Using the Autonomous SmartDesk 2 Hybrid Edition
Before we get into me actually using the Autonomous SmartDesk 2 Hybrid Edition, let me show you a comparison of the original Smart Desk 2 vs the larger configured SmartDesk 2 Hybrid Edition.
As you can see with my previous setup I was not able to have my computer on my desk. Being a PC enthusiast my build is something I definitely want to show off so having it off to the side was not all that ideal. Also you can see that with a larger monitor, speakers, and everything else on my desk things were a little busy. With my new setup I can display my build and I do not have cables going from my desk over to a shelf.
Another new change for me with this desk was that it does not have the indent in the front. The was the ergonomic table top and while I liked it, it did cut out a large section of the desk and I really wanted to real-estate back. With the normal tabletop I get that space back, and if you are a gamer that uses a lower sensitivity you’ll appreciate having more desk space.
There are two pre-drilled cable routing holes in the desk with a silver insert which keeps cable mess to a minimum. The desk also comes with a handful of cable organizers which stick to the bottom of the desk. I haven’t installed these just yet as I am waiting for a few things to come in before I organize and hide all of my cables away. That is another thing I would highly suggest when you get a desk like this is to plan out all of your cable routing before you do it.
Of course the best part of this desk is the fact that you can adjust the height. There is a small controller that is on the far right of the front of the desk. This controller offers up and down arrows for height adjustment, four pre-sets that you can set, and a display of the current height. The Hybrid Edition of the desk can adjust from 28″ all the way up to 47″. This allows me to be sitting in a normal office chair, sit on a stool at a higher height, or be completely standing.
After using the SmartDesk 2 Hybrid Edition I did notice a few things compared to my original desk from Autonomous. First the motors were definitely quieter, which is a nice improvement. Also when switching between my predefined heights the desk moves quickly and then slows down towards the end. This makes it so the desk does not jerk when switching between predefined heights. The previous desk I had would quickly move to the next height without slowing down which would jerk the desk.