With the explosion in popularity of standing desk converters, there have been a handful of products to separate themselves from the pack. One of those products is the FlexiSpot M2. This product has fantastic reviews on Amazon, so I placed an order for one to see what all the hype was about. This is a product that did not disappoint. Here is what I found.
Note: The model I ordered for this review is the Flexispot M2 – 35” in black.
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FlexiSpot M2 Manufacturer
The FlexiSpot brand is made in China by the company, Locktek. Locktek has been a leading manufacturer of mounting brackets for TVs and monitors. Recently they have started to produce sit to stand solutions. They have numerous certifications and patents stemming from their large research and design facility. Locktek is an OEM manufacturer so this same product is available under a few other brand names, like the OFM 5100 and Adapt X.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
– Specs / Features / Pricing
– Return Policy and Warranty
– Making Adjustments
– Task and Keyboard Space
– Wire Management
– What I Like
– What I Don’t Like
– Bottom Line
FlexiSpot M2 Specifications
Weight Limit: 35 lbs.
Overall at lowest height: 35”W x 23.5”D x 5.75”H
Overall at highest height: 35”W x 23.5”D x 19.5”H
Base Dimensions: 31”W x 22.25”D
Keyboard Platform Dimensions: 35”W x 13”D
Monitor Platform Dimensions: 35”W x 23.25”D
Max Keyboard Platform Height: 15”H
Max Monitor Platform Height: 20”H
Min Keyboard Platform Height: 1”H
Min Monitor Platform Height: 6”H
Distance Keyboard to Monitor: 5”
$299.00 + Free Shipping
We purchased our FlexiSpot M2 through Amazon for $299.00. Shipping was free and we were not charged sales tax. Unfortunately, we were unable to find any coupons so we paid the full sale price.
Black or White
Gas assisted lift mechanism with 12 different positions
Sits on top of your existing desk
Straight up & down movement
Two-tier design: Upper monitor platform with lower keyboard & mouse platform
Slot on monitor platform to securely hold a tablet or smart phone
3MM wrapped PVC and a heat shrinking process for a superior and durable bond
The FlexiSpot M2 comes with a 5-year warranty. There are no exclusions.
Shipping & Assembly
The FlexiSpot M2 – 35” arrived to our location within two business day of placing our order. That is the fastest turnaround time I have experienced thus far, testing standing desk converters. The packaging is very good. There was no damage to the unit cosmetically or functionally.
The M2 does require a bit of assembly. The only tool you will need is a Phillips head screwdriver. You will need to attach two brackets to the underside of the keyboard tray with four screws on each bracket. These screws are very easy to tighten with a handheld screwdriver. Next, you hang the keyboard tray from the underside of the monitor platform with the four hand screws that are already attached to the unit. Once the unit is hanging from the knobs, you hand tighten them to secure the keyboard tray in place. The final step is to snap two plastic caps onto the sides of the unit. I would estimate assembly time to be about 10 minutes.
Raising and Lowering the Unit
The M2 utilizes a double x base design. It features a gas cylinder on the left and right side of the unit to assist with the movement of the x bases. The unit has a straight up and down lifting pattern. The x-base design means that the unit will be a bit more difficult to adjust as you go higher, but it is much less pronounced than products like the VersaDesk Power or AirRise Pro.
Two handles can be found underneath the sides of the monitor platform. To adjust the FlexiSpot M2, press both handles to release the unit from its locking mechanism. Move the unit up or down freely. To lock the unit into one of the twelve different positions, release the handles.
It is important to note that the FlexiSpot M2 does not have infinite lock. Infinite lock means that the unit can be locked in any position you’d like and not a predetermined set of positions. Make sure to pull up or press down on the unit after getting to your desired height to make sure the unit locks into place. You should be able to hear it click.
FlexiSpot m2 Stability
The FlexiSpot M2 is overall a very stable product. When in the seated position, there is almost no front to back movement. There is no keyboard bounce and therefore no monitor shake. There is a little bit of side to side movement. It is not noticeable unless you deliberately shake the unit back and forth, but it is definitely there.
The unit has almost no change in stability when going from sitting to standing. There will be slightly more side to side movement, but I did not notice any keyboard bounce or monitor shake. The FlexiSpot M2 feels stable at all heights and while making adjustments.
After 10 months of testing, comparing and reviewing 40+ standing desk converters the results are in!
The keyboard tray and the monitor platform are at a fixed distance from each other which means that the M2 is not dual ergonomic. The only way to make this product dual ergonomic is to add a monitor arm to the monitor platform. This is very easily done since FlexiSpot includes a small mounting hole with a screw to attach a monitor arm, but it will come at an extra cost.
The second problem is the limited adjustment range. The 12 different positions don’t allow the unit to go high enough for taller people. The tallest height for the keyboard tray on the FlexiSpot M2 is 15” above your work surface. According to our standing desk calculator, the FlexiSpot M2 is only ergonomic for people 6’1” and under, when using a standard 30” height desk to place the unit on.
