Not ready to part ways with paper? Fret not — there’s a product looking to combine nostalgia and new technology. Meet the reMarkable, a rather self-confidently named tablet now available for pre-order geared towards folks who want the feel of paper, and the convenience of a tablet. The E Ink tablet, the reMarkable team says, it “for people who prefer paper,” and can replace your notebooks, sketchbooks, and printouts by offering “paper-like reading, writing, and sketching with digital powers.”
While other tablets may attempt to attract customer attention by offering a slew of bells and whistles, reMarkable is taking the exact opposite approach. “No tablet has fewer functionalities than reMarkable (you can quote us on that),” the device claims on its website. “Paper is the ultimate tool for thinking because it’s simple. We designed reMarkable to not get in your brain’s way. Get in the zone and stay there.”
What does set the tablet apart, however, is its use of the so-called Canvas display, which uses “cutting-edge E Ink Carta technology with ultrathin, high-friction surface materials.” That means, supposedly, that it’ll not only feel like you’re writing on actual paper, but it’ll also refresh relatively quickly (because a high lag time has always been one of the chief complaints with E Ink technology). Moreover, with 100,000 pages worth of memory and a long battery life, reMarkable believes that you could write your opus magnum on this tablet without breaking a sweat (I mean, purely from a technological standpoint).
If you’re interested in buying the 21st-century replacement for paper, you can get the 10.3-inch reMarkable for the early bird price of $379, which includes both the pen and the tablet’s cover. And in this case, it pays to be an early adopter — should you dally, the full retail price will stand at $529, and it won’t include either of the aforementioned accessories.
The reMarkable is slated to begin shipping next summer.