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Stabilo Boss highlighter pens are an item that I have used at my workplace on an almost daily basis for the last 20 years and there is always a regular supply of these to be found in the stationary cupboard. We have tried other cheaper brands, some of which are available at a fraction of the cost but we always seem to quickly return to this brand.
Part of my job involves checking and approving architect plans so I use these highlighter pens to highlight specific areas on drawings and also to mark off an item once it has been counted and I've double checked that it appears on our tender. Some of our projects can have over a hundred different layout plans and without the ability to identify things in this way it would be impossible to know what I had checked and what I hadn't.
These pens are available in a range of different colours and our stationary cupboard is usually stocked with yellow, green, blue and orange ones but it is the yellow ones that I use most frequently. The yellow markers don't only produce a bright mark on the paper that stands out clearly against an otherwise black and white background, but unlike the other colours they do not leave any trace when the drawing has been photocopied or scanned in black and white.
The pens are made of light plastic and have an elongated rectangular shape that makes them easy to grip. The body of the pen is the same vivid colour as the highlighter nib so unless you are colour blind it's very unlikely that you would chose the wrong colour by mistake. The name Stabilo Boss is stamped in black text vertically along the length of the pen and in a smaller font there is the word original and the company logo, which is a red swan in a circle. At the end of the pen there is tightly fitting black plastic cap, which when removed to use the marker can be stored safely on the opposite end of the pen whilst you are using it.
Once the cap has been removed the nib of the pen is revealed which has a tapered rectangular profile. The clever shape of this end enables you to achieve a different thickness of highlighter on your paper. For example if you hold the pen flat then you will get a broad line and be able to cover a large area quickly, by tilting the pen you can achieve thin lines and with a little care and practice you can apply just a tiny speck of highlighter.
After using the pen it is important to replace the cap or it will dry out but providing that I do remember to replace the cap firmly then they will never dry out and a pen will generally last me about a month.
As I mentioned my company has purchased alternative brands to Stabilo which usually look similar in appearance and do the same job but their shelf life has always been much shorter and they've tended to start drying out after just a few days of use, even when the cap has been correctly replaced.
I know that most people could live their lives quite easily without ever using a Stabilo highlighter pen, but I couldn't do my job without mine.
I use highlighters daily for work and have a draw full of them in various colours. I use the chunky 5mm nib highlighters but they do a smaller nib of 2mm. Out of all the colours I mainly use the orange, yellow, pink and green. The only colour I rarely use is the blue as it's a similar colour to the prints I use.
I mainly use these highlighters over printed ink to which I've never had a problem but have in the past used them over gel ink pen which has smudged the text, so when I have to highlight gel ink I underline instead. My 2 year old often makes a bee line for these highlighter whenever he comes into work with me and I can confirm they do a great job of colouring in Peppa Pig!!
The 5mm Stabilo highlighters are short and thick and fit into your hand well resulting in a comfy grip.
I buy my highlighters in bulk - 8 x £4.99. If you purchase individually they cost £1.19!!
A great fact about these highlighter which I didn't know until writing this review is if you leave the cap off and they appear to of dried out, replace the cap for 4 hours and it regenerates and starts working again!!
I love these highlighters and would recommend these to anyone who has a need for them.
Over my years of being a Primary School teacher I have used highlighters on many occasions. Firstly, they have been great for marking, drawing attention to good parts or parts that need changing. They have been used in staff meetings, on a variety of Inset days. I have also used them for children to mark parts of text to identify adjectives, verbs, adverbs etc. There have been many, many other occasions and uses, so I feel I can speak with some experience on these markers.
I am ashamed to say that over the years I have been, on occasion, unfaithful. There is a part of me which keeps insisting on flirting with the cheap and nasty. Cheap and nasty markers from other places that is! Sometimes I have been known to haunt Poundland and other "bargain" places just to get my hands on whole packs of highlighters for the low, low prices on offer. Am I satisfied after these flirtations? Well, I have to say an emphatic, "NO!" Sure, things are great for the first week or so. The markers are new and fresh and the colours are so very, very bright. Then the magic fades and I have to resort to dumping them.
