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      21.02.2013 12:54
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      Will not be buying these again

      Whilst shopping at WH Smith a little while ago and looking for a travel book for my holiday, I bought a few other ends of stationery items including some pens, a pencil case for my daughter, a couple of magazine and a pack of WH Smith own brand highlighter pens. As I was in a bit of a rush as the parking ticket was soon to expire on my car, I basically picked things in a bit of a hurry and didn't really look at prices of individual items, as I normally would. Consequently, when I arrived back home, I was pretty shocked to realise that I had just paid £4 for the pack of four highlighter pens. I could have bought much cheaper ones from the Poundshop which was only the next shop but one. Too late, though the damage was already done.

      I use highlighter pens quite a bit as I have a family organizer on the inside of my under stairs kitchen cupboard, and I like to highlight certain boxes in different colours just to remind me when things are due to be paid, such as bills, or forthcoming events at my daughter's school family and friends' birthdays, etc. I'm quite an organised person, really, and I find that if I highlight things in certain colours, it helps me to remind my self of when things are due.

      These four highlighter pens came all packed aged together and were in the 'normal' shades you'd expect to find in any standard highlighter pen, namely, yellow, pink, orange and green. They are a standard sized pen and look no different, really, from the Stabilo ones I'd had previously.

      The first time I used one I was quite happy with the nice bright yellow color and the very precise, slanted coloured tip, which made highlighting certain areas, even small spaces, quite easy and straightforward. The pens seemed to flow well and the ink was full and nice and bright. The other colours were much the same, and they all looked very impressive, to be honest. After a few uses, however, I soon noticed that even when I'd taken care to ensure the cap was placed back on firmly after each use, that these pens (especially the yellow one) seemed to dry up incredibly quickly. I found that I had to press harder and harder in order to get the colour out of the highlighter, eventually resorting to slightly dampening the ends to help to make it a little bit brighter. I wasn't impressed.

      The only pen which lasted any decent length of time was the orange one, and I'm pretty sure this was only because it was the colour I used the least. Also, I think that I'd have liked a green one amongst this pack of colours but none of the packs contained a green highlighter at all.

      Overall, I can't say I've been at all impressed with these particular highlighter pens. Quality-wise, I prefer the much cheaper packs I can get from the Poundshop. They last longer and are a quarter of the price I pad for these ones. To be honest, I did expect better quality from WH Smith, especially as they weren't cheap.

      Very disappointed and certainly not recommended.

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      06.02.2013 09:56
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      5 stars

      I used to buy my highlighter pens from Staples but found that they ran out really quickly and there was nothing more frustrating than trying to highlight something with a pen that was drying out. My daughter bought me this pack from WhSmiths to try and I'm glad she did as the quality was much better.

      In the pack you get four colours; yellow, pink, green and orange. Although when I highlight I tend to just use yellow as it's bright and lighter so doesn't distort words or not I find the other colours come in useful too when I need to use different colours to mean different things.

      They are quite flat, not rounded and I find that this is very good as they sit comfortably in my hands and feel very light. Because they are quite large I think rounded ones wouldn't be as comfortable to hold.

      The lids are a little stiff to pull off but because they have the little clip on the side I get a good grip on that and then pull which makes it easier. The lid can then fit onto the end of the pen which is always useful so I don't lose it!

      They have their nib angled slightly so you get a good, flat line when you use it and this I really like as it makes it look much cleaner on the page. It is very smooth and not at all scratchy which I like.

      They last longer than the other brands I've used, which I'm really pleased with seeing as I like them so much. I definitely recommend them and will be buying them again when I need to.

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      16.01.2013 23:52
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      Look for cheaper options

      WHSmith 4 Highlighters

      Being a student I tend to go a bit mad with purchases of stationary. I bought a pack of these four highlighters as I had a money off voucher for WH Smiths.

      The four pens come in 'standard' highlighter colours (yellow, orange, green and pink)... I have to admit I do have a preference for blue and purple, but these seem to only come in larger packs.

