Pros: Color options, comfort grip, quiet clicker, decent price.
Cons: Might be too thick of a line for some people.
Sometimes you want a thicker line for writing letters, addressing envelopes or taking notes. One of the biggest problems with that is that the thicker the ink goes on, the more of a chance there is of it smudging or smearing. While that hasn't been a problem for me, if you drag your wrist when writing you might get some smudging. This is a ballpoint, not a gel pen but because of the thickness of it you do get a gel-like look from it. If you are using this for notes, it will leave indentations in underlying pages, even more so if you write with a heavy hand. There are refills sold for the Profile Elite Bold and other Profile pens but I consider these a disposable; if the barrel is in great shape and it is something that isn't carried around with you then by all means look at the refill option but chances are the comfort grip is going to look a little worn and the pocket clip is going to be bent.
Visually the Profile Elite Bold is nicer than the basic Profile; there are some nice color choices including orange, green, purple, pink and teal but you can also get it in the basic colors [black, red and blue]. The comfort grip gives you the ability to write longer without finger cramps but if you are someone that has a death grip on your pen when you write it might not be much of a help. The clicker is quiet and smooth so it is perfect for offices; the look of it helps too. It doesn't have that ".39 cent pen" look to it so if they start disappearing, that might be why. You can get these in singles, doubles and cartons of twelve; you will get a price break on the larger packs but make sure you love writing with them before you go crazy with them. I prefer the doubles which are about $2.25 a pack; I haven't been able to track down some of the cooler colors in the series but the black is the perfect pick for me because of the darkness of the ink and the way that it photocopies.
I can be picky about the pens that I use on a regular basis; I prefer gel pens most of the time but for writing on carbon copy forms you need something with a solid tip so you get a good impression. Since this is a thicker tip there is less of a chance of it ripping paper when you are pressing hard; you do need to make sure that you retract the tip when you are done because if you accidentally leave it exposed and toss it in your backpack you will get ink on anything it comes in contact with. Not as bad as a felt tip or a gel pen but I have had some pretty bad instances with other retractables. The shape of the barrel is sleek and it is perfectly weighted; the comfort grip area is slightly textured but it isn't something that works against the grain.
This is something that would be great for the office or student; because of the comfort grip you can write for longer periods of time without cramps or fatigue. The price is decent for a retractable roller ball pen and since it is a PaperMate product it's from a company with a good track record for automatic pencils, pens and other office supplies. I like the way that it writes but love it for multi layer carbon paper forms. You get a great impression on every layer and because of the dark ink, it is something that copies perfectly. On a side note, if you are a student you are going to want to stay away from the red or blue ink for notes if you plan on copying them. That could be a plus if you have friends that 'borrow' your notes instead of taking their own, they might get the drift that they should be doing their own work.
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