For many of us, Rhodia’s wonderful paper and minimalistic design mean their notepads are often our go-to writing papers. I’ve been using their pads for a long time but always kept to the basic lined top-stapled pad, eventually migrating to the wire bound rule notepad and of late, the dot Pad which is many a notebooker’s favorite Rhodia.
Let me say, knowing that I may commit blasphemy in the eyes and ears of the Rhodia dot pad faithful, to say that the Rhodia R Premium line may be a notch above the beloved dot Pads. Unfortunately, the Rhodia R line only comes in ruled or blank. If it were available in a dot Pad layout, I might never use another black-cover, white-paper, dot Pad again. For comparison, the R Premium and the dot Pad were the A5, or about 6″ x 8″ sizes.
In my pen and graphite tests, the R Premium performed identically to the dot Pad. I suspect there will be less show-through with the heavier R Premium paper, but in terms of writing it’s the same silky-smooth stuff. That said, I liked the slightly heavier paper experience a little better. For graphite users who like a little tooth, the R Premium performs the same as the dot Pad, i.e., no tooth, just a buttery-smooth experience.
So is the difference in the R Premium worth it for the slight extra cost?
The R Premium does feel like a nicer pad (but that’s not saying the dot Pad isn’t nice). The R Premium has heavier paper, a soft and smooth cover, that stunning black outside/orange inside cover, and for my tastes, gorgeous ivory paper. I won’t try to talk dot grid lovers into accepting lines, so that’s probably going to be the decider for a lot of users. But if you want something that makes you feel a little more pampered, a little richer writing experience on that smooth ivory paper, then you can’t go wrong with the Rhodia R Premium line. Your fountain pen, Blackwing, .3 gel pen, or rollerball may never let you go back to any other paper after you let them loose on the R Premium notepad.
Would love to give this a shot. Thanks!
Looks like a good upgrade from my dot pad. Thanks for the chance to win!
Cool! Never have enough notepads … and it’s Rhodia too! Awesome!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Nice giveaway. I LOVE R3 pads.
So nice to get a break from dot grid pads!
Would love to try this! Thanks for offering it in a giveaway.
Love the ivory color!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Okay, contest closed…Keith McCleary is the winner! Thanks to all who played and shared.
Hi there, been using these lecture pads for over two month now, i realized some ink that have slow drying tend to take longer time to dry on the paper as it is a 90 gsm paper. this cause very unsightly smudges on the paper itself when i am doing notes for exams… something to take caution of…
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