Review: Filofax Fusion iPad Air Organiser

The lovely chaps at Filofax sent me a new organiser to test drive. So, after using it for a couple of weeks, I’m sharing my thoughts on it. But in case you don’t make it to the end of the post, my ultimate verdict is: I like it a lot and would recommend it.

I got the Fusion iPad Air organiser in ‘stone’ from their eAccessories range. This zipped organiser fits paper inserts from the A5 range and accommodates an iPad Air in a lovely flip out section. The A5 organiser easily slips out so you can use it separately, while the iPad Air holder can rotate, allowing you to use the Fusion as both an iPad case, but also a stand to use your iPad in either landscape or portrait orientations. Very smart!

I’ve found it most useful to lay it on a desk, flip the iPad section in landscape orientation and keep the organiser section separate, allowing me to take notes while reading on screen. Or, as I did when on a long train journey on Thursday evening, set it up like my very own cinema and watch a film as I returned to London.

The interior also has space for a single pen and there are several slots for business or credit cards and (if you’d like) your mobile phone. There’s a slot to fit an A5 note pad in there as well. A couple of external slip pockets on the front and rear are useful for holding stray pieces of paper to which you need quick access.

All in all, it’s very versatile.

The Pros

  • It’s super light and yet the material is very sturdy. I’ve no worries it’ll get damaged by other things in my bag.
  • The iPad Air retainer is very useful and adds next to no weight to the overall organiser.
  • The fact you can remove the A5 organiser and use it separately is great.
  • The slightly smaller organiser rings prevent you from stuffing it too full and making the whole thing too heavy to carry around.
  • I personally like a zipped organiser, which reduces the chance of loose paper escaping while you’re on the move.

The Cons

  • The internal pocket intended for a mobile phone is just too small for many contemporary mobiles (e.g. larger Samsung models, iPhone 6 Plus). I rock a 6 Plus and there’s no way that’ll fit in there.
  • There’s no mechanism for keeping the iPad Air holder in place, so on more than one occasion I unzipped the organiser while standing, only for the iPad section to flop out alarmingly to one side. No risk of it falling out, but it’s a bit worrying all the same – considering the cost of replacing an iPad Air!
  • You can’t fit the iPad Air in while it’s wearing an existing case or protector.

Really, the pros outweigh any disadvantages here. If you like to mix paper and digital like I do, you’ll see the many advantages of this organiser. In the couple of weeks I’ve been using it, it’s been a really effective ‘mobile office’. I can access all my key documents via Dropbox and Evernote on the iPad Air, while using the organiser for adding or taking notes in meetings. For a few days, it was all I took with me when going to meet clients.

If I had any small design suggestions for Filofax, they would be:

  • Add a second pen slot somewhere in the organiser
  • Provide a mobile phone pocket (preferably on the outside) big enough for the ‘Phablet’ class of phones
  • Add some more colours to the range

Thanks again to Filofax for providing the organiser for review. Although I got it for free, these views (poor grammar and all) are entirely mine.

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  1. Good review! There are so many competing tablet cases out there, I can see why this has struggled to sell at £70 (you can buy it for less than £50). I’ve loved the paper/ tablet idea since the first combined cases (at nearly £150) were launched. I would certainly be tempted by this except : –
    * there are still a lot of us iPad non-Air users out here. It’s a shame that there isn’t a rotating version compatible with all these models or just an interchangeable frame
    * presumably the iPad magnetic closure feature won’t work with this cover?
    * the phone pocket size has been an issue for a long time. Many other current models (such as the A5 Flex) will take nothing larger than an iPhone 4 without its cover. The pocket on this isn’t much bigger! It’s been clear for a very long time that iPhones have been getting bigger!
    * the pocketless ringed cover surely offers no real advantages over an £18 Clipbook (you own both!). Is it not easier to carry a Clipbook and a standard magnetic cover for your iPad?
    * the iPad angling is ok but it doesn’t seem to allow a position for typing using the keyboard
    * it’s a big beast to carry all the time and I wonder how long the frame would last if you kept taking the iPad out of its plastic frame to save having to lift the whole case?

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Tim. I’ve only had it for a few weeks, so still to decide how it fits into my routine.

      It *is* heavier than carrying some other alternatives, but definitely more sturdy than the Clipbook. I own several different cases for the iPad and tend to change them regularly, depending on what I need and where I’m going. This is definitely a work package, not for taking on an away-weekend.

      Yes, I’d really like it to be able to hold an iPhone 6 – maybe the next model will 🙂

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