1. reMarkable ($599)

This minimalist device simulates the experience of writing or drawing on paper with a stylus and 10.3-inch E-ink display that produce a familiar sense of friction. "Even the sound is a delightfully tactile scratching." Buy it at Amazon.

2. Sony Digital Paper ($600)

"Consider this the Swiss Army knife of virtual paper tablets." Available in two sizes, Sony's sleek E-ink notepad lets you do nearly anything: highlight reports, scribble notes in the margins, even toggle between documents created on multiple synced devices. Buy it at Amazon.

3. Onyx Boox Max2 ($800)

The Onyx uses the same big 13.3-inch screen as the larger version of the Sony tablet, but distinguishes itself with extras: a browser, a headphone jack, and Android app compatibility — useful when the Onyx is doubling as an e-reader. Buy it at Amazon.

4. Wacom Bamboo Slate ($130)

Think instant carbon copier: Place ordinary paper on the Slate's face, and the marks you make with the Slate pen will be saved as a transferrable file. The device records the sensitivity of your pen strokes — "a godsend if you're drawing." Buy it at Amazon.

5. Rocketbook Everlast ($34)

Built like a spiral notebook, the Rocketbook has 32 endlessly reusable synthetic pages. You snap photos with a companion app to file your notes, then wipe each page clean with a damp cloth. Buy it at Amazon.

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