Cemtrex Smart Desk Review
1 year on parts, 6 months on labor
59.7” x 33.7”
Connects to included Bluetooth earbud
Cool looking concept.
The company appears to be out of business.
[Editor’s Note: The following is a “forensic” review first published in August, 2018. We never had the opportunity to test the Cemtrex SmartDesk in our labs—it was slated for a November, 2018 release. When we have been unable to obtain a review unit from the manufacturer and when there is demand from our readers for information on the product, we evaluate publicly available information that the manufacturer and users of the product have provided online. We then apply our extensive experience evaluating standing desks and make an informed projection of how well this product will stack up against other products in its category. As soon as we are able to conduct a hands-on evaluation of the product or learn new information about it, we will update this review. Learn more about our review process at Anatomy of a Review.
Update January 23, 2020: Since it’s initial splash into the marketplace in 2018 this product seems to have failed to gain traction. The company’s website has no traffic score and copyrights haven’t been updated since 2018. The product is not available on Amazon. Interest from our readers evaporated shortly after the company’s highly publicized launch. Our calls to the company ended up in an infinite queue hold “for the next available agent.” We do not know if the obvious trademark conflict with the Autonomous SmartDesk had anything to do with Cemtrex’s demise. By all external indications the company is either no longer in business or being run part-time, and therefore we do not at this time plan to conduct a lab test review on their Smart Desk.]
- “All-in-one” standing desk and computer
- Fixed-height monitors
- Very little information available about the standing desk base
Cemtrex SmartDesk: Everything but the Kitchen Sink
The Cemtrex SmartDesk (not to be confused with the Autonomous product of the same name) is an all-in-one standing desk, with the emphasis on “all.” Not only does the desk include a built-in computer, it also features three built-in monitors, an NVIDIA 10 series graphics card (possibly a nod towards the gamer market), a built-in wireless earbud phone, keyboard, and document scanner. It’s all backed by a one year warranty on parts and six month warranty on labor—forgive us if we’re a little bit skeptical.
The red flags here are numerous. In the product video above, note how the user is forced to look down at the screens. An adjustable monitor arm is an essential part of any ergonomic standing desk workstation, and there is nothing on the Cemtrex website to imply that their monitors are height adjustable. What’s the point in a standing desk if standing is going to cause neck pain? Perhaps the thought was that because the monitors are touchscreens, they should be level with users’ hands rather than their eyes. This is indicative of the type of problem that inevitably crops up with all-in-one systems—in effort to be all-inclusive, vital details are skipped that result in something far inferior to what would otherwise be easily achievable.
The other major problem with desks like this is that you’re buying technology that’s baked into the desk, and technology has a tendency to age poorly. If you want a new hard drive, or you don’t like the keyboard, or one of your monitors has a dead spot, it ranges from tricky to impossible to replace the one flawed part of your system. You’re losing one of the huge benefits of desktop computers: the ability to swap out parts piece by piece. And you’re losing the same thing when it comes to the desk itself, as you can’t swap out monitor arms, keyboard, or really anything without a hassle. It’s simply a recipe for disappointment. Did we mention that it comes with a Bluetooth earbud phone? Does Cemtrex really think they’re going to be able to supplant users’ smartphones?
Finally, there are almost no specs available on the standing desk side of the equation. The Cemtrex website hypes up the tech specs without mentioning something as vital what kind of motor will move your desk up and down. What good is having “72” of touchscreen” when you have no idea how long your desk is supposed to last? It’s an attempt to sell the idea of a desk that solves all your problems, and that simply does not exist as an all-in-one solution, as has different needs and different anthropometry. Though the product is not yet even available for purchase, we caution potential buyers to stay away.
For those interested in corner desks, the iMovR Energize and Cascade are highly customizable options with American-made quality componentry, so be sure to check those out as similarly-shaped alternatives.
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