The reMarkable 2 is an amazing tablet perfect for reading lengthy documents, annotating them, taking notes, and sketching. However, it wasn’t designed for full-on writing until they released the new keyboard folio. This case is similar to those created for the Surface, iPad, and other e-paper devices such as the Boox Tab X. It has a leather-like exterior available in black or milk chocolate brown and a three-layer design. The top is a cover, the tablet is in the middle, and the keyboard hides beneath.
The folio can be used as a regular cover when you want to take notes or read in portrait mode. When you remove the cover, you can fold up the keyboard and snap it into place with two magnets. There is no need to connect or configure it with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth as it is powered by a contact interface that activates the keyboard. This does mean that the keyboard and tablet must remain attached. The keys have no lag between tapping and the letter appearing, making it the best non-LCD device. The chiclet keys don’t have much travel or play, but they are comfortable enough. There is also no delete key; however, shift-backspace does the same job.
The reMarkable also comes with a text-focused interface, which can be used with the on-screen keyboard. There are few formatting options and the text is a bit small, but you are able to attach handwriting or sketches to the text and they will scroll up and down with it. Unfortunately, you cannot create a text field next to existing drawings. It would be nice to have more options for formatting, as well as more options for the size and layout of the text. Additionally, it would be helpful to be able to control the layout and formatting on a per-document basis.
The reMarkable also has several integrations, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. It also has its own Connect feature, which costs $3 per month after the first year. This allows you to sync files between the desktop and mobile apps and the tablet. Unfortunately, you can only have one active tablet at a time. It would be great if they could add integrations to services like Simplenote, Evernote, and Bear, as this would make the device much more useful.
At $200, the folio case is two-thirds of the price of the $300 reMarkable. It is well-made and the keyboard is great. This case does make the device more useful for writing. At $500, it may be too expensive for some people; however, it is close to becoming the digital typewriter of our dreams.