The Stabilo Boss Original highlighter bears a suspicious resemblance to another highlighter I've reviewed here: the Staedtler Textsurfer Classic. Both are short, flat, roughly rectangular-shaped highlighters that are refillable. The Stabilo Boss is more tapered and slightly shorter, and lacks the Staedtler's clip and colour-coordinated cap. The Stabilo is also a bit more expensive than the Staedtler.
For me, I've found that most highlighters work well enough, so I tend to be more fussy about their appearance and feel. And I really like these flat highlighters. They have a distinctive shape that makes it easy for your hand to find them if you're rummaging around in a crowded pen case, they don't roll off your desk, and they are comfortable to hold. And I think they look kind of cool.
|Comparing the Stabilo Boss to the Staedtler Textsurfer Classic.|
I usually use highlighters over my own handwritten notes, so it's important that my highlighter does not smear the ink of my pen. I tested the Stabilo Boss on a gel pen, Sharpie Pen, Pentel EnerGel, ballpoint, fine-point gel, fountain pen, and pencil, giving the inks several minutes to dry. The only pen that really smeared was the 0.7mm gel (and in my experience, wider-tipped gel pens almost always smear with highlighters because they have the slowest-drying inks), so I would feel confident using this highlighter over most inks.
|Highlighter inks never photograph well. Don't pay too much attention to what the ink looks like, just look at the amount of smearing (or lack thereof)!|
The Stabilo Boss highlighter also works well on the page of a textbook, with no bleedthrough to the other side of the page, and over inkjet ink. I did notice a bit of smearing on the page fresh out of my printer, but nothing on the older page. One thing I really like about this highlighter is that the yellow ink colour is bright and stands out very well on the paper, but it is not a fluorescent yellow. Although I like the more fluorescent highlighter yellow, I also like this softer yellow because it is easier on the eyes and not as harsh.
|Stabilo Boss highlighter on a textbook page, and over inkjet ink, old (top) and fresh out of the printer (bottom).|
Overall, I really like the Stabilo Boss Original highlighter. Although I do think I prefer both the Staedtler Textsurfer Classic and the Platinum Preppy highlighter over this one, that is simply my personal preference and doesn't necessarily mean that those are better highlighters. I also love that Stabilo Boss is refillable (all of my favourite highlighters are). I definitely recommend it if you're looking for a good highlighter.