That's where our protagonist enters the review. With it's distinctive chunky, tapering cuboid (ish) shape, it has several imitators but I have yet to find better. The body of the marker shows the distinctive bright shades on offer and has a black lid that fits snugly on, to keep a tight seal. Even better, the lid, when removed, can be pushed onto the other end of the marker. This especially suits people like myself, who can lose a pen lid whilst sat still at a desk! The one drawback here is that it does not always fit so snugly at this end and can require some adjustment to prevent it falling off whilst you labour under the misapprehension that all is well. You can always tell a Stabilo Boss marker from other similar types, as it has its name boldly printed in black capitals on the side and it has the swan symbol of the parent company in front of the name. ( A symbol which goes back to using the first part of the name of the owners in 1865!)
These can be bought singly but often come in multipacks with a variety of striking colour selections. The colours that I regularly use are the green, yellow, blue, pink and orange. Some packs have multiples of different colours but I prefer ones where you get the same number of each.
Now, for using them. They have an angled "chisel-tip" which allows you to apply the highlighting in different ways. Using the whole of the 5mm width you can quickly highlight lines of text. Using the higher corner it is possible to create a much finer line of highlighting, which I often use to circle key things I want to draw attention to.
This is the marker that I will commit to and the main reason for this is its longevity. Other markers have just as good a colour selection that highlight fairly well and are cheaper, often a LOT cheaper. However, this is one of those cases where quality matters and you do get what you pay for. I have used these markers again and again and have found them stuck at the back of a drawer years later and they have still worked. I am not trying to imply that they never run out but that they do last a long time. With the lid firmly on, I have never had one dry out through being left unused. I have highlighted hundreds of sections of text whilst marking and these have handled it with ease. I normally get 3-4 markers assigned for a year and never need more. I may get more but that's more a case of greed than need and allows me to have caches of them secreted away in various parts of the classroom, my bag, home and wherever else I may end up needing to do my work.
In all, I heartily recommend these to anyone who wants to highlight things on more than one or two occasions. If you were going to do highlighting just once then a cheap pack may do the trick. If, like me, you are a habitual highlighter then these are the real deal.
With the exam period having just ended for me, I had to stock up on highlighters just before to use in my revision. Stablo Boss is a trusted brand and I've bought them a lot over the years for use in school work. They're the kind of thing you use more than you think with school work, to highlight key things and to prepare work such as in use for presentations.
With my main exams fast approaching I bought a pack of 5 miniature sized highlighters that I could use and easily carry around. I vary between revising at home and at my local main library so it was convenient to buy a smaller size as I could easily fit them in a small pencil case. The only issue is that I find them a little difficult to use as they are quite difficult to grip, being that the size is awkward, and as I've discussed recently in a few other reviews, having dislocated my thumb in the past month I get a lot of wrist and palm cramp and ache, so that didn't really help. I persevered however and they did exactly as they should, and in any normal incidence they would still be a little awkward at first but definitely wouldn't hurt the user, I just felt it worthy of note as that was my own personal experience.
The colours the highlighters come in are yellow, orange, green, pink and blue. I tend to use the first three colours listed most often as they clearly highlight work and text but aren't so dark that the writing becomes difficult to read. This can be an issue with the darker shades, particularly if I have hand written the notes, as they may already be scrawled out quickly in note form, and not in big bold text you would get from any printed work. For printed work however it isn't too bad, and so long as you swipe across the words/lines only once it won't be so dark the text is inelligble.
The lids are something I definitely appreciate about this product more than some less well known brands or store varieties. They are very sturdy and slot right into place, as well as fitting on the end of the pen so that you won't lose them. This is important as highlighters can easily dry out and become unusable, so the secure seal is very useful in maintaining their life.
Stabilo Highlighters come in a plastic case that means you have easy storage that comes with the product from purchase. I often use this until the tag that shuts the case bends a little too much/is too worn and no longer keeps the box shut and then I simply put them in the pencil case. However, for the period that this lasts, which depends on how neat you are, it is useful to have them all in one place and it also means when I open up my pencil case they don't all come spilling out suddenly causing a racket and a flow of all the other contents.
