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Despite there being more options than ever before for on-the-go digital sketching, it’s still all too easy to get lost in the maze of accessories, dongles, and apps needed to create a single line. Oftentimes, just pulling out an actual piece of paper is more effective when creativity strikes.

And while tablets such as the Surface Pro and iPad Pro are capable of taking on much more than digital sketching, might they be overkill for those tasks that are supposed to be meditative and free of constant Twitter alerts?

Such is the premise behind reMarkable, a new tablet designed to clear the clutter away from digital reading, writing, and sketching.

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Designed to resemble a thin stack of 8.5″ x 11″ white paper, this minimal tablet features an E Ink display with a paper-like surface to give users as close to a feeling of working with paper as possible while retaining all the modern conveniences of digital tablets including cloud storage and the ability to carry up to 100,000 pages on the 6.7 mm thin device.

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“No tablet has fewer functionalities than reMarkable (you can quote us on that),” says the company. “Paper is the ultimate tool for thinking because it’s simple. We designed reMarkable to not get in your brain’s way. Get in the zone and stay there.”

As any professional will tell you, the digital sketching experience is only as powerful as the stylus and lag, yet the Paper seems to trump both of these with an Apple Pencil-like stylus that—like the Wacom Intuos Stylus—requires no battery charging or Bluetooth set-up. Additionally, the texture of the tip was designed to work in harmony with the surface of the tablet to create the most lifelike pen-to-paper experience as possible.

Ironically, in the age of hardware specs versus actual work done, the reMarkable just might be the more valuable tablet option for many. At just $379 for the entire setup (pre-order), it’s at least worth at try for those who miss that paper experience yet can’t let go of digital storage.

Find out more over at reMarkable.

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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.