Is it a laptop riser or a drafting ruler?

Posted: March 29, 2011 in computers, hardware, technology
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AViiQ Portable Quick Stand

When I saw this laptop riser in the latest MacLife mag (April 2011 edition) my first thoughts were – “hey, i’ve done that already, and probably for less money.”

Let me back up a few years.  Soon after getting my first iBook – way, way back, I realized something was needed to raise up the back to make typing on it more comfortable when I had it sitting on the corner of my desk. My Mac is not my production machine so its off to the side looking pretty for part of the day. Being in a ‘Red Green’ kinda mood I grabbed a drafting scale or ruler – one of those 3 sided triangular rulers with all the various scales on it that we rarely use anymore since the art of drafting by hand has pretty much disappeared – and slid it under the back of my iBook.  Worked like a charm.  Gotta love repurposing.  I used it for a while before finally breaking down and buying a real laptop stand that is still in use today, many years and 5 Mac laptops later.

look familiar?

custom removable anti-slip option shown

The ruler on the other hand has since gone back to it designed usage.  Well for me at least.  One of my cohorts still uses one under his MacBook.


The height may not be as tall as the AViiQ Portable Quick Stand, but hey it works well enough, and if the feet on the laptop are not bracing against the edge of the ruler you can always add elastic bands to increase surface tension.  Again, necessity is the mother of invention.

Don’t get me wrong, i’m not saying you should run out and buy a drafting ruler, but I have to wonder if it wasn’t the inspiration for the design of AViiQ’s ‘stand‘.  Lets be fair though, its not a stand,  it’s a riser.  It’s also not available yet.  Or at least I don’t think it is.  I couldn’t find anywhere to add to cart or buy now.  The website says “Preview“, but then in another location states “…available now in 5 different colors.”  So which is it?  Is this a preview or are they available?  Regardless, without actually getting to physically handle one it is tough to know if the fold-able design will stand the test of time.  Check it out at

The main difference is the portability of the AViiQ offering, it will fold down flat for storage or for sliding into your laptop bag, not that a ruler is really going to take up that much space, but the quick-stand will look a little nicer on your desk as well.

Depending upon the price, which is not listed at the moment, it may be a worthwhile investment for the road warrior in need of a riser that is easily portable.  That is unless you have a few drafting scales and elastic bands lying around…
Speaking of which I wonder how much I could sell my custom made, limited quantity, patent pending iRiser for?


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