The cost of this brand of highlighter is usually between £3.50-5.00. I believe I paid £3.99 for the highlighters in WH Smiths but if you look around the price can vary. It also changes depending on whether you get a four pack without the additional blue colour, or the five, and so obviously its more expensive with the extra pen. I think this is good value for money as the quality of these pens is greater than that of some store brand ones I've used and they are also much brighter and longer lasting. Often after a few swipes of the pen with cheaper varieties the colour becomes much more watered down and you have to wait basically for it to 'restore', by which I mean you shut the pen lid and hope in a few minutes you can get a few extra wipes.
This isn't the case of all store brand varities, there are some I have enjoyed, but on the whole Stabilo Boss highlighters have more positives. For example, they appear to last much longer in total than other versions. I've had these last me through rigorous highlighting for hours every day the past few weeks, which from memory is about 6-8 weeks. When they are used much less frequently for more ordinary usage they last long also, having survived a few months of my usage when it isn't the exam period, and I've bought them brand new before the term starts in September.
One issue I have with almost every highlighter I come into contact with is smudging. My experience with these ones is quite varied, sometimes it smudges printed text and makes the colour a little darker and more difficult to read. At these times the weaker consistency of the cheaper highlighters is useful (though unintentional) as there's such little ink its almost impossible to smudge it. However, most of the time smudging doesn't occur so long as you swipe across once and do so quite lightly so that you apply only an adequate amount. The more you layer over, the more likely it is to smudge, and to go through the page and cause a tear.
Overall I think this is an excellent product and I would recommend. I began using these when my Mum was the sole provider of my stationary, but having aged I still trust them exponentially and will continue to use them should I need them in future. Their usage is very basic, but also very convenient, and its good to have around in case you need to go through a chunk of text for significant information, such as going through a shopping list for essentials (as I have to do when my budget is running low from time to time). I wouldn't limit their usage to school/education alone but in my experience this is where I have found them most useful and would recommend them for any child as a 'just in case'. The price is reasonable, although not excellent, but the quality is a redeeming factor for me.
For some reason, every company I have ever worked for uses Stabilo highlighters, for another reason they only seem to have the bright blue, pink, orange, green and yellow highlighters.
Is this wonderful marketing on the part of Stabilo or simply that there are no competitors on the market offering a better product. Apparently it is due to a great product as Stabilo have been operating since 1972 and this is the number 1 highlighter in Europe, if not the world. It is german in design and quality and that says a lot about it for me.
In my personal opinion, these are excellent and having used them for so long, i'd be loathe to change now. The colours are perfect, the feel of the pens is excellent and they just have an iconic value.
I have used these for many years and find it difficult to remember a pen ever not working, unless it had been left without a lid on for a prolonged period of time, or was over 2 years old. So they have longevity to add to quality.
The Stabilo boss highlighter is smaller than most pens, it would be called stocky if it were a person, shorter and thicker than a pen, most of the pen is the colour of the tip, however the lid is always black, this looks cool and does draw your attention. Each pen also has the Stabilo Boss Original logo down the middle of one side with a picture of a swan. These pens are iconic and add a real dash of colour to any desk at work or at home.
The pens are fluorescent and there are 9 colours available, Pink, purple, lilac, orange, blue, light blue, red, green and yellow. I have to admit I only really use packs containing pink, orange, blue, green and yellow.
The pens are generally used to highlight text, I use them generally when reviewing work to highlight areas I think are important or to highlight errors when copy reading work for a colleague, I have used them in text books to highlight areas that would be useful for me to study prior to exams and found them to be invaluable. Having a variety of colours means you can really differentiate what each highlight means, for example in a chosen text at University you might highlight comments in a statement you agree with or wish to expand upon in Green, you might similarly highlight areas you wish to disprove or disagree with in pink or blue.
The highlighters are simply your tools to use however you see fit, they add colour and really help me understand better what I'm doing than simply underlining things. I was born after they were made so haven't known a time when I couldn't use them, but I think it would have made my working life a little bit more difficult.
The pen has a slanted tip which means you can write very finely with one side of it or use the thicker line to simply highlight widely through text or anything else.
The ink in highlighters is quick drying so it is important if you stain clothes or fabrics to clean them immediately or the stain will not disappear.
