Hot tech: why the latest reMarkable tablet is the ultimate note-taker

by James Wilkinson

Leading Oslo, Norway-based technology innovator ​reMarkable​ launched its next-generation paper tablet, reMarkable 2, in early 2020 and since then it has taken the world by storm.

The latest breakthrough device for note-taking and reviewing documents without distractions comes from the Norwegian developers behind the original paper tablet, which broke pre-order records during its 2017 launch.

At 4.7 mm (0.19 in) thick, reMarkable 2 is the world’s thinnest tablet. Armed with weeks of battery life, and the breakthrough second-generation CANVAS display partially powered by E Ink technology, reMarkable 2 is also the most paper-like digital device the industry has ever seen.

“reMarkable 2 supports our design philosophy of helping people think better through powerful technology,” said Magnus Wanberg, CEO of reMarkable. “Our latest tablet is paper-thin and our innovations in display technology make it so much like writing on paper that it’s hard to tell the difference.”

He said inspired by paper, reMarkable 2 is a tool for note-taking, reading, and annotating documents without built-in distractions.

“​Today’s world is a frenzied place of ever-evolving technology that increasingly demands more of our time and attention. reMarkable 2 is a step in a more human-friendly direction. It’s designed to help people think,” he said.

Wanberg said the company spent six years developing and perfecting its breakthrough paper tablet to deliver a realistic paper experience that supports improved focus and better thinking, while still maintaining a connection to the digital world.

reMarkable 2 features the ability to convert handwritten notes into text, along with options for organizing, sharing, annotating and searching documents.

Among a host of other digital features, reMarkable’s cloud service makes content accessible through multi-platform companion apps for desktop and mobile.

Its feature set is aimed at anyone who likes writing by hand, but wants to be able to reuse their work in their digital workflow.

At launch, reMarkable 2 will be accompanied by a Google Chrome plug-in that will allow users to read clean, reformatted web articles on their paper tablet without distractions.

Innovations in ultra-thin, high-friction surface materials and a completely redesigned, second-generation CANVAS display, make reMarkable 2 an unprecedented digital paper device.

Millions of physical ink particles lift to the display’s surface, working in tandem with the high precision Marker to deliver exceptional paper-like accuracy.

There are also a range of accessories to complement reMarkable 2, including two different Markers (one with a built-in eraser in the top end and stylish folios, including a Book Folio that lets you keep your reMarkable 2 in its cover while working and which attaches magnetically to reMarkable 2.