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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Yes, it is very expensive. But, I truly fall into my thoughts when I sit down to the Freewrite. It truly quiets my mind that typically full of noise after a long day of work. I'm so tired by screens, but the Freewrite's display really feels like I'm looking at a sheet of paper. The satisfying clackity-clack of the keys gives my writing rhythm. Also, I love the look of it and the feel. It has a heft that alludes to its quality and the author pages are just lovely to sit down to at the beginning and end of sessions. For me, as a teacher with 1,000 tabs open who is easily distracted and guilted away from personal writing, I think it is worth the sticker price for peace of mind.
The Freewrite is a simple, elegant, and functional writing device. The keyboard, of course, is excellent and the e-Ink display is great no matter what light you’re in. It syncs very easily and set-up is laughably easy. The only knock I’d give it is that you cannot sync both ways. I find this frustrating because I’d like to be able to “seed” the freewrite with some of my book just so there’s something to reference when I’m writing. I won’t say it’s a negative, it may be a positive - but it’s definitely something I need to get used to...and that is not being able to edit at all. Typo a few words back? Want to change something above? NOPE. just keep on writing or you’ll spend all your time re-writing. It drives me crazy, but it does keep you moving forward. Maybe that will be a good thing in the long run. We’ll see. Overall it’s a great unit.
Still one of my favorite pieces of tech. Highly recommended!
I've had my Freewrite for quite some time and love it. It took some getting used to, not being able to scroll up and edit. But that's the entire point; getting in the flow. Leave the editing devil alone until the actual editing starts!
It also makes for a great conversation piece. I often work at libraries and cafés, and I can't count the times people have been curious and approached me to ask what I am using. I live in Norway - no one EVER approaches strangers in public places like that, so it says a lot when they do.
If you want to ensure distraction-free hours of work, go for the Freewrite. I can't recommend it highly enough.
The support team is also wonderful. They answer quickly and are extremely helpful.
Freewrite Smart Typewriter (2nd Gen)
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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)|