Price and availability
The pens are available at all decent stationers and supermarkets as well as online via Amazon. I generally use these at work but for our home computer desk I bought a pack of four (green, orange, pink and yellow) from our local Staples for £2. We've had these for over 2 years and my Dad has some from 7 years ago, my work pens haven't lost power in over 5 years and I don't anticipate needing to spend out again on any for a good period of time.
In essence these pens are quite niche in what they give you, but if like me you use them endlessly at work, they can prove useful for a family in allowing you to highlight important areas of text. At £2 for 4 they are excellent value and incredibly reliable, just be sure not to stain fabrics with them as this can be difficult to remove.
I am a huge fan of highlighters as I believe they are really helpful with remembering important things and spotting key information. But what I am not a fan of is rubbish highlighters that either run out in a few days or simple do not perform to an acceptable standard. This is not the case with this assorted pack of stabilo highlighters. You do have to pay a slightly premium price but for the quality that you receive you can not complain.
You get 10 highlighters 2 blue, 2 pink, 2 green and 4 yellow as yellow is the traditional highlighting colour. The saturation of the colours is enough to be clearly seen without interfering with the text (written by hand or word processed). They do last for a long time comparing with the cheaper high street highlighters. The fluorescence of the stabilo highlighters is definitely the best feature as they have a very distinctive colour and "glow". The shape of the tips is great as you can control the width of the highlighting by tilting the highlighter at different angles.
However, they do dry up very quickly if left without lid put on. But this is a very slight annoyance that does not affect the products results.
My past experience:
I have used these highlighters regularly for highlighting notes in the past few months and I have to admit that the control that you get over the highlighters is slightly hindered by the awkward shape of the tube. The accuracy could have been improved if the highlighters had a more rounded shape. Apart from that I have not had any problems with them drying up extremely quickly or bad quality of the tip as the tip releases ink at a constant pace. So no smudging happens during highlighting.
Would I recommend this product?
I have found that these highlighters come in really handy as the perform without any problems as they are from a very reputable brand. Overall, I would say this is a must for every desk. I strongly recommend.
I'll admit to being a bit of a pencil case dork back in the school days - there's definitely something appealing about having a good collection of pens and pencils for all your daily needs. Highlighters were by far the most interesting of the lot, as not only did they come in lots of different colours and sizes, but some were even fluorescent. There was only ever one make of highlighter in my case though: Stabilo Boss. With its unique shape and thorough variety of colours, the Stabilo was the daddy, the one all my friends rested their jealous eyes over during English class.
The pen that I'm reviewing is the original variety - the one featured in Dooyoo's picture. But it's worth noting that Stabilo now produce a new style which features a cylindrical design, textured grip, and extra long nib. I have no idea how these pens perform, but as for the original, they perform well enough not to warrant a complete re-design... perhaps this is just a marketing tactic to try and refresh buyers opinion rather than bring out a more advanced product.
The pen is a curved rectangular shape with an equally angular lid protecting a somewhat angular nib. The form speaks of design, it speaks of structure and of rigidity - almost willing you to draw a straight line, or some sort of unified shape (like a rectangle!). Made from a hard (correspondingly) coloured plastic, and grey lid, the pen looks excellent on a designers desk, sitting comfortably amongst the protractors. STABILO BOSS is plastered across one side (so you don't forget the brand). Within the pen is a large store of ink, a store which is easily refillable. The dimensions of the pen are as follows: 10.5 x 1.8 x 11 cm. It weighs quite a bit for pen, at 82 g.
When you first grip the pen it feels unnaturally bulky and awkward, but before long your stroke adjusts, and the pens large ink capacity can be utilized effectively. I firmly believe that you can be just as accurate with one of these as with a Biro - though some may disagree. Due to its relatively short length, the pen won't hit stray pages or other obstacles as much, ensuring a clear and clean line of ink on page. And the ink really does come out clean and crisp, producing a solid, unbroken line of slightly reflective substance - which dries quickly. Sometimes you have to give the pen a bit of a shake to get it going properly, but only when it is low on ink. The pens lid can be off for up to 4 hours without the nib drying out as well, which is an excellent amount of time - more to safeguard a forgetful, sleepy workforce from wasting away resources.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY: Amazon.co.uk sell all the varieties, but the 'original' pens can be bought in packs of 4 for £2.00 (includes: yellow, green, pink, orange), 8 for £4.20 (yellow, green, lime green, pink, orange, red, purple). A pack of 10 yellow highlighters will set you back £6.24.
