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I was rewriting my professional portfolio last week and realised that there were a lot of names and phone numbers that I had to remove ASAP. The portfolio was due in by January 5th, and liquid Tipp-Ex was no use as I didn't have the time.
Could I find this magical tape anywhere? I hunted high and low, then found it in Asda. £1 for a 5m roll. Fantastic, so I bought 2. They did the job, but went done fairly quickly. Another 3 purchased, you never realise how much work you've done in 2 years until you start going through these little mice like nobody's business!
So simple to use, especially if you use a ruler to keep it straight. After the stresses of Sno Paint over the years, this stuff is wonderful and saves so much time and mess; and at a very reasonable price. I did try the cheap ones, 3 for a pound, as I couldn't find them - don't make this mistake. After 20 seconds they all went in the bin and I resumed my search for the wonderful Tipp-Ex pocket mouse!
All done within 5 mice, however after buying all their single mice, I found that they have started stocking them in 2-packs for the same price. Rage!
All I would advise was that you don't lean too heavily on him, he's just a delicate wee mouse. Take good care of him!
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When I started my new job a few months ago, my new desk was filled with an abundance of stationary some of which I planned to use daily and other bits which weren't likely to leave the desk drawer. One of these items was this Tipp-Ex Pocket Mouse. I have in the past used the liquid Tipp-Ex but having not purchased the mouse before I was keen to see how good it would be.
My first impressions of this product were good. This Tipp-Ex is in roller form so that you roll a strip of corrector tape over the error and then write over it again correctly. The mouse is a transparent blue in colour and has a red flip top lid or "nose" with which to dispense the tape . A pair of white and blue ears and eyes on either side of the dispenser add character to this little mouse. On the top of the body are the word "Tipp-Ex" and "Pocket Mouse" and we are told that this small mouse contains 10m of tape which is quite impressive in my opinion given that the mouse is only small enough to fit in your hand. As the body is transparent there are two rolls of tape visible inside, one roll is clear in colour and serves as the backing to the white tape and the other is the white corrector tape. Both components roll easily out of the nose of this mouse to ensure that the corrector tape is fed onto the roller nib of the dispenser during use.
This corrector tape is very easy to use in my experience, and this is done by simply flicking up the red lid of the mouse and pressing the roller nib firmly over the surface of the paper and rolling white tape over the entire length of the error. The white tape sticks easily to the surface of the paper and unlike the liquid Tipp-Ex this stuff is dry as it is applied and does not require any drying time. Perfect if like me, you are often making errors whilst writing. The tape easily covers my black ball point pen writing and is even solid enough to go through our photocopier at work without showing up on the copied papers. Once you have finished using, it is simply a case of clicking the red lid back over the nib and putting away ready for the next time you make an error.
I have had my corrector mouse for a few months now and have found it the perfect accessory for correcting my regular writing errors. I like the fact that this tape is easy to use, doesn't smudge or have a chemically odour and doesn't require any drying time and I would definitely purchase it again. Plus it is compact enough to sit inside my desk when it is not being used. The fact that this dispenser contains 10m of tape is an added bonus, I haven't used even half of that yet and can therefore see it lasting a very long time.
Although I didn't directly buy my mouse, a quick look online reveals that you can currently purchase three mice from W H Smith for only £6.99. This works out at £2.33 per mouse which is good value for money in my opinion given the quality finish this corrector tape gives and the length of time that it lasts.
As a result of the above this corrector mouse comes highly recommended from me and for this it scores a great five stars.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
Tippex is not something I use in day to day life so much now - I'm more of an occasional user these days. When I was at school/college/Uni however, I got through an indecent amount of the stuff. Therefore, having a bottle in my pencil case was prudent as I would use this frequently. Now, with much less requirement for the stuff, I have found that a bottle would dry out very quickly and, if the lid didn't get stuck on, the contents would become unusable very quickly. My solution - to keep one of these Tippex pocket mice in my drawer.
