Everything is getting smart. I can turn on my lights with voice commands! But, why at stop at lights when you can make your desk smart?! That’s where Autonomous comes in. Their SmartDesk 2 is an awesome addition to any office or home. How so? Let’s take a closer look…

If you haven’t heard of a motorized smart desk, then it basically works as you would expect. A motor runs power to a piston and the piston pushes the desk up. That motor is controlled by a control box, where signals are received from a panel with buttons on it. This makes life a little easier.

You can go from standing in the morning to sitting at night while you work on whatever you’re working on. There are a few health benefits to this, such as improved posture and the chance to burn a few more calories, but let’s focus on the tech for now.



The SmartDesk 2 works really well. The only small issue I had – which seems to have gone away –  is that the piston would make a small squeaking sound when it went from a sitting to standing position. Other than that, all is well and now the movement is extremely silent and smooth.

Setting up the SmartDesk 2 only took a drill and some willpower and I got done in about 2 hours. If you like the setup I have in the video below – which is a walnut tabletop and black business edition legs – it’ll run you about $449. That may seem like a lot, but compared to other standing desks of the same or even less quality, this is a great price!

There are a lot of things to love about the SmartDesk 2. First off, the keypad on the desk gives you four slots for programmable heights. Then it has an up and down button, and also shows you exactly how high the desk is at that moment.  The buttons are very responsive and do exactly what they’re supposed to do. The second cool thing is that it can hold up to 300 lbs – with the business edition. That means I can stick my monitors on it, along with all my other junk and it’ll easily lift it all.

The tabletop on this desk is available in sizes all the way up to 70″ x 30″, and comes in a few different designs including bamboo and walnut. I have walnut and it looks and feels awesome. It feels extremely sturdy and high-quality, which is exactly what you want. There are a couple holes in the back for wire management, but I chose not to use them to fit more stuff on my desk.

One thing to mention is that the desk is pretty stable at both sitting and standing height, which is a huge concern for a lot of people. That’s most likely because of the high-grade steel used in the legs. The desk is not light by any means, either. If you plan on setting it up somewhere, you should probably build it in that room. I didn’t and had to dismantle to feet of the desk – which is really easy –  and move it from one room to another with someone else’s help. I learned my lesson.

One thing you will have to do is get into wire management. If you need any ideas you can check out our cable management tips. I used the same materials to get everything how I wanted under the desk, even though it’s still a work in progress.

Overall, if you’re looking for a well-priced motorized standing desk, you might want to look into the SmartDesk 2. It has just what you need and is made of high-quality material, making it perfect for just about anyone. Considering it isn’t as insanely expensive as some other standing desks, this is probably your best option as of yet. I highly recommend it.

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