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Sony Digital Paper DPT-RP1 13.3 e-note

Display: E-Ink Mobius and Carta HD Screen Size: 13.3 inch Display Resolution:2200×1650 PPI: 207 WACOM Active Digitizer: Yes Front Light – No Color Temperature – No Processor:Marvel 1.2GHz quad-core RAM:2GB Internal Storage:16GB Physical Page Turn Buttons: No Micro SD: No Wi-Fi: Yes Operating System: Android 5.0 Battery:2000 mAh Digital Pen:Yes, it recharges Data Connector:Micro USB Bluetooth: 4.2 NFC Waterproof: No Audio: No Length:302 mm Width:224 mm Thickness:5.9 mm Weight: 349 g

Writing and drawing feel as natural as on real paper, with the added benefits of highlighting and erasing with a flick of the pen, and turning the page without having to worry about keeping track of multiple sheets. The paper-like screen is glare-free, even in sunlight, and its high resolution displays clear, sharp text. This e-reader is only available in White, Black was discontinued.

Read more than ever before

Digital Paper shows you more of what you’re reading while staying easy on the eyes. Its letter-size screen can display a double-page spread and even full PDF files, while the 206dpi resolution displays print-quality text in clear detail for long reading sessions.

Integrate paper into your digital workflow

Bring all of your paperwork into one place. Read and annotate just as you would on real paper – but unlike real paper, you’ll also be able to share with others, and store your documents digitally for easy reference and review.

Sync and share

Using a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth® connection and the Digital Paper App, sync documents with a computer to allow for easy sharing with other devices and Cloud services. The Digital Paper Application enables easy document transfer between your Digital Paper and your computer.

One sheet does the job of thousands

No more stacks of paper, lost documents, or searching for that one note you know you’ve taken but can’t find anywhere. With Digital Paper, you can find everything you’ve written in one secure spot.

Paper, perfected Revolutionize the way you read, annotate documents and take handwritten noted with digital paper. Go paperless, while still enjoying the easy readability and precision writing capability of the low-glare, paper-like texture. Thin, lightweight design Take it everywhere. It’s about the thickness of 30 pieces of paper and weighs just 12.3oz. 13.3 (diagonal) high contrast, ePaper display The high-resolution display delivers clear sharp text that reads like paper outdoors. Low-glare Enjoy easy, long-term reading-even outdoors. Paper-like texture Highlight, annotate or erase on any document like it’s pen on paper. Even make hand-written notes with smooth, crisp writing. PC/Mac companion app Easily transfer documents to and from your Digital Paper to your PC/Mac. It also automatically syncs all of your files. The Digital Paper App for DPT-RP1 is supported by the following operating systems: Window 32 bit and 64 bit- Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Home Premium (SP1 and later), Windows 7 Professional (SP1 and later), Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1 and later) macOS-10.12(Sierra) Mac OS X- 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.10 (Yosemite) Wireless transfer Transfer documents with ease using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth wireless technology. Auto folder sync Automatically sync content from Cloud services to Digital Paper. Advanced security Prevent unauthorized access to Digital Paper content with password protection and 128 bit encryption technology. Long battery life Enjoy up to three weeks of use on a single charge. 16GB internal memory Enough room to store close to 10,000 PDF files.

ReMarkable Paper Tablet vs Sony DPT-RP1 Digital Paper System

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The Sony DPT-RP1 and the reMarkable paper tablet are two new E Ink ereaders with a similar set of features. Both have large E Ink displays and come with a stylus pen for writing on the screen, and both are marketed as paper replacement devices. They double as ereaders and digital notepads, unlike other ebook readers such as Kindles and Kobos that FOCUS on reading only. The reMarkable is geared toward drawing and sketching more than the Sony, but there’s plenty of crossover between the two. Both devices are somewhat lacking when it comes to ereading features. Neither have common things like a dictionary, table of contents, or bookmarks, but the Sony does have a bit more to offer at this point. One thing to note about the video review, I showed how the reMarkable has the ability to move notes and drawings around the screen, but the Sony has that feature as well (somehow I just never noticed it before). One difference is the Sony can’t re-size selections, just move and cut. Check the main reviews for more detailed information about each device:Sony DPT-RP1 ReviewReMarkable Review

