I was hoping that this...
December 7, 2014
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).
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.
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
3) The push tab mechanism used to open the rings works well and is a nice
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.
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