Product Type: WHSmith in Homeware
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WHSmith 4 Highlighters
Member Name: lyndsey1989
WHSmith 4 Highlighters
Advantages: Cheaper, comfortable to use
Disadvantages: Don't last as long as the leading brands
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.
Summary: Ok highlighters
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