Kickstarter review: Magnetic Notes by Tesla Amazing

March 14, 2016 , In: Geek, Kickstarter Campaigns , With: No Comments
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*I am not an employee of Tesla Amazing nor have I been paid to review a product. I backed the Magnetic Notes Kickstarter campaign because I was genuinely interested in the product.

00 0022_2About the campaign. Tesla Amazing kept their Kickstarter backers up-to-date with their campaign from day one. They were quick to answer questions from backers, gave weekly updates until the quick turn around date, and released on time! I even received my products before they gave an update that products were shipped. I backed the reward tier that gave three color choices and two sizes (I chose purple, white, and green. Honestly, I do use the white the most, but I love other colors too).

About Tesla Amazing (from their website):

We’re willing to bet that at some point, you’ve stuck a sticky note to a wall, only to get frustrated when it curls up, dog ears, or falls off. Since its invention in the 1950s, adhesive paper hasn’t undergone any significant changes or innovation. That’s more than 60 years of stagnation!

Since then, we’ve been to the Moon. We’ve generated human organs in 3D printers. We’ve invented driverless cars. But in the office and at home, where we spend the vast majority of our waking lives, we still haven’t managed to invent paper that does what it’s supposed to do. This is the Digital Age. Don’t we deserve paper that’s as modern as a computer or tablet?

So Tesla Amazing came up with a mission: to give the world a new generation of paper that is truly worthy of the 21st century. Inspired by the great inventor Nikola Tesla’s experiments with static electricity, the team ran hundreds of experiments of its own. That’s how Magnetic was born.

Tesla Amazing is a fast-growing international team that debuted the Magnetic family on Kickstarter in March 2015, raising $240,000 from 6,000 backers in just 30 days. The team has since expanded its reach to include more than 50 distributors in 28 different countries and counting. It is headquartered in Estonia and partially produces Magnetic in Finland.

Here is a link to my Kickstarter page if you want to see what else I’ve backed.

 

 

Product review:

Magnetic Notes have been out for awhile (this campaign was successfully funded almost a year ago), but I wanted to write a review now that I’ve had a chance to test them. No extensive tests or out of the ordinary experiments, mind you! I work in an office environment, so I tested Magnetic Notes in all the ways I would use sticky notes during my day.

 

  1. IMG_20160314_102438935_HDRThe first way I tested Magnetic notes was sticking them to my computer monitor. I keep notes there for various reasons including information I need on a daily basis, motivational quotes, or phone numbers I need to call back soon. Some of these notes need to stay there until time ends, while others may be taken down after a week or so.
    • IMG_20160314_102609637_HDRIn the year that I’ve used Magnetic Notes on my computer monitor, I’ve had to replace “until the end of time” notes once (it lasted at least 7 months). I think one reason for needing to replace the note was because I layered it with another note (a tiny sticky note) on top. Obviously, this made the entire note heavier and eventually it lost its static charge. I tried to recharge this one by rubbing it on my clothes to get a static charge, but it didn’t stay back up for very long (I didn’t take off the layered sticky note though…). After replacing the note with a new one, I haven’t had to replace it yet!
    • I like Magnetic Notes better than sticky notes for this purpose. They seem to stick longer than the little sticky notes I use!
    • What I learned: Don’t layer notes and they will possibly stick forever.
  2. The second way I use notes everyday is in my binder. One of my daily tasks is to schedule speakers that are requested by various groups of people. I print these requests off the computer and put them in a binder. This may seem a little backwards in our digital age, but a binder definitely helps me because I can make notes right on paper. Love it. Instead of using plastic tabs or binders, I put a sticky not on the edge of the page with where the request is located, date, etc…
    • I tried to replace my little sticky note tabs with Magnetic Notes. At first, it was nice! The notes stuck to the pages easily. But then I noticed that when I turned pages, the magnetic notes would sometimes stick to the back of the page in front of it and it was difficult to stay organized.
    • My little sticky notes are easier to use for this purpose too because I sometimes grab onto them to turn the page. I could not do this with the Magnetic Notes.
    • What I learned: Magnetic Notes are not good for binder tabs. I went back to my little sticky notes for this part of my job.tesla-amazing-magnetic-notes-tab-test
  3. I tested different pens on Magnetic Notes to see what kind worked best. I only tested what I have in my desk or purse. I didn’t get to test the shiny side of the notes because I don’t use dry erase markers at work (I even checked the office supply closet, but there weren’t any in there to test).
    1. pen-test-magnetic-notes

      *blurriness is due to my horrible phone camera. I apologize!

      My favorite pens to use at work at the Pilot V7 Precise rolling ball pens. If I had a micron pen, I’d use those, but I don’t have one at work! The pen writes well on Magnetic Notes, but if I don’t let it dry it smears pretty bad.

    2. Ballpoint pens work the best. No smearing at all!
    3. Pencil. I rarely use pencils at work, but they write very cleanly on magnetic notes.
    4. highlighter-test-magnetic-notesHighlighter: It work best highlighting the ballpoint pen and pencil writing. The highlighter picks up a lot of the ink from the Pilot pen.
    5. What I learned: I still love my Pilot or Micron pens so I will continue to use them on Magnetic Notes. I make sure to let the ink dry before I touch it and it’s fine. Otherwise, a ballpoint pen works great!

I love Magnetic Notes and will continue to use them. For non-work related uses, I love using them to leave notes in fun places at home or on co-workers cubicles. Everyone at work is amazed by the notes and ask me where I got them!

I also use them at home to make notes for my writing. I stick plot points up on the wall and it’s easy to move them around without taking them off. If I did that with sticky notes, they would lose their stickiness after a few times rearranging them!

Another awesome fact about Magnetic Notes is that they are 100% recyclable. I’m trying to be more conscious of the products I use and I can use these notes guilt-free.

Hopefully everyone will use Magnetic Notes in the future!

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