Review of the ReMarkable 2.0 tablet with Type Folio keyboard.If you love writing and are looking for an authentic writing experience, you’ve probably already encountered reMarkable. The ReMarkable 2.0 is the company’s latest tablet, promising a unique digital writing and drawing device.Unlike other tablets, it feels like you’re writing on real paper. It has a stylish design, long-lasting battery and zero distractions, making it ideal for students, professionals and creative people. In this reMarkable 2 review, we’ll take a closer look at the device and see if this e-ink tablet can replace your e-reader or tablet.
ReMarkable 2.0 tablet: first impressions and characteristics
The reMarkable 2.0 is a note-taking tablet that makes a truly remarkable first impression with its sleek and stylish design. As soon as I picked it up, I noticed how thin and light it is: it is only 4.7mm thick and weighs 403.5g. This tablet is easy to carry and use on the go, and I have to admit, that I carry it with me almost everywhere I go, since day one.The tablet’s paper-like e-ink display provides a unique writing experience as if you were writing on real paper, thanks to second-generation CANVAS display technology. With 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, your writing and drawing will look natural and smooth.The kit I received to test also included the Marker Plus stylus, which only enhances the feel of the paper.The tablet also boasts remarkable hardware specs such as 8GB of internal storage for storing notes, documents and e-books. It runs on a custom Linux-based Codex operating system, powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core ARM processor and 1GB LPDDR3 SDRAM for smooth and fast performance. The rechargeable battery can last up to two weeks on a single charge, allowing for extended use without frequent charging. The device supports PDF and ePUB file formats, which provides easy access to various documents and e-books.Before we dive into the tablet review, let’s take a look at the complete list of specifications of this amazing tablet:
- Size: 7.4 x 9.7 x 0.19 inches (188.0 x 246 x 4.7 mm )
- Weight: 0.88 lb (403.5 g)
- Thickness: 0.19 inches (4.7 mm)
- Display: 10, 3″ monochrome digital paper display (no colors), 1872 x 1404 resolution (226 ppi)
- Memory: 8 GB internal memory
- Menu language: English only </li >
- Operating system: Codex, a custom Linux-based OS
- RAM: 1 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
- Processor: dual-core ARM 1.2 GHz
- Supported file formats: DRM-free PDF and ePUB
- Connectivity: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, USB-C charging port, accessory port.
- Battery: 3000 mAh battery, up to 2 weeks between charges.
- Price: 349 US dollars on the official website. reMarkable 2 tablet only or from $579 at Amazon with 12-month Connect subscription and Marker Plus stylus.
While the tablet’s specs look impressive, and the idea of a tablet where you can store handwritten notes and convert them into digital form without distraction is intriguing, the one big problem the reMarkable 2 faces is its high price. To fully enjoy using this table, you will need to purchase the tablet itself, one of the markers, and a Connect subscription, the reMarkable cloud service, at a minimum.The whole thing costs around $600, and for that price you can get a much more powerful tablet. However, the reMarkable paper tablet is a one-of-a-kind product, and that’s what you’re paying for.After using this tablet for over a month, this device delivers what it promises: an authentic writing experience without any distractions that will help you improve your productivity and bring more inspiration to your writing.
Design and unpacking
If the price tag doesn’t scare you and you’re still here, let’s move on to the design and general appearance of the tablet.The reMarkable 2 tablet has an incredibly thin and light design, weighing less than a pound. The sleek combination of silver and white gives it a sophisticated look, and the second generation CANVAS display is very close to real paper for smooth writing.
What’s in the box
Here’s everything you’ll find in the box when you unbox the reMarkable 2:
- ReMarkable 2.0 Tablet
- USB A to USB C Cable
- Quick Start Guide
> < /ul>My reMarkable 2 came with additional accessories (sold separately): Marker Plus with a set of 9 additional nibs (or pens) and a Type Folio with a hidden keyboard. While the cover is an accessory you might want to skip, the marker is an important part of the reMarkable experience because you won’t be able to write or draw on the tablet without it. You can choose a simple and cheap marker without a built-in eraser, choose a Marker Plus with a built-in eraser at checkout, or find an alternative online. The tablet has a 10.3-inch monochrome digital paper display. Combined with paper-like surface friction, this ensures you get a natural writing feel.The screen has a resolution of 1872 x 1404 pixels and 226 ppi and provides a clear and crisp image for both taking notes and reading. The display remains bright and perfectly readable in sunlight, so you don’t have to worry about using your reMarkable tablet outdoors during the day. Thanks to the 21ms latency, there’s also no noticeable lag when recording. If you’re a night owl like me, you’ll really appreciate the lack of color on the screen and the lack of blue light as it reduces the eye strain and distractions present on your other digital devices.On the top of the tablet you’ll find the power button, discreetly located in the top left corner. It blends seamlessly with the silver stripe that runs down the left side of the tablet, and it took me a while to find it when I first opened the box. The USB-C charging port is located on the bottom left corner of the tablet, keeping it clutter-free and maximizing space efficiency. The ReMarkable 2.0 tablet has a smart design with magnets inside that converge on both sides. These magnets allow the tablet to easily attach to compatible ReMarkable folios and securely hold ReMarkable markers.
