Jul 25, 2023
FlexiSpot E7Q 4
The desk will make you stand, but the price might sit you back down again. Standing desks have become something I’m so used to at this point, and yet I don’t nearly stand up as much as I actually
The desk will make you stand, but the price might sit you back down again.
Standing desks have become something I’m so used to at this point, and yet I don’t nearly stand up as much as I actually should - instead, I just set them to various comfortable sitting heights. Still, I’m always eager to improve the ergonomics of my home office, and the drastic jump in heft and scale of the FlexiSpot E7Q has been the most notable change I’ve made.
For this desk setup, I wanted to go big - and the E7Q has various sizes to pick from, with the frame able to fit to any of them. I went for the largest available, coming in at 200cm by 90cm. I mean, the promotional pictures showed it used as a dining table. A dining table. And honestly, I have gathered around much smaller tables for a Christmas dinner with too many people, but the excess here is exactly what I wanted.
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While it does offer a considerable amount of space and feels like a nice upgrade from the previous desks I have used - the FlexiSpot Q8 and the EG8 - it’s also missing some of the features that made the prior iterations feel a little more refined. Sure, no built-in QI wireless charger is fine, but when it comes to basics that feel less polished - or just missing - I have to wonder why.
The first thing you may want to know, and the first thing you’ll find out if you buy this desk, is about the packaging. The legs and frame itself arrive in two identical packages, both somewhat compact and equally hefty in weight. Then the desktop itself will be packaged separately, and sizing here will depend on the one you picked. It could be quite small and easy to maneuver, or it could take up half of the living room as you contemplate how you’re going to get it down a hallway or up some stairs. Either way, this whole ordeal is going to be a two-person job, let’s just get that out of the way.
Despite everything being really heavy and needing adjustments depending on the size of the desk you chose, the actual process is still relatively simple, just requiring the frame and legs to be assembled with some screws and attached to the underside of the desk. Attach the controls and plug everything into the power box, tidy up those cables as best you can with the fabric cover provided, and flip the whole thing over. However, while the process remains quite simple, it does take more time - significantly more time than I have spent assembling previous FlexiSpot desks.
Upgrading my workspace to a desk of this size was a huge jump in… well, space. I can make sure the monitors, my laptop, and all of the peripherals have a decent amount of space around them and enough room for the wires to be neatly arranged. Or at least arranged. Or, there are wires and they are plugged in and please don’t look at them too much. The actual form of the desk and the functions it offers does feel like a big improvement over the previous FlexiSpot desks I have used, in almost every way. The hefty four-leg structure means the whole thing stands solid, and while the previous desks weren’t ever really in danger of toppling, this one isn’t moving at all - beyond up and down.
While the desk does feel fantastic to use and is of a consistent quality I’m very much used to from this brand, there are a couple of things that fall below what I would expect. There is no storage or drawer on this desk, likely as it is not a preset unit and you pick the desktop you want. Still, I feel there could have been one attached to the frame, or at least an option to include one as an additional piece. Similarly, there are fewer USB ports. The EG8 had two USB-A ports, and the Q8 had a USB-A and a USB-C port. The E7Q, however, only has one USB-A port on the side of the control panel, which feels like a bit of a downgrade that I don’t see the need for, as there is plenty of space, and ports are not too costly to implement.
Another aspect of this desk that is less than I would expect is the cable management. While previous models would feed the wires of the desk itself through the framework, these wires just hang down, with the only management being a fabric cover that you can attach to stop them from dangling. The wires just get bunched up, out of sight - enough for some people, sure, but I wouldn’t call it ‘managed’.
Finally, if you’ve done any shopping for standing desks, you’ll know that they are expensive. It’s a high-priced market and something you’ll invest in to make sure you have the best one for you. The previous FlexiSpot models are no different, and picking one out isn’t going to be cheap - great quality, absolutely, but expensive. With the E7Q, you’ll be paying a lot for just the frame itself - and then the desktop you pick will add even more onto the price, depending on the one you choose. When I see that the legs cost £899.99 by themselves, and the smallest choice of desktop you can pick will bring it to £1,069.98… that seems like way too much.
The quality is fantastic, but for something that feels like it’s missing a few features that made other models great - models you can still get on the market - I can’t recommend the E7Q over something like the Q8. I do love this larger desk, yes, but with the frame and desktop I chose coming in at £1,149.98, as a buyer I would have stuck with another option. FlexiSpot has other desks that I would wholly suggest you buy before looking at this option.
FlexiSpot does have a 7th Anniversary Sale coming up for August 28 - September 1, 2023. It’s a perfect time to have a look at the product that will suit you best, but I would look at the EG8 and the Q8 before I suggest the pricey E7Q.
This product was provided for review.
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After writing online for over 8 years and running a small-scale website on the side, Sam joined TheGamer as an editor in 2021, and now acts as Deputy Lead for Evergreen.