100 total reviews

Smart Typewriter (Gen3)

Smart Typewriter is a dedicated drafting device for anyone who writes without the distraction – or temptation – of browsers, email, or notifications.  Get in writing flow and develop more prolific writing sessions by separating the drafting and editing processes.  When it is time to edit, your drafts wirelessly sync to the cloud for export into your software of choice. Push your productivity forward and tap into writing joy!

Draft now, edit later. Our original distraction-free writing tool, now even better.

  • Postbox access- Our free cloud application used to configure your Freewrite, access your documents, and set-up 3rd party syncing
  • New display - Latest generation E Ink™ panel with frontlight for easy reading day or night
  • New keyboard - Box brown switches - durable with the same great tactile feel
  • Longer battery life - Improved battery life with a new more efficient processor
  • Latest software - includes a draft manager and 'WASD' arrow keys to move within your documents
  • Big storage - Up to 1 million words internal memory
  • Wifi - Built-in automatic cloud backup syncing to Postbox and 3rd party services: Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, and/or OneDrive
  • Aluminum body - Durable die-cast all-aluminum body with retractable handle
  • Universal keyboard - Support for writing in 60+ languages with 85+ keyboard variants
  • Freewrite Plus compatible - Take your drafting to the next level with advanced features
  • Warranty - Protection against manufacturer defects for 90 days

Customer Reviews

Based on 100 reviews
jorge zighelboim (Charlotte, US)
Typing at the speed of sound!

There always came a point where I'd find myself clicking on the word count function, desperate to see if I was past 1000 words. When I found I wasn't, begging the muse for an extra 500 was th next thing I'd attempt. Guys, I'm on 3000 every day and sometimes a bit more. This thing rocks.

Nicole Antonia (Atlanta, US)
Awesome device!

The Freewrite (Gen 3) is awesome! The typing experience is smooth. The e-ink is easy on the eyes. The device is so inviting, it embodies the writer's mystique. A pure pleasure!

Giancarlo Ghedini
Awesome Sauce!

So I’ve had the Freewrite Smart Typewriter for a little less than two weeks. I am now a believer! Writing waaaay more. It’s very easy to see why. Cut the distractions and produce more with Freewrite. It does take a little getting used to writing with the new process. At least it did for me. Now I draft, and when I have about a thousand words I’ll edit on the laptop. Editing requires some restructuring of the text itself, as Freewrite will not save with the format, font or font size of your choice. But you get used to that as soon as you realize how much more you can write. Not a bad trade off. Instant love!

Cat C. (Mathis, US)
Cool little machine

I've had this neat little machine for a week or so now, but just started using it now because I had some other things I had to finish.

I really didn't know that this would be so comfortable to type on. Some people mentioned something about their wrists. Don't know what that is, but I just moved my laptop and put it on my computer desk and it was fine. No problems with my wrists or anything else. I'm still getting used to the keyboard. It's so much different than my laptop, but I like it alot. I especially like the Tab and Return key, especially the tab. If I want to start a paragraph, just click on that and there you are.

I set up Postbox and it was very easy to do.
The only complaint I have is I think the way the battery charges is hard to get used to. The charge light comes on and you have to look for those two lightening bolts on the small screen. That means it's charging, but then it fades out. You don't know how long the typewriter needs to charge and the charge light doesn't go off as far as I can tell.
I wish the little booklet would tell how long the battery has to charge. If you restart, I noticed one time there was a battery icon on the screen that was half full, so I knew I had to keep it plugged in.
Other than that, I am really enjoying it and hope to increase my word output.

John Longenbaugh (Portland, US)
Some good, some bad

As someone who has used a variety of "portable writer" keyboards, starting with the Alphasmart in the early 00s and moving on to the Dana and others, I appreciate simplicity of design. But there's no reason to make "flow" a fetish for a writer, and basic word processing tools like "edit block text" should be part of the basic package.

Technical Specifications

BODY Aluminum
DISPLAY E Ink™ screen with frontlight
Writing canvas – 121mm x 68mm
Status window – 113mm x 18mm
KEYBOARD Full-size mechanical keyboard with Kailh Box Brown keyswitches
Unified keyboard supporting 85+ keyboard layout variants
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 for charging, offline data transfer, and as Host (e.g. can plug in external keyboard)
POWER Internal lithium-ion polymer 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 Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bambara, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Eurkey, Faroese, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hausa, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latvian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Mongolian, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Vietnamese, and Wolof

See a list of all 85+ keyboard layout variants
SIZE 11.7” x 9.3” x 2.8” (298mm x 237mm x 70mm)
WEIGHT 4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)