Today marks the start of National Stationery Week 2015 and what better time to review some notebooks for one of the official sponsors! Nu sent me a bunch of their notebooks to test run, let me share them with you.
Nu Craze "Varsity" PP Project Book
Sizes: A4 & A5 (shown)
Pages: 160 lined & punched
Paper: 80gsm White
RRP: £3.99 A5, £4.99 A4
Available in Pink, Blue & Green
This is a notebook I'd class as a "brain dump". A place for me to fill with ideas and roughly plan projects. I would opt for something with thicker paper for more lengthy writing. It comes with a ruler and 4 page dividers that snap onto the wire bounding great, they're fully repositionable so you can separate your sections but not be limited to the amount of pages per section. Which is a neat feature if you're going to be using one book for multiple topics. I can see this being a great notebook for school work or studying, I used one similar in college to make notes during different classes and with a lower price point you won't feel bad quickly filling them up. Surprisingly the thin paper in this notebook handles fountain pens well, slight shadowing but no bleeding. It's not the smoothest of experience but works in a pinch.
Nu Era "Journal"
Sizes: Maxi (shown), Slim & Pocket
Pages: 240 (190 in Pocket) lined
Paper: 80gsm Smooth Cream
RRP: £4.99 Pocket, £6.99 Slim & £8.99 Maxi
Available in 6 colours. Studio range; Black (shown), Grey & Red. Pop range; Pink, Purple & Mint.
This stitch bound notebook is like an upgraded version of the 'Craze' with a PU Leather soft touch cover and elastic closure that can double as a page marker. The same paper quality as the "Craze", except this time in an off white/cotton cream. But with the more mature exterior similar to Nu's "Elite" range. Again with 80gsm paper I'd be more inclined to use this as another brain dump or note taking journal.
Nu Elite Wiro Journal
Sizes: A4, A5 (shown) & A6
Pages: 200 lined
Paper: 120gsm Cream
RRP: £4.99 A6, £6.99 A5 & £9.99 A4
Available in Black & Light Tan
Out of the selection I tried this is hands down my favourite, purely for paper quality. The difference in 40gsm is really noticeable. It takes features from both the "Craze" and "Era" that I enjoy like the wire binding, elastic closer and cream paper then adds some other cool things like an interior pocket inside the back cover and most importantly fantastic quality paper. That really is the selling point for me, it's a definite contender for best paper quality in the notebook market. Handles fountain pens like a dream, but no matter what you're using they'll all write incredibly smooth. I'll happily go out and purchase a replacement when I've filled this one up. Also because it has the same wire binding as the "Craze" notebooks I'm able to transfer the dividers over and turn it into a great place to manage many different projects! If only they did a version of this notebook with white paper...
Nu Notebooks are available direct from NuCo and are stocked by most high-street stores such as Staples, WHSmith & Rymans. For a full list of stockists click here.
Thanks to Nu for supplying samples for this post.
Thanks for reading!