FlexiSpot Odin E7Q review: a sturdy standing desk

Review: FlexiSpot E7Q standing desk

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The FlexiSpot Odin E7Q standing desk has enough muscle to lift heavy office equipment, so you can easily work on your feet all day long.

Using a standing desk not only has health benefits, but also functionality. For example, you can use a standing desk to ensure you can move throughout your workday or adjust the height of your workspace for different tasks.

For example, a photographer can place large cameras and lenses on a table at an elevated height and lower them while editing. Similarly, a DJ may sit at a desk to prepare a track list and then lift the desk to perform a set.

You need enough space to store everything if you work with large and heavy items, such as long camera lenses or DJ controllers. The table should also be sturdy enough to hold everything without worrying about your expensive items falling on the floor.

The E7Q standing desk, also known as the Odin desk, is a top of the line in FlexiSpot’s lineup of standing desks. The E7Q desk can be useful if you need a spacious workspace for a heavy desk setup.

FlexiSpot E7Q — a gentle heavy lifter

The FlexiSpot E7Q is the heavy-lifting big brother of other FlexiSpot standing desks, such as the Q8 And E7 Proplus. The maximum weight capacity for the FlexiSpot E7Q is 440 pounds, which is over 100 pounds more than the Q8 and E7 Pro Plus.

Choose a large tabletop for the FlexiSpot E7Q desk for large objects such as wide screens

Choose a large tabletop for the FlexiSpot E7Q desk for large objects such as wide screens

The FlexiSpot E7Q can not only handle a large load, but also accommodate bulky items. According to FlexiSpot’s website, you can choose a tabletop size as large as 94.5 inches by 35.4 inches.

To test the E7Q desk, a digital artist’s work setup was used. Along the back was a 55-inch TV for storyboarding and reference photos. Before that was a 23.8-inch Huion drawing tablet mounted on the desk.

Even with these big screens, there was plenty of room left over for a MacStudioAn iPad Proand other accessories.

Depending on your work, you may not have wide screens. Then you can use the desk space for a shelf. Depending on your desk height, you can use the space underneath for a filing cabinet.

With all your expensive stuff on the standing desk, you want to be sure that your equipment is stable while lifting and lowering the desk. The E7Q desk has four legs instead of two and can provide more stability than two-leg desks.

To switch positions during your working day, you can adjust the height of the E7Q desk from 23.8 inches to 49.4 inches using the keyboard. Plus, you can save up to three height presets: stand, sit, and an extra one to use however you like.

The FlexiSpot E7Q keyboard for standing desks offers three preset heights

The FlexiSpot E7Q keyboard for standing desks offers three preset heights

The keyboard is compact and generally out of the way, and can be mounted on the left or right edge of the desk near a table leg. If your office chair has armrests, be careful not to damage the keyboard by bumping into it with the armrest.

You can also use the keyboard to enable anti-collision and set the collision sensitivity.

The anti-collision function is a safety feature that prevents the desk from lowering when it detects an object in its path. The E7Q desk will also alert you with a beep if it detects an object in its path when the desk is raised.

According to FlexiSpot, the lifting speed of the E7Q desk is 1.5 inches per second and the noise level is less than 50 decibels. All items on the desk were closely observed for wobbling during lifting, but everything remained incredibly still as the table rose to new heights.

FlexiSpot E7Q — customization and assembly

Customization options abound with the E7Q desk. When you buy the frame, you can choose your tabletop material and size, in addition to add-ons like monitor arms and cable management accessories.

If you have an affinity for woodworking and want to buy your desktop material, you can buy just the standing desk frame to add the wood of your choice.

The FlexiSpot E7Q standing desk in dark bamboo

The FlexiSpot E7Q standing desk in dark bamboo

For desk materials, FlexiSpot lets you choose from chipboard, bamboo, or three types of solid wood made in the USA. There are eight looks to choose from if you want the chipboard material, such as graphite or marble.

Desktop sizes vary depending on the material you choose. The dark bamboo material had a smooth surface with a subtle sheen, and the table edge was suitable for mounting a monitor arm for a Huion graphics tablet.

The FlexiSpot E7Q standing desk requires assembly

The FlexiSpot E7Q standing desk requires assembly

Assembly is required and not for the faint hearted. The instructions were simple enough, but it took two people to assemble the wide table top and solid carbon steel legs.

The underside of the table top had pre-drilled pilot holes to make it easier. You also get a screwdriver and an Allen wrench to use. A drill is recommended, especially for attaching the heavy support beam to the table top.

FlexiSpot E7Q — usability

Once assembled, the E7Q desk was a joy to use as you can seamlessly change working positions throughout the day. When you Apple Watch reminds you to get up, press the stand button on the keyboard to gently but firmly raise your desk to the preset height, then get up and resume your work.

It would be a shame to buy a standing desk only to sit at the desk all day. As an extra incentive to get up and stretch your legs, you can use an anti-fatigue mat to promote circulation and comfort.

The anti-fatigue mat DM1 can give you an extra incentive to work on your feet at your standing desk

The anti-fatigue mat DM1 can give you an extra incentive to work on your feet at your standing desk

FlexiSpot offers two options for cushioned floor mats, such as the DM1 mat. This anti-fatigue mat is almost an inch thick and weighs over 15 pounds.

It has massage points that simulate a foot massage to keep your feet happy throughout the working day.

Despite the lack of storage drawers and the effort involved in assembling, FlexiSpot’s E7Q desk is a work investment worth considering. This gentle giant safely lifts your heavy office equipment at the push of a button, so you can keep working whether you want to sit or stand.

FlexiSpot E7Q – pros

  • Best for large and heavy equipment – maximum tabletop size is 94.5 inches by 35.4 inches, maximum load capacity is 440 pounds
  • Sturdy four-legged design
  • Stable lifting and lowering
  • Three height presets
  • Anti-collision function

FlexiSpot E7Q – cons

  • No storage
  • Assembly required

Rating: 4 out of 5

Where to buy

Shop the FlexiSpot Odin E7Q desk directly from their website. Prices start at $1,099.99 for the desk frame and legs, and prices vary depending on the desktop material and size you choose. You will find a range of accessories to customize your workstation – the DM1 anti-fatigue mat on sale for $74.99.