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The reader's e-ink tablet
Kobo Elipsa 2E
Productivity for minds on the go
The Kobo Elipsa 2E might just be the ideal when it comes to e-ink tablets—for avid readers, anyway. It has a gorgeous 10.3-inch screen that's great to write on, and the Kobo library is massive. With a storied past in the e-reader game, it's easy to see why Kobo's still at the top of the pile.
The screen is the real deal for readers who want to be able to customize their experience to their comfort. Adjust the color temperature to your liking and let your bibliophilia run wild with books and even comics.
Pick the Kobo Elipsa 2E over the reMarkable 2 if writing isn't your top priority and you want a nice, well-rounded reading experience with some very solid annotation and document markup capabilities.
OverDrive support for borrowing from local libraries
Exceptional battery life
Write directly on virtually any book
Adjustable color temperature
Feels a little cheaper than some competitors
The reMarkable 2 is truly the e-ink tablet for note takers and sketchers on the go. It seems that reMarkable put all its time and effort into that aspect of this tablet, and it shows. The lack of a front light means your Marker (pen) is as close to the writing surface as possible, making for a true-to-life paper feel. Sketching and taking notes on reMarkable 2 is a dream.
That's about where reMarkable 2's exceptional features run dry. It's an e-reader, sure, but only for e-books you upload; you can't connect to your Kindle or Kobo library and therefore can't download books on the go. Users have also noted that reMarkable can be kind of cumbersome when reading, as it lacks some of the quality of life features that other reading-focused tablets possess, like page turn buttons. Its file support is also quite scant.
You'd only select reMarkable 2 over the Kobo Elipsa 2E if note taking and sketching on the go are your main priority.
Can connect to Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox
Screen color temperature isn't adjustable
Not ideal for avid readers
For the best all-around experience, Kobo Elipsa 2E is the way to go. It's got the best of both worlds—outstanding e-reader capabilities, backed by over a decade of industry-leading development, as well as superb annotation and note taking capabilities. It may not quite feel like real paper, but most people can probably look past that.
Kobo's library is also vast, letting you read all your favorites and the latest releases. OverDrive connectivity also lets you borrow books from your local libraries (US only right now).
Consider all your use cases
Do you want to spend upwards of $400 on a tablet that does one thing really well, or would you rather have the best of both worlds with minor compromises when it comes to writing? Kobo Elipsa 2E delivers on all fronts, so it's kind of a no-brainer, especially if e-reader functionality is at all important to you.
Kobo Elipsa 2E
193 x 227 x 7.5 mm
188.0 x 246.0 x 4.7 mm
The biggest difference in specs is the internal storage: the Kobo Elipsa 2E can hold around 24,000 books, while the reMarkable 2 can probably hold around a quarter of that. Not a huge deal (who's reading 6,000 books at once?), but it's the little bits of added value that bring Kobo out on top.
Unless you're solely focused on a real pen-on-paper writing experience, the Kobo Elipsa 2E is easily the better option for most people. And its writing capabilities are top-notch anyway, so it's a win-win.
What reMarkable 2 lacks in e-reader quality of life features, it makes up for in its exceptional writing experience. While that may be marred by some clunkiness with respect to cloud storage and lacking file support, it's still awesome for notes, doodles, and presenting your ideas on calls or displays.
The reMarkable 2 features outstanding note taking capabilities, with a real pen-on-paper feel, but does that make it the better buy over the Kindle Scribe? For business users, yes. For everyone else, not so much.
E-readers are too slow. Tablets like the iPad are too expensive and have battery life measured in hours instead of days. A stylus on my phone is too slippery and too slick. Pencil and paper? That's the holy grail — and the reMarkable 2's combination of focused software and awesome hardware finally replaced it for me.
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