Alpha

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Alpha White Speckled
$349.00
Ultra-Portable
Less than 2 lbs. and ready to go on the train, across the country, to the park, or wherever.
Instant On
Alpha is ready in an instant. No booting up or loading software; you're instantly met with a writing canvas.
Continuous Saving
Alpha is constantly saving your writing to the device and can store up to one million words.
Optimized For Writing
Alpha keeps your writing flow going by intentionally limiting editing capabilities. No spell-check, copy/paste, or grammar suggestions to break concentration.

Display

full-size mechanical keyboard

Comfortable Control

Display

write There, Now

Alpha has an instant refresh LCD display, perfect for focused drafting.

Instant refresh and anti-glare
2-4 lines of text to stay focused
Ambient lighting allows use under direct lighting
Won't wash out

full-size mechanical keyboard

Typing Nirvana

Experience the perfect writing companion keyboard powered by Kailh Choc V2 low-profile key switches for quiet yet satisfying typing and reduced finger fatigue.

Glide from one word to the next on the perfect blend of performance and comfort.
Choc V2 low-profile key switches for satisfying typing
Reduced finger fatigue

Comfortable Control

Compose with Poise

Use the kickstand to tilt Alpha as you sit at a table, or fold it to type comfortably on your lap in a chair. An integrated palm rest provides support for your wrists in any position.

Use kickstand for comfortable angle
Integrated palm rest for your wrists

100-Hour Battery Life

Stay plugged out

With its compact design and battery life of 100 hours, Alpha takes you further on your creative journey.  Always be ready when inspiration strikes.  

Automatic Cloud Syncing 

Safe And Secure

Alpha is constantly saving your writing locally to the device AND to the cloud.

All documents are automatically backed up once connected to Wi-Fi and are accessible in Freewrite’s web application, Postbox. Documents can also be synced to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Evernote.

If you’re ever off the grid, transfer documents offline by connecting Alpha to your computer with the included USB cable.

No Pressure, Just Prose

Your New Drafting Platform

Minimizing distractions is key to unlocking your creative potential. Unleash your creativity and achieve your literary goals with Freewrite.

See data about your writing session on the console screen
Draft manager and 'WASD' arrow keys to move within your documents
Capable of over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates.
Enhanced capabilities with Freewrite Plus
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Based on 43 reviews
42%
(18)
26%
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9%
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Linzy Taylor (Buckeye, US)
GOT ADHD & WRITERS BLOCK?

The freewrite has already proven to be super helpful. I never realized that I tend to allow my eyes to travel up my document while writing. This tool is excellent to get words out without editing on the spot. Which is so important! This helps me get words down fast!

H
Hunter Thibodeaux (Dallas, US)
Freewrite Alpha

So I always wanted to get serious with my writing, but every time I tried on my laptop, something about it would just cause me to quit. I’d constantly brainstorm up some story and try and start it, but only get about 2000 words in and would give up.

I’ve been following Freewrite products for a few years now, never wanting to take the leap, mainly for financial reasons. I almost got involved with the indiegogo campaign for the alpha, but had decided not to.

One day I decided, what the heck, I’m just going to buy the alpha. I was looking into the Alphasmarts, since they were cheaper options, but I just didn’t care for them since they were going up in price, no longer serviced (at least not where I live), and I just didn’t care for the style of them much.

Since getting the freewrite alpha, I’ve finished 1 short story, which is a first, I’ve never once completed ANY story ever. And I’m currently a little over 10,000 words deep into my first novel.

I tend to spend a lot of writing time in bed, shooting for anywhere’s between 500-2000 words a day, (depends on how I feel) and it’s truly helped me improve on actually sitting down and writing.

Super odd though, I always saw videos marketing the device, and specifically when typing on the ‘small font’ setting, they only showed getting 4 lines on the screen, however, I get 5? Not sure if that’s a recent update or not. Just wanted to add that in. I love having the extra line.

The keyboard is great. My only complaint is the spacebar, it’s a little clanky. Besides that the keys sounds very pleasant to the ears.

