Today we have a review of a pretty innovative product that combines a 3 ring binder with a 7 pocket accordion folder so they function as one complete unit. The Duo Accordion Folder and 3 Ring Binder is a great way to keep all of your important documents and notes together in one convenient place that can be tossed into a work bag or even just carried on its own. Before we jump into the Duo Binder review, I want to point out that this product was provided free of charge for the purpose of this review.
The Duo Binder Accordion Folder and 3 Ring Binder has two elastic closure straps on the front. The top or left hand elastic closure opens to reveal a 7 pocket accordion folder, while the second elastic strap on the right opens to reveal a standard 1″ 3 ring binder. Now although I think the Duo Binder concept is great and the execution is almost perfect, I do have one issue with the elastic closures. being that they are round straps of elastic, they are sometimes hard for me to grip and unfasten because my lack of any significant length finger nails causes them to roll a bit and make them hard to pinch between my fingers. The elastic n the Duo Binder also seems like it is a bit rigid in that it doesn’t stretch a ton, and sometimes they even appear to hold a good deal of their shape which makes the closure and securing of the flaps a bit precarious.
The 3 ring binder portion of this unique storage and organization solution works well and from a logistical point of view, it opens so that the accordion part of the folder acts as the backing of your binder while you are writing. This makes for a better writing experience if the accordion folder has a decent amount of papers stored in it so you have a stiffer backing to write against.
The accordion folder portion comes with 7 tabbed pockets as well as a sheet of cardboard cut-outs to label each of your tabs. This side view above shows how the back of the 3 ring binder acts as the front wall of the accordion pocket folder.
Above is another view of the binder and accordion folder as they sit together, again you can see how the back cover of the 3 ring binder is also the front cover of the accordion folder. The whole package is designed in a very clean and neat way, and will definitely help keep your various documents organized and easy to transport. As I said before, its a very innovative product and its very well done except for the elastic straps. Don’t get me wrong though, the straps definitely serve their purpose and perform the function they were intended to, its just that the ease of use with them could be improved a bit. Regardless of the elastic strap issue I’d still recommend the Duo Accordion Folder and 3 Ring Binder as a great storage and organizing tool that is especially handy for transporting important documents around.
Duo Binder Folder and 3 Ring Binder Updates.
UPDATE 1: One comment below asked about other colors of the Duo Binder, and there are a few, here is a link to a few different colors and patterns even.
UPDATE 2: There is now a Trio Binder by Inovntions that takes things one step further on the original Duo Binder by including hooks to make it a hanging file folder.