●CPU – 1 GHz ARM A9 CPU
●RAM Included – 8GB
●Display Size – 10.3
●Display Resolution – 1872 x1404
●Size – 177 x 256 x 6.7mm (6.9 x 10.1 x .26 inches)
The reMarkable Tablet is good for Natural writing and drawing, with a Lightweight design, Textures shift with utensil and a Cloud-sync and LiveView with drawing editing tools for power users. The reMarkable tablet lives up to its name, but it’s expensive and doesn’t serve as a regular tablet. It can’t do as much as other tablets, either, as it’s made for writing, drawing and reading (epubs and PDFs). But when it comes to writing, the reMarkable is the best tablet on the market A simple-looking device, the reMarkable (the first product of a company by the same name) features a white plastic frame and bezel, an aluminum back panel and its 10.3-inch Canvas display, which consists of five proprietary technologies. The tablet’s modest-looking Marker stylus, with eight replaceable tips, is included. The reMarkable’s amazing writing experience is a one-of-a- kind feature that when combined with its cloud-sync capabilities and Photoshop-esque editing, makes it a great tool for note takers and artists alike. Writing on the slate is one of the most realistic, comfortable experiences on a tablet, rivaled only by using an actual pen and paper. Of course, $599 may be a tough price to swallow for some, especially when the device is made just for writing, drawing and reading. For a more feature-rich tablet, consider the $649 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which supports Apple’s $99 Pencil stylus. It’s $149 more expensive, though, and writing on its glass doesn’t feel as natural. However, the iPad has Apple’s huge library of apps and games, while reMarkable has a muchmore limited offering. Still, the reMarkable has to be used to be truly believed, as writers and artists looking for the best marriage of digital and analogue won’t find a better option.
The reMarkable weighs 12.5 ounces and measures 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.3 inches, so it’s large enough to give you a whole page to write on and light enough that you can hold it for a while. It’s lighter and larger than the 10.5-inch Apple iPad Pro (17.3 ounces, 9.4 x 6.8 x 0.2 inches) and heavier and larger than the 6-inch E Ink Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (7.2 ounces, 6.7 x 4.6 x 0.4 inches). The reMarkable keeps things simple for its buttons and ports. It’s got a power and wake button on the top with the Back, Home and Forward/New Page buttons on the bottom bezel. You’ll use the micro USB port on the tablet’s bottom edge to charge the reMarkable, but the company plans to add data-transfer capabilities in a future version.
The remarkable is designed with 10.3-inch Canvas display, a monochromatic digital-paper surface that
Incorporates the E Ink Carta technology. While this panel’s on-screen buttons are touch-sensitive, you’ll need to use the slate’s Marker stylus to do everything else. The reMarkable’s viewing angles Just like with actual paper and is nearly perfect.
WRITING AND DRAWING WITH THE MARKER
One of my favorite things about the reMarkable is letting other people use it. I got looks of shock and elation nearly every time someone wrote on the slate. That reaction is warranted because of how good the act of writing feels. The extremely natural sensation you feel while drawing comes from moving the pen’s felt tip against the Canvas display. This is a much more comfortable feeling than writing with the Apple Pencil on an iPad’s glass screen. The one place where this stylus doesn’t stand up to the iPad Pro’s Pencil (or to Microsoft’s Surface Pen) is latency. The Marker got a 55 millisecond delay, which is more than twice as long as the times from the Apple Pencil (20ms) and Surface Pen (21ms).
Not only is the Marker’s input sensitive to pressure and tilt, but the Pencil tool also features its own tilt mode, so you can write as if you’re at an angle while not adjusting your input. The reMarkable’s most impressive trick is that it switches the feeling you get when writing for each of the different writing tools (Pen, Pencil and Brush). With each digital utensil, you get a different amount of friction. Pencil offers the most friction, while the pen gives a medium amount of resistance and the brush delivers the smoothest experience.
OPERATING SYSTEM AND APPLICATION
The reMarkable uses Codex, its own OS. This is a custom version of Linux that’s optimized for low-latency e-paper. This means you get a brand-new user interface to learn, one that mostly revolves around unfamiliar icons. The reMarkable includes 56 templates, such as lined, gridded and sheet music. reMarkable’s proprietary cloud sync means your documents stay backed up to the cloud, as each reMarkable comes with 8GB of cloud storage (mirroring the tablet’s local storage). The desktop and mobile applications let you access your files from anywhere, with or without the slate. Third-party storage isn’t available yet, but it’s a planned feature for the end of 2017.
The reMarkable apps for Windows and macOS allow you to export notebooks and documents as PDF and PNG files. The tablet also comes with a tool built for those who enjoy creating for a live audience. LiveView mirrors your current document to the macOS and Windows apps.
The reMarkable runs on an ARM A9 CPU with 512MB of RAM, which shows when pages pause between loading and buttons take a second to respond to touch. The reMarkable runs as fast as most E Ink devices (such as Amazon’s Kindles), but it’s certainly less snappy than an iPad.
The electronic white paper is rated to last 21 hours.
ACCESSORIES AND WARRANTY
The reMarkable costs $599 and includes the marker, extra tips and a wool-felt folio case that has a pocket for the Marker. An extra set of eight Marker tips costs $12. reMarkable says each tip should last at least three weeks, and that less pressure and usage could extend their life to six weeks.