The Everlast Notebook
The Rocketbook notebook is designed to help reduce paperwaste and serve as your notebook for years to come. and since it connects to cloud-based services, the technology only gets smarter. It’s easy! Just scribble down whatever your heart desires, then scan the QR code found on the bottom left of each page, and your note will be uploaded into the cloud.
First and foremost, Rocketbook allows users to take notes, snap a quick photo of your work via the Rocketbook app, then instantly send it off to a favorite cloud-based service (Google Drive, DropBox, Slack, Evernote, etc.).
When you’re done inking notes or sketch, simply grab a moist towel, wipe away the content, and start taking notes again. If you’re someone who lives their life in business meetings, is a habitual list maker, or a student with an action-packed schedule this semester, there’s really no better way to organize your notes and at the same time, save a few dozen trees over your lifetime.
The magic of Rocketbook is in its writing instrument and although it would have been nice for them to offer their own proprietary device, why try and duplicate an already amazing pen. The Pilot FriXion line is a selection of gel ballpoint pens that work perfectly with Rocketbook’s reusable notebook. According to Rocketbook, “FriXion makes writing on an Rocketbook page feel like writing on a high-quality piece of smooth construction paper.”
With the option of two sizes (letter size at 8.5 x 11 inches and executive size at 6 x 8 inches), the Rocketbook is a well-constructed device made from a durable polyethylene blend. For the pages, you have the option of choosing dot grids or lined “paper”.
Rocketbook even has a companion app for your Rocketbook notebook! With the app, you can scan your Rocketbook and even whiteboards and send them to the cloud to be saved from there.
The Rocketbook Notebook strikes the perfect balance between the traditional pen & paper notetaking and cloud-based connectivity. Even though it looks and feels like a classic notebook, the Rocketbook companion app delivers the benefits of a digital organizer.
The user-friendly notebook lets you configure the seven symbols located at the bottom of your page – linking your work to a favorite cloud-based service. Whether you want to send your work to Dropbox or simply an e-mail address, you can preset symbols accordingly.
Once you open up the Rocketbook app and take a quick snapshot of your written notes/sketch, your content is immediately sent to your pre-configured cloud services.
Compatibility & Durability
If you’re concerned about something getting lost in translation between the Rocketbook notebook and delivery to your cloud-based services, be rest assured. The image processing capabilities of the Rocketbook notebook are top-notch.
The Rocketbook notebook is perfect for diverse note-takers, as you can jot down text notes, sketches, and diagrams. Everything will be organized and easily accessible no matter the chosen platform.
The big downside to the Rocketbook Notebook appears to be centered around wiping maintenance. In other words, if you leave FriXion pen ink on the notebook for too long it may leave so ghosting behind – compromising your next sketch. Rocketbook recommends erasing every few weeks to keep the book in ideal working condition.
When using the Pilot FriXion pen that was included, I also noticed that there was an odd fiber-like residue if I use the eraser tip. I also noticed that there was some page indentation, so be sure to be light-handed if possible.
Another con is that although the Rocketbook is supposed to have the “same feel as paper” it has more of a synthetic plastic feel. Another thing I didn’t like is that sometimes the pen ink didn’t take very well to the paper, resulting in a very faded look that is hard to read.
My Experience Using the Rocketbook Core Notebook
The Rocketbook does exactly what it claims to do – become the replacement for single-use paper. It’s a handy thing to have, and I love how easy and convenient it is to scribble any thoughts or ideas down by hand and easily upload it to the cloud.
The symbols on the bottom of the page are super handy as well. Once you download the Rocketbook app, you will be able to assign each symbol with an upload function. Just mark the symbol on the page and it will automatically upload your page to the direct folder you have assigned.
The Rocketbook Fusion is pretty much the upgraded version of the Core edition. The Rocketbook Fusion includes 42 reusable pages with 7 different page styles. These templates include pages dedicated for planning, listing, goal setting, note-taking, and sketching.
Another thing to note is that the Fusion notebook is compatible with markers and highlights (as well as the included Pilot FriXion pen).
- Cloud-Connected Notebook
- Reusable Notebook (Lifetime)
- Compatible with Pilot FriXion Pens
- iOS/Android Compatible Rocketbook App
- Letter & Executive Size Options
- Durable Polyethylene Blend
- DOT Grid Pattern
- Accurate Image Processing
- Must erase every few weeks (ghosting)