I use this only occasionally for notes for study (work related qualifications) or letters/thankyou cards to family. The mouse does not emit tippex in the liquid form but a white 'tape' top cover the mistakes - this can be written over immediately too so need to let anything dry. The mouse cost me around £2 and I have had this a couple of years (demonstrating my occasional use!). It still works perfectly.
The mouse is round in shape (mine is clear and colourless rather than the blue pictured here) It has a red tip which can be angled towards the paper and rubbed down for application. There are eyes and ears drawn on to give it the mouse appearance (rather gimmicky but I like it none-the-less). It is easy to apply and the tape sticks well to the paper, covering the mistake well and looking quite neat. Tippex is never going to have a very neat appearance but this is probably as good as it gets. The tape 'breaks' off easily and the backing on which it is on rolls along the mouse so that the next bit to be used is always visible. Sometimes this can stick a little but, so far, I have always managed to move this along manually by poking the tape through.
I do leave the tape to dry a little before writing over as, although not wet, it does feel a little tacky to the touch and when I have tried writing over immediately it has caused a little bit of mess. After leaving for a few seconds, it is much less likely to leave any mess and this isn't a massive inconvenience so I prefer to do this.
Overall, this does the job nicely and is my solution to dried out Tippex bottles. Also causes alot less mess than liquid Tippex. I definitely recommend it.
The Tippex mouse was a revolutionary version of the dip and wipe Tippex correction fluid that came in a little bottle and seemed to take ages to dry.
The idea behind the Tippex mouse was that you pressed its nose against the paper were an error had been made, pushed down and drew him back over the word(s). A strip of Tippex correction tape would be left, adhered to the paper concealing the mistake.
Sounds like a good theory but not that great in practice.
It comes in a curved little container, with added "facial features" printed on to give it the quirky "mouse" look. This just adds to the gimmicky feel.
The shape of the Tippex Mouse is actually good and fits snugly in the hand, allowing for easy comfortable grip. To reveal the Tippex-ing ability, the little hinged cap on the mouse's nose just needs flicking open.
A press and draw motion is meant to release the tape-like Tippex application in a smooth, straight line allowing you to write on it immediately.
At best I have found these to work once every 5 times. Most of the time, the tape doesn't adhere fully and lifts up or doesn't "stop" when you finish, no matter how careful you are. I have had whole pieces lift up on me or cut off and leave a "snaggle" that can be caught later and ripped off.
Writing on it is much better than with the original Tippex that never seemed to dry smoothly. However the older an applicator gets the sticker the Tippex tape and thus you can end up struggling to write legibly on top.
The problem comes mainly with time length I feel. With less things hand written and computers can spell check/grammar check it means that error fixing applications are not needed as often. So you could end up with one of these and use it a handful of times and then not touch it for ages so by that time the Tippex tape has started to break down and be less effective when you do need it.
[Price and availability]
You can get these in all stationery shops, most supermarkets and also off amazon, prices are generally around the £2 mark which isn't too bad.
Better than the original Tippex correction fluid but unless you make a lot of mistakes and would use it frequently, don't bother.
The Tippex Pocket Mouse is an ingenious invention, which I use both at work and at home. It is basically a correction tape which sits inside a blue plastic mouse shaped dispenser. I bought mine from Staples and it cost me £1.99. This is the second Pocket mouse I have used and I have decided I much prefer it to the old method of using liquid correction fluid.
The old style correction fluid in the bottle with the brush or the sponge applicator was messy to use. It was fiddly and smelly and it also dried out very quickly inside the bottle despite me making sure I always turned the top on hard. Even so, it still managed to dry out and every time I went back to use it, it invariably had turned lumpy and thick and would take ages to dry.
This applicator which is in the shape of a mouse's head and body is very easy and quick to use. I just point it over the mistake I've made and press down and pull towards me. The correction tape comes straight out of the mouse's 'nose' and it's really quite fun to use. What I really like about this method of correcting mistakes is that it is dry instantly and this means I can write over the top of the error without having to wait for any fluid to dry.
