Roost 2.0 Review by Justin Murphy

roost 2.0

After seeing the OG Roost mysteriously appear in a Medium post by James Turner last year I’ve been keeping an eye on the roost and waiting for version 2.0 to come out. Realizing my terrible computing habits while debating the purchase; a coupon code popped up in my email so I figured “what the hell” and preordered it. Le Roost 2.0 arrived a month month, and now after a solid 60+ hours of usage, including many setup and tear downs I thought I’d share my thoughts.

To start off the design of the Roost is simple and lightweight, I quite like the logo too. One qualm I have though right off the bat is I wish it would feel a bit more sturdy. When packing up the Roost to head on my way I have to be mindful not to try and slam it back together as it feels like I could break it with ease. I'm sure a lot of this ‘flimsiness’ when opening/closing is due to the lightweight plastic design and isn’t really a problem, just worth mentioning. I have heard of users snapping their Roost, but these have been through means outside of "normal use" (i.e. drunken computing, backpack mishaps, airline misfortune).

THE ROOST WILL GET YOU NOTICED.

This is one thing I must stress for those of you who work in public, the Roost will get you noticed. I personally like to work in coffee shops and on my alma mater’s campus (still got that free 100mbps wifi :) ), and although I moonlight i’ve had individuals walk up to me and ask what it is, why i took the time to set it up, and if it’s worth it. 

RUBBER GRIPPY THINGS

While I can’t speak for other laptops, my Macbook Pro (Early 2011) fits the stand perfectly and is stable at any of the three adjustable heights. I can tip the stand to either side and my macbook will stay nice and secure in the little rubber grips. My only concern is for the longevity of the rubber grippy things, as you’ll see in the picture below, they’re stretched the entire time the laptop is in the stand. While I’m sure Roost did testing on this, I hope they hold up for a couple years of daily use as the Roost isn’t exactly a cheap purchase.

The Roost Stand was designed for one purpose, to get your laptop off the table, keeping those eyes up and your back straight. Through the many years of desks in the library or coffee shop for 7+ hours looming over my laptop working on projects for school/work my posture has certainly taken a beating, but I hadn't given it much thought.

Which brings us to the main reason I bought the Roost: to become a healthier user and in turn cure that ‘back ache’ after too far many hours gargoyling over my precious MBP watching motovloggers and techies on YouTube. Now that I was conscious of my habits, I knew I had to make a change.

YOUR BACK WILL THANK YOU

After my first 3 hour use, I figured it was just the placebo effect trying to justify the notsocheap purchase; But now after completing a website redesign, countless hours of client work and assorted daily use with the stand I can most certainly say it fulfills its purpose wonderfully. I am noticeably more comfortable when using the Roost, I can feel my shoulder muscles properly positioned, and my back has been writing my love letters. The overall roost experience is far more comfortable than I imagined and I honestly don’t think I could go back to working without one.

My new rule for working has become -- if (working > 30 min) { Roost }

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