I don't do a lot of product reviews, and when I do, it's usually computer related. I certainly never expected to be writing a review about a stapler. You need a stapler, you go buy one. Except for the miniatures and the spring loaded staple guns, they are all about the same.
Except this one.
Staples has pulled off a neat trick here. This is manual, spring loaded, extremely powerful, and yet requires very little effort to use. They say it will staple through 20 sheets of paper, and it will, and with one finger effort. I could actually staple through a piece of laser printer paper I had folded five times: that's 32 layers, and I was able to do it with the pinky finger of my left hand. The thirty two sheets really were too thick of course, and I could barely trigger it with that finger, but boy, that made me a believer. Remember, this is manual, not electric. And it's light weight, too: much lighter than our old metal clunker.
Stapling 16 to 20 sheets with my ordinary pointing finger was trivial. You could do hundreds of bundles like that and not feel like you'd worked at all. My wife loves this because she has bad arthritis and it's not just difficult for her to staple thick papers; it hurts. With the "One-Touch", there's so little effort she barely notices it.
This isn't cheap: about $15.00 at Staples. It's definitely worth the extra cost. There's also a more expensive high capacity model; I didn't try that, but it is advertised as handling up to 60 sheets. A less expensive compact model does 15 sheets.
I found out about this through BzzAgent. They provide products for testing and review; but there's no commercial motive behind this review: I don't get paid for it (other than getting the stapler free).
This is actually fun to use. When I first showed it to my wife, I handed her a folded up glossy flier that had come in the mail advertising something or other. I folded that a few more times, and asked her to staple it. Of course she planted the heel of her hand and leaned into it and gasped when it stapled before she got to apply the big push she was ready for. The look on her face was total surprise!
Of course this is a great gift, but you will want one for yourself. There's no way I'll give this away. The old stapler, sure. But not this one.
But see the comments: my happiness didn't last long!
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