A rag is better to moisten a little
There was a slight odor upon opening, and some dust on my item. However, overall I think it is really nice and well-made. The color is more red than the deep coral it seems like in the picture, but the pages feel premium and I like the different pockets and types of pages in it. Good size to carry in your purse comfortably and comes with a wipe cloth too. Overall I highly recommend, nice gift for any student or professional.
If I could give it 4.5 stars I would be happy. Love the idea and the actual functioning of it. It'll be easier to just have my things on my phone, tablet, and computer. I send them to my Google Drive and it works like a charm. This book is literal magic. It's easy to write on: doesn't necessarily FEEL like paper (but then again it isn't, so why feel that way?) but the Frixion pens write really well on it regardless. Be careful and allow a few extra seconds for the ink to dry so that it won't smudge. I set it up so that immediately after I scan it, it will show up into my drive.
The reason for 4/4.5 stars instead of 5 is that many colors of Frixion brand pens do not show up well or at all. If you typically write your notes in black, blue, or red ink this is not a problem. I fell in love with the Frixion pens a few years ago and since then have exclusively bought Frixion brand. They are trusty; they write smoothly and erase well every time as long as the eraser is clean. I have the gel pens, the click pens, the markers, the pastel highlighters, and one regular yellow highlighter in this brand (i have a problem lmao) but I am a student and I use my pens all day long. They don't bleed through regular paper or anything. When a friend showed me this book I had to have it (what can I say, I am an office supply slut) and bought it immediately.
I'm going to attach my test pictures so that you can know which things work best with the Elfinbook.
I've included a color key at the bottom and highlighted which colors show up mostly true to color so that you can buy ones that are more likely to look nice once scanned. The pens stay put really well, the black marker fades easily, but overall the colors will show up.
Pens: All of the pens showed up once scanned. Some looked more like black than their actual color (1, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25)
Markers: All of the markers showed up once scanned. Some looked discolored (35, 36, 37)
This product amazed me and exceeded my expectations. It works exceptionally and as described. The Elfinbook app is so simple and easy to use. The scanning is perfect, it captures the colors, exposes the page with the right lighting, and crops and adjusts the page properly. Each scan takes less than a second, and you can combine multiple pages into one scan and upload them as one document.
This is brilliant and I am so glad I purchased this product because it is perfect for school. I have seven classes and so I assigned each symbol in the notebook to my respective Google Drive folders. Some people say that the symbols aren't relatable and its difficult to relate the symbols in the notebook to a class or something. What i did is just assigned my first period class with the first symbol, second period with the second symbol, and so on. The Frixion highlighters and pens erase easily with the included erasers on the pens and effortlessly with a damp microfiber cloth (I provided the link to a very compact microfiber cloth that I use, I'd highly recommend it). Anyways, the product is great.
Pro tip: use clear tape on the inside cover page where the symbols are. This way if you change a class or something you can just remove the tape, put new tape on and write a new label for the symbol
I recommend several other products to use with this notebook. These are the best deals I could find. I have purchased these and have tried them with the Elfinbook.
It's a great idea, but has a few shortcomings. For what it's worth, I ordered a four pack bundle from the Indiegogo campaign. We got two executive size notebooks (for my wife and myself), and two letter size (for our kids). Long before we received our notebooks, I installed the app and tried it out with the downloadable pages you can get from their website; I also ordered a pack of Frixion pens to try out.
Make no mistake: the magic here is really in the pens (without which this product simply wouldn't work) and the app. I won't review the pens here, but since the app is integral to the use of the notebook's reusability, I will mention a few things about it, but first the notebook.
It's an extremely nice notebook; the covers are very durable, the back is quite firm which allows you to write most anywhere without needing a firm surface to put the notebook on. I like the look of the pages; it's a grid of dots that helps you keep your writing and pictures from being crooked. In the bottom corner (left or right depends on whether you are on the "top" or "back" of the page) is a QR code, and along the bottom are a number of icons. These are used together by the app.