With the increased prevalence of working from home, we’ve all had to learn a little bit about setting up our home offices. Keyboards, monitors, all kinds of new things have entered our vocabulary – things we had never thought about while working in an office. Some might call a standing desk the pinnacle of work-from-home ergonomics, and I can understand why. Being able to stand and have a break from sitting is super helpful. As someone who often walks around for a little bit in between tasks, having my desk standing makes it much easier to start and stop walking around. Here we looking at a really excellent standing desk, the Flexispot Comhar All-in-One Standing Desk, to see how it can fit into your home office.
The first thing I noticed is how heavy the package is. The construction is essentially steel and tempered glass, and it’s very heavy. Make sure you have a couple of people around to help you move it. Once you have the desk inside your home, it’s quite easy to put together – attach the legs to the desk top, the feet to the legs, plug everything in, and flip it on its feet. This is huge, as spending a bunch of money on a standing desk only to have to put a bunch of things together with poor instructions would be a terrible impression.
Another thing I notice first is that the glass top is very prone to fingerprints. This is normal with tempered glass desks, but it’s just something to watch out for, especially for those who eat lunch at your desk.
The Comhar is an electric standing desk, so there are no manual cranks or hydraulic conversions. Push the up button on the keypad, and it goes up; press the down button, and it goes down. There are also a couple of position memory settings, so you can set up to four different height adjustments that work for you. I personally only see a use case for two per user, but that’s just me. Your mileage may vary.
There are also a couple of nice creature comforts, like charging ports on the keypad and a nice slim drawer to hide things away. This is great if you work with papers often or if you spend a lot of time switching between laptops or other slim devices for work or school and home use. I can fit two laptops with chargers in the drawer as well. It’s not deep enough to hold something like a big bulky keyboard or an over-ear headset, but it’s great to store slim things you don’t always need to reduce clutter.
When extended very high, the desk still feels very stable, due mostly to the heavy steel base and wide feet. I really appreciate the way this desk feels when using it – it feels professional enough to be appropriate for work but also feels sleek and stylish enough to be a nice piece of furniture in your home. This is important for apartment workers who don’t have a dedicated office space and have to make the living room or bedroom do double time. The Flexispot Comhar will look nice no matter where you have it.
There are a couple of negatives about the tempered glass top that I’d like to highlight. One is that it’s much harder to clamp a monitor arm to it. There are reinforcement plates that are designed specifically for this, but I’m not entirely sure I could ever trust those. That leaves you taking up precious desk real estate with a monitor stand, potentially one that’s sturdy enough to hold multiple monitors.
Another is that you can’t use your mouse on it without having a mouse pad or a desk pad there. The glass will refract the LEDs or lasers that the sensor of your mouse uses to track positioning, and your mouse will go haywire. This is no problem, as buying a large desk pad online would fix this and the fingerprint issue mentioned earlier.
Overall, I think this desk is well worth the money. It retails on Flexispot’s website for about $500, but there are fairly common sales that will allow you to save some money. That said, the physical benefits that come from being able to switch from sitting to standing are definitely worth the price you might pay for something like this. If you’re not sure you’re ready to pay for a new desk, workflow, and ecosystem, a standing desk converter is less expensive and just sits on top of your current desk to give you a similar, slightly more ergonomic effect. Just something to consider.