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Stir now sells just the bases for its sit-stand desks

You can pick whatever topper you want, but you'll still get the same touchscreen controls.

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Every time we write about Stir's kinetic standing desks, we always point out how damn expensive the things are. In a world where you can buy a manually-operated standing desk from Ikea for a couple of bucks, spending three grand on a smart one can seem excessive. Thankfully, Stir knows this and is now offering a way for folks to just buy the legs without spending big on the top. The Base L1 is, as you can guess, a height-adjustable desk base that'll let you attach any topper of your choosing. Should you want to get in on the action, it'll set you back between $1,000 and $1,500 depending on what you can haggle with your local dealer. Plus, obviously, the price of a base on top.

The company has already started fitting L1s in offices across America, including kitting out Live Nation's HQ in California. Since the music promoter wanted an all-walnut finish, it offered up the legs and let contractors cut holes for the touch panel. It's certainly not a new phenomenon, since companies such as UpDesk and Humanscale already offer standalone frames for custom tops. Then again, we can't think of another desk that offers built-in fitness tracking and can learn your habits, too.

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