The battery life has been great. I’ve had the device for about 2 weeks now. Only charged it once. Usually have 30-60 minute sessions on it per day and I’m sitting at around 81% (last I checked) battery life.

The kickstand could be a tad bit better, I find sometimes when I’m typing with it up on my desk, the device will move slightly back, almost as if it’s being pushed. For me, it’s not a deal breaker because I do most of my reading/writing in bed.

I have heard some people having issues with losing their drafts, so what I do to avoid that, every time I’m done with a session, I press the send button and it emails the draft to me. Please note, I’ve yet to experience losing any of my work. I just know in the past, it’s been an issue for people. I’d rather be safe than sorry.

I was hoping the build to feel a little more… “premium” I suppose, it’s plastic, and very obvious it’s plastic. But given it’s their entry level product, I suppose it’s fine.

All-in-all, a really great product. With just a few non-groundbreaking drawbacks, it does everything I need it to do and it’s 100% given me a HUGE boost in my writing productivity.

Highly recommend.

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Vivian Wood
Good for drafting

I bought this to replace my Alphasmart. It’s good. It definitely discourages editing; I used to use the arrow keys on my Alphasmart quite regularly to rewrite the sentence I’m currently working on. With this machine, it is MUCH harder to revise anything. Maybe designed that way?
My only other complaint is that the buttons on the keyboard turn on when it is in my bag. The result looks like Frankenstein’s monster learning to type zzzzzzzXXXXXXXX sdhdfkfhlgjhljh;ll;lllll rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr <— like a hundred lines of that.
I would love to request a hard plastic keyboard protector to keep it safe. Gonna look at maybe having one 3D printed.
Overall, pretty satisfied!

R
Ryan Gourley
4.5, might as well be a 5

I've loved the alpha so far. The screen's a tad tough to see which is a minor annoyance compared to all the good that has come from it!

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Sarah Pottenger (Colorado Springs, US)
Where has this been all my life??

The idea of a distraction-free writing tool was hugely appealing to me. When I was writing a novel for my master's thesis, writer's block and anxiety about that block hit me in a big way. Everything was a distraction--people, pets, loud noises, any available wi-fi. Since I bought my Freewrite Alpha, I wrote a 4000-word scene of my novel in just a few days instead of weeks or maybe even months. I'm excited to pull it out of the case, hit that button, and start writing immediately. My biggest problem is the temptation of opening an internet browser, and my Freewrite Alpha removes that obstacle completely (as long as I keep my phone out of arm's reach). Honestly, I have no complaints at this stage. I may actually reach my goal of finishing my current writing project this year!

