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After I had already had a review of a height-adjustable desk a few weeks ago, another manufacturer of this type of desk approached me and asked me if I would like to test their product: an electrically adjustable table frame. Of course I said yes, because height-adjustable desks are a great thing for all people who have to work a lot in the office and you can't recommend these things often enough.
FlexiSpot provided me with the desk frame and a matching bamboo panel free of charge for this test report. However, this did not involve any influence on my report and of course I am still writing you my honest opinion of the product.
As always, I will start this review with the technical data of the product:
FlexiSpot is currently offering a summer discount campaign with up to 30% off table frames and other products. This significantly reduces the number of FlexiSpot frames. The promotion runs until June 31.07.2022th, XNUMX and is direct on the FlexiSpot homepage to find.
Before I go to the test report, I would like to briefly mention the FlexiSpot website refer. This has a configurator built into the product page of the table frame, which you can use to not only select the color of the frame, but also to add the tabletop, material of the tabletop, accessories for cable management, monitor mounts and even office chairs.
I ordered a bamboo tabletop for my desk frame, which is quite large at 180 x 80 cm and even accommodates my many devices (MacBook Pro, extra 34-inch monitor, two printers, docking station, USB hub, keyboard, mouse and file tray ) offers enough space. In addition, the bamboo panel looks really nice and I like it much better than the usual beech or maple that you know from offices.
The FlexiSpot frame is not lightweight and comes in a package weighing 30 kg, which requires a bit of muscle to transport. But since our postwoman also managed it, I wanted to do it without a sack truck.
Once you have the package in place, you can start building it. This is relatively easy, since in principle you only have to screw the feet to the telescopic legs. An arm is then attached to the upper side of the table legs, which supports the table top. The table legs are connected in the construction so that the table top cannot sag.
Finally, the power supply is screwed on, the cables are plugged in and the control element can be mounted on the left or right on the underside of the table. The corresponding holes are already in the table top if you have ordered one from FlexiSpot.
I only had to ponder a bit when attaching the cover for the cables. It wasn't very clear how to screw it on here, but if you look at it, you can see how it works. Otherwise just ask - I'm happy to help!
The bottom line is that it can be set up in 20 to 30 minutes – even without stress. The screws are in individual bags and these are labeled so that you know exactly where which ones go.
I cannot criticize the design and the processing of the table frame. The frame looks good, there is no intermediate rod, as was unfortunately the case with my old height-adjustable desk, and the telescopic legs make the table frame look elegant and not bulky.
The workmanship is also solid. There isn't a part here that's wobbly or not constructed thick enough. The table also doesn't swing when you bump into it - even when it's heavily loaded. It seems FlexiSpot has struck a good balance between sleek design and solid build.
But there is still a small "criticism" - and this is very special: The feet of the table frame are flattened from the outer positions. As a result, it happens again and again that my vacuum cleaning robot gets on its feet, then lies there and can't get away.
I realize this isn't really a criticism, but I wanted to mention it and I'm still trying to figure out how to resolve the issue without affecting the look of the table frame.
Raising and lowering the table frame works via an LED display that is touch-sensitive. If you tap on it, the display is activated and you can see the available controls.
Now you can either adjust the tables freely or select table heights that you have previously defined. There are four buttons on the control panel, two of which are numbered 1 and 2 and the other two show a sitting and a standing person. You can then quickly program your appropriate heights for sitting and standing.
Incidentally, the memory is programmed by moving to the desired height, then pressing the "M" button (for memory) and then one of the four memory buttons.
If you want to call up one of the heights later, you press the corresponding memory button, whereupon the table then moves to the stored height and covers the last few centimeters more and more slowly.
The operation of the table via the control panel is reliable - even if I usually have little trust in touch fields.
Of course, what always interests me is the power consumption of products in standby. These are values that the manufacturers often do not provide, but which are important if you have such a product plugged into the power 24/7.
My measurement with the Voltcraft energy meter resulted in 1,5 watts. If you convert this to 0,38 cents per kWh per year, you end up with approx. 5 euros in electricity costs per year.
Most of these electric height-adjustable desks have a built-in sensor that detects if the motors are working against a sudden obstacle. This is to prevent you from getting trapped between any objects and the tabletop. I simulated the whole thing with a cardboard, which should represent my head (hollow inside). The result: the table stops moving even if you keep the button pressed.
The second security is a child lock, which is activated and deactivated by pressing and holding the "M" button for a few seconds. This effectively prevents children from playing around on the table frame without an adult being present and then somehow hurting themselves.
Now that we have dealt with all the individual points, the question of the overall impression naturally arises. Basically, the table frame is a recommendation. Everything works great and the workmanship is also very good. However, there are also cheaper table frames that go a few centimeters higher. To mention here would be the one from Maidesite, which I here in the test would have. But the Maidesite doesn't have a USB charging port on the control panel and you get far fewer tabletops to choose from.
Anyone who does not necessarily need a desk height of more than 123 cm and would like to have an easy-to-configure “complete package” can configure their entire electrically height-adjustable desk with a table frame, table top, cable duct, monitor holder and even a matching office chair with FlexiSpot. I am more than satisfied with the E7 table frame from FlexiSpot and can give a recommendation.
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.