The last time I used this was last Christmas when I was writing out a boatload of Christmas Cards. I'd had a few too many glasses of wine and I kept on making lots of silly mistakes on both the cards and the envelopes. The correction tape came in really useful and it meant that the card recipient's couldn't see my mistakes (well, I hope not, anyway).
The tape lasts forever, and even though this is my second 'mouse' now, the first one I had must have lasted me almost two years. That's what I call really good value for money.
It's cute, it works well, and it is a quality correction tape.
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Tipp-Ex is a brand focused on solving problems related to bad workmanship, the very real and very human danger all of us have within of accidentally spoiling our own written creations with faulty pen marks. Tipp-Ex have several products, most famously their lid-brush and pot type (containing a white liquid to be applied to paper). it was a useful product, but it will always rest in my mind as another one of those fun looking stationary items which teachers decided to ban at school. Now, today, we have an alternative to the brush and pot: the plastic 'Pocket Mouse', or wide, flat, fat, pen thing (as I have deemed it). With its small curled up roll of Tipp-Ex paper paint within, this contraption attempts to surpass previous ideas in all areas of operation: accuracy of application, capacity, speed of application, neatness.
I have to say, all the areas of operation mentioned above have been well and truly surpassed. the Pocket Mouse is a raving success, a brilliant piece of stationary engineering. After reading the front cover of the packing (which gives you simple instructions), I opened up the pack and tested out the device! On contact with the paper you're working, - be that card, paper, paint, or certain plastics - the Tipp-Ex will work to transfer a fresh white finish from its pointer to the page. The white is strong and clear. It matches perfect white sheets, but any pages that have a darker tint (as many A4 sheets do) then this substance will show up slightly. The stuff is useless on lined paper if you're trying to keep it neat, even though it fits between the lines of most sheets, you always end up intercepting a line mistakenly along the path to correction.
You have to press down firmly, but too firmly. too much pressure will snap the rather flimsy design of the Mouse, but if used correctly the design should hold together well. Every now and then the 'thin white line' you're producing will flicker and break. Don't panic! Going over it again won't spoil the look, although it will raise the white mark a millimetre or so from the surface of the page. The stuff within, which comes in a tight roll, will last a few months if used a few times a day. If you end up making a couple of pages worth of error it may run out - but then you can always replace it with a new cartridge!
The 'Pocket Mouse' has a gimmicky feel, but in actual fact it's quite useful. A good thing to have around in the office and in your pencil case at university or school. Easy to carry, store, and cheap to buy. I recommend this stuff, but I do stress, it won't last as long as it should and you have to use it carefully every time! It's an annoying little contraption for working on and off when it wants (with no real explanation of its behaviour).
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AVAILABILITY: monkeyoffice.co.uk - seem to have good offers on at the moment.
This is a much cleaner and better option to the original Tippex fluid and brush system for correcting errors in documents and while these days the majority of itenms i have to produce are word processed and printed I still find that scripts that are sent through the post require some amending and editing as changes are made to certain scenes or acts and that is when this little devive can come in handy for minor corrections rather than getting a reprint of the whole document or page. The most recent one that I have been using for quite a while now as it is not something I need to use often cost only a £1 from Poundland or one of the other discount stores, I forget which. You get 9m of tape which is an awful lot hence the reason I find that it lasts so long.
The design is nice and easy to grip with an ergonomic design that is based upon the design of a computer mouse. it dispenses the dry tape directly to the paper with a smooth action, you simply flip open the front point of the mouse and then draw it across the error and the tape covers it up. Pushing the lid back down cuts the tape off when you are finished.
The great thing about this correction tape is that these is no waiting around for it to dry like you had to do with the fluid so you can write any correction straight over it. The only thing you do have to be aware of is that there is a slight shine to the correction tape and therefore it is best to use a biro on it rather than a gel pen or some of the other ink delivery pens like the fine tip ones as these can smudge on it and it does not take to the tape so well.
This is easy to store with no risk of spillage or making sure that the contents do not harden unlike the old fluid bottles and for me it is a great little gadget and a real improvement on what was available before.
