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The reader's e-ink tablet

Kobo Elipsa 2E

Kobo Elipsa 2e Render

Productivity for minds on the go

reMarkable 2

Remarkable2 Product

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.

$400 at Amazon

Pros

  • OverDrive support for borrowing from local libraries
  • Exceptional battery life
  • Write directly on virtually any book
  • Adjustable color temperature

Cons

  • Clunky-ish software
  • 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.

Bundles starting at $449 at Amazon

Pros

  • Exceptional writing experience
  • Simple note and document organization
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Can connect to Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox

Cons

  • 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.

Category Kobo Elipsa 2E reMarkable 2
Display 10.3" 10.3"
Storage 32 GB 8 GB
Processor 2 GHz 1.2 GHz
RAM 1 GB 1 GB
Battery 2,400 mAh 3,000 mAh
Dimensions 193 x 227 x 7.5 mm 188.0 x 246.0 x 4.7 mm
Weight 350 g 403.5 g

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.

The best e-ink tablet for most people

Kobo Elipsa 2e

Kobo Elipsa 2E

Well-rounded wins

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.

The write stuff

Remarkable2

reMarkable 2

All eggs in one basket

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.

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