FlexiSpot EG8 review: Stylish standing desk with built-in USB charging ports

A glass top, integrated drawer, and USB charging ports are built right into this electronic desk.

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If you're in the market for a standing desk that has a built-in USB charging hub, touch capacitive controls, and a discreet built-in drawer, you've come to the right place. I've been reviewing the FlexiSpot EG8 over the last handful of weeks, and I think it's one of the best desks you can buy if you're looking for everything above.

Featuring a sleek design, the FlexiSpot EG8 is the only desk from FlexiSpot with built-in USB charging ports, and it's one of few on the market with a USB-C port too. With two USB-A ports and one USB-C port, you have three ports on the front of the desk for charging your phone, headphones, or other peripherals.

Be sure to check out our last FlexiSpot desk review too! Of course, FlexiSpot also has a sale going on right now, meaning you may be able to get this desk for less than it usually costs. So make sure you check out their website for more.

FlexiSpot EG8: Price and availability

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The FlexiSpot EG8 is available in both the United States and United Kingdom, albeit under a different name in the United States. In the US, it's called the Comhar, and is available in either glass or wood finishes, in white, black, or "chipboard" colorways. In the United Kingdom, it's known as the EG8 and is only available in white or black, with glass being the only finish on offer.

Pricing is normally $500 in the United States, and £450 in the United Kingdom, though you can usually find both on sale at a discounted price directly from the FlexiSpot website.

FlexiSpot EG8: What you'll like

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The FlexiSpot EG8 is the first "all-in-one" desk from FlexiSpot, which means it has the control panel, a drawer, and charging ports built right into the frame of the desk. On other FlexiSpot desks, these additions are separate accessories that you can manually add to the underside of your table if you wish.

The advantage of having these all built in is that it provides a clean and minimalist design. There are no extra wires or drill holes you need to worry about. It's just all built into the design of the desk. The tabletop and frame are one piece, with the control panel, charging ports, and drawer built neatly into the front side of the frame.

Because the tabletop and frame are one piece, assembly of this desk is super straightforward. It's definitely the easiest desk in FlexiSpot's lineup to assemble, requiring just eight screws and about five minutes to put together. It can be assembled with the provided Allen key, with no drill required, which also means you won't have to manually drill the frame into the tabletop like with other FlexiSpot desks.

Overall, the desk feels super premium and substantial.

The desk comes in three pieces: the tabletop and two separate legs. The instructions are super straightforward, though you may need a second person to help maneuver the desk as it's a little heavy once fully assembled. I cannot stress how easy it was to assemble this desk. Other desks usually take me 10-20 minutes to fully assemble. With the EG8, I was done in five, thanks to not needing to manually install things like the control panel or drawer.

Overall, the desk feels super premium and substantial. With the glass top and solid frame, this feels like a sturdy desk that you can put things on without worry. I have my expensive Surface Studio 2 sitting on top, and it looks so good and matches the premium quality of the desk. In fact, I dropped a heavy drill on the glass surface only a few days after I set it up, and there's not a scratch or chip on it.

The front of the desk features a capacitive control panel, which is different from the other FlexiSpot desks. Because it's capacitive, you have to tap the buttons once to activate the panel, and then again to actually use the buttons. This is to stop accidental touches on the controls, and there's also a dedicated lock button that will keep the desk in place if you need it.

Also built into this control panel is a set of USB ports designed for charging peripherals such as a phone, tablet, or headphones. There are two USB-A ports and one USB-C port. Now, these are only 5V ports, meaning you won't be fast charging any devices out of these ports, but it's super handy to have if you just want your phone to remain topped up throughout the day.

FlexiSpot EG8: What you won't like

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There's not much to dislike about the EG8, though there are some minor annoyances that are worth noting. To start, for some reason, the power to the built-in charging ports will cut out whenever you move the desk up or down. Once the desk stops moving, it takes one or two seconds for power to be restored to the ports. It's not a big deal, but might be a problem if you have something plugged in that needs power constantly.

Depending on the color and finish, this desk can be a total fingerprint magnet. I'm reviewing the black model with a glass top, and it attracts fingerprints like nobody's business. After a few short minutes, the tabletop will be greased up where my hands rest and move around when working at my PC. A way to avoid this is to get yourself a deskmat, or opt for the white glass model or one with a wood top. Be sure to check out our roundup of best desk pads too!

The black metal frame also shows smudges quite easily, so I've found myself having to wipe down the frame quite often. Also, this black model shows off dust really well. With the black glass finish, I find myself blowing dust off the top of the desk almost daily. Of course, this will depend on your setup. If you live in an environment that's prone to dust buildup, this desk in black is going to show it off like a medal.

It's also worth noting that I've found the motor in this desk to be a little louder than other FlexiSpot desks, likely because it's doing a little more heavy lifting considering how heavy the desktop is with glass. It's a non-issue for the most part, as you only hear the motor when you actively raising or lowering the desk, but it's something I wanted to mention just in case.

Finally, the desk just isn't big enough for my taste. I love big desks, and this one I think falls on the smaller side of the spectrum. It's not tiny, and is perfectly fine for a laptop setup or small desktop setup. But if you find yourself with a large monitor, one or two laptops or tablets, and other stuff on your desk at one time, this is not going to be the desktop for you. FlexiSpot does sell desks with bigger tabletops, so that might be a better avenue.

FlexiSpot EG8: Competition

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There are many desks of this type out there on the market, most of which are from no-name brands you can find on Amazon. There's only a handful we've come across that we think match the FlexiSpot EG8, including the Seville Classics Airlift, which is available in white and but only has two USB-A ports built in.

There's also the Daytona Living wireless charging desk, which has three USB-A ports on the front and an integrated wireless charger on the top of the desk. However, there's no USB-C port, unlike the FlexiSpot EG8.

Both of these desks cost similar to the FlexiSpot EG8. If we were going to recommend another desk, the Daytona Living one is our pick. The built-in wireless charger on the surface of the desktop is pretty neat, and handy if you have a wireless charging phone.

FlexiSpot EG8: Should you buy it?

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You should buy this if ...

  • You're looking for a small to mid-sized standing desk
  • You want charging ports and a drawer built in
  • You want a desk that's super simple to assemble

You shouldn't buy this if ...

  • You need a large desk with lots of deskspace
  • You hate fingerprints
  • You need the USB ports to be constantly powered

Overall, I do like this desk. It's definitely one of the more premium-built desks I've tried, but it does come at the cost of size. It's a small desk, which will be fine for most people, but if you're looking for something bigger, this isn't going to be the one for you.

The inclusion of USB charging ports on the front is really nice, and the easy setup process was just a cherry on top. It looks and feels great, no matter what color or finish you ultimately decide to choose. I would recommend the white glass or any color wooded finish, just not the black glass one, because my goodness is it hard to keep looking clean.

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter and Threads