You know when an invention is so smart, so simple, you wonder, ‘why didn’t I think of that’?
That was the first thing I thought of when the new iRizer by Matias arrived in its slim and sleek box. I unboxed the lightweight laptop stand, which is made of matte black plastic, and latched the two pieces together in about 3 seconds and I was ready to use it.
This stand has several slots where the pieces can be slid together, allowing the stand to hold your laptop at various angles for comfortable typing and better viewing.
iRizer – Light & Portable
If you travel a lot, and work on a plane, hotel desks, or awkward tables, you know how uncomfortable it can be to hunch over your laptop, using claw-hands to try to peck out your emails and documents. But carrying around something to help you has, until now, been just added bulk, space and weight.
Not any more. The iRizer stand comes in two flat pieces which slip easily into a small fabric envelope, and will fit in even the slimmest of laptop bags (the stand measures just 0.55″ or 14mm thick ).
Adjustable comfort for your work space
While the iRizer stand is perfect for travel, it’s also great for a home office, which is where I tested mine.
My set up is not ideal; my chair is too low and the table too high, but I’ve just dealt with the discomfort. When the test model of the iRizer arrived, I was finally able to adjust my laptop to put the screen in front of my eyes, which was instantly much less stressful on my neck. Typing on the keyboard was still possible at the 20° angle, if a bit hard to get used to. That was when I added a portable keyboard (which incidentally you can also get from Matias) and instantly my work area was transformed.
How Matias iRizer Works
The iRizer’s two plastic panels slide together; one piece slides into special notches in the second piece; four different openings allow you to angle your laptop 20°, 30°, 40°, or 50°. The stand feels solid and durable, but does allow some flexibility when typing. The stand also has the ability for its front edge to sit off the edge of the desk or table, further giving you options and angles to work at.
The iRizer also acts to cool your laptop; by lifting it from the work surface, air is allowed to circulate, keeping things from overheating. The stand can even work with your iPad or tablet too, meaning it’s ultra-versatile.
iRizer is recommended for use with a separate keyboard and/or mouse, but will work great on its own too.
Why lift your laptop?
Do you really need to raise your laptop? Ergonomics experts say yes.
“Unlike desktop computers, you cannot adjust the monitor and keyboard independently,” notes a University of Western Ontario article on proper laptop ergonomics. “Adjusting the keyboard to elbow height encourages neck bending when viewing the screen. While, raising the monitor to eye level and accommodating eye height will position the arms awkwardly.”
The solution is to lift the monitor using a stand like the iRizer, while adding an external keyboard for additional flexibility when configuring your set up. This allows you to adjust both your screen’s eye-level, and to maneuver the keyboard for less strain on the wrists.
Testing the iRizer Laptop Stand
My first tests were at my regular work desk as I noted above. I found the stand made the most difference for me with respect to the screen’s viewing angle.
One thing I wasn’t used to was the slight bounce, or ‘give’ the stand had. It was most noticeable while typing, and though it was a new sensation, it wasn’t unpleasant. This is also easily dealt with by using the recommended external keyboard.
Next I moved to the coffee table; a much lower surface. Normally I wouldn’t dream of working at the coffee table because of the discomfort, but the iRizer made it manageable. I was able to type comfortably, sitting straight up and keeping my wrists level across my knees. I also noticed that the stand had significantly less bounce to it if I dropped the front edge of the stand off the front of the coffee table. As far as I’m concerned this is a great option for working at a low table; at home, or in a hotel room or lobby.
Bonus MiniRizer with your iRizer Laptop Stand!
A nice surprise in the box was the bonus miniRizer for my phone. The credit card-sized holder works as a stand for your smartphone or even for business cards. I found it super handy for keeping my phone in view, and will be packing it on my next trip so I can easily watch TV on my phone next time I’m on an airplane.
Overall – The iRizer by Matias
While initially I wasn’t sure ow useful or helpful I’d find a laptop stand, I’m a convert now. The iRizer does help me get better angles for both the screen and the keyboard, depending on my work environment du jour. I like how lightweight and portable the stand is, and how its many ways to configure the stand provide lots of options for getting a comfortable work space. I also fell in love with the miniRizer, and it now resides on my desk as a place where I can keep an eye on my smartphone screen for incoming messages. One final plus that warms my heart; Matias, makers of the iRizer, are Canadian. I love featuring great Canadian technology whenever I can so knowing such a solid invention is made by fellow Canucks makes me happy.
The iRizer is available HERE.
This post is sponsored by Matias Corp. They did not request prior approval over this review.