I have been using Stabilo Boss Highlighters for many years now. I remember my days at University, spending hours of my time revising and making notes for those all important exams. It was those Stabilo Boss highlighters I used to always have at hand, making highlighting important texts easily visible.
==WHAT IS SCHWAN STABILO==
The Stabilo Boss Highlighters are highlighter pens manufactured by the German company Schwan-STABILO. The company also make other types of pens, pencils, colouring and cosmetics. However their main point of sale is the Stabilo Boss Highlighter pens and these highlighters are the most popular branded highlighters worldwide.
The company was created in 1855, where they originally made pencils. Under the name Grossberger & Kurz Bleistiftfabrik their main focus was the small pencil factory located in Germany which is where they produced and sold their pencils. However due to financial debt and crisis talks, the company was sold in 1865 to Gustav Adam Schwanhäußer. He managed to fix a lot of the problem areas at the company, and managed to raise cooperation to new heights, introducing a whole new company design logo which consists of a Swan logo which is still the main design logo used today.
The pencil business begins to be a huge success in the 1880s with a lot of sales being exported abroad. However from 1908 the unfortunate passing of Adam Schwanhäußer, meant the business was passed on to his two sons. From 1953 they expanded their line by introducing the ball point pens, felt-tip pens and colour felts.
In 1970 the company was renamed Stabilo Boss and is when the creation and manufacturing of highlighter pens started. With the huge demand, it was not long before the product was introduced into offices and schools. Even today in 2013 the company continues to prosper and out sell its competitors; being known as the most used brand for highlighters.
==DESIGN & USE==
The highlighters pens are of a somewhat rectangular shape. The shape at the top of the highlighters looks visually thinner than the rim, with the design increasing in thickness as the design moves down to the lid of the highlighter, making the highlighers easier to hold while using.
The highlighers come ins variation of colours including yellow, green, florescent pink, normal pink, orange and blue. There are more variations available, but these are the main ones that came in my pack.
The lid is very easy to remove, and once removed allows the marker nib to be visible. I found that the diagonal shaped nib makes it very simple to use and makes for an area of text to be highlighted with clearer colour and neatness, and hardly any smudges.
I frequently use these highlighters at work when highlighting important words and phrases on documents. I found that the translucent ink is just the right consistency to make text clearly visible, and does not seep through paper like other marker type pens would. The eye catching fluorescent colours make the important texts really stand out, which is basically what you want when using highlighter pens.
I tend to use the yellow colour more often that the other colours, as it in my opinion the yellow colour makes text show up more clearly and emphasises the importance of the text when other staff members read it.
The other positive aspect of these pens is that the ink hardly gets on the hand or fingers, which is mainly due to the well designed nib. However on the rare occasion if the ink did find its way onto my fingers or clothes I was very easily able to wash them off with water.
There were times when I would forget to place the lid back on the highlighter, leaving them without their lid for a few hours on my office desk. I was really pleased to find that on the many occasions when this happened, the highlighters never dried out, meaning they can last an impressive few hours without the lid.
In terms of price, I buy the highlighters in a pack of 4 at around £3 from Asda, However they are available from any stationary shop or supermarket at similar prices.
These highlighter pens are made with very good quality ink that lasts for long periods of time. I have had highlighters last me a good whole year without the need for replacing. Although the price is a little higher than some of other branded highlighters, I still opt for these mainly due to their quality and longevity.
I would recommend this product and would rate them 10/10
Stabilo Boss highlighter pens are Europe's number 1 highlighter pen and if I'm honest I don't think I've actually seen any other brand of highlighter pen in all the offices I have worked in so I would say that that statement is probably very true. Working as a personal assistant for quite a number of years I used Stabilo Boss highlighter pens on a daily basis and now we use them in our home too to highlight our busy family calendar. They are the only highlighter pen I would think about using and work really well.
