Mounting a Cintiq: Part 2

In my last post, I shared my thoughts on using the Loctek 7DL mounting arm with my Wacom Cintiq 27 QHD drawing tablet.

This time around I’m looking at the Flexispot Height Adjustable Sit-Stand Desk M2-35″ model, which retails for $330US.

The Flexispot M2 (shortened to M2 for the remainder of this review) is meant to convert a standard table or desk to a sit-stand station. The M2 is not a desk replacement or a stand-alone piece of furniture.

Some of the key features of the M2 include:

  • 12 smoothly adjustable height settings
  • simple one-step assembly
  • compatible with ergonomic monitor mounts

So… does it live up to the hype? Let’s find out, shall we?

Unboxing

It was an effort to bring this inside and up the stairs after the unit was delivered to my doorstep. The M2 comes well packed.

Inside the box are the sit-stand desk unit, a separate keyboard tray, some screws and a quick-start pamphlet explaining how to put everything together.

For this particular project, I enlisted the aid of my daughter. She assembled the keyboard tray onto its mounts and I helped her attach it to the desk. Setup took all of 5 minutes. Really.

Installing the keyboard tray is optional, but I knew I would make use of it. It’s roomy enough to comfortably hold my keyboard, mouse and even a cup of brew, should the need arise. The tray’s soft, rounded edge makes it comfortable to rest my wrists on when I pound out words on my keyboard.

The M2 is 35″ wide and 23″ tall. The surface itself is roughly 5/8″ thick. Its comprised of a high quality Fibreboard, which has a smooth feel. The surface comes in a choice of two colors: white or black. I was supplied the black desk unit for my review.

On the side view, you can see the steel mechanism that controls the height of the M2’s surface. Fit and finish wise, the M2 is solid. The M2 weighs 49 lbs, with a load bearing capacity of 35 lbs. Suffice to say, it will stay put on your desk.

When pressed, side flaps located on either side of the desk allow the user to adjust the height to the appropriate value. The flaps were easy to trigger and lock, despite the weight of the unit. The hinge mechanism raises or lowers the unit by way of two gas springs.

The size of the desk is perfect for my 27″ Cintiq. I have extra room on both sides of the display.

Below is a photo of my desk with the M2 fully integrated with my workstation.

Standing or Sitting

I’m using my M2 exclusively as a standing desk. This is actually better for my back, it turns out. After using the M2 for a few days, I could feel my legs getting really tired. I’m not used to standing up for so long. After about a week, my legs were starting to adjust. Two weeks in, I still get tired after standing up for a few hours, but I don’t mind it so much now. Using an anti fatigue mat has helped me stand more comfortably. In my own experience, standing has given me more energy than sitting down. I feel more focused and fresh while I’m at the desk.

From a drawing perspective, I really like the M2. Thanks to its keyboard tray, my Apple extended keyboard is within easy access and my back remains straight while I draw, which greatly takes the pressure off my lower back herniation. Enabling the Cintiq 27 QHD’s built in support legs gives me a proper angle to draw on.

Mounting Arm or Sit-Stand Desk?

Based on my desk size and configuration, I prefer the Flexispot sit-stand desk over the Loctek arm. The biggest difference is that I feel less pain when I draw using it. The Loctek mounting arm is a good unit for most people. Especially if you enjoy sitting down while working. But if you suffer from lower back pain issues like I do, standing might be the better option. Price-wise, the Flexispot is nearly double the price – but it offers a solid value, despite its extra cost. The M2 also supports the addition of mounting arms. I did not test this aspect in my review, but plan to do so in the future.

In the end, I find both units to be of high quality and great value. What you choose depends on your specific needs. Either way, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

-Krishna

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