reMarkable | The paper tablet

Angled photo of reMarkable and pen

What perfect timing. I just listened to a Freakanomics Radio episode (turns out it was a rebroadcast episode from 2016) about how different people take notes. Are you a person who types their notes, or do you prefer the tactile feel of pen and paper? Or perhaps you’ve embraced tablet computers and handwriting recognition.

I prefer paper and pen because it makes it easier for me to remember what I write (versus what I type). But I also have the problem of losing, misplacing, or being unable to recall notes.

This tablet, from (and called) reMarkable, aims to be a cross between an e-reader (e.g. a Kindle Paperwhite) and a pen-based tablet. It has a monochrome e-ink display, but has more power and an OS designed for a low-latency e-ink display.

It’s a big screen—10.3 inches—that has a high friction surface instead of glass. If you’ve used an e-reader, you know that the pixels of e-Ink displays seem to sit a lot closer to the surface than glass tablets. This, plus the friction, should make it really feel like the stylus is in contact with what you’re writing.

The paper tablet for people who prefer paper. Here to replace your notebooks, sketchbooks and printouts. Paper-like reading, writing and sketching with digital powers.

The price is a bit steep if you’re comparing to other tablets—pre orders are $479 for a limited time—but this is a niche product, designed (and designed beautifully) for a specific purpose. To let you read and take notes simply and unobtrusively. reMarkable has started shipping the first batch of tablets. Despite the preorder, it’s a real product that you should be able to have in-hand before the holidays.

If you’ve used reMarkable or another e-ink tablet, leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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