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REMARKABLE 2 vs BOOX TAB ULTRA: Which e-ink tablet is best?

This page was created to explore the similarities and differences between two e-ink tablets; the REMARKABLE 2, and the ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA.

This is currently a simplified comparison consisting of a table of side-by-side specifications, and review cards of each tablet, outlining their pros and cons. If a tablet has a rating then you can also click on it for a full and detailed review of the tablet.

I do write detailed ‘versus‘ comparisons, however because I am only one person it is impractical for me to compare every single e-ink tablet against every other one! So if you think that this page would benefit from being fleshed out with additional information and my own thoughts and opinions, then feel free to drop me an email at dan@ewritable.com – I will prioritise pages that get the most requests 🙂

Additional E-Ink Tablet Resources

If you’re new to e-ink tablets, you may wish to take a look at:

I have also created a gigantic e-ink comparison table (which is also searchable/filterable, so you can whittle down your search to the tablets that best meet your needs).

And a list of (what I believe to be) the best e-ink tablets can be found here.

Now, onto the comparison between the REMARKABLE 2 and the ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA and REMARKABLE 2

PRODUCTREMARKABLE 2BOOX TAB ULTRA
Specs & ratings infoREMARKABLE 2ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA
My Rating
Price (approx)$380
$500
Limited availability
ManufacturerreMarkableOnyx Boox
Release year20202022
SCREENREMARKABLE 2BOOX TAB ULTRA
Screen typeCANVAS with CartaCarta HD
Screen size10.3"10.3"
Screen resolution (B/W)1404 x 18721404 x 1872
Screen density (B/W)226dpi227dpi
Colour
Screen resolution (Colour)n/an/a
Screen density (Colour)n/an/a
Frontlight
Wacom compatible
Buy
HARDWAREREMARKABLE 2BOOX TAB ULTRA
CPU1.2Ghz dual-core1.8 Ghz octa-core
RAM1Gb4Gb
Storage8Gb128Gb
Battery3000mAh6300mAh
Super Refresh
Keyboard folio
Speakers
Microphone
G-Sensor
Ceramic Tip
Bluetooth
Fingerprint scanner
SD card slot
Rear camera
Front camera
Waterproof
USB-C
Width187mm184.5mm
Height246mm225mm
Thickness4.7mm6.7mm
Weight403.5g480g
Buy
SOFTWAREREMARKABLE 2BOOX TAB ULTRA
Operating systemLinux (Codex)Android 11
Google Play Store
Kindle support
Handwriting search
Handwriting conversion
Insert shapes
Insert images
Split screen
Custom templates
No. templates45+40+
Brush typesBallpoint, Fineline, Pencil, Mechanical Pencil, Highlighter, Marker, Calligraphy, PaintbrushFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, Marker
Screen share
ADE support
File formatsPDF, EPUBPDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIP
File formats (image)PNG, JPGPNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP
File formats (Audio)-WAV, MP3
Buy
BUYREMARKABLE 2BOOX TAB ULTRA
Where to buyReMarkable
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
Boox Euro Shop
Boox Shop
Amazon BE
Amazon FR
Amazon IT
Amazon PL
Amazon UK
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTREMARKABLE 2BOOX TAB ULTRA

To compare even more e-ink tablets, click here for the full comparison table.

REMARKABLE 2 Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Elegant design
  • Very thin
  • Quick and easy to start using
  • Joyous writing/sketching experience
  • Well-designed companion app
  • Can edit notebooks (typed text only) on other devices
  • Optional keyboard folio

Cons

  • Not very versatile
  • Only support PDF/EPUB
  • Annotations cannot be viewed/exported
  • Optional Connect Subscription (Paywall for certain features)
  • Lower hardware specs compared to other tablets
  • No frontlight

The reMarkable 2 is a beautifully designed note-taking device that provides an excellent basic writing and sketching experience but is not intended to do much else.

ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Great hardware specs
  • Very versatile
  • Sophisticated native reading & note-taking apps
  • Handwriting search/conversion
  • Google Play Store
  • Frontlight
  • Optional keyboard attachment
  • Onboard GPU & Boox Super Refresh Tech
  • Audio (speakers and microphone)
  • 16MP rear-facing camera
  • MicroSD card slot

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Steeper learning curve
  • Some chassis design flaws
  • Heavy
  • Writing feels a little 'slippy'
  • GPU/Super Refresh uses more power

A powerful and versatile e-ink tablet that is as close as you can get to a regular tablet/laptop.

About the author

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Dan Dutton is passionate about E-ink writing tablets, which bring together the pleasure of writing on paper with the power of digital technology. When he bought his first tablet, he realised that there wasn't a lot of unbiased information available for people that were considering buying an E-ink tablet, and so he built eWritable.

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