Zequenz Notebooks

Zequenz Notebooks

Zequenz Notebooks Discovered at The Stationery Show in NYC

UPDATE:  These Zequenz Notebooks are now available via Amazon.com  and eBay.  These are also available in more colors now including purple, pink, silver, and orange.

It can take a bit of time before I can actually get my hands on review samples of products that I see when I go to the National Stationery Show in NY.  In the case of these Zequenz journals it was totally worth the wait.  Pictured above are the samples that the folks from Zequenz sent to me for review.

Zequenz Notebook Branding

Zequenz Notebook Branding on the Front Cover

The Zequenz notebook is available with your choice of either a black, purple, pink, silver, orange or red cover that has a soft and flexible leather-like feel, and each has the Zequenz name and logo embossed in a subtle way on the front cover.  They are available in Mini (9 cm x 14 cm), Small (10.5 cm x 14 cm), Medium (12.5 cm x 17.8 cm), and Large (14.8 cm x 21 cm) sizes with blank, ruled, or graph paper versions.  Each Zequenz notebook also comes with a thin magnetic fold-over bookmark which can be seen in the first photo of this review on the upper right corner of each notebook.

Zequenz Notebooks Magnetic Bookmark

Zequenz Notebooks Magnetic Bookmark

Zequenz Notebooks Up Close

I’ve also included a close up of the magnetic bookmark above that shows some of the features in an illustrated fashion which is a little better than my attempted photography.

Zequenz Notebook Binding

Zequenz Notebook Binding

Something that really sets these Zequenz notebooks apart from some of the similar ones you will find on the market is the quality and flexibility of the binding.  You might not be able to tell from the first photo there but check out the photos below for some of the yoga-like feats that the Zequenz notebook can pull off.

Zequenz Notebooks Open Flat

Zequenz Notebooks Open Flat

From my hands on experience with these Zequenz notebooks I definitely get a sense of the fact that much thought went into creating these.  There was also an obvious focus on quality materials and construction.  One of the more impressive features is the binding on these notebooks.  As pictured above the notebook easily opens and lies flat with no need to press it down to force it open.

Zequenz Notebook Binding Folded Over

Zequenz Notebook Binding Folded Over

The Zequenz notebook even folds over 360 degrees with the front and back covers meeting as pictured here.  Amazingly enough this is done with what feels like no pulling or stress on the binding itself.  When you return the notebook to its normal closed state there does not seem to be any damage done as it just closes back up as it did when it was brand new.

Zequenz Notebook Rolled Up

Zequenz Notebook Rolled Up

One last trick that the Zequenz notebook has up its sleeve is that the larger sizes are easy to roll up.  My picture above is not quite rolled but a little more folded.  You will just have to take my word for it that it rolls fairly nicely.  Iit is just hard to do that with one hand and get a decent picture of it with your other hand.  If you are on the go with your notebook it is nice to be able to roll it up like that and be on your way.

Zequenz Notebook Writing Samples

Zequenz Notebook Writing Samples including Fountain Pens and Others

I tried a variety of pens in the graph paper version of the Zequenz notebook, and each of them glided very smoothly over the paper.  None of the pens showed any significant feathering other than a VERY minor exception for the two fountain pens.  Each of the colors that I wrote with also stood out nicely against the bright white paper and the subtle gray grid marks.

Zequenz Notebook Show Through

Zequenz Notebook Show Through

The next picture probably looks like a big white rectangle, but I wanted to give you an idea of the show through that I got when doing the original writing sample.  I feel like different people have very different tolerances for show through and for me the Zequenz is right on the border for my personal preference of what is acceptable.  I could probably deal with writing on both sides of the page, especially if I was a little more selective on what pen I used.  Click on the writing sample above and judge for yourself though.

