Pros: very inexpensive, light-weight, unfolds to staple on walls
Cons: jams if you don't hold it correctly, not built well to staple papers in mid-air
Swingline mass produces their Staplers in order to find a consumer for each one of their brands. Some of them are spectacular pieces of machinery that are quite expensive, and then there are the cheap versions of their product which they sell in order to fill a market niche on the other end. To provide a stapler that was extremely affordable to any crowd, Swingline came out with the 545 Standard Desk Stapler. They sell them in both black and platinum coloring, and I have one of the black versions. It was very cheap at the time, running at only $1.49 at the time, and it was in a time where I felt I needed a stapler quickly, and at less than $2.00 it was going to be well worth the purchase. With the Swingline name on the side, I knew it would at least be a product I could count on to last a while.
The Swingline 545 is a slightly smaller version of their normal metal desktop staplers. This one is made of a black plastic, which encompasses everything but the gears, the staple holder, and the punch pad on the bottom part of the stapler. Being made almost entirely of plastic, that makes this one of the lighter full-length staplers that Swingline puts out, and thus it is easier for people to carry around. You would be amazed at how often a stapler is moved around, and that it doesnt just stay in one place whether you are at home or in the office. That is where having a light version of the product comes in handy, because it makes you feel like you are lifting weights around all day with you.
On the bottom of the stapler, there is a full rubber base, which keeps the stapler from moving around or sliding/shifting while you are punching the staple. It also serves to protect your desk from the bottom of the stapler, making it better than some of the metal ones which have no protectant beneath the bottom part. The Swingline 545 also unhitches very easily at the base, so that you can staple something on a vertical wall such as tag board or when you are hanging something. It easily snaps out to perform that function and snaps right back into place when you are done with that. The stapler is intended to work on 2 pages up to 15 pages at a time with one staple, but the higher you get, I think the stapler becomes a little less reliable.
The plastic construction of this staple makes it less stable in my opinion than some of the other Swingline products. While It is more maneuverable, it also jams up sometimes if you are not really careful about the stapling process. For instance, it works fine up until that time where you are rushing, you grab for the stapler to staple 10 pieces of paper together, and you pick it up to do in the air. If you dont press down squarely on the stapler, you risk jamming the front part, and ruining the staple that you were trying to put in your paper. Then the horrible process of removing a staple and trying again starts up, and that is not fun for anyone. If however, you are always patient with this stapler, and always press down in a true-straight fashion, you will be pleased with the results.
The Swingline 545 is a stapler designed to be inexpensive, and thus the parts are not the highest quality. This stapler can break pretty easily if you drop it on anything but carpet, but at less than $2.00 where I got it, that may be a risk worth taking. It does jam every now and then, but if you follow my advice of not rushing the use of this stapler you should have no real problems. It holds 210 premium staples at one time, and this stapler was bought through Office Depot. It is one that I can easily recommend because it is really very inexpensive, but at the same time you get what you pay for when it comes to staplers. Its not a perfect product, but if you use it correctly you are going to feel like you came away with a steal here.