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Writing Tablets Added to e-Reader Comparison Table

My e-reader comparison table originally omitted devices that had writing capabilities because the main eWritable website is dedicated to this class of e-ink tablets. In addition, the e-reader table was designed for people specifically looking for an e-reader.

However, after listening to feedback from users, I have decided to add some e-ink writing tablets to the e-reader list. There is also a checkbox on the search filter bar to only show e-readers with writing capabilities.

The devices that I have added are those that I believe are primarily e-readers but can double-up as note-taking tablets. So, they can be thought of as e-readers with note-taking capabilities, rather than note-takers with e-reading capabilities (in my mind anyway). The devices that have been added are:

  • Boox Nova Air2
  • Boox Nova Air C
  • Kindle Scribe
  • Kobo Sage
  • Kobo Elipsa
  • Kobo Elipsa 2E
  • Meebook P10 Pro
  • Meebook P78 Pro

Those familiar with e-ink writing tablets, will notice some big commissions, including reMarkable, Supernote and the Boox Tab series. The reason for this is that the reMarkable 2 and Supernote are designed to be primarily writing tablets. Although they excel in the note-taking arena, the reading software (particularly that of reMarkable) are not really up to the standard needed to be called e-readers. Whilst the Boox Note Air 2 Plus does have decent e-reading capabilities, its primary purpose is to be a note-taking device. Similarly, the Boox Tab series are more comprehensive devices that perform a lot of the functions that a regular tablet/laptop can do (but with an e-ink screen). I see these more as multifunctional devices than e-readers. The Tab Ultra series in particular are far too heavy to use as a daily e-reader.

I hope this provides some clarification as to my thought process with regard to which devices are included in the e-ink comparison table. There is a lot of crossover between the two device classifications and I did consider just putting both reading and writing devices into one table, however, I decided against this because:

  1. It would quickly become too complicated and unwieldy
  2. e-reader shoppers typically have different buying criteria to e0ink writing tablet shoppers

Admittedly, the line is a little subjective, however, I would suggest that shoppers decide if they want primarily a reading device or a writing device and then use the comparison table that best fits their needs.

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