Monday, 7 April 2014

Hot pink patent Domino Filofax review

I'd like to thank Filofax UK for kindly sending me a new patent Domino Filofax free of charge to review. As the hot pink name says, I was expecting this to be a really bright colour and I was not disappointed! Even before I removed it from its packaging, I could already see the pink showing through.

The Domino Filofaxes are one of the lower priced binders in the company's range and are pretty popular. I've only briefly owned ones in the snake finish (nicer than it sounds and not real snakeskin!), but I do like their minimal styling, and the recently launched patent finish is available in pocket, personal and A5 sizes.

For those of you familiar with the Domino, the styling of the exterior hasn't changed and is made of a patent effect PU, with a bright pink elastic closure.

 The finish is very glossy and if I look closely at the picture of the front, I can see myself being reflected there. It's only when I change the angle that you can really see just how glossy this binder is and you can make out the reflection of some trees that are outside our garden.

The interior (compared with the non-patent ones) has lost the card slots, and has a full length vertical slip pocket on the left and the right. There is a lining underneath the slip pockets and one elastic pen loop on the right.

As you can see from the above photo, it doesn't lay flat out of the box. With a little training it may be fine, but as I will be either returning it or doing a give away I didn't want to force it too much. I do find this interior layout very minimal (compared to the Malden that I own), but I would imagine that less pockets will help make the Filofax lighter to carry around.

The inserts that are included are:

  • Transparent flyleaf 
  • Colour topsheet
  • Week on two pages 18 month diary - 5 language
  • Frosted ruler/page marker
  • Coloured 1-6 numbered index
  • To do inserts
  • Pink, green, blue and white ruled notepaper
  • White plain notepaper
  • White quadrille paper
  • Contacts
  • Top opening transparent envelope.    
Other specs:
  • Height: 190mm
  • Width: 130mm
  • Depth: 40mm
  • Ring mechanism: 23mm. 
To be honest, when I first took the Domino out of its packaging, I thought, "Ugh, it's too plasticky and if Barbie had a Filofax, this would be it!" However, I didn't want to write the review straightaway and wanted to give myself some more time to make my mind up. I can definitely say that it has grown on me quite a bit. I am very aware that it is in a quite different price range to the ones that I own and I need to take this into account. I didn't pay anywhere near full price for mine, but the personal Maldens are priced at £76 and this Domino is £23. 

I admit that I am not really into pink, but it is a lovely and cheery shade and I hope that they will release them in different colours as I could see it working in a dark red or teal colour. I couldn't see myself getting this colour out at a business meeting though! I do wonder about the durability of the exterior and I suppose it could pick up scratches if being carried around in a bag with other items. Now that I've handled it some more, I can definitely see its appeal and I think that the patent effect will be popular.    

I'd like to thank Filofax UK again for the opportunity to write this review. 


  1. Thank you for the review. I was just looking at them this morning.

    1. Thanks for your comment & you're very welcome :)

  2. I must admit I'm sad the new Dominos have lost most of their interior pockets. I think the new design is a lot less functional.

    1. Yes, I was a bit surprised that the card slots have gone, & wonder if it would be trickier with the patent effect PU?

  3. Miss the card slots but love the color! Do you plan to do a giveaway with this? I would LOVE to have this!

    1. I agree with you & it is such a vibrant colour. YES, I will be doing a give away for the Domino later this week :)

    2. Good to hear, I will be keeping an eye out for it!

  4. Love this planner for spring! Is the giveaway still open?

  5. Thanks for your comments. Apologies as I haven't done the give away yet & will do it soon!