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 product is really great, and all the buying process was perfectly assisted by the team. Having said that, I had to pay an extra usd 150 when the product entered Chile, and this was a total bummer, since was not informed by the company.
Many peoples workflow incorporates not Just drafting but “on the fly” editing. The product is great, but this seriously needs to be incorporated into the software.
I have a variety of computers. I have enabled myself to ridiculous lengths to write, and mostly I do. But when I need the mind space to type my first drafts I use my Freewrite.
There are many aspects of this device that are fantastic -- the build, durability, keyboard (best in class quality); however, there are also some things to be aware of before you buy:
1) This is a first draft device. That being said it is well known at this point that the Freewrite that there is no real editing capacity and this makes the device less than ideal when trying to make any changes (even minor) for a sentence or paragraph you just typed. This is how the device is designed, so be aware before you buy. The Freewrite is intended as a means to take pages or chapters and sync them, and then import the synced files into a formal word processor for editing.
2) There is no direct file management on the device. File management must be done through a website which allows you to remove/delete content. The ability to do simple file deletes from the device would be a welcome addition. Again, this is - at this point - by design. However, adding this type of feature would be a huge benefit without changing the fundamental vision/intent of the Freewrite.
At the end of the day, the Freewrite is a brilliant device for a very specific place in a writing workflow. If your intent is to write and save first drafts of chapters or scenes file by file and then concatenate them in a word processor for editing later, this is your device. But if you think this will give you the flexibility to manage and edit a manuscript, it is not the right device for that. The Freewrite is a very well designed and functional e-ink typewriter. You have to approach drafting on it as you would have prior to the advent of personal computers and word processors. If you can do that and make that commitment you'll be pleased and it's well worth the money, if you can't -- you may be disappointed.
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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)|