I was asked by Shoplet.com to review a stapler. Since the old one on my desk requires a very powerful "smack" to get to work, I was anxious to give this stapler a look-see. The first box to arrive was a gorgeous (yes, a stapler can be gorgeous) electric one! Now I was not expecting that. This stapler is a Swingline model. A name I am very familiar with and very fond of. I plugged this beauty in and took to playing with any loose paper I could find.
The first surprise I got was that it was really quiet thanks to some sort of sound dampening system. My dog is frightened of the noise a stapler or hole punch makes (no clue as to why) and so I was sort of concerned that he would do his usual number and flee the room. A stack of papers later and he still was fast asleep at my feet. So yes, this is quiet.
I was very surprised to receive a few days later another stapler. This is a candy apple red stapler with more extras than I thought could be put into a stapler. It has a permanent spot on my desk at school (the electric one is for home use). It is designed so that it can lay flat or stand up right. No real reason I can see for that, but it is sort of nice to keep the desk uncluttered. The stapler - a Stanley Bostitch Dynamo Stapler has a rubber grip. This is really nice since I struggle with some pain in my hands. It gives it a very comfortable feel. It will staple about 20 sheets at a time with little effort. It also opens 180 degrees to allow working on a bulletin board! In the end is a pencil sharpener. I sort of think that is a bit unnecessary and probably will never use it. But it is there is you like. My favorite feature - a staple remover built right into the stapler! I think that is one of the best ideas I have ever seen. Why aren't they ALL made with that?! Seriously. I can't count the times I have been mid-board and need to remove something I added. Then I get to go on the staple pull search - what teacher did I loan that thing to?? Not anymore. Like I said, my favorite feature, hands down.
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