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If you’ve recently found yourself in a work-from-home situation, or have been rocking the laptop-from-your-couch for years, your back is probably screaming right now. But maybe you’re wary about investing in an expensive and flimsy standing desk. Well, it’s been a few years since these pieces of furniture exploded into public consciousness, and you can now find options that are affordable, sturdy, and comfortable to use.
The FlexiSpot Pro Series Adjustable Standing Desk stands out because of the high quality of the product, as well as the high weight capacity and adjustable leg mechanism, capable of ranging from desktop heights of 24.4 inches (62cm) to an insane 50 inches (127cm).
The Pro Series is a great-looking adjustable desk with strong and stable supports that also don’t stand out or get in the way. I opted to go with a lower-end model to review, and what I ended up choosing was the Laminated Mahogany tabletop, but in the 48in (122cm) x 30in (76cm) size, in order to get more surface area. What I ended up receiving was a behemoth of a desk that grants an immense amount of workspace for whatever you might need a tabletop for.
Laminated Mahogany was a fine choice, as the color fits well with most other things in my home, and the laminated fiberboard cut back on weight, making setup even easier. Included among the various screws necessary for assembly, I found some wire management clips (also available on Amazon) that helped me to hide the many cables as best as I could.
There sure were a lot of cables to manage, as each leg plugs into a control box, and from there you need to handle a power cable and the keypad line. This is just what’s required of the desk, not even factoring in the many cables you may have to deal with for your own monitors and equipment. Having these clips included in the box was a huge bonus that I hadn’t thought of in advance, and helped to make the transition from empty corner to fully engaged workstation incredibly seamless.
One wouldn’t expect that a desk keypad would be impressive, and I’m not here to say this one is revolutionary. The keypad is a standard black box with seven buttons and a tiny digital display. It does the job and it does it well, but it’s not a futuristic marvel, and certainly not something you’d see if say, Apple ever makes a desk. My kids can use it, and that’s good enough for me.
Once I received the two packages (tabletop in one, support system in another), I knew that this desk was going to become a fixture of my general home, rather than a fun piece of furniture in my downstairs office. Mostly, this was due to maneuverability reasons (the leg system is very, very heavy), but I also wanted to see what other uses I could find for an adjustable desk beyond writing and playing games. Thus, the family desk was born.
The time from unboxing to a usable desk was roughly 40 minutes. Everything needed for assembly is included in the box, with the exception of a cross-head screwdriver for the actual table install. I was left with a number of screws left over, but these are saved for installation of various additional FlexiSpot accessories if you so choose.
Domestic shipping within the United States handled the packages adequately, and the packing material inside the boxes protected all of the parts from the worst that FedEx could throw at it. Nothing I received was actually damaged, although there are two small things I’d like to make note of.
My laminated tabletop had a gouge in the middle. It was the middle of the bottom, so I can’t see it (and it’s covered by the control box anyway), but I did have a mild moment of panic before I realized I was looking at the underside of the slab. This appears to have happened during the manufacturing process, as there were no related divots or holes in the shipping box.
I also noticed a missing coupling nut in one of the support beams. While this didn’t end up affecting the stability of the desk, it’s still worth mentioning, especially if you are picky about these things. The great thing is that FlexiSpot’s warranty will cover any issues found in the box, so much like most other things you purchase, you should be fine.
I have put this desk through the wringer. Part of the reason why I opted to put my entire computer on the desk surface (see above) is that I wanted to get a feel of the amount of space I can work within any situation. I also wanted to limit the movement of my various cables, as at an even six feet tall, I’m moving this desk pretty high up in the air when I stand.
The company boasts a 220lbs (1kg) weight limit on the frame and the tabletop factors into that. My two children have been able to sit on top while I adjust the height, so I know it’s capable of at least half of its claim. I also have a nasty habit of leaning on surfaces when I stand up, and the desk hasn’t so much as quivered under my weight.
Thus far, my family has utilized the desk for non-work-related things such as building model kits, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and playing card games. The large size means that the entire family is able to sit comfortably without feeling crowded, and the adjustable height allowed us to find a perfect level that didn’t strain anyone’s back.
I’ve mostly been playing games, however. That’s to be expected, and it’s been a great experience. The movements of the supports are surprisingly quick and nearly silent. Changing the height for stand-up keyboard use is as easy as pushing a button, and the level of specificity that you can adjust the height to is impressive.
There are also three programmable buttons for height preference, which means you can set different heights to memory and save yourself some time when you need to change positions. These are easy to program and really helpful, especially if your preferred positions are far apart. Finally, there’s a timer built into the keypad, allowing users to set how long between position changes. The timer beeps are fairly quiet and innocuous, so you’re better off using a watch or smart device instead.
Collision detection has protected my kids three times so far, as they like to stand under the desk and pretend it’s a cave. The smallest touch while the desk is moving up or down stalls it immediately, so nobody (or thing) gets crushed. In more practical homes, this would be helpful if you have shelves or chairs that might get caught underneath, but I test with what I have.
The only downside I’ve encountered is the distance between my hands and my eyes. If you’re going to be investing in a standing desk, you should also probably invest in a monitor stand, to better set yourself up for ergonomic success. When I set the Pro Series to a comfortable height for the keyboard (with the least amount of strain on my shoulders), I still end up looking down at my monitor. This could be rectified by a couple of books or containers, sure, but the point is that one desk is only going to do so much to protect your posture.
A FlexiSpot Pro Series Adjustable Standing Desk was provided for review purposes by FlexiSpot.