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.
The operating instructions are more than poor. Even I, who would consider myself a technophile, couldn't get anywhere without YouTube tutorials.
The connection with the WLAN already caused me the first problems. After I tried it five times in a row without changes, it finally worked. No idea what the problem was. All I got was the hint (without error message) that I should try again later. So I don't know where the problem was.
Switching the keys to the German keyboard was relatively easy, only changing the keyboard layout cost me the last nerves. After I also managed this with Google's help, it could start.
The device does what it should. I created a direct link to my dropbox, where Word files are automatically created, which are completed with every further editing of the document. It's a pity that there are no arrow keys for quick error correction, but that seems to be the intention. After all, one should write and not correct. That comes much, much later.
The display reacts with a small delay, you can live with that. You should only take care that the file doesn't get too big, otherwise you'll notice the delay. I recommend one extra file per chapter.
I have decided to use the limited edition "Sea". Since I needed the German keyboard, I ordered the keys for it. Unfortunately they were not available in light blue, but only in white. Now the keyboard looks a bit strange. My inner Monk is rebelling ... I already asked the guys to see if it would be possible to get the complete keyboard layout in white. We'll see...
My first book is just in the making, I still have to do research on my PC, I can't avoid that. But I'm really positively surprised how much more productive you are when you only focus on writing. Sure, half of it gets deleted when I'm editing, but that would also be the case on the PC, where I'm constantly distracted by news, related links, social networks, etc.
I love this machine. Love it. All of it. It looks like candy, especially the Sea Edition, but it’s stout metal — sculptural and cool to the touch. And it’s heavy. The thing weighs about four pounds, which makes it about twice as heavy as my laptop. It’s planted to the table and it gives off that machined-from-billet feel. Perfection. When the Freewrite came out, I remember reading commentary that suggested it had a silly retro look to it. Nonsense. This machine is everything it needs to be and absolutely nothing it doesn’t. It is the world’s most serious word factory. Double your word count? At least. But not just because the Freewrite makes writing easier (although it does). You will double your word count because writing with it is simply irresistible.