Suggested posts and targeted ads in your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. feed are common place anymore. I get it; its how social media sites monetize. I usually gloss over them, but today a suggested post for, reMarkable – the paper tablet, caught my eye. The idea is this minimalist e-ink tablet replaces your notebooks, sketchbooks, and possibly even your e-reader. My initial reaction is that this is a pretty cool idea. At work I have a couple of notebooks that I use and I scribble notes on the back of printouts all the time that ultimately end up scattered across my desk. Having a tablet to take and organize notes would be a perfect solution. I’ve tried apps like Evernote, but unless I have my laptop it doesn’t help much. Even if I had a tablet, I would still need a keyboard to effectively take notes.
The downside of reMarkable is the price. The current offer is $379 for a pre-order bundle that includes the tablet, a stylus, and a folio cover. Regular price is $529 just for the tablet and $79 for the Marker. For that kind of money, you could buy a 9.7 inch iPad Pro or Surface Pro and get a lot more features. ReMarkable doesn’t have a browser or use apps and the reMarkable team sees the lack of features as a benefit. You can work, read, sketch, whatever without the distraction of notifications from other apps. It doesn’t get any more simple than a piece of paper so it makes sense to create a simple replacement, but not for that price. I’d love to get my hands on one to see how paper-like it really is. Assuming it lives up to the expectations, the price would need to drop to more like $200 for me.
The reMarkable tablet is expected to start shipping in August.