Accessories: reMarkable Type Folio & Marker Plus
My reMarkable 2 came with the optional Type Folio accessory in a gorgeous sepia brown color. The outer material looks expensive. In terms of functionality, the Type Folio is a magnetic mount that turns the tablet into a convenient writing instrument with a built-in keyboard. The tablet connects to the Type Folio via copper contacts in the bottom left corner, holding the tablet securely in place. When ReMarkable 2 is opened as a book, it is on the left page and the keyboard is on the right. This design ensures that the keyboard is protected from accidental keystrokes when not in use.The Type Folio provides a stable, comfortable tablet angle with a magnetic support on the bottom edge. Full-size QWERTY letter keys and space bar make typing easier. However, due to limited space, some compromises had to be made. For example, there is no dedicated delete key, just a narrow back button. Despite this, I find the keyboard reliable and easy to use. To set up Type Folio, all you need to do is update the firmware. Once connected to a Type Folio, reMarkable 2 automatically switches to landscape orientation, and the Type tool recognizes the connected physical keyboard, hiding the on-screen keyboard. If you don’t use a keyboard, you can still use the tablet for handwritten notes or as an e-book reader. Simply open the cover and hide the keyboard, and the tablet will automatically open in portrait mode.The E Ink ReMarkable 2 display responds well to typing, supports most typing speeds, and provides fast cursor movement for easy typo correction. Although the screen may briefly flicker while the display is rebooting, this is typical for e-Ink devices and does not affect overall print quality.While the Type Folio may cost more ($199), its seamless integration with ReMarkable 2 and the enhanced writing experience it offers make it a valuable accessory for those looking for a focused, productive writing tool.If you already have ReMarkable 2 and want to expand its functionality beyond note-taking, the Type Folio is certainly a worthy addition. Alternatively, you can opt for the Book Folio from reMarkable, which doesn’t have a hidden keyboard but costs less at $129.Another valuable accessory is the Marker Plus, an updated stylus with an eraser function. Marker Plus attaches magnetically to your tablet and provides more precise writing with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. Its eraser allows you to make corrections quickly and easily. While Marker Plus isn’t as good as the Apple Pencil, it’s fast enough to work with the reMarkable 2.The only downside to this accessory is that the magnets aren’t as strong, and you’ll have to keep an eye on the stylus when transporting it with the reMarkable 2 if you don’t want to lose it.
Performance and features
The reMarkable 2 tablet does an excellent job of its main task – taking notes. It’s not designed for apps, web browsing, or email, and I’m fine with that. Writing on it feels natural, like pen on paper, unlike other tablets with a glass surface. I’ve been using it a lot over the past month and use it almost every night to jot down random thoughts before bed. This has really helped inspire my other work projects.The e-ink display is easy to read and easy on the eyes, but there is no backlight for nighttime reading. Battery life is impressive: up to 2 weeks with regular use. The eBook reading feature is simple, with the ability to adjust font size and spacing. In terms of inking features, reMarkable 2 offers seven pen types, a highlighter, three line weights, and layering capabilities. While this set of tools may not be as extensive as what you’ll find in the Onyx Boox Notes app, which includes 12 shades of gray, audio recording, shapes and more, it’s still enough to take great notes in reMarkable 2 . Besides the pen styles to choose from (including, surprisingly, different colors like black, grey, white, blue and red), you can also choose from different paper styles and patterns.Your tablet has a search function that you can use to search for downloaded documents. However, it does not search for handwritten documents, which is a disadvantage. Converting handwriting to text is another great feature I like to use in my reMarkable. Sometimes it’s quicker to write down your thoughts and then convert them into typed text. It’s a shame that the software doesn’t always recognize and convert my text correctly, but it’s something I can live with. Gesture navigation is also intuitive, making it easy to turn pages and organize notes.Overall, the reMarkable 2 is a great gadget for focused writing and reading. While it may not have all the features of other tablets like the iPad or Kindle, it does an excellent job of being a note-taking and e-book reader.
Application and connectivity
ReMarkable 2 provides a desktop app that further expands its functionality, as well as a Connect subscription that expands your connectivity options. With this subscription, you get access to cloud storage similar to Dropbox or Google Drive, only it’s exclusive to reMarkable.A Connect subscription allows you to sync and back up your documents and notes, and add Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive to your reMarkable. Subscription costs $2.99 per month with a 1-year free trial for reMarkable owners.The desktop application is compatible with Windows and macOS operating systems, allowing you to conveniently manage files, documents and notes across various devices.With the desktop app, you can access your content from your computer and make changes that sync back to your tablet. I’ve found this particularly useful for PDF documents that require my signature: I now simply transfer them into the reMarkable app on the computer, use the tablet to add my signature, then export and share the documents online. The reMarkable Companion app is also available for Android and iOS devices such as iPad and iPhone and offers features similar to the desktop app. You can access your content on the go, view it, edit and share your work from your mobile device.The Connect subscription and desktop app open up opportunities for different applications, such as using your tablet as a planner or storyboard to collaborate and share your work through screen sharing.While reMarkable 2 doesn’t have a built-in web browser, its connectivity and companion app let you efficiently take and share notes across devices.
With a 3000 mAh battery, reMarkable 2 offers good battery life of up to 2 weeks on a single charge.It is effective and can be used for several days without needing to be recharged. Leaving Wi-Fi on may drain the battery a little faster, but overall battery performance is reliable and long-lasting.
Is the ReMarkable 2.0 tablet worth buying?
ReMarkable 2 is the ideal device for those looking for the ability to take notes and read without distraction. Students, teachers, creative professionals and especially writers will benefit the most from its features.However, if you need advanced app support, multimedia features, or are looking for a budget option, this may not be the tablet for you.
Review of the ReMarkable 2.0 tablet with Type Folio keyboard
Review of the ReMarkable 2.0 tablet with Type Folio keyboard