CD/Booklet, Color Coded, Easy Carry (Hand or Shoulder) 520 Disc Wallet/Zip Binder w/ Perks
By on 05/17/2014
Spoiler Alert - This review includes a couple of "how-tos" for any hair-pullers out there.
Binding Release "Snap-Strip":
There are four sets of wide binder rings in this disc wallet. Between each set of two there is a snap attached to a leather-like "pullout/push-in") snap-strip. Once the snap is released, the entire snap-strip can be pushed downward, into the sleeve it resides in. This action will release the binder clips to both the left and right of the snap-strip. After releasing the clips, gently pull the tabs out of the slits located on the binder's spine. (Just a tip: pulling the tabs straight up and out is actually more difficult then dragging them against the binding, toward the center spine.)
Also, bear in mind there are TWO snap-strips in each binder/wallet--each snap-strip being sandwiched between its two, corresponding sections. Finally, to re-close the binding rings, push the ends back into the slits (make sure you get the ring ends through BOTH the slit in the binder lining AND the second slit through the plastic, beneath it. Once all four rings are firmly pushed back into their corresponding slits, pull the snap-strip back up until you can snap it in place again. Make sure the snap is engaged when you're finished to ensure the snap-strip doesn't drop back into the spine, releasing the binder rings! To do this, wiggle the binder rings to make sure all of them are firmly locked into their respective slits--BOTH layers, before moving on.
Flat, Wide, Binder Rings:
The flat, wide rings should ensure less chance of page tearing, but only time will give me the verdict on that.
Binder Ring Loading:
I have found that if you're loading cd's with front page cover art or a booklet (both typical sized cd booklets AND a disc will fit in one cd slip pocket) then 12 pages of slip pockets per binder ring set (there are 4 sets per binder/wallet) is the max for a comfortable fit--leaving room for rearranges etc. later which will require releasing binder rings. If no cover art or booklets are being stored with cd's, 16-18 pages is my personal preference (leaning toward 16 since I hate struggling with binder rings).
**My wallets are currently loaded with 400 discs + booklets.
These wallets are available in red, black, and blue which makes color coding possible (and for the avid collector--necessary and appreciated). Further, the colors are brilliant, and the design is kinda cool.
A wee bit o' Fall-out Protection:
Each sleeve has a plastic tab at the top. After slipping a disc into the pocket, reach behind the disc, and pull the tab out so that it drapes over the top, front edge of the cd. This tab will prevent the disc from falling out in the event of minor mishandling of the wallet. (Obviously, serious shaking with an overturned wallet will override this minor, convenient feature.)
Inside Extras--Binding Pocket & Shoulder Strap:
There is a netted pocket on the inside of the front binder cover. I would have preferred a solid pocket--something transparent and with no snag potential since I have little need for a place to “drip-dry” the cd’s in my collection.
Shoulder Strap--is definitely sturdy but does clip to the same spine surface to which the handle is affixed. So while it does give “ease of transport” options for the carrier of the binder/wallet, it doesn't actually lend any support for the weight itself (which when fully loaded, it could use.)
One Last, Odd Perk:
If for some unfathomable reason, it turns out this binder/wallet won't work out, the cd sleeve pages are punched with binder holes making re-homing fairly uncomplicated. This “odd perk” was the final, "let's do it" for me when I decided to load my 2,000+ cd collection into binder/cases.
And there you have my take on the Linkyo 520 Disc CD Wallets. Cheerio!