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I bought this paper because of it's fantastic price, at £2 for 320 sheets. When i flicked through the pad in the store it felt alright, wasn't falling to pieces and turning pages it wasn't falling apart or ripping so I thought i'd give it a go.
The pad has a shiny front cover but can be written on. The cover can easily be torn out if you don't want it, and the other side can also be used as a plain piece of paper; this side is shiny too so I wouldn't use a fountain pen or a leaky biro on on it...
The paper is 65 gsm and quite thin, and it doesn't absorb fountain pens too well. I'd strongly recommend using a standard biro instead. Due to the thinness of the paper, it isn't of good quality and can easily be bent, torn or ripped. Quite frankly if you're paying just £2 for this size a pad you'd expect it to not be like printer paper, so fair play.
The paper is in no way brilliant white but it isn't like that disgusting recycled paper from the co-op which just light brown with bits of dark brown paper in it. This does at least look white, so I'll award a star there.
The spine holding the pages in place is above what i'd expect from a pad this price. The higher prices ones tear out very easily and while this one doesn't, they aren't super glued in either so when you want to tear them out you can tear them with ease but they're not just gonna fall out off their own accord whenever they feel like it.
The lines are a faint greyish looking colour and the margin has a hint of blue to it. It's not too faint and it does stand out from the other lines like it should. I haven't found a printing error so far in my pad and i'm about 50 pages in. Flicking through the pad i can't see any smudges, marks or pages where the ink has run out or faded.
Overall I'd recommend using this for rough notes and just general home use. I wouldn't write anything important on it incase it gets damaged which is very easy to do, plus at 65 gsm it looks quite faint anyway so writing a letter out on this will look pretty poor. Otherwise great value, especially for keeping by the phone.
As a student I need to use a notebook every day for lecture/revision notes. These Ryman branded refill pads are perfectly suited for this job. I tend to go for the narrow ruled version, as I have quite small handwriting anyway, and you can also fit more on a page! I don't know if it works out any cheaper buying narrow ruled, but I just personally prefer to use it. The Ryman website currently has these priced at £1.59 each, and they frequently have 3 for 2 offers in store. I tend to stock up on these whilst they're on offer, along with some of their graph paper so I don't run out during the year. You can buy these pads with either 100 sheets or 200 sheets of paper.
The quality of the paper isn't the best I've ever used but it's certainly not cheap feeling either. Although, if you want the best quality paper you're going to have to pay out a little more for an Oxford pad. I believe Ryman also do their own branded 'superior' quality paper, although I don't know what the quality is like compared to the standard version. The paper isn't scratchy or off-white and you can write on both sides of the page without the ink coming through. Because the paper is quite thick, it doesn't tend to rip when you pull a page out of the book - I have had this problem with some of the cheaper refill pads. The paper has also been pre-holepunched to make it easier to file away. The front and back covers of the book are also nicely thick so they protect the paper inside and keep it looking clean and uncrinkled.
The only small problem I have with these books is that after a while the glue on the spine can start to come away from the edge of the paper and some of the sheets can fall out. This isn't a huge deal, and it might be where I fold the front cover under the pad when I'm writing. It never seemed to happen often with the pads before, but it's happening more with the newer pads I've bought. Maybe the quality is just slightly less than it used to be, I don't know.
The quality of the paper you get for the small price which you pay is absolutely fantastic, and these notebooks are perfect for every day use.
As a student, I get through lots of paper - and I mean LOTS!
This means that I need a few things from my paper; good quality, hole punched for storing, ruled/lined and, most importantly, low cost.
This A4 refill pad it both!
I obviously buy this from Rymans. At first, I would expect anything from this retailer to be very expensive as most of their product are, however this costs me just £1 per pad at the most. I get this even cheaper as I am a student and get Ryman's 10% discount - therefore each only costs me 90p!
The paper is thick enough to make the ink not leak through to the other side and therefore making them both usable but not too thick as to make the pad bulky or make the pad too heavy to carry around. It is a light white colour so does not have the yellowish tint which is common with low-quality paper.
I love it so much that I tend to buy a massive supply at the start of the year so that it can last me throughout. I do get some strange looks from the staff when I literally empty their shelf of 10 or so pads and have them towering above my head as I walk to the counter, but it's worth it!
