Flexispot EG8 Standing Desk
The more desks I cover, the more interesting I find the variances, and I wonder how companies decide where they're going to differ from the competition - and their alternative products. I've reviewed two desk-related items by Flexispot in the past. The Flexispot E6 was a relatively plain-looking item, but it did what it needed to. The Deskcise is still just some mutated creature that can give you that movement you need, though better for reading than trying to work. Now we come to the Flexispot EG8 Standing Desk, and I feel this is Flexispot's "premium range".
Usually, I would go into the whole thing behind sit-stand desks, the benefits and the drawbacks. This is something I covered in the review of the E6. Long story short: Standing up for the entire working day is just as likely to kill you as sitting down for the whole working day. So yes, you need to find that balance which, in the past, meant standing up and going for a quick walk every half hour or so. The benefits of an electronic desk are simple; you can sit and stand at will, the desk has that level of flexibility, and personalise its height to a reasonable level.
There are a few things to mention in terms of function specific to the Flexispot EG8 Standing Desk. The desk has three inbuilt USB charging points, two USB Type-A and one USB Type-C. This will help power your phones and other equipment without traipsing cables everywhere. From my experience, these don't offer fast charging. To the left of these charging points are the buttons that allow you to raise and lower the desk and set three different heights for quick selection. A button on the right locks the desk's height, avoiding accidental touches that adjust the height.
The Flexispot EG8 does come with an anti-collision function too. In addition to simply being there, it has three sensitivity settings that are a bit of a pain to set up. Not difficult, just time consuming as you can't quickly scroll between them; it requires a few repeated button holds. I admit, though, whatever the regular sensitivity works for me. It's another level of protection for the glass top and anything you may have above or beneath the desk.
That's it for function. Well, to an extent. There's a bit of function and design here, with a short but surprisingly spacious drawer. It's only one and a half inches in height, built into the tabletop, but more than enough room for any paperwork and other desk-related clutter you may have spread around. You won't be placing any headsets in there, but it'll certainly do for keeping your laptop out of the way after work.
As for space on the desktop itself, it's not the widest of desks, at just over 47 inches. While it may lack in width, it has a depth of a little under 24 inches to make up for it. It gives you a surprising amount of space for placing as much as you may need for a work-related desktop. I'm showing pictures from the setup before getting much placed on it. There's paper and books everywhere, being used by a relative studying to get into medical school.
This is after I used it a bit. I thought making a gift of it would be nice, and I don't particularly need a second office, and the storage of my current desk is far superior, being a gaming & storage based desk. Using the Flexispot EG8, however, was a good experience. The lower bar sits far enough back that it doesn't interfere - I used it as a footrest more than a few times. The top looks and feels "premium".
If I were to make a sweeping statement, the Flexispot EG8 Standing Desk is designed for an office - home or otherwise - setting. This would be thanks to the drawer, seemingly designed for the sort of paperwork and books you'd have and the overall design of the desk. It's very minimalistic and almost professional, lacking a better term. The design is the same for white or black, the two colour choices.
You've got a sturdy metal base with all the adjustment features you'd come to expect from a sit-stand desk. The top is a thick wood with a half-centimetre tempered glass top. The rounded corners with a control box that perfectly melds in both give it a look of quality. It also feels like quality, being reasonably heavy (50kg) and feeling that it'll take whatever you give. However, I would certainly be wary of the glass top because it attracts fingerprints like a CSI's dream.
In addition to fingerprints, I can't help but think the glass top would scratch easily. It would be best if you took care of any piece of equipment you buy, naturally, but this is something I could imagine showing rapid signs of wear and tear if not careful. It's glass; it scratches and chips if not careful. Take it from someone who knows all too well.
I can't help but praise the packaging and setting up of the Flexispot EG8. As mentioned, it's a heavy piece of equipment. Coming in two boxes, it's also easy to get everything out and sorted. The top of the desk comes in one box, the rest in another. Setting up, you lay the top glass side down, attach the legs and then attach the feet. That's about four to five steps, and that's if you include plugging it in. Give yourself about fifteen to thirty minutes, including cardboard disposal time. To protect the glass top, I would be careful when laying it down at the start and flipping the table over once completed.
Here we come to cost. Cost is another area where I adjust expectations as I try more desks. The Flexispot EG8 costs £449.99 at the base price. However, the company often has a deal. At the time of writing this, you can get £100 off. The EG8 is only £50 dearer than the first Flexispot desk I reviewed, and this just looks and feels a lot more valuable. It feels premium, and I think it justifies the price.
I would be remiss if I didn't point out the lack of cable management options. I believe this is because of the tempered glass top and the overall design of the Flexispot EG8 being more office focused. The EG8 isn't a "gaming desk" in any traditional sense. Still, if you want something that genuinely looks and feels like it'd be in any classy office space, you could do far worse than this.
Sample provided by Flexispot for review purposes.
While not cheap, the Flexispot EG8 Standing Desk isn't so far above other electronic sit/stand desks, and with this, you have a piece of equipment that looks and feels premium. In addition to this, it's surprisingly spacious, with even more room thanks to a well-placed drawer. While the glass top looks great, it is a fingerprint magnet and something you need to be careful with. This is a premium desk and would be a great addition to any office setup.
- Well packaged, with rapid and easy assembly.
- Easy and reasonably quick lifting mechanism.
- Strong and sturdy materials, creating a premium feel.
- In addition to the feel, it looks premium thanks to the tempered glass top and good materials.
- Built-in charging ports are particularly useful, with a spacious drawer for storage.
- Quite expensive,
- The glass top is a fingerprint magnet.