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Introducing The Rocketbook Everlast
The Rocketbook Everlast didn’t enter my home specifically for review purposes. Instead, I wanted a gift for someone that never knows what they want and is absolutely hopeless when it comes to making a list. I wanted something useful – my hallmark – and that they might never have tried before. I can’t quite remember why I chose the Rocket book at the time but since then, I’ve comandeered it, given it back and got my own. After a few solid months of use, I’m ready to tell you all about it and if you’re into spoilers, I’d say it’s worth getting excited!
Rocketbook Everlast Price and Manufacturer Specs
- [ NEVER BUY ANOTHER PAPER PAD ] World’s first endlessly reusable Notebook - 32 pages, use with Pilot Frixion pens and wipe clean with damp cloth. Made in America
- [ UNBEATABLE APP ] Sophisticated AI technology allows you to search handwritten notes, transcribe writing to emails and create smart titles.
- [ NOTE BOOK SIZES TO FIT YOU ] Letter A4 notebook size. Dotted Notebook
- [ DIGITALISE YOUR NOTES ] Upload notes to Google Docs, Dropbox, iCloud, Evernote, email and more. No more wasting paper.
- [ PRESET CLOUD LOCATIONS ] Shade one of 7 icons at the bottom of each page to auto send to a location of your choice. Never take photos and upload manually again
Pros and Cons of the Rocketbook Everlast
Does a fantastic job of filling in for a regular paper notebook with a familiar texture and format
Massively environmentally friendly thanks to reusable polyester-based pages
Significantly cheaper than an iPad or other tablet for note-taking and sketching
Takes a while for ink to dry to prevent smudging – most noticeable when turning the page
Spine position and smudge potential makes it less than ideal for left-handed users
Not as many pages as a more conventional paper notebook
Having never used a ‘smart’ notebook before, I wasn’t sure of what to expect when the Rocketbook Everlast arrived. I’d actually considered that there might be electronic ink pages in there like on a Kindle. As it turned out, it looks and feels just like a regular notebook. If you use this around anyone that doesn’t know what the Rocketbook brand means, they’d assume it was just like any other pad, albeit quite a bit slimmer.
There are not many pages in the notebook as standard, but that does make sense. After all, the pages that are there are made to last and none of them have worn out yet. The slight issue is for those that go from meeting to meeting, frantically scribbling notes and then like to review them later on. The Rocketbook can soon fill up, so you’ll need to keep the cloth on hand and be ruthless in what you get rid of. Fortunately for me, the Rocketbook Everlast is solely for use in the home so it gets full marks for first impressions.
Rocketbook Everlast Key Features
Uses write and wipe clean technology for pages that just about last forever
Pilot Frixion pen included for natural, authentic writing and drawing
Full support for the Rocketbook mobile app which takes care of sending notes and pages to the cloud
Supports all major cloud storage providers along with the ability to send via email
Looks, feels and responds just like writing in a standard paper notebook
Includes cleaning cloth to reuse pages as quickly and frequently as you like
Our Rocketbook Everlast Review
I’d first heard the Rocketbook name long before I made the purchase, although no brand recognition went into the purchase. Like many new consumer products, it debuted on Kickstarter?and there was clearly a healthy appetite for it when it raised almost $2 million on the site.
The idea of this notebook certainly makes sense. Everyone wants to do better for the environment and the opportunity to waste less paper is one that should not be ignored. The Rocketbook does not use conventional paper. Instead, the pages are formed from a polyester-based concoction which just so happens to lend itself well to frequent use. In practice, the pages do feel different to what you’d expect from a Pukka Pad or Black n’ Red notebook and they’re slighty more plastic-feeling. However, the experience is nothing like using a biro on glossy paper and the pages feel fantastic to the touch and even better to write on.
Save Your Work with Connectivity
The magic of the Rocketbook Everlast all comes from the mobile app. As I mentioned earlier, I thought it might involve e-ink pages and all sorts of bells and whistles, but the authentic look and feel is part of the appeal. What takes the Everlast into smart technology territory is the mobile app.
When you purchase any product that comes with an app, your heart probably sinks at the thought of having to connect the product to your network, set up an account on the app and then to get everything talking to each other properly. There is some of that with the Rocketbook, as you will need to make an account. However, the notebook itself doesn’t actually connect to anything. Instead, things are kept simple through the use of the camera. The pages even come with symbols to mark to denote where you want the page sent – fill in one box and your page will head to your Google account. Fill in another and it will drop into Evernote.
