Circa 3X5 PDA vs Notebook

Just looking for opinions from my favorite group of people!

Who has the regulare 3X5 Circa Notebook (meaning the discs are on the 5" side and flips open from right to left) and who has the new PDA (discs are on the 3"side and it flips open from top to bottom)?

Which one do you prefer and why? Is there a big difference in space to write? Do the discs on the notebook interfere with your writing? etc....

Just want a full comparison of the two styles.

Thanks to all of my crazy office pr0n friends!!
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PDA is better for men's shirt pockets

... in my experience.

I'm undecided between the two myself.
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i agree with ygor. having

i agree with ygor. having the rings at the top allow it to fit in my shirt pocket much better. plus, the rings peeking out of the top of my pocket is a great conversation starter.

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Pocketing and lefties

If you are going to be shoving this thing into your pocket, you will definitely want the top rings. Side rings will tear your paper apart quickly in time. A cover will help there, but I wouldn't want to risk it.

Another reason to prefer top rings is lefties... No trying to write on the rt-hand page, next to the rings. There's not enough margin to make it more comfortable.

-Jon

The 3x5 Circa notebook uses

The 3x5 Circa notebook uses perforated cards so that after you've written on them, you can tear them off and they become regular 3x5 cards.

The Circa PDA uses regular 3 cards but punched on the 3" side.

Never noticed that

Harumph ! :O
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Shouldn't matter though

It's Circa! Just snap out the card and snap it into the $150 leather binder you now simply *must* buy. :-D

Already gots a $15 eBay binder...

I'm the one been pushing them, remember ?
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

I try to stay away from the Bazaar

Last time I wandered in, I came out with an order of 300 (!) Rolla rings from MC squared and my hand is getting all twitchy about the Levenger eBay outlet.

This is a bad, bad place.

lol

I ordered 700... and they arrived today!!! Circa party at my place! BYOD (bring your own discs).

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Grrr

Mine aren't here yet *sulk* and despite 300 rings being waaaaaayyy more than I needed, I'm now thinking I should have ordered more. Sara, you're enabling my bad habit!

It's now a race to see what will happen first: desk punch arrives from Levenger, binding rings from MC-squared, or my brain explodes from anticipation.

I now feel unclean every time I use a three-ring binder. I've started taking out the blank refill I found at Staples just to look at the little smurfs (so cute! so perfect!) Help me.

OB On-topic: I just tried out some new 3x5 forms of my own devising, and agree 100% with my earlier sentiment about top-binding. Side-bound rings would not fit in my pocket and would get in the way. So I'm voting twice, go for the PDA!

sawry

You can kind of have circa in your three ring binder... I used a small slit from the edge of my index cards to the hole in my first hPDA to satisfy my anxious wait.

just think... soon it will all be yours!!

and then someone will make a post about the next product we will all dream about... even though we've found a way to circa-fy our pillowcases!

<3

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Eeeeee!

The rings are here! The rings are here! The rings are here!

And the punch is sitting on a delivery truck due in today!

My, the small rings are downright *tiny*, I didn't expect that. Perfect walkabout-planner size, though. I'm very *very* happy with the purchase (can you tell?) though it looks like I have some sandpaper purchase in my future to take off the mold marks from the rings.

They're here! They're here! They're here!

Off to start a three-ring bonfire in the break room...

EDIT 1/2 HOUR LATER:

The punch is here! The punch is here! It's Christmas in April!

Congrats!

and welcome to the dark side ;P

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It's smurfin' time !!!

Have fun !!
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

I plan to make one...

...and when I do, it's going to be top-bound. If I'm toting around a 3x5 card system, chances are I'm going to be holding it open in one hand and jotting with the other. I like having the rings up out of my way as I write.

You can get both top- and side-bound spiral "Memo pad" books on the cheap. If you're looking to figure out which one works best, I'd suggest buying one of each and trying it out. It won't set you back more than about $2-$3 at most for a trial run.

Great idea!

Yes, test the concept first, before making the investment. :-) Having said that, I find the top binding Circa PDA style much handier for my shirt pockets than the side binding Notebook style. It even fits better (altho it's thicker) than my Levenger Flip Pocket Briefcase, though less elegant appearing.

I have a DIY version using some leftover Circa Notebook rings and punch-my-own index cards. The only problem is that it doesn't have the fairly rigid translucent covers of the commercial Circa PDA product to hold it all together, and the covers I made with laminated index cards don't have the strength to keep the rings and index cards together. Haven't found the right plastic stock to use to make better covers, so I might just order one of the Circa PDAs to get those.

The leather Circa PDA might not fit shirt pockets so well, though a jacket pocket would handle it fine.

Walter
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cPDA covers

Haven't found the right plastic stock to use to make better covers, so I might just order one of the Circa PDAs to get those.

If you intend simply to remove the covers from the CircaPDA you receive, why not try a set of the semi-translucent dividers instead. I actually prefer the slimmer width over that of the covers included in the CircaPDA. It also adds a more flexible quality to the notebook overall.

(This might more closely imitate the feel of your FPB.)

Thanks,
Ryan

Hmm... I was thinking about that

Ryan,

I was thinking about those tabbed dividers too. I kinda figured that the greater rigidity of the covers in the Circa PDA might give my hPDA more support, but if the dividers are thick enough, they should work too.

Actually I was thinking of using the Circa PDA as is, with the addition/substitution of some of my own index cards.

I'm now using a Circa notebook, with Classic size monthly calendars printed from Palm Desktop, as my planner/notetaker. I use 3/4" rings instead of the 1/2" rings it came with and it works great. I do find that standard 20 lb paper isn't really sturdy enough though. Need to try some heavier paper.

Thanks,
Walter

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Covers

Another source for covers--go to Wal-mart, Staples, or where ever you prefer and purchase a set of Oxford A-Z 3 by 5 Card Guides in Durable Poly and just trim off the tab for the letter. The tabs are only about an inch long so they are easy to trim off and you have 23 left over if you make a mistake.

For dividers within my Circa PDA, I use a set of dividers that I got in little box for index cards that are thinner material.

Oxford card guides

We don't have Staples here (although we do have Walmart). I did find a listing for the card guides on Office Depot's site and we have those stores here. I'll look into it.

Thanks,
Walter

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Circa PDA might be too wide...

Ryan,

I think you're right about the dividers. One reason I couldn't use the Inernational Pocket Briefcase was that it was a tad too wide for my aloha shirt pockets (my usual business wear - thank God we live in Hawaii). The Circa PDA is the same width (3 1/4"), so that means it would be a tight fit in my pockets. It would have to go into a jacket or pants pocket. The 3" width of the usual index card is just right, so the 3" wide tabbed dividers would make for more practical covers.

Thanks,
Walter

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Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
B. Banzai