I need $580 ASAP. Fitting yourself a sit-to-stand desk
A sit-stand workstation that makes use of my existing laptop, monitor, and keyboard/mouse.
Assisted lifting that does not require power – which means hydraulics or springs or levers or something of the sort. Sorry, geekdesk.
Affordable on a grad student’s budget. (This desk is the most expensive piece of furniture in my apartment, but it’s also the one I’ll spend the most time at. The bed is the second most expensive, and it’s probably the one I’ll spend the second most time using, so this seemed fair.)
Sturdy — which, for something this specialized and load-bearing, means getting quality components meant for the use, rather than cobbling together stacks of boxes and books and clamps myself.
Portable, such that I can disassemble the components and haul them to the next place in a minivan (better yet: car).