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.
New and improved 2nd Generation with 2x real-world battery life of the 1st gen. Say goodbye to writer's block with the world's best distraction-free writing tool.
International (ISO) Keyboard is on backorder. Expected Ship Date: September 2020.
American (ANSI) Keyboard and the 'Sea' Edition ship daily!
This is actually better than I even expected. It's basically a nice typewriter with an internet connection. It's a very pleasurable writing experience, and you don't have this sense of a million doodads and icons all over, it's very nice, very focused in an easy-going way. Maybe eventually they will make the screen a little wider, but this works great. Probably I'll always want to have a "wifi/smart typewriter" around, a category this device seems to have created.
Oh, also I really like that there are no arrow keys, since often I can get caught up reworking things. So I like the workflow this creates, separating writing and editing into distinct stages. You can email what you wrote to yourself with one button. Go Freewrite!
The Freewrite is wonderful! When I give "only" four points, it's because it should come with a hard shell to protect it on transport. At least the felt and leather bag, nice and solid as it is, should have a slot to stick the handle through.
My freewrite is awesome !
But let me advise you to change your transport company. I won’t order anymore if it’s UPS.
The Freewrite is a helpful distractor away from the day to day smart phone and computer addiction. I was not going to keep it and asked for a return number. I decided to try it for one week to see if I truly wanted to return it. But as I used it I found myself taking it with me every where I might have to hang out for a while. I am just writing thoughts about things right now to see what might pique my interest to further a book idea. Freewrite has simplified things for. My day to day routine.
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)|