Tipp-Ex Pocket mouse is quite simply a revolution for me in the office. Tipp-Ex which is a brand name for liquid paper is typically sold in small bottle with a brush and it is essentially just white paint that you paint over any incorrect words or spellings on your documents. It isn't as popular these days as it was back in the day of the type-writer as it is easy to edit documents in word processors but I still find Tipp-Ex useful and always have some with me in my office. Tipp-Ex mouse is the less messy version of Tipp-Ex Liquid. You get a small mouse-shaped container, the red nose lifts up to reveal a white ribbon. You roll this tip along your paper and the white "ribbon" transfers from the mouse to the paper thereby covering the word or mistake in white "paper".
I used to find the Tipp-Ex liquid would dry quite lumpy and bumpy or be too thin so it would need several layers, also the liquid needs time to dry. The Tipp-Ex mouse provides a nice flat piece of "liquid paper" to write over and is not lumpy and bumpy like the liquid. You can also write straight on top of it and it does not need time to dry. You get 9m of tape in the Tipp-Ex mouse and the one I have had has lasted me seriously years and years, I don't use it too often but use it at least once per week for something or other. Sometimes if you don't press hard enough the tape doesn't transfer very well to the paper and you get half of the word covered and half of the word uncovered which isn't ideal but easily rectified. The only small downside I would say about the Tipp-Ex mouse is that the tape can sometimes peel away from the paper at the edges, something you wouldn't get with the liquid. The other down side is the thickness of the tape. If you just want to erase a tiny error such as a comma or full stop, the thickness of the tape is 4.2mm so it is hardly very subtle, smaller mistakes are more easily rectified with the liquid version. The mouse version is about £3 so not particularly cheap but it does work well and last a long time so quite good value overall. I would say that there are other cheaper copy-cat brands out there but for me, the real deal is the best one so worth spending the extra pennies on.
Overall, I prefer the mouse to the liquid version of Tipp-Ex. I would highly recommend the product and think it is worth paying a wee bit extra for compared to cheaper brands. I am not looking forward to mine running out!
This roll on dry tippex comes in a long strip inside a cute plastic mouse design. Open the mouse's nose to get access to the Tippex and simply apply by rolling the nose along your mistake. Write over the Tippex straight away.
--Benefits of the Product--
The obvious main advantage of this Tippex mouse is that you don't have to wait for it to dry but can write over it straight away. It is easy to use and apply compared to the paint on Tippex which can make a big mess.
It is also safer if you have children who want to use Tippex for school, in that it is less likely to get spilt everywhere and there are no nasty fumes emanating from your piece of work after you have applied the Tippex.
A staple item for a school pencilcase for neat work, I can remember when these first came out, they are also quite a novelty for the kids too! It will encourage them to make their work as neat and tidy as possible though novelty stationary can either be a distraction or a motivation in a boring class!
--Disadvantages of the Product--
Towards the end of the reel of Tippex, you often find the tape becomes flakey and hence doesn't do a great job of covering your mistakes!
The expense of the product is something to think about when considering whether to make a purchase or not as if you buy these often (they run out fairly quickly if you do a lot of writing) and the cost can soon add up.
These can break quite easily too, as the tape falls off the reel if you are too violent with your corrections! This can render it difficult to use or worthless so if you are happy with the original Tippex, stick with it!
--Pricing and Availability--
I often find Tippex products quite expensive and it is for that reason that they are no longer a part of my standard stationary collection.
They are available from stationary shops like WHSmiths and Rymans though I would estimate that Rymans are probably better value as WHSmiths aren't very reasonably priced on stationary! Also try supermarkets for a better deal.
--Would I buy it again?--
I would only really buy Tippex again if I had important documents to write that needed to be perfect. Other than that, I don't really mind just crossing out my errors as most things I would write formally would be on the computer! If you use Tippex this is one of their products which is pretty convenient with the dry formula but it comes at a price!