      These pens have a nice slanted tip - which seems to be the norm for highlighters, and they come in a nice comfortable to hold rounded shape. The pens have 'highlighted' well, and haven't made it difficult to read the text that has been coloured, and there have been no issues with bleeding.

      The pens haven't run out particularly quickly but I have to admit that this is the end of the positive things I can say about these pens. The pens cost £4 for four. This really is not good value for money, I have bought packs of 6 or even 10 from the poundshop for less...

      Unless you buy the really expensive refillable highlighter pens they seem to be fairly standard quality, and I would suggest buying ones that you find comfortable to hold.

      I did only buy these as I had a voucher to redeem, but I can't recommend them as they are so expensive for a small pack of standard quality highlighter pens.

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      02.01.2013 14:20
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      Not bad at all!

      Being a student, as many of you are probably aware, involves a great deal of highlighting things. While I'm not a big fan of highlighters (in fact, I find them quite annoying) sometimes they are necessary so that I can prove I have read extracts of text, rather than just photocopying a book or printing off the internet.

      Having finally sucumbed to the idea of having to use these annoyingly colourful pens, I decided that the best place to try to get something like this that would: a) last a decent length of time and b) not be too expensive like the leading brands tend to be, would have to be WHSmith. Normally, I wouldn't use this store much, especially when you consider there are shops like Poundland that would probably be able to provide me with something similar, but I wanted to be sure the product would actually last this time, rather than breaking or running out of ink on me when I needed to use it for an assignment of some sort.

      So, deciding WHSmith would be the store I should use to buy some highlighters, I headed inside and towards the stationery section of the store, which I found quite easily. Locating the highlighters wasn't too bad either, and I was more than happy with the price of these; £4. I thought this was more than reasonable for a pack of four highlighters, given that made them £1 each. I just hoped that they would last a decent amount of time.

      I found that there wasn't too much packaging on these highlighters, just a piece of cardboard for the back that held the highlighters in place, and a plastic cover to protect them on the front, and so that you could see what colours you got inside the pack. (I got the traditional highlighter colours of green, yellow, orange and pink. I believe you can also buy blue and purple in the same range, though.) I like the fact that all the packaging was recyclable, as it meant that there was no bad effects on the environment from the packaging, even if not all of the highlighter itself could be recycled.

      When it came to using the highlighters I found that they were easy enough to use, although at times the line they left on the page wasn't a solid one, with breaks in it, as if the fibres weren't level all the way across the nib of the highlighter. I found this was worse with the yellow than with any of the other colours, and that the yellow was also quite difficult to see on white paper at times because it wasn't a particularly vibrant yellow. However, I think the other three highlighters were great, and I would say I have no problem with them at all.

      In terms of how long they lasted, I would say I bought them in June and they lasted through until December, and considering that I probably use them to highlight several pages a day every day, it's not bad at all. I would definitely be willing to buy these again, even though I'm not that keen on highlighters, and I would possibly even go as far as to say I would even buy the other additional colours; something I never usually do with highlighters.

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      01.01.2013 14:24
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      Perfect for any student

      I completed my GCSEs two years ago and am finalising my A-Levels this year before moving to University. I have been using the WHSmiths highlighters throughout these studies and hope to carry on the same way.

      Over this time I have only bought 2 packs (Equivalent to one every 2 years). I feel that this is very reasonable considering I use them practically every day, especially in essay-based exams such as Business Studies. The coverage on the page is consistent unlike some other brands which make you need to go over the words multiple times so that some parts are not more covered than others - by this time you have essentially soaked that word in ink.

      I have found that the caps stay on these highlighters very well - this can also be an issue with some brands as in a pencil case the contents are constantly knocked and the lids fall off causing them to both dry out and soak everything else inside.

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        18.10.2012 11:12
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        Ok highlighters

        Highlighters are something that are always around my home. I first really started using highlighters when I was beginning my GCSEs way back in 2004 (gosh, didn't realise it was that long ago) and seeing as since then I've remained in education pretty much constantly highlighters are something that are always around somewhere.