Zequenz Notebook Dry Times

Zequenz Notebook Dry Times with Different Pens

The last writing sample here shows the dry time because I know that left-handed writing folks sometimes have a hard time finding notebooks that will work for them.  For the most part my small sample size of fountain pens and fountain pen ink dried a little on the slow side.   As a right-handed writer it is not a big deal especially considering how smoothly the writing experience was on the paper with the two nibs that I tried.  All of the other pens including some Sharpie Pens, Gel Ink pens, and hybrid ink pens all wrote very smoothly and dried pretty quickly.

In summary, I really like these Zequenz notebooks.  The overall quality seems great, especially compared to other similar notebooks in this class, and their flexibility, design, and quality materials have me looking forward to spending a lot more time using these.  Head on over to the Zequenz Notebook pages on  Amazon.com  and eBay to buy some of these great notebooks for yourself.

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Comments

  1. 1
    tim atherton says:

    I’ve been using these for a little while now (found them in a local store) and I agree with all your comments.

    I really like them – very well made and the nice paper quality for fountain pens are the two big pluses for me

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    dowdyism says:

    I love the look of the binding. The only other notebook I have that is similar is a Miqeulrius I picked up at Barnes and Noble. I will definitely have to hunt one of these down.

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    @tim atherton – That is awesome that you were able to find them locally, I know they are not easy to come by, but I get the impression that will be changing soon, other than ordering from them via email I mean.

    @dowdyism – You are absolutely right in terms of them being similar. I totally left the Miquelrius out of the review because I didnt want to knock them, but I figured someone would bring it up…I have to say, the quality of these are SO much better. If you like the Miquelrius, you will LOVE the Zequenz.

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    mixy says:

    I had two of them. Now it becomes my part.. my sotry of life. What impressed me is the line/ rule jointing page in a very perfect conditions in every pages, it is obviously that no one can do like this for journal mtk.

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    Rina says:

    I have used several ZEQUENZ Journals and become addicted.
    It just really hit me hard when I saw the journals for the first time.
    Plain and simple but when you hold it up, you will know just how neat the works are on the book.
    I also love the paper, very smooth and soft touch. I like them so much that I carry them around anywhere; they are very stylish and elegant even when accompany with me for formal meeting.
    I don’t know if they are yet available in stores in US. But I am sure if they are, will be a big hit. Quality is just the best I’ve ever seen.
    I must agree with “@dowdyism” about Miquelrius; I really don’t like to compare the brands. But if it is similar, then ZEQUENZ really do win the audience for total Quality, neatness, materials, with great binding and curves. I agree with the original review.

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    Rina says:

    I have just found the Website that ZEQUENZ organized the Design Contest for the new Cover. But from what I read, it is just for Asia Pacific countries.

    Anyway, as I read further, it seems that they will also put the designs on-line for Voting worldwide. So, we are all eligible to VOTE!!

    Let’s vote! I am just so excited if ZEQUENZ will be launching some great design for their covers. I think we have to go to their website:
    http://www.360creativelife.com

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    @Rina – Thanks so much for the update!

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    ExcaliburZ says:

    Has anyone used one as a sketchbook and could give me there opinion on it as one?

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    Steve says:

    I just got a mini notebook from this Amazon store:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html?ie=UTF8&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&me=ACXN42Z4BRBX7

    I was expecting something like the Miguel-Rius, and though there are similarities, this notebook is far superior. The binding is more flexible yet looks just as sturdy, nice cover material, the ruling is just right. I think I’ve found my new favorite pocket notebook! I can’t wait to use it for a while and see how it holds up.

  10. 10

    @Steve – Thanks for the update, I didnt realize they were now available through Amazon, Ill update the review with some links as well. The quality is quite impressive.

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    Tom says:

    Bought one of the large size from Amazon, skeptic at first but turn out to be very happy outcome. Quality beyond my expectation, this notebook is my most favorite.

  12. 12

    @Tom – Glad to hear that you tried one out and like it, they really are great notebooks.

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    [...] squared and ruled, which I did not test, only have 70 gsm paper and may perform differently. (See this review at Office Supply Geek for pen tests on a squared paper Zequenz [...]

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