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.
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Exactly what I needed to spark my daily 'morning pages' time - time to refresh, unload, get ideas down on a page. I love the feel of the keys, the simple display. It's a great with a cup of coffee at a breakfast table.
Took a long time before I was ready to invest in this product, but I am glad that I did. Have been writing much more efficiently since purchasing it. The E-ink screen is a major bonus. Like that I'm not staring into a glowing blue screen every time I want to write. Previously owned an AlphaSmart that was too flimsy for lap-typing. I like that the Freewrite has a solid base so I can easily type on lap or table. Happy and would buy again!
I know this tool is firstly designed as a drafting tool, and I do intend to use it for that purpose, but one of the biggest reasons I finally bought the Freewrite after years of drooling over it was because of all of the thoughts and emotions this era of the world is producing in me and my heightened need for a distraction-free outlet that could keep up with all of my thoughts. I do my best processing through writing and, since having the Freewrite and the ability to get all of my thoughts and emotions out without distraction, I have become more emotionally stable and my anxiety levels have dropped. Everything about the Freewrite is soothing and cathartic for the soul: the typing experience, the assurance that every word you type is safely stored, the e-ink screen that doesn't assault your eyes while you're trying to release stress, everything. Honestly, even the fact that you can't click back to fix errors gives the soul permission to be real and raw, where some of the deepest thoughts and revelations come from. We live mostly edited lives as we go through the our modern world and it can be exhausting, so it is nice to have a device that gives permission to err and make mistakes, to be fully ourselves as we get words on the page. If I could sum up the Freewrite in only a few words, I would say "It's a breath of fresh air in a polluted world." I highly recommend it for serious writers, but also for those who are like me, who do their best processing through journaling and their thoughts are too many and too fast for a pen and paper.
...I wanted to send it back. I told myself it wasn’t worth the money, I told myself the claims had to be false...
And then I got it.
And it’s way better than I had even hoped it would be.
It’s so easy to write, content pours from me. I wish there were more than an A, B, and C folder because I have multiple topics, but that isn’t a deal-breaker.
I do wish that Freewrite would market to more people than just writers. This tool is great for anyone who believes that writing can be a form of religion, that self-authoring can in some way sharpen or focus one’s life.
This typewriter for the modern era does have some things that could be added, but I have zero complaints so far. Stop thinking about it, just get it and tap away!
I've been wondrously, delightfully surprised that writing first drafts on a keyboard can flow as well in contemplation as writing pencil in cursive to paper was, with the obvious enormous benefit of already being digital, which is the very high bar I needed the Freewrite to be. The quality mechanical keyboard and ease of e-ink on the eye is a brilliant combination that makes this possible.
How is the Freewrite in the field? So far it has held up well, with 20 miles a day of jouncing about in my bike bag to and from my writing nook, 3-6 times a week. It is not a laptop, but a 'portable' typewriter, and so is bulky to haul. I put it in a canvas sleeve bag then tuck it atop my sweater and rain jacket, which serve as cushion against the washboard of the road and the rocks and roots of the trail, in a spacious saddlebag that it all just fits into. I expect keys get pressed, but it does not wake up and ghost type and everything functions well. It is very comfortable sitting cross legged, legs out straight, or on above my knees when I kneel. In sunlight, the case gets hot, but about the same time I get too hot and shift to shade. I look forward to the Traveler, but know the keyboard has a lot to live up to and I may have to choose between heartiness/packability or best typing experience (that high pencil bar I mentioned earlier).
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"One of the strangest yet coolest & most useful devices I've used in years. The Freewrite by @Astrohaus"
"LOVE the #Freewrite by @Astrohaus. (2016 tech in a 1970's device). Distraction free writing."
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)|