Final 12 months 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 huge. 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 method.
Sony’s e-paper tablets are single-minded little devices: all they do is allow you to learn and frivolously mark up PDFs. If that sounds a mite too restricted to you, you’re not the goal demographic. However a number of individuals — together with me — should wade by way of tons of PDFs and it’s a ache to take action on a desktop or laptop computer. Who desires to learn Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox by hitting the down arrow 500 instances?
For authorized paperwork and scientific journal articles, which I learn lots of, a giant e-paper pill is unbelievable. However the reality is that the RP1, with its 13.three″ display screen, was just too huge to hold round more often than not. The gadget is sort of mild, 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 trustworthy, there’s not a lot I can add to my unique evaluation 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 rather more than mark a passage with an “OK” or just a little star (certainly one of a number of symbols the gadget acknowledges and tracks the situation of).
It’s extremely mild and skinny, and feels versatile and sturdy as nicely — not a fragile gadget in any respect. Its design is discreet and useful.
Writing isn’t the Sony tablets’ sturdy go well with — that might be the reMarkable’s territory. Whereas looping out a circle or hanging by way of a passage is simply positive, 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 screen isn’t noticeable for probably the most half. Distinction isn’t nearly as good as the newest Kindles or Kobos (pictures within the gallery above aren’t actually flattering, since they’re so shut up, however you get the concept), but it surely’s greater than enough and it beats studying a giant PDF on a small display screen like these in your laptop computer’s LCD. Battery life is superb — it’ll undergo a whole bunch of pages on a cost.
A brand new cellular app supposedly makes transferring paperwork to the CP1 straightforward, however in actuality I by no means discovered a motive 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 may swap just a few over which can be already on my iPad, but it surely simply didn’t strike me as significantly sensible besides maybe in just a few conditions the place my laptop isn’t accessible. However that’s simply me — individuals who work extra from their telephones would possibly discover this rather more helpful.
Primarily I simply loved how mild and easy the factor is. There’s virtually no menu system to talk of and the few capabilities you are able to do (zooming in and such) are completely simple. At any time when I acquired a giant doc, like at this time’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 may use a bit extra performance. A note-taking app that works with a Bluetooth keyboard, as an illustration, 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 value.
I’ve to ship this factor again now, which is a disgrace as a result of it’s positively a useful gadget. After all, the $600 price ticket makes it slightly a distinct segment one as nicely — however maybe it’s the type of factor that fills out the price range of an IT improve or grant proposal.