As someone who has and probably always will use a lot of paper when making notes, I became conscious of just how much I was wasting over the period of my studying.
Notebooks would get lost, or I’d forget to carry the right one with me to each lectures, so when I found out there was a product on the market that mimicked a notebook (but wasn’t as distracting as an iPad), I needed to put it to the test.
The ReMarkable Tablet is an E-Ink device (it has the same display as an Amazon Kindle, for reference), and comes with an included stylus pen and 8 additional marker tips to replace the existing one after general wear-and-tear.
You’ll find lots of information online about all the specifications of the product, and I’ll also put a little bit more information at the bottom of the article about the nitty-gritty information, but more importantly – is it worth the £449 ($499) price tag?
As someone who constantly uses notepads and paper to write down anything that comes to mind, one of the best selling points to this tablet is its ability to turn your written words into a digitally-typed format. You can also sync any notepads or just general pages you write to other devices (your laptop/mobile phone) using their desktop and IOS/Android app, and pages can also be directly emailed from the tablet itself.
In my time reviewing the tablet, I found it to be lightweight enough that I could carry it around everywhere, and also really enjoyed having all my notes in one place – the worry of trying to remember where I’d put one piece of paper with important information on was taken away by the sheer ease of locating my previously synced notes.
If I could make one change to the device, I would include an editing function once converting the writing to digital text, as there were a few mistakes in the text and going back and re-writing out the words were a bit of a nuisance, but the fact that you can even convert it in the first place is still a huge advantage.
The design is sleek, light-weight and beautifully simplistic. While I personally really enjoy this kind of aesthetic, however others felt that the device didn’t feel as ‘expensive’ as its price point dictated due to the plastic outer-shell.
The lower part of the device includes three square buttons, which enable you to go back-and-forth between pages of your notebooks or ‘Quick Sheets’. While these work well, I did find myself accidentally pressing the right-hand side button without wanting to while writing.
ReMarkable recently brought out a 2.0 operating system update, which definitely improves the design look on the actual device compared to its original settings. The interface is simplistic, yet filled with different tools – you can change your pen setting to mimic a paintbrush, pencil and more.
I’m not going to lie to you, it is an extremely hefty price to pay – especially if you’re a student. If you’re the sort of person who only occasionally writes on paper and prefers the digital approach – this is not for you.
However, on playing around with the device, it is so much more than just a digital notebook that ‘feels like writing on paper’ (which I can confirm, it truly does, especially compared to the feel of writing on an iPad). You can upload your own Ebooks, PDFs, edit and annotate anything on your screen, and the device comes pre-loaded with a range of notebooks for you to tailor your own preferences to your experience. I even created my own PDF notebook on Keynote to use on the ReMarkable and it has definitely increased my productivity.
For an extra £80-£120, you can also buy a Folio, which is a specially designed carrying case from ReMarkable for your device. Definitely worth investing in if you’re planning on keeping your tablet in the best condition possible, but I do think that a basic Folio design should be included when buying the product outright, as this would definitely make more sense in justifying the payment for the product.
Do I believe it’s worth £450? Personally, no – but it is still an incredible product and has definitely increased my productivity and helped aid my in just my short time using it, but then I go through enough paper daily that it genuinely makes a difference in my life.
Had the tablet retailed around £250/£300 I would be encouraging every man and his dog to go out and get themselves one. The lack of colour choices and screen options definitely take away from the validity of the price, but then if you’re someone who uses pen and paper in everyday life – the ease of access more than makes up for the high price-point.
If you’re looking for a tool to keep all of your notes/work/designs in one place and have the money to spare, I definitely think the ReMarkable is a worthy investment, but if it’s something that you’re likely to use for a week and then leave on your desk and forget, then the tablet probably isn’t for you.
ReMarkable also have a 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee, so even if you think you could afford it but wouldn’t justify the price, you can try the product for a month and if you love it, keep it but if you don’t use it enough to make up for the cost you can send it back and get a full refund.
|Screen||10.3” 1872×1404 resolution (226 DPI) monochrome digital paper touch display|
|OS||Codex, a custom Linux-based OS optimized for low-latency e-paper|
|CPU||1 GHz ARM A9 CPU|
|RAM||512 MB DDR3L|
|Ports||One Micro USB port|
|Size||177 x 256 x 6.7mm (6.9 x 10.1 x .26 inches)|
|Weight||.77 pounds (350 grams)|
|Supported files||.pdf, .epub|
|Other perks||Included stylus|
[Featured Image Credit: ReMarkable]