Top positive review
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2018
Was looking ‘on-line’ for the usual ‘appointments’ calendar for the kitchen. Saw the “Boxclever Press 2019 Home Planner Calendar” and moved on, looking at the price and thinking “no way”. However, after browsing the usual range of affordable offerings I idly wandered back past this calendar and a few things caught my eye. Starts in September - I could do all the cross year stuff now rather than wait until the end of year. A reinforced ‘hanging’ facility - that would be easier than my Sellotape and hole punch solution from previous years; which usually worked, after a fashion, if I was thorough and the rest of the family were relatively gentle with it. A stiff card cover - I could write entries without having to de-mount it from the wall every time. Lined boxes for each date - hmmm, much neater than the family’s usual tenancy to just scribble notes anywhere. A heavier grade paper - that might avoid the ‘curling’ corner syndrome on the current calendar. Aha, a handy pencil holder - haven’t had one of those for a few years now. Spare ‘Notes’ and ‘To Do’ boxes - could be handy for those items that are not date specific. Spiral bound - like that; I always go for spiral bound when possible. Decent size as well, in fact, just a tad larger than our usual calendars.
So, went for it.
So far, so good; most of it has lived up to expectations. I thought, initially, that I would prefer the normal black lined boxes but the overall effect of the grey lines is ‘quieter’ and visually unobtrusive. Even as a septuagenarian with ‘varifocal’ lenses I have no problem reading it. Pleasantly surprised to see the individual pages are already reinforced, allied to the metal lined hanging hole this gives a comforting sturdy feel to the installation. As I surmised, writing on the lower part of the calendar is a doddle with the stiff card cover for support. As is, the calendar is eminently useable and works well; however, I do have one ‘con’ and have also made myself a couple of minor enhancement (see photographs). The pencil holder does work - but is not as secure or robust as I had hoped; the lightest touch and the pencil fell out. I have taken the liberty of cutting it off with a sharp knife, and then used some decent double-sided tape to attach a pen holder I rescued from an old wipe board type calendar from several years back - works a treat. As a retired OAP I have the time to ‘pratt around’ with these sort of things. This is a very well produced calendar and I found that trying to access a particular month took rather more effort than the usual ‘finger and thumb’ process possible with thinner paper offerings; which quickly leaves the calendar looking very ‘dog-eared’. So, I made another adaptation; which, I think, makes the calendar just a bit more user friendly, but would impact on the product’s cost if included in manufacture. I have carefully, sequentially, trimmed one edge to form a month by month thumb index. I have also ‘highlighted’ the weekend dates - which I find preferable, as it makes, brief, casual referral so much easier.
These points apart I am well impressed with the quality of the “Boxclever Press 2019 Home Planner Calendar” and, come September 2019, anticipate ordering another to cover the first year of next decade. But for the failure, for me, of the pencil holder feature, the calendar would most definitely have earned a 5 star rating.
2nd Year - 2020 Calendar.
Much of the above still applies. It has proven to be a very robust and flexible calendar throughout 2019, ideally suit to 'family' use.
I have again made the monthly indent and weekend ID adaptations, however, very pleased to note that my comments about the pencil have been addressed; there is now a 'proper' pencil in a much improved holder - well done Boxclever.
Well worthy full 5 STARS.