayVivo keyboard tray from my old desk and applied it to the new desk. I love my keyboard tray because it’s a clamp on so you don’t need to drill holes in your desk AND it’s pretty solid.
Having a keyboard tray is nice. You can slide it underneath your desk to push it out the way. It’s not necessary if you have a deep enough desk however, if your desk is only 24” or smaller all the space on top of your desk is essential. I have 3 computers and my setup is mainly used for work as I work from home full-time. The keyboard tray is big enough to house a MX Keys keyboard and MX Master 3 mouse with tons of room left over. Also, if you want to know the size, it’s about the same size as the Grovemade medium sized desk pad. The medium size pad is a tiny bit bigger than the tray but it fits nicely. I know because I’m using one on the keyboard tray.
I am in chat sales so when there’s no customers I sit in front of my computer watching YouTube videos or multitasking. I work real hard! So having a keyboard tray allows me to put my iPad Pro or my MBA in front of me, above the tray, and it works perfectly. I’ve been using it for almost 2yrs now and I still love it because when I’m done with it I can side it under the desk and put the way.
I hope this helps give you a general idea.
Not sure if this would suit your workflow, but you could use the Polybrute as a MIDI controller, and move your other keyboards out of the way. This is exactly what I've done. You could also use a screw on, under desk sliding tray for the smaller synths/FX or for your PC keyboard/mouse. Eg: https://www.amazon.com/VIVO-Computer-Keyboard-Platform-MOUNT-KB05E/dp/B07HFDJCSL/ref=sr\_1\_5?crid=4P67J2JMRXRD&keywords=under+desk+sliding+keyboard+tray&qid=1660125654&sprefix=under+desk+sliding%2Caps%2C382&sr=8-5
Vivo keyboard tray. this is the one I use. It big enough to fit a Grovemade medium sized felt pad on it and it looks super nice. It’s a must have if you use your setup for work and do a lot of tasking operations on your desk. I don’t think it would be a good solution IF you game because it’s probably too small to angle your keyboard in a comfy position but you never know. I don’t ever game so I wouldn’t know. I hope this helps.
That's crazy! My manager uses the kids desk legs from IKEA and says that's worked well for her.
I have a standard height desk and added a keyboard tray to make it ergo. Maybe you could try something like that if the lowest affordable desk you can find is still too high?
Life is so expensive. My office chair is petite, but is still an inch too tall for me. There are better suited petite chairs, but my office chair was $100 and the better fits are like $700+.
VIVO Large Keyboard Tray Under Desk Pull Out with Extra Sturdy C Clamp Mount System, 27 (33 Including Clamps) x 11 inch Slide-Out Platform Computer Drawer for Typing, Black, MOUNT-KB05E https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HFDJCSL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_VXRGPPRATRN5KBWB9TGB?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
That's the one that I bought! Not an affiliate link.
I've never done this, but it seems like it could create some bad muscle memory due to the instability. I may be wrong on that, but elbow support is also a big thing. Have you considered one of those attachable keyboard trays? Used to use one and they're pretty great.
I used this one but there are a LOT for cheaper as well. That one lowers up to about 3", but I know they have adjustable ones as well. Your back/neck/wrists will definitely thank you later.
As for the screen protector, I've never even seen one being used/used one, so I'd say no - unless you have the average pen pressure of an industrial press. lol
Hope that helps!
It's a bit expensive for what it is but I picked up this under tray for my setup. This should give you some room for that keyboard/mouse and maybe another piece of gear https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HFDJCSL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glc_fabc_NYFSXAG2FMVF5A181P08?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Can you please be more descriptive of your needs, your expressing a lot of different statements.
How thick vertically is the desk surface and what type of material is it?
If I’m understanding your needs, you want to lower the HOTAS but it sounds like the desk is too thick for some expensive clamp solutions and those solutions are also too costly.
Maybe screw a keyboard tray under your desk and then use 3M dial lock industrial heavy duty Velcro to mount the HOTAS to the tray.
Or try a clamp on removable tray. That’s what I did:
VIVO Large Keyboard Tray Under Desk Pull Out with Extra Sturdy C Clamp Mount System, Black 27 x 11 inch Slide-Out Platform Computer Drawer for Typing and Mouse Work, Black, MOUNT-KB05E https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HFDJCSL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_-Wf5Fb5V3TWPR
Thank you very much for your detailed response, I really appreciate it!
1) I definitely want to improve this, as I already have wonky wrists. Unfortunately my chair is already adjusted up as high as it can be, and the desk height isn't adjustable. I'm thinking I might get a keyboard tray to keep the mouse & keyboard a little lower - perhaps something like this? Or potentially get a thick cushion for my chair so I'm sitting a bit higher.
2) I usually have a foam roller under my desk to put my feet on but it has seemingly disappeared. I'll get a replacement asap!
Once I make some adjustments to my set up, I'll make an updated post.
I did the same thing. This has been a life saver for me.
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theres usually 5 dollar led lights at a local wallmart so try getting a few of those https://www.amazon.com/VIVO-Computer-Keyboard-Platform-MOUNT-KB05E/dp/B07HFDJCSL try getting that because I see that you have multipule equiptment on the desk. with those upgrades your setup will look good and not cramped your welcome :)
The rails stick out a bit at the bottom and the bottom edge is a little sharp, but overall its a decent kboard tray
I'm looking to add a keyboard tray to an Ikea desk--I bought it used but I think it's the white Bekant model. A clip-on tray would be easy to attach, but they are more expensive than the screw-on models and don't look as nice. Would it be feasible to use glue--or even better, command strips--to attach a screw-on keyboard tray to the desk? Or would it probably just fall off?
I just got this one from Amazon - super easy
It's a Vivo branded keyboard tray. I think it is this one, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HFDJCSL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_Zic1Fb54X479A
It's pretty thin, i wouldn't if it was mine.
If this is the kind of clip on one you are talking about
That might be the best option
I'm looking at this one right now: https://www.amazon.com/VIVO-Computer-Keyboard-Platform-MOUNT-KB05E/dp/B07HFDJCSL
I'm using an Ikea Linnmon desk so the inside is hollow. I don't want to drill holes in it as that could weaken the table, so I'm going for a clamping version.