Freewrite products come in two different keyboard varieties to accommodate users from all around the world.
Both layouts are based on modified versions defined by two of the world's standards organizations, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). You will find the two layouts are quite similar however there are some small but important differences.
Generally speaking, the ANSI layout is used predominantly in the United States and the ISO layout is used in the rest of the world. Look at the layouts below and match one to the keyboard you are currently using.
NOTE: This article is discussing mechanical differences, not how each key is defined in software. To see all available keyboard mappings and languages supported, the full list of supported layouts is here: Freewrite Keyboard Layouts. You will see that most of the alternative layouts are for the ISO keyboard because languages other than English typically require an [Alt Gr] key. Once you receive your Freewrite, you will be able to add these alternative mappings to your device through Postbox. If you only write in English, you can use either ANSI or ISO, however, if you usually write on an ANSI keyboard and you choose ISO for your Freewrite, the shorter left [shift] key and upside-down L [return] key will take some getting used to.
Confused? Don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure you get the right keyboard for your needs.
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I really love writing on the Freewrite. It's actually exactly what it says on the tin. Distraction free. Love how it syncs with postbox BUT I hate how you never know what the charge is, never know how long it needs to be plugged in, and I wish there was no delay while typing. Like you delete and it takes a while to register and then you end up deleting too much.
Those are my peeves. Mostly they're irritating and I say this ONLY in the hopes that the developers take it on the chin for the 3rd Gen.
This piece of kit, while heavy and not ideal for going out and about, made me preorder the Traveler version. Love the keyboard. Love it enough that even though it's a pain. I'll be taking it with me when I travel regardless because it's great. My thumbs hurt less and my wrists rarely ache even though I pull 10k plus days words on it.
Also, is it just me but the clock doesn't seem to update sometimes?
Would 100% recommend.
Freewrite Smart Typewriter (2nd Gen)
I'm loving the workflow with this machine.
I like the singular purpose of Freewrite for serious writers.
Contrary to the effusive video reviews from fellow writers, it has been a challenge for me to get used to the keyboard. Far more effort required for touch typists. I am gradually adjusting.
I have an order for the Traveller and expect that keyboard and portability will be a great addition to my collection of professional writing equipment.
I’ve been having writers block, for many months now. But since I started using the Freewrite, it has improved my focus, my creativity, and of course, my word count by 100%. Because now, I feel capable of of escaping the everyday distractions, by only writing, rather than editing and or being pulled away to a land of no return, with texting, emails, and social media.
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Supports software mapping of 30+ languages.
E Ink™ screen with frontlight|
Writing canvas – 121mm x 68mm
Status window – 113mm x 18mm
Full-size mechanical CherryTM MX brown keyswitches|
Available in American (ANSI) and International (ISO) keyboard layouts
|ONBOARD STORAGE||Embedded flash memory|
|Wi-Fi||2.4 Ghz Wi-Fi with capability for cloud syncing and over-the-air firmware updates|
|PORTS||USB Type-C data and charging port|
Internal LiPo battery|
4 weeks of running time with regular usage defined as 30 minutes per day
|SUPPORTED CLOUD APPS||Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive|
|SUPPORTED KEYBOARD LANGUAGES||English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, Greek, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Korean, Chinese, Japanese. See a list of keyboard layouts here.|
|SIZE||11.7” x 9.3” x 2.8” (298mm x 237mm x 70mm)|
|WEIGHT||4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)|