reMarkable vs Apple Pencil writing test


hey Macworld fans Adam here with life
yeah and as much as I like to take notes in my daily life there’s nobody in the
office who who is like life Johnson when it comes to note-taking whether it’s in
actual pen or pencil form or on the iPad pro with the Apple pencil yeah and I
came across a product recently that claims to feel just like paper okay
and we’re gonna check it out right now versus the iPad pro here with the Apple
pencil so this product is called the remarkable so this was a crowdfunded
project and this tablet it is a ten point three inch tablet right there if
you want to take it out life check it out
it is a ink display runs a custom version of Linux and it comes with its
own they call it a marker just because it’s the remarkable tablet the one key
feature that is very important in this is the display so they’re calling it the
canvas display and it was engineered over four years to have the tactile feel
of paper before we do any drawing I want you to compare the the two writing
utensils Apple pencil versus the remarkable marker it’s hard to say
whether or not I prefer a light you know writing instrument or it depends on the
actual object and right now I can tell that the marker the remarkable marker
actually feels a little lighter than the Apple pencil this is the second
generation and I like kind of like the length of the Apple pencil the second
one this is not as long as the first generation one so this one’s a little
bit shorter a lot of people say they like their long pans I actually kind of
like them short it’s not about the way I write but it does it feels very similar
you know there’s a part of me that I want you to say they were taking some
obvious cues from design of course of course but on the tip here I often say
when I write from Mac world that the Apple pencil you know it feels like
riding with a sharpie now I can do some really fine lines but if you
look at the actual tip here you know there’s some length in it whereas this
one on the de marker you can see that it is a little bit more precise and that’s
what I’m always going for I think I said in one of my Apple pencil what things we
would like to see articles that I would like to see a little bit more precise
tip where it feels more like writing with a real pencil or a real pen so I’m
kind of happy to see this that’s like a step in the right direction I’ll also
mention that there’s no setup required on the marker and there is no battery
nice so it is very much a standalone thing and you can change out the tips
you even have one hidden here in in the actual Oh
extra tip just in case you lose one all right so let’s uh let’s go into just one
of these quick sheets that I have I’ve been doing my own messing with it and
I’ll show you the pen options here or a fountain pen a felt-tip marker or a what
do they call that with a micron yeah it also has a pencil feature and a brush
but I’ve actually just liked the basic ballpoint pen you can change the circle
size as well and also like the the shading but yeah so once you do some
real quick writing samples on this like that so they advertise very very minimal
lag especially because it’s ink display powered with an ARM processor so now I
want you to see here and this is one thing I’d like to you know compare I’m
writing really small here and to me that’s like a big you know thing to look
for is how small you can write because to me that shows how precise the actual
instrument is and I’m doing this really well here and that’s a good sign and I’m
already impressed by this and well this has this does have tilt and pressure
sensitivity I can see it that’s also depending on the pen that you actually
choose it also claims 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity this this is
impressive I have to admit you know one of the things I’m always worried about
is how it’s well this you know I’m trying to wasting paper and put it that
way but that’s a big part of it I mean honestly that’s the big thing for me too
like I said I I have a pick notebook that I used to jot down
notes every day and the promise of this is to be hey you’re your one and only
notebook would you say that they’re marketing of feels just like paper yes
just like paper is a is there’s a big claim I don’t know if it feels like that
but you know this because that’s essentially what you’re doing this feels
like you’re writing on glass and so listen to this yeah so if I if it were
in the quiet office and I try to write with the iPad yeah I can it’s almost as
annoying as me clacking on my butterfly keyboard because if I get a Siri tapping
on the screen so that’s one reason I go back to paper but this is this is this
is nice this I’m already impressed by this now this is important you know this
is what we’re looking at here is almost like you know a Kindle and stuff it’s
it’s kind of like that yeah II ink and that this is what I’ve been warning
because even though this is a wonderful the iPad is a wonderful device I’m very
impressed with what they’ve actually done with it the fact is you are getting
bombarded with that light all the time and I’m using true tone on here right
now that’s the one that’s supposed to be easier on your eyes and still it’s
distracting when you’re trying to write something and it’s you know it really
really does get to you part of the reason why you know writing on papers so
you know you get away from that especially you know as a journalist we
spend all of our time staring at a screen and stuff this so you know this
allows you to get away from this and I’ve wanted this ever since I saw a
Kindle honestly it’s something like this and I am already impressed by how well
it works so let’s you know I’m gonna try this pencil one right here
but yeah the pencil on the Apple pencil it actually looks like you’re working
with like a dull pencil and I’ve always been really impressed by that look at
that beautiful it’s interesting because they have they have two different
options this is the sharp pencil and then this one is the dull pencil option
so it’s weird that it’s not contained in both if that’s nice
no the surface you know when you’re right on it it doesn’t feel as much like
real paper but the experience is much closer to writing on real paper then I
would say that the Apple pencil is and that that I think is the
important because I’m able to write really small here you know the big
question I have though is its price for for a you know a niche device like this
how much would you be willing to pay that’s a good question considering okay
you have to keep in mind that I do this a lot and I would be looking at it
preferably that’s the things preferably I’d like to pay about $400 for okay well
you’re in luck because the MSRP is actually 600 okay but it’s been on sales
for at least a couple months that I know of for 500 okay the markers themselves
if you want to get to or replace them they’re $59 they actually do have a
nicer marker available to that’s actually made of aluminum and heavy and
that one is about $100 so just I mean I just have to ask so this act you know
every time this comes with it comes with it okay good yes because you have to buy
this separately you you also can buy a separate folio that has a nice holder
for the marker I forgot to bring it in here but they have leather and felt
options you know they make it a nice experience for you to to bring around so
yeah I’ve been impressed so far with my time in it but I wanted to see you know
what what what the writing expert thinks of the feel of it so I could definitely
see myself really getting into this and the more I’ve been using it remember I
said I wasn’t sure if I like the actual weight of it it’s it’s wonderful it’s
it’s it is comfortable I could see myself writing a whole draft with this
and yeah that’s the important thing to keep in mind too is I don’t just write
stuff for notes and everything I will write my whole 1000 words right sure
well which is why I wanted you to have you on this video for sure so did look
for the full review coming soon and Lafe thanks for doing your quick impressions
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