Is the rM2 right for me? - by remember_khitomer with 0 comments
I want to like the rM2 but I am a little concerned about its limitations. I am trying to decide between the rM2 and an e-ink Android tablet like the Boox Note Air.
Reading. My library is non-DRM epub books for the most part. I have a few Kindle books that I bought years ago before I realized that I didn’t want to be locked into their ecosystem; I wouldn’t be opposed to cracking those if I wantd to re-read them in the future. Overall I don’t see any big issues here.
Documents. I regularly review certain legal documents for work. They are PDF format and they live on Google Drive most of the time. I’d like to be able to keep one open on my desk, on the tablet, while I work on my computer. I am concerned it’s going to be difficult to get the documents from the Google Drive to the rM2. An Android tablet, on the other hand, should have native support for Google Drive (hopefully).
Note-taking. This seems like the rM2’s greatest strength but I am not sure I will get much use out of it. I have a handful of Field Notes on my desk and I use them for to-dos, project planning, meeting notes, and everything else. I am interested in getting my notes digital but from past experience I don’t think it’s going to stick.
Drawing. This is the rM2’s other greatest strength that I won’t get any use out of. I am just not an artist. I might sketch a diagram or flow chart now and then.
Math. I occasionally need to do some math. Nothing crazy, basically Algebra II-level stuff with some probability thrown in. I think it would be great on the rM2 but it just doesn’t come up often enough that I can justify a tablet for it.
Writing. This is the biggest issue for me. I want to be able to write papers, articles, and blog posts on my tablet. Basically I want to be able to plug in a USB keyboard and use it like an e-ink typewriter, similar to a Freewrite. Well why not just get a Freewrite then, because, 1. I already have a keyboard I love, and 2. I don’t want to spend that much on a device that I can only use for writing. I have seen some hacks to be able to connect USB peripherals to the pogo pins on the rM2 but even after that the typing experience seems somewhat awkward.
Hackability. I like being able to mess with my stuff. I use Linux on my desktop, I am not afraid of getting my hands dirty. I like the idea of being able to SSH into my tablet and add cron jobs or start/stop services. One idea I had was to use the rM2 as a virtual terminal for a Raspberry Pi; I could connect my keyboard to the RPi and run a word processor or anything else on it. This sounds fun but I think it would be cumbersome in practice; I would probably end up getting frustrated more than feeling productive on it.
Intangibles. reMarkable seems like a good company. I like the idea of owning a Linux-based tablet. The Boox Note Air seems like little more that a copycat of the rM2, and I want to support the actual innovators in this space. The rM2 seems far less likely to spy on me than some Chinese Android device.
Given my needs, do you think I would be happy with the rM2? Or should I look elsewhere? Is there anything else I should be considering?