Remarkable Tablet Review
A quick review of my remarkable tablet

The remarkable tablet is an e-ink deviced focussed on hand written documents like notes and diagrams.

It's really a one trick pony. The writing experience is awesome, and that's enough. It does include features like handwriting recognition, device sync, screen share et cetera but these are really secondary to it's primary focus of being a "forever notebook" with infinite pages.

The Good

Writing and Drawing Experience

This is what it's all about. The feel of moving the stylus over the e-ink display is as close to pencil on paper as it's possible to get. It sounds and feels indistinguishable from the real thing. When writing the screen response is excellent and there's no noticeable lag. You can choose different types of stroke like pencil, pen, or marker.


The form factor is compact and it's really light. For something that you want to take to work, to lunch, to meetings, this is a bigger deal than it sounds.


There's an "enforced concentration" aspect which is important to a lot of users. No notifications or other distractions. I also like that Remarkable hasn't caved to having an "app store" or similar. IMO third party apps would ultimately detract from the simple functional beauty of the device.

The Bad


You can sync pdfs from your device to your desktop. The best I can say about this is that it's a bit clunky. I often re-start the desktop app to trigger a re-sync because it hasn't pulled everything through.

Screen Size

It's not A4. I guess this is a trade off for portability, but I often find myself wishing for a bit of extra room. I think part of this is that for some reason I have a tendency to write bigger text on the e-ink screen. It sometimes feels a bit like writing on the kind of notepad you'd write your shopping list on, rather than an A4 legal pad or something.

Battery Life

With Wi-Fi turned on, battery life isn't that great. I can probably go about a week of regular use between charges. It's really fine for my uses but it's not as immortal as it's often made out to be.

Full Screen Update Lag

When navigating between notebooks or waking the device there's noticeable lag on the full screen updates. This seems like a weird thing to complain about but it does actually bug me. It feels like using a computer from the 90s.