Tipp-ex Pocket Mouse
That's right, I will be honest ... I am a bit of a scatter brain. And I am also a bit of a day dreamer! This really isn't the best combination and I am frequently making mistakes when writing. Be it spelling a relatives name wrong or just accidentally making a smudge or mark... I've done it all! So when I saw this cute little mouse for £2.50 I thought it was worth ago!
Who hasn't used one? And if you haven't used one (which isn't likely!) you will definitely have heard of them! The little white glue that absolutely stank? Are the memories flooding back now? Even back when I was a kid, we would always have a Tipp-ex bottle in the cupboard. As a family we were a bit careless really and so our bottle was in current use day in and day out. So in a way Tipp-ex remind me of my childhood. I went a bit of track there ... but I am back!
The Mouse Itself
It's rather cute, I must say. Although it is mostly blue plastic shaped to be a mouse, they have put a little eye on the side to make it more realistic. There is a red flip top lid over the nose as well, so when it isn't being used it looks neat and tidy. Though it isn't the biggest fashion statement, it doesn't look to bad if it is neatly arranged next to the pens etc. on my desk. I'm a bit of a sucker for things like this anyway and I knew I needed a product like this for reasons above, so it was perfect!
How To Use
It is simple to use. You just place the nose of the mouse where ever the mistake is and push down gently. Then proceed to drag the mouse across the paper. Out of the mouth of the mouse will appear white adhesive which will cover up your mistake. You can therefore write straight over it and do not have to wait for it to dry, like you had to with the fluid Tipp-ex. You can write straight over it the tape. A big jump for Tipp-ex!
The tape in the pocket mouse measures 4.9 x 9 mm. It sometimes doesn't cover all of your writing if you write particularly big, but it is easy to make two strips instead.
A Little Warning
Just be careful when you use them as sometimes it disposes of a clear piece of adhesive before it starts the white tape to cover it. So start dragging the mouse a few centimetres before the part you want to cover.
Though everyone seems to be using computers these days, the Tipp-ex mouse is still used regularly in our house. It stands on my desk and does its job extremely well whenever it is needed. It fits in your pocket, so if you are a buisnessy person you can easily carry it round. Not that you would need to with their blackberrys though! A great gadget - though I am afraid it may be a tad outdated! Still a great thing to have in the draw though.
Would I recommend the Tipp-ex Pocket Mouse? Yes I would!
Please rate and leave a comment :) x
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When studying a couple of years ago, I was a perfectionist with taking notes. Everything had to be neat and in my very best handwriting (which is still quite messy!), of course, scored out spelling mistakes sent me into melt down. So much so, I used to rip the page out of my notepad and start again. I needed help! In came Tipp-Ex mouse to save the day!
The Tipp-Ex mouse gets it's name from the design of the nifty little gadget. It is mouse shaped, and then decorated with eyes and ears, making it even more mouse like. The nose of the mouse acts as the dispenser for the correction tape. It's made from a transparent blue plastic so you can see how much correction tape you have left on the roll.
Tipp-Ex was most commonly known for their correction fluid, I remember using it in school. Now they have these little mice, I think they are so much better and convenient than the correction fluid. The mouse gets to work by pushing the nose down onto the mistake and by applying a little pressure and dragging the mouse along, the correction tape will cover the mistake so everything looks neat again. With the fluid, I guess it's just as easy, undo the lid and smear it onto the mistake with the brush, but then you have to wait for it to dry before you can write over it. No need to worry about that with the Tipp-Ex mouse, as soon as the correction tape has been dispensed, you can write straight over the top.
The only problem I have found with the Tipp-Ex mouse is that writing over the correction tape can be a little tricky with different types of pens. When making notes, I like to use Berol handwriting pens, and the felt tip nature of the pens find it hard to set onto the tape. If using biro, for example, there is no trouble at all, just write over it like you would write on a normal piece of paper.
Another minor niggle about the mouse, is if I'm writing quite large, the tape doesn't actually cover the whole height of the mistake. This isn't a major problem as I just do two layers of correction instead of one, but it does mean using more tape.