ReMarkable Advantages

The writing and drawing features on the reMarkable are about 100x more capable than the Sony. The reMarkable’s stylus supports 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and 512 levels of tilt. The Sony basically supports 1 level of pressure and 0 tilt. Writing on the reMarkable is more responsive than the Sony because there’s virtually no noticeable lag when writing. The Sony has a little bit of delay when writing so it takes some getting used to. Another advantage for the reMarkable is the stylus doesn’t require charging like the Sony’s. The reMarkable is aimed more at drawing and sketching than the Sony. It has several different writing styles with various pens and pencils to choose from and it offers things like shading, layers, and undo/redo. You definitely wouldn’t want to use the Sony DPT-RP1 for any kind of advanced drawings because you can only delete full pen stokes and it’s way too easy to delete extra lines with no layers or option to undo. The reMarkable has a handy crop feature that can sometimes enlarge a PDF to nearly the same size as it is on the Sony’s screen, depending on individual files and how big the margins are (the Sony doesn’t have cropping). The reMarkable has a nicer homescreen because the Sony doesn’t really have one at all, just a long list of files and folders on your device. The reMarkable has different sections for ebooks, documents, notes, and bookmarked files—it makes it easier to organize and find things. The reMarkable supports PDF and DRM-free ePub ebooks; the Sony supports PDF format only. It has physical buttons to turn pages. The reMarkable comes with way more notes templates than the Sony. There’s a LiveView feature to mirror the device’s screen on your computer using an app (still in beta). The reMarkable has a go-to-page option; the Sony just has a page dial that’s not nearly as accurate if you’re trying to find a specific page (although search can work well sometimes, depending on how often the page number appears). These features aren’t finalized yet but the reMarkable team plans to add USB transfers and mobile applications to add files, whereas the Sony only has a desktop app.

Sony DPT-RP1 Advantages

The Sony has a larger display with its 13.3-inch E Ink Carta screen. The reMarkable has a 10.3-inch screen that’s partially E Ink Carta. Whatever that partially means it gives the reMarkable a slightly darker and grayer screen, whereas the Sony’s has more of a lighter creamy color. Between the larger size and the lighter background, there’s no question the Sony’s screen looks better. Overall the Sony DPT-RP1 has a nicer, more premium design. It’s a lot thinner and just feels completely different than a tablet or ereader. The reMarkable’s build quality is solid but it has a more typical design and feels like a regular 10″ tablet. To put the design in perspective, both devices weigh the exact same despite the Sony being much larger. On the software side, the Sony has a better reading app with more features. It supports two page view where you can view two different documents at once, or one document with a separate notes file, and there’s two-page spread to view two pages at a time in landscape mode. The DPT-RP1 also has text search and mark search, and there are lists showing all your added notes and highlights. Tapping embedded links works on the Sony as well. I find that adding highlights is easier on the Sony because it automatically grabs the text whereas the reMarkable uses freehand highlighting, which is more time-consuming and easier to go off-track. The Sony has an advantage when it comes to the processor and RAM. It has a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU with 2GB or RAM and the reMarkable has a single-core 1GHz CPU and 512 MB of RAM. The Sony also offers more storage space (about 11GB usable to the reMarkable’s 7GB). Page turns are about the same speed but using large PDFs and the thumbnail view are noticeably faster on the Sony. The reMarkable is pretty responsive considering the CPU and RAM, but it tends to get bogged down with thumbnail view. Some of the images don’t load and when turning pages quickly it sometimes takes a couple seconds to load a page. Sony’s desktop app can sync with Cloud services like Dropbox (reMarkable plans to add support for Cloud services but that might be awhile off). The Sony adds a couple extra hardware features, including NFC unlock and Bluetooth support for transferring files. Plus the capacitive touchscreen supports finger page-turning and the pinch-zooming gesture to view multiple pages at once. Battery life seems better on the Sony but it’s hard to tell at this point (need more time to test the reMarkable).

