What’s the Difference: Panda Planner v. Fusion

November 11, 2020 3 min read

The ultimate planning dilemma.

You’ve come to the right place. We know it’s confusing. There’s the Rocketbook Panda Planner, a powerful planner, and the Rocketbook Fusion, another powerful notebook with planning pages. They have similarities, but in actuality, these two notebooks are worlds apart — and today is the day we set things straight (or whatever day you’re reading this).

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To highlight the differences between the Rocketbook Panda Planner and the Fusion, we’ll answer three major questions:

1. What‘s in the Rocketbook Panda Planner?

The Rocketbook Panda Planner is first and foremost a planner. It has page templates that are set up to help you plan not only your days, weeks, and months, but to encourage positive habits that will help you accomplish goals and make you happier. (To be clear, none of the pages include photos of pandas, as some users have erroneously assumed.)

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The Rocketbook Panda Planner also includes 2 lined, 2 dot-grid, and 1 blank page.

To see the Rocketbook Panda Planner pages up close (and get tips on using them), check out this video by Mike Leip, founder of Panda Planner:

The key ingredient in the Rocketbook Panda Planner is its reusability. If this notebook was a rocket ship, the pages would be the actual ship and the ability to erase would be the fuel that makes it go. An undated planner that can be used week after week, eon after eon is otherworldly in the best possible way.

2. What‘s in the Rocketbook Fusion?

The Rocketbook Fusion is first and foremost a note-taking tool. It consists primarily of a mix of dot-grid and lined pages so you can take notes however you’d like. As a bonus, the Fusion also has pages with undated calendars, to-do lists, and project management templates. (None of the Fusion pages include photos of pandas either, not that anyone asked.)

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The Rocketbook Fusion also includes lined and dot-grid pages.

To see the Rocketbook Fusion pages up close (and to get tips on using them), check out this video by Jake Reeves, Rocketbook super user:



The key ingredient in the Rocketbook Fusion is its flexibility (and its reusability). If this notebook was a time machine, its versatility is the flux capacitor that makes it run. With a minimal structure and mixed note-taking formats, the Fusion offers the creative freedom to use the notebook however you’d like. Add the reusability on top of that, and the possibilities are endless…literally.

3. How do they differ?

Now that we’ve covered the basics of the Rocketbook Panda Planner and Fusion, it’s time to put them head to head, sort of speak.

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The Rocketbook Panda Planner is for planning, with some note-taking built-in. Sure, it has the tools for general note-taking, but it is first and foremost a way to organize your life. Almost every page is a planning-related template with specific guidelines on how to fill it out. It’s is more structured, and hands on than the Fusion, and takes a more detailed approach to goal-setting and planning.

The Rocketbook Fusion is for note-taking, with some planning built-in. Sure, the Rocketbook Fusion has planning templates, but it’s all fairly hands-off. Unlike the Panda Planner, the Fusion puts you in the pilot seat to decide how to use these pages to fit your planning style. Additionally, the Fusion offers tons of room for freeform note-taking as most of it’s pages are lined or dot-grid. With less-structured planning and more space, the Fusion is a more versatile notebook.

Who wins?

Both. Neither. It’s complicated. The answer is based on your situation: