Autonomous SmartDesk 2 – A Standing Ovation
One of the most neglected when it comes to consideration for your PC space is often the desk. I've seen it all; an ironing board, cinderblocks with a plank of wood, that IKEA table with legs, or that flat-packed boxed desk that will take to 2 days and tons of patience to put together only for it to collapse the next time you need to move it to the other side of the room. But Autonomous aims to change your perception of what a desk could and should be without breaking your wallet. The SmartDesk 2 is a motorized sit/stand desk that gives you the freedom to get up and keep working so you can give your derriere a break and stretch those legs. I've seen a few other reviews for this desk from other sites and found a bit of a mixed experience but mine was more than positive as we move forward.
|Average Assembly Time||15-30 Minutes|
|Warranty||5 years frame / 1 year top|
|Dimensions||53"L x 29"W x 1"H|
|Colors||White, Black, Walnut, White Oak, Bamboo|
|Material|| High-quality MDF wood (Black/White/Walnut/White Oak);
|Height range (with top)||28" - 48"|
The Autonomous SmartDesk 2 ships in two separate packages that are well secured and padded nicely. None of the components came in damaged or scuffed, which was something I was somewhat concerned about. One thing I will say is either be capable of moving some heavyweight packages or have a friend ready to help with this one.
The assembly process is exceptionally easy, almost too easy. the SmartDesk 2 comes with all tools, screws, and bolts needed for the full assembly and they're nicely separated. Assembling the legs took just a few minutes and then attaching the legs to the desk took only a few more minutes. The motors are connected to the control box with simple plugs and then adding the control box to the front of the desk only took another minute. Coordinating flipping the desk over seemed to take more time than actually putting it all together.
Experience and Conclusion
There were some concessions made moving to the tabletop only style desk that the SmartDesk2 presents and the biggest was finding a place for everything in the drawers and the tower now had to move to the top of the desk as well. I could have placed the tower elsewhere but that would have resulted in the cables being strung everywhere and dangling in the most precarious ways. Speaking of cables that brings me to the only real complaint that I have with the desk, while it comes with small tie straps there's no real good solution for controlling the cables that will inevitably start to pile up under the desk. Thanks to the desk being wood I was able to securely mount the power strip under there, but a box of sorts will be a long term solution but unfortunately, that adds to the cost of the setup.
The single-stage motors in the legs had me a bit concerned about noise and shake, both were minimal. Sure you could hear the motor but it wasn't distracting and the shake when going from a sitting position to the standing position only caused my monitor to wobble slightly and it's pretty wobbly to begin with anyway. The controller has an LED readout that is nice and easy to read and has space for 4 personalized settings that offer up the ability for 2 people to have a sitting and standing position that makes it perfect for shared desk space and no one has to adjust a chair height for comfort. The SmartDesk 2 delivered on the promised that it makes and the experience I've had with it over the past month has led me to consider changing out the rest of the desks in our house. I couldn't recommend considering a motorized sit/stand desk more now than ever when considering the price isn't much more than the generic desk and the ease of assembly makes for a great overall experience.
An exceptionally solid and sturdy desk that makes moving from your chair to standing extremely on you and your bank account
- Well packaged
- Easy to assemble
- Smooth lift and lower
- Competitively priced
- No cable management box