Flio – Just another Laptop stand?
I’ve been using a laptop for years now, it’s been my main machine for potentially the last 10+ years and I have at times suffered from a bad back. I could buy a laptop stand, there are thousands of them out there to choose from that come in all shapes and sizes; so what is it about the Flio Up that made me shell out €79 for one?
I use my laptop everywhere. At home, at work, in a remote working office, it’s a laptop after all. It’s supposed to be portable and give me an easy way to work or write. Most of the laptop stands I have seen aim to sit on your desk and never be moved. In my research, I found only a few that were compact but even then most of those were bigger than I had anticipated. I found the Flio with a search engine and found the Kickstarter project. The project was interesting enough for me to look more into it mostly because it did tick a lot of the boxes that I wanted.
- Fully collapsible (Dimensions: 22 x 30 x 1 cm)
- Lightweight (Weight: 420g)
- Made from a sustainable material (Bamboo)
- Multiple configurations
The thing that held me back was the price. €79 is a lot to spend for a stand, I am sure I can find cheaper elsewhere but something in me wanted to try it so I let the Credit Card take the hit and ordered one.
How it works
Those of you that use laptops a lot will know all about the laptop hunch. It’s really tricky to keep a good posture.
Raising the laptop is usually the solution and this works, but as previously stated along with my portable laptop I need a portable stand and from my experience laptop risers are usually cheap plastic rubbish. The stands I have used in the past have usually stayed in the office but the Flio Up gives me the possibility to carry the stand and I don’t actually need a car to do so.
I have been using my Flio Up for a quite a few months now and I am actually benefitting from it. When I have worked with my laptop for a long time I don’t have a massive backache or have that ache in my wrists that means I have been trying way too long. It has given me a desk to work from even if I am just sitting on my bed so what is there not to like?
I still think that the product itself is over-priced but I do see part of the money that I paid to fund a company and enable them to create more. That is part of the Kickstarter culture, as I always say to myself I am an investor and not just buying a product. In fact, maybe because they got so much investment for the Flio Up the designers have already added another product to their portfolio called the Flio Slim which is a smaller, lighter and less expensive. So yes I am happy that I invested, in my opinion, it was money well spent.
Do you use a laptop on a regular basis? How do you avoid a bad back when you use it? Are there any Kickstarter projects you think we should look into? Get in touch with us using the comments section or over on Facebook or Twitter.