If you have any health conditions that prevent you from sitting comfortably for prolonged periods of time, or are just trying to be healthier, then you might want to take note of today’s test. The all-in-one standing desk FlexiSpot EW8 Comhar is more than just a desk that moves at the push of a buttonbut does that mean it’s the next step in office furniture or do some design choices put it behind a simple stationary desk?
Sometimes having charging ports handy is more important than having a solid surface to work from. Ideal for laptops, paperwork and simpler daily tasks, the FlexiSpot EW8 Comhar model is more suitable for light work at home than intensive work in the office.
That being said, it’s not a flimsy alternative to larger standing desks. This is an understated, understated piece of furniture that will handle all the work you need to do, while also being able to withstand long gaming sessions or family board game nights. Plus, the included USB ports, child lock, and hidden drawer make this an incredibly functional item for your home or office.
FlexiSpot EW8 Comhar: design
The FlexiSpot EW8 Comhar has some unique features that have been threatening to make their way into our furnishing spaces for years, but finally seem to be becoming the norm. I speak, of course, front integrated USB charging ports. In a world where entire industries have grown around our need to keep our devices running, having a few extra places to charge our smartphones and tools is a big plus for everyone’s workspace.
But, this desk is so much more than a few outlets. The maple top forms a stark contrast to the all-white legs and crosspiece, and the entire top is attached to a metal frame that provides support and a clean place to hold functions. Charging ports are integrated next to the control panel, along with a child lock that prevents accidental height adjustments.
The biggest hidden detail is the built-in drawer, which sits flush with the frame and is barely noticeable.
All of the electrical components are hidden in the lower part of the desk, with the only visible part being the motor itself. It’s not massive and sits against one of the legs, but it’s still a decently sized black cylinder that contrasts with the rest of the desk’s design.
I would like to take a moment to say how much I dislike the buttons on the control panel. The design is good, all buttons are clearly labeled and the display screen is efficient. But instead of having real tactile buttons, the ones we have are flat and more like bubble wrap. The use is not satisfactory and your fingers can easily slip on the desired button.
A design object in your office
Since it is a cheaper alternative to, for example, the Pro series from FlexiSpot, there are also fewer cables to manage. It is not a three-level adjustment system, but rather a much simpler two-level system that is not designed to support the same weight limit as the Pro Series. This means that there is only one power outlet that comes out of a well-designed control box, itself integrated into the frame of the desk.
All of this translates to a much more subtle imprint on your home or office, making the Comhar EW8 a great choice for small spaces that need versatility rather than a dedicated room. Don’t get me wrong, at 120 x 60cm there’s a graceful amount of workspace. Just don’t expect it to be a conversation starter. It’s a lighter, entry-level desk for a reason; it is meant to blend into the background.
FlexiSpot EW8 Comhar: assembly
I can’t say that I have never assembled a piece of furniture faster or easier than this desk. It was delivered in two parts, the top and the frame, both in two different boxes. FlexiSpot’s EW8 Comhar required 16 screws and was installed and powered up in ten minutes.
All that remains is to plug the motor of the desk into the power adapter on the back and plug in the power cable before returning the finished desk. This is also a great time to use the supplied cable ties to tidy up some cables so they don’t fall out and get misplaced when the desk is turned over.
Many thanks to the shipping and packing teams as everything arrived in one piece with no visible damage. I didn’t even have to install the drawer, which in retrospect might have been a mistake. No cables had to be routed or installed, and the control box is integrated into the frame. Even the power supply is secured in place with velcro, allowing a single cable to hang under the finished desk.
After a very short assembly process, it was time for me to test the EW8 Comhar for ourselves.
FlexiSpot EW8 Comhar: performance
However, the use of the EW8 Comhar itself is excellent. Adjustable components work wonders and the height limits are impressive, ranging from 72cm to 121cmmeaning it’s possible to find a comfortable working height, whatever your preference.
First, I programmed my preferred sitting and standing heights on the desk keyboard. Unlike other keyboards that require you to memorize a series of button combinations to save your presets, the Comhar EW8 keyboard allows you to hold one of the numbered buttons for 3 seconds to save the current desk height to that preset. . There’s also a lock button next to the keyboard’s USB-C port that can be used to activate the child lock feature so the desk height can’t be raised or lowered. Besides, the anti-collision function of EW8 Comhar can prevent the desktop from damaging or crushing other objects when moving.
The EW8 Comhar passed my coffee test: I put a full cup of coffee on the desk and tried to raise and lower it without spilling a drop. Although it only has one motor, the desk was able to go from sitting to standing in just over ten seconds.
The issues I encountered were with the motor noise and the drawer itself. First, let’s talk about the engine. He is noisy. Since this is a cheaper model than the Pro line, the engine configuration is different. If the engine noise isn’t going to disturb your purring cat next to you, I wouldn’t recommend changing heights during a conference call.
A discreet drawer
Of course, we have to talk about the drawer. Along with the charging ports (again, that’s a treat), this is the main selling point of this model for my family. Having extra storage space for small things like wireless keyboards and laptops is amazing when your kids use every flat surface as a dumping ground for homework, toys, and food crumbs. As it’s designed to be low-profile, there’s no real handle to cling to for leverage.
Beyond the noisy motor, I have nothing but praise for the Comhar standing desk. It is well suited for work and leisure, and the 50 kg weight limit allows for suitable use.. It might not be the best choice for permanent computer placement or as a media center, but for everyday tasks and dynamic workspaces, it’s a fantastic choice for whatever you work on.
FlexiSpot EW8 Comhar: Verdict
Generally, the Comhar FlexiSpot EW8 All-in-One Standing Desk is a great choice for people looking for a simple and easy-to-use workspace. The height range is impressive, the design is compact and sleek, and assembly was done in minutes.
It’s a shame the motor is quite noisy, but with a little care and a few compromises, you’ve got a great option here for those who need extra charging ports and some quick storage.