Final yr I had fun evaluating Sony’s DPT-RP1 with the home-grown reMarkable. They each had their strengths and weaknesses, and one of many Sony’s was that the factor was simply plain massive. They’ve remedied that with a a lot smaller sibling, the DPT-CP1, and it’s simply as helpful as I anticipated. Which is to say: in a really particular approach.
Sony’s e-paper tablets are single-minded little devices: all they do is allow you to learn and calmly mark up PDFs. If that sounds a mite too restricted to you, you’re not the goal demographic. However a lot of individuals — together with me — need to wade by means of tons of PDFs and it’s a ache to take action on a desktop or laptop computer. Who needs to learn Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox by hitting the down arrow 500 occasions?
For authorized paperwork and scientific journal articles, which I learn numerous, an enormous e-paper pill is unbelievable. However the reality is that the RP1, with its 13.three″ display, was just too massive to hold round more often than not. The gadget is kind of gentle, however took up an excessive amount of house. So I used to be excited to take a look at the CP1, which actually is only a smaller model of the identical factor.
To be sincere, there’s not a lot I can add to my unique evaluate of the RP1: it handles PDFs simply, and now with improved web page leaping and tagging, it’s simpler to navigate them. And utilizing the stylus, you can also make some restricted markup — however don’t attempt to do far more than mark a passage with an “OK” or somewhat star (certainly one of a number of symbols the gadget acknowledges and tracks the situation of).
It’s extremely gentle and skinny, and feels versatile and sturdy as nicely — not a fragile gadget in any respect. Its design is discreet and purposeful.
Writing isn’t the Sony tablets’ sturdy swimsuit — that might be the reMarkable’s territory. Whereas looping out a circle or placing by means of a passage is simply wonderful, handwritten notes are a ache. The decision, accuracy, and latency of the writing implement are so far as I can inform precisely as they have been on the bigger Sony pill, which is sensible — the CP1 mainly is a cutout of the identical show and guts.
PDFs show properly, and the grid sample on the display isn’t noticeable for probably the most half. Distinction isn’t nearly as good as the most recent Kindles or Kobos (pictures within the gallery above aren’t actually flattering, since they’re so shut up, however you get the thought), however it’s greater than satisfactory and it beats studying an enormous PDF on a small display like these or your laptop computer’s LCD. Battery life is great — it’ll undergo tons of of pages on a cost.
A brand new cellular app supposedly makes transferring paperwork to the CP1 simple, however in actuality I by no means discovered a cause to make use of it. I so hardly ever obtain PDFs — the one format the pill reads — on my cellphone or pill that it simply didn’t make sense for me. Maybe I might swap just a few over which are already on my iPad, however it simply didn’t strike me as significantly sensible besides maybe in just a few conditions the place my laptop isn’t out there. However that’s simply me — individuals who work extra from their telephones would possibly discover this far more helpful.
Primarily I simply loved how gentle and easy the factor is. There’s nearly no menu system to talk of and the few capabilities you are able to do (zooming in and such) are completely easy. Every time I bought an enormous doc, like in the present day’s FCC OIG report, or a set of upcoming scientific papers, my first thought was, “I’ll stick these on the Sony and skim them on the sofa.”
Though I worth its simplicity, it actually might use a bit extra performance. A note-taking app that works with a Bluetooth keyboard, as an example, or synchronizing together with your Simplenote or Pocket account. The reMarkable remains to be restricted as nicely, however its wonderful stylus (appropriate for sketching) and cloud service assist justify the worth.
I’ve to ship this factor again now, which is a disgrace as a result of it’s undoubtedly a helpful gadget. After all, the $600 price ticket makes it fairly a distinct segment one as nicely — however maybe it’s the sort of factor that fills out the finances of an IT improve or grant proposal.