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I think highlighters are an essential part of your pencil case if you are a student. Highlighting important words or phrases in text mean it's easy to find what you are looking for when looking back through it. When doing some courses with the Open University I found highlighters invaluable. The one's I use are made by Staedtler.
I purchased the classic textsurfer highlights by Staedtler from my local Tesco store. I can't remember how much I paid but they can be picked up for around £3.50 now. There are a couple of different textsurfer designs with different shaped pens, I'm reviewing the classic.
The highlighters come in a pack containing four different colour highlighters, yellow, green, blue and pink. They are the chunky type of highlighter that has the wide barrel, the shape means that they aren't the comfiest pens to hold as they don't have any curve to it. I don't mind this though as I never use the highlighters for more than a second or two at a time while I quickly highlight something. The lid is easy to pull off or alternatively if you have trouble pulling it off with greasy hands or whatever you can twist it to release it too which can be handy.
The nib is a nice shape with a diagonal line meaning that it's simple to cover up whatever you want to highlight and just drag the pen along the words without having to go over and over it again as it leaves a thick line. The ink dries almost instantly and doesn't smudge if you happen to touch it, it also stays exactly where you want it to and if you turn a page in a book, it doesn't transfer to the next page either. I've used cheapie highlighters in the past (a long time ago) and they would smudge the ink which was highly annoying. There isn't that trouble with these Staedtler highlighters though, the text stays exactly how you want it.
Each four of the colours are bright and bold so whatever colour you use, you aren't going to miss it when you flick back through your work trying to find something. I used to use yellow for highlighting important bits and then the pink for essential highlighting. I went a bit OTT with my system but it worked well for me colour coding different types of information. The highlighters have lasted me almost three years now and are still going strong; this is probably because I'm currently not studying! The ink lasts well and by using the lids provided, it doesn't dry the nibs out either.
The pack of four highlighters is quite expensive for what they are but the quality is fantastic and I prefer these over cheap highlighters any day. I definitely recommend them.
At work we are supplied with Staedtler highlighter pens, which are stored in a cupboard which we have free rein to raid. I don't use highlighter pens a huge amount, but I do find them handy sometimes when I am ready through contracts or creating presents on large sheets of paper.
I find different coloured Staedtler pens are good for different tasks. I always like to use the fluorescent yellow ones when I am marking sentences/paragraphs/errors in a contract as the yellow is nice and bright but also light so it doesn't hinder the printed text. The yellow is probably my favourite colour as it is very sharp and very fluorescent.
For writing presentations or presenting on flip charts fluorescent yellow however is not a good colour, no one can see it, this is where the orange, blue, green and pink come in handy. The orange is sometimes a bit of a dodgy colour to use too as in certain lights it is also not that easy to see. The green and blue usually work quite well, but I have to say the blue is my least favourite as it just isn't that fluorescent.
These are chunky marker-type highlighters, the sort of pens kids love to play with, even more so as they are this special "fluorescent" colour. Sometimes I have taken these markers home only to find the nib has been wrecked by my kids! The pen is short, 4 inch long at most and fat and is a flat shape, it's not round. The nib is not pointed, but rather a sort of square shape so you can use it flat on to get a thick line or writing or on the side if you want a thinner line or text.
These pens are only really good for highlighting or presentation size text, you couldn't write normal sized very well with them. I find they give a very even coverage and last a long time providing the black lid is kept on them. The ink is a little wet when the page is first marked, but dries in seconds and I find the pens quite smooth to use.
When I have bought highlighter pens for him I can usually get them for around £1.50 to £2 each from the local stationary store, so they aren't that cheap, although if you buy in bulk I am sure you can get them much cheaper. However, luckily I rarely have to buy them, I just get to use them!
For me at work they are a desk must-have even if I don't use them everyday. Providing I don't loose them they last me months, probably even a couple of years before they run out of ink. These are my favourite brand of highlighters, so I think I will have to give them the full five points!
You can tell when it is exam season in our house as the highlighter pens come out and all notes you see lying around are highlighted in numerous different colours.
As the 'buyer' in our house it is always upto Dad to go and buy a pack when they run out and I always choose Staedtler, like I do with a lot of my stationary.
It is fair to say that Staedtler are more expensive than many of the other highlighters out there but I believe you pay for quality and in this case they are just that. I also find they last twice as long as other brands and therefore it is false economy buying the cheaper ones.
In my pack they look very similar to the above. There are six in the pack in different neon colours. Mine are Yellow, Orange, Reddish, Purple, Turquoise and Green. They cost £6 plus to buy so each pen equates to about £1.00 each.
