ProsPerfect size, weight, and appearance for busy professionals on the go; user-friendly app; great price
ConsOCR was accurate but applied to very limited sections of the scanned text, limiting its usefulness
We're very lucky here at The Tech Buyer's Guru that after more than six years of writing about and reviewing tech, we are often asked by companies to review their latest products, sometimes in areas of tech that are totally new to us. That's how we came upon the RocketBook Everlast, an ingeneous solution for busy professionals looking to digitize their work meeting and brainstorming notes in an efficient and effective way. Rather than taking a heavy-handed approach, as have so many expensive, complicated tablet companies that have come before it, RocketBook looked to make this as simple and natural as possible, developing a paper-like material that could be written on with a real pen, and then easily scanned via smartphone to an online directory.
As background, the concept of a smart notebook isn't entirely new to us. About a decade ago, a tech-savvy friend showed us a notebook that used a special digital pen to transcribe notes internally as you wrote them on the page. A concept far ahead of its time, no doubt, but unfortunately it never really caught on, because the heavy lifting required to make a spiral notebook into a handwriting translator just doesn't pan out in terms of dollars and cents. What RocketBook realized is that most professionals would much rather write normally, using an actual pen, and that meant that the notebook itself didn't need to be digital. Instead, the heavy lifting is done in the cloud, which makes a ton of sense.
But how does it work? While we've reviewed a whole lot of "Smart Home" products, we've never reviewed a "Smart Office" product, so this was a first for us. We handed the Everlast over to a busy professional we know (the author's wife!) to use the Everlast for a month during actual work meetings to see if it could pass the real-life test. Read on to find out how it did!
Thank you to Rocketbook for providing a sample of the Everlast Executive Edition for review.
Description and Features
In a nod to getting its users on board as quickly as possible, Rocketbook packages the Everlast into a tear-open bag, not unlike what you might find in a grocery store aisle. But you won't find any tasty snacks in this bag, just a neat little notebook and an included erasable FriXion pen. The Everlast measures a svelte 9" x 6.25" x 0.25" and just 5 ounces, making it essentially the perfect size for an office notebook. It will slip into just about any work bag, and in fact, will probably fit in most of the accessory pockets of said bags. It really seems like RocketBook's creators took a good, hard look at what people actually wanted to tote along with them on a daily basis.
A big part of the Everlast experience is the smartphone app, which is actually what gives the Everlast its smarts. The app uses your smartphone's camera to scan the device to the cloud, and as far as we can tell, even the app itself does little more than send the document on its way. We took a snapshot of the user interface, shown here, which shows you the various options you can turn on.
We'll say more about how this all worked on the next page, where we discuss performance. The good news is that the app itself was very fast and never crashed during our usage. It's a bit odd in that it doesn't have a "home" page, just history, settings, and the scanner page, but once you get past that issue, it's simple enough.
The Everlast boasts two "smart" features: first, it can direct your scanned document to one of seven destination applications, or even folders within those applications, which the app identifies using one of seven symbols you check off at the bottom of each page. We used Microsoft OneNote exclusively during our testing, but we found the seven destination limit very limiting, as we had far more than seven current work projects active in OneNote. As a result, we ended up just creating a new folder in OneNote for our scans, and then manually moved the scanned documents to our desired project folder.
So, with that introduction out of the way, let's get into what the Everlast can do!