Donít Squeeze Just Shoot
Jun 28, 2011
Review by Thomas Wikman
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Jam free, ergonomic, looks nice, low force staple action (staple gun), seems robust.
Cons:A little noisy, a little heavy.
The Bottom Line: PaperPro 1110 Prodigy stapler is the latest and greatest standard stapler from Paperpro. It is essentially a spring driven staple gun with smooth operation.
A few weeks ago I was unable to find the two staplers we used to have at home. They were missing for a long time so I went to Office Depot and bought two Paperpro Staplers instead and this black and silver colored PaperPro 1110 Prodigy stapler is one of them. Unlike common staplers, the Paperpro Staplers have a spring powered staple driving mechanism, so you don't have to press or squeeze the stapler. Because this mechanism sits above the staples it also means that the staples have to be loaded differently.
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About the Paperpro 1110 Prodigy Stapler
The Paperpro 1110 Prodigy Stapler is the newer of the Paperpro Prodigy standard staplers and it is rated for 25 sheets (there are high capacity 60 sheet staplers). It loads standard staples and is about 10 inches long.
The PaperPro Staplers are essentially staple guns and require very little force for the staple action. When the handle is pressed down it moves a lever which in turn loads two springs, looking like coils, on each side of the lever, and then the springs are released and will quickly yank down the strike plate, which shoot out the staple. Naturally this is inside the stapler so you can't see it. This mechanism sits above the staples so you cannot load the staples from above as you do with regular staplers. However, PaperPro has an elegant solution to this problem, you just need to be observant or read the staple loading instructions before you load staples the first time.
You load staples by turning it upside down and moving the base away from the stapler, and then a loading track should automatically come out. Mine was stuck the first time I opened it so it didn't. However, once I got it out with a slight pull it came out by itself every time since then. Make sure you place the staples with the point up and then you move the loading track back in. After you've done it once it is very easy.
The stapler housing is made of metal, which makes it feel robust. It has a non-slip rubberized handle and a base and it is ergonomically shaped. It is a little heavier than the cheap plastic squeeze style of staplers but this is a very minor issue. It costs a little bit more than the cheapest staplers but this is clearly a top of line kind of stapler.
Experience Using the Paperpro 1110 Stapler
The Paperpro staplers are advertised by referring to the low force staple action "just one finger". I have to admit I don't really care for that too much, I don't mind squeezing or pushing my stapler. What brings value to me with this stapler is that it does not seem to jam. I guess the fact that it is a "stapler gun" makes it so that the force applied to the staple is consistent and optimized. It just goes "clonk, clonk, clonk", as you staple, the same way over and over without any jams. I‘ve owned many staplers that jam all the time, but this one does not. I should say that Paperpro claims that it has jam free operation, which so far I believe is true. I can also add that I think the stapler looks modern and cool. It is a stapler you can get attached to (well don't staple your thumb).
One negative is that it is a little bit noisier than regular staplers and you cannot get away with stapling 50 sheets just by pressing really hard as you sometimes might with regular 25-sheet staplers.
However, this seems to a good reliable and robust stapler that never jams. I can highly recommend it. It is an American invention and an American company but it is not produced in the United States.
Finally I would like to say thank you to Bob (pvreditor) for adding this item to the epinions data base.
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