From time to time, a company will send me software or equipment to review. If I find the product worthwhile, I’ll post some comments here.
A Quality Standing Desk
My daughter Lily Gellman, who is writing a novel, has spent more than a month using a FlexiSpot Theodore Standing Desk as her primary workspace. Here is her review.
I’ve been very pleased with the FlexiSpot Standing Desk with Drawer (48″ x 24″) in walnut. What I’ll do in this review is let would-be buyers of this standing desk know how it measures up on the features that are most important in such a desk: ease of setup, general utility, comfort, work surface/storage, and aesthetics.
Ease of Setup:
I was pleasantly surprised at how straightforward this desk was to assemble. Other than moving the (very sturdy and heavy) main table piece into position, which was a two-person job, I put it together solo without any issues. The included Allen wrench was sufficient for all of the tightening, and the diagram in the instruction manual made it a breeze to correctly line up the metal leg pieces. The desk drawer, for its part, came already in place out of the box. I had worried that sorting out the cables for plugging the desk into the wall, for its charging stations, and for levering it up and down might be difficult, but everything was clearly marked and streamlined.
The desk is a cinch to lever up and down, and only requires a light touch on the “up” and “down” buttons to make minor adjustments and get it to the perfect height. I’ll frequently begin my workday standing, then lever down a bit to continue on a project while seated, and then spring back up to standing after a short rest.
Comfort and Convenience:
The customization makes it extremely comfortable to sit at, stand at, or lean on. But my favorite feature of the desk is the three-device charging station just the right of the up/down buttons: two USB ports and a c-type port. Essentially, I can simultaneously charge my laptop, tablet, and phone right from the desk. No nightmarishly snaking cables from a distant extension cord required.
The generous work surface is also a boon to me. This isn’t your desk if you only have a very small office nook, but if you can spare the space, it makes working with multiple devices and stacks of documents nice and painless. You can lay out all your work materials without worrying about clutter or accidental elbow-knocks to your books, papers, and/or caffeinated beverages.
Meanwhile, the pull drawer looks a bit small but is surprisingly capacious. Here are just some of the items comfortably stored there at the moment: a mouse, tape, scissors, keys, spare glasses, a pencil sharpener, a wallet, pens and pencils, several folders full of documents, and a few packs of index cards.
It’s a very handsome-looking desk — especially the smooth walnut work surface. I’m not crazy about the molding on the sides of the desk, but that’s just a personal preference, and it doesn’t look cheap or out of place.
So, the verdict:
Overall, if you’re in the market for a flexible workstation, and you’ve got the space for it (double-check the dimensions), I’d highly recommend this desk.