I work as an administrator and as a result stationary is key to me. I regularly use a corrective tape or ink and my work currently provide these Pritt Correct-it Correction Tape Mice.
To look at these corrective tapes look like they are a good design. The corrective tape runs along a thin film that runs inside of the mouse looking tool. You hold the mice like a pen and roll it over the area you would like covered.
In application this tape doe not seem to work as well as it should. Often the tape falls off of the guide meaning that you need to manually put it back on. The tape does not always run straight. Also, the tape sometimes starts to peel off of the paper when applied or does not side quite flat. When this happened and you try to adjust it you can end up taking the whole strip off of your paper and needing to start again. Obviously this can be really annoying.
Also, because this corrective tape is applied in a strip if you just want to just corrective ink with precision this is pretty hard and you nearly always cover areas you don't mean to.
The major positive using this corrective tape is that it is not wet. This means no waiting for it to try before you can continue to work with your document. You can immediately scan or fax your document without any hassle and it doesn't end up all over your fingers!
Pritt also make a refill version of this corrective tape which also works well. The refill version works in exactly the same way but the outer cartridge is slightly bigger and opens up to insert the refill. We used to use the refills but I am informed that it is not very cost effect and the disposable tape is better value which is surprising.
I don't often find myself these days writing letters or filling our forms with a pen, I tend to use the internet or my mobile phone to get in touch with people. However on the odd occasion when I do use a pen it's handy to have the Pritt Correct-It tape handy for those odd mistakes.
I've had mine for years, literally, and it's served me well as I don't use it that often. The tape is white in colour and is approximately 5mm wide. When you make a mistake you simple place the point of the dispenser on the place you want to start and then gently but firmly press down on it and pull the dispenser backwards over the text that you want to delete. When you stop the tape will break leaving a nice straight edge. You can then simply write over the tape without having to wait for it to dry, unlike liquid correction fluids. With this there's no mess just a clean white stripe on your paper.
However as the tape is not very wide you may have to use more than one strip to cover your mistake and this is where it can be a little tricky, as you will have to put one lot of tape over the other, unless you can manage to line then up perfectly parallel to each other, when you pull the tape back for the second layer it can pull off the first one, meaning you have to start all over again, this can be a little annoying.
After saying that, I still find this far better to use than correction fluid, it doesn't dry up if left unused for a while, you can write on it immediately without having to wait for it to dry and there's no mess.
Shame it doesn't come in different colours like writing paper does.
I was sorting through my stationery draw yesterday (yes I have a stationery draw :P it's filled with random post it notes and all sorts!) when I came across this Pritt Mouse lying around.
I bought it from either Tesco or Rymans and it didn't cost much.. I think it was only £2.
I normally buy Tipp-Ex correction fluid that comes in the little bottles or other correction fluids.
However I decided to go for this as I found a few old correction fluids lying around the house and they all dried up.. so I thought this wouldn't have that problem and I could leave it lying around for when needed.
I don't think this Pritt Mouse is a very popular product sold as I think Tipp-Ex is the leading brand in these kind of products and people generally tend to automatically look for them (myself included).
But after using this quite a bit I really can't see the difference between this and the tipp-ex brand of correction tape that is also similar. I think you can probably find these are cheaper then the tipp-ex correction tape as well.
In order to use the correction tape you basically press down to where you want to start the correction tape and move it along the page and lifting it up where you want it to stop as it cuts off the tape. You are able to instantly write on it unlike the correction fluids where you have to stop and wait for it to dry. Holding this in your hand is also easy and makes gliding it across the page easy.
The correction tape is not completly wide enough to cover the lines in an A4 lined paper pad, so if your writing is big you may need to use the tape twice over it, however if your writing is smaller and fits within the lines of the pad then you can use this in one go.
Although I can see how using this correction tape can be quicker to use for mistakes, I tend not to use it that much as I find theres more accuracy with correction fluid if you want to only cover one word or if its something that is not in a line. As the correction tape can only move in horizontal or vertical lines, with the correction fluid you can use the brush wherever needed.
