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Just Kick It

Just Kick It
by Gary Woods

When I’m working on my MacBook Air it never seems to be in the right position. With the computer lying flat on a desktop or even my lap typing seems to put a lot of strain on my aching shoulder. I’ve tried wedging a notepad or whatever is handy under the laptop to tilt it up but the results I find to be less than advantageous. Conversely, when I’m working on my iPad it has one of the Smart Covers which fold up into a cool little triangle and put the keyboard at the right angle for me to work.  So, I thought, wouldn’t it be neat if the MacBook could have a similar accessory when along comes KickStart by Bluelounge

Kickflip comes in a small package and has no user guide or any other extras. It comes in only one color, black, and includes a white foam tray with a 3-step infographics on the back of the packaging sleeve on how to get up and running. There are 2 models with one for the 13-inch MacBook Pro selling for $18 and the other for the 15-in MacBook Pro selling for $20 Pro. The 13-inch can also be used for the MacBook Air but for some reason Bluelounge doesn’t advertise it that way.

To get Kickflip installed you just peel off the clear film covering the stick adhesive strip and line it up near the bottom edge of your computer making sure it is centered between the two black feet of the MacBook.

Then, when you’re ready to use the product you just flip up the flap, turn over you laptop and start typing. Kickflip is a pretty cool product for a reasonable price and if you’re tired of working on a flap surface you should check it out.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and he is a Broker/Associate at Sotheby’s International Realty.