Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that occasionally peels its eyes away from Apple’s big show just long enough to discover what else is happening in the landscape of gadget announcements. Blooming in the world this time around are a dongle to connect a PlayStation 4 controller to your computer, a smart standing desk, and a way to power up your WiFi connections.
As always, these are not reviews, and the scores reflect only how much I’d like to try each device.
After a long, laborious process and a lot of scraping paint splotches from the floor, the office space in my new apartment is ready for me to move into, and I will soon no longer need to write this column from my kitchen table. So, I’m in the market for a desk.
With my nascent interest in standing desks, the Gaze Desk seems a decent option. It switches between standing and seated modes with a button press or adjustment through an app. The dual lift function means you can adjust the height of the monitor independently of the rest of the desk.
What makes it a smart desk is it can shift automatically to your preferred setup as you approach. It also keeps an eye on your posture, sends notifications if you’ve been sitting for too long, and can rise to the standing position automatically to force you out of your chair for a while.
What’s more, Gaze Desk can sync with other devices, so you can set it up to turn on your desk lamp and coffee machine when you sit down.
It’s far from the first standing desk, though with a compelling feature set and clean design, it’s certainly grabbed my interest. My only fear is that I will ignore the prompt to stand after I’ve been sedentary too long, and try to force the desk back to its seated position, injuring myself and negating the health benefits of the desk. I overthink things sometimes.