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FlexiSpot M2B Standing Work Desk Review

Are you tired from sitting at your desk all day? Researchers say that there are benefits to standing versus sitting, and they don’t just come in the form of feeling more awake. There are at least nine health benefits of standing instead of sitting or breaking up prolonged sitting postures by standing. These included:

  • Reducing the risks associated with weight gain and obesity as you do burn a bit more calories when standing.
  • Lowering the risk associated with heart disease because it was associated with a lower blood sugar and cholesterol level.
  • Reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases by changing your prolonged seated position to standing position on a regular basis.
  • Lowering your long-term mortality rate by leading a less sedentary lifestyle.
  • Reducing your risk of cancer by breaking up prolonged sitting.
  • Easing or reducing chronic lower back pain with an adjustable standing workstation.
  • Increasing energy levels and improving mood.
  • Boosting productivity.
  • Increasing toned muscles and improving posture

The FlexiSpot company has a few models for an adjustable standing workstation. I tried the FlexiSpot M2B standing work desk. These adjustable height workstations are intended to sit on your existing furniture. With one hand you can use their pneumatic handle to adjust your seated position to standing and continue your productivity.

The Pros of FlexiSpot M2B Standing Work Desk

  • Smooth adjustment with 12 height settings, adjusts a bit higher than some competitor’s models.
  • Deeper desktop surface and wide keyboard tray
  • Straight up and down movement, optimizing for smaller spaces, where some of the competitor’s models swing in and out when lifting.
  • Simple one-step assembly which is attaching the keyboard tray.
  • Compatible with ergonomic monitor mounts (optional).
  • One hand raising and lowering with pneumatic action which is easier than the spring loaded options of some competitors which require two hands.
  • Can hold 35 pounds.

Specs:

  • Height range 6”-20”.
  • Your furniture needs to be 35” W by 23” D minimum. The workstations full depth with tray is 31”.
  • Keyboard deck measures: 35″ W by 12.2″ D. The middle depth is 12.2″ and the depth on both sides is 7.9″. 
  • Comes in black, mahogany, river walnut, and white.

The Cons of FlexiSpot M2B Standing Work Desk

I am 5 feet tall. When seated at my desk, it is 6 inches higher on my 30-inch split level desk. If I were to use the keyboard tray that comes with it, I would need to raise my chair higher. That wouldn’t be a problem except that I have a keyboard tray attached to my desk already and I cannot go as high as I would need to with that tray in the way. I’m not so sure I want to remove the tray. I would need to lift my chair considerably and get a footstool to reach the ground. I can almost reach the keyboard while standing with the adjustable standing workstation in the collapsed position. This might be the workstation that the taller folks are looking for.

Another issue I would like to see is the ability to move the keyboard tray in or out to adjust the distance from the screen. This can be solved by moving the screen back on the generous desktop surface, but I’d rather have the ability to move the keyboard tray.

Speaking of the tray, it is held in by small screws that you put in place yourself upon delivery. No big deal there, but I question its ability to hold up over time. You don’t necessarily mean to lean on a standing desk, but you will put pressure on it while typing or mousing about. Their site mentions that the tray is removable, but I can’t envision that being a continual ability without it breaking as its made of particle board.

The tray is also a bit slick which causes a bit, but not much, motion transfer from my large ergonomic keyboard if I don’t hold press my wrists down on the pad of it, which I’m afraid will not be good for the tray in the long run. The keyboard tray seems like it needs an overhaul in thinking.

Conclusion

This adjustable standing workstation is a good choice for those of you who are maybe 5”4 and taller. It doesn’t seem to feel right for the 5-foot petite crowd. It has a spacious work space and ample keyboard tray. I hope they get to redesigning the connection of the keyboard tray in a manner that is truly removable, repeatably re-attachable, and more sturdy. The bottom line is that the FlexiSpot M2B standing adjustable work desk beats the competition in price and in the ability to use it one-handed with ease.