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 had been following the idea of the FreeWrite ever since the 'Hemingwrite' days, and with some time off on my hands, I wanted to see if it would help my writing (long-form prose, and a travel blog). Now, I've always been someone who wrote longhand first and then typing that into something was the 'first draft'. I have done some 'creating' on the keyboard, and that's why I bought the FreeWrite.
For me, the Freewrite did not work well to transcribe my work. I wanted to stop and make corrections too many times, and the lack of arrow keys forbade that from happening. However, BECAUSE of those limitations, actually creating on the Freewrite continues to be a wonderful experience. The habit of stopping and changing a word— or even correcting the spelling— actually does stop the flow of words. But they can all get edited later in a word processor anyway. When you know that you can't really stop and do that, it does something to your Flow. You just keep going. And that has been a surprising benefit, for me at least. It becomes more like when I write longhand; but for me, it means I've removed a step from the process.
It's still not perfect for me, but that's because I'm not used to just "letting go" when I write on a keyboard. The closer I get to that, the better the experience is. I used to tense up when typing, and I got tired faster. With the Freewrite, I have been learning to relax while I type, which is easier on my body and truly helps my Flow.
Looks like the Freewrite helping me quite a bit. Writers always think that their habits are set in stone; the Freewrite is encouraging me to change some habits, and that's always a good thing.
Last but not least, the support team at Astrohaus is fantastic. Quick response and real humans. That seals it for me.
Thank you so much for your help. Your customer service is amazing. As I said before, thus far I absolutely love the freewrite. I wish some things weren’t so proprietary like postbox, settings, or the included USBC cable and you would have the perfect device for drafting. However, it’s not far off as is. The attention to detail and overall esthetics are flawless. But more accessibilities on the actual device would be convenient, as opposed to going to postbox. I.E. device settings or direct usability as a wired keyboard when connected to a computer (like the alphasmart). Options for cursor movement to make small corrections through a function key and maybe wasd. I know that’s it’s not for editing. But the one or two line fixes would be a great addition. I re-read what I have written a lot of times to get back in the flow and like to change mistakes when i see them, as I do my own editing. Just a thought. But all in all you have made a SUPERB device and I can not wait to really dig into my next novel on the Freewrite. Great job!
I love this machine. It keeps up with my fast typing. The action of the keys are great. I am finally catching up on my backlog of manuscripts waiting to be typed up.
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FreeWrite is my go-to tool when I am creating new work and want to be distraction-free. I've gotten over the need to edit in the document, which keeps me putting more words on the page. That is a big win for me!
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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)|