I’ll start by just saying what it does: the SmartDesk 2 is one of those desks that is a standing desk and a sitting desk. At the touch of a button, the user can have a standing experience or sitting experience, and should probably be the new standard of desks.
I was pleased that it was sent to me, and it came in two forms on two separate days. The first was the big flat top of it, and the other part contained the legs and the motor that could raise or lower that top.
I will have to say that assembly was pretty simple, even though it took about two-and-a-half hours. I had no problem assembling the legs as it was simple inserting thick bolts with the included square bolt alum wrench.
The biggest issue is when you have to insert the legs into the top section. Now, there are holes marked where you can insert the legs and screw them into the wood, but the issue is that assembly allows to adjust the width of the legs.
I am not certain why in the world these legs need to be adjustable at the width for construction. In the end, I just chose a width that lined up with the holes. The issue is that adjusting the width of the legs was step 2, but that didn’t really come into play until step 12, where I had to adjust the width of the legs again to make it fit.
The same applied to the driveshaft. This particular part joined the motor on one leg with another mechanism on the other leg so the desk can be raised or lowered. Honestly, the driveshaft should probably be put on last, because I had to take it out in order to screw on the top in the center of it.
Yes, I realize that this is rather difficult to follow, but trust me, I would actually recommend following some of the steps out of order to assemble this desk in the most simple manner as possible. However, if you are not technically capable, like me, I was able to get it working as soon as I plugged it in.
The controls of the desk screw on in the front, and I was able to raise it up to carry a lot of weight on the top. It can hold 220 lbs for the Home Edition and up to 300 for the Business Edition.
So the real question is whether or not you want a standing desk. There was a recent Family Guy sketch that I felt addressed the issue of how standing desk people relate to “chair-people”. I put it here so you can read it for yourself after the jump.
I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not you want the adjustable SmartDesk 2, but it is available with a lot of customization. For example, you can decide how you want the top, square or something more ergonomic with a section in the middle. You can see that the top is white here, but it comes in black, Walnut, White Oak, and Bamboo.
Depending on what you want, that will raise the price. The cheapest I could find was a plain white design with basic tabletop area for $399, and others with a larger area and higher priced wood at $599. However you get it, I recommend it for purchase on the Autonomous AI site.