So, what's the history of Europe's favourite highlighter pen? Well, according to an article I read, "Did you know that it was back in 1971 that the first ever highlighter was devleoped by a designer who accidently squashed a plastic mould and decided he loved the look?... And more than 35 years later the STABILO BOSS is still Europe's number one selling highligher. The shape is now recoginised all over the world and two STABILO BOSS are sold every second. Its super high flourescence and long life makes it the number one choice."
They now come in a lot of different colours but my favourite still has to be the yellow fluorescent highlighter, it's bright and bold and everyone knows what you mean when you highlight something in yellow, this is IMPORTANT! The pen is actually rectangle in shape and has quite a secure cap at the end that you pull off to reveal the felt tip inside. The pen casing will be the colour of the tip inside so the yellow pen is yellow, the green is green, etc, etc. The fact that the pen is rectangular allows you to hold it well in your hand and when you are highlighting quite a lot of text it makes it easy to just move your hand and pen across the page quickly. I have never had a problem with this pen running out mid flow so I think it is really quite a moist, well working highlighter.
Where this pen works really well is in its tip and nip design. The tip is slanted and so if you use it on its broad end you get a nice wide 5mm line that will cover most written words on a page that you want to highlight. This works well when you are highlighting a big sentence or a paragraph as you can literally colour it in. However, if you use the pen on its sharp end you get a really nice thin 2mm line which is great when you just want to underline a word and not colour it in. I really like the versatility of this highlighter pen.
Another great thing is that even if you leave the lid off its not a big problem as these pens take forever to dry out. I can't even count on one hand the number of pen lids I have misplaced but you can actually keep the lid off of these pens for up to 4 hours and then when you do replace it the ink regenerates and is fine the next time you use it.
These pens can be bought individually or in packs in most stationery stores and supermarkets and are a pen I definitely recommend.
I have used these highlighters for years now, and just love them. They do the job of a highlighter better than any other brand.
The highlighters come in loads of different colours ranging from yellow, to blue to pink and to orange. They allow you to highlight using either a 2mm nib or a 5mm nib as they have each on either side of the highlighter.
I have found I can use these highlighters on a wide range of paper and card types and have no problems with them showing through thin paper to the other side as they are a decent quality highlighter. I have also found that I can use them to highlight over a wide range of pen types. The only trouble I have had is highlighting over gel ink pen, as I find the ink from the highlighter smudges the gel ink even if it has been left to dry for ages.
The highlighter itself is quite wide, but is still comfortable and easy to hold which is particularly good if you have small hands and fingers. The highlighters retail for £6.34 from Amazon for 8 different coloured highlighters and are £1.19 each from Rymans.
Overall, these highlighters are the best I have found on the market. They are reliable and last for a decent amount of time even when you use them a lot. If you shop in the right places, they are also pretty inexpensive. The only draw back as mentioned is that they often smudge gel ink pens.
These have been a constant companion to my studying over the years! And I know many students would feel the same, and no doubt some professionals/those in a job...
They come in different pack sizes - I have the one with just 4 basic colours in - blue, pink, orange and yellow. They come in a plastic box with minimal writing on the outside - mainly just the logo and product title on the outside with a short product description on the back. On the inside, there is a plastic inlay to keep all the highlighters facing the right way.
I have always had stabilo highlighters, since my mum bought one home from work for her to use and I was fascinated with it and started highlighting random things (weird child I know...) But I bought my set in Year 9 of school (so about 8 years ago now) and they still work perfectly, which just shows that they definitely stand the test of time and do not dry out easily. The colours are very bright which is very useful when you need to draw attention to certain parts of the text you are summarising. I have also found that they do not bleed through the paper - even thin bad quality university library paper - which is very useful as it doesn't stain what you're leaning on or confuse things if you have printed back to back! Also I have found them to highlight very smoothly, you don't have to drag them across the page, they highlight effectively with a very light touch which I've found useful in the past.
However I have found if you go over it twice (usually due to my clumsy highlighting and only highlighting half the word) it peels the paper away. Though this is likely to happen with any highlighter and it's more my own fault than anything else, it is something to watch when you are highlighting as it makes documents look scruffy or hard to read.
