Comparing the Fellowes Starlet and GBC CombBind C110 Comb Binding Machines

posted this on Apr 26, 2016

When it comes to comb binding machines, there are two brand names to keep in mind: Fellowes and GBC. Both of these companies make devices for every kind of user from beginners or pros. For those just learning how to bind, Fellowes’ Starlet and the GBC CombBind C110 are good choices. But which one of these devices is better and which one should you choose? Let’s do a comparison of these two machines and find out.

1. The Starlet. This machine was designed by Fellowes for occasional use in a variety of environments including the home and the workplace. The Starlet can punch a maximum of 7 pieces of paper per lift and bind documents that are 90 pages long. The punching is done vertically so you’re get perfect results every time. The punching handle is on the right side of the machine, so some left-handed users might have difficult time working with this device. It’s compatible with combs that are up to 1/2″ thick. There’s a binding element on the the machine so you’ll be able to figure out which comb you need to use and you can stash your combs away in the built-in storage tray. The Starlet is a modern-looking device that folds up so you can store it easily when you’re not using it. Its dimensions are 3.125″ (height) x 17.6875″ (width) x 9.8125″ (depth). The Starlet is very affordably priced and will cost you less than $100.00.

2. The CombBind C110. The C110 is one of GBC’s smaller devices but it’s still a great machine. It can punch 15 sheets at once, which is definitely a higher punching capacity when compared with the Starlet. The binding capacity is better as well because the C110 can help you create books containing 300 pages. The handle is also more user-friendly because it’s shaped like a “D.” Because of this, left- and right-handed users will be able to use it with any problems. The C110 comes with a comb selection guide for your convenience and, if you desire, you can always utilize GBC ZipBind supplies instead of traditional plastic combs. This will give you two ways of making your documents look great. (When you use ZipBind supplies, you’ll be able to open them up at a later date and edit your document if you need to.) Finally, the C110 is a little bit more expensive than the Startlet. It will probably cost you somewhere around $200.00.

As for which device you should choose, the GBC CombBind C110 would be the better choice. Although it’s slightly more expensive than Fellowes’ Starlet, it would be money well spent because it has much better punching and binding capacities. It’s also easier to use thanks to its D-shaped handle and it’s great that it’s compatible with GBC ZipBind supplies in addition to plastic combs. While it will take up more room than the Starlet because it can’t fold up, you’ll going to find that sacrificing a little bit or space (and money) will be worth it. So, the choice is clear: get the C110. It’s the best one of the two.

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