For those not familiar with highlighters they are used, often by students to highlight certain text. In the olden days we'd have just underlined it for quick reference. When highlighting the text it usually does not smudge over most inks instead making the ink stand out on a coloured background. These particular highlighters are Ink Jet Safe on all colours and do not smudge inkjet print-outs. Ideal for exams.
The pen itself is about 6 inches or so long and quite chunky. It comes with a chisel tip end which makes it ideal for neat highlighting and a clip on the side. It also is very fast drying. The cap is of the twist type variety and is easy taken off. Equally important is that it is also easy to put back on. This is a must if you want to stop it drying out. Although if it does you can use the refill because these pens are fitted with a PP barrel and cap which guarantees long service life.
Just a word of warning for those who want their highlight to show up on documents which are going to be photocopied. Use violet and turquoise. If you use any of the other colours it won't show up.
For those that use airoplanes often I am also informed that it is 'Airplane-safe: Automatic pressure equalization prevents the highlighter from leaking on board aircraft'. Although I've never tested this.
Would I recommend these highlighters? Yes I would. They are very reliable and as a family we have been using them for a number of years. You may pay that bit more. But in life sometimes you just need to pay a bit more for quality.
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In my student days, I always had one of these highlighters close on hand. Nowadays, my need id somewhat less great but I do still use at work to highlight key information etc. I have used several makes but have always found these ones by Staedtler to be amongst the most reliable.
A packet of four of these costs around £4 (so a little under £1 per highlighter). They can also be purchased in larger packs which provide even better value for money. The packets usually contain a variety of colours of highlighter - green/yellow/orange and pink (although other colours may be included in place of these). The pens are brightly (fluorescent) coloured with a dark blue cap. They are flat in shape, rather than round, so a little harder to grip than regular pens/felt tips. The nib of the pen is similar to a felt tip except flat and slanted so that it can be angled onto the paper.
The highlighters are easy to use and can be used to draw attention to key text. They do so without smudging any text (no matter how long ago it was printed). I find some colours much better than others for this job this though - the yellow is perfect as it is bright and light. I find that the pink and orange can be a bit dark and make the text a bit harder to read. Another point to note here is that, if photocopying highlighted text, yellow is really best as you can read the text on the photocopy as if it were not highlighted. With pink or orange, you just get a black line where the highlighter is and no text.
The pens work well and you get a thick line of colour that is evenly distributed. Another flaw with other hightlighters I have used is that you can get two thin lines from either edge and nothing in between - this does not happen with these. They last well too. It is hard to say exactly how long they will last you for as it depends on usage but I very rarely need to replace mine. The colour lasts well in the pen and it does start to fade before completely drying out - so you get plenty of warning that it needs replacing before it actually dies on you. I also find that you can prolong the life of the pen slightly with a dag of water to the tip. I understand that these are actually refillable but this is not something I have ever done as they are quite reasonably priced new anyway.
Overall a very decent highlighter at a reasonable price. I particularly recommend the yellow colour!
I am in the process of trying to plan my wedding for next September, due to this I am up to my eyeballs in paper, notes, drawings, cut outs, magazines, samples etc. I have an A4 folder crammed with ideas, pictures etc but have started to sort each thing out and have started making a scrap book with ideas etc rather than having them haphazardly stuck in a folder. Due to me changing my mind 100 times per day over what I want, rather than rubbing out or scribbling over ideas, I have taken to using highlighters to mark which idea are good.
I have always used Boss highlighters but was shocked at the price these are being sold for now. In my local hardware store, they were welling Staedtler pens; I have to admit I had never heard of the make before but thought I would give them a go. They were selling them separately for 39p so I bought a yellow one, a green one, a red one and a blue one. I have since heard that they do a purple one but I have yet to see this with my own eyes. These colours are not as bright as Boss highlighters, they are more like felt pens than luminous highlighters but for 39p each they do a good enough job for me.
The blue is a little dark for the object of being a highlighter as I couldn't colour over black pen because I couldn't see the text underneath. They are ok for drawing round text though. They do not smudge and have no scent either, they are safe for kids to use and are very useful. The nib is angled on one side so you can have a thick or a thin line; you can also writing quite well with the very end of the pen.
Not the same standard as Boss but for the price a good contender.
Staedtler Textsurfer Highlighters - 8 pack from £5.36 on Amazon
When I first got into university last year I treated myself to some stationary form Amazon (I think I paid more for mine than they are now - also the six pack is more expensive so do shop around). Having used this brand of highlighter at work I knew that they lasted absolutely ages, will survive having their lid let off for a short while, and are supposedly refillable. The refilling is something I have never tried so i cannot tell you where to get the ink from or how messy it is to do.
