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3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job but nothing special, 20 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Rapesco 90 4 Hole Punch - Black (Office Product)
This punch is a bit of a mixed bag: the build quality is perfectly satisfactory but not exceptional, in particular the bridge between the two halves of the punch is a little prone to twisting, meaning you need to stand it on a firm flat surface before punching - try it on a bed or sofa and the induced twist prevents the mechanism working properly. When punching towards the maximum number of sheets a reasonable amount of force is needed: not superhuman strength but possibly two hands, and of course this brings us back to needing a good firm surface when punching.

My biggest gripe is with the paper edge guide - this is held in place with a couple of flat springs that simply don't seem "springy" enough to hold the guide in place very well. Additionally, the slots to hold these springs and the guide itself have gaps around them into the punchings container if you ever move it in an orientation other then perfectly level you leave a trail of escaped punchings behind you. A bit of gaffer tape fills these holes and secures the guide, but that's a tacky solution to problems that shouldn't exist. There is also a minor issue feeding paper into the punch - each hole has a separate feed guide and if the paper has any curl to it (e.g. it is out of a laser printer) to need to manually check it has fed into each position correctly. A crossbar between these guides would have done this automatically and further stiffened things up to boot.

On the plus side, it does perform as described: it'll punch four holes in 35 sheets or even a little more without falling to bits. The punched holes are reasonably cleanly cut too. As such I'm awarding a middle-of-the-road three stars: it does exactly what you would expect but without the refinement of a truly great product.
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