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Price Difference

The reMarkable sells from the reMarkable website for 599, and the Sony DPT-RP1 sells for 699 from Amazon and BH. The price of devices with large E Ink screens is still a lot higher than smaller ereaders and tablets, so both devices can reasonably be considered overpriced, but I can’t help but think it was a mistake to price the reMarkable so close to the Sony. The 3″ larger screen alone is worth an extra 100. Then there’s the fact that 9.7-inch E Ink ereaders like the Onyx Boox N96 can be purchased for a lot cheaper than the reMarkable—the newer Carta model is 349 at Amazon. It seems hard to justify the 599 price unless sketching and drawing is more important to you than ereading.

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Sony Digital Paper DPT-CP1 Review

In the age of iPads, Kindles, and the Microsoft Surface, tablets – and even phones – often try to be everything to everyone. and more, these devices strive to replace your notebooks, drawing pads, laptops, TV’s, cameras, and so on; it can be a truly great thing. Still, sacrifices must be made, whether it be in size, form, function, or cost.

Sony’s Digital Paper tablets, the 13.3-inch DPT-RP1 and 10.3-inch DPT-CP1, aim to do one thing and do it very well: be paper. specifically, these tablets aim to be your almost infinite notebook and ultimate PDF reader/editor.

Today, we take a closer look at the smaller of the two – the 10.3-inch DPT-CP1. Utilizing Sony’s ePaper technology, this tablet promises great readability in any lighting, as well as searchable, annotatable PDF viewing, and the functionality of a digital pen – which is included with the tablet to complete the pen and paper experience and enhance interactivity with documents. All of this in a feather-light, battery-sipping, 600 package. But do these functionalities prove to be worth paying for, especially as a supplemental device?

  • Sony 10.3-inch DPT-CP1 Digital Paper tablet
  • Digital Pen and replaceable pen tips
  • Micro-USB cable
  • Quick guide and warranty info

Design and Display

There’s two things you’ll immediately notice about the Sony Digital Paper tablet. When you first look at it, you assume there’s a sticker with the text “Digital Paper” covering the display. But, in fact, that is the display. In sunlight, or indoors, this 1404 x 1872 dot, electrophoretic, touchscreen display does an exquisite job of creating contrast while seemingly not creating illumination. In other words, Sony has really nailed the paper look, displaying superb readability in all lighting situations.

The next thing you’ll notice is how feather-light this tablet is. Weighing in at a slight 8.5 ounces, holding this 9.5 x 7.75-inch tablet will have you feeling like you’re not just looking at paper, but holding it too. Sony’s Digital Paper tablet weighs less than most notebooks, and considering what it can store, that can be invaluable to paper lovers out there.

Keeping with its minimalistic theme, the Digital Paper tablet has only a power/sleep button on the top edge next to the micro-USB charging port. Below that, on the face of the tablet’s border, is the home key – the only interactive button besides the touchscreen display.

As mentioned, the Digital Paper tablet also comes with a digital pen which has buttons to enable erasing and highlighting functionalities in addition to regular writing.

Interface and Functionality

Before we talk interface, one important thing to note about the Digital Paper tablet is that it can only work with PDFs and no other document formats. Of course, PDF’s are generally quite versatile so many documents can be converted to this format and placed on the device but keeping with the theme of doing one job well, Sony is offering a PDF reader/editor and notebook – nothing more, nothing less.

It’s pretty clear that Sony keeps with that trend in the interface, as well; functionality is basic and mostly straightforward.

The first thing you’ll notice when turning on the device is that there’s no actual homescreen; the device simply picks up where it left off every time it’s powered on. The “home” button on the top bezel doesn’t take you anywhere, but rather provides a menu for jumping to different functions.

