Quartet� Heavy Duty Instant Easel
Plastic supports to hold materials break
I ordered several of these in hopes to use them many times for displaying materials at events, shows, meetings, etc. Most of the easels are now in the garbage after only a couple (at most) uses. Nearly all the plastic supports that hold materials broke very quickly. In most cases, simply moving them into position to hold items was enough for the back to snap. Disappointing to say the least.
August 27, 2014
What a difference these made!
With a previous employer, I frequently was involved w/ public meetings requiring multiple display boards. Once we hauled over 20 wooden easels around to meetings over several days. When the firm purchased a number of Instant Easels, the setup/tear down time was cut in half (not to mention the splinters, frustration, etc.!). I remember the biggest downside being the broken clips and difficulty in finding replacements. I wasn't responsible for this, so didn't think much about it at the time. I just knew I didn't want to be in front of a client with a duct-taped clip on my easel!
Years later I am at a smaller company that recently had a meeting where a couple of the Instant Easels were used. One of them had a broken clip, so I looked at Staples website to order replacements and they weren't shown. I called the store to see if they had them in stock and they acted as if no one had ever asked about this before. I got on Quartet's website and the only mention of clips is in the comments section...people complaining about the difficulty in finding replacements when they break. Enough time has passed...I'm a big fan of the product, just get on the stick about making replacement parts available easily through your distributors!
July 24, 2014
A little too basic....
This instant easel is a product that uses shockcords (like in camping tents) to fairly easily set up. This is an excellent product for indoor use.
There is only one point where the three legs are attached, at the apex, so that means there is no true means of making the easel steady, especially in an outdoor situation.
Some of our volunteers seem flummoxed by the chart holders are attached to two of the legs, and several have been snapped off so far. Fortunately, ACCO/Quartet has replacements in stock and provide them with little or no trouble at all.
May 7, 2014
Key element breaks
We second that first review, almost to a T. First year, no problems, used at a couple of events. Warranty expires in year 2. Brought out for same purposes and plastic (load bearing) arms break off as they are snapped into place, one right after the other. Even when we knew of hairline cracks and tried to be gentle they broke. Design flaw; suggest you look/spend for better product elsewhere.
April 18, 2014