Avery Heavy-Duty Binder with One Touch EZD Ring
Revolutionary One TouchÖ mechanism lets you open, close and lock your binder in one easy step. Gap FreeÖ feature prevents ring misalignment so pages turn smoothly. Locking EZDÖ ring has up to 50% more capacity than the same size round ring. Back-mounted rings allow pages to lie flat. Four clear inside pockets store unbound materials for improved organization. Wide front and back panels fully cover standard dividers and sheet protectors. Exposed rivets on spine. Nonstick, heavy-duty poly wonÆt lift ink or toner off print pages. PVC-free. Maximum Capacity Range ("): 1 in; Sheet Capacity: 275; Color(s): Black; Binder Sheet Size: 11 x 8 1/2.
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Having tried the Wilson Jones binders (returning them because the plastic had already stopped adhering to the boards, which resulted in air bubbles in all the binders delivered) as well as the Staples binders made of durable plastic (which are so wobbly and bendy that I found them unusable), I decided as a last ditch attempt to try these Avery “Heavy-Duty” binders.
They are anything but.
These are mediocre, middle of the road binders, with little attention paid to the quality of their construction or materials. The plastic seam around the edge of the binder is several millimeters too long, which means that it wasn’t cut close enough to the board. It’s almost like there’s a flap of plastic around the entire binder. The boards in the binder are pretty thin, and I find myself having to be a bit delicate with them, or else they will bend and crease. The plastic joint in-between the boards is a little flimsy, and I worry about it ripping (which would ruin the binder). The rings themselves are pretty good, all meeting up squarely. Only 1 ring in 12 is catching on the pages, which is annoying, but not the end of the world. The one-touch tab also works well to open the binder… but overall, that’s the last feature I need to be working.
Anyway, these binders aren’t worth my money. Whether they’re $1 or $20. The only reason I’m keeping them is because I hate the Staples binders so much. The next time I go to a office supply store, I’ll see if I can replace these with something that actually lives up to its name. In the meantime, the “heavy-duty” aspect of these is false advertising. If these are what Avery calls heavy-duty, I’d hate to see their other binders…
Fact is, I use binders for just about everything paper oriented -- and I'm hard on binders, always have been. Most alternative brands break apart, or the rings quickly misalign, and then my papers scatter -- defeating the purpose of bothering to hole punch and bind.
Not so with Avery! After years of trying to skimp on price through other products (at the cost of functionality and quality), I'm now an Avery loyalist.
I've learned the hard way that I can only count on Avery for reliable, solid, long-lasting, consistent quality "heavy duty" products that withstand my tendencies for overstuffing, roughly hauling (hastily cramming into a backpack or tossing onto the car seat), and other sorts of less than gentle handling practices.
Frankly, I'm essentially abusive to my Avery binders. I don't have to gingerly do anything with an Avery binder for fear that its contents might suffer. My Avery binders take whatever I dole at them and hold up for the long haul.
On a tight budget? You'll spend more in the end if you by cheaper binders with covers that quickly crease or rings that misalign from the start and dump your papers. Truly, hold out for Avery Heavy Duty binders, and buy them one at a time as you can -- or look for multi-pack purchases through Amazon or other online discount suppliers. Then, recycle them. The heavy duty binders last for years.
Also, go for D-links. They hold MUCH MORE paper than regular binders.
1. I bought the 4-inch version and it's absolutely massive. It'll take years to fill this thing.
2. The rings seem sturdy. I have a couple hundred cards in there already (with sleeve pages you can also buy on Amazon) and everything seems like it works fine.
1. None really.
I bought this for a super specific and niche purpose. I have probably a pound or two of cards in this thing and it holds up nicely, although it doesn't fit in my bookbag overly well. I may purchase a smaller binder for traveling to card shops and game nights. That said, I have no idea how this will work when it's full of paper and school work. However, I am exceedingly happy with this product and I recommend it.