  • Return to Document – The closest thing to a back button that the Sony Digital Paper has as it takes you back to your last open document from any screen.
  • All Documents – A list of all the documents stored on the device.
  • Folders – A list of all folders on the device.
  • Create New Note – The only method by which you can create a document; these notes can be in various styles, including legal pad, graphs, daily schedule, blank, and more. As PDF’s are the only usable document on the Digital Paper tablet, all documents created are in this format.
  • All Notes – Displays a spread of all the note documents you’ve created.
  • Settings – Can only toggle Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC – the tablet must be connected to your computer in order to connect to a new Wi-Fi network or pair the tablet with another device via Bluetooth.

Generally, we don’t mind this minimalist approach. There’s a small learning curve in realizing what you can and can’t do to get around – for instance realizing there’s no back button, and the home button doesn’t take you anywhere – but with so little to do and so few ways to do it, this is quickly overcome.

Reading and Editing Documents

The richest area for functionality no doubt resides within document viewing and editing. When in a document, tapping on the screen once will bring up a hamburger menu in one corner and an ellipses menu in the other, with a few icons in between. When tapped, the hamburger menu displays a list of the other documents in the same folder, as well as those which were recently read – both of these are organized into separate tabs within the hamburger menu.

Icons in between can include those for changing pen size and color, copying and pasting handwritten notes, zooming in on a selection, or searching the document for notes and highlights.

With the pen come functionalities to write notes, erase them, and highlight text – the latter two via buttons on the pen. This is where Sony put a little bit of digital magic behind the old-fashioned paper and pen experience. Not only can you write notes, but also jump between these annotations and highlights you’ve made on the document. Unfortunately, there’s no hand-writing recognition to facilitate finding specific notes, but you can search the PDF for specific words in the document’s text or jump to specific areas by marking them with a star or asterisk.

Users can also open two documents side-by-side. For instance, while reading a PDF, you can be taking notes in a separate, new document.

All of these functions are, yes, simple and straightforward, but also useful and efficient. No frills will be found here, and we rather like it that way. We can think of very few, if any, PDF functionalities we’d add to this suite. We also quite like that all data can be encrypted on the device via passcode protection.

Desktop and Mobile App

The desktop companion app for Sony’s Digital Paper tablet is very similar to the tablet’s interface in both form and function. There is some small added functionality though, as this is where you’ll do most anything related to changing settings on your Digital Paper. As mentioned, connecting to the computer is the only way to configure a Wi-Fi connection on the tablet, but the desktop app is otherwise used primarily for file transfer.

Loading documents onto the Digital Paper’s set 16 GB storage can be achieved through one of two ways. The primary way is to drag and drop them from within the desktop app. Secondarily, the Digital Paper app for iOS and Android can share PDF documents from most apps once paired through Sony’s Digital Paper app. Moving documents off of the tablet can also be done via the mobile app, and you can “print” to digital paper from your computer, as well.

Performance

Performance on the Digital Paper tablet won’t exactly wow anybody. As far as the touchscreen experience goes, most of the time the touchscreen responds to taps, but we’d say about 20% of the time it doesn’t. We didn’t expect this to be the most responsive touchscreen due to the nature of the display and the device, but at least pen functionality is on point.

General navigation didn’t blow us away either. Aside from the spotty touch response, the completion of any action is rather jarring, as the entire screen blinks when changing pages, and it’s a bit slow when doing so. This consistent buffer of “blink and think” and the sometimes-unresponsive touchscreen doesn’t give the Digital Tablet a very a premium-feeling experience, which, especially considering the price, is a bit disappointing.

The pen and writing experience, on other hand, was a very positive one. Writing is accurate, responsive, and can be calibrated for your writing style. The two bundled types of pen tips offer a pen-like writing experience and a pencil-like one in terms of how it glides over the screen. The difference is noticeable, and useful to give users their preferred feel. Especially with the texture of this unique display, we find writing with this tablet to be a very pleasant experience compared to writing on the glass surfaces of other devices.

Battery Life

Battery life on the Digital Paper is unsurprisingly very good. Being such a light, low-power device, Sony says the tablet can last about one week with Wi-Fi enabled and three without it, while the pen is quoted for about a month. We find these all pretty likely estimates considering we haven’t charged the tablet yet in our week of use.

