Tablets certainly aren’t new, especially ones that are meant to replace paper notepads. And if you already own an iPad, you might feel as though there is no need for a paper tablet in your life. But that’s just the thing — the reMarkable 2 is not here to replace your iPad. It was created to help you disconnect from a world of constant notifications and alerts, while creating a paperless solution for your physical document needs.
The SPY team is a big fan of the reMarkable Paper Tablet, which is why we’re excited for the imminent release of the reMarkable 2. Like the Light Phone, this nifty tablet brings paper ink and futuristic design to an oversaturated tech marketplace.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this innovative tablet, which is available for pre-order now and set to release in August (for orders placed right now). Can’t wait till August? Shop the best tablets of 2020 from iPad to Android.
What Is the reMarkable 2 Paper Tablet?
The reMarkable 2 is the digital solution to replace notebooks and printed documents with a single tablet that you can write on just like paper. Keep in mind this is the reMarkable 2, implying there was a previous version before this. While the concept was the same, the execution — slower processing power and the occasional lag — called for an upgrade.
The reMarkable 2 is about as thick as a pencil, or .19 inches to be exact, and is incredibly lightweight. The battery life lasts up to two full weeks, which is 3x better than the previous version. And as for writing, the texturized display of the reMarkable 2 gives an incredibly paper-like feel to the screen when you use the stylus to write. And here is where the true magic happens.
Why Should I Buy The reMarkable 2?
If you still like to put the pen to paper, you’ll especially appreciate the feel of this paper tablet. The relationship between the stylus and the surface of the tablet is crisp and responsive. The manufacturer claims that it’s up to 2x more responsive than its predecessor. When you’re writing, the drag and responsiveness feel like putting pencil to paper — it even makes that familiar sound of pen running along paper.
Being able to write on a display with a stylus is not breaking news, of course. But the reMarkable 2 has a few more tricks up its sleeve. One of the most useful features is that your handwritten notes can automatically be converted to text. So, instead of having to type out your handwritten notes for your boss, simply press the convert to text option in the menu, and your text will magically be converted into digital form.
Being able to write directly on PDF documents is also a welcome feature for any office warrior. This eliminates the hassle of finding a DocuSign app or having to print off documents, add your notes, and then scan them. Not only will you be saving paper (mother Earth will be pleased) you’ll also be saving time at work.
Speaking of being more efficient, all of your notes are automatically synced to the cloud, meaning you’ll have access to them whenever you need them, on your tablet or on other mobile devices, such as your phone or laptop. This keeps your notes organized and in one place.
Most office workers spend upwards of 8 to 10 hours a day staring at a screen. Some might take writing with a pen and paper as a break for the eyes. Thankfully, with the paper-like design of the screen, and the soft illumination provided by millions of pixels inside the display, the screen is easy on the eyes. It feels much more like looking at a book or notepad than another display. Oh, and when it comes to books, reMarkable 2 functions as a fantastic eReader as well.
Remember, reMarkable is here to help you work differently, more efficiently and free of distractions. It’s best to think of the second-generation paper tablet as a tool for creativity that helps you become more organized and replaces all those loose papers in your home or office.
When Can I Buy reMarkable 2?
You can preorder the reMarkable 2 from the company website. Right now, reMarkable is packaging the tablet, the marker (stylus), the folio (cover) and shipping for $399 — meaning you essentially get the stylus, folio and shipping free. The paper tablet will be shipped in June or August depending on how quickly you pre-order, but you’ll be able to give the new device a test run for 30 days. If you aren’t completely head over heels for the new paper tablet, you can return it and receive a full refund.