March 30, 2015
I wish every notebook had these kinds of ring mechanisms. I LOVE how the paper
is interchangeable so you can organize notes in any order/way you need to. I
love that this comes in A5 size, which is my favorite size since it's small
enough for a medium purse/small bag, but also large enough to take notes with.
Also a good size for college seat desks, you know the ridiculously small ones
that fold up/down.
Honestly the ring mechanism feels cheap and looks cheap. The rings mechanism is
not aesthetically pleasing... at all. The rings will have a gap between them
with any type of tug or pull on opposing sides. Despite that, they do not come
open completely, and pages do not fall out. I also thought this meant the pages
would catch, since this is typical for ring systems that are prone to gaps but
the pages don't catch at all. Plastic cover is very flexible, yet sturdy so you
can easily tuck this into nooks and crannies of bags.
I also am not sure why it says only 25 pages will fit... Maybe a wrong
translation by the company from the Japanese description to the English
description because you can definitely fit a lot more.
I spent a long time debating between this and the Lihit aqua drop version. I
don't own the Lihit at all, but I'll list the reasons why I picked the Kokuyo in
the hopes that maybe it will save other people some time:
Kokuyo comes in A5 and B5. Lihit comes in B5 and a small memo pad option. As
stated above I like the size of A5 very much.
Kokuyo paper: comes in a choice between lined 7mm, lined 6mm, or dot lined 6mm.
The lined dot is my favorite paper of all time, the best of both worlds. Lihit
has regular lines, graph, and plain paper (which is a decent selection too but I
just love dot line) Also I like the feel and quality of Kokuyo campus paper.
Kokuyo has clear pocket inserts (and b5 size also has dividers) So you can use
these to carry around and handouts/papers you need (of course folded), or if you
are a student you can carry some regular binder paper around for tests/pop
quizes/in class assignments.
Kokuyo also makes binders which you can transfer the papers to if you want to
archive old notes/combine a lot of notes. Lihit doesn't have that (or if they do
I can't seem to find it).
Also now that I have the Kokuyo and see how the ring mechanism works it seems to
be a safer option that just the pull apart method that the Lihit has (though I
have no basis to state if this is true or not). You cannot pull the rings apart
on this. They may open a bit with pulling but once you let go, they snap back
closed. The ring mechanism has a top that is very similar to the top of a
retractable pen. You click the clicker down and the rings unlock. You push the
rings together and the clicker releases. Also, I don't know how they do it, but
the clicker will not open if the book is closed. I've tried it multiple times
because I was worried about the notebook coming apart in my bag but it just
doesn't open unless the notebook is open. The only way I've gotten it open with
the book closed to very firmly hold the notebook together, keep it still, then
click and physically pry the ring mechanism open. So I feel pretty safe just
throwing this in my bag.