Before We Begin
Let me make sure that you understand which product I’m talking about. In this article, I’m reviewing the Rocketbook Everlast, not the Rocketbook Wave.
Although both notebooks are reusable, the method in order to clear your writing differs. The Everlast requires a damp cloth to wipe away your writing, the Wave requires a microwave. Please do not confuse the two.
Now that we’ve got that out the way, what’s this you’re saying? “A notebook that you can reuse?” Yes, you read that right. We’re at a stage where technology allows us to reuse paper, therefore no longer giving us a reason to constantly buy new notebooks after it’s filled up.
Before you go straight to Amazon and purchase your own copy, in this article I go into detail how the book works, my thoughts after using it for over a year and why I decided to move on.
Hopefully, this will give you an idea if it’s worth the investment.
What Is The Rocketbook Everlast?
Everlast is a line of products that stem from the company Rocketbook. Its original product “Wave” was birthed after a series of successful Kickstarter and Indigogo rounds. Eventually becoming the #1 selling notebook on Amazon.com, beating out popular brands such as Moleskine.
All their products include a ‘sync to cloud’ feature that allows the user to digitise their notes and back it up to the cloud (Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox etc). Allowing you to access your notes on any device as long as it’s connected to the internet.
The most attractive feature is the ability to wipe away your notes. Allowing you to start over and use the notebook as brand new.
To wipe your notes away you are required to use a specific type of pen, I explain which one further down the article. Included with the notebook is a microfibre that you can use to wipe away when mixed with water.
I was sold when I first came across the product.
Why I Purchased It
I’ve been writing in notebooks for as long as I can remember. I would use them often to jot down notes, write down ideas, as well as journal. I would go through a typical 240-page Moleskin notebook (I was a sucker for them) within 1-2 months, sometimes less!
Within a year I would have a stack of notebooks that I didn’t know what to do with them. I couldn’t throw them away, nor did I have a dedicated place to store them. I needed to make sure they were close enough to refer back to.
Although I loved the feeling of putting pen to paper, the stack of notebooks became a burden. I was running out of shelf space and I couldn’t keep all my notes on me. The thought of going digital and using a keyboard instead of a pen did occur to me. However, there was something about writing in a physical notebook that didn’t want me to go down that route.
When I came across the Rocketbook Everlast I thought it was the answer to all of my problems.
How Does The Rocketbook Everlast Work?
How do you digitise your notes and store it on the cloud you ask? Here’s an explanation of the process.
1. Download the app
Just with everything these days, this notebook also works in tandem with an app.
Once you have the app downloaded and you’re logged in, you will need to set the destination for each of the icons. From Google Drive to Evernote the list is thorough enough for you to find your preference.
2. Fill in the first page of the Everlast Notebook
In my case, each icon represented a different Evernote notebook destination. You may use a variety of different cloud services, I opted for all my notes to go to my Evernote account.
Use it like a normal notebook
4. Select Destination
At the bottom of each page, you will see the same icons that are listed on the first page of the Everlast notebook. Depending on which destination you would like to send the notes to, all you have to do is cross out the relevant icon.
5. Scan the page
Using the app, all you have to do is scan the page and everything else will be automated. A digital version of your notes will be sent to your cloud service.
6. Wipe & Repeat
Once you’re ready to start over, all you have to do is wipe it with a damp cloth and repeat steps 3-5.
The Writing Experience
As I mentioned earlier, you’re going to have to use a specific type of pen to write in the Rocketbook Everlast.
Any of Pilot’s pen in the Frixion range work with the Everlast notebook.
These pens are nothing new, they’ve been selling them way before Rocketbook came onto the scene. When writing on a paper surface you have the ability to erase your pen marks by using friction – hence the name Frixion. It’s a similar method with using an eraser to rub out pencil marks.
Writing in an Everlast notebook feels similar to writing on a whiteboard or using a stylus on a tablet. It has a slippery texture to it, which took me a while to get used to. Although it’s not as slippery, it’s definitely not the same as writing with a traditional pen & paper.
Also, it takes a couple of seconds for the pen to dry in an Everlast notebook. This increases the chances of smudging your notes. This has happened to me on several occasions and was quite annoying.
I really wanted this product to solve my writing problems and so I wanted to make this work. After constant use, I got over the fact that it didn’t fully replicate the feeling of writing on real paper. However, waiting for the ink to dry and the constant smudging became a nuisance that I couldn’t look over.
Why I’ve Moved On From It
When I first got my Everlast notebook I was excited to use it. I set everything up and looked over the fact that it didn’t have the same feeling as tradition pen and paper.
For an entire year, I would refine my system of writing notes, digitising them and then wiping the book clean and starting over.
In the end, it was the system itself that made me realise why the Rocketbook Everlast wasn’t for me.
What happened? The process of scanning each page and wiping it clean became a burden in itself. The Rocketbook Everlast contains 36 pages, which you might say is a lot, but for someone that would constantly write, I would go through the book in less than a week.
I was trying to figure out what was faster, scanning the pages as I go along or when I got to the end of the notebook.
The latter option stopped me from using the book until I had successfully digitised the first few pages. This would be a problem whenever I would go to a meeting with only a few pages left. I couldn’t stop the meeting and tell them to wait until I cleared more space in the notebook.
I had tried to scan pages in as I went along, but even this process had problems.
When I would find myself in a rush and not able to scan my notes immediately, I would tell myself to do it later when I had the time. Naturally, I’d forget to scan them in and then I’d get confused with which page had been digitised.
In the end, I realised that the process of scanning and wiping was an additional task to keep up with. This meant I had to dedicate more time maintaining a notebook that I thought would make everything streamlined.
For someone who would use notebooks to clear my head of thoughts and ideas, the Rocketbook Everlast was clogging up my head with more tasks to do.
What Am I Using Now?
Once I realised that the Rocketbook wasn’t the answer to my problems, I knew that the next step was to experiment with going fully digital. I had tried everything else and I had been putting off going fully digital because I wanted to somehow retain the feeling of putting pen to paper.
That’s right, I’ve moved to the digital side of taking notes. I’m not talking about using a stylus and tablet. I’m talking about using a traditional keyboard and mouse to put all my thoughts down.
After much deliberation and experimentation, I realised that going fully digital was the answer to all my problems. I hated it at first, but I couldn’t deny the convivence of having a digital system.
I’ll be honest, whenever I would see someone writing in a notebook – even a Rocketbook, a small part of me would be jealous. To this day I wished I could have made that system work, I tried and experimented for years, but in the end, I realised that a fully digital system suited my needs.
Is The Rocketbook Everlast Worth It?
Although I’ve moved away from the Rocketbook Everlast I’m not claiming that it was a bad purchase. I’m glad I bought it and tried it out, it made me realise that it wasn’t for me.
Everyone is different. What may suit your needs, may not suit another. I’m not telling you to not purchase the notebook, in fact, I would recommend it. I would have never known it wasn’t for me until I tried it out.
Perhaps, you will find a better use for it than I did. Or like me, you will realise that the constant scanning and wiping isn’t for you.
As I write this, the Rocketbook Everlast is priced at £34.99. This is relatively inexpensive, especially since you have the ability to re-use the notebook for as long as you like.
I hope I’ve shared enough of my experience to give you a better idea if a Rocketbook would be for you. If you want to take a risk and give it a go you can purchase one here.