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The ReMarkable 2 is undoubtedly the best digital handwriting experience you can get instead of a pad of paper and a pencil. In almost every way, it outperforms its predecessor, ReMarkable 1, resulting in a top-notch tablet experience that excels at its primary purpose – allowing you to sketch and take notes without distractions.

The tablet is expensive, considering that its screen technology only allows you to edit grayscale documents and take notes. There’s no app store nor support for web browsers or video playback. But that’s practically precisely the point – this is a device for creation, not consumption, that syncs your ideas in the cloud, and you can access them anywhere.

It’s stunning to write with the marker on the reMarkable 2. The texture on the surface of the display is just enough to provide friction and the tactile feedback that comes with writing on paper.

Remarkable 2 - the Bentley

With improved pen responsiveness, a Bentley-like sleek new hardware design, and innovative upgrades, it is the best tablet of its kind. These new features include an integrated pen eraser and USB-C charging. The ReMarkable 2 serves its nearly singular purpose to extensive effect. It’s not without its problems – the replaceable pen tips don’t last forever, and more work could have gone into improving the eBook experience. But it’s hard to find fault with the essential writing experience.

It feels like paper

Remember when gadgets felt gadgety to the touch? Fun devices that didn’t care about ecosystems and notifications and wireless payment transactions and all that boring stuff? That’s what the ReMarkable 2 harkens back to. It has an almost singular purpose — to make writing on a digital device enjoyable. It does it in a great way, even if that comes at the expense of the multitasking capabilities we’ve come to expect from our mobile devices.

It’s not just marketing hype. Writing with the ReMarkable 2’s marker pens on the CANVAS display absolutely feels like writing on paper. It’s pressure-sensitive. The pens can work at a 50-degree tilt to create shading. There’s just a little friction on the surface. In short, it’s as close to writing on a traditional pad from a connected device as we’ve ever experienced.

For many years, I relied on notebooks in my daily life. To take notes and mindmaps to edit, drafting an outline for a video or article, moreover, creating to-do lists. I’ve habitually had a paper notebook handy at my desk, and the thought of trading it in for a tablet gave me pause. While the first generation reMarkable was a fleeting glimpse of greatness, the reMarkable 2 is the first time I was completely okay with ditching all my paper notebooks.

The price tag may seem steep, and the experience may seem limited, but the company’s ability to focus on the strengths of a focused experience is why it’s absolutely awesome – if not remarkable.

We started using remarkable 2 in 2020, but changed it for an ipad in 2021 for the reason of lack of additional use.

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  1. I recently got the Remarkable 2 and it’s been a game-changer for my note-taking and writing. The writing experience feels so natural!

  2. I love how lightweight and portable the Remarkable 2 is. It’s so easy to carry around and use on-the-go.

  3. The battery life on the Remarkable 2 is impressive. I can use it for days without having to charge it.

  4. The Remarkable 2 has made studying so much easier for me. I can organize my notes and highlight important information with ease.

  5. The Remarkable 2’s e-ink display is so easy on the eyes. I can read for hours without any eye strain.

  6. I love the seamless integration with my cloud storage. It’s so easy to access my files on any device.

  7. The handwriting recognition on the Remarkable 2 is spot on. I love how it turns my messy handwriting into typed text.

  8. The Remarkable 2 has replaced my notebook and has made my work so much more efficient. I can easily edit and move my notes around.

  9. The Remarkable 2’s design is sleek and modern. It looks great on my desk and adds a touch of sophistication to my workspace.

  10. The Remarkable 2 has a lot of great features, but what stands out the most to me is how easy it is to use.

  11. I’ve tried other e-ink devices before, but the Remarkable 2’s writing experience is truly remarkable. It feels like I’m writing on paper!

  12. I love how the Remarkable 2 has made my note-taking more environmentally friendly. I’m no longer wasting paper!

  13. The Remarkable 2’s writing tools are so versatile. I can use different colors and pen types to make my notes more organized.

  14. The Remarkable 2’s cloud backup has saved me a few times when I accidentally deleted something. It’s so convenient!

  15. The Remarkable 2 is perfect for creatives. I love how I can sketch and draw on it with ease.

  16. I’ve been using Remarkable 2 for a few weeks now and it’s quickly become my go-to device for note-taking and sketching. The paper-like feel is so much more satisfying than writing on glass.

  17. I was a bit hesitant to switch to a paper tablet, but Remarkable 2 has exceeded my expectations. The battery life is amazing and the ability to write with a stylus is so much more natural than typing.

  18. I’ve been looking for a device to replace my traditional paper notebooks for a while and Remarkable 2 is the perfect solution. The ability to save and organize my notes is a game changer.

  19. I work in graphic design and I’ve been using Remarkable 2 for all my sketches and wireframes. The stylus is so precise and the paper-like feel is much more intuitive for me.”

    “I’ve been using Remarkable 2 for my university studies and it’s been a lifesaver. Being able to write notes by hand and then convert them to text is a huge time saver.

  20. Remarkable 2 is the perfect device for artists and illustrators. The paper-like surface and the ability to use different pen and brush types is a game changer.

  21. I’ve been using Remarkable 2 for my meetings and it’s been amazing. Being able to take notes and draw diagrams on the same device is so convenient.

  22. I’ve been using Remarkable 2 for my work as a writer and it’s been amazing. The ability to write by hand and then convert it to text is a huge time saver.

  23. Remarkable 2 is the perfect device for students. Being able to take notes by hand and then convert them to text is a huge time saver and the battery life is amazing.