I bought this pad from Rymans last year to use for revision notes. As the notes were going to be scribbly, I didn't want to use my normal favourite pads which are Pukka pads. If I remember correctly I paid about 99p for this pad containing 320 pages. I think the paper was 70gsm, which is reasonable quality paper. However as I have used it all up, I can't remember for definite.
The paper is nice and thick, meaning you can write on it without worrying about your ink showing through on the other side. Very important if you are writing a letter to someone. The paper comes away from the pad easily when pulled, unlike some cheaper notepads. In the past with value price paper, I have found a chunk of the left hand side is pulled out when you try and separate the paper from the rest of the pad.
The front cover of the notepad is made of thick paper and the back is made of strong cardboard. My only criticism of this notepad would be that when it has been in my bag, as the front cover is only made of paper rather than card, the edges have become folded causing the paper underneath to become damaged sometimes as well.
I would definitely buy a notepad like this from Rymans again, they don't quite come up to Pukka standard, but for 99p you can't go wrong.
I picked up my first Ryman Refill Pad only last week (though I had seen it inside Ryman stores before, and had wondered if I should sample it or not) for the shockingly low price of 99p for 320 pages- what an absolute bargain! You can perhaps purchase the same amount of lined paper in your local pound stores, but of inferior quality by far. For good quality paper, I did not think that Rymans (which I had never thought of before as a particularly bargain worthy store) would be able to supply it for such a low price, and that there had to be some kind of setback on it... right?
I absolutely hate writing on bad quality paper- it makes you write slower and distorts your writing; moreover, it is uncomfortable. Like I have mentioned, you can probably buy refill pads at this price; but the lined paper inside is more than likely to be so thin that your ink manages to seep straight through, and onto the next page. This Ryman Refill Pad was an exception however- the pages, if not even thicker than acceptable, were more than adequate for writing on- even if I used a writing utensil such as a fountain pen or a blotchy ink pen, it would not go through. The paper is quite thick and regular, just as paper inside a good quality refill pad.
The paper is very easy to rip out of the pad, which is good, and it is also possible to remove paper from the back of the pad without all the front pages falling out. The lines are grey and regular, but not faded, with a blue margin. Unlike other refill pads of which I have come across previously, when the paper is ripped out there is no sticky, gummy residue at the sides.
I had seen the previous bold, red cover for this refill pad; unfortunately, they have for some reason decided to change this into a rather more unattractive cover, in a shade of shocking neon green. This I do find is quite a bit tacky, but this has not put me off the product at all; it is about the paper in the refill pad after all, not its cover. This is backed by recycled cardboard, which helps to reinforce the structure and make it stay rigid (so that you can write on it without a hard surface underneath. The cover prevents the top page from collecting too much dust.
This refill pad has been very useful to me these past few days- I can write away and there is still more than half the pad left- 320 pages does, after all, take quite some time to use up. It is the standard A4 size, so it can slot easily into files, folders and ring binders with little to no fuss. The pages also have four hole punched holes,just in case a specific folder requires it to have that much.
In conclusion, a brilliant bargain from Rymans- you get quality and quantity all for the price of 99p. However, I am not sure how much longer this offer is going to stick around, as it is already growing increasingly popular and of high demand- so next time I pop into Ryman, I will be sure to stock up! It is extraordinarily good value, a very good option if you want to save a little bit extra money. I would highly recommend this.
As a college student it is necessary that I have plenty of pads and excess paper about in case I need to write notes in my lessons, or complete work for revision. When I was younger my Mum always bought stationary and pads from WHSmiths because we'd always assumed more money meant more quality. So at first I stopped by my local Smiths and was appalled to realise a simple 200 page refill pad (own brand I might add!) costs £4.29. There was no way I was paying that regardless of whether I was in need of paper or not, so I visited Rymans instead, as it is known for its low prices.
They have a selection of refill pads, ranging in price from £0.99 to about £4.00, with varying prices for packs of 5 and 6, which are great bargains. I bought three refill pads each for about £1.50 each which could have been a back to school sale which is typical of that time, but knowing Rymans this could easily be the norm.
The pad consists of 200 A4 sized pages. They are narrow ruled which is excellent for students like myself as it provides space to fill in any additional notes, as well as room for teachers to add any markings about your work.
The pad is glue bound like pretty much all pads these days, but I found it to be one of very few brands that when you turn the page, the page you were just working on doesn't simply fall out and un-attach itself from the pack. This is excellent because it means that you can easily keep all of your work together if you don't have a folder, which for a cheapskate like me who doesn't necessarily want to purchase expensive folders which can cost as much as £4 is a great addition.
