19 November 2009 ~ 0 Comments

(Product) Mead’s 5-Star Notebooks

I’ve been using Mead products for over 30 years. My husband works and volunteers in many local schools, and sees students and teachers both still using Mead products. So, I asked him to put it through the paces and let me know what he thought… we weren’t impressed.

If this 3-Pack is representative of the rest of Meads products, I have to ask: Why?

First, here is what I like about this product:

The plastic cover is durable and the back cover also seems built to last.

Now, what I don’t like:

The lines on the paper are almost invisible. Is this some attempt to save money on ink? No wonder legible handwriting is going the way of the dinosaur.

The perforations are non-existent. Seriously, I tried on several different pages to tear out the paper along the “dotted lines”. Not happening. Either the entire page tore out of the spiral, or the paper itself tore. I tried removing the frayed edges after the fact, nope. Once again I ended up with a torn page.

This new feature is odd. It is supposed to make it so you can use both sides of your notebook at the same time. Couple of problems: 1.) The ring binding in the middle of the notebook is still in the way. 2.) These little tabs aren’t going to last. Maybe if they were made out of the plastic on the front cover and not the box board on the back.

I think instead of re-inventing the wheel, Mead should go back and look at what is really important: lines you can see and pages that tear out cleanly.

Product Description

Durable, dependable Five Star poly-cover notebooks are equipped with twin pockets for additional paper storage. Perforated pages tear out clean, and Spiral Lock wire binding prevents coil snags. BONUS 3-Pack passes savings to online buyers, affording three solid color covers perfect for home, school, and office.

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