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July 19, 2013
This is more than a simple...
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This is more than a simple notebook, it's honestly more like a slim binder (ie for notetaking rather than filing). The paper is great and so are the refills, they even work with wet inks like fountain pens, and I think I read somewhere that you could use the CARL multihole punch that Jetpens stocks to either make your own refills if you need something unusual like staff sheets or storyboard, or to punch handouts that need to be kept in your notebook (although because the covers are slightly larger than the sheets, you could easily just use an adhesive pocket and A4 folded in half would fit).

One thing though: I don't know where they got that about a maximum capacity of 25 sheets because when I tried I could definitely fit a lot more than that in mine! I could fit almost half of the pack of Kokuyo 20-hole refills also sold by Jetpens into mine, and that's IN ADDITION to the paper the notebook ships with - all in all about 70 sheets? OK, if you do that you can't use it with the cover folded back, if you want that you need to go with fewer sheets BUT still lots more than the 25 included! So if you were considering this but thought the low capacity didn't make it worth it, do give it a chance!


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gddysunshine
 
December 7, 2014
I was hoping that this...
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I was hoping that this would be similar to the Lihit Lab Twist Ring A5 sized notebook, which I love and got as a free insert with my Smart Fit A5 notebook cover, but this was not the case. This is not a bad notebook, but it does have some draw backs, especially when compared to Lihit Lab's version. One of the big reasons that I purchased this notebook is that the A5 refills are more readily available than the Lihit Lab's version, and although I can make A5 refills for my Lihit Lab notebook using the Lihit Lab hole punch, I prefer premade stuff (locally the only A size paper that I can buy is A4 size Hammermill copy paper, so making good quality A5 paper can be a challenge).

THE CONS:
1) The rings on the Kokuyo Smart Ring binder do not hold together as securely as the Lihit Lab Twist Ring binder (the rings on the Lihit Lab lock together).
2) The Kokuyo cover is not quite as sturdy as the Lihit Lab.
3) The rings are much smaller on the Kokuyo, which allows for fewer pages and a higher likelyhood of the rings opening when you do not want them to.

THE PROS:
1) Premade A5 refills are far more readily available for the Kokuyo than they are for the Lihit Lab
2) The Campus paper is smooth and comes in the lined/dot grid hybrid (which I really like)
3) The push tab mechanism used to open the rings works well and is a nice feature
4) 20 rings (vs. the Lihit Lab's 24 ring system for their A5 notebook) makes this notebook a lot more compatible with other A5 loose leaf papers

In the end, I really wish there were some hybrid of these two notebooks. I prefer Kokuyo's paper, push tab mechanism, and ring count/spacing, but the Lihit Lab is sturdier and more spacious.

jabberwock101
 
November 29, 2014
good notebook easy to...
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good notebook easy to use.

 
March 6, 2014
I'm slightly disappointed....
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I'm slightly disappointed. It's much flimsier than I thought it would be given the price. I'm mostly concerned it won't last. But it does work as advertised, and the paper is great. So a mixed back.