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Smart Typewriter (Gen3)
Naomi Taylor (Elko, US)
Excellent machine

I have the smart typewriter gen 3, began using it yesterday. The keyboard is very responsive. It has a good weight to it, not to heavy but feels solid. Connecting to wifi and uploading to cloud took less than 5 minutes to set up. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to begin writing. No popups, no bright shiny things on a screen to grab your attention, just you and the keyboard. It is quite peaceful to use.

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Traveler
Michelle Casias (Chicago, US)

Traveler

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Traveler
Celine Perron (Ottawa, CA)
An authors dream!

I finally decided to commit and purchase a Freewrite Traveler and I couldn’t be happier! Thus far I am leaps and bounds ahead in my latest manuscript than I ever thought possible. This device is so versatile and makes writing feel less stressful and really brings you back to just the basic mode of writing without all the noise. My investment has paid off tenfold. I can’t say enough good things about my Freewrite and even talked a dear friend into purchasing one as well (spoiler: she loves it!)

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Traveler
Dr Rhoney Stanley (Sebastopol, US)

Traveler

Great Drafting Product with Room for Improvement

This is going to be a long one, but I want to give as comprehensive a user experience as I can. Like many customers, I really wanted to give this product 5 stars, but I’ve now owned three Freewrites and have had a pretty extensive usage with them. I’ve had two Travelers (the first had an issue with the keyboard that couldn’t be fixed, so I was given a replacement refurbished unit) and am now using a Hemingwrite. The missing star comes from a few usability/connectivity issues that can make it a frustrating process for me.

Starting with the positives, I’d like to say off the bat that overall I love my Hemingwrite, and the fact that Astrohaus partnered with Hemingway’s estate to produce these is no trivial detail. It is my daily driver for drafting and the experience is, from a sensory and immersion perspective, far superior to something like a MacBook. The box brown keyboard is fantastic. It’s tactile and satisfying and built to last, and I simply love drafting with it (except the spacebar, which is loud and somewhat annoying). Aesthetically, the device is beautiful, and has such nice little touches like the toggles on either side of the display and the retractable handle. And contrary to many reviewers, I actually enjoy the slight input lag of the E-ink screen. I think, when used properly, it gives the retro-looking device a nice retro feel of operation—but more on that below. The team at Astrohaus are phenomenal, responsive and super friendly. The warm front light is fabulous. After using my Travelers, the light is a real game changer: it’s so nice to be able to draft basically anywhere, anytime. Finally, I love the minimalist methodology of their products, which can help you get in a good flow state. When it works, it just nurtures a nice atmosphere for focused writing. I honestly love most of the experience, but there are some pesky nuisances I can’t ignore.

Lag/stability: This section will be long, but I want to help any others users who might be in the same camp I was awhile ago. I said that I enjoy the slight display lag, and I do, but with one big caveat: the device gets very latent and buggy the more words you load onto a single doc. There’s a workaround, but it’s not ideal for most creative writers imo. I think the team needs to communicate up front about this issue, as I wasn’t aware of the solution for a while and my daily workflow suffered for over a year. I thought the input lag increased alongside the total words saved to the device, but it’s actually per document. When I reached out to the team, they said that whenever the lag becomes too great, simply create a new document to eliminate this extra latency and freezing. They also suggested just making a new document for each chapter. I feel slightly misled, as they market this product to all sorts of writers—including people who write long form—without mentioning this limitation and the workaround available. I think most long form writers prefer having one document per manuscript with everything nicely in one place, but with the Freewrite this is virtually impossible. This should just be information they provide up front: for longer projects, expect to have 10+ docs per manuscript to keep things smooth, and then merge them together into a master doc later. So to keep the lag minimal, I create a new doc every several thousand words. Not the biggest issue, but it doesn’t take much processing power to retrieve and display lengthy docs, so I feel for the price and sole function of the device, this could be improved. Also, I’m concerned how many docs I’ll end up with per MS, as the sync system is weird. I’ll sometimes have 1 doc on the cloud per doc on my device, but other times there are multiple (maybe a version history thing). And I don’t want to have potentially dozens of docs and versions per MS, but it seems that may be unavoidable unless I’m mistaken.

