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Autonomous SmartDesk 2 Review

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Autonomous SmartDesk 2 Review

So I got a standing desk. As the title says, it was the SmartDesk 2 from Autonomous.

I have never owned a standing desk before, but I knew I wanted one after trying out standing and working on my laptop with different methods. It helps me focus more on the task at hand, and helps my body get a break from sitting all day (not that I don’t love other awesome computer desks that you can view here).

In a long roundabout way I found the SmartDesk 2 base and used my existing desk surface on it (probably will replace it later).

After using the desk for several months now, here is my review. The video is great, and the article provides even more detail.

Assembly

This thing was a breeze to put together. The instructions were very straight forward, I did not get lost when following them.

The only thing to note here is that this thing is super heavy, and you will need to turn it over a time or two. You may want a second set of hands to help, but was able to go it alone.

Lifting Capacity

This standing desk can lift 220 lbs! I laid on it and went up and down, and yes that was fun. This should be plenty of lift for your entire computer station.

Do note that the SmartDesk 2 – Business Edition has a lifting capacity of 300 lbs. This may come in handy if you are running giant CRT monitors still or something weird.

Stability

The stability of this desk is great! I had previously looked at some standing desk that was on sale at Office Max and ready many reviews that the desk was not stable and it was very noticeable. Glad I avoided that.

The only time you notice a tiny bit of wobble is if you really shove the desk pretty hard, or when it is going up and down. Not a big deal for me since I am also going up and down with it.

Noise

This is not a silent desk by any means. There is an audible hum when adjusting the height of this desk. It does not bother me though.

It is a sound that a microphone would probably pick up, but then again so is the sound of the space heater that is next to me.

Adjustment Height Range

The adjustment height range of the SmartDesk 2 is 29 inches – 47 inches. I am under 6 ft. tall, and I have no issues with how high it goes.

That being said, I do wish it went a little lower, just one or two inches to be flush with my arms.

The adjustment height range of the SmartDesk 2 – Business Edition is 24 inches to 51 inches. This could be a future upgrade.

Adjustment Height Speed

The adjustment speed of SmartDesk 2 is 1 inch per second (compared to the Business Edition which is 2.3 inches per second). This speed is fine for me, I can take an extra second to stretch which I do any way.

Controls

The controls are pretty basic. You have 7 buttons on a panel that mounts under the desk. You can really place it any where you like. Instead of on the front I put mine off to the left side so it makes my desk look cleaner.

One button helps you save a height, 4 buttons that initiate a saved height, and two buttons to go up and down. Pretty easy!

Warranty

Warranty has never been much of a selling point for me, but it can be a, “nice to have” sort of thing. The warranty of the home edition is 1 year, but the business edition is 5 years.

Conclusion

Should you buy the Autonomous SmartDesk 2? Yes, but as with all things, it depends on your exact needs. There are also other types of standing desks to consider.

If you are looking for a way to get standing more at your computer station, then the SmartDesk 2 is a great way to do it without completely breaking the bank.

Build Log Complete! Metallic Gear Neo G Mini Final Video

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Yes, I finally completed the Metallic Gear Neo G Mini Build Log!

Watch the video and let me know what you think, it certainly was a labor of love!

Here is the auto generated text from this video if you would rather read through that:

the time has come to show off the masterpiece I know it’s been a long time since the last video you can tell my face has grown long as they say and so is my hair I mean life happens things get busy but this machine’s been performing beautifully as you can see we got the the RGB strip down here in front cheapo knockoffs fans they don’t work or a sink that’s okay I’m not really concerned about that the only thing that kind of irks me a little bit is I have one RGB header which I put the strip on and so the case comes I you can’t see from this angle has a little bottom light in the front that works with the or a sink it’s just shining white because I had to unhook it to plug in the stripper fans of Linux and RGB may be a little disappointed because or sync does not have any native Linux clients there are some scripts out there I believe that people have created but it’s not quite the same so that stinks I’ll did I’ll live with it it’s fine one other thing is this thing is it does perform beautifully it I mean transfer speeds and everything is just so much faster than what I used to have I don’t have any benchmarks that I’ve run because quite frankly I haven’t had a lot of time and that’s why this videos late but you know I use it while I’m working from home every day you know maybe I’ll make a video on that soon a lot of people ask me how or do you like working from home yes it is awesome and you probably could find a job working from home if you really wanted to maybe there’s a lot of options out there but that’s for another video so in the meantime enjoy the beautiful footage [Music] alright guys thanks for watching I really do appreciate it yeah it’s been it’s been a lot of fun doing this it’s also been a good amount of work I apologize for the poor audio quality on something I know I need to fix so hopefully in that next video you you’ve got to subscribe to get it hopefully in that next video if you subscribe and get it I will have that audio fixed you’ll be able to hear me so much better so next time