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The Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook is as Straightforward as it Gets

If you’re looking for the fanciest smart notebook in town, you won’t find it in the Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook. Instead, you will find something that’s simple, affordable, but does all the core functions of a smart notebook. It’s easy to use and pretty straightforward. Oh, and you can reuse it by simply microwaving it along with a glass of water (seriously, we’re not kidding).

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First Impression

The Rocketbook Wave is a pretty ordinary-looking spiral notebook with several minor variations that make it microwaveable. For one thing, it has a white polypropylene binding instead of metal. It also has a set of blue circles on its green front and back cover that show where the glass of water should be put when it is microwaved. There is a logo on both sides that fades in the microwave to help you decide when the notebook has been erased.

The notebook is available in two sizes, Standard and Executive. Standard measures 8.5 by 9.5 inches (HW) and Executive measures 6.0 by 8.9 inches marginally lower. Both models come with 80 pages and a Pilot FriXion pen, which is the only pen you can use if you want to be able to delete your notes. Use a standard ink pen to make the writing permanent.

Each sheet in the notebook is fine grain paper with a dot grid. In the bottom corner, you’ll see a QR code to help keep track of the pages, along with the program icons in the horizontal row next to it. The sheet itself is covered by a black border and looks a touch thicker and higher-quality than the regular notebook paper.

Setup

Setup is quite easy.  Start by installing the free Rocketbook app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. There are three panels in the app. Scan can open your camera app and take the page’s cropped and enhanced image. History displays all of the scans. And Destinations lets you set the applications you can connect to. They have Box, Dropbox, Email, Evernote, Google Drive, and iCloud. Slack compatibility is expected in the near future. Notes submitted to these applications appear as PNG or PDF files. You have the ability to send and page individually or in bulk and configure it to send automatically when scanned.

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Scanning and Erasing

The key selling point here is reusability. Pilot FriXion ink contains a temperature-sensitive compound that is activated when it reaches 140 degrees Fahrenheit. At that temperature, the color switches to red. So theoretically, it doesn’t necessarily delete, but it’s no longer visible, and you can write over it.

You need to clear the pages to save your notes before deleting the pages. It defaults to the scanner panel, giving it access to your camera and turning on your phone’s flashlight for better visibility (you can turn it off if you want). You need to make sure that the whole page is in focus using a series of dots that correspond with the four corners of the page. When properly positioned, the page will blink as a green square, at which point it will scan.

The image appears as a preview, allowing you to delete it, or to save and accept it. At the bottom of the list, you can press one of the buttons to export to a linked cloud provider or app. Alternatively, you can go to the History panel and share it.

Should You Buy It?

The Rocketbook Wave is an inexpensive, simple smart notebook for $27. It’s much cheaper than its competitors, while also having the core features to get your analog notes in digital form in a reasonably fast and simple way—the fact that it’s fully reusable is a nice bonus.

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