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I own a Remarkable 2, if you’re reading this you either own one or are thinking of getting one. If it’s the latter, I recommend the Remarkable. It may seem relatively costly, but as a distraction-free dedicated writing device, it’s impossible to beat. No notifications, no temptations of “I’ll just check this website” or “Reply to this email”, etc. and the writing experience is like paper. There’s a lot of magic to the Remarkable in everything from the eInk screen, to the UI, but the Remarkable Pen, technically, the Remarkable Marker, is key.
If you have lost your Remarkable Pen, want a replacement Remarkable Marker, or want a budget Remarkable Marker alternative, I have tested and used them all. The following pens (markers) work with the Remarkable 2. They are also much more affordable than the official Remarkable Marker, the only limitation is none of them come with the magnet. They are all 100% compatible with the Remarkable 2, not only in my tests but according to the people that make these pens. So it’s a win-win and will save you money.
If you want to save money when purchasing a Remarkable 2, jump straight to the end.
I originally wanted to call this a luxury pick, but it’s really the ultimate choice. The LAMY AL-Star Black retails for US$55 on Amazon. Even full price it’s US$60 cheaper than the Remarkable Marker Plus and US$15 cheaper than the standard Remarkable Marker. There’s no eraser on the LAMY but what makes it luxurious is it feels like a pen as it’s made of metal and the thickness gives it a true pen-like feel.
The LAMY is honestly the best Remarkable 2 writing experience I have found. There’s a button on the LAMY stylus, that, with a simple hack (instructions here) makes the button work as an eraser. Which is great for on-the-fly corrections.
If you use a LAMY Rollerball you can even switch the barrel so you can have it any color you want. The LAMY is my preferred Remarkable pen set up in the office as it looks professional. For what it’s worth, I prefer the Remarkable Marker tips in the LAMY. You can buy Remarkable marker tips here.
I have also tried the LAMY Al-Star with POM tips, as the LAMY pop tips are for paper-like surfaces, but it didn’t feel as good to me. I haven’t found a way to buy the LAMY POM in the US but you can import the LAMY Al-Star Pom tip version from Amazon UK. If you’re in-store buying a LAMY Al-Star, you can try the Round Nib (POM) for Matte Surfaces but the best result in terms of “writing feel” is the Remarkable Marker tips in the LAMY.
The Staedtler Noris Digital Jumbo might be a mouthful of a name, but it’s equivalent to the Marker Plus. The Noris Digital Jumbo looks like a classic Staedtler pencil and has a red Remarkable compatible eraser at the end. It’s a little chunky but you won’t really notice this after a few days of use.
The Noris Digital Jumbo retails for about US$40 on Amazon. Making it almost $100 cheaper than the official Remarkable Marker Plus and all you lose is the magnet. I love that the Staedtler looks like one of their pencils (hexagonal shape), it’s made of wood (pressed sawdust, I think) and has seriously cool retro vibes. Personally, I think using this helps make the Remarkable 2 feel even more paper because the look of the Staedtler helps trick your brain. The benefit of the Noris Jumbo is there’s no need to hack, so the eraser works out of the box. No hack required.
If you want a Remarkable 2 compatible pen with an eraser, the Staedtler Noris Digital Jumbo is the only choice.
The budget pick is also from Staedtler and it’s called the Staedtler Noris Digital Classic. At about US$30 on Amazon it’s cheaper than the jumbo but you lose the eraser. The Stadtler Noris Classic is the cheapest pen you can get for the Remarkable. It’s much more pencil-like and if you’re not comfortable with the additional thickness of the Staedtler Jumbo, then this is your choice but you do lose the eraser. The Staedtler Noris Classic is really a replacement for the standard US$79 Remarkable Marker. So you’re saving about $50 on the official Remarkable Marker. I didn’t mind the Staedtler Classic, but given the Jumbo is an extra $10 and you get an eraser, I have gone the Jumbo path for home use as I find the eraser more convenient for ad-hoc corrections. If Staedtler made this model with an eraser, I would be all-in and I have tried (unsuccessfully) to Frankenstein the eraser from the jumbo onto the classic. Like the Jumbo, this is made from wood but doesn’t have a magnet. The Classic does feel very much like the official Remarkable Marker.
Final Advice – Save over $100 on the Remarkable 2
If you jumped straight to here, hello! If you want to save over $100 on the Remarkable 2, buy the Remarkable without a Stylus and without the official Remarkable case. Why? You can buy one of the Remarkable compatible pens above on Amazon (treat yourself, get the LAMY Al-Star or if you want an eraser, get the Staedtler Noris Digital Jumbo) for less than the official Remarkable Marker.
After several weeks, I have defaulted to using the LAMY stylus on my Remarkable 2. The Staedtler Jumbo was nice, but the LAMY just looks and feels so much better to write with. To save money on the Remarkable Case, I bought this one from Amazon (in grey) for under $20. This case is awesome it has a little pocket at the back for storing your Remarkable Pen (official or otherwise), so it doesn’t matter that the replacement pens above don’t have a magnet.
In total, assuming you get the LAMY and the case, it will only cost US$90 which means you will save over US$100 on the purchase of your Remarkable compared to buying the “basic” Remarkable Marker and Folio and about $175 if you bought the Marker Plus and Premium Folio. It’s seriously worth buying the alternatives above and saving the money. It’s how I use my Remarkable 2.