Sony’s 10″ Digital Paper Tablet is an ultra-light reading companion that needs to do more


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Final yr I had fun comparing 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 much 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 flippantly mark up PDFs. If that sounds a mite too restricted to you, you’re not the goal demographic. However plenty 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 a number of, an enormous e-paper pill is implausible. However the fact is that the RP1, with its 13.three″ display, was just too massive to hold round more often than not. The gadget is sort of mild, however took up an excessive amount of area. 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 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 rather more than mark a passage with an “OK” or a bit star (one among 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 inconspicuous and practical.

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Writing isn’t the Sony tablets’ robust go well with — that might be the reMarkable’s territory. Whereas looping out a circle or putting 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 principally 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 newest Kindles or Kobos (photographs 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 in your laptop computer’s LCD. Battery life is superb — it’ll undergo a whole lot 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 cause to make use of it. I so not often obtain PDFs — the one format the pill reads — on my telephone or pill that it simply didn’t make sense for me. Maybe I might swap a number of over which might be already on my iPad, nevertheless it simply didn’t strike me as notably sensible besides maybe in a number of conditions the place my pc isn’t obtainable. However that’s simply me — individuals who work extra from their telephones may 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 features you are able to do (zooming in and such) are completely simple. Each time I obtained an enormous doc, like as we speak’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, for example, or synchronizing together with your Simplenote or Pocket account. The reMarkable continues 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 useful gadget. In fact, the $600 price tag makes it quite a distinct segment one as nicely — however maybe it’s the type of factor that fills out the finances of an IT improve or grant proposal.