For all that I like to digitize my life, I still find something wonderful about hand-written notes. One thing always bothered me about it though – the tonnes and tonnes of discarded notebooks from my various doodlings.
Not only was there the time and expense of buying more notebooks, but I also appeared to be responsible for a decent chunk of the world’s deforestation! Happily, there is an incredibly innovative solution to this issue: the Rocketbook, a fully reusable, endlessly erasable notepad. I’ve been using both my Rocketbook Everlast and Everlast Mini for about 6 months now, and I absolutely love both of them! Here’s the deal:
Genesis of the Rocketbook Smart Notebook
The people behind Rocketbook first started experimenting with reusable notebook technology a while back, first coming up with the Rocketbook Wave. The Wave allowed you to erase the contents of the notebook by nuking it in your microwave, meaning you could use the same pad over and over again.
Not satisfied with stopping there, they continued to innovate and came up with a whole series of models – such as the flagship Rocketbook Everlast and it’s smaller cousin the Mini.
These two both functioned much like a dry-erase board. Using a damp microfiber cloth, you can simply wipe your doodles from the Everlast and the Mini whenever you like. Goodbye trips to the store for more paper. Goodbye environmental guilt. Hello, permanent solution to hand-written notes. But it gets even better…
Integrating a Rocketbook into your digital life
You may be asking: what’s the point of hand-written notes when they can’t come with me wherever I go, the same way digital files can? Well, Rocketbook have thought of that. As well as being able to handwrite and erase notes, you’re also able to capture everything in your Rocketbook and store it in any one of 7 cloud locations.
It all starts with the special symbols at the bottom of each Rocketbook page. There are 7 unique symbols on each page of the Everlast, and each one can be configured in the Rocketbook app to point to a different cloud service. Currently supported services include OneNote, Slack, Email, Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote and iCloud.
Once you’re done writing, you mark the page symbol that corresponds to the web service you want to send to. Next, you ‘scan’ the page in using the Rocketbook app. This works much like a QR code, only – in my experience – faster. Scanning tends to take around 2 seconds at most, and it’s usually quicker.
Then you have your digitized notes, both in the app and also pinging over to whichever web service you chose. Then you can erase the page, safe in the knowledge that you’re reaping the best of both worlds!
What’s the catch?
You knew there had to be one, huh? Well, I see it as a minor drawback, but the catch is that the Rocketbook is only officially compatible with Pilot Frixion pens. They’re certainly not the cheapest pens out there, but they are widely available and in my opinion, the Rocketbook is still totally worth it regardless.
What I use my Everlast and Everlast Mini for
I’m one of those people that has to handwrite important notes, both as a memory aid and to also make them feel more ‘official’. But more than that, sometimes having a pen and paper to hand is still the quickest way to jot something down – like on an unexpected (but important) phone call. For that reason, I always have my Rocketbook Everlast Mini somewhere about my person. You can use it for drawing, diary notes – hell, it’s perfect for shopping lists if nothing else. I was skeptical at first as to how much I’d use it, but now I’m a full convert!
My full-sized Everlast comes in handy for longer, dedicated note-taking sessions. I use it a lot for work notes, especially if I’m on a plane or a train and don’t have wifi. It comes in super handy for sketching too!
I do wish they made a version of the Rocketbook with more pages though – since using a Rocketbook as a Bullet Journal could be some seriously next-level sh**!
Well, that’s it for this week folks. I hope you enjoyed this introduction to the Rocketbook, an endlessly reusable smart notebook. And I hope it also inspires you to put an end to wasted paper! If you like this sort of thing, you can check out the rest of our blog for more tips on minimalism, sustainability, and general tiny living. Until next time.