I have recently discovered that I love writing on paper. It allows me to escape the digital world, and writing on paper allows me to think without distractions.
But paper can be messy. You deal with flipping through pages, smudging, mistakes that are difficult to fix, inability to move things, etc. While some argue this adds to the experience, there could be a better solution for some.
The reMarkable 2 is an e-ink device, similar to a Kindle, but built for writing. The reMarkable tries to feel like paper and provide a distraction-free writing environment while getting digital advantages.
You may love using the reMarkable 2 if:
You enjoy writing on paper.
You want a distraction-free place to write.
You want to keep your notes backed up automatically.
You want to share your notes easily.
You don’t want to keep buying paper planners or notebooks.
You like the idea of unlimited pages.
You want to be able to search for notes quickly.
You want to be able to fix mistakes, move things around, and easily make updates.
You also want to read and annotate.
This article is my in-depth device review, including the hardware and software. It includes what I like and what I don’t like. I hope it will help you if you decide to purchase a reMarkable 2 for yourself.
First Impressions of the Hardware
The hardware is stunning. It is thin and light, and the all-aluminum body gives it a nice solid feel. It is like holding a slate; a solid strip on the left gives it a nice look.
The material is the same on both sides. The back has four rubber nubs to keep the device from sliding around on a solid surface. The right side of the device has a magnet so you can attach the Marker.
The battery life seems excellent. I have not had the device long enough to say exactly how long it will last. So far, I’ve had the tablet for six days and only charged it once, and it was at about 70% charge when I received it. reMarkable says “weeks of battery,” but that depends on how much you use the device. I probably have it turned on for several hours per day.
Complaining about anything on the hardware is hard. If anything, the screen margins are pretty thick, especially at the bottom. It’s hard to notice until you are writing and start to run out of space on the page.
Tip: You’ll need an external light source to see the screen. Don’t expect to read in the dark!
The other thing to note is that this device has no backlight. No backlight means you need an external light source to be able to see the screen.
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