Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Review: Uniball Jetstream RT 0.7mm Blue

I have never heard a bad thing said about the Uniball Jetstream. From everything I had heard it was a great pen that wrote extremely smoothly.  Needless to say that sounded appealing to me and I wanted to try one out.  The problem was that all of the office supply stores around me didn't carry them.  Finally while walking around some superstore for back to school supplies I found it.  To be 100% honest the Jetstream has lived up to everything I had heard.

The body of the pen is really cool looking.  It's simple but doesn't look plain.  I got the blue version of the pen so the barrel is a dark blue that reflects the dark blue ink inside the pen.  There is a lighter strip of blue around the clicker.  The tip, a Jetstream logo, the clicker and the clip are all silver colored plastic.  I think the silver and blue combo looks good.  The grip isn't anything special, but it's not bad.  It's the same material as the rest of the body but it has little indents in it.  When writing a lot your hand does not get fatigued so even though it isn't the fanciest grip it does the job well.

The way the Jetstream writes is why I was so excited to try it out.  The Jetsteam lived up to the hype.  It was a super smooth experience.  I felt like I was gliding across the page.  It doesn't matter whether your writing on a notebook worth 17 cents or 15 dollars, the pen just glides across the page.  The ink is a really dark blue which I love.  The only problem that I noticed is a little bit of white space when writing.  But it's not so bad to completely ruin the writing.  Honestly it's just nitpicking at this point.

With all of these positives I want to say that the Jetstream is a great pen.  For some reason though I can only feel like it's an above average pen.  It's hard to explain, there is nothing technically wrong with it, but to me it just isn't a great pen.  It's a solid pen that can last through a marathon of writing, but there is just something I can't put my finger on.  I would definitely recommend it highly.

8 out of 10 mummies.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: Sharpie Liquid Pencil

The Sharpie Liquid Pencil is cool.  The entire idea of a liquid ink pencil just sounds like something from the not so distant future. It sounds like something a robot would use to take a math test.  Sadly the Sharpie Liquid Pencil does not live up to its futuristic sounding coolness.  It has the potential to be a great product, but just isn't there yet.

The body of the Sharpie Liquid pencil is nothing extraordinary.  It has a simple design that looks good but not great.  The top 1/4 of the pencil is actually used to deploy the tip of the pen/pencil/cool metal thing refill that writes with the magical liquid pencil ink.  This makes the design a bit more unified but causes a bigger problem.  When deployed the top 1/4 of the pencil rattles constantly while writing.  This might not bother some people, but it drives me crazy.  Other than this there are no real problems with the body of the Liquid Pencil.  The design is simple and looks good but not great. 

The other major problem with the Sharpie Liquid Pencil is the way it writes.  To be blunt, it writes badly.  It skips, leaves a ton of white space, and requires a ton of pressure to produce a mark on the paper. It leaves a lot to be desired. 

Once again it is a cool idea, and I like thinking about robots taking tests with this.  But until Sharpie makes some tweaks to this product, which I think they will do, I won't be using it very often.  Cool can only get you so far.

5 out of 10 mummies 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Review: Roaring Springs Spiral Notebook

On lunch break the other day I decided to take a stroll through my campus store. I came across a fantastic deal on what seemed like a pretty solid notebook. I picked up a few.

The notebook is made by Roaring Springs, a guess they made a special line that features my college, which is why the logo is embedded on the front. It came in a vast array of colors. Overall a solid looking notebook. It also features a nice pocket on the front cover which I find very handy.

This notebook is big. The pages are 9x11 inches. Which is bigger than your standard sheet of computer paper. It comes with 100 pages. The pages are nice for your average spiral notebook. Definitely smoother than your run of the mill generic brand.

Overall these notebooks are a no brainer for the price of $1 which is what I got them for. I would even recommend one at the full price of $2.79.

8 out of 10 mummies