I still give the product 5 stars as quality-wise it works fine, it's as good as other brands and it's cheaper.
I would still purchase the correction fluid though and personally using the tape alone wouldn't be enough to replace using the liquid form.. but it's a good addition to my stationery pile that has come in useful!
Thanks for reading :)
(this review may also be on ciao)
Of course the saying goes that we learn from our mistakes.... however in order to keep documents looking neat and tidy and keep our mistakes from prying eyes, correction fluid has become an important aspect of office and home life.
The Pritt Correction Tape is housed in a plastic case that is easy to hold. It looks very similar in design to the Tip Ex mouse, however the advantage of these, is that they can be refilled.
At the nose of the device, is a little red flick down cover which, when pulled down reveals the top of the correction tape. The correction tape has two parts to it, the bottom waste sheet and the top correction tape. The correction tape needs to be on a flat surface to work, so it runs along the waste sheet to make it stronger.
The two tapes together run on a sort of conveyer belt. To correct a mistake, you need to open the red flap and push the mouse against a flat edge offering resistance. Once you start pushing the mouse along, nose down on the paper, you will find that the correction tape deposits on the paper while the waste sheet is collected inside the plastic case. The device runs smoothly due to this sort of conveyer belt system. As soon as you have covered the mistake, lift off the device and the tape conveniently stays in place and snaps off.
You can but two types of refill for your Pritt device. 4.2 mm or 8.4 mm, both these sizes are 14 m in length so there is plenty to go at!
To refill the tape, simply snap open the plastic casing, remove the old used spool of tape and insert a new one, close back up until it clicks shut and then voila! You are ready to correct!
The Pritt Tapes are a much easier method to correction fluids as they dry instantly. As soon as you lift the device off the paper, the tape is dry. This means you can touch it and scratch it and even write over it straight away.
The speed of the tape is fantastic, not only is it quick to dry but it is also really quick to apply. I have used correction fluids and you have to paint over mistakes with a sort of nail varnish bottle and brush. This takes much longer to do.
The device is also very appealing if you need to cover long lines of mistakes or to block out information. This is made especially easy by the extra width tape as you can cover large areas so quickly. It is a matter of dragging the device across the paper rather than having to keep dabbing a brush in a pot and stopping and starting.
You can use any pen to write over the correction tape and it covers most pens, including typed text. As soon as you have completed the correcting you can fax or copy your document.
I think the small size of the tape is perfect for covering up single words or words that are on lined paper, as you can select the area you want to delete and still have the line showing. The mouse is just the right size so that you can easily see what you are doing. The bigger the device is the bigger area it is shadowing so it can be quite hard to select individual words in a text and hampers precision.
*Price and availability*
I paid £2.50 for my Pritt device and it came with a 14 m long tape refill. I think that this is really good value for money as you can buy the refill for 99p! It is also better for the environment because you are not throwing the main part away unlike other correction tape devices
Pritt Correct-It Correction tape cost me just £1.99 from Staples and it comes in a cardborad box in which is housed a clear little plastic container with the correction tape inside.
We have had this now for ages. We do not use it very often, but we bought it because it is so much easier and less messy than using ordinary correction fluid.
Unlike correction fluid, there is no smell, no mess and you do not have to wait for it to dry beforr you can write again. Also, there is no mess on the end of your pen as the tape is dry and immediately ready to write on again.
The good thing about the container being plastic is that you can actually see the contents inside and you can see how much you have used up and how much you have left, which is always a good thing, I find.
The tape itself is 4.5mm wide and there is just over eight metres of it in total, so you do get a lot for your money.
The only downside to this is the fact that you cannot refill it after it has run out - you would have to buy another one, so from a cost point of view, this might work out quite expensive, especially if you were using it a lot.
We do only use it occasionally, and it is great stuff and handy to have around the house for all sorts of reasons.
Recommended by us all.
This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.
