You might think of the reMarkable 2 as a Kindle that you can also write on. But that wouldn’t do this interesting gadget justice, as there is more to it than meets the eye.
Though the reMarkable can rightly be classified as a tablet computer, it differs significantly from Apple’s iPad in some critical respects. You can’t use the reMarkable 2 to send emails or check your calendar, for example, because it doesn’t have a web browser, an app store, or any of those features.
This tablet was made for nothing more than taking notes, examining documents, and reading. It has a 10.3-inch CANVAS display (similar to the Kindle’s e-ink display), and while you can use touch to navigate the operating system, you’ll need a remarkable Marker to really do any writing or sketching.
In other words, it’s not inexpensive. The remarkable 2 retails for £399 in the UK, but you’ll need to purchase either the regular Marker (for an additional £79) or the Marker Plus (for an additional £129). (which includes an eraser for quickly scrubbing stuff out).
The base model reMarkable 2 will set you back £478, while the more high-end Marker Plus will set you back £528. But the expenses don’t stop there, and I’ll discuss those as well.
Design, Screen, and Battery Life
The remarkable 2 is just a little bit smaller than an A4 paper, making it an ideal size for taking notes in most situations.
And at 0.89 lbs, it’s weighty enough to feel like the investment it is without being cumbersome to tote or hold as you write.
The Marker’s magnetic attachment and USB-C charging make this a very practical set. Moreover, the battery life is outstanding, lasting for two weeks of active usage and an enormous three months on standby. Okay, that’s good enough for me.
Monochrome digital paper display at 226 dots per inch is used in the remarkable 2. It’s bright and attractive, surprising me because it’s not backlit. But then, neither is paper, and the reMarkable’s stellar performance outdoors more than makes up for the fact that you’ll have to flip on a light when night falls.
The thickness of the gadget and the distance between the marker tip and the on-screen ink would also rise if a backlight were added, according to remarkable.
Note-Taking and The Marker
As a new user, I can say that reMarkable 2’s initial stylus-to-screen experience is spot-on.
You won’t find a tablet that comes close to the paperlike experience of this one. Writing with the Marker is quite satisfying thanks to its satisfying level of friction and the satisfying sound it makes as its tip glides across the screen.
Despite the constraints of the display’s refresh rate, the latency is rated at 21ms, which is roughly the same as the Apple Pencil and feels sufficiently quick enough.
You can select from numerous pen types, paper options, and even premade templates, as would be expected. Together with the straightforward yet efficient file administration, the reMarkable team has made sufficient progress without overwhelming the user with unnecessary bells and whistles.
File Management and Sharing
There was a common thread running through the replies I got from my YouTube viewers when I asked them what they wanted to know about the remarkable 2.
I’m curious if the difficulty in disseminating one’s written work is as widespread as I’ve heard.
“Have they transitioned away from the pay-per-use model?”
What’s the point of having to pay for Connect on a monthly basis?
To begin, it’s important to know that a reMarkable 2 subscription is not required on a regular basis. It’s true that you can use the tablet without making any recurring payments, but there is one major limitation: you won’t be able to use the Connect service.
Even without a membership, syncing your notes to the handy reMarkable desktop app will keep them accessible for 50 days. Without a reMarkable tablet, you’ll be limited to seeing them on your computer.
What Else Can You Do with The Re Markable 2?
While the remarkable 2’s primary function is that of a note-taking device, it may be put to some other creative uses as well.
It’s a fantastic e-reader because of the CANVAS screen, which is similar to the one on the Kindle. In fact, I’ve liked transferring PDFs to it for offline reading, and it’s also worth mentioning that ePUB files may be transferred in the same way (all via the reMarkable desktop app or connected file sharing service).
This implies that you can read and annotate on the reMarkable 2 with any books in your DRM-free library.
Conclusion: Who Is the Re Markable 2 For?
In short, the reMarkable 2 has won me over completely. Both the Folio and Book Folio is elegantly designed and made, and the writing experience, build quality, thoughtful features, and attractive accessories all add up to a first-rate high-end notetaker.
Yet, that is precisely the issue that arises. The remarkable 2 is an excellent digital note-taking tool, but only if you’re committed to the concept. It’s an expensive piece of equipment with a business plan that’s too tight and causes too much hassle for potential buyers.
If the gadget pricing were to remain the same, the regular Marker would be included, and limitless sync would be a part of the free plan, I think reMarkable’s offering would appeal to a far larger audience.
In any case, the reMarkable 2 does have an audience, albeit a niche one. According to the consumers I’ve spoken with, it’s one of those gadgets that grow on you the more you use it. It’s too bad that the reMarkable 2’s high price tag and subscription need may deter many potential customers.