I bought my mouse about 2 years ago and I still have half of the correction tape left. It still works as good as the first day I used it, so they really are a long lasting product. I think I paid around £2 for my Tipp-Ex mouse, so that's definitely great value for money. My notes were nice and neat and the mouse is easy to use.
Tipp-Ex is a well known brand of correction fluids. The company was started in Germany in 1959. The name Tipp-Ex is formed from the words Tipp - type in German; and Ex - Latin for no more.
Tipp-Ex has gone a long way from the potent smelling white liquid which was impossible to remove from clothing or any other surface. In 1999 they launched the Tipp-Ex Pocket Mouse.
The mouse is actually shaped and designed to look like a mouse, and is complete with ears, eyes and nose. It is a small hand held device complete with thumb indentation on the left hand side to make it easier for use (sorry left handers!). It is made of sturdy plastic and not easy to break. The mouse contains white correction tape. To use, you just flip up the mouse's nose and press it down on the writing which you need to erase. It is ready to use instantly - no shaking before use! The idea is that it glides smoothly over the unwanted type and leaves a nice straight and even strip of the correction tape. After use you just flip the nose back down again.
In my experience it probably works 9 out of 10 times. There is the occasional time where you have to try several times before it starts to work, and sometimes have to readjust the tape to ensure it is flat and comes out smoothly. Occasionally it does not attach to the paper properly and there may be some flakes which need brushing off, but it is easy to go over the area again. When it has gone on flat and straight, one coat is fine, and the writing disappears beneath the tape. If you have covered too much or made a mistake with it, it is easy to remove if you do it straight away. The tape is odourless and is ready to write on immediately, unlike the liquid Tipp-Ex which has a strong smell and takes some time to dry properly.
Overall I would definitely recommend The Tipp-Ex Pocket Mouse. It is long lasting and reasonably priced at about £3. I find it an essential item on my desk at work, and because of its ease of use and the fact that it makes no mess, it is perfect for children to use as well.
I am giving it four out of five, as it is a fantastic product, but occasionally is more difficult to use than it should be.
Thanks for reading. Rachy
We use Tippex a lot in our house but it does smell and we don't like the little lad to use it much. For this reason we have bought the Tippex Mouse which is really good fun and he loves to use it. It has no smell at all and we feel better that he uses this, especially his mother.
It costs £2.75 and it is in a clear blue pastic container shaped just like a mouse (what else?). You can see the contents inside if you look hard enough. The idea is that if you make a mistake, instead of having to shake then apply and then wait for the Tippex to dry, this stuff dried straight away, and you can be really precise where you apply it and there is no waiting around for ages afterwards until you can write again on that little part of the paper.
Personally speaking, I love it becasue there is no mess, no waiting and no fussing about with the Tippex bottle - and no risk of spillage either. So, you win all round. I lasts a long time and at first it can seem like a lot of money to pay but I think it is actually really cost effective.
I think it is a really versatile little gadget and our little lad loves it - we have one each as a family as you never know when it will come in handy - though he sometimes uses mine or his mother's if he cannot find his own.
It is easy and simple to use and transport and really recomended.
=== The product ===
This is correct tape from Tippex. Instead of using the fluid you have this 'mouse' that allows you to press lightly down on a word or sentence you want to cover up and then apply light pressure as you roll along the area you want to correct your mistake on, the area will then be covered over with this correct tape.
=== What I use this for ===
The main reason that I use this is on documents that I have printed out or hand written that are not correct. If I have a couple of words or a spelling mistake that I want to change them I am able to do so fairly neatly. This is particularly useful if I have a document that I am sending by fax or sending a photocopy of in the post. I can then correct the mistake, overwrite on the tape within a moment or two and then I can either fax it or arrange the photocopy. The mistake is then almost invisible to the naked eye if I do this correctly and I can send documents that still look professional even if they are hand written and I have previously made a mistake.
If I am sending an original document then I probably wouldn't send this in the post on one of my documents as while it looks a lot better than the standard tippex fluid on paper it is still not as good as having either not made the mistake originally or having rewritten that piece of paper.
