Autonomous L-Shaped Standing Desk

Dave’s Ongoing Autonomous Standing Desk Review w Promo Code

As an SEO and thus, someone who’s at their desk for many hours every day, I’ve come to know the importance of strong ergonomics.  Regular readers will recall from my Ergodox EZ review, that I also know it can be a nightmare to figure out exactly what you’re looking at, and looking for.

But before we dive into all of that, let’s look at …

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Why I Started Looking At Standing Desks

The first standing desk we ordered and that I’ll be reviewing is actually not for me, but for my wife. She suffers from scoliosis and works in UX and social media. Basically, she’s at her desk a lot.

Lately she’s been feeling the impact of sitting for long hours at a stretch and something important to think about for everyone is – ergonomics isn’t as much for the you of today, it’s for the you of tomorrow. Seeing the future that was coming we started the hunt for a standing desk. And this is exactly the type of research I love.

Over the coming months we’ll be chronicling not only the desk, but also the impact on body health.

The Standing Desks I Shortlisted

There were three standing desks I shortlisted. Some of the biggest characteristics she needed were:

  • L-Shaped
  • Needed to be able to support 5 monitors
  • Needed to have programmable heights

For reference, the ones I shortlisted were:

EffyDesk*

Effydesk L-Shaped Standing Desk

This one is from a Canadian company and comes in at $1,325 CA (roughly $1,030 US) and won’t be available in the US until February 2021.

This one came with some solid reviews and I almost chose it, but as an internet marketer I was put off by verified tales of bought reviews and the use of marketing strategies that I wouldn’t support in my job.

From what I can tell quality-wise they’re solid, but the incident was a tie-breaker between the one I chose and this one.

It comes with a 30-day trial and free shipping.

You can find out more about them if you’re interested here*. If you use our link you get $25 off.

UpLift

Uplift L-Shaped Standing Desk

Coming in at $1,249 US (on sale – down from $1,299), this was the most expensive of the options I looked at.

It is well reviewed and has a great track record. It was even recommended by a friend.

Honestly, with this one the deciding factor was price.  The three I seriously considered were all well review, and this one was the most expensive. I believe whole-heartedly in paying for quality, but when the quality appears equal, then price becomes the deciding factor, and it was especially pronounced in Canada with duty fees.

It does have a 30-day trial which is great, and supports 355 pounds.

On top of that, you get the option during ordering to add on some nifty add-ons for free.

That said, I’m Canadian and the Shipping to Canada would have tacked on an additional $445 US. They have free shipping in the US however.

If the Autonomous doesn’t work out as well as expected, I will revisit this one.

You can find out more about them here.

Autonomous*

Autonomous L-Shaped Standing Desk

This one comes in at $739 US, with free shipping.

It came with strong reviews and the lowest price tag of the ones I seriously considered.

It supports up to 350 pounds, more than enough for some files and a few monitors, looked good and comes with a 30-day trial in the US and a 15-day trial in Canada which was extremely important.

I’m not sure why the difference in trial periods.

You can find out more about them here*.

Autonomous: The Standing Desk I Chose

As may be obvious by now, we ended up choosing the Autonomous.

The desk was ordered on December 10, 2020 with an estimated delivery date of January 18, 2021.

The order was:

Autonomous Order Details

There were shorter timeframes for different color-combinations and configurations, the one we needed is one of ones with the longer wait times.

The anti-fatigue mat came first, on December 18th and the desk came in three boxes on January 20th.

Assembling The Autonomous L-Shaped Standing Desk

As noted, The desk came in three boxes:

Autonomous Box One

Autonomous Box Two

Autonomous Box Three

The second I picked them up to carry them in I was impressed by the weight.  These were clearly not some cheap Ikea creation.

The build took about 3 hours in total. A good deal of that time was figuring out some of the slightly confusing bits.

Two notes if you go with the Autonomous for yourself:

1 – pay attention that there are two manuals as you can see in the picture above. but closer up …

Autonomous Manuals

The large sheet is key to the build, but not referenced in the main manual.

Clearly something had gone wrong with the initial unit and adjustments made. Without the pieces in the second manual in place the two tops of the L do not connect well vertically.  Which is how I discovered that I needed the second, which stabilized everything perfectly.

2 – Listen to what they advise and build it upside down. It would just have been better and faster, something I should have taken their advice on but didn’t.

The Quality Of The Autonomous Desk

We’re about a week into use and the quality appears excellent.

Autonomous Desk Built

Programming the heights in is simple, and the motors are sturdy. The desk itself is as stable as hoped and hold the monitors and files well.

The Verdict

I’ve ordered another Autonomous L-Shaped standing desk for myself, after debating between it and the SmartDesk 2 Premium.

This will give me the opportunity to provide better images of the build process properly done, as well as a more accurate timeline on the build.

I ordered my own on January 23rd with an expected shipping date of February 23rd.

If you plan on ordering one, if yours ships after the 23rd feel free to check back for better build details so hopefully you can skip the hiccups.

Ordering An Autonomous

You can order the desk off the Autonomous website here*.

Automomous Desk Promo Code

There’s a promo code R-EBATE5 that gives a 2 to 5% discount, depending on the order size.

Returns

If you’ve read this far you’ll know that I’ve ordered two desks.

As of the time of this writing I haven’t received the second desk, but I did receive the anti-fatigue mat I ordered with it.

Unfortunately my wife didn’t like hers. As noted, she has scoliosis and something about it irritated her back. I stood at it for a bit and wanted on so I decided to return the one that was shipped for me as it was unopened.

The return process went as follows:

  • On February 5 I submitted my request to return the item.
  • On February 7 I was asked for a picture of the item to prove it was packed in the proper packaging for shipment back (so if you think you may return your Autonomous desk and are just taking it for a test drive, make sure to keep all the packaging).
  • On February 8 I was sent a prepaid FedEx label.
  • On February 11 I shipped the item back.
  • I’ll update this with the date the money was returned to my account.

 

If you have any questions, free to drop any questions into the comments below.

Disclosure: If you see an asterisk after the name of one of the companies, that means we are a member of their affiliate/referral program and will profit in some way should you use the link and then purchase one. We don’t recommend any services we haven’t used, that’s the purpose of these reviews, and we certainly don’t choose to use a lackluster desks just for a few affiliate dollars.

What we will do is make a few extra dollars recommending something if they want to give it to us. Heck, we’d recommend you do the same. 🙂

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