Testing the Flexispot ED5: First attempts at standing at a desk

Since I’ve had a smartwatch on my wrist every day, my time at the desk has become more apparent to me: the standing hours are increasing often not particularly lush for me on a normal working day. This is likely to be the case for many people who have worked from home in recent years. Like other team members, I wanted to bring a certain variety to the workplace with a standing desk. I was allowed to try my first “stand attempts” with the Flexispot ED5. In my case it was the white frame with the bamboo top (160 x 62cm).

The ED5 is not the flagship from Flexispot. Flexispot therefore gives a minimum height of 50 centimeters. If you need something lower, you have to use a different model. For me, what is offered is sufficient, since I prefer to sit in the area of ​​70 Centimeters present – more on that later. Maximum is 100 centimeters possible, that should also be sufficient for most people.

According to the data sheet, compromises will also be made with the motor. Flexispot gives 70 Kilograms still offer a generous, but comparatively lower load capacity and lower lifting speed for the ED5. There are two motors, one per base. The anti-collision system, which Caschy explained in detail in his report on the E7, is also part of the game. A look at the data sheet:

ED5

Lifting Columns

2

Load

100 kg

Height adjustment

62-120 cm

Border width of the frame

100-130 cm

Fit for table top

Color

Black, White, Gray

Premium

LED Touch Screen Keyboard

Child lock

X

X

The construction was for me as a less technically gifted person well done. Because of the weight, it is worth having a second person to help with individual steps. The individual steps are described in detail in the Ikea instruction style. The holes are pre-drilled. So you can make good progress with a small IXO or by hand. Only when attaching the table top did I have to push it back and forth more often. But I don’t blame that on my manual skills, but rather on the slightly different “gap dimensions” between the table legs and the cross brace. With a bit of skill it’ll fit, but they probably didn’t try to fit correctly here.

In my opinion, the cable management should work a little more elegantly, but you can deviate from the instructions if necessary. I had to anyway because of the size of the disc. However, it is worthwhile to think about attaching the technical elements when screwing the frame and tabletop together.

Power cable into the socket and then you can start immediately after assembly. You don’t have to configure anything anymore, everything works as desired from the factory. The control unit is identical to the one Caschy has on his E7. Seven buttons with a small LED display that provides information about the current altitude. Four positions can be saved.

In addition to a standing and a sitting position, I have created another position where I can relax and push my desk chair under the table. Saving a position is very easy. Use the up or down arrow to hoist the desk to the desired position, push the M key forward and then save to the desired slot. From then on, the desk moves to this position without “holding down”.

So far so good, works as it should. However, the touch screen keys are actually prone to mistyping. You brush your hips as you walk by and the desk starts to move. Of course, there is the possibility to use the child lock, you have an option for that, but you don’t need it for models with haptic buttons. Incidentally, the display only lights up for a short time after operation, i.e. not permanently. special feature? A USB-A port. This is probably not enough for fast charging for most devices, but is a pleasant story for cable management. USB-C with approx. 08 Watt Power Delivery would be more up-to-date, but perhaps too great a requirement.

The motor hums pleasantly quietly when the table top is moved, since the manufacturer gives a maximum of 20 dB on. When sitting, it makes a very stable impression, when standing I would probably lean less on the tabletop, because then it wobbles noticeably. A more solid tabletop could perhaps provide a little more stability here. That’s when you first notice how much this affects a cheap monitor stand, which then also resonates properly.

In everyday life you have to discipline yourself to stand one or the other time. This is where the Apple Watch comes into play with its memories, for example. In the meantime, however, there are also models that bring such reminder functions with them. The lower lifting speed is not important here in everyday life.

Otherwise? The size of the table top is more of an individual matter, for me personally the dimensions of 160 x 80 cm has been a good choice. Despite various equipment, there is still space on the desk and everything looks tidy. With an external monitor, the 80 Centimeters of depth a good thing.

What’s the bottom line? The table frame costs 230 euros. Optionally available in black, white or grey. In my opinion, quite fair for what is offered and the desk is sufficient for my purposes. For a few euros more you get the higher quality E7. In addition, it is certainly worth keeping an eye out for the numerous discount campaigns. Depending on the size and color of the table top, Flexispot will also choose between 130 Euro and 388 EUR due.

If you are on the road with a little manual skill, then I would probably rather grab a solid plate from the hardware store due to the quite high price. The plate still makes a stable impression. Of course, I can’t vouch for the longevity of the built-in engine after such a short time. However, Flexispot gives a warranty of 3 years (or 5 years on the frame).

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Model
3
Motor
Speed 35 mm/s
Weight 28,3kg
100-180 cm(W)×60-65 cm(T)
Keyboard
Memory Control X
X
Anti- Collision System