The pages aren't necessarily thick, but writing with a biro doesn't appear through the opposite side of the page which is useful as it means you get the most of each page. Marker pens are a little different, but they still aren't dark enough through the other side that written work cannot be read.
Overall this is an excellent product I would definitely recommend, it has really taught me that money doesn't always mean quality and shopping around can really be useful even for something as simple as a pad.
I recently was in need of an a4 lined paper pad, in the past I have bought from WHSmith but I was looking around Ryman's and found the pads to be a lot cheaper in terms of their own branded products and in comparisson to the popular Pukka Pads.
The pad that I bought is different to the above picture and has a bright green cover. It is easily spotted and eye catching. It was priced just under £2, (i'm not sure if it was on offer at the time) but for 320 pages it is a great price.
The paper itself has 4 holes like most of the a4 pads, a blue margin and it is lined. I know at times when buying a lined paper pad if the price is cheap, the quality of the paper and the lines on the paper are not normally much good. But the paper within this pad is great and I can't really tell the difference between this paper and any of the higher priced pads. By buying this pad you are basically paying half the price for more pages of paper.
Also what I liked is that by turning the paper to write on the next page, it does not rip the previous page out.. which I found most pads do. The front cover is also stuck on well and does not come off in general day to day use. Again the back cover like most pads is cardboard. The pad is also opened to the left rather than upwards, which I prefer more. Also the paper thickness is pretty much the standard weight (it does not say) and it is not too thin.
I give the product 5 stars as it is both good value for money and good quality. I would buy the same pad from them again when in need and nearby to a shop. 320 pages is also a great amount as most pads are 200 pages.
The Ryman refill Pad (which looks just like the one in the photo above), is one which I often buy when I have project work to do because it is just such good value. You get 160 A4 sheets for just 92p - which equates to about 0.5p per sheet - which of course equals 2 sides of the actual paper. The paper is bound on the side like a book, and it is gelled in so that the paper can be removed easily and without tearing. The paper always comes out easily and only rips if it's because I'm being careless! The pages are already hole punched in 4 places on the side and so they can be put into a standard 2 or 4 lever ring binder.
Usually, I find A4 refill pads which are cheap to be made of really flimsy paper - but actually this paper is pretty good quality and is certainly suitable for personal note taking. The punched holes will need reinforcing though. There is a margin down the left hand side of the page, and the pages are feintly rules in a pale blue at an average spacing.
Overall, i think this paper is a decent quality for note-taking and for 92p I really couldn't rate it highly enough.
I only spotted this product quite recently as normally I pay about twice the price of this one for notepads from Rymans. This pad is there new own brand "discount" A4 lined refill pad, which for 99p is quite cheap.
The pad comes with a bright red cover, which was what first attracted me to it. On the front it has the details of the pad, such as it having 320 pages, being A4 an the pages being feint lined and having a margin. The whole pad has been hole punched in 4 places, which means it can be stored in both 2-hole and 4-hole ring binders. Each page has a blue margin line that is 2.6cm away from the edge of the page. Each line is spaced 0.8cm apart, which is in between the standard large and narrow ruled sizes that you normally get. There is not indication of the weight f the paper, however it is no thinner than the more expensive lined paper that I used to buy. The whole pad is backed with a piece of cardboard which makes it a lot more secure and easier to transport.
The only reason I bought this was because it was half the price that I normally pay for refill pads. The RRP for it is 99p, which is very good, however I got an extra 10% student discount off this, which made it an even better price! In the past I have had mixed success with cheaper refill pads, so when I bought this I was a little anxious as to how it would be. Most cheap pads I have tried have had thin paper and been difficult to tear each page from the pad. This pad is different though. It is just like there more expensive pad, except it is half the price. The paper is the weight for what I need it for, the line spacing suits my handwriting and each page is very easy to tear out.
Being a 320 page pad, it has lasted a lot longer than most pads do. I have not had any problems with the paper yet, and for the price I cannot find any faults with it whatsoever. I have to give it 5/5 as it is excellent value for the price and it is exactly like there more expensive pads, but with a cheaper cover. If you buy refill pads on a regular basis, but are fed up of paying too much, then this pad is worth a try. It offers a large number of quality sheets, in a reasonable looking pad, for a low price.
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