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8.3/10
Informr score
The reMarkable 2 currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 14 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

In a world of multitasking and all-in-one devices, the price asked for the reMarkable 2 left some reviewers conflicted. That being said, it’s certainly a unique experience and if you’re looking to eliminate distractions, the reMarkable 2 has its benefits over other more-capable options.

What's good

  • Extremely thin design
  • Palm-rejection
  • Long battery life

What's bad

  • Expensive
  • No backlight
  • Limited capabilities

The reMarkable 2 is an e-Ink slate with the goal of replacing paper without losing any of the aesthetic that comes with writing. Besides being a more green option for this day and age, what else does the reMarkable 2 have to offer?

Design

Reviewers all noted how surprisingly thin the reMarkable 2 is. However, it’s heavier than the first-generation reMarkable -- thanks to its more premium aluminum chassis over the previous plastic one. Still, it’s nearly bezel-less, which allows for more surface area to write and draw on and feels more like a folded magazine in terms of weight than your typical tablet or e-reader. 

Display

The 10.3-inch Canvas display is simple yet refined. It’s an e-ink display that does best in black and white. Pictures don’t load very well and are pixelated. But that’s to be expected with the technology.

However, if you’ve ever used virtually any other e-reader, you’re likely to be surprised by the lack of built-in lighting with the reMarkable 2. Most reviewers felt that trading a thin design for an integrated light was a poor decision. So be sure to have lamps, book lights, or plenty of natural lighting around if you plan to read, sketch, or take notes.

Performance

There is some latency involved in using the reMarkable 2, but reviewers stated that it wasn’t too much of an issue in the long run. Once you’ve spent a few minutes writing and tapping around the interface, it begins to feel quite natural.

It’s an e-reader, not a tablet, and it performs as such. But it never left reviewers wanting.

Software & Storage

ReMarkable 2 does not have the typical operating system you’re accustomed to when it comes to tablets. Instead, it runs on Linux-based Codex OS. It comes with 8GB of storage and doesn’t offer any further expansion, but when you consider that everything will be text and black and white, that’s likely plenty of room.

There’s a lot to look forward to as the software matures too. Already, reMarkable has promised a Google Chrome extension to send texts to your reMarkable for later reading much like Pocket or Evernote.

Cameras

The reMarkable 2 does not have any cameras.

Battery Life

Its battery may be small when you compare it with today's tablets and smartphones, but it does a good job holding onto a charge. So good that some reviewers cited two weeks’ worth of battery time. It also charges by USB-C.

Audio

The reMarkable 2 does not support audio.

Accessories

The reMarkable 2 supports a range of stylus options and an official case.

The tablet comes with the Marker Stylus in the box, which is the baseline edition. But there is also the Marker Stylus Plus, which has an eraser function on the top. 

The folio case is a magnetic dust jacket of sorts and doesn’t have a ton of functionality beyond that point. But it is stylish enough and reviewers felt it was well made.

Specs at a Glance

  • Thin aluminum design
  • 10.3-inch E-Ink display
  • ARM A9 Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Linux-based Codex OS
  • 8GB of storage
  • No camera
  • 3,000mAh battery 
  • No audio
  • reMarkable Marker Stylus

The Bottom Line

The reMarkable 2 is an interesting device. It does one thing really well -- feeling like a real sheet of paper turned digital. But it costs more than a few of the ever-popular iPad models even if you add in the cost of the excellent Apple Pencil

In a world of multitasking and all-in-one devices, the price asked for the reMarkable 2 left some reviewers conflicted. That being said, it’s certainly a unique experience and if you’re looking to eliminate distractions, the reMarkable 2 has its benefits over other more-capable options.

WIRED states, “If you're looking for the best note-taking experience you've had since pen and paper, look no further. However, if you're like me, and the thought of spending hundreds of dollars on an imperfect gadget makes your head spin, maybe it's best to wait for the next version. Maybe that one will be able to do more.”

The Verge says, “But the high price tag and limited features still don’t make a case for why a digital version of paper should exist in a world where tablets have already long since surpassed their analogue counterparts. The reMarkable 2 is a convincing digital evolution of paper. But why be paper when you could be a whole computer instead?”


Operating system
Linux
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
10.3"
Camera
No


What the Critics Are Saying...


Laptop Mag

These days, the value of a device tends to lie in how many things it can do. While the reMarkable 2 isn’t multifunctional, sticking to what it does best has paid off. The lack of distractions in its UI and the excellent performance as a writing tablet makes this device a pleasure to use. And while I...

- Ally Thomas, Laptop Mag
L@B techreviews

It feels very strange to write on a screen with a surface that feels like silk matt paper. At least after typing on a tablet with a glass screen. It takes a little getting used to, but the writing feel is surprisingly good, even compared to quality paper. Fountain pen Puritans certainly will not lis...

- Lasse Svendsen, L@B techreviews
Input

For most people, an iPad makes more sense. It costs less and the multimedia and app ecosystem are more valuable than a paper-like writing experience. I don't think for a second reMarkable expects to sell truckloads of these tablets and "kill" iPads. But if you're a notetaking obsessive looking for a...

- Raymond Wong, Input
Macworld

The reMarkable 2 is an E Ink based 'paper tablet' that mimics the feel of paper for all your writing, reading, and illustrating needs.

- Adam Patrick Murray, Macworld
New Atlas

In short, the reMarkable 2 takes the best bits of working on paper and using modern connected digital devices, and mashes them up in a single slate that also dispenses with many of the modern distractions that go with the latter.

- Paul Ridden, New Atlas


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Screen Size
10.3"

The reMarkable 2's screen size is 10.3 inches with 1404 x 1872 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a ARM A9 Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Linux Codex operating system (OS).

Camera
No
This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery.

reMarkable 2 Specs

Overview
Release date June 2, 2020
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
Networks
No
SIM card size
No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Linux Codex

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Processor ARM A9 Dual-core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.164 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Manual, Data Cable, Stylus
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time No
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) No
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 18.7 x 24.6 x 0.47 cm (7.4 x 9.7 x 0.2 in)
Weight 403.5 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Monochrome
Technology E-ink
Colors No
Resolution 1404 x 1872 pixels
Pixel density 226 pixels
Size 10.3 inches
Graphics No
Themes No
Backlit Illumination No
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity None
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser No
Email Client No
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
No
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Radio No
Video Playback No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar No
World Clock No
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types PDF, EPUB
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games No
Apps No
Included Software / Apps
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