,,, and Google all make in different sizes and at different prices. These tablets all function in pretty much identical, computer-like ways: they play videos, games, and other media, they allow you to surf the internet, receive messages, email, and even giving you the ability to type and draw on their LCD or OLED screens.
E Ink tablets are intended for reading and writing, with the most paper-like experience possible. The reverberating and displacing benefits of Kindle-style writing and note-taking ability of a traditional tablet. These tablets utilize bright LCD displays and super-fast processors as a result of the rudimentary web accessibility pattern.
When I first started preparing for my latest play, I ended up carrying around printed scripts in a three-ring binder. A lot of time is spent traveling around the stage and meeting with other actors.
Actors tend to take humorous notes in the margin of the script. It takes a lot of effort, and it's important to have as few distractions as possible in the rehearsal room. This was a great way to get some of the most recent E Ink tablets.
Devices with a minimum screen size of 10 inches and stylus support were included for this roundup.
The ReMarkable 2 is a new type of digital notebook with a resolution of 226 DPI, which makes it light and easy to download. The software is easy to use, with clear buttons at the top for you to add notebooks and folders. It also has an additional 8GB of internal storage, as well as an optional cloud storage service for $8 per month.
The included stylus does not require pairing or charging, but is capable of tilt detection and a standard 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. Practically speaking, it provides the most realistic writing experience I've ever used. The screen has a paper-like sensation, giving the pen a sense of authenticity.
Highlights automatically straighten themselves and turn a legible gray shade with ease. This E Ink tablet has made it my favorite for rehearsals thanks to its slimness, two-week battery life, and heightened visual appeal.
The ReMarkable 2 isn't without shortcomings. The biggest issue is that it requires a direct backlight to be used in the dark. Even the cheapest Kindle now has front light illumination for nighttime use. It also does not function as an e-reader, as the only formats it supports are PDF and unprotected epub. That means that you will not be able to access your Kindle content or any other legally purchasable ebooks on the market.
This e-ink tablet was considered extremely beneficial. This is the cheapest E Ink tablet on our list, but it is still a PDF and note-taking device.
The Boox Note Air 2 is the most tablet-like E Ink device I tested. It has a resolution of 227 DPI, is made up of a customized version of the Android 11 operating system, and there is also a way to access the entire Google Play store, although I wouldn't recommend it for anything other than downloading an e-reading app. However, the Boox still has an e-ink display and isn't suitable for games or video. A step-by-step guide on
The Boox is equipped with only 64GB of non-expandable storage, thus you won't want apps to fill up your system. Although the company does offer 5GB of cloud storage from its own service for free to help transfer documents to the device, you may also use Dropbox, Evernote, and OneNote.
The greatest benefit of the apps store is that you'll have access to your entire library of books from your Kindle, Nook, and Kobo library. Marvel Unlimited users may also download the Libby app and read comics, although not in color. The Note Air 2 includes speakers and a microphone, allowing you to listen to audiobooks from Audible or other audiobook applications.
Many of the features that make the Note Air 2 unique are disabled in third-party applications. Instead, you'll need to include notes in the library's first page in order to write them in a DRM-free ebook format. The Boox also supports a wide variety of formats including PDF, epub, DOC, and Mobi.
Note taking and PDF management are powerful on the Note Air 2 but aren't as seamless as on the ReMarkable 2. Highlights aren't automatically straightened, and users must choose the color and width of the marker. The Note Air 2 also provides 16 options of grayscale color, but all highlight sections look equally fine when viewed across the page. On the downside, the stylus also allows you to open a PDF and a notebook at the same time, while also allow you to read and take notes from one place.
The Boox Note Air 2 comes with a warm and cold front light to help make the screen easier on the eyes and give it a more paper-like appearance. With a swipe-down menu, it also measures its battery life in weeks and not days.
Although this tablet is by far the most expensive on our list, it is also the most versatile of the E Ink tablets and does a lot well, but nothing great.
Kobo might be a smaller company than Amazon, but it has been making e-readers for as long. While Amazon once made a 9.7-inch Kindle, the product never offered natural input with a touchscreen or stylus, and was discontinued in 2014. More recently, Kobo was the first of the major e-reading players to make a 10.3-inch device with a stylus.
The Elipsa, like most Kobos, has a fantastic e-reader, which allows users to read a lot in weeks, regardless of the size of the screen. Kobos is a seemingly limited ability to adapt the reading experience and play continuously with margins, lines, fonts, and font sizes, regardless of the size of the screen. The included stylus can be used on any PDF or Kobo ePub, but it works well on library books as it does on the Kobo store.
Kobo is well-known for its seamless integration with OverDrive, which allows you to easily access, browse, and download library books directly from your device, so long as your local library uses OverDrive. A seamless experience for all of the Kobos family makes it a must-have for librarians.
Unfortunately, the Elipsa's note-taking abilities are lacking. There is a significant lag when using the stylus for any length of time, and the notebook features are fairly basic. Only four templates are available in the basic notebooks, each with a single lined template, while allowing you to include drawings, diagrams, math equations, and a free-form section. There are only a few pen types to choose from, and five pen brush sizes.
I wasn't able to use the notebook feature for anything other than the most basic scribbles, and would't recommend it for anything more than that.
The Kobo Elipsa boasts 32GB of storage, a resolution of 227 DPI, and a blue front light. Although this e-ink tablet misses the mark on long-from-reading, it excels as a large-screen, library-friendly e-reader with the ability to punch out the margins.
How do we use E Ink tablets to test them?
During a six-hour rehearsal, each tablet was reorganized, loaded with PDFs and other materials, and included a stylus as a script. Tasks included highlighting, taking notes in the margins, and creating and using detailed notes in notebooks.
We considered hardware design and features, stylus capabilities, overall ease of use, effective UI layouts, notebook settings, PDF markup capabilities, e-reading settings and format compatibility, app support and performance.
FAQ on the E Ink Tablet
How is an E Ink tablet different from an e-reader?
Both e-readers and E Ink tablets are using E Ink technology to render words and images on the page. Both offer a distraction-free experience that is much easier on the eyes than a traditional LCD color screen.
E-readers are generally smaller than their sizes and focus only on the experience of reading a book or a PDF. E-books include ability to use a stylus to write notes in a digital notebook and/or in the margins of PDFs and ebooks. Unlike handwriting, the devices themselves are generally larger in order to more closely approximate the size of a sheet of paper.
Why is there no Kindle on this list?
The Kindle Kindle e-readers are some of the most well-known and popular E Ink devices. Unfortunately, the company does not make an e-ink device larger than 7 inches (though it used to), nor does it make one that allows users to include handwritten notes in Kindle books or digital notebooks.
For whom are E Ink tablets used?
E Ink tablets are ideal for people who like to write notes or sketch by hand and who need to read and markup lots of PDF or DRM-free ebooks. They might be a great fit for students, lawyers, or any other professional who wants a digital, distraction-free note-taking device.
People who want constant notifications, rapid processing speeds, or to watch videos or play games are not encouraged to use them.