I have been working at a desk since about 2005 or so. The last four years at the police department and then starting in 2010 when I went to work in the Web Hosting industry. I found that at the end of the day, even though I was mostly sedimentary, I was fatigued and basically tired. I assumed this was normal.
When I stopped working in May of 2016 I just set up a regular desk to work at. “Work” being I was being as annoying as I could be on Facebook. I had looked at a few Sit/Stand Desks before I stopped working but didn’t worry about it once I quit. I wasn’t there but for an hour or two cumulative throughout the day so it wasn’t critical.
When I went back to work in June of this year, I started looking in earnest. I looked at some commercially available at Office Max, Staples and Amazon but couldn’t find anything that really flipped my switches. I started looking online (off Amazon). The one that kept popping up the most was Varidesk. However, most of their models were apparatuses that sat on top of your existing work surface and basically provided a spot for your monitor and a separate, slightly lower platform for your keyboard. This wasn’t going to work for me since I use a laptop and an external monitor. The one complete desk they did have was nearly $800 and that just seemed way too high.
So I resorted to my friends on Facebook. I put it out there. A good friend who I have come to trust over the years recommended Autonomous desks. He said that the company he works for (and one of my former employers) had started buying them and folks there loved them. Another former co-worker at the same company chimed in with accolades and photos of the desk. I was pretty much sold.
I went to the website and checked on the product. Great choices, excellent warranty, fast shipping and most of all, less than HALF the price of Varidesk. I ordered one.
It took about three business days (over a weekend) for the desk to arrive. Total weight of both pieces is over 100 pounds! Excellent quality and workmanship.
It took about an hour to put it together. If I have one complaint, it is the instructions. They are lacking a little bit. Autonomous did provide a video that clarified a little bit of it but still left some gaps. If you have any mechanical inclination whatsoever you can figure it out pretty quickly.
This has been probably one of the best “work” choices I have made in a long long time.