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Conclusion

Sony’s made a bold move in choosing to be so narrowly focused with this device in a world where every device does everything. Sure, it does what it’s supposed to do pretty well. Reading, annotating, and searching PDFs is easy and useful, while writing and creating documents is as simple as a pen and paper – one that has 16 GB’s of document storage, of course. These are nice perks for those still stuck in a paper world, but 600 is a rather steep price to pay for it. Not to mention that iPads and Surfaces can do the same things around the same price and clearly much, much more.

Even if those devices don’t appeal to you, no matter what, you will need a computer even just to set up the Digital Paper tablet. Sure, you can take it on the go with you once it’s loaded up, but unless some aspect of your life is almost entirely based on note-taking and reading PDFs, then you’ll need to carry another device too. And with that plain truth it’s hard to see many consumers or corporations dropping the coin that Sony’s asking for with the Digital Paper tablet.

Cons

Sony’s Beautiful E-Ink Tablet Made Me Feel Great Joy, Disappointing Frustration

If you’re a book worm, there’s a good chance you’ve upgraded to an e-ink device like Amazon’s Kindle to make it easier to wrangle your library. But what about the other paper you’re buried in? Will e-ink one day be a substitute for all the notepads and sticky notes strewn across your desk? Two companies want to replace every last scrap of paper in your life: reMarkable, whose tablet we reviewed last year, and Sony, whose Digital Paper tablet is a stunning piece of hardware that’s just a software overhaul away from becoming my perfect paper replacement.

Editor’s Note: We don’t have local pricing or a release date on this one.

Sony Digital Paper DPT-RP1 Tablet

WHAT IS IT?

An e-ink tablet with a stylus that can be used to take notes, or annotate documents.

LIKE

Stunning hardware with one of the best looking e-ink displays I’ve ever used.

DISLIKE

Software and functionality are very limited compared to the reMarkable tablet.

Having used several iterations of the Kindle, and the reMarkable tablet for the past year, my first reaction when unboxing Sony’s Digital Paper was, “wow, it’s gigantic!” With a 13.3-inch display, the DPT-RP1 is unquestionably the largest tablet I’ve ever handled. It looks almost comically big, and being so large you’d assume that the only way you’d be able to use for more than a few minutes at a time is with the tablet sitting on your lap, or laying on a desk.

But when you then pick it up, those assumptions all change. The reMarkable tablet comes from a small Norwegian startup, and while they’ve created a great device, when simply holding the DPT-RP1 you’re reminded that Sony is a massive corporation, who’s been making e-ink devices for decades, and has the money and resources to design and execute some truly beautiful hardware.

Its Digital Paper tablet is shockingly light, to the point of feeling like a piece of stiff cardboard in your hand. The tapered edges feel incredibly thin, and you can easily hold it in one hand for hours while reading or taking notes. Picking up the Digital Paper tablet for the first time was one of those rare times when a gadget managed to put a smile on my face.

That being said, I find the 13.3-inch DPT-RP1 a little large for my needs; the reMarkable tablet is a little easier to squeeze into the bags I regularly carry. Sony actually positions the DPT-RP1 as a tablet for scholars, researchers, lawyers, or anyone whose work involves regularly pouring through research papers, briefings, and other cumbersome documentation. Sony’s 10.3-inch DPT-CP1 is probably a better solution for me, but I have to admit that reading PDFs on the DPT-RP1’s giant screen is an absolute pleasure—and I wish ePubs and other ebook formats were natively supported like they are on the reMarkable. This is what Sony has specifically designed the tablet for, and this is where it excels.

The E Ink screen it uses is beautiful, with high contrast levels that make very fine text easy to read, even when the lighting isn’t ideal. (There’s no backlight on the DPT-RP1.) Were it not for a very fine and faint grid visible over the screen at all times (which is part of the display hardware used to recognise the stylus) you’d actually be hard pressed to tell you were looking at digital paper, and not notes written with a black pen.

