In case you missed it, it was Black Friday last Friday.
Black Friday is the informal name for the day following Thanksgiving Day in the US (the fourth Thursday of November), which has been regarded as the beginning of the country's Christmas shopping season since the early 1950s.
Most major retailers offer big discounts on their products in promotional sales and the trend has now well and truly taken hold of the UK as well as the US.
This time of year offers a great opportunity to upgrade your technology and treat yourself to the latest gadgets, and that goes for us too!
So two of our team members, Founder and CEO Ross Linnett, and Designer Andy Syson, have reviewed what they bought in Black Friday sales.
Both products are useful for people with different disabilities and impairments by making everyday life more accessible, so we hope you enjoy our reviews.
What did you buy in the Black Friday Sale?
I bought the Tresanti adjustable height desk from Costco - a bargain at £199
I bought an Echo Dot from Amazon, half price at £24.99
Tell us about the product?
This is a great desk for anyone that likes to move around whilst working, like myself, instead of sitting at a desk all day. The height adjusts from 29.5” to 47” and features four programmable height settings, selectable via LED touch controls on the glass top.
It's a smart speaker, which is voice responsive. You can ask it to play music, ask questions, set reminders, give news and weather headlines, etc. I was very surprised at how responsive it was, it's a great little product for accessibility, because once it is set up, you don't even need to touch it to use it.
Why did you buy this product?
A common trait of Dyslexia is attention/concentration problems so sitting at a desk in front of a computer all day can affect this. As well as improved productivity, using a standing up desk has been proven to have health benefits such as reduced back pain, lower blood sugar levels and reduced risk of obesity.
I've been thinking about getting one for a while, to be completely honest it was more for the novelty initially and at half price, it was hard to say no. But now I'm finding it quite useful after realising all of the different apps you can connect it to. I've already bought a second one for another room in my house.
Would you recommend this product?
Yes absolutely! Since testing the product I have bought more desks for the office to increase staff productivity and boost moral. The feedback from the team has been great
I would 100% recommend it, especially if you can get it at the Black Friday sale price. They'd be great for Christmas presents!
See below the adjustable desk in action.