FlexiSpot has been an absolute life saver for me for the last year. After my hip surgery, the mechanical damage to my hip was repaired, but the nerve damage remained. Physical therapy helps, but ultimately I’m still alternating between sitting and standing frequently. I’m not sure what the rest of my rehab looks like, but it’s likely that FlexiSpot and I will be acquainted for the immediate future. If you’re like me, and statistics say that you probably are, then you understand the pain that I’m in.
I’ve recently gotten my hands on the upgrade for their already-fantastic E7, aptly named the “E7 Pro“. This premium standing desk has many of the same features as its smaller brothers from a distance, but there are a few new tricks up its sleeve that may make you decide to spring for the new model.
As always, putting together desks from FlexiSpot is a breeze, but despite that, the team has made a number of improvements. The bags return, labeled with letters to let you know what bolts and screws are in each, and the instructions make it extremely clear. The included multi-use wrench has a hex head opening on two sides and a Philips head on the other — everything you need to assemble the desk and legs. I’d still recommend a power drill for putting the screws into the wood, but you can probably power those puppies in with people power and perhaps perspiration. Alliteratively speaking.
With the frame expanded and attached, you’ll need to get all the wiring attached – one of the first big changes. If you remember from my E7 and Comhar reviews, they both had a spring steel plate that you squeeze in place. It’s not cumbersome by any stretch, popping on and off being held with tension between several screws. Instead, the E7 Pro comes with a long canvas with two rods that run the length of each side. These are magnetized, sticking to the outside of the rail. You then place all of your cables into the pouch, and then click the other magnetized size onto the far side of the frame. Simple! Better still, the magnets are super strong, so they’ll hold a ton of thick cables. I tested this further by throwing the power bricks in there and it held those as well, though I don’t recommend that just for heat dissipation.
One of the things I wanted to test out would require a significant amount of reconfiguration for my office. You can get a FlexiSpot desk from very tiny to absolutely huge, so I wanted to see how big we could go. In this case, I opted for a massive 78”x30” desk. I like the bamboo top as it’s environmentally friendly and renewable, as well as significantly stronger than even the strongest hardwoods I could have selected. If you aren’t doing the math in your head, 78”x30” is a 6 and a half foot long desk. That’s a LOT of desk, but it would allow me to really spread out, setting up multiple PCs if needed, properly set up the items I have that clamp onto the desk, and do so with room to spare.
The other big difference between the E7 and E7 Pro is that the Pro doesn’t have the integrated induction charger. That’s not to say you couldn’t add it – there’s nothing preventing that, and with the bamboo desktop as an option, I bet it’ll work, but that’s on you. Combined with a far longer metal tray, you can get a pretty clean look under your desk if you put in the work to do so.
The info on the motors promise that they are quieter, but I’m not finding that to be the case. The tone they make is different, but I wouldn’t say quieter. What they are is remarkably faster. They start off slow and build momentum the longer you hold the button. When you are talking about big movements from sitting to high-standing, they get there faster than the E7 or the Comhar does. It can change direction and stop on a dime, and I’m completely comfortable with leaving a drink on it while raising and lowering. There’s simply no vibration when this desk moves, and that’s great when you have more delicate things on it.
The leg construction is a bit of a change as well. They’ve combined the previous efforts on their desks and built a new leg system that utilizes the overlapping column system they’ve used previously, but allowed them to place them in such a way to maximize space while retaining the stability of the traditional C-leg shape. It’s the largest single change between the E7 and E7 Pro, and it’s a big one.
I can’t say I was unhappy with the height or weight maximums on the E7, but that didn’t stop FlexiSpot from outdoing it with the E7 Pro. Pushing from 355 lbs to 440 lbs, you’ll be able to put even more weight on the desk. Even under that load, you can now lower it as low as 25” and as high as 50.6” versus the 22.8″ / 48.4″ on the T-stand for the E7. Also included with the E7 Pro is a small desk. There are no pre-drilled holes for it, so you are welcome to place it where you see fit. It’s enough to hold what you need, but it is not a ‘junk drawer’, so trim accordingly. A few pens, your passport, some important papers, for example. Combined with the C-shape, you have more room for your stuff, and for your feet.
FlexiSpot stands behind the E7 Pro in a big way. Unlike their contemporaries at 1, 5, or even 10 years, FlexiSpot stands behind their desks for a whopping 15 years. The automotive grade aluminum on all of the components is built to last, and I can say that having reviewed a half dozen of these desks at this point. Each and every one gets what can only be described as an excessive amount of use, and none of them have ever shown the slightest bit of hesitation or slowing down.
In the end, this is a big desk, and able to handle anything you could put on it. I have three monitors, a capture rig and associated hardware, a microphone, a nice set of speakers, mouse, keyboard, and all the trimmings with a ton of space to spare. After two weeks of use, I discovered that I was cramped in my previous space and just didn’t realize it. I don’t know if I quite needed six and a half feet of it, but hey – when in Rome, eh?
Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming.
Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter.
Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 27 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).
FlexiSpot E7 Pro Sit Stand Desk
The FlexiSpot E7 Pro was something I didn’t know I needed. While the E7 was great, the Pro adds enough fresh additions and updates that it might as well have a brand new designation. Hopefully FlexiSpot starts selling some of the new accessories for retrofitting their older versions. While the previous models were impressive, this is the new bar. And now I’m gonna make that bar go up and down a few more times!