Wifi: I’m surprised I don’t see this more in the reviews, but the Wifi connectivity is frustrating. If I take my Travelers/Hemingwrite away from home and connect to someone else’s Wifi, it will frequently not connect back to mine when I return home. This can sometimes be solved by just switching Wifi off/on, but often requires a full restart, which is time consuming and risks erasing your progress since last sync.

Doc manager: I loved the document manager on the Traveler, but the current one on the regular Freewrite is subpar. It’s hotkey based, and at least on my unit, is buggy enough to be almost unusable right now. With the necessity of having so many documents per MS, the device simply needs to have a functional and clean document manager. The problem seems specific to my unit, but it’s the second glitch on a Freewrite where the team’s only recourse was to have me do a full reset on the device—which means wiping all the docs from it (they remain on the cloud). I don’t want to lose my words on my device, so for now I’ll just live with the issue.

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Smart Typewriter (Gen3)
David Ogea (Bern, CH)
Great tool for creativity

I am very satisfied with my new Freewrite Smart Typewriter :). I mainly use it in the train. Really cool to keep my stories going

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Traveler
Daniel Gabay (Tel Aviv, IL)
Amazing

Absolutely in love with it, I carry it with myself everywhere I go, or even if I just want to sit in the living room with everyone and write without dragging my huge laptop with me and causing distractions. WORTH IT

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Traveler
Jeffrey Taub (Warren, US)

Traveler

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Freewrite 1.8m USB Cable
Almah LaVon Rice (Pittsburgh, US)
Works like a charm!

Works like a charm!

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Traveler Felt and Leather Sleeve
Jessica Stone (Lynden, US)
So perfect!

Perfect fit, feel, and perfect protection for my traveler.

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Smart Typewriter (Gen3)
Karissa Love Hope (Providence, US)
Great writing tool!

It's definitely great for drafting! I get all my thoughts out instead of losing my thoughts! I just wish they had arrow keys!

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Traveler
Sheryl Rentschler (Charlotte, US)
Amazing productivity enhancer!

I wondered how something so small could do so much and I am still in awe as I get used to being able to "just write." No distractions. I love it. Yes, it was expensive but worth every penny of the stress-free, no distraction working time. I am happy to have the Traveler.

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Traveler Felt and Leather Sleeve
Oscar Nelson (Tucson, US)
Ok - needs room for cord

I like the look and feel of the felt and leather pouch. It’s tight, not an inch to spare. Would have been nice to have a place for the cleaning cloth, instructions and cord in a flap or something and maybe a half inch extra room to close it up without stretching it to click the buttons.

Nice but too small

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Traveler
C. M. Michaud (St. Catharines, CA)
Traveler, the writing instrument I didn’t know I needed.

I didn’t realize how often I got distracted when writing. I thought I had willpower. It isn’t just the fact this device can’t go online and access distractions though, there’s something immersive about enjoying the typing process. This keyboard reminds me of the keyboards I used many years ago. It’s satisfying typing on the traveler. I find myself enjoying the entire process of writing. It has also helped me progress, I thought not being able to search up and down in my manuscript would bother me — it’s the other way around. Now I’m not wasting time trying to find perfect words, or reworking a single scene. I’m writing forwards. If I want to look back, page up is all I need. If I need a refresher, I email it to myself and I can open the document in Word. I was sceptical, and now I’m glad I made the purchase.

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Traveler
Jim Myers (West Lafayette, US)
Satisfied customer!

I’d give the Traveler five stars if it had a backlight. Very happy with my Freewrite Traveler and Freewrite Smart Typewriter v3.

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Freewrite 1.8m USB Cable
Liji Varghese (New City, US)
Would’ve worked.

This was supposed to be a replacement because my traveler stopped charging after exactly two years. But it turned out to be a device issue, not a cable issue. I have had to part ways with the device since it is past warranty. The cable is very durable, better than Apple cables. Charges just fine provided that nothing is wrong with your device.

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Ernest Hemingway Freewrite Signature Edition
Marcus Robinson (Memphis, US)
An excellent device!

When given the right atmosphere, the Freewrite helps you to excel at your writing. I received mine in the past week just in time for a trip I was taking out of state. It kept me in perfect company when I had the downtime to write. After finding a good playlist of music, the ideas came flowing and I hardly stopped typing. It helped me turn what used to be a concept into a