Product Type: Tippex in Homeware
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Tippex Pocket Mouse
Member Name: rji0907
Tippex Pocket Mouse
Advantages: No drying time, good coverage with one roll
Disadvantages: Gets tangled, doesn't roll consistently
I work in an office, so with the amount of paperwork I have to do, I always have a trusty bottle of Tipp-ex in my drawer for emergencies. A few months ago whilst scouring our stationery cupboard, I found a Tipp-ex Mouse and thought I would give it a go purely because it looked quite interesting.
I soon wished I hadn't bothered! I have been using Tipp-ex for years and have always found it perfectly adequate with the only slight issue being waiting for it to dry before you can write over it, though as this tends to just be seconds, it really has never caused me a problem. You don't really have a drying problem with a Tipp-ex mouse as it isn't a liquid it is more of a white tape.
The reason it is called a mouse, is because that is what the general shape of the contraption is. It is quite cute and interesting looking for a stationery product and that is what attracted me to it in the first place. The 'mouse' is mainly blue with a little red nose (the tape dispenser). The idea is that when you have a mistake, you simply roll the mouse over the mistake with the 'nose' bit touching the paper and it leaves a white tape like substance over the error which is completely stuck to the paper and you are then able to write over the error straight away.
There are a couple of advantages to a Tipp-ex mouse, the lack of drying time being one of them. The other being that the tape is quite a thick wipe tape and it does completely cover what was underneath it, whereas Tipp-ex liquid can sometimes be a little thin and may need a couple of coats to completely cover your error. The other advantage is the lack of mess. You won't get this stuff all over your fingers as the liquid stuff is a right pain to clean off your hands and there is no chance of spillage from the mouse either as it isn't a liquid. Another 'advantage' is that its easily transportable, hence why its called a pocket mouse (though quite why you would carry tipp-ex around in your pocket I will never know!).
This for me though is where the advantages stop. Don't get me wrong , the idea of it does work but in practice it just caused me more hassle than a standard bottle of Tipp-ex would. This is due to a couple of issues. The first being that often, the tape didn't just flow easily out of the casing and I had to occasionally go over the error a couple of times to get the tape flowing correctly which did make my paperwork look a little messy. The other thing is even if you can get it flowing, it often gets twisted and I have spent a while trying to get it untangled to be used correctly again as unless the tape is completely straight, it is a complete waste of time.
When it does work, it works well but for me they are just too temperamental and I would rather just go back to simplicity and stick with a trusty bottle of Tipp-ex as you can always guarantee results with liquid Tipp-ex and don't have quite so much hassle getting those results!
If you were interested in purchasing these, you can get them from most supermarkets and stationery stores and the general price of a single mouse is around £1-2.00 which is quite cheap, but then so is a standard bottle of Tipp-ex. You can get the tape size in either 5 metre or 9 metre lengths with the width of the tape being either 5mm or 4.2mm depending on which length you purchase.
Overall, this just wasn't for me I'm afraid and I soon ended up giving mine to one of my colleagues. A couple of my colleagues do use these regularly but a couple have also agreed with me and decided that they are more hassle than they are worth so they have had mixed reviews in our office. On a personal level, this just wasn't my cup of tea and I won't be bothering with one again.
A Tipp-ex mouse has the potential to be a good idea but there are a few niggles that need sorting with it until I could say that it is a help rather than a hindrance and for that reason, although this does have its advantages, I don't personally recommend it and will be sticking to my trusty bottle of Tipp-ex in the future.
Summary: Not for me
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