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    OK, hear me out: Having a desk bike is actually pretty great / ArsTechnica · Sunday, 5 September, 2021 - 13:15 · 1 minute

the bike seat and desktop of the desk bike with a laptop and wireless keyboard on top

Enlarge / Behold: It is both desk and bike. (credit: Corey Gaskin)

If you work from home, it's a good idea to spice up the home office from time to time. Some of us have been living the telecommuting life for longer than others, and while we at Ars have some extensive experience (and an equally comprehensive guide on the best gear for home offices ), we still like to periodically change things up to meet our dynamic needs. That's how I found the Desk Bike.

Well, that, and I'm recovering from a foot injury that recently got me into biking as a mode of low-impact exercise. Nevertheless, Flexispot's V9 Desk Bike now sits in my room and gets consistent use. You (or your kids) might have seen this very bike make waves on TikTok recently—Flexispot's ad campaign proved a savvy and fruitful move, garnering over 2.5 million likes and coverage from many media outlets.

It's well-known that exercise, even in the form of a 30-minute daily walk, produces a wide range of positive impacts on physical and mental health . But as of 2018, 80% of American adults don't meet that daily threshold. It can be hard to peel ourselves away from the computer and actually move our bodies, but not doing so is literally killing us . The Desk Bike isn't a magic bullet for healthy living, but it can help you be more active and get out pent-up, fidgety energy during the day.

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    The Ars Technica ultimate buying guide for your home office setup / ArsTechnica · Friday, 11 September, 2020 - 11:30

Vari Standing Desk with a monitor and laptop setup

Enlarge / We spent months researching and testing all sorts of gear to help you upgrade your suddenly essential home office. (credit: Corey Gaskin)

Working and schooling from home are part of the new normal. Putting together a home office setup that's pleasant, comfortable, and productive can be tough and time consuming, but lucky for you, we’ve been working from home for years here at Ars.

We're here to tell you remote work doesn't have to feel so remote .

Naturally, as discerning tech connoisseurs, we have some well-curated picks for all the gadgets and furniture you need to make your home office setup cozy and productive. We also threw in a few nice-to-have upgrades for your workspace if you've already got the basics down.

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    Moft Z is a standing desk that fits in your laptop bag / ArsTechnica · Sunday, 26 April, 2020 - 22:00 · 1 minute

Although the stand is very light, it

Enlarge / Although the stand is very light, it's stable once constructed. In this shot, we tried it out with the laptop on sideways. (credit: Jim Salter)

Standing desks are great, but even the add-on variety are normally far too big and heavy to travel with you. In the long, long ago—prior to COVID-19 isolation—I did a lot of traveling, a lot of working from hotel rooms, and a lot of grouching about hours of sitting on dubious chairs wrecking my back.

In January 2019, Moft released its first folding laptop stand —a relatively unambitious design that just angled the laptop for potentially more ergonomic typing. The construction should appear immediately familiar to nearly anyone with a tablet—it's the same lightweight, soft-clad fiberglass core you'll find in countless tablet cases with built-in stands.

The company's new design, Moft Z , is a bit more ambitious—it can provide a 25° or 45° angle for seated laptop use, a 60° angle for propping up a tablet, or a full 10-inch lift for a standing laptop experience. Moft Z isn't shipping yet—the preorders it is taking now are scheduled to ship in June—but the company provided us with a review sample of the final product.

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