=== Where can I purchase this & for how much? ===
Mine was purchased from WH Smith for £2.29 which I felt was a reasonable enough price for something that usually lasts me months. This was for 9m of tape that is 4.2mm wide and I believe that this is the standard pocket mouse size tape.
=== Overall opinion ===
This is very simple to use, it's quick and it takes just a few seconds to be dry again before I can write on it. I usually apply it and then wait a moment or two before I correct the error. If I don't use this for a while I do find that the newest piece of tape may not be quite as clean as I'd like it to be but this is easily rectified by either placing this in a clean place or by using a little of the tape on a scrap of paper to get back to the nice clean tape.
I have used this in the past to change the name of someone in my address book or edit an address but obviously you do not want to keep going over the same page over and over again because it would just be messy and untidy.
I find that this is simple to use, as soon as you've got used to apply the right amount of pressure. Providing it is used correctly it will come out in one clean, fluid motion, even if it is used to cover over whole sentences or lines on a page.
While I don't use this a lot, one mouse will last me around a year, I am still pleased with the quality of this overall. It allows me to cover small errors with ease and if I am faxing or sending a photocopy of a document in the post then I can disguise using this almost completely which is great.
"Cripes DM, it erases everything!"
When I was at uni I went through a fair few of these gadgets. I always chose them since they're fast and easy to use. They are a variation of the classic Tipp-Ex correction fluid which has been used to cover over mistakes in type for many, many years. Time was, a bottle of Tipp-Ex could be found alongside every typewriter then later, every word processor.
These are given the name 'mouse' due to their shape which just happens to be mouse-like, the design being for comfortable, easy handling and use (of course they have added to this by giving it ears and eyes!). The mouse's nose flips open and it is here that you dispense the Tipp-Ex. The Tipp-Ex is in the form of dry tape, which is stored on a roll within the mouse's body - by pressing down the nose firmly and pulling the mouse along the paper, the tape is pressed on top of the mistake, covering it up. The plastic of which the mouse is composed is semi transparent so you can easily see when your mouse is almost finished.
As I mentioned, there is no waiting time as the tape does not need to dry. This is perfect for students who are frantically taking notes. I had to have neat notes so would always use this rather than just scoring stuff out. In my experience neatness was definitely conducive to effective studying! For me, sometimes the mouse was a bit 'stuttery' when it was brand new but after a few uses the tape flowed freely. I never had any problems with the tape twisting, getting stuck or indeed with writing over it either. Although it is worth noting that I found biro-type pens are the best to use; inkier ones don't seem to stick so well and the writing doesn't dry properly, meaning it smudges if you so much as breathe on it! There were a few times I had to go over the same area more than once and I did find that writing over the top of it in these cases was harder - the tip of the pen would dig in too much and make grooves so I would say the trick is definitely to write lightly over multiple layers of the tape.
Something else to mention is that often I, or one of my classmates, would have a mouse that squeaked - honestly, it's true! I wasn't hugely loud but noticeable enough in a smaller lecture room. I did try to avoid this by not pressing too hard, but sometimes it was the wheel inside that groaned as it turned. Ironic though, right?
I could not tell you what I used to pay for them (11 years now since I started uni!) but I see they are currently available in the region of £2. I think that's a decent enough price as they do last pretty well (unless you're really sloppy!) since they contain 9m of tape, and they are a bit gimmicky. I always think gimmicky things cost more, regardless of whether they are actually useful. Thankfully though, I think this little mouse is a great gimmick that is truly useful and convenient- the biggest selling point for me being that you can write over it straight away. Patience with 'things' has never been my forte.
I would recommend these for sure, especially for those who need to take neat notes quickly. I suppose though, that with word processing on computers and a generation of super-smartphones that are also dictaphones that will transcribe your lectures and incorporate handy study notes probably in the pipeline somewhere, Tipp-Ex is just another thing that today's babies may grow up never having experienced! A bit like Dangermouse.
An easily transportable solution to any written mistakes.