Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Review: Buying Cheap Spiral Notebooks

When buying very cheap spiral notebooks, 3 things to check that I should be checking for from experience:
  1. If the notebook has perforation, make sure that it is not too close to the spiral and not too close to the holes for binders.
  2. Make sure there is a margin line if you need it and that it is in the correction location on BOTH sides of the page.
  3. Pages can turned all the way around

#1 is not much of a problem if you do not plan on taking out any pages. But if you do, it can be a problem especially when the perforation is near the holes for binders. It makes it easier to fall out or in my case, the hole runs off the edge so cannot even be put in a binder. Some pages are have a sliver which makes it more difficult to tear off.

#2 makes it kind of difficult to keep a consistent margin especially when you need to tear out the page. When you right, you will either not have a margin to reference from or the holes for binders are on the other side.

#3 makes it less portable without "closing" the notebook. It can also be annoying if you have little desk space because you can only keep the notebook open like a book thus making it take twice as much space.