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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The Freewrite has everything a writer could want in a modern typewriter, but I will try to highlight only my personal favorite aspects: it can't be overstated how pleasant it is to type on the Cherry MX Brown keyboard. The tactile, click-clacking is highly satisfying, and addictive. The only downside is that you immediately notice how anemic the modern laptop keyboard has become when you've finished your draft on the Freewrite and begin the editing process. One other favorite aspect of this machine is the cloud capability. One press of the 'send' key and your document is immediately sent to your email. No cords to attach, just connect it to wifi. There is also a word-counter meter at the bottom, which I find to be extremely helpful. The E-ink screen is pleasing to look at, as there is no jarring brightness to assault the senses. You can activate the backlight if feel like typing in the dark. The only thing that could be added might be some type of clear, protective window to shield the screen from bumps or scrapes. A few other personal favs are the weight, the "sturdiness", and the overall effect that the Freewrite has. It just looks very nice. The weight, around 3 or 4 pounds, along with the aluminum body, gives it a sturdy, long-lasting feel, which I think most writers looking for a product like this will want. The rubber feet hold the Freewrite firmly to whatever surface you set her on. Another minor quibble for me would be the lack of scroll-up/scroll-down to re-read a draft, but I realize that this machine was designed to be a first-draft generator, and it accomplishes this task perfectly. Distraction is a plague, and the Freewrite is the cure.
It sure does work!
I have too many distractions on a personal level between critters and the way my mind operates. To have a writing tool that help eliminate outside distractions has been a God send.
I really love how it helps me concentrate on the plot and the writings, and the “send” function is very useful to me
This has been a great purchase and I love using my freewrite everyday. It has everything that I would have asked for and nothing that is missing. Actually I like the fact that there are no arrow keys - really prevents me from trying to fix the typos etc. The keyboard is beautiful and very enjoyable to type with, battery life is long enough to last almost a week, the e-ink screen is beautiful, and sync/email is a lifesaver compared to Alphasmart I used to use. I only wish the service allowed a direct Dropbox/Google interface without a need to go through postbox. I don’t have anything against postbox except concerns that it doesn’t have even basic security features like 2 factor authentication. I hope that in a future firmware upgrade the need to go through postbox will be removed. Overall, delighted with this purchase.
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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)|