With all that sorted out, open the app, position the page in the frame and take a snap. Your written work heads off to its intended destination. If you didn’t choose a location at the time, you’ll find it in the app next time you open it and can then do with it as you please.
Does the Rocketbook Work?
It does indeed. For a project that began life on Kickstarter, it has come a long way to become the market leader in smart notebooks. The process is not as seamless as firing up an iPad Pro and taking notes with an Apple Pencil, but you cannot expect that at the price.
At the most basic level, the Rocketbook Everlast attempts to emulate a regular notebook while throwing in just enough smart capabilities to increase your productivity and help the environment. Its ambitions are no loftier than that and it gets the job done with aplomb. It represents evolution rather than revolution in the world of note-taking. Even the leap from paperbacks to the first Amazon Kindle was larger than this one, but you’ll be hard pressed to find anything better than the Rocketbook for the price.
Where the Rocketbook Everlast is Used
Robode is all about the home and garden with a healthy dose of smart technology, and I did have to consider whether the Rocketbook fit the profile. Even though the team writes extensively on the home office, I wasn’t sure of whether it fit that profile properly. The book isn’t smart enough to qualify as smart tech (in my opinion) and it doesn’t explicitly fit in any other category. Then I considered where and when I’ve used the Everlast while I’ve owned/comandeered it.
Then it dawned on me that there’s a case to be made for just about every category on the site. I have indeed used it in the office. I’ve also used it to scribble down recipes in the kitchen, take notes while reading and researching in bed, draw logo ideas in the living room and sketch out a new layout for the decking in the garden. And that doesn’t even cover it all.
Wherever you use a notebook, you’re better off using a Rocketbook Everlast. I’ve never quite moved on from the humble notebook. I have a notes app on my phone like everyone else, and I use Evernote at least once a week. For me, you still can’t beat putting pen to paper – even if I’ve done so much typing over the years that my handwriting is difficult even for me to understand.?
Questions and Answers
How Do I Use the Rocketbook Everlast?
I touched on my process in the review above, but the simple answer is that you use a Rocketbook in the same way that you’d use any other notebook. Grab a pen, turn to a page and start writing or drawing.
To get what you’ve written from the page and into an electronic format, you use the Rocketbook app. If you mark a symbol at the bottom of the page, you can automatically send your files to your cloud storage platform of choice. Otherwise, your documents will remain within the app and you’re free to send them wherever you see fit.
Does the Rocketbook Everlast Support OCR (Optical Character Recognition)?
This is a common question from those with an interest in buying a Rocketbook because the Everlast did not previously support OCR. However, it is always encouraging to see a company that constantly updates the parts that they can and I can now confirm that yes, the Rocketbook Everlast does support OCR natively. Alternatively, you can always use external software as you may have in the past.
How Do You Clean the Rocketbook Everlast?
The Everlast comes with a cloth in the package, and you simply need to moisten a small area and wipe the pages clean. You’re advised not to attempt to write on the page again until it is dry – but that’s why you only wet a part of the cloth. Use the dry part to finish the job and you’re ready to go again.
As a side note, and just as mentioned in the instructions, you cannot clean the Everlast in the microwave as you can with the Rocketbook Wave so, whatever you do, don’t put it in there to get it clean!
Does the Rocketbook Everlast Come in Different Sizes and Colours?
Rocketbook used to take the Henry Ford approach with the Everlast – any colour you want, as long as it’s black and all that. Since then, they’ve taken more of a lifestyle accessory approach. You can?view the Everlast on Amazon here and you’ll find it in blue, red and teal, and also in the original A4 size, together with the A5 Executive version and the A6 Mini.
Where Can I Get Rocketbook Everlast Pens?
The Everlast uses Pilot Frixion pens. They’re surprisingly inexpensive and you should be able to find them at any office supplies or stationery retailer and, of course,?over on Amazon. As you’ll see from that link or if you search for them yourself, they come in all sorts of different colours, so there’s no need to stick with the black pen that comes in the package if you’d prefer more personalised creative flair.
Where Can I Save my Documents?
If you don’t set up any additional services within the Rocketbook app, your documents will save to the app itself and you can then send them wherever you need to. At the time of writing, you can also instantly distribute your saved files to:
- Google Drive
If cloud storage isn’t your thing, you can set up your smart notebook to automatically deliver files to you through email or text message.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Rocketbook Everlast notebook review. If you’ve made it this far and are still unsure as to whether it’s worth it, I’d have to give it a resounding yes! If you have any further questions about the product, leave them in the comments below. I can’t guarantee an instant response, but you’ve got every chance as I’ve turned well over half of the Robode editorial team on to the smart notebook and that number is still rising!
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