Over the past few weeks, I’ve added a new item to my backpack. FLIO is a super slim, portable wooden laptop stand that is getting ready to finish its run on Kickstarter. Creator, Vlad Butucariu, reached out to me asking if I would like to review an early sample of the stand before it hits stores. As I am writing this, it looks like the Kickstarter community has done a great thing funding this ingenious tool. Adding a new item to my backpack isn’t uncommon, keeping it there is. I’m going to quickly sum up why the FLIO has been with me over the past few weeks and what noticeable changes I have seen in my work behavior.
The very first thing I noticed is how thin and light the FLIO is. I was able to slide it into my laptop carry case with my laptop. At only 8mm thick and weighing next to nothing, you barely notice its there.
Unlike a number of other stands I’ve owned in the past, the FLIO allows my laptop to breathe. Every MacBook Pro user in the world knows they can heat up after a long day of work and continuous charging.
For those of you that haven’t used a stand before, say hello to better posture and less sore necks. The FLIO puts your keyboard at 2 optimum typing positions keeping your back straight and face/neck pointed forward. I’ve noticed significantly less neck strain and increased wrist comfort. Your body simply doesn’t want to be leaning over a computer all day.
Tiny magnets surrounding the FLIO keep it together when not in use. It’s often the little things that make great products. The magnets are strong and I don’t ever need to worry I will lose a piece. Other stands use flip-out arms or several connecting pieces that come in a carrying case. Who wants to carry around a bag of parts? Not me. This simple design element adds proper form and function with peace of mind.
While I don’t plan on using my FLIO to stand on or load bricks, Vlad wanted to prove it’s strength so he loaded two of them up with 30kg (66-lbs) of brick. He needed two in order to create a flat-top surface to hold the bricks in case you were wondering. Do the math and that’s still more than 10x the weight of your laptop. The large 22 x 24cm base helps keep your laptop secure and safe.
I love the handsome design of the FLIO. Parked next to or under my 15-inch MBP, the design compliments my laptop and doesn’t look like I have some oddball contraption keeping it afloat. During a recent trip to Chicago while writing in O’Hare Airport, I received several glances and two people stopped to ask me about it.
FLIO is also made with sustainable wood. All of the wood used comes from plantations compliant to FSC or PEFC regulations, assuring a fair purchase from the manufacturers. You can get your own in high-quality Hardboard, Eucalyptus Hardboard, Oil Tempered Hardboard, Beechwood with natural finish and Bamboo (pictured).
The FLIO has become a regular part of my EDC carry. Loaded into my backpack or carrying case, its easy to use, lightweight and sets up in seconds. It’s made my workflow more enjoyable, less stress on my body and nothing wrong with having someone cool in your bag.
You still have a few days left to help Vlad fund this project and get in on some early bird specials. Perfect timing for the holidays. Head on over to the FLIO Kickstarter page here.