This Solid E Ink Tablet Just Can’t Beat the reMarkable’s Pen-on-Paper Experience

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This Solid E Ink Tablet Just Can’t Beat the reMarkable’s Pen-on-Paper Experience
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Although E Ink’s electronic paper screens are appearing everywhere from price tags on store shelves to luggage tags, they’re still most popular in two types of devices: e-readers designed to replace books, and e-note tablets designed to replace notepads. The new Kobo Elipsa wants to be both at the same time. Depending on what you plan to do with it, the tablet is either a solid all-in-one or a disappointing attempt to bridge these two devices.

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From my testing, the gold standard of e-note tablets—devices designed to replace a pen and paper with a stylus and e-paper screen—is the reMarkable tablet. But even the upgraded reMarkable 2 has two major drawbacks: it requires a separate device to get ebooks onto it for reading, and it lacks a self-illuminated screen—a feature even the cheapest e-readers now offer. So while it’s excellent for taking notes, the reMarkable 2 isn’t as great for reading digital documents, often requiring you to bring along a smaller e-reader as well. Although the new Kobo Elipsa addresses both of the issues I have with the reMarkable 2, it’s not quite the perfect E Ink tablet for me.

But it might be for you.