Remember tippex? An essential part of every schoolchild's pencil case when I was a teenager. Not only could you use it to correct mistakes in your jotter but you could also pretend to get high from the fumes and use it to write your name on the toilet wall. Then they changed the formulation to take out the miniscule amount of solvents and the new stuff kept drying out and clogging up.
There is a new way to correct your written mistakes; the tape roller. The Pritt roller in my possession came as part of a back to school stationary set but they are also available on their own for around the £2 mark. The roller looks like the profile of a computer mouse and inside it contains a tape which has a covering of corrector tape which is wound around a series of spools which move to allow it to be dispensed.
To use the roller it is simply a case of pulling the nib over any work you want to cover up and the tape is dispensed. The tape is pretty thin, you may need to put two lines on to cover standard sized handwriting. The tape flows easily and is very bright white so may show up on some types of paper but will still look better than crossing things out. The tape is totally flat against the page unlike old fashioned tippex which is prone to being bumpy and because it is dry when you put it on the page you are able to write over it instantly with a ballpoint pen. I'm not sure how much tape is in the dispenser but I have used mine fairly extensively and it has not run out yet.
The pritt correction roller is a great addition to any pencil case for quickly and effortlesly erasing mistakes.
==Pritt Dry Correction Tape==
Working in an office we have an array of different items which are needed to suit a whole host of different tasks. The funny thing is that seeing as we are supposed to a "Paperless Practice" we do still come into contact with a vast amount of paper work and of course we are still creating our own paper items too.
With this in mind and the fact that we often will use a pen rather than a pencil to write things down and so on, you need to have something that will get rid of pen marks or at least hide them. This is where a cover type of product is a must and where Tippex was used before we knew no better.
Tippex was not only thick and often gloopy stuff which wouldn't last very long once the bottle was open because it would all crust up and create more of a mess than if you were just to score through your mistake, but it also took forever to dry and was on the whole a nightmare product to use.
This is probably why the item that we always have at work is this Pritt Correction Tape which is none of the things I have previously mentioned that a bottle of Tippex was. This tape is easy to use, mess and hassle free and there is always plenty of the stuff in the store room when we need it.
I do believe we buy the stuff in bulk which is why we have so many of them and I suspect you get a cheaper rate the more you buy. For me to buy one I am pretty sure I could pick a single tape up for £1 or a little under which I find is still a very good price especially for a branded product such as this.
The idea of it is simple and it works by you flicking up the small lid cover at the tip of the corrector tape and pressing down on the page in top of the mistake you have just and you then pull the tape correction item across the word/words that need "erasing". What happens is the little wheel type mechanism inside the tape will make the corrector spin around and lay down a thin white covering across you page. This is instantly dry and makes it okay to write over as soon as it has been laid on the page.
The whole thing is simple to do and the item always works well for me. There may be a little bit of breaking in the smoothness of the white correction tape that is laid down but this tends to be as the tape is coming to the end of its life and will only mean that the area will have to be gone over with again and is really no big issue.
On the whole I find this little item a really good one and wonder how someone thought of such a simple yet clever idea. I really think for the price it is good and it does actually do what it say it will so for that I can award nothing but a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
I'm such a neat freak that when I write up my notes etc for uni, I like them to be as neat and perfect looking as possible. If I am near the beginning of a page and I make a mistake, I sometimes just start all over again. However, if I am near the end of a page, I don't want to have to re do all of that work so I figured some form of correction fluid/ tape would be the idea product.
When looking around my local Staples store while picking up some other stationary, I came across the Pritt Correct-It Correction Tape Roller which cost £2.49. I have always bought Tipp-ex in the past but I really hate waiting for it to dry and it is never completely smooth to the page. After reading what this product is, I thought that it sounded so much better than liquid Tipp-ex. The product comes in a white plastic casing which is made to look slightly like a mouse. The plastic is transparent so that you can see the correction tape inside and also to see how much you have left. On the side of the casing is the brand logo and what the product is. There isn't anything too flashy about this packaging but it doesn't need to be.