The pens came in a polythene wallet, that lasted well before I threw it away. They pens are flat and kind of rectangular in shape so they are easy to hold. They have some ridges down one side that make them easier to hold. The lid twists off easily, and has a clip on it.
The ink itself is long lasting and I have not known it to fade - even on documents that have been highlighted for an age. The pens are air plane safe (it had never occurred to me that they wouldn't be), and the ink has been designed not to smudge ink jet ink when used to highlight documents.
The ink washes out of most fabrics (I have a tendency to leave them with the lids off if the phone rings or there is a knock at the door - they also wipe off carpets well much to my relief after my niece drew me a wonderful picture). The ink is fast drying, and the tip is nicely slanted - meaning they will draw in lines ranging from 1mm to 5 mm easily.
I have found these pens to be great - they highlight nicely in all of the colours - I have found some other brands with the 'darker' colours they make the text more difficult to read.
They last really well, I have left the lids of them for periods of time, and when I come back to them they have not dried out totally.
I would highly recommend these highlighters, they are comfortable to hold for periods of time, and they last well. They may be more expensive than some other brands but they do last the distance, and mine have been going strong for over a year (and I do sometimes actually colour in whole pages).
As a university student, I need stationary. I actually love stationary anyway, because of how many different things you can buy but highlighters are a must have for any student. I won't buy cheap stationary either as, especially with highlighters, they run out/ dry out extremely quickly. Because of this, Staedtler was my first choice.
For between £2.50 and £3, depending on where you shop, you can pick up a pack of 4 Staedtler highlighters. This packet comes with highlighters in colours yellow, green, blue and pink pens. The highlighters come in a see through plastic packet with a flap at the top where you take the pens out. Inside, behind the pens is a piece of cardboard to keep the packet flat and to help keep the pens in place. On the front of the packet is the Staedtler logo along with a picture of what the highlighters are like to use. This is something that is really different to other highlighters and their packaging.
The highlighters themselves are 12cm long and 2cm wide. Unlike some highlighters, these are not round. They are quite rectagonal in shape. The body of each pen corresponds to the colour of the ink being used while the lids are all navy blue. This makes them match when lined up again in their packet or in a drawer. I like the fact that these are a slightly unusual shape for pens. If you hold them a certain way, it is a lot easier to grip them compared with round pens. It also makes it easier to highlight what you want to as you can make a fine or thick line and be very precise. The nib of the pen is 4mm wide but it is angled which is what helps with precision and the thickness of your lines.
The actual ink in these highlighters is a lot brighter than your average in comparison and especially compared with a cheap pen. Usually, I wouldn't be able to use green or blue as they are too dark and end up covering my words, rather than highlighting them. That is not the case with this brand. Each colour is bright but not too much. As I tried each colour, I could see my words underneath the ink clearly and there was no smudging involved at all. I never use biros so sometimes, with the pens I do use, highlighters can smudge the ink because it isn't dry but I didn't get that with these pens.
Although these highlighters may seem quite expensive, compared with some others, they are much better quality. Each pen lasts quite a long time before the ink starts to run out and the colours are far better than any other highlighter I have ever had. A great product!
When doing documents for work I sometimes try to highlight the important parts sadly with my red pen rather than highlighter pens and then I came across some which were not that bad.
They are the Staedtler Textsurfer Highlighter pens which come in a four pack which consists of the colours pink, green, blue and yellow.
The way I use these is when I have something which needs underlining I use the very tip of the pen because it is the smallest part. Each of the pens has a slant to it so the back of the highlighter is much thicker and this will help you highlight an entire sentence.
The front of the pen is used to underline text because it is less dense and offers better accuracy for this part. You then have the actual feel of the highlighter itself. The pens are not huge they are actually quite small and they offer a good grip I find.
Half way down the pen the end seems to move inwards and it helps create a unique angle which helps you highlight items you want to highlight.
When it comes to using this on various items and inks I have never found a problem. I highlight over text in books, biro pens and even ink that has just been printed on to a piece of paper.
There is a small downside if I use this pen especially on a picture to highlight a particular area for example I sometimes get bits of ink appear on the highlighter which is annoying.
I usually purchase the Stabilo set or sometimes a supermarket own brand but for me these are my new favourites. You never have a problem when it comes to accuracy and all the colours have got a good amount of ink inside them all.
The ink for the pink for me is the most vibrant which really sets off a word you have highlighted and for me these are great for school children and office staff because sometimes you just need these and when you don't have them around you kick yourself.
My overall impression is they are very good for what they are they do work on any ink surface I have tried them on so far with no smudging or problems to the texts afterwards.
