“ Brand: Ryman / Type: A4 Hard Bound writing pad „
I bought this hardbound notepad a few months ago now as I had filled my previous lab book and needed a new one. I chose hardback over paperback as you have to use hardback notebooks in our lab to help protect your work from chemicals. I went to my local Rymans shop and bought this A4 pad for about £6.
The pad has a black cover front and rear and is hardbound by a thick cover. The front and rear covers are 2mm thick, which makes it very solid and gives good protection for the paper inside. On the spine it has the words "Ruled" and "Ryman" in gold print. The paper is A4 sized with the cover being slightly bigger than this. All of the pages inside are lined, with the line width being 0.8cm. There are no margins printed on any of the pages.
At first when I bought this I was quite surprised as I thought it would be about half the price I paid. After looking at other shops I soon realised this was the normal price for hardbound pads. I bought the A4 version as I needed it to be big enough to contain a lot of work. First impressions of the pad are that it looks very neat, simple and professional. The plain black colour makes it very inconspicuous and stops stains showing up as much. The covers are thick enough to withstand quite a bit of abuse without bending or being damaged. I have found the corners on mine have started to get a bit damaged, but this is due to my handling of it.
The pad has 96 A4 pages of lined paper that feel of similar quality to cheaper paperback notepads that I own. For the price I paid I expected the paper to be of a bit better quality and thickness. This is not a problem on the whole as it is easy to write on and the lines are big enough for my handwriting. One thing I have noticed is that the pages are not held in very strongly at all. I have accidentally pulled a couple of pages out on numerous occasions, which has meant some work is now loose in the pad. This is not good as if I lost any of this work then it could cause me problems. I'm not sure if it is meant to be like this or this is a product of a poor design, but I would much prefer if the pages were held in a bit stronger.
One the whole, this is a good notepad that is well protected by the hardback cover on it. It looks inconspicuous but professional so it would suit many people for many uses. Generally I am pleased with it and it seems a good price for it however there are a few little bits that I have found problematic with it, as outlined above.
I would probably purchase this pad again though as it suits the purpose I need it for very well and it has enough space for everything I want. Therefore, I am going to give it 4/5. It can only be purchased from Rymans Stationary Shops online or on the high street.
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