Reviewed by Francesco D'Alessio
Reflect Notes Review
Best Features, Pricing, Alternatives & Verdict
Reflect is a powerful note-taking application that wants to be your secure, more focused way to take notes. It resembles a PKM note-taking app with a more friendly approach.
What is Reflect Notes?
Reflect Notes is a note-taking application with networked thought abilities and AI.
What does Reflect Notes do?
With a second-brain approach to notes, Reflect Notes is growing in popularity with many people who want a clean-looking notes app without too much noise. It uses AI to enhance your notes and backlinks to connect your thoughts, ideas, and more.
An application like this helps to keep ideas, thoughts, and things connected, it helps you make sense of your brain, hence the ‘second brain’.
Reflect has all your usual note-taking features and some more. You can take snippets from the web, share your writing, integrate your calendar, and it even uses end-end encryption so your notes are always yours.
Reflect Notes Best Features
Here's some of the best Reflect features that we liked in our review:
1. Daily Notes & Linking
Managing your notes in a journal like view first is nice in Reflect.
This feature connects with Google Calendar as a way to better connect meetings with the notes you take during those meetings. Everything is very easy to connect up between backlinks and doesn't feel like it comes with a huge amount of education to learn.
This is a perfect set-up for journalling and managing meetings alike.
The other aspect we loved about Reflect was the way they focus on building new items in the notes database, this means you can create templates and elements from scratch allowing you to create a library of content like "book" or "company, perfect for constant references and inside of Settings you can modify this.
2. Light Graph View
Graph views can sometimes be too complex, Reflect isn't.
This graph view allows you to span through notes, peek into them and open them, but not too over-complex that people will find it daunting to open and manage their graph view, which is common in apps like Obsidian that have a lot of focus on this.
Reason we bring this up, many people don't like graphs in PKM, but this is a nice in-between element that makes it more approachable.
3. Audio & Tasks
Managing just notes is good in Reflect, adding backlinks and building daily notes, all doable. There's also a way to enhance them using AI too, that is growing out, but...
We really liked the audio recording abilities in Reflect. This was really nice as a way to start recording and get your note transcribed, it didn't work as well as Otter Notes, but to be honest, it felt 80% strong as a feature we'd use to take and manage notes for later.
The other experimental element is tasks for managing checkbox based tasks in notes, perfect for converting note items into a plannable list of tasks. It worked well, you can tell this is early days, but simple enough to use and plan and schedule note-tasks ahead.
Reflect Notes Cons
Here's things that we think you should consider with Reflect:
1. Pricier Option
Compared to Obsidian, Reflect is costly.
But for many people, if they want cloud-based sync in Obsidian, they will be charged $8 per month, whereas with Reflect, you're paying $10 per month (annual) so for those secure features for networked thought, this isn't too bad.
How much does Reflect Notes cost?
Reflect costs $10 per month, priced annually.
Reflect Notes Pricing: Explained
There is a 14-day free trial with all features included.
Reflect Notes Verdict: Is it Worth it?
Reflect is a much more approachable balance between hardcore PKM like Obsidian and Capacities, and traditional note-taking apps like Evernote.
With a combination focus on security, AI and additional side features to note-taking, this makes for a very nice note-taking experience with a premium feel. For more serious note-takers, that like audio transcribe, gen-AI abilities & a clean UI - this is a nice bet.