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ReMarkable 2, the thinnest electronic ink tablet

Tired of colorful and distracting screens when all you want to do is focus on reading, writing, or taking notes? So the $ 399 ReMarkable 2, which goes on sale today, for shipment in June.

ReMarkable

Launched in 2017, it was widely considered a good first step on the road to electronic ink tablets. Think of it basically as a bigger Kindle you can write on.

Our initial review praised his "Near-perfect pen-on-paper experience and excellent battery life", but criticized it for its price ($ 599, then dropped to $ 499), His weight (cas well as an iPad) and a set of buttons at the bottom that were easy to accidentally press while typing.

The original ReMarkable

It had a ton of software updates in the past two years, updates that almost made it a new tablet. After testing the updated version last week, I can confirm that new features like handwriting recognition and cut-and-paste work well, and cloud file sync is perfect.

Unfortunately, there is still a noticeable 40 millisecond delay between the stylus (known as a "marker") that touches the screen and the ink appears. It doesn't seem like much, but you notice it after a while.

ReMarkable 1.0

It wasn't the perfect writing device I envisioned years ago, but it came very close.

The ReMarkable 2; According to its specifications, it reduces the depth of the original from 6.7 mm (0.26 in.) to 4.7 mm (0.19 in.), which makes it the thinnest tablet you can find in any place. Despite having less space to do so, the marker is now magnetically attached to the side of the tablet.

The Norwegian company

The tablet maker also claims to have redesigned the hardware to reduce the marker lag to 20 milliseconds. It's the same as the delay on Apple Pencil and iPad Pro, or at least it was until Apple's latest second-generation Pencil and new iPad OS halved it again, to 9 milliseconds.

However, at $ 929 and up, a Pencil and a Pro is a much more expensive proposition than the $ 399 ReMarkable 2, with marker included. Obviously, the two tablets are not comparable in any other respect.

The only application options available in ReMarkable are reading / note taking (you can upload any PDF or EPUB document, then write to it) and direct writing / drawing. Electronic ink is monochrome by its very nature. The iPad and its type have to do with the beautiful colors.

Where do pretty colors lead us?

In a world of distraction, that's where. Going through a burrow to check Facebook, or play casual games, instead of being as productive as we'd like. Anyone who has owned a Kindle with electronic ink knows that the black ink on a blank screen can calm the mind, allowing you to focus on your book longer without draining your eyes too much.

The same could be true for that report that you wanted to bookmark, or that newspaper or novel that you wanted to start. (Keyboards are nice, but research suggests that handwriting is a much better way to induce graphomania.)

The ReMarkable 2

Compared to its predecessor. The processor is faster. It has twice the RAM. And more importantly, the buttons at the bottom of the screen, those that were too easy to support with the wrist, have disappeared.

And you can charge it with USB-C instead of micro-USB. Unfortunately, it's a bit heavier (405g vs. 350g), but the benefit should be apparent in battery life: ReMarkable claims around 2 weeks between charges in the second model, up from 3-4 days in the ReMarkable 1.0.

It seems friends, this extremely slim tablet has just taken a giant leap in the way of electronic ink.