Inside the casing is 8.5 metres of correction tape which is 4.5mm wide. The width is just a tiny bit smaller than the lines on regular lined paper. The correction tape is extremely easy to use. In order to cover up your mistakes, just press the tip of the product to your paper and drag it over the writing. Press quite firmly at the end of the mistake and the tape will cut off leaving you with a white line on the paper. If your handwriting is quite small like mine, you only need to roll the tape over the writing once but if it is larger, you may need to go over both the top and bottom of your writing to cover it all up.
The good thing about this product is that you don't need to wait for it to dry like you do with Tipp-ex. The tape is dry immediately so you can write over it as soon as you like. As it covers your mistakes straight to the paper, you are able to write over the tape smoothly without leaving any bumps or uneven surfaces on your work. My only problem with this product is the colour of the tape, which is white. I always find paper to not be quite white enough to match the colour of these correction products so even though you have covered a mistake, you can see where you have gone over it.
The tape that I bought is not refillable although some of the Pritt rollers are available in refillable form. I wish I had bought one of these instead as the refills are cheaper than buying a whole new roller. Still, this has lasted my extremely well and I still haven't gone through the whole roll of correction tape. After using this, I don't think that I will ever go back to using Tipp-ex now.
I have owned Pritt Correct-It comfort rollers for a very long time now - since their release almost! As an alternative to using Tippex, the Pritt Correct-It allows you to correct your mistakes easily and with no mess using the 8.5 metres of correction film that the roller contains. The Correct-It is quite a small gadget, and is to be held in the hand like a pen would be. Correcting mistakes is something this product is excellent at, and there are positive and negative points over using Tippex correction fluid which I have used occasionally. The correction film roller is obviously much less messy. There is no more forgetting to put the cap back on the bottle, or spilling it all over the bottom of your work bag anymore! The correction tape does have one main disadvantage, though, in my opinion. I do find sometimes that the tape doesn't always dispense at the right moment. The tape often stops and starts when it wants to, and you need to apply just the right amount of pressure in order to get the desired result. Obviously the simplicity of the design makes up for this.
Priced at just £2-3 the Pritt Correct-It is a very affordable correction solution, and I find it lasts a lot longer than the correction fluid bottles last. You will no longer come to use the correction product and find a stiff brush, or leave mess all over your work surfaces due to the neat design and use of the Correct-It.
Correction fluid does have its advantages, as if you are wanting to correct something other than text in a straight line, the Correct-It will fail miserably. Obviously for writing - such as text on a piece of paper, the Correct-It is ideal, but correction fluid would be the weapon of choice if you had a design on a page, or for a larger area of correction or an awkward shape. Overall I feel that 4 stars is fair enough really. There are positive and negative things about the Correct-It, but the finish of the correction once complete is one of a very professional and clean finish, so that has to be respected.
If you're using anything other than text on a computer based screen, then the chances are that at some point you'll make a mistake and have to correct it. Paper has no 'Backspace' button, and so it's either put a line through it or cover it up with something and write over it. The majority of sales tend to be towards Tipp-Ex or an alternative branded white correction liquid, but this can often be messy and unsightly and doesn't always work, depending on the brand.
Enter this funky little device, something that has been around for a few years now. A small and comfortable plastic device that houses two rotating wheels which control the dispensing of this correction tape. From the makers of Pritt Stick, it essentially does the same job as Tipp-Ex would, but without the majority of the mess or drying time that you'd expect. Dispensation is easy: what you need to do is use the small flat dispenser nozzle and place this at the beginning of where you need to correct. Run the device along the paper, and the mechanism will dispense the tape according to your motions as you move it along the paper.
Inside, what happens is that the protective film over the actual tape is taken off the top of the tape and collects along a second wheel as it comes off the first wheel. This allows the tape to emerge and attach itself to the paper with little or no issues, the majority of the time. It saves time and is pretty instant in terms of being able to rewrite or draw over the area you've corrected. It's not the thickest of tape in terms of width, I think you can get a wider one than I've got, which I occasionally need to use two lines of in order to cover my handwriting. You do need to be careful if you're using it over an area with tape already on it or if you're using it close to another line of tape, as its thinness means it's not the strongest when it's first applied.
It really does make a huge difference when making corrections, and is great for booking forms where names may change on a regular basis throughout a day, as I have to deal with at work. It's not without its faults, though, and part of it is down to the mechanism inside. Occasionally, it can get a little twisted on dispensation, and this can result in a bumpy or even crooked and somewhat ripped or torn tape. It can get quite messy when this happens, showing its thinness by virtually disintegrating, and this ends up being really annoying if you don't sort it out straight away. It can be flattened if you're patient with it, but of course the ideal is that it doesn't ridge or mess up in the first place.
It's not perfect, but it still does the job with minimum issues. When you consider how much mess and blobbiness and time waiting for drying that actually Tipp-Ex or other correction fluids can result in, then this really is a blessing when it comes to being efficient and having a cleaner and easier way to correct something. It's miles better on the longer mistakes as you don't have to keep dipping a brush in the fluid, no thinner is required, and the storage comes with less leakage worries. The roll lasts for quite a while, and the beauty of the see through plastic container is that you can see how much you have left, and know when to top it up. Without this, you wouldn't really know, as the weight wouldn't change a great deal what with part of the tape remaining in the housing and the produced tape being thin and very lightweight.
The container is very comfortable to hold, and is almost like holding a computer mouse, but in the air instead of from above as if you were moving it on a mouse mat. It has the sort of contours that fit snugly into your hand as if you were holding it in the style of a pen, and I like the fact that the practical job of the device has not eclipsed the comfy holding of the design. This is particularly handy when you have fiddly bits to correct and need it to nestle securely without it feeling uncomfortable and unstable.
Overall, this is something I'd highly recommend. Pricewise, it's likely to cost you a couple of pounds, and prices vary from £2 to £4 depending on where you shop. I find that the price is worth what you gain from it as a product, and it works out as being a much more efficient product when you consider how less fiddly it is than actual Tipp-Ex. Highly recommended.
For those who have written screeds of essays over the years, written music on a page, just perhaps written in ink then made a mistake and reached for Tipp Ex correction fluid then you'll have gone through the painstaking element of applying the liquid carefully to the mistake you've made.
Tipp Ex correction fluid has been the most known product on the market to use, which gives an almost instant coverage for mistakes, or errors on paper and general write/print materials. I remember watching my father type on his mechanical Adler type writer using cigarette paper type Tipp Ex correction sheets before the actual correction fluid came into our household and that's going back at least twenty odd years. I've been a fan of Tipp Ex for years, having used the original orange bottles with the horrible black brush applicator which used to congeal and dry out before Tipp Ex replaced the design with a more handy foam applicator instead - but the main problem of the liquid has always been a tendency to dry out aswell as being difficult to write over with certain types of pens and stationary. Tie in the fact that Thinner liquid has had to be bought at the same time and the expense soon starts to build up.
So it was only a matter of time that I would progress to the so called Pocket Tipp Ex Mouse, as I had read many reviews on this product as well as heard friends recommend the product. But when it came to actually using the gadget I found the additional nose nib of the gadget frustrating. Surely there could be a better product without having to re-adjust the nose part continually? Well there is one other product and it's the original design of dry correction tape against my own belief that Tipp Ex was the first company to utilise the newer design of dry correction tape as opposed to liquid.
Enter Pritt Correct It, from Henkel who own the same company responsible for Pritt glue sticks. I was amazed that this company offer so many different types of correction tape not just one small diameter 4.2mm tape size which is what I have here.
** Variations **
Indeed Henkel make several types of correction pens and mechanical tape feeders which in reality this is all that the Correct-It really is.
For example you can buy 4.2 mm tape or 8.4 mm tape; the differences are really for single text and double text tape refills, but these must be applied to the Correct-It type hand cartridges which feature the lock button at the top of the holder. Mine however is the original version of Correct-It which is not replaceable.
