Where traditional tablets fail, reMarkable succeeds

Imagine being in a situation like this: you’re in a cafe or at your favorite workplace trying to brainstorm and get things done, but it just doesn’t work. There is a lot of – as I like to call it – digital noise around you: Instagram notifications here, Twitter beeps there, WhatsApp pings, phone calls, emails, news apps. Ultimately, you’re left frustrated because no work got done. This is where reMarkable 2 comes into the picture.

reMarkable aims to solve our digital chaos with the reMarkable 2 tablet, allowing us to focus on our ideas, read and simply provide a distraction-free space for Real productivity – something where traditional tablets have failed us, adding nothing but more digital chaos to our lives. I have been using the reMarkable 2 tablet for a few weeks and I am convinced that everyone needs such a tool. Here is my full review of the reMarkable 2.

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Buy this for digital peace

The reMarkable 2 is your partner for a focused workplace in a digital world. You can use it to read ebooks, write notes, annotate PDFs, draw, and even edit your Microsoft PowerPoint and Word documents. It has a textured surface and comes with a stylus for one remarkable natural feeling.

Plus points

  • Thin and sleek design
  • Great typing and writing experience
  • Great battery life with the convenience of USB-C
Cons

  • Slightly higher price
  • No backlight

Price and availability

The reMarkable 2 is sold in several countries around the world such as the US, UK, Europe and many parts of Asia including USA, UAE, South Korea, Singapore and more. In the US it starts at $279 for the tablet alone. However, if you want the stylus and a folio case, you’ll have to pay extra. Alternatively, you can also opt for the bundle, which includes the tablet, Marker Plus Pen and a Book Folio Cover, for a price of $549.

Design and display

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One of the things you’ll immediately notice about the reMarkable 2 when you take it out of the box is how remarkably thin it is: almost as thin as half an iPhone 15 Pro Max and 25% slimmer than the 5th generation iPad Air. At just 4.7mm thick, it’s incredibly easy to carry. What makes its portability even better is that it is made from a single piece of aluminum and weighs only 403 grams. Even with the folio cover attached, the reMarkable 2 feels like you’re holding a lightweight notebook in your hand.

In terms of design, the reMarkable 2 keeps it minimal. You will not find any cameras or speakers on the device. Instead, it only features a USB-C port for charging and a power button. The company has paid attention to detail in the design, as the device also has small plastic nubs on the back that keep the device from shifting or scratching while you’re taking notes or scribbling. Overall, the reMarkable 2 is designed to be your “everyday companion,” whether you’re taking notes in class, reading a book, or using it during business meetings.

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If you look at the front you’ll see a large 10.3-inch E Ink display with a resolution of 1872 x 1404 pixels and a capable PPI of 226. It’s important to note that this is a monochrome display, so everything is shown in black and white – no LCD or OLED as vibrant colors here. In addition, you will find spacious edges at the front, which provide space to rest your hand or hold the device comfortably. The display itself has a paper-like finish, which makes it feel like you’re swiping and/or writing on an A4 piece of paper when you use the device.

Speaking of using the device, reMarkable provided us with a full set of accessories, including the company’s Marker Plus and Type Folio keyboard cover, in addition to the reMarkable 2 unit. The stylus feels substantial, similar to the Apple Pencil or a high-quality pen, but it’s a little longer than what I’m comfortable with. A great feature is that the back of the Marker Plus serves as an eraser, so you can simply rotate the stylus and erase things with the other side – similar to traditional pencils with erasers.

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reMarkable offers a number of Folio covers for the device, such as the Book Folio and Folio, available in a variety of textures and finishes. My favorite though is the Type Folio cover. This Folio cover adds a more productivity angle to the device and serves as both a cover and a keyboard for the device. It feels like Microsoft Surface, although it lacks the ability to adjust the tilt angle, which would have been a nice addition. Nevertheless, it makes taking notes and writing on the reMarkable 2 much easier.

Returning to the screen, there are some disadvantages you should know about. Firstly, there is no backlight, so you will always need a room with good lighting to read the reMarkable 2 easily. If you do anything else, you will find it difficult to see the screen clearly. You also expect this when you read a newspaper, but for a device that costs so much and the fact that competitors have the Amazon Kindle Writer with backlighting, it really should have been a built-in feature – maybe something for the next generation?

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Another downside is that the screen feels a bit slow and less responsive, especially compared to an iPad or a Samsung Galaxy Tab. Again, this is to be expected with an E Ink display – as there are literally particles moving underneath the screen to display content – ​​but it’s worth noting.

Software and performance

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Brand

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Screen

10.3-in

Storage

8GB

Connectivity

Wi-Fi, sync with phones/laptops

Weight

403.5 grams

Dimensions

188.0 x 246.0 x 4.7mm

Format support

PDF and ePUB

RAM

1GB LPDDR3

Battery life

Maximum two weeks

Gates

USB-C

On the software side, the reMarkable 2 runs on the company’s own Linux-based operating system. It’s nothing like Android or iPadOS. Even better, the interface is simple, with a main screen to manage your notebooks, worksheets and reading materials, along with a status bar showing the time, Wi-Fi and battery status below. Yes, the device supports Wi-Fi connectivity. As for reading, the reMarkable 2 only supports two formats: ePub and PDF.

You can sync documents with services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive so you can access them on the go, and you can even send notes to your email directly from the device. The device also supports integration with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, which allows you to view and edit documents on the device. In addition, reMarkable offers apps for Mac, Android, iPhone and Windows, allowing syncing with the device and even sharing the screen with your laptop.

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However, it’s worth noting that the cloud sync and desktop app features require a subscription to the company’s Connect service. The subscription also includes a handwriting-to-text conversion tool, which makes it easier to search for handwritten notes. However, after the included year, it costs $2.99 ​​per month or $29.90 per year.

And yes, let’s talk about the reading experience. The reading experience on reMarkable 2 is not ideal. While syncing ePubs and PDFs is easy, navigating pages isn’t as smooth as with other e-readers. Instead of using buttons or even tapping to turn pages, you have to swipe left or right, which can become less useful over time. However, I’ll have to give credit to the device for its excellent note-taking and annotation capabilities in PDFs, which more or less makes up for the average reading experience.

reMarkable 2 is not an iPad replacement.

Finally, it’s worth pointing out that reMarkable 2 is not an iPad replacement. There are things only an iPad can do. Watching movies and TV shows, playing games, video calling, drawing and whatever else: these are some of the things only an iPad can do. However, when it comes to brainstorming, jotting down ideas, and getting things done, reMarkable 2 is the device to have.

Battery

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Finally, let’s talk about battery life. The reMarkable 2 has a large 3,000 mAh battery. The company promises two weeks of battery life, and in my experience I’ve only had to charge it once in the past month, which confirms this claim. You generally won’t be looking for a wall outlet to charge your reMarkable 2, but the device does come with a USB-C port, which adds to the convenience since most devices these days have the same port.

Should you buy it?

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So, is the reMarkable 2 worth buying? Well, it comes with a hefty price tag, and admittedly it doesn’t offer as many features as an iPad, which costs about the same. However, if you’re struggling to work and find yourself lost in the digital chaos, the reMarkable 2 is worth a try. It has its own unique way of getting things done, and while it takes a learning curve to get used to, once you get past that barrier and integrate this device into your life, it can certainly be a game changer – as it already has . been for me.

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The reMarkable 2 is your partner for a focused workplace in a digital world. It has a textured surface and comes with a stylus for one remarkable natural sense of note-taking, sketching and reading.

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