A year and a half after shipping its first product, the folks at ReMarkable aren’t ready to start talking about a follow-up yet… because they’re still busy pushing out improvements and new features through software updates for their first product: a 10.3 inch tablet with an E Ink display and pressure-sensitive pen input.

I caught up with the company in Las Vegas and got a demo of some of the new features. As someone with hopelessly lousy handwriting, I’m not exactly the target market for this $599 device… but as a fan of electronic paper displays, I can’t help but wish that there were more devices that used them for more than displaying eBooks.

The ReMarkable lets you take hand-written notes, and a recent software update also lets you convert them to text (an internet connection is required for that though.

While you can certainly use it to read eBooks, it also lets you highlight text or scribble annotations or sketch pictures in the margins of your books. And you can export anything you create on the tablet to a computer as a PDF or SVG file.

The company says it sold 55,000 units in 2017 and did even better in 2018 (although it’s not ready to say how much better).

There’s no getting around the fact that the ReMarkable tablet is rather expensive for a device that has limited functionality when compared with something like an iPad. But it gets days or weeks of battery life, depending on usage, has a display that’s easily visible outdoors, and doesn’t have a lot of competition: Sony and Onyx are the only other companies I’m aware of that have anything even remotely like the ReMarkable.

If it helps, the ReMarkable is on sale for $50 off at the moment, bringing the price down to $549.


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10 replies on “ReMarkable E Ink writing tablet gets better with age”

  1. I can honestly say, as a book publisher, author, and editor, I have never been happier with a device in my life, and that is saying a lot!

    I have always invested in good tools, and they are always worth every penny even in the short run, much less the long run. This tablet does everything it purports to do and more! They really mean it when they use the phrase, “get your brain back.”

    I encourage you, don’t wait to get one because of money. The money and time this thing will save you will more than make up for the cost, even right away. I got mine through Affirm payment plan which you can choose at checkout. I was approved even with “needs work” credit score. My payment is only $60 a month and I was able to buy the folio also. I just used Affirm again to purchase the new black pen; can’t wait to receive it.

    As you can see, I am a big fan. About to purchase another for my daughter. Hope this helps.

    1. I am so happy to see another writer loves this product. I’ve been doing quite a bit of research before buying and this was just the comment I needed to read.

      1. It is a tempting device, almost exactly what I want but for the size, if it was available as a 7/8″ for mobility would purchase RM. The only similar option I see is Ratta Supernote A6- may go and purchase instead, it too looks excellent option just for e ink notes.

    2. It’s great I had one now for 8 month and I just bought another one for my wife. It’s great in meeting to take notes and it has a really good quality feeling about it.

  2. Hey, Did you write on it, I would be interested in getting one, if it actually feels like real paper,

    On a scale from 1-10, (10 being exactly like paper) what would you rate it?


    1. I have one. It’s a textured screen that feels like paper and has the friction that’s missing on sending. So far I love mine so far. A pal had a referral.discount of $100, so it took the sting out of the price. My handwriting is okay, but you can edit the converted text before swnding.

      1. I’m curious about this as well, so could you clarify what you mean by “friction that’s missing on sending”?

    2. It blew me away. I am picky about my paper and ink quality, and writing on this is amazing. Run don’t walk and buy one!

  3. I still think I’ll have one of these – or similar – some day. However by then they will need to be about the size of a standard sheet of paper and sell for under $200.

    1. Agreed. The only thing keeping me from getting one is the price. I’d pay $200.00 for one.

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