If you have flashbacks to explosion-prone ink pens and heavy bullet journals from your high school days, you may be interested to know that techier options now help you bring your penmanship into the digital era. From paper journals with smart stickers to full-blown digital tablets that mimic the look and feel of actual paper, if you’re ready to ditch paper, you’re spoilt for choice.
Here are four tech-enabled notebook alternatives at four different price points that will help transform the way you take notes.
#1. Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook
Our entry-level smart notebook pick is the Moleskine Evernote, an innovative notebook featuring premium paper (70 grams per square meter), a sturdy hardcover, and an inside pocket to keep business cards and loose papers. The Moleskine is designed to work with the popular Evernote app, available for free from Google Play here and from Apple’s App Store here.
Using your smartphone, and the Evernote Page app, you can capture pages from the notebook and organize your notes across all your devices any way you want and share them with anyone. The app features ‘Smart Stickers’ that help you tag, organize and search for any pages you scan. Costing just $27 from Amazon, the Moleskine comes with three months access to Evernote’s full toolkit, Evernote Premium.
#2. Everlast Smart Notebook
If a traditional paper journal isn’t ‘smart’ enough for you, the Rocketbook Everlast Smart Notebook boasts 36 completely reusable pages. The caveat is that you have to use a pen, marker or highlighter from the Pilot FriXion line. FriXion pen ink is designed to bond to the Rocketbook’s specialized pages after 15 seconds and can be wiped away with a damp cloth.
The executive sized Rocketbook is designed to work flawlessly with the free Rocketbook app, available from Google Play here and the App store here. The dark borders around each page help the app perfectly align your pages when you take a scan of them.
Each page contains a special QR code that tells the app the page number of each scan. By simply tapping the relevant icon, you can send your scans to your email or the cloud service of your choice such as Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, iCloud or Slack.
#3. The Paper Tablet by reMarkable
The reMarkable paper tablet is a revolutionary digital device for writing, reading, and sketching that feels just like real paper. Unlike glass displays that radiate light, reMarkable’s unique CANVAS display has no backlight and instead uses black ink particles to simply reflect light. This makes it wonderfully gentle on the eyes and lets you use it in all light conditions, even direct sunlight. Its surface is matt and lightly textured; it even makes that familiar sound as you write on it with the special reMarkable Marker. The Marker has been designed from the ground up with both pressure and tilt sensitivity. The reMarkable’s super low latency screen makes it the world’s fastest digital paper.
The remarkable holds a charge for several days and lets you store unlimited handwritten notes, pages, PDFs and e-books, letting you replace your notebooks, printouts, and documents. This groundbreaking device will fundamentally change the way you work and comes with a marker, 10 marker tips, and a USB cable to charge the device.
Pick one up from Amazon for $599 and never buy another notebook again.
#4. Sony DPT-CP1/B 10” Digital PaperSony’s 10.3” paper tablet is designed to feel like you’re holding a pad of paper in your hands. Its unique low-glare screen is super-thin, weighing in at just 8.5 oz, making it perfect for taking notes, drawing or reading. The screen’s paper-like texture feels like writing on real paper while Sony’s Digital Paper application (available for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS) makes transferring your documents and notes a breeze. Its charge lasts for up to three weeks and makes paper notebooks seem antiquated.