I almost forgot hat I had these Sharpie Accent Liquid Highlighters that I bought a few weeks ago, so I figured I should get this review written up already. I picked up just the yellow version from Amazon, but they also have a 5 pack of these that comes with pink, yellow, orange, blue, and green
The Sharpie Accent Liquid Highlighters have a fairly modern , look to them with the partially clear body and cap and the visible liquid ink chamber. The cap itself is fairly tight-fitting so removing it and placing it back on take a little bit more force than one might think, and it also doesn’t always give you that reassuring “snap” sound to confirm that the cap is properly locked on.
One of the more interesting features of this pen is at the back of the body where there is a hole in the top, which at first I couldn’t figure out what to do with besides maybe throw on a lanyard. Once I read a bit more about them, I discovered that the holes were actually there so you could place them on the ring of a 3-ring binder. The binder pictured above is a very cool and environmentally friendly 3 ring binder by ReBinder. I think this is a great idea that will probably go a long way in helping people not to misplace their highlighter or worry about having to carry it around.
The highlighted text above shows the results of using the Sharpie Accent Liquid highlighter in a standard text-book, although the scan looks a bit lighter than it does in person, it is close to being accurate. Fro my tastes, the highlighter seemed a bit wet for the type of paper you find in a normal paperback book, and the page puckered a slight bit, although it did not show through the other side of the page.
When I tried out the highlighter on a few different inks in my Black n’ Red notebook, I got mixed results as you can see above. The best results came with a standard ball point pen that had no smearing, while ironically, the worst (most streaky) results came with the Sharpie pen. In the middle of the pack, the gel ink pen that I tested on was OK and only showed minor streaking. Each of these was done with a dry time of 30 seconds before running the highlighter over the ink, which I think should be enough time to simulate someone taking notes and then wanting to highlight that text. On the paper in the Black n’ Red notebook there was absolutely no show through and no puckering of the paper.
Overall, these highlighters were not all that I was hoping for, but they were serviceable and do a decent job at what they were intended for. Again, I think the best thing about them is actually the nicely designed hole in the top of it for attaching them to your 3 ring binder.