Product Type: Staedtler in Homeware
Newest Review: ... they would smudge the ink which was highly annoying. There isn't that trouble with these Staedtler highlighters though, the text stays ex... more
Staedtler Textsurfer Highlighters
Member Name: kat1234
Staedtler Textsurfer Highlighters
Advantages: last well, easy to use, good colour
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!
Summary: good highlighters
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