Dry erase boards usually are not really that exciting, they dont jump out as being unique office supplies, but when I saw this silver-colored magnetic dry erase board it really grabbed my attention. I actually did need a new dry erase board, but this one just looked really cool because of its silver surface, so before I even really looked at any of the others that Staples had, my mind was pretty much made up. Read on though, because this is another example of why making impulsive purchases is not a good idea.
This particular dry erase board is from ACCO, and is part of their Quartet Brand. It measures 11″ x 14″ and comes with both sticky foam pads and magnets for two different methods of mounting it wherever you prefer. It also comes with two round magnets, and a thin tipped black dry erase marker with a magnetic cap. The marker writes ok, but it is pretty light in color, even for a dry erase marker. Pretty basic stuff, but again, I was just impressed with the silver finish that I thought made this stand out as a pretty unique office supply.
So now we get to the interesting part about this dry erase board review. You might wonder why I decided to put up a picture of the back side of two magnets that came with this dry erase board, and you would be right in thinking it seems a bit odd, so let me explain. If you look closely at the picture, you can see that the center of each magnet has a blurry smudge in it. This blurry looking smudge is actually a small strip of double sided tape. When I took these off the dry erase board after opening it, I was surprised because I figured that magnets shouldn’t need tape to hold them to a magnetic board, right? Let me answer that for you…”Right!” So after I saw this I was kind of annoyed because I realized that it left some residue on the board’s surface itself, but I decided to move on. Next I peeled off the cardboard label that was under the shrink-wrap, and to my surprise, what did I find? I found more double sided tape to hold the cardboard to the board…the cardboard that was shrink wrapped to the board. Seems pretty unnecessary, not to mention that it left even more sticky residue on the surface of the board. It took about 20 minutes of rubbing with warm soapy water to remove all of the residue from the double sided tape that ACCO decided that they needed to use on the cardboard and the magnets.
Now the beauty of this whole thing is that the sticky residue REALLY ticked me off even before I noticed whats above because all I wanted to do was open this thing up and hang it. This should have taken all of 5 minutes, but no all of the extra cleaning of the sticky tape residue added 20 minutes to what should have been a simple task. So if you look at the care instructions in the sheet provided by ACCO with the dry erase board, you find the following:
“5. Do not use adhesive tape of any kind on the board surface.”
Hmm, well isnt that odd? You found it appropriate to put not one, not two, but THREE pieces of “adhesive tape” directly on the board’s surface, and now you tell me I shouldn’t do this? Seriously? Well at least I see why you shouldn’t do it now, it’s because it makes it an absolute nightmare to clean, and Im guessing that it has the potential to ruin the board itself.
Bottom line with this white board is that yeah, it looks cool, and it seems to function fairly well, but at the end of the day, Id probably never buy another ACCO brand product just because of the absolute carelessness that they displayed here. None of this is particularly life threatening since we are just talking about office supplies here, but the frustration really isnt worth it for a $12 white board.