Tuesday, August 6, 2013

@OfficeMax Private Brand Writing Products Review & Giveaway

OfficeMax has sent me some supplies to review and share with you - share by giveaway! What's better than that? Here we have: OfficeMax Retractable Gel Pens, OfficeMax Pen Style Highlighters and OfficeMax Grip Mechanical Pencils. OfficeMax will ship the prize directly to the winner. 
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OfficeMax Private Brand Writing Products

OfficeMax has expanded its line of private brand
writing products by 75% with new pens, highlighters, mechanical pencils and markers. Designed and quality-tested to deliver the writing performance of national brands, these new products are now available in-stores nationwide and at OfficeMax, including:
  • Pens featuring new design ballpoint pens in stick and grip styles; and gel pens in grip and retractable grip styles with a new high-quality ink system that delivers a smoother, more reliable ink flow. 
  • Highlighters including gel, liquid and erasable highlighters, as well as pen-style and desk-style chisel tip highlighters.
  • Mechanical Pencils featuring new designs including assorted barrel or grip colors, and top and side advance features. Mechanical pencils are available in 0.5mm and 0.7mm lead sizes. 
  • Permanent Markers including new pen-style markers with fine point tips and desk-styles markers with chisel tips.
OfficeMax Retractable Gel Pens - Four pack, 0.7mm fine - $3.99
OfficeMax Retractable Gel Pens
Features
  • Gel ink flows easily for smooth writing
  • Comfortable rubber grip can help relieve writing stress
  • Fade & Water Resistant Ink
  • Visible Ink Supply
  • Retractable
  • Pocket clip
OfficeMax Retractable Gel Pens
Ah, gel pens. I have very high standards for gel pens. Aesthetically, most gel pens make the cut because there's nothing really wrong with any of them. They all look pretty good. These ones aren't too bad either - they do the job. Good, steady ink flow, no hard starts or skipping while writing. The ink is fade and water resistant which is a nice feature, but it is not waterproof. These pens are not refillable but they're a buck apiece. However,that's a lot of plastic into the landfill so I'm disappointed about that.
OfficeMax Retractable Gel Pens

OfficeMax Liquid Highlighters - Five pack, 3 line widths - ~ $3.00
OfficeMax Liquid Highlighters
OfficeMax Liquid Highlighters
Features
  • Quick-drying, odorless, non-toxic ink
  • Color won't fade or bleed through most paper
  • Chisel tip provides the option of 3 line widths
  • Pocket clip
  • Assorted Ink Colors (Yellow, Pink, Orange, Green & Blue)
  • Bright colors provide a neat, clean presentation
OfficeMax Liquid Highlighters
I thought these highlighters were pretty decent. I like the visible ink supply a lot. They smeared a lot with gel inks and fountain pen inks (although with fountain pen ink, that's not surprising). They performed well with FriXion type ink, hybrid ballpoint/ballpoint ink, and pencils. They are pretty. The colours are not extremely vibrant - some people may prefer these colours as they are not particularly blinding. Others may find they are not bright enough. The orange is just right, I think. They're not bad, especially given the low price.

OfficeMax Liquid Highlighters

OfficeMax Mechanical Pencils - 12 pack, 0.7mm - $7.49
OfficeMax Mechanical Pencils
Features
  • Soft grip for comfort and control
  • Retractable tip protects pockets and bags
  • Eraser is smudge-resistant
  • Push top to advance or retract lead
  • Pocket clip
  • Includes 0.7mm #2 standard lead
OfficeMax Mechanical Pencils
I must admit, I was rather attracted to these pencils when I pulled them out of the box. Coloured erasers. Coloured grip. MATCHING. Swoon. Really now. I love things that match. The build quality is okay - I dropped two on my desk from a reasonable height and they popped apart - I had to put them all back together. They didn't break - but all the parts came out from the inside of the pencil and the lead fell out. Not the end of the world, but this could be seriously annoying if it happened to you during an exam. Otherwise, the pencils function just fine and aren't too costly at all. They look decent and are fairly comfortable to write with, providing uniform writing. Don't expect fancy auto-rotating lead though.


OfficeMax Mechanical Pencils

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Disclaimer: I received the writing products in this post from OfficeMax in order to facilitate my review. The items featured in this giveaway are also provided by OfficeMax and will be sent to the winner directly. Opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. I have not been compensated for this post in any other way.

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