Humanscale CPU 600 CPU Holder Review

Posted: Aug 27 2007, 12:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 9:14am CDT, in Reviews | Peripheral

 
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Features & Specifications
Humanscale is well known; in fact you have probably seen their cool chairs on TV and may not have known what you were looking at. If you watch 24, Burn Notice or House you have seen Humanscale chairs make cameos. Humanscale also makes a full line of ergonomic products for the office. The CPU 600 is Humanscale’s newest CPU holder. The CPU 600 is adjustable and fits computer cases 3 to 10 inches wide and 12 to 20 inches high.

The CPU 600 is large enough for the majority of mid tower cases, but if you use a full tower case it won’t fit. The CPU holder is mounted to the underside of your desk and includes the hardware that you need for installation. Twelve screws are required to attach the CPU 600 base plate to the underside of your desk. The screws are short enough that they won’t go all the way though your desktop.

Once the base plate is attaches the remainder of the install of the CPU 600 requires no tools. The holder itself adjusts with large nut at the top by the bracket for length and a nut in the middle of the bracket that attaches the CPU 600 to the base plate for the width. Once mounted the CPU 600 is designed to rotate 360 degrees allowing you to get to the rear connectors of your computer without having to crawl under the desk. The base plate that attaches to eh desk has 16” worth of track to allow you to move your computer back and forth and the computer glides smoothly thanks to nylon glides. The CPU 600 is robustly constructed out of aluminum, steel and polypropylene with 90% of the materials being recycled.

Installation & Use
Installing the base plate is time consuming, but easy to do. I suggest that you pre-drill the holes for the screws to make tightening them up easier to do, just be sure you don’t drill all the way through your desktop. Some users will want to get someone handy with tools to do the installation for them, especially if you have limited dexterity or mobility. Once the base plate is installed the remainder of the installation goes quickly. I have several mid tower cases here in my office and the CPU 600 held them all without problems. Several of the computer cases I have in the office have air vents on the bottom, getting them up off the floor will help keep the dust bunnies from getting stuck in the vents and help move the hot air from inside the computer.

Once the base plate was installed, moving the CPU holder back and forth was smooth and quiet, I was glad that no grinding of metal was present. Getting your computer up off the floor can give you more floor space, make it easier to vacuum and help prevent damage to the computer from accidentally kicking it.

Verdict

Conclusion

Pros

  • Gets computer tower off the floor
  • Improves PC cooling

Cons

  • Installation may be too much for some users

Verdict
If you have the strength and dexterity to install the base plate under your desk the installation of the CPU 600 is easy and straightforward. However, some users will find working under their desk to install the base plate to big a job and will want to get someone to do the installation for them. Once installed, the CPU 600 works flawlessly and performs very well.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
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