Inkjet Safe Highlighters – Staedtler Textsurfer Classic

Staedtler Textsurfer Classic Highlighters

Inkjet and copy safe highlighters from Staedtler, the Textsurfer Classic

Inkjet Safe Highlighters are hard to come by, but these Staedtler Textsurfer highlighters make that claim, and on top of that they also claim that the violet and turquoise highlighters that come in this set remain visible when photocopied.  Pretty impressive claims, and if these Staedtler Textsurfers stand up to them I’d say thats a great qualification to be considered for the cool office supplies category that I try to focus on reviewing here.

Staedtler Textsurfer Classic Highlighters Uncapped

The Staedtler Textsurfer Classic Highlighters Uncapped

The Staedtler Textsurfer Classic Inkjet Safe highlighters come in 8 colors: Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Turquoise, and Yellow.   The vast array of colors is great because I know of some students and researchers who like to color code their work using highlighters.  The chisel tip does a good job of creating both a wide enough line to cover an entire word, or you can also create a fine enough line to just underline text.  An additional benefit to of the physical make up of these highlighters is that they have a flat body so there is no need to worry about them rolling away when you lay them down.  This design doesn’t make for the most absolutely comfortable highlighter to hold onto, but it’s definately not that bad, and in fact this body style is pretty common for highlighters, so I’m sure you may have used one like this before.

Inkjet Safe Highlighters Writing Sample

Staedtler Textsurfer Highlighter Writing Sample

Doing the writing sample for these Staedtler inkjet safe highlighters was a fun exercise.  In the photo above you can see that I tested them on two different size Arial fonts.  I used a size 10 and 12 because thats what I tend to see and use the most myself, and I printed the sample above and scaned it using my Epson Artisan 810, which I’ve never reviewed here, but its an awesome Inkjet all-in-one printer.  As you can see, all 8 colors pass the test of highlighters that don’t smear inkjet print, and the colors do jump off the page quite nicely.  Just for reference purposes, the highlighting was done almost instantly after the document finished printing, there was probably no more than 2 minutes that went by from the time that I hit the print button, and finished the writing sample.  Additionally, the non-smear on the inkjet print worked fairly well up until about the 6th or 7th pass directly over the ink.  Personally I think that is more sufficient, if you are highlighting the same area repeatedly like that, I think there might be another issue that has nothing to do with the pens. 😉  One additional note on the colors though, I don’t think the red one is really that “red” but is more of a pink.  You probably wouldn’t know that it was supposed to be the red one without having it right next to the pink one.

Staedtler Textsurfer Highlighter Writing Sample Black and White Copy

The Staedtler Textsurfer Highlighter Writing Sample as a Black and White Photo Copy

Now that I was able to confirm that these highlighters do not smear inkjet print, it was time to move on to the second clam regarding the ability to still see the purple and turquoise versions on a black and white photo copy.  I’m not sure what to make of this claim, because as you can see, the scan above shows that every color, including the yellow still show up well on a black and white copy.  Although this kind of conflicts with that claim, I personally think it is a positive that they all show up in a photo copy.

One additional claim that I see on the product page that I didn’t see on the package for these Stadtler highlighters is:

  • “Large ink reservoir for extra-long highlighting performance”

I have not had these long enough to test out that claim, but by tapping on the side, it does feel as if the entire body is filled with an ink cartridge, so that indicates to me that they may last pretty long.  Overall though, I like how the Staedtler Textsurfer highlighters perform, and its a pretty good price too for 8 highlighters that wont smear your inkjet print out.  I would be happy to hear from anyone who has used these highlighters long enough to speak to the long life claim.

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    Kim says:

    Well you know I love highlighters… and these seem pretty awesome! More than anything I like the shape – Staedtler has probably been making highlighters in this shape all along but I feel like I haven’t seen it in a long time. So a little nostalgia there.

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    Kat says:

    These are the best! They are one of the only brands of highlighters that my school sells in its bookstore, and now I exclusively use them. The ink lasts a ridiculously long time too…as a college student, I do a ton of reading and these last exceptionally long compared to other brands (Sharpie, Bic, etc).

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    @Kim – I do recall your penchant for highlighters. They are pretty cool, and I agree the simple shape does bring back memories. :)

    @SDOF – True, I have seen that issue where the yellow can make the text too dark to read. Not the case here.

    @Kat – Im glad to hear that they last such a long time for you. That is one thing that I am not usually great at being able to measure here because I have such a ridiculous amount of different pens, highlighters, and notebooks from all the reviews that none of them get used on a REALLY regular basis. Thanks for sharing your input on this aspect of the highlighters.

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    wild violet says:

    I discovered these back when I started grad school in 2003. Of course purple is my preferred color choice. Thier purple is just right for me.

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    @wild violet – Highlighters seem to be an essential tool for any student in grad school…not surprised that purple was your favorite. :)

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    Cate says:

    I have a whole colour range of highlighters (from different brands as well) I think Staedtler highlighter is pretty good generally. It does last longer compared to some other brands. The only minor setback I think is that my purple ones is abit too dark and maybe it is due to the ink flow, mine kind of goes through the paper so you can see a purplish line at the back of the paper (especially at the start and the end of the line). BUT it is possible that I pressed harder when highlighting compared to others as I’m a heavy writer, so it may affect it. I do not have such problem with the other colours though, or maybe the one I have was just defective?

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