I have not made it a secret that I am a fan of the FlexiSpot M2. We liked it so much at BTOD.com that we decided to add the brand to our current product offering. The M2 is a great product in the world of standing desk converters, but it is nowhere near perfect. There are still several downsides that the M2 has, especially when compared to full electric height adjustable desks. In this post I will share the most common problems with the FlexiSpot M2 as well as offer some solutions to those problems.
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35 lbs. Weight Limit
One of the biggest disadvantages standing desk converters have, when compared to full desks, is their low weight capacities. The FlexiSpot M2 is no different. With only 35 pounds to work with, accessories start to add up quickly. My single 27” monitor takes up more than half the weight allowed. After adding my keyboard, mouse and tablet; I am close to the maximum allowable weight.
This can also pose a problem for people looking to mount their monitors with monitor arms. The single monitor arm from Flexispot is listed at 13 lbs. and the dual is close to 20 lbs. If I were to mount my single 27” monitor, I would only have a few pounds left. I wouldn’t be able to use anything more than my keyboard and mouse. This will also be a problem for people trying to mount dual monitors. You will only have 15 pounds capacity left for both monitors and your accessories, after the weight of the dual monitor arm is factored in.
One thing you can do to help maximize the weight usage is to use monitors that are thin and low weight. My monitor is definitely on the heavy side so it is not the best option when trying to load the unit with as many accessories as possible. This can also apply to things like keyboards, mice and speakers. Anything that has a compact, light-weight design is preferable.
If weight is a concern for you, then you may want to look into a traditional adjustable height desk. Products like the VertDesk v3 and Uplift are available for a slightly higher cost but will be able to lift well over 250 lbs.
Limited Height Range
The FlexiSpot M2 is one of many converters that increase the height of your normal typing position when seated. The added height will be about 1”. This can pose a problem for shorter people or people that prefer to have their keyboard below their normal desk surface.
The M2 has about 14” of adjustment range with a maximum keyboard height of 15”. This will be tall enough for someone that is around 6’1” to be in an ergonomic typing position.
The final limitation with regard to the adjustment range is that the M2 does not have infinite position lock. Instead, it has 12 different positions to choose from at pre-set heights. This means that some people will be forced to adjust the unit slightly higher or slightly lower than they would prefer.
One tip to help with the increased desk height, when seated, is to use your chair at the highest setting possible and use a footrest. This will help to get your elbows closer to a 90° angle so that you are not reaching up toward your keyboard. The footrest will allow you to keep your knees at a 90° angle with your feet firmly supported by the footrest.
If you prefer to type with your keyboard below your desk, then I would take a look at the Ergotron WorkFit-S and HealthPostures TaskMate Go. Both of these products have adjustable keyboard platforms that go below your normal desk height.
If you are looking for a standing desk converter for people taller than 6’0”, I would highly recommend reading my article on the best standing desk converters for tall people. That post features a list of good options for tall people, including products like the Duke VESA and Winston.
If you like the FlexiSpot M2 but are turned off because it doesn’t have infinite position lock, then take a look at the VertDesk Converter or Fully Cooper. Both products are similar to the FlexiSpot M2 but feature infinite position lock.
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Not Dual Ergonomic
Dual ergonomics means that you can adjust the height of the keyboard tray and monitor independently of each other. This ensures that you can achieve the proper keyboard typing height and monitor viewing angle at the same time. Unfortunately, the FlexiSpot M2 does not have dual ergonomics out of the box. The keyboard tray is permanently attached to the underside of the monitor platform. The height adjustment moves both platforms together, so both platforms remain at a fixed distance of 5” from each other.
In order to make the M2 dual ergonomic, you will need to add a monitor arm. FlexiSpot offers a single monitor arm for $39.99 and a dual version for $89.99. As mentioned in the first section, it is important to be aware of the weight of your monitors and whether or not they will exceed the 35 lbs. weight rating when combined with the monitor arm(s). If your main concern is dual ergonomics then you may want to consider products like the Humanscale QuickStand or Duke VESA.
Takes Up a Lot of Desk Space
The FlexiSpot M2 is one of the largest desktop converters out there. It has a very large footprint and the keyboard tray will even hang over the front edge of a desk that is 24”D. If you go with the M2, you must be willing to sacrifice a full 36” of desk width.
One of the biggest upsides to the FlexiSpot M2, when compared to other standing desk converters, is that it has a lot of task space. The space that is lost on your desk by the large footprint is definitely gained by spacious monitor and keyboard platforms on the M2. If you prefer to have a much smaller footprint, so that you can use your existing desk space, then you may want to consider products like the Duke Mount or WorkFit-A.
Small Color Selection
The FlexiSpot is only available in black or white. These are definitely the two most popular colors in the realm of standing desk converters, but the selection is limited compared to some other industry leading models.
If you are interested in a standing desk converter but would like a few different color options, then you may want to look into the VARIDESK Pro Plus, Kangaroo or VersaDesk Power. All three of these products have multiple color options to choose from. Standee Co. recently came out with their version of a standing desk converter which features the same base as the FlexiSpot M2 but with a bamboo finish keyboard tray and monitor platform.
They keyboard tray is very large which is awesome but there are two things that I am not a fan of. The first is that the finish is really slippery. It is very easy to slide your keyboard while typing or to knock your mouse off the platform by lightly hitting it.
The second downside is the curved front edge. Curved front edges are found on full standing desks to allow you to reach the far corners of the desk without having to bend awkwardly. I do not think this is necessary on the FlexiSpot M2 since the entire unit is only 35” across and less than 30” deep. Instead, the cut-out becomes lost space. It is also more awkward than a straight edge when lining up your keyboard and mouse.
Adding non-slip, adhesive backed pads to the keyboard tray will help greatly with preventing the keyboard from slipping while typing. It is also very helpful to use a mouse pad instead of having the mouse directly on the keyboard tray. For people that like the FlexiSpot M2 but would prefer a straight front edge on their keyboard tray, I would recommend the OFM 5100. It is the exact same product but features a keyboard tray without the curved front edge.
In my opinion, the FlexiSpot M2 is one of the most well-rounded standing desk converters currently available. With that said, it is not perfect and it has numerous potential problems that will affect some customers more than others. The low lifting capacity, lack of dual ergonomics and limited adjustment range will have a lot of customers looking for alternative products. Other aspects, like a small color selection, will be turn offs for buyers with a specific picture in their minds of how they want their office to look. I hope that this list highlights some potential problems that may exist for you so that you can be as informed as possible when shopping for the FlexiSpot M2.
Standing Desk Converter Resources
- Flexispot M2 vs. Ergotron Workfit-T: Which is the better converter?
- Flexispot M2 35″ Sit Stand Desk Converter (Review / Rating / Pricing)
- Varidesk Pro Plus 36 vs. Flexispot M2 35″
- Top 9 Problems With The Varidesk Convertible Standing Desk