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The DPT-RP1’s stylus is hit and miss for me. It’s slightly thicker than the reMarkable’s stylus, but that’s a minor trade-off given Sony has managed to include a pair of buttons as you’d find on the side of a Wacom stylus. Pressing one button temporarily switches the stylus to eraser mode, while the other switches it to highlighter mode. It’s a feature I’d actually really like to see added to the reMarkable tablet, which instead requires you to open an on-screen menu to change the stylus’ functionality.

It also needs to be regularly charged, which can be a pain. Apple’s approach to stylus charging, where the Apple Pencil 2 inductively charges whenever it’s magnetically attached to the side of the iPad Pro, is an elegant solution. Sony’s approach, where you pop a cap off the end of the stylus and plug in a microUSB cable, is not.

But when it comes to stylus-driven devices, what matters most is the lag between the stylus and screen—or, more specifically, the lack of it. When using an actual pencil, your strokes appear instantly on a piece of paper. That’s how your brain learned to write, and what it expects when using a stylus on a digital device. Any lag between the two can feel unnatural, and that was my biggest complaint with the reMarkable tablet.

To that team’s credit, through countless software updates over the past year, the writing experience on the reMarkable tablet is now excellent, to the point where there’s virtually no lag at all. Sony’s DPT-RP1 isn’t quite there yet. As the above GIF demonstrates. As I’m making simple strokes with the stylus, you can see the drawn line working to catch up to its tip. At times it can make writing feel unnatural, or like you need to slow down for the hardware: which is a compromise you shouldn’t have to make.

During my testing of the Digital Paper DPT-RP1 I also figured out why hand-written notes look so much better on its e-ink screen than they do on the reMarkable’s. It’s subtle, but if you watch the GIF embedded above, after I finish writing GIZMODO you’ll see the DPT-RP1 actually go back and smooth out the strokes I’ve made with a quick screen refresh.

The reMarkable tablet doesn’t do this, and I can’t help but feel this extra smoothing step is actually a detriment to the DPT-RP1’s writing experience. I would happily live with rougher-looking text if it meant the Digital Paper tablet was able to match the reMarkable tablet’s excellent pen-on-screen functionality, and a simple option to turn this smoothing off in the DPT-RP1’s settings would be a welcome improvement.

For whatever reason, Sony hasn’t positioned its Digital Paper tablets as the ultimate note-taking alternative to a pen and paper. The stylus functionality is mostly geared towards annotating and commenting on existing documents. As a result, the tablet’s software feels severely limited, especially when compared to devices like the reMarkable tablet whose team continues to add new features and improvements through frequent updates.

Having used the reMarkable tablet for the past year, I was frustrated by what the DPT-RP1 can’t do. There’s limited customisation for the stylus, there’s no ability to convert hand-written notes to editable text, the selection of templates when you create a new note is sparse, and file management can be downright frustrating. Clearing out a long list of notes I quickly created during testing required so many menu taps that I actually considered just reformatting the tablet back to its factory settings as a shortcut.

Syncing documents between other devices is a streamlined process over Wi-Fi or NFC, and accompanying apps are available for smartphones and Windows/Mac OS machines so getting your notes on and off the DPT-RP1 is easy enough. But it took quite a bit of time to just get the tablet connected to my home’s Wi-Fi network. The DPT-RP1 does have an on-screen keyboard that pops up for renaming documents, but to connect to a Wi-Fi network you actually have to connect the tablet to another device, like a laptop, where you select your network and enter the password. It shouldn’t be that complicated!

I wasn’t completely sold on the reMarkable tablet after reviewing it a year ago, but the company has improved the tablet’s software and functionality by leaps and bounds since then, and now I can’t imagine carrying around a pad of paper for notes ever again.

That being said, I would switch to the Sony Digital Paper in a heartbeat, were it not so far behind the reMarkable tablet in terms of its software. The hardware is gorgeous, and it will be a very long time before the reMarkable team can outdo Sony there—if ever. But the DPT-RP1 could be so much more than just a device for marking up documents; it could potentially be the perfect replacement for pen and paper if Sony put as much effort into its software as it has with the hardware. Were the Digital Paper and reMarkable teams to join forces, I don’t think I’d ever need to pick up a pen or pencil ever again.

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