Tech specs

Tech specs in detail

Parameters
Body
Polycarbonate
Display
Anti-glare FSTN LCD Display,
2–4 lines of text,
Writing canvas - 164mm x 25mm
Keyboard
Full-size mechanical keyboard featuring Kailh Choc V2 low profile tactile switches
Ports
USB Type-C for charging, offline data transfer
Size
12.6” x 8.5” x 0.8”
(320mm x 215mm x 22mm)
Weight
1.6 lbs (0.7kg)
Configure
Onboard storage
Embedded flash memory
Wi-Fi
2.4 Ghz Wi-Fi with capability for cloud syncing and over-the-air firmware updates
Power
Internal lithium-ion polymer battery 100 hours of running time projected
Supported 3rd party apps
Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Evernote
Supported keyboard languages
English
Traveler
Alpha
Smart Typewriter
Price
$499.00
$349.00
$649.00
Display
Display: E Ink™ screen
Writing canvas – 121mm x 70mm
Status window – 121mm x 15mm
Display: Anti-glare FSTN LCD Display,
2–4 lines of text,
Writing canvas - 164mm x 25mm
Display: E Ink™ screen with frontlight,
Writing canvas – 121mm x 68mm,
Status window – 113mm x 18mm
Keyboard
Keyboard: Full-size scissor switch keyboard
Keyboard: Full-size mechanical keyboard featuring Kailh Choc V2 low profile tactile switches
Keyboard: Full-size mechanical keyboard featuring Kailh Box Brown keyswitches
Size
Size: 11.3” x 5.0” x 0.97”
(288mm x 128mm x 24.7mm)
Size: 12.6” x 8.5” x 0.8”
(320mm x 215mm x 22mm)
Size: 11.7” x 9.3” x 2.8”
(298mm x 237mm x 70mm)
Weight
Weight: 1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
Weight: 1.6 lbs (0.7kg)
Weight: 4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)
Battery
Battery: Internal lithium-ion polymer battery
4 weeks of running time with regular usage defined as 30 minutes per day
Battery: Internal lithium-ion polymer battery
100 hours of running time projected
Battery: Internal lithium-ion polymer battery,
4 weeks of running time with regular usage defined as 30 minutes per day
Purposes
Purposes: Perfectly portable. Light, compact, and best for traveling.
Purposes: An instant creative canvas for budding writers.
Purposes: Classic and original.
Tiered mechanical keyboard and frontlight E Ink screen
Alpha
Traveler
Smart Typewriter
$349.00
$499.00
$649.00
Display: Anti-glare FSTN LCD Display,
2–4 lines of text,
Writing canvas - 164mm x 25mm
Display: E Ink™ screen
Writing canvas – 121mm x 70mm
Status window – 121mm x 15mm
Display: E Ink™ screen with frontlight,
Writing canvas – 121mm x 68mm,
Status window – 113mm x 18mm
Keyboard: Full-size mechanical keyboard featuring Kailh Choc V2 low profile tactile switches
Keyboard: Full-size scissor switch keyboard
Keyboard: Full-size mechanical keyboard featuring Kailh Box Brown keyswitches
Size: 12.6” x 8.5” x 0.8”
(320mm x 215mm x 22mm)
Size: 11.3” x 5.0” x 0.97”
(288mm x 128mm x 24.7mm)
Size: 11.7” x 9.3” x 2.8”
(298mm x 237mm x 70mm)
Weight: 1.6 lbs (0.7kg)
Weight: 1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
Weight: 4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)
Battery: Internal lithium-ion polymer battery
100 hours of running time projected
Battery: Internal lithium-ion polymer battery
4 weeks of running time with regular usage defined as 30 minutes per day
Battery: Internal lithium-ion polymer battery,
4 weeks of running time with regular usage defined as 30 minutes per day
Purposes: An instant creative canvas for budding writers.
Purposes: Perfectly portable. Light, compact, and best for traveling.
Purposes: Classic and original.
Tiered mechanical keyboard and frontlight E Ink screen

FAQ

FAQ

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a portable, distraction-free writing tool for serious and aspiring writers. It introduces a fast-refreshing LCD screen to the Freewrite lineup in a portable device that syncs to the cloud and provides an instant-on writing canvas.

If I already have a Freewrite device, should I get Alpha?

All Freewrite devices offer a distraction-free writing experience but cater to different needs. While Traveler is ideal for on-the-go writing with its compact design, and Smart Typewriter provides a tactile, traditional typing experience, both devices feature an E Ink screen. Alpha introduces an instant refresh LCD display paired with a quiet yet satisfying mechanical keyboard experience. Alpha is a great addition to your writing toolbox!

What type of screen does Alpha have?

Alpha has an instant refresh LCD display that shows 2-6 lines of text so you can stay focused. The screen is anti-glare, as well, and utilizes ambient light so that it can be used indoors or in direct light without getting washed out.

What type of keyboard does Alpha have?

Alpha’s keyboard features Kailh Choc V2 low-profile key switches for a quiet yet satisfying typing experience and reduced finger fatigue.

Does Alpha have arrow keys?

Yes. Alpha has WASD arrow keys to move within your drafts.

Can I move documents to my computer without the cloud?

Yes, absolutely and you can use Alpha entirely offline, if you'd like. Connect Alpha to your computer via the included USB-C. cable. When you do this, Alpha will appear as a USB Mass Storage Device, and you'll be able to move your drafts to your computer as you would with any other flash drive.

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