        WH Smith highlighters are a brand that have often been bought because of the price and also the fact they are a good brand. Personally I do prefer branded highlighters but as these can be up to double the price of these I often buy these and my mum almost always buys these.

        Currently these highlighters can be bought in a pack of 4 or 12. The 4 pack contains yellow, orange, green and pink whilst the 12 pack contains a mix of those colours but mostly yellow. The 4 pack costs around £4 but often these can be found on some sort of offer and they can usually be picked up for around the £2.50 mark.

        The highlighters look identical as shown above. They are housed in a pack which has a cardboard back and a thin clear plastic front to hold the highlighters. The information on the packet is quite limited and just tells the nib size and colours.

        The pens themselves are sort of a cuboid shape with rounded edges. They fit easily in your hand and are comfortable to use. At uni I would often end up with pages and pages of reading to do and I have been known to be a bit highlighter happy but I never found these uncomfortable to use or to make my hands sore.

        The highlighters are chisel tipped and they have fibre points. The colours are a bit darker than a lot of the leading brands and therefore don't look quite as luminous. They are easy to use and the fibre tips are soft but not too soft so they are easy to glide over the page but don't end up breaking easily or becoming flattened out. The line provided is a smooth and solid line and even as the highlighters begin to get older the line remains good. The ink lasts a reasonable amount of time. They don't last anywhere near as long as the leading brand but they do last longer than some of the cheaper brands that you can get from supermarkets etc. I would say with an average university students workload one highlighter would last continuously for around 3 or 4 weeks but if used sporadically it will last much longer.

        Overall I think these highlighters are ok. The price is good and the pens are easy to use but I don't like the colours so much as they are duller than the leading brands and I find that they run out much more quickly. I will buy these again if my budget is limited but paying double for the leading brand will probably actually pay off in terms of longevity.

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        08.10.2012 11:35
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        Decent budget highlighter

        As a student I get through quite a lot of highlighters when making notes or highlighting my statute books and so on. I do find that branded highlighters can be quite expensive, so even though I was a bit of unsure how the quality would compare I decided to try out these WH Smith own brand highlighters.

        They come in a pack of four containing fairly typical colours, yellow, orange, green and pink. I was happy with this colour selection as I don't really need any more unusual colours and all I need are a few different ones. The highlighters look more basic than the branded Stabilo Boss ones as their shape is simpler. They are just straight up and down, wide but fairly thin, pens. They have changed from the ones pictured here. They are not particularly moulded to be comfy to hold, but they are fine. The lids are black with a clip bit on them. I have not really used the clip for anything but it could be useful to attach the pen to a folder temporarily to stop it slipping onto the floor while carrying stuff.

        The quality of the pens seems pretty good at first. The colour comes out quite strongly and vibrantly. It is easy to read the highlighted text underneath and they do not try too dark or smudge. The colour does not go right through the pages and ruin the other side.

        The nibs are typical of most highlighters as they are quite broad but tapered so you can use the whole of it to highlight in a thicker line, or turn it and only use the tip to highlight in a much thinner line for smaller writing or if you just want to be less noticeable with the highlighting.

        I am very happy with the use of them as long as they last, and that is where the downside of these come in. They seem to have less ink inside them than Stabilo Boss so they do run out quicker. Depending on how much you use them, they could last either a couple of weeks or a few months if you don't use them much. During exam time I found they ran out too quickly for my liking, but I did go on to purchase another pack, so obviously I was still quite happy with them for the price. I can't remember exactly how much I paid but I know it was a lot less than the Stabilo Boss.

        I would recommend these if you don't need to do absolutely loads of highlighting and you want to pay a bit less.

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        04.04.2012 01:25
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        A great alternative to name brands that produces the same effect

        As a student it is essential I always have the right stationary on hand in case I need to jot down notes or underline and highlight important things I need to know for the exam. With my exams ever edging closer, I decided it was time to pop out and buy myself a set of highlights to aid with revision, and the show I happened to choose was WHSmith.