I think the way they slant the tips of each of these highlighters very good and most highlighters are angled this way but for some reason the accuracy at the very tip for the smaller highlighting jobs is excellent in my view.
If there is anything I might request I am a sucker for vibrant colours and would love for them to have options in there packs as to what colours you might have perhaps a purple highlighter of some sort might be a nice addition.
I paid just over £2 for them and I am impressed and use them every day for work purposes and would not be without them.
Highlighters are on the top of a person's list when it comes to exam revision or note making. I either buy these highlighters or the Stabilo brand (It depends which ones cheaper really). These highlighters come in a 4 pack and with the colours Blue, Green, Pink and Yellow.
They are packaged in a plastic sleeve with a cardboard insert to keep them in which has the Staedler brand name on it. The sleeve has a flap to open and close in order to get the highlighters out. It's useful as the packaging can be kept to keep the highlighters together. The packaging of the highlighters can be seen to be eye-catching compared to other brands as it includes an image of what Staedtler highlighters are like when used over ink (the ink is clear to read) and then it compares it to other highlighters where you can see the ink can get smudged and not as nice to read. The highlighters themselves all come with a blue lid, and at the back of the lid is a little clip which can be used to fasten onto your notes. The body of the highlighter is in the colour of the actual highlighter making it clear to see which colour the highlighters are. All of the highlighters include the same text on them which states that it is a Staedtler brand, textsurfer classic, inkjet safe and made in Germany. The back of the highlighter includes a white barcode, the highlighters product number and states paper + copy + fax + inkjet on it. The bottom of the highlighers are not flat but rounded, and therefore cannot be stood up on the desk. This can be done though if you stand the highlighter up on its lid as it is flat.
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The highlighters themselves are easily used, lifting the lid you can see the highlighters nib to be thick and slanted. The end of the nib can be used to make thin lines and underline text, or the whole nib can be used to cover entire text. I found the slanted nib useful as some printed texts were really small, this made the highlighter easy to use without highlighting text that wasn't needed. The packaging states the highlighters to be inkjet safe and this is an accurate description as when used on all ink it did not smudge the text. Even when used on text that is straight off the printer I still found the text did not smudge, but the nib of the highlighter can get some of the ink on it. Therefore it's best to let the text dry completly before highlighting as otherwise you end up with a ink stained nib.
These highlighters are good value for money as they are long lasting. I've bought a packet and used it constantly with it to still be working the next time i've needed it. You can tell when the ink is running out as the highlighters become lighter in colour. They price at around £4 for the pack of 4 at Tesco, making them £1 each. They can also be bought individually from Rymans at £1 each if you only need one. The colours themselves are bold and so do highlight your text well. My choice of ink usage is blue, pink, green, yellow. As the green and yellow are brighter colours. I use the yellow the least as I personally prefer the darker highlighters over the brighter ones. However all of the highlighters work well and last well, and so do the job they are designed for.
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Everyone has used highlighters sometime in there life for one of there infinite number of uses. I have both cheaper ones and these ones, both of which I use for different things.
I bought a 4 pack from my local Ryman's shop for about £1.50 a couple of years ago now as I wanted a good set to help me highlight important parts of my lecture notes. I decided to buy this brand as I had previously bought there fine-liners (see my review) and I was very pleased with them, so I opted for the same brand. I have since thrown away the packaging, but I remember that they came in a thin plastic "wallet" that had a small piece of card slotted inside that had the brand name and product details on. My pack came with Pink, Blue, Green and Yellow highlighters.
Each highlighter is 12cm long and 2cm wide and the main body of each one corresponds to the ink colour. All the lids are a navy blue colour, which means that when they are all together they match up. The front of each one has the name of the highlighters and the black contains a barcode. To remove the cap, you twist the cap and it will pop off to reveal the wedged nib which is 4mm wide.
These highlighters are meant to be "inkjet safe", which means when used on printed text, they should not smudge the text that they are being used over. I have found that they all work very well, unless the text you are highlighted has just been printed as hasn't dried properly. As the nib is wedged you can get a line of even thickness easily by holding the highlighter in a natural position. If you want a slightly thinner line then you can use the corner of the nib. The ink coverage is very good on all of them except the yellow one, which recently I have found it quite hard to see. This may be because of over use, or due to the ink in the highlighter.
As a student, they have been very useful and are a lot better than the cheaper ones that I have. They have proved invaluable in lectures and for revising to help make key points more prominent and memorable. I would definitely recommend these to anyone, whatever they may need them for, as they have become invaluable to me and are the best ones I have used. Have to worth a 5/5 rating.
Thanks for reading!
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