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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So far I have but one complaint, and unfortunately it is an issue that cannot be fixed with the chosen technology within the device. The amount of delay between me typing and the displayed word averages a complete word at a time. I often will be writing the second word before the first one even appears on the screen. I realize that using e-ink is the downfall to this so they're really is no point of me complaining. However it is a substantial fault in design that has caused considerable difficulty to type coherently consistently.
A combination of a nice mechanical keyboard, an e-ink display and a distraction-free system has proved a winning combination. I’ve more than doubled my daily word counts, without any noticeable loss of quality. When I pick up the Freewrite I know I’m drafting. Simple. And there’s something compelling about this device, the click of its keys, the sturdy design lines, that makes me want to hurry to my writing. I’m not limited to my office, either. I can write in the garden or the local park. It seemed like an expensive luxury, but the Freewrite has quickly become a valuable part of my process.
Freewrite Smart Typewriter (2nd Gen)
I ordered a Freewrite on a bit of a whim, after hearing good things about it from a couple of professional writers. I don't regret it at all: since I started using it, I've really fallen in love with writing again, and found the absolute joy of just letting the words flow. If you love writing, or you want to rediscover that love, I'd really recommend it.
Come for the keyboard, stay for the distraction-free experience. For me, the device offers just enough technology: awesome mechanical keyboard and reliable autosave to the cloud. No cursor keys constantly beckoning to edit what is already written. And the solid build and clean design are so satisfying. Altogether thrilled with my Freewrite and highly recommend it.
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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)|