I recently upgraded just about everything in my office and as part of that process I went looking for the best motorized standing desk I could find at a reasonable price. I was more excited than a person should probably be about a desk when I stumbled across the Autonomous standing desk. And, because it was so affordable, it’s safe to say that I was somewhat skeptical about placing an order. Would the quality be up to snuff? How reliable could it be? Long story short, I’m very glad I placed that order (and I’ll be placing more in the future).
Oh and by the way, this is the desk everyone keeps asking me about from my ultimate iMac setup video not long ago.
Some people (and lots of companies) claim that standing desks are healthier to use than old-fashioned “normal” desks. They say that sitting is the new smoking. I’m not going to weigh in on that debate in this review because for me the appeal of a standing desk came down to two things. First, I just like the idea of having an option to sit or stand — sometimes it’s nice to switch things up. And second, I’m a tech guy so I’m naturally interested in a desk that does more than just sit there (I can’t help it).
Before we get the the drawbacks, let’s cover everything I like about this desk first starting with the price. The base model for the Autonomous standing desk starts at just $250 which is absolutely insane for a standing desk in general and doubly so for a motorized standing desk. Add to that the fact that you can customize everything about this desk and you’ve got a pretty incredible one-two combination. You can personalize everything from the surface of the desk to the frame to which accessories (yes, accessories) you’d like to add-on.
I chose to go with the bamboo surface paired with a white frame. I also chose to get the ergonomic cutout in the front of the desk. These upgrades cost an extra $150 or so on top of the base price. I’m really, really happy with this combination. The bamboo and the white frame look super-clean — especially when paired with a Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus (which just so happens to perfectly wrap/fit around the back and one side of the desk which works well ...