Cemtrex is a company not previously known in the world of office kit, but that hasn't stopped it launching what it regards as "the most advanced workstation on the market." And with everything it's shoehorned in – including a gesture control system appropriately dubbed the "Stark Gesture System" – it may well be.
"The world is ready for a SmartDesk," says Cemtrex's CEO and Chairman, Saagar Govil. "It is 2018 but our workspaces have not evolved like most things we interact with on a daily basis like our smartphones, smart cars and smart homes."
This "blend of futuristic hardware and groundbreaking productivity software" sports three 24-inch multi-touch/gesture controlled screens, a VOIP compatible digital phone with Bluetooth ear-buds, a Qi wireless phone charger, a 1080p document scanner and an embedded keyboard/trackpad. The desk is powered by an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 Windows PC (with a 256 GB SSD alongside a 1 TB HDD and 16 GB of RAM) strapped underneath.
Cemtrex is hoping neat-freaks who lament the usual bird's nest of cables will be drawn to its pitch of "One Single Wire" (which would jump to two if you used the Ethernet port) and the SmartDesk certainly is very, very neat. The keyboard, trackpad and Qi phone-charger are embedded into the desktop, the scanner is built into the monitor frame and the PC and USB ports (1 x USB 3.1 type C, 2 x USB 3.1 type A and 2 x USB 2.0) are all tucked nicely underneath. Even the Bluetooth ear-buds get their own little drawer.
But all this neatness comes at a cost (besides the US$3,999), and that cost is flexibility. While features like the Stark Gesture System will appeal to the geekerati, and the ability to be raised to serve as a standing desk will help the circulation, the Cemtrex SmartDesk seems better positioned as a high-tech desk version of a Wall Street power-suit.
Sure, it's packed with some funky integrated technology, but for some, all this elegant integration presents an issue. Customization is almost entirely out of the question, while repairs and updates may prove difficult for a workstation purpose-built around specific hardware.
But the SmartDesk is more than a workstation, it's practically a complete office, which – for the price – is pretty reasonable considering everything Cemtrex has managed to pack into it. Deliveries of the SmartDesk begin September 2018 and it's available for pre-order now at $3,999 with the option of financing at $175/month for 24 months.
Take a closer look at some of the features of the SmartDesk via the video below.
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