Highlighters can be a lifesaver for students. They can point you to the passage that you think you have seen, but unsure of, or the action of highlighting can keep you awake while reading something that is dryer than rye bread.
I am usually not picky about highlighters as I would to paper or fountain pen ink because I have not come across any that disappointed me so to the extent that I need to scrutinize all other ones. When my highlighter of 3 years finally gave out, I am back to the market for another one. Browsing through myriads of offering at JetPens, I settled on Zebra Optex EZ highlighter since I had a positive experience with other Zebra products.
Specifications of Zebra Optex EZ:
- Body material: recycled plastic
- Length: 13.5 cm (5.31 inch)
- Available colors: 10
- Chisel tip
|See the Braille-like dots? Gently press both sides together to remove the cap|
Compare to other highlighters I have used, Zebra Optex has two things stand out. The cap has two squeezing points where you can simply apply slight pressure and the cap will come off. I have had some highlighters in the past whose caps were on so tight that I literally had to ply them off the pens. Optex is refillable, which makes it environmentally friendly and economical.
|Refill packaging also has a diagram that succinctly explains how to insert the refill.|
|Here is the handy wrench|
|Top is the brand new refill versus bottom the used up one|
Here comes the most curious part about this highlighter. I bought it shortly before I went back to Taiwan and during my second week of stay, I literally ran out of ink. Is it me who is highlighting chronically or it is the pen? After I purchased the refills, I gave it another try and was able to replicate the same result. I am uncertain whether this is the characteristic of refillable highlighters, or I am indeed a highlighting fiend. This verdict, unfortunately, cannot be made until I try out another refillable ones!