        Previously I had always been a fan of the Stablio Boss range of highlighters, as they always seemed to work and just seemed appropriate. However, even though to some it may only seem a little, a pack of 4 highlighters of this brand can cost as much as £5 in my local shops, so I decided enough was enough, and I was being silly buying a name brand just for the sake of it.I purchased my pack of highlighters for just under £2 at an odd number like £1.79 if I recall correctly. This was an astounding bargain compared to the prices I usually adhere to.

        The pack consists of, like you can probably guess, 4 highlighters in 4 colours: yellow, pink, green and orange. This is a bit more useful than the usual packs I buy as the tone of these pens is quite a bit lighter than usual, as often I find that once I've gone over texts, especially in darker colours like pink, it can be almost impossible to read what I've just highlighted!

        This does mean however, that the pens are prone to drying out or at least running out a bit sooner than ordinary highlighters. However, I think that for the price, it is definitely worth buying as you could purchase as many as three times the amount as a single pack of Stablio Boss highlighter pens would cost.

        There is a smaller area at the bottom of the pen that once you've taken off the lid you can pop the cap on, which is useful as I'm always losing lids of my pens and having to search my room for them (which is especially necessary with highlighters as without a cap they can dry out much faster).

        Overall, this is a great product that I would definitely recommend, it works just as great as a well known product for a much cheaper, more reasonable price.

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        15.03.2012 19:14
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        Handy pens to have around the home

        With both myself and my husband doing home courses at the moment highlighters are something we always have in our house. We don't buy them from anywhere particular just wherever we happen to be shopping is fine. The ones we are currently using are from WH Smith and cost £4.19 for a pack of 4, I bought them from here because I had a money off coupon at the time.

        The highlighters are just like any regular highlighter pen, they are of an average size and the colours are orange, pink yellow and green, the pens are plain with just WH Smith Highlighter written along it, nothing fancy. The ends of the highlighters are chiselled so you can get a wide line for highlighting the whole word or sentence or you can get a finer line if you just need to underline something. They have a simple black lid which poses no problems to remove and they are easy enough to grip.

        I have been pleased with the WH Smith highlighter pens, the ink is nice and vivid and I can easily see the words through the ink. I find them so useful when I'm revising for my Open University course, I can use the highlighters either in my notes or directly in the text books. This makes it so easy to find what I looking for straight away.

        I also use these around the home too, if there's a certain date on the calendar I need to remember I just highlight the date, I have all our families and friends birthdays highlighted, I find this is very helpful . I use this method if I have a bill I need to pay on a certain day or an appointment. I use different coloured highlighters for different things, the bright coloured blob on my calendar draws my eye to the date as a reminder.

        All in all the WH Smith highlighters are good basic pens, they have many uses other than school and study, they can highlight the whole word or just underline something. We have had them a good 6 - 8 weeks and despite getting a lot of use they are still going strong, of course you do need to remember to put the lid back on every time you use them. If you are looking for highlighter pens then I can certainly recommend these from WH Smith.

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        11.02.2012 16:13
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        Go for a better quality brand

        After starting university in September last year I soon found myself in need of a set of highlighters to mark lecture notes, make revision cards and so forth. I took a trip to town therefore and as I am a student and on a tight budget I ended up coming away with these four highlighters from my local WHSmith. For around £4 these are not the cheapest yet are much cheaper than some other brands that you might be tempted with.


        ---PACKAGING---
        These highlighters came vacuum packed/formed and with a strip of cardboard which had the specifications printed upon it. It's pretty standard packaging and gave a good seal to the elements for the highlighters so they don't dry out but it was a bit tough to open even with a pair of sharp scissors at my disposal. Like the packaging my highlighters look a little cheap but they do work and they are easy to tell the colour of as the each highlighter is a different colour, corresponding to what colour it produces.


        ---COLOUR/USE---
        There are four colours in this pack which include: Pink, orange, yellow and green. Pretty much the standard colours and you don't really need a bigger pack with more variety in my opinion as then the colours start to look too similar. These colours do come out very well and are very bright just like you would want them to be, behaving much like any other highlighter.