Small and micro sized correction tape cartridges are also available too if the larger one doesn't suit and these come in 4.2mm and 6mm sizes. Henkel it would appear have thought of everything and there are several other versions of correction dry tape available to view on their website. In this instance, it is usually bright white tape which most of the Correct-It handhelds supply.
** Prices **
I bought my Pritt Correct-It from Stationery Box in Edinburgh at £1-99 which mirrors Stationery Box's Correction wet liquid fluid on price. Woolworths also have this from time to time as well as independent stockists but they will tend to mark up the price accordingly.
** The Design of the Pritt Correct-It **
The design of this gadget is actually similar to Tipp-Ex's Pocket Mouse but it has a clear and frosted panel instead of the coloured plastic. As the picture suggests it's a defying logically placed rounded angled plastic cartridge which feels similar to holding an actual pen. The body of the gadget mirrors the same look you would find on a clear recordable audio cassette too which shows the main toothed flywheel (red) with a smaller white wheel which holds all the used up correction tape. The holder fits into the first fingers of your hand with your thumb rested alongside the clear panel. It has an additional ribbed top edge where you can rest your first finger on it. This may sound a bit too elaborate but in reality it fits into my hand remarkably well and is great for tricky word errors which need time and patience!
Unfortunately the gadget is dressed up in the cheapest of plastic but at least it can be put away in most pencil cases or out of the way. It has bonded plastic on the base of the body of the gadget which means it can stand up on its own when not in use. It has however been designed so that it can be used ambidextrously.
There is a newer design of this product (I have the older one) which has ridges on the body which presumably adhere to greater holding by the user.
In use the most important aspect which I think is great is the fact that it has a permanent set nib (red) at the bottom of the tape dispenser which holds the dry correction tape. There is no picking up or lifting a nib here against Tipp Ex's own version.
Simply hover over the lined words or whatever you want to block out, and from the left or right hand (if you are either) line the openings of the nib to the line of words and press down firmly on the paper and lightly drag the mouse along the part you want corrected. I find it great to use on printed music to hide notes for school kids to write over for example, but at the same time that the white line of tape comes down, it attaches itself immediately onto paper.
The tape's thinness of the product is revealed at times when the correction tape comes out at the entrance and lies across the word. At times slight fragments of the white tape may not glue down properly to the paper surface but I usually just use the curved surface of the gadget to ensure complete flatness - something which the design of the cartridge allows you to do - if you try to use your fingers, the tape can come off the page at the edges.
One good aspect of the clear plastic is to judge just how much is being used. The main red wheel in the middle of the holder for example gives you the indication of how much is left whilst the inner wheel is covered over by the frosted panel but you can still see at angles how much has accumulated on the wheel.
** Downsides **
Sometimes the film will get twisted on the nib and similar to an audio cassette you don't cut it but unwind it slightly and push the film back into the cartridge holder.
Secondly, if for example you make a mistake with the film, I found it hard to reapply over the film which had been put down initially. If you try, the product film breaks up on contact and makes a horrible mess, much akin to the liquid from past experience. To write on, it can prove problematic with a standard ball point pen too if you try to write on almost immediately. Give the page a couple of seconds and allow the dry tape to dry on the paper before actually writing over the top of it. This will ensure fewer breaks up of the already laden tape.
Thirdly not many stockists sell this product the whole year around but it is worth its weight in gold, particularly when it is solvent and acid free which is good news for parents with teenagers and children instead of the usual "chemical toxic" on the liquid formula.
On all paper types, Correct-It works very well and it does its job without much stress. Although the tape is dry it can crumple up - well nothing is perfect these days but on its own accord it works better than liquid correction fluid and has a quicker drying time as a result - and the permanent nib protects the tape when not in use. Lastly, it has a very undetectable scent which means its ideal for use around children for fear of toxic heady smells like some correction liquids.
How long does it last? Well that depends on how much you use it. I use mine mainly for correcting ink written mistakes aswell as any errors on typed pages, and I've had mine for three months - it is still going and at its relatively cheap price I don't mind buying another for use at work. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008
Disposable correction roller.