Also, I tend to take the lids off and put them on the desk while I highlight as the ends of the pen aren't quite small enough to cap the lids on. This is all well and good until I use more than one highlighter at a time, because if you put the wrong lid back on it stains the lighter pen very easily and then your highlighting will be a weird colour for a while. Yet again a bit of a circumstantial flaw bit still something to watch and perhaps a flaw in not having the same lid colour to the pen.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this product as they have a wide range of colours avalailable, they highlight brightly and don't dry out quickly so even if they look expensive you definitely get your worth out of them!
My office stationary is supplied like most places by the office. I have no choice or say in what is bought although of course we can request certain items should we need them. There are however a few items that over the years the staff have agreed that having a named brand is far better not only for quality but also economic sense in the long run. One of these items is a highlighter. You can get many varieties and brands but we all have come to the conclusion that the cheap highlighters are absolutely useless they dry up quickly, make ink run and just cannot withstand heavy duty use.
Therefore, the brand my office now only buys is Stabilo. The highlighter is question is Stabilo Boss Original which has successfully been on the market since 1972 and according to Stabilo it has been the unchallenged market leader since that date. I have been using the Stabilo Boss Original since I can remember and for me it has always come out on top. Stabilo make a whole range of varying highlighter pens for everyones needs and have their own dedicated website to the products they make.
What is it?
The Stabilo Boss Original has changed slightly in design since 1972 but Stabilo have kept its classic design and simply adapted to keep up to date especially with plenty of other rival brands on the market. It is however still a chunky shaped highlighter which is incredibly easy to hold. The Boss Original highlighter come in 9 fluorescent colours ranging from blues to pinks to yellow. Mine currently is the neon yellow and green.
They are available in two line widths depending on the way you highlight your work - either a thin line (2mm) similar to that of a felt tip pen or a thicker line (5mm) for when you are highlighting text. The ink is water based but is suitable for any type of paper whether you have written in ink or have printed text. Stabilo also claim that it can stay perfectly usable for up to 4 hours without the lid on which is quite impressive but for me not essential.
The Stabilo Boss Original isn't the most attractive of highlighters as it is rectangular in shape with flat sides but this design is based on the fact that it won't roll off your desk so it stays in place easily making it an incredibly useful pen when working. The main part of the pen is the colour of the ink so my current highlighter is neon yellow so it is a bright yellow pen with a black snap on top. On the one side of the pen there is the product name and swan image and on the back there is the barcode, product name again as well as key points about the product.
I use the highlighter pen to generally mark up documents that I have either printed out or need to amend in manuscript and I find that they highlight easily and quickly. The highlighter dries instantly on the paper and doesn't make it wet or crinkle up. I find that when highlighting work documents the only colours really that suitable is yellow and possibly the orange as some of the others are just too dark and they don't show up the text well underneath even it is black ink.
I generally use the other colours if I have to mark up a plan and need to use multiple colours but they are just too dark to highlight text for my needs but they all seem to give the same vibrant, vivid colour that works well against paper for me. My neon yellow highlighter has been going well for over 6 months now and shows no sign of drying up and it gets used on a daily basis as well as definitely good value for money.
The only thing I have found though is sometimes it can make the ink run when used almost immediately on freshly printed documents which can be a pain as not only is the nib tainted with black ink but it then means the next time I use it the yellow will then come out a bit dirty until it has worn off. But this doesn't happen every time I use the highlighter but still frustrating as it just messes up the document.
Definitely a highlighter which serves my works needs and is one of the better quality highlighters on the market making it ideal for office use as well as home use. The fact that my yellow highlighter is still going strong with over 6 months of constant use I really cannot complain as it is showing no signs of drying up. However, due to the fact that only a few of the neon colours are actually suitable for highlighting documents I can only award this product 4 stars that and the fact it can make ink run has just knocked a star off. But a definite recommendation to those that use a highlighter regularly.
Price: Around £1.20 each
Availability: Stationary stores
I harbour a childhood love of coloured pens and pencils and now that I work I have a few knocking around on my desk. I currently have a blue neon and a pink neon Stabilo Boss on my desk and I use them most days. The pens are easy to use and they have a 2mm and 5mm highlighter capability as the nib is a different size on each side, which is handy.
