If you’re looking for 232g (.5 pound) chunk of metal to carry in your pocket, look no further than the Fusion 4 Wallet!
(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
This review presents a very unique wallet, something that is almost steampunk-esque, called “The Fusion Wallet 4”, from Fusion Wallet.
It comes in a handmade wooden box, not something bought from a supplier, it has no branding on it, nothing that gives an indication to what is inside. It looks different from what is shown on their website. It was also supposed to come with a small screwdriver, but that is apparently missing too. This is CNC’ed aluminum, and provides the capability for anodized colors. Those anodized colors can be seen in the grooves. Orange was chosen for this wallet. Moreover, there is a possibility to have it engraved. It is big and heavy, but it is unique, and it has quite a few features to it. This wallet has something interesting in the bottom for storage, which we’ll get to, but no matter how you look at it, it is a big chunk of metal.
Regarding the features of The Fusion 4 wallet, both exterior sides have slots for cash, requiring the cash to be folded twice to get in. The interior, in between the two outside slots has a card slot, the cards go in the top and there are gripper rollers on both sides to hold the cards in. It’s a bit of a push to get them in, but when in, they’re not moving.
Looking at the bottom of this wallet, requires a screwdriver. Once the screw holding the bottom is removed, it reveals two SIM card slots, for memory or for phones. A little place to store something with a little protection. This is nice, but the issue, of course, will be the need to carry a screwdriver everywhere.
The card and cash insertion test was performed with six cards and four slips of cash, two on each side. The cash was not very easy to get in, with the minimalist cards on this wallet would be three and reasonable being six. The company recommends up to 12 cards, but eight were hard to fit in. Moreover, when pulling them out, the cash gets in the way. To get to the cards, there is not enough room to allow the thumb and finger access. In a way it is great because it helps them stay in place, because there are grippers that keep them contained. Due to that, it does not permit thumbing through cards or fanning them out. Overall, it is quite difficult and requires you to pull the whole stack out.
From a quality perspective, this is designed and made in the United Kingdom. It is CNC’ed from 6082 T6 aluminum, and it comes in 14 separate pieces with 32 different screws. If a screwdriver is carried all the time, the micro SD card in the bottom could be useful, but otherwise, it is a little difficult to get to it.
From a pricing perspective, it costs $100, and from a usability perspective, this wallet is not light, weighing in at 232g, that’s ½ a pound and measures 3.8 x 2.7 x 1”. While the uniqueness and design creativity are attractive, this wallet is just not practical, and is more of a conversation piece, if it does not rip a hole in your pocket first.
For the final score, this wallet gets a 4 for quality as it is made very well; price is a 3, for what it provides. Features score a 2 due based on size versus limited features. Usability score is one, because of the difficulty in getting cash in and out and not having direct access to the SIM card is quite problematic. With a 2 for the perception, the Fusion Wallet 4 final score is 26 out of 50.