  24. I’ve been using Remarkable 2 for my journaling and it’s been a great experience. The paper-like surface is so much more satisfying than writing on glass.

  25. The Remarkable 2 is a game-changing device in the world of digital note-taking and paperless productivity. As someone who has used the original Remarkable and now the Remarkable 2, I can confidently say that the device lives up to its name.

    One of the things that sets the Remarkable 2 apart from other digital note-taking devices is the feel of the paper-like display. It truly feels like writing on paper, with the added benefit of being able to easily erase and edit my notes. The display is also incredibly responsive and accurate, making it easy to write or draw with precision.

    The design of the Remarkable 2 is sleek and lightweight, making it easy to take with me on the go. The battery life is also impressive, lasting for several weeks on a single charge. The device also has built-in wifi, allowing me to easily transfer my notes to other devices or share them with others.

    The Remarkable 2 also offers a wide range of features, including the ability to add images, PDFs, and even videos to my notes. The device also has the ability to convert my handwriting to text, making it easy to share my notes with others or use them for work or school.

    Overall, the Remarkable 2 is an exceptional device for anyone looking for a paperless productivity solution. The feel of the paper-like display, combined with the device’s numerous features and long battery life, make it the perfect choice for anyone looking to go paperless. It’s a device that I can’t recommend enough for anyone who wants to take their productivity to the next level.

  26. So when I read this text, I am tempted to exchange my Remarkable 1 for a Remarkable 2. Thank you very much.

  27. After a few friends showed me the Remarkable 2 and hooked me, I thought about it for a while and looked at the alternatives. But they are not necessarily cheaper.

    Now I’ve had the company get it for me, and I’ll probably finally be able to tidy up my desk 🙂

    I think the thing is fantastic!

  28. What put me (and other colleagues) off this device professionally is that handwriting recognition requires mandatory cloud use (the texts are uploaded for this).

    Since our company policy prohibits such data transfer to “strangers”, it would only be a simple notepad with texts that cannot be processed further. That was too little money for me.

  29. Actually an interesting product. But 500 dollars for a closed system without self-host possibility + subscription obligation? For me, that smells like drinking too much apple varnish…

  30. I handed in my remarkable and exchanged it for an iPad Air with Pencil. It may not feel like paper, but it’s more flexible in every other way. The price for the remarkable is clearly too high for the fact that it only serves a very small niche.

  31. If it were 100/200 euros cheaper, I would buy it immediately for work.
    Even at home, it would have its place, because I can still sort my thoughts best on “paper”.

  32. Attention, this is more of a “digital notepad”, similar to Wacom Slate & Folio.
    However, the paper-like displays are unsuitable for fluid sketching and painting, as there is too much friction and input lag. It is better to use iPads, the thick Samsungs or Wacoms, as these can use the extensive OS/android or full Windows software.

  33. Sorry, I also had something like that, and now I use paper again, the things sometimes switch off after 5 or 10 minutes, and then a new page is started when you switch them on again, so I have my notes on two pages
    For me, it’s nothing

  34. I have had one of these for a long time. I often write on notepads and can confirm that it is well suited for this. A few additional points to mention:

    Alternative pens (such as the “Staedtler Noris digital”) work, but you cannot dock them magnetically.

    Connected to the computer via USB, the reMarkable 2 sets up a web server where you can move data (independent of the operating system).

    PDFs such as scientific publications are displayed with sufficient resolution and are readable (noticeably smaller than A4). Zoom works sufficiently fast.

    You can write on PDFs and save them. The graphic is integrated into the PDF and remains editable. Unfortunately, there are no colours available that would at least stand out on another device. (edit: this works in an updated software version, thanks @i.z.)

    I think it’s a bit of a shame that there’s no light built-in (almost standard for ebook readers) and that at least a few primary colours aren’t supported (coloured e-ink has been on the market for a while).

    The price is relatively high and was justifiable for me, mainly because it is easy to take along, read and annotate PDFs. It’s an excellent niche product, but something more sophisticated would be fine for reading the e-paper Gamestar issue on the train, for example.

  35. The writing feeling on the screen is like on natural paper and therefore unmistakable, not least due to the pens optimised for this purpose.

  36. I had a Remarkable 1 and have now changed it to a Remarkable 2. I am curious to see if the new device is as good as the old one.

  37. The ReMarkable 2 isn’t meant to take the place of your computer. It can’t even browse the internet. Its sole purpose is to replace a paper notepad. You can use it to make handwritten notes, edit PDFs, sketch ideas, and read ebooks and articles on its E Ink display.

  38. In a distracted world, reMarkable 2 was designed to not get in your brain’s way. Free from distractions, you can find the focus you need to think better. No notifications, social media, or email — just you and your thoughts.

  39. Remarkable 2 delivers what it promises and has been the best investment for my studies. I use it for several hours daily, saving me from taking chaotic notes. It feels like writing on paper, unlike writing on any other tablet.

    I’m surprised by the many nasty comments on other sites, but I recommend it for students!

  40. I’ve been impressed with the remarkable 2. The writing experience, build quality, carefully-considered features, and lovely accessories (both the Folio and Book Folio are beautifully designed and constructed) make this a superb premium note-taking device.

  41. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect paper notebook replacement. I’ve tried a couple of other e-note devices and thought I found the one I liked. Since then, I was given the opportunity to review the reMarkable 2 paper tablet. I have since changed my mind about which device is right for me. The reMarkable 2 tablet has pushed my other tablet out of the number one spot.