The pens can be used on all types of paper and also over most pens and pencils, provided that the ink has dried or else it smudges. They come in a range of colours and you can currently buy a pack of 8 for £3.79 from Amazon (September 2012). They are easy to hold and quite chunky, the lid is easy to use and if you do leave the lid off the nib will regenerate itself as long as you put it back in place within 4 hours.
Overall I would recommend these highlighter pens to others as they are well priced, come in a range of great neon colours, they wash of your hands with a bit of soap and water, and they seem to last forever.
Light up your life
As part of my job, I often have to read through and correct documents. Sometimes I just grab whichever pen is to hand, but when I am a bit more organised I find that highlighters are the best way to do the job. As I often work from home, I recently purchased some Stabilo highlighters.
The highlighters I purchased is a set of six colours that come in their own handy plastic pot. The colours are yellow, orange, pink, blue, green and a red that is more like a dark pink. The set cost me around £5 from amazon, and it is widely available online although prices vary.
A handy pot
I really like that these pens come in their own pot than the usual plastic wallet. This sits really nicely on my desk and means the pens don't go missing as I have somewhere simple to put them after use! The pens look simple - the main body of the pen reflects the colour of the ink, and there is a simple black lid.
The nibs of these pens are slightly flat and pointed, making it easy to run the tip of the pen over words in documents. The ink in the pens is very bright and has a neon look to it. This is the great thing about highlighter pens - the ink is bright and eye-catching but doesn't cover the words underneath at all. I find these ideal for reading through documents as you can simply run the nib of the pen over the word or words you wish to change, correct and so on, and then when you next flick through the pages you can easily see the words which have been highlighted. You won't miss anything, as you may do if you just use a normal pen.
These pens work really well, and I have been using this set for a while now and they all seem to be going strong still. However, I do have one problem with these pens which is that I am not mad on the full range of colours. Although all the shades are bright, and highlight words on the page well without obscuring any words underneath, I definitely find the yellow, orange and pink work the best in terms of being the most bright and eyecatching. With hindsight, I think I would prefer a cheaper set of pens that just include yellow and perhaps pink. Having said this, if you require a range of colours then this is a good set as all the pens work just fine - it is more of a personal preference really!
The only other thing I must add is that my daughter sometimes sits next to me at my desk and does some drawings, and I do let her use these to colour small parts of her pictures. She loves the pink highlighter and these do work quite well for colouring in as well as just highlighting!
This is a good set of highlighter pens, and they work really well. But while I would certainly recommend Stabilo highlighters I am not sure that this is the best set to buy, as I don't think the range of colours is really necessary.
I use Stabilo boss highlighters on a daily basis at work. When checking engineering documents it is usual practice to highlight checked work in a colour coded system for auditing:
The system my company uses is as follows
Yellow - Correct
Green - Modified in the document
(Red Biro for errors and corrections)
Hence, I mostly use the yellow and green colours.
The stabilo boss pen is in my opinion a higher quality highlighter than other brands I have used. It is available in a range of colours including pink, yellow, green, blue, purple and orange.
The pen is made from a hard plastic shell in the colour of the highlighter and has the stabilo boss logo printed on the side. I think the design has become a design classic and is easily recognisable.
The highlighter has a hard black plastic lid which clicks into place, stopping the pen from drying out. Unlike other own brands no clip is provided on the lid for clipping onto pockets or folders. I don't use these on other brands so do not consider the lack of a clip an important feature.
The nib of the highlighter is angled with a broad side (5mm) for highlighting blocks of colour and a pointed tip (2mm) for detailed highlighting requirements. The nib is made from a good quality fire which beats many competitors in dispersing the ink well. I find that the highlighter takes longer to dry out and stop working when the lid is left off than other brands.
The Stabilo boss highlighter appears to contain more ink than many competitiors, or it could just be more economical in it's ink dispersion. I find a highlighter can last me about a month of pretty heavy use. in comparison I used an own brand WHsmith highlighter at work which only lasted around a week.
The price of these highlighters can vary dramatically dependant on the shop you go to. They sell as single markers for between £1-2 and as as multipacks for slighly under £1 per highlighter. These are a little more expensive than other brands, but the quality is superior and they last longer so the cost is definitley worth paying.