I use a laptop stand at home. It keeps my Macbook Pro cooler and at a more comfortable angle. Even though my stand is “low profile”, It takes up a good deal of room in my bag that could be used for something else. Rotterdam based designer Vlad Butucariu came up with an answer to this problem and he’s calling it the Flio.
The Flio is a 3-piece wooden stand. It has a top, a bottom, and a vertical piece. They fit together a bit like a puzzle. They’re not really tightly secured to each other, but they really don’t have to be in the design. When up, the little stand will hold your 11-17″ laptop using some slots in the base. When you’re not using it, Flio disassembles into a 8.0mm low-profile flat sheet of wood. The pieces are held together using embedded magnets. Don’t let the size of the magnets fool you, they’re extremely strong. This makes it ideal for fitting in your bag without using up the whole bag.
Flio is made out of wood. You have your choice of hardboard, eucalyptus hardboard, imperial hardboard, beechwood, or bamboo. Yes, I know bamboo is technically a grass, but it works like a wood as far as craftsmen are concerned. Overall, the Flio works very well. It does have a couple quirks. First, you have a choice between 130mm and 143mm of height. These are both fairly vertical. My current stand is 64mm at the back. If this is not comfortable for you, you may need a portable keyboard and mouse/trackpad. The all-wood design also doesn’t have anything in terms of skid protection. It slides on my glass desk quite nicely.
Pricing and Availability
Flio is on Kickstarter for 27 Euros or $34. The Style version, which includes the Bamboo model I tested is 33 Euros or $41. The project is within 170 Euros of being funded with 4 days left to do.
The Flio is a good portable stand made out of sustainable materials. If you travel a lot and want to keep your desk cool, spending $30-40 on this isn’t bad buy at all. Its a good solution to a problem many of us have. However, just be forewarned, if your like you keyboard at a shallow angle, you may have to carry an extra keyboard.