There is a lot of usable task space on the FlexiSpot M2. The keyboard tray provides more than enough space for a keyboard and mouse. I have no problem using my Microsoft ergonomic keyboard which is a bit larger than the average keyboard. The mouse areas are large enough to use your non-mouse side for something like your phone or calculator.
The keyboard tray extends underneath the monitor platform about five inches. This helps to allow for a larger monitor platform. The only space lost is a small curve on the back edge of the monitor platform, otherwise there are no additional cut-outs to minimize space like you see on models like the Varidesk Pro Plus 36 or WorkFit-T. I use a very large monitor and I was able to fit everything I needed within close proximity on the desk. A smaller monitor or monitor arm would allow for even more space.
The FlexiSpot M2 also has a unique feature I have only seen on OEM brands from Locktek. They have a storage tray at the front of the monitor platform that fits accessories like smart phones, iPads and other tablets. There are cut-outs underneath the tray that allow you to run a charger underneath so that the cord doesn’t have to be running across the desk.
Note: The edges on the underside of both platforms are not rounded. Some areas can be sharper than others. I did not have a problem with hitting the tops of my hands on the underside of the monitor platform, but it is definitely something to be aware of.
I think that the FlexiSpot M2 does a decent job with wire management. They do not have a nice built-in wire management system, but they did take some steps to help minimize the problems found with it.
The back edge of the monitor platform allows you to run wires behind the unit while still having the unit pressed against a wall. This is great for your monitor cords or speaker wires.
Included with the M2 are wire management clips, with adhesive backing from 3M, that can be used on the underside of the monitor platform. This is helpful for cords coming from your mouse, keyboard and charging devices.
The final area that helps with wire management is the cut-outs found underneath the storage tray. This helps to conceal chargers used for phones and tablets.
What do I like?
The value provided by the FlexiSpot M2 35” at a price of $299.00 is hard to beat. I think this is one of the best values you can currently find in a standing desk converter. There is a noticeable jump in quality over lower priced products like the AirRise Pro. I think that this is also a better-quality product than higher priced items like the Varidesk Pro Plus and VersaDesk Power.
The 5-year warranty on the M2 is among the industry leaders. This helps to add even more value to an item that is already providing more than its closest competitors. Most products that the M2 is competing against directly will have a one year warranty. So, getting four additional years of coverage is a huge plus.
Easy to Use
The FlexiSpot M2 is very easy to operate, which is definitely an important aspect of using a standing desk converter. The only adjustment is the height of the unit which can be done within seconds and with minimal effort. This is a big upside compared to higher- end units like the Kangaroo and Winston which will require more time and physical effort to adjust.
I feel very confident about the stability of the M2. At no point during my testing was I ever concerned with the stability of the product or the objects on top of it. This does not feel like other products in its price range. It is more solid and does not have keyboard bounce like you’d expect with lower priced items.
Lots of Task Space
The task space on the M2 is among the best in the industry. I think it is great that they avoided using a cut-out on the monitor platform to allow for more space above the keyboard tray. I find these types of cut-outs to be unnecessary and counterproductive. The storage slot for smart phones and tablets is also a great space saver because it allows those objects to sit vertically, reducing the space that they take up on the work surface. I am a big fan of cool little user friendly features like this.
What don’t I like?
Not Ergonomic for All
The big downsides to the FlexiSpot M2 are that it lacks dual ergonomics and it has a limited adjustment range. These two things combined means that there is a big chunk of the population that can’t use this product ergonomically. I believe that this stems from the double x base design used. Making the unit raise any higher would probably take considerably more effort by the user and it may become less stable when at higher heights than it is currently allowed to go. The only product I have tested thus far that works for tall people and costs under $300 is the HealthPostures 6400. Otherwise, the cost jumps pretty significantly to get into some higher-end products that feature dual ergonomics.
There are a couple aspects that I am not a huge fan of on the keyboard tray. The first is the curve found on the front edge. I am not sure what the purpose of this is. On a traditional standing desk that has a large work surface, like 72” wide, a curved edge can be nice because it helps you to be able to reach more areas from the same position. The FlexiSpot M2 is small enough to be able to reach anywhere without a curved edge. The curved edge just becomes lost space and an awkward angle for your keyboard. I prefer the keyboard tray on the OFM 5100 because it has a straight front instead of the curve. It also has sloped edges compared to the rounded edges on the FlexiSpot M2 which are more comfortable on your mouse hand.
The second aspect I do not like about the keyboard tray is that it is too smooth for my preference. It is very easy for your keyboard to slide or for your mouse to fall off the platform. I think that a slightly coarser surface would be a big improvement.
The FlexiSpot M2 is not dual ergonomic and the adjustment range is lacking for people over 6’1”. There are also a couple things I would change about the keyboard tray. But, overall, I am impressed with the FlexiSpot M2. The stability, task space, ease of use and warranty are all on par with high-end standing desk converters and it only costs $299.00. This is a great alternative to products like the Varidesk Pro Plus and VersaDesk Power. I think that this is one of the best standing desk converters out there until you start getting into products like the Duke VESA, Kangaroo and WorkFit-S which will cost around $500.
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