The human body is designed to be mobile, the cardiovascular system works better that way. However, sitting has become modern society’s favorite position – at desks, in the car, and on the couch.
What does the research say? Sitting all day is bad for you.
This is where stand-up workstations might be able to help. Case in point: SmartDesk 2 Premium, an ergonomic standing desk by Autonomous!
AUTONOMOUS SMARTDESK 2 PROS
People use standing desks for a variety of reasons, which means there’s a need for more space and better carrying capacity. Luckily, the SmartDesk 2 ticks all the boxes users will be hoping for from an accommodating workstation. With the neutral tones, neatly aligned buttons underneath the desk and rounded edge, SmartDesk 2’s minimal design adds a touch of sophistication to any home or office.
136kg. If you are wondering what to put on the XL Top, here you go: two 27” iMacs, mouse, keyboard, a few books, and there still be a room for a plant. The Classic Top, however, may limit the number of items as it is about 4.5 feet wide, and 29-inches deep.
PROGRAMMABLE HEIGHT PRESET
The SmartDesk 2 is electric. Once you find your sweet spot for sitting and standing within the desk’s range, save up to four height pre-sets on the front panel. This comes handy if you share a desk. You may also press and hold the ‘up and down’ keys at the same time to lock the height in.
QUICK AND QUIET MOTORS
Even with two 27” iMacs and accessories, the dual-motors raise and lower the desk smoothly (at about 5.5cms per second). Unlike the leading standing desks, Autonomous SmartDesk 2 produces only a little less than 45 decibels of sound. That means when it raises or lowers, it’s as quiet as being in a library.
SCRATCH RESISTANT SURFACE
The surface on the SmartDesk 2′ surface is tough and will stand up well to daily use.
Choose from five desktop finishes (bamboo, white oak, walnut, black and white) for the perfect look that matches your workspace. The bases are available in black, white and grey.
The 2.5cm thickness of the table adds to its overall sturdiness. Compared to the predecessor, it does move a bit however it has minimal wobbling side-to-side. This is worth mentioning, especially considering its leg frame. Speaking of the leg frame, it is actually a separate leg style, but with a bracing bar screwed to the desk, which also accounts for the excellent stability.
Perhaps the biggest plus of this desk is its price point.
There are standing desks priced slightly lower than the SmartDesk 2 but they are either for the frame only or manually cranked (non-electrical) Combine the SmartDesk 2’ relatively cheaper price with their promotional offers and you’ll realize why customers vouch for Autonomous.
AUTONOMOUS SMARTDESK 2 CONS
When buying an adjustable-height desk – especially if you’re a first-timer – you’ll want to know it’s a value-for-money deal. Among its benefits are a few minus points to keep in mind.
A few complaints did arise around the quality of gear components and electronics used in the SmartDesk 2. Some users also note that the surface is not scratch-resistant as Autonomous claims.
STABILITY AND PERFORMANCE
At its maximum height, there will be minor shaking and lateral movement in the frame. Also, speed gets dropped considerably when the load nears the maximum.
POOR CABLE MANAGEMENT
Since its electrical hardware is mounted under the desk, SmartDesk 2 does not come with a built-in cable tray. Instead, it has Velcro zip tie cable management strips with adhesives to hold cables. If you are in a shared office it is wiser to have standing desks with better cable management for health and safety reasons.
UNPACKING The Autonomous SmartDesk 2
The SmartDesk 2 Premium comes nicely packed in two boxes. Just a heads-up: you might need a helping hand – the boxes might be a little too heavy for just one person. One box houses the desktop surface, and the other is packed with two leg frames, the tools for putting the desk together plus some hooks and a user guide. With holes placed drilled in the desktop for all parts, assembly is more or less common sense but the user guide is clear and easy to follow. You can also make use of Autonomous’ assembly video to get this ergonomic workstation to get up and running as quickly as possible. Though Autonomous claims that assembly is easy and takes about 15 – 30 minutes, it took us a little less than an hour to set it up.
WHO IS The Autonomous SmartDesk 2 FOR?
This height-adjustable standing desk is best suited for:
- People who’ve just set out on ‘Sit, Stand, Sit’ journey
- Minimalists, Tech-savvy people, gaming professionals
- People on a budget with home offices
GETTING STARTED WITH A STANDING Desk
Getting into a sit-stand routine at work definitely takes time. Here are a few tips you can try.
- Correct standing posture
The first step is to stand correctly.
- Head, neck, torso, and legs in line
- Desk in alignment with your elbows
- Upper arms close to the body
- The screen at or just below eye level.
- Change positions every 20 minutes
- If you were sitting, stand. If you were standing, go get water, take a 5-minute walk, just get your body moving.
- Get an anti-fatigue mat
It may reduce the leg discomfort and back pain associated with standing for longer.
- Change keyboard and mouse positionThe ideal wrist angle when standing is a little more extended than when sitting.
- Wear the right shoesHigh heels are a no-no. Wear cushioned shoes with wide and flat outsole design.
IS THE AUTONOMOUS SMARTDESK 2 PREMIUM FOR YOU?
It is a model that will add versatility and quality to your workstation and its customization options when shopping are simply amazing. Nearly perfect, this standing desk is quiet, stable, and raises and lowers to your height perfectly. Most importantly, it prevents you from becoming one with the couch and helps alleviate the chronic pain from sitting down all day in your job.
There are certain problems, like the lack of cable tray, minor shaking and surface scratches. Nonetheless, the greater overall versatility plus the easy electronic adjustability and very competitive price make this a tempting option for a standing desk. Get up, get down. Get your work done at this stylish standing desk!
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