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Lacking of the most critical features a notebook cover needs
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2020
What is one thing that you would expect to find within a cover for a notebook? Pens should have been your answer, but there is nowhere to organize pens in this cover. Money and credit cards? Are you daft?
I really hope that no one is using this cover for storing money and credit cards. That is not only incredibly dangerous, but very awkward in practice. This cover does not use RFID protection, so anyone is free to wave their smartphone over your cover to read all of your credit card information in an instant. Does anyone not see how dangerous it is to store your very sensitive personal cards and money in such a large, easily stolen cover?
Who is standing in line at Chipotle with a notebook cover in their hand, ready to whip out their credit card to use in the line, anyway? Why aren't you storing these in your wallet? Why do you even have cash and cards anymore, in a world where smartphones have fully supplanted their use?
The entirety of the left flap is therefore rendered completely useless, because the pockets are designed only to hold credit cards and money. Each of these pockets faces directly towards the Rocketbook, so it's not like you can try to use them as a makeshift pen holder. It's simply not possible to use this flap for anything practical.
The useless right flap is an additional waste of space that makes it difficult to use the Rocketbook while it is inside of the cover. The only way that you can use your Rocketbook is if you fully unfold the cover onto a very wide, expansive desk. The flap doesn't fold back very easily, so you can't ignore its existence, either.
Apparently, you're supposed to throw all of your pens and other critical accessories inside this one large tight grab bag pocket. Not only does this make it difficult to reach for the pen that you need, it's incredibly tacky. Why should I have to rummage for a particular pen in a tight space, when the cover could have simply provided a proper pen holder, and pockets for accessories that you'd expect to use with a Rocketbook?
If anyone wants to design a proper cover for the Rocketbook, here's my advice:
- A cover should never be larger than the notebook itself when it is fully unfolded
- Actually make it modular, so that people can mix and match the pockets they actually need
- A section for organizing your Frixion pens and marker
- A place to store your bottle of water for wiping the Rocketbook clean
- A place to store your Rocketbook cleaning cloth
- A place to store your Frixion eraser
- Pockets for flash drives, Micro SDXC cards, music player, etc.
- Yes, everyone that is using a Rocketbook has a smartphone
- Yes, everyone that uses a Rocketbook has a computer at their desk
- No, there is no point in storing cards or money in a cover for a notebook — go buy an actual wallet, and use a notebook cover for... your actual notebook.