Flex Hybrid NoteBinder is the next generation in portable organization. This is the one that acts like a notebook and works like a binder, offering both increased capacity and carrying convenience! Outfitted with the patented Tech Lock spine, its rings … see full wiki
Okay, the Flex Hybrid Notebinder is a lot more expensive than a comparable 1 3/4" binder, but you get what you pay for. If you didn't think it was possible to get excited over school/business supplies, think again.
Out of the bag, it is a very attractive looking notebook/binder combo. The choice of 6 colors means you'll find at least one you like. And it isn't just a cover, 2 pockets and 3 rings. You get 2 smoke colored clear pockets, dividers, tabs, tab labels and some college ruled and grid paper. I let my 4th grade son stuff this in his backpack and take it to school for a week and the he excels in destroying his other school supplies, he returned this one to me no worse for the wear. Others have gone into further detail about the Notebinder so let me jump to the salient points.
PROS: - Attractive modern design. Various colors give you organization options. - Very sturdy and durable, the materials of the Notebinder and accessories are quality! - Dirt, grime and water resistant. - Flexible design. The tough and flexible cloth spine ensures that when the binder is closed, it takes up only as much space as what is inside it. Laid open it stays flat. - Plastic rings: The pop-in and out rings self adjust to fit whatever 3 hole punched items you put into them, even a 1" spiral binder. No more pinched fingers! - Accessories: The useful pockets re great for stuffing things into and the dividers help keep things organized. And they throw in some paper to get you started.
CONS: - Cost: You may be more for the money, but you are still shelling out the money. - Binder rings: While seeming very durable and flexible, they are not as quick to open and close as the old standard metal rings. - No sturdy spine to grab when pulling in and out of a backpack and the edges curl a bit in a small, full backpack (very minor niggle). - No clear outside pocket in which to slip a presentation cover sheet.
As you can see, the pros well outweigh the cons and are all necessary trade-offs for this great new Notebinder design. I can only say I wish I were still in high school or college so that I could enjoy the use of these more fully, but I am sure there are plenty of applications around the home (and home business) where they will be useful and last a good while. Mead's Five Star Flex Hybrid Notebinder (and its successor) is what I'll be outfitting my kids with once they hit middle school.
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