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Fantom R13, better materials, better durability, still missing the last card.

The Fantom R13 (their 8-13 card model) improves on what was an already innovative design and good build by making the entire product from aluminum, with a ceramic coating. This provides a more durable, longer-lasting product that can take the abuse. But unfortunately, it still can’t get the 13th card into the box and there’s no coin option!

(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)

Today we are going to review the Fantom R13 wallet. Ansix Designs recently did another kickstarter for a version called the R. It is an offshoot from the original Fantom Wallet. This version is called the R13, because the company says it holds 13 cards. They have wonderful packaging. 

This wallet has a really nice construction and is very solid. This is a brown dot leather. I like the texture of it, which is why I got it. This is a box style wallet. This did not come with a money clip, although there is one available for it. There are not any features on the exterior other than the screw holes for a money clip, which is sold separately. The main function is in the box which provides the ability to insert cards. There is also a lever mechanism which pushes the cards out.  Overall it is a very simple wallet, but has some great design elements to it as well. 

I was able to get 12 cards in there. That last card was the 13th card and it wasn’t going anywhere. So this really only has a capacity of up to 12 cards. Also, this is really only good for up to 12 cards if they are all non embossed. The company has a calculator on their website, where you can put in how many embossed versus non embossed cards you have, and it will tell you the right kind of wallet, and approximately how many you can get in. There is nothing being hidden here, it’s just the facts of having cards that are not embossed or embossed. It’s just kind of what it is. With this being the case, it really can only hold up to 12 cards. I don’t know how they got 13 in here because they just don’t fit at all. 
Now let’s get into quality. I like the previous model, which was a mix of aluminum and plastic. This one is all aluminum. It is also ceramic coated which makes this one of the toughest pop-up wallets I have ever seen. Because of the metal mechanism, this thing is very durable and will last a long time. Having said that, all mechanical things will eventually break.

The pricing on this is $94. The original started at $54. If you add the money clip, it’s an additional $22, and in my mind that is just way too high to pay for it. 

From a usability perspective, this is all RFID, but it isn’t too bad. It really comes from the materials used. It is durable and should protect the cards if you drop the wallet. The wallet comes in three different sizes, with the smallest being rather slim and can hold four to seven cards.

This one measures 4 x 6 x 2.8 x 0.54, so it is rather tall. It weighs 89 grams. It is on the heftier side, but because it is aluminum with ceramic coating, it really doesn’t feel that heavy. Their website is full of great information, such as providing the calculator on cards, as well as giving you information on the marrying of different kind of money clips if you want those.

Here is the final score. For quality, a 5. For price, a 2, and if they had the money clip, I would give it a 1 because it is way too expensive for that. Features, a 3. Usability, a 3 and perception, a 4. That gives us a final score of 36 out of 50

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