        After trying many cheap highlighters from Wilkinson and the pound shop I had hoped that these would stand up a little better and well the result was mixed. One of my highlighter nibs snapped off after just a few uses when I opened the lid as the lid was very stiff and somehow it got bend and snapped off. The rest of the highlighters are still working fine but now are staring to run out slowly which may just be down to normal use but I actually think that they should be lasting a little longer than they are.


        ---OVERALL---
        These highlighters do the job but they look and feel cheap quality. Personally however, I will be buying some more expensive brand in the future and I will be hoping for them to last longer than these highlighters. They are cheap but they are not good value for money and I would not recommend them. Remember buy cheap, buy twice, and so don't be fooled by these cheap imitations.

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        09.10.2011 15:45
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        WHSmith highlighters

        After starting back at University this year I took my usual pilgramidge to town in search of stationery. I trawled the shelves of Wilkinsons in search of some cheap stationery but was disappointed to see that the only highlighters that they sold were the branded highlighters and they were between £8 and £10 for a set of about 12 colours. Firstly I didn't need 12 colours and secondly the price tag was a little more than I wanted to pay for what are essentially coloured pens!

        I don't tend to shop at WHSmiths for my stationery items as I find that their prices are steep and are much more affordable in other shops but I was out of options for places to buy highlighters so I popped in and spotted these pack of 4 highlighters.

        They came in a plastic vacuum formed cover attached to a piece of cardboard. The packaging is very standard and apart from the colours of the pens the packaging doesn't stand out at all. My highlighters are a little different from the image shown above and instead of the pen and the lid being the same colour my highlighters have a black lid and they say WHSmith highlighter on them. They do look very cheap but for the purposes I needed them for I wasn't too fussed about the appearance.

        The 4 colours that were included were pink, orange, green and yellow. The tip of the highlighter was slanted which meant that it was a lot easier to highlight specific words and sentences in the middle of an article or essay etc. However I found that the tip was uncharacteristically hard and not soft like highlighters i'd purchased in the past, this didn't effect the colour or effect of the highlighter but was quite unconfortable to use as it didn't flow freely.

        The colours were fine they weren't too dark that you couldn't see the text underneath but they weren't too light that they weren't noticable. They are very quick to dry which means that the colour doesn't run if you smudge it with your hand as you are writing etc.

        I paid £4.19 for the highlighters from WHSmith which I think is quite reasonable but I have now found some Wilkinson's own highlighters which is 6 colours for £2 and they are much better quality so I will be purchasing those in future!

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          03.02.2011 17:58
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          Good essential product

          Since starting 6th form I've used highlighters literally everyday, both in lessons and for homework, I've developed a bit of an addiction and highlight every title as well as keywords - everything just looks so much better in colour and is a lot easier to remember!

          On the WHSmith website which is where I found the product suggestion, there seems to be a few differences with my product. It says that this set of 4 highlighters costs £4.49, which I would certainly never pay for highlighters especially when they are only WHSmith own brand rather than a well known brand such as Stablio, and also when you buy the WHSmith own brand highlighters individually they are £1 each! I actually paid 99p for the pack for 4 which I thought was a really good price but would have probably paid a bit more when its something that I really needed for school and would use all the time.

          Also, the highlighters look slightly different to the ones on the website but its not really a major difference that would affect you! Mine come in yellow, pink, green and orange and I always tend to use the pink, and then the yellow so the green and orange aren't used much at all while I've had to go out and buy a new pink one! Each highlighter is the colour of how it highlights obviously, and it has WHSmith highlighter on it, just incase you forget what it is! Then it has a black lid on it which is easy enough to click back into place. They are easy enough to grip when highlighting a lot of stuff, and its also designed quite well so that you can hold it and highlight a large chunk, or tilt and write in highlighter if you really want!

          I think that this is a good essential product, and if you need highlighters then these are a good choice!

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