Product Type: Ryman in Homeware
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Perfect for lecture notes.
Ryman Refill Pad A4
Member Name: haco
Ryman Refill Pad A4
Advantages: Good quality paper and cheap
Disadvantages: Paper can start to fall out
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.
Summary: Good value for money here
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