I'm not as heavy a user of Tippex since I stopped studying, however, there are times at home when I'm completing paperwork and need to cover a mistake without starting the form from scratch. My personal preferred choice for this is the Tippex mouse style of product rather than the fluid, and years ago I discovered this cute little pencil case sized micro tape.
The tape is a really handy size for popping into a pencil case without taking up too much room. I first discovered it when I was preparing for some accountancy exams I was taking (yawn!), and I spotted this one which I thought was a great size to take into exams without taking up too much space. Being a bit paranoid about my pen running out, I always took several pens with me to exams, "just in case", so space in my pencil case was non-existant!
The tape works in the same way as the Tippex mouse, by placing the nib on the paper, and gently pressing until it adheres to the page and covers your mistake. It usually covers it perfectly and with a clean break, although there are rare occasions when it might break halfway through and you need to cover it again. It is comfortable to hold, and isn't that much bigger than holding a marker pen, which makes it easy to guide on the paper. It does a great job of covering the mistake, unlike the fluid where sometimes you can read through to see what lies underneath.
The main advantage of this tape for me is not only its size, but also the fact it dries quickly, meaning you can immediately write on top of it. This is useful, because when using the fluid, sometimes by the time it's dried I forget what I was going to write on it! It's easy to write on although I only ever use ball point pens, I think if you were writing with ink roller balls it might smudge or take a while to dry. The tape gives a neat finish and although it is noticeable once you've used it, it's a perfectly acceptable way of covering mistakes which is much neater than crossing a line through them.
The cheapest way to buy these is in bulk, with a box of 10 costing £17.82 on Amazon, otherwise you can expect to pay around £3 each for them, which is a little more expensive than the traditional fluid Tippex.
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==Tipp-Ex Micro Correction Tape==
I do really love my stationary products and strangely enough always have. This Tipp-Ex Micro Correction Tape is something I use both at home and at work and I must say that it is a pretty good product compared to the cheaper imitations.
I will be honest and say that the ones I use at home actually come from the stock room at work and I don't think I have actually purchased the item myself as I tend to take home ones that I have half used from my office drawer and then replace my desk one with a new one. The correction tapes are bought in bulk from the stationary suppliers and I would think that by buying that many there is a fair bit of saving to be made. However you would be looking at paying a little over the £3 region were you to buy one of these little items on its own.
The idea of the product is simple and it is basically like a dry tape version of the popular Tip-Ex. It is able to cover up mistakes made in pen or other permanent devices with a white strip which will adhere to the paper and allow you to write over the strip in pen straight away.
The look of the product is rather good and the Tipp-Ex Twist Correction Tape itself is housed within a see through blue plastic chunky pen type shaped case. You can clearly see through this casing how much of a roll you have left of the correction tape and this is handy to know how long until a new one is needed. The tip of the item has a flat nip like section which allows the tape inside to be fed over it. This is housed neatly inside a twist top lid that comes of quickly and easily and protects the nib inside. The nib needs to be pressed onto the paper where the mistake is to be covered over and a dragging movement will ensure the tape flows out and the product inside will cover the paper it has crossed. The design of this twist lid means that there is less complete drying out of the section of tape that is on the nib ready for use and also protects it from being based around in my office drawer.
It differs from the bottle liquid form of Tipp-Ex in many ways and is far superior in my opinion too. With this Tipp-Ex Twist correction tape it gives a clean neat strip of white on the page which looks far neater than blobbing on liquid Tipp-Ex which often gets sticky and gloopy not long after first opening and will inevitably make a mess on the paper page. Another bonus is that this tape is dry when it has been applied and unlike the liquid form of Tip Ex you do not need to wait around for it to dry and can instantly write over the top of it.
Occasionally the Correction Tape will not adhere properly to the paper or will come out patchy in places but I find this generally only happens when I get close to the end of the roll and I presume it has gotten a little dry with age and usually with another go of application it will sort itself out and not be a real big problem. There are around 8 meters of the tape in one of these little pen like gizmo's so I find that they do last a long time of course this depends on how many mistakes I make and what sort of work I am doing.
I find the pen comfortable to use and really not that much more different from the mouse like product that Tipp-Ex brought out before. It is smaller and a different shape although I am not entirely convinced that the twist lid on the product is really that much of an improvement.
All in all I will have to say that when needing to correct an item on any paper work be it at home or at work then this has got to be my product of choice (maybe because work supply them free). It is far superior to other correction types of products that are available and it is easy to use and mess free as well. It does have a few problems occasionally what with sections of the tape not flowing onto the paper and I think for this reason I will down mark it one star and so awarding a total of 4 out of 5 stars but still giving it a good recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I use Tipp-Ex Microtape Twist at work for any corrections on any written work. Not that I make many mistakes of course!
The product from my point of view is easy to handle and has a top that you twist to the side to open or shut, there are arrows on the mouse to show you the exact direction. This is helpful as it protects the tape from any damage. The twist top isn't a favourite of mine as I find it easier with the more traditional mouse. The original mouse you just take the top off, with the twist version I often try using the mouse while it's shut which can be annoying. However I can understand the twist version being popular as you then don't have the top of the Tipp-Ex getting lost.
The Tipp-Ex is very easy to use just apply pressure onto the paper over where you would like to erase. I have found with this product it can be a bit of a hit and miss on how much pressure to apply. Sometimes you don't have to apply much pressure but other times you do.
The Micro Tape Mouse I use is orange although it is also available in blue.
I believe you can buy a box of ten from Amazon for around £19 which may be more suited to offices. I would have thought that most stationary retailers would stock these also and therefore you wouldn't have to buy in bulk.
All in all I would have to say the Tipp-Ex Micro Tape Twist is not as good as the original mouse. It does do the job but I would probably prefer to use original mouse instead.