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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I loved typing on my parents' typewriter as a kid but I hated how messing up one letter meant typing the entire page for one mistake. Then when I wanted to put it on the computer I had to type it all over again. It deflated my love of typing on that typewriter. This had been exactly what I wanted for a long time. I've been searching for a small computer that is just for writing but it would cost a lot because it had all these features I didn't want so I never was satisfied and ended up writing on paper then typing it in while editing. All I wanted was to write and be able to edit it in a word program. I would end up procrastinating by doing other things on the computer/tablet/phone instead of writing. The cost itself for the Freewrite made me hesitate for months especially the 'Sea Edition' but I love the blue. So far, worth it by how much I've enjoyed typing on it. There have been technical issues such as drafts not syncing and suddenly I needed these weird permissions to sync to the Google Drive a few days after getting it set up. The updates when first turning it on made me start freaking out because it kept loading then restarting for more than an hour. Besides those three things, the Freewrite has been what I wanted. I'm glad that I can upload it to my computer and edit it. I tend to be a perfectionist so not having to go back on the Freewrite without deleting everything has helped me not continously change things as I try to edit/fix things.
I did see a review where someone complained about their wrists aching. For those that haven't typed on a vintage typewriter, the sitting and hand posture for the purpose of typing was made for typewriters. Anyone with wrist aches means they're not typing correctly. Had to mention it because that reviewer's main complaint about the Freewrite was the fact it was a typewriter and it was rediculous that they didn't understand that this is a modern typewriter
I went back-and-forth on whether to purchase this. It seemed like such an extravagant purchase for someone who is not a professional writer. But, I’ve been enamored with this product since it was first introduced. There were some initial issues with my Freewrite and a frozen screen. But return and repair were fairly painless, and now that it’s back in my possession, I am loving it!
I write nautical fiction, so the Limited 'Sea' Edition of the Freewrite immediately caught my interest, but for a long time, I dismissed it as one of those whims that crosses the minds of all frustrated writers at one time or another: "If I just buy this one thing, it'll make me a better / more focused / prolific writer." So I kept ignoring my fascination with it. However, with news that they were close to running out, I finally jumped on one, thanks to a simple financing option that Ashwin at Astrohaus helped me find, and it was THE BEST DECISION.
Every time I sit down to the Freewrite, I get more (and better) writing done than at almost any other time in my life. Some people lament the lack of editing features, but let me tell you, that is part of its utter brilliance. The Freewrite helps me get out of my own way and let the words flow from my subconscious. The keys feel incredible under my fingertips, and even the shortest writing sessions turn out so much more fruitful than when I would sit down at the computer.
Nothing can make you overcome the need to force yourself to sit down and write, but once you are sitting there, let me tell you, working at a Freewrite is going to make that time much more enjoyable and productive. If you are like me — someone whose habit has always been to edit and correct as you write — you will have to fight that impulse at first, but once you give yourself over to the Freewrite's forced methodology of write now, edit later, you will find yourself a far more contented writer.
As Ray Bradbury, the man who made me the person I am today, was fond of saying, "Throw it up in the morning and clean it up in the afternoon!" I'm very thankful to the folks at Astrohaus for creating something that finally allows me to follow the advice of my beloved friend and hero — and to do it in absolute (nautical) style.
I really, really wanted to love this, and the concept still very much appeals to me - a distraction-free writing environment is 100% positive. However, the lag on the typing really gets me down, as does the overall slowness of the machine. Maybe just another sign *I* need to slow down, but when I'm drafting, the experience could be smoother. That said, I get the limitations of e-ink displays and I'm going to try to give it a longer trial when I'm not so pressed for time (finishing a graduate program in June). Color is amazing, and the machine is solid, which is fabulous.
life changing, music to my ears. Everyone should get this throwback to real writing, but with the safety of easy corrections in edit. Any worry or question you have the answer, is it’s perfect !!!