Word. Notebooks review

word-5Are you a notebook addict? Then join the club my friends. Whether you use them for keeping lists, to-dos, a journal or whatever, there’s still something wonderful about a physical paper notebook that a smartphone or computer can’t capture. My favorite pocket sized notebooks are Moleskine Cahiers and Field Notes notebooks. But now I have another brand to introduce to you: the Word. Notebook. Are they better, worse or the same as Moleskines and Field Notes? Let’s see…

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Product Specs:

  • 48 pages, lined
  • 3.5″ x 5″
  • Made in the USA
  • Cover: Environment Desert Storm 120# smooth paper (100% post consumer recycled)
  • Interior: Lynx Opaque Ultra smooth white 60# text
  • Printed with Hostmann-Steinberg inks
  • Stitching wire comes from the Spiral Binding Company

 

Word. Notebooks are sold in packs of 3 and are  currently available in six different cover color options: Black, Orange, Natural, Traditional Camo, Tan Camo and Swedish Camo.

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In the image above I’m holding (top to bottom) a Moleskine Cahier, Field Notes and a Word. Notebook. The Word. Notebooks most closely resemble Field Notes notebooks in their size and number of pages. Both are almost identical in size and have 48 pages. I did notice that the cover of the Word. Notebook feels slightly thicker than a Field Notes cover and the Word. Notebook uses 2 staples instead of 3. The Moleskine Cahier has a little bit different corner shape, 64 pages instead of 48 and is sewn instead of stapled. It also has a pocket in the back cover and several perforated pages at the back…

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Inside the front cover of the Word. Notebook is a place to record your name, notes, date and contact info.

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The pages themselves are white with lines printed in what looks like either pale beige or grey lines. In the left margin are circles with a dot in the center. This is the Word. Notebook’s main feature – its special task system. The inside front cover shows you how to use the system. When you make your lists you can use the center dot to denote a bullet point, a circle around the dot means the item is important, a line through the circle means the task is in process and an X through the circle means the task has been completed. This is a very simple system that is both easy to use and easy to understand as it doesn’t require a lot of thinking or deciphering.

The inside of the back cover has 10 quirky facts. I was a bit disappointed that all three of my Word. Notebooks had the same 10 facts. It would be cool if each notebook had different ones. Of course this isn’t a deal breaker.

The price of Word. Notebooks are about the same as Field Notes and Moleskine Cahiers, so choosing this notebook over the others comes down to personal preference. Do you like the camo and colored covers better than the others? Will you use the special task system? A yes to either question should be enough to give Word. Notebooks a try.

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4 comments… add one

  • VernC December 17, 2012, 7:58 pm

    Is this a gimmick or a gadget? Give 365 pages any year!

  • John Kes December 19, 2012, 2:58 pm

    What OS does it use? Does it pass the Julie squeeze test?

    • Julie December 19, 2012, 3:05 pm

      @John it doesn’t rattle, but it does flex a bit. Not sure about the OS, I need to look at the specs closer. ;)

  • Bob DeLoyd December 19, 2012, 7:08 pm

    I just need something that will fit in my shirt pocket that I can write a shopping list on or quickly jot down a thought, an address and telephone number I don’t want to forget. These usually get torn out when I’m done, but I have many 5X3 inch memo books here and there full of stuff (even from the 70s… shhh)
    I used Stuart Hall Memo Book, but they seemed to have gone out of business… :(

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