Staples Arc Customizable Notebook with Neoprene Zip Cover

M by Staples Arc Customizable? Notebook System Neoprene Zip Cover

M by Staples Arc Customizable? Notebook System with Neoprene Zip Cover

The M by Staples Arc Customizable Notebooks have been around for a little while now, and the kind folks from Staples sent over this new Neoprene version of their Arc Notebook for today’s review.  As you can see from the photo above, it comes with a strip of sticky tabs as well as plastic page or subject tabbed dividers, and 60 blank sheets of ruled paper.

M by Staples Arc Customizable Notebook System Neoprene Zip Cover

M by Staples Arc Customizable Notebook System with Neoprene Zip Cover and a Phone and Pen for Scale

This particular version is the 6.75 inch by 8.75 inch junior size version that holds 5.5 inch by 8.5 inch sheets of paper.  It is also available in the larger 8.5 inch by 11.5 inch format if you need a standard size notebook.  The entire front and back cover are made of a very smooth and nice feeling neoprene material.  As you can see, the front cover also has a convenient zip-up pocket that I was able to easily fit my phone in.  I wouldn’t recommend carrying your phone in there on a regular basis though because it doesn’t really have any padding to protect it.  It’s definitely not a bad place for it when running between meetings in the office though.  It is however great for carrying anything from pens, pencils, flash drives, or a few extra index cards or sticky notes on a more regular basis.

M by Staples Arc Customizable Notebook System Neoprene Zip Cover Writing Sample and Subject Dividers

M by Staples Arc Customizable Notebook System Neoprene Zip Cover Writing Sample and Subject Dividers

Writing on the Staples Arc pages went very nicely, even when using a fountain pen.  The ink handled really well on the paper with no real feathering or bleeding, and the show through was very minimal, to the point where you it really didn’t show up in a scan here.  We did a more extensive test of the Staples Arc paper a while ago that showed multiple fountain pen inks and a couple of other types of inks.  It is definitely a solid paper that should handle most inks well.

M by Staples Arc Customizable Notebook System Neoprene Zip Cover Sticky Flags and Writing Sample

M by Staples Arc Customizable Notebook System Neoprene Zip Cover Sticky Flags and Writing Sample

One minor thing I forgot to mention before is the pen loop that you can see in the above photo.  In this photo you can also see the blank tabs on the subject dividers and one of the sticky flags in use as well.  The blank tab stickers were already on the dividers when the notebook arrived, but it also came with a strip of blank extras.  I do like having the page divider with the sticky flags with one minor caveat.  On the junior size notebook like this, it can be a little tight in terms of space when trying to use the sticky flags on the lengthwise edge of the paper.  The tabs tend to hide them a bit with the notebook closed where with the larger size you wouldn’t have that issue.

M by Staples Arc Customizable Notebook System Neoprene Zip Cover Folded Over

M by Staples Arc Customizable Notebook System Neoprene Zip Cover Folded Over

Another great feature of the Staples Arc Neoprene version is that it still folds over on itself so you can save space and have a more compact footprint.  I’ve definitely found this to be very helpful when seated at a crowded meeting table, so although it seems simple it can be a deal breaker for some people so I wanted to be sure to mention it.  I was going to recommend grabbing some calendar refills for this as we start off 2014, but it looks like Staples is out of them.  They do however have the Academic Year Planners still available, or this interesting concept of an undated weekly refill, which makes things a little more flexible for you.

Regardless of how you use the  Neoprene version of the Staples Arc Notebook, you really can’t beat the customizable nature of these notebooks.  Why not try something new in 2014 and give the disc binding notebook system a try?  It has been a great help in keeping me a bit more organized, so maybe it can do the same for you.

 

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Comments

  1. 1
    Laura says:

    Is the lined paper wide ruled or college ruled? And is there any option for unlined paper? Just curious.

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    Brian Greene says:

    @Laura – Thanks for the question. The paper is considered narrow ruled, which is 1/4″ vs college ruled which is 9/32″. Staples doesn’t appear to sell any blank or unruled pages, however Levenger does offer their Special Request Blank Circa Junior pages, which would work with this as well.

  3. 3
    Natalie says:

    They do have a grid page option, in case you can’t settle on writing in landscape or portrait layout… possibly on the same page. It’s also handy if you like to write in columns, dividing them wherever you choose. Plus, if you go totally free style, you can write “spiralling” in, or out, as the mood strikes. (And you could use it the traditional way…)

  4. 4
    Tori Coke says:

    The tabs and color flags didn’t come with mine.

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    Michael Francis says:

    Staple does have grid paper refills.

  6. 6
    Brian Greene says:

    @Natalie and Michael – Thanks for the correction. I was unable to find the graph paper at the time that I wrote the review, but I see it there now. M by Staples™ Arc System Graph-Ruled Premium Refill Paper, White, 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

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    Brian Greene says:

    @Tori – Not sure why that would be the case, they were definitely included with mine, although I don’t see them specifically listed in the details on the Staples website.

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