Assembling - lets say I've had easier flat pack furniture to assemble. As mentioned in another review, not all holes are predrilled. It will be difficult to build it with manual screwdriver - I managed it easily with power screwdriver. The manual is on the box, could be better explained but still does the job. Recommended assembly for 2 people but one can manage just fine.
The back support is only held with 2 screws to the top and it did bend while the desk was moved to its position. Once on place and re tightened, it stays fine.
The drawer of the desk I received is on the left hand side (not as pictured on the right) - it can not be assembled the other way around as the 2 legs/shelves have different width. Because of the design of the desk, you get 2/3 access to the opened drawer. It doesn't look like well thought design, but since the desk is meant to be compact overall - the drawer is manageable. If you like to slide under the desk for comfort during longer period of work, you could if you are average size.
The mat surface tent to stain from sweaty hands (or kitten's paws...), but it is easily wiped. This is for the walnut colour, the beach variation may not be that noticeable. Didn't test the scratch resistance, time will show.
For the price it will last long enough and it does look good too.
Delivered fast in big heavy box.