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Okay, staplers, not the most interesting product out there but for thoise of us who have a desk it is one of those products that you invariably find yourself using day in, day out. *Looks* A sleek metallic dull silver is the best I can manage on description. The unit itself is all made of metal and is not unnatractive to look at. The dimpling on the top is designed to give a non slip usage but also offers some aesthetic pleasure. Product brand and model number is included in a dark grey that contrasts well. *Capability* It does what it say on the tin. A 20 sheet maximum capacity proved to be about correct (it struggled through 23) and the staple receptacle is reversible so your staples can be bent inwards or outwards. Every day usage is easy and free flowing with a pop out top loading cassette that has an, at best, average capacity. The unit is heavy ad is not designed to be used in a hand held manner but clearly should be left on the desk. *Pricing* At approximately £18 I find this to be expensive given it's lack of features that you would expect from this price range. *Overall* For the price I would like to see a larger cassette capacity or a greater maximum sheet ability. However what it does it does well and to date it has been reliable. I can't help but feel I could get similar performance from one at half the price. If aesthetics are your thing then yes - this unit looks decent, if it is features that you are after look elsewhere!
Now I don't profess to be some master of the finer arts of stationary but there's a couple of things I had to say about this baby. Firstly, it's extremely presentable. It brings a spot of pizazz to any modest desk in a home and work environment. The handling is nice as it sits comfortably in your hand, although I must admit that I find it far more useful to press with the palm of my hand, which you can't do without severely obstructing the entrance of the paper (I had to do a complete 180-twist to get this baby into action.) The colour is somewhat annoying at times, if you're the sort of person that orientates yourself around a work-desk of similar colours the seemingly silver yet far duller colour can quite merrily blend into your surroundings and could probably (Luckily this hasn't applied to me) find yourself stapling a hand, finger or even a toe (In those icky, I-just-want-to-forget-it scenarios.) Now correct me if I'm wrong but after comparing other common staplers (Including one peculiar looking online one that was shaped like a penguin) I do believe that for the price-tag of £18.67 the mainstream-brand Rapesco Zero 02 puts forward a weak case. For an equal price I could probably pull off buying one stapler, a pasty, four packets of Rowntrees Randoms and still have enough to get a bus home from whatever screwed up place would sell a stapler for eighteen quid. I would say it compensates with reliability, but on my first three tries I found myself frantically stapling various papers and wasted a grand total of five staples before getting a successful go in. It does offer the stapler to be adjusted as an 'outtie' as it were, yet I found this both needless and a common characteristic of most staplers. The generic things like resupplying staples is a breeze as expected and although I noticed a vaguely weaker spring meaning that 'punch' isn't quite what it should be, it pretty much functions as any stapler should. If you're looking for a mediocre stapler that may look 'sleek' then try Rapesco but if you're using your head and don't want to spend £18 on a miraculously dead-end device then I'd suggest going for a cheaper alternative. Personally I could stick with any other stapler (No pun intended.)
Half strip, top loading personal stapler. Sleek top loading personal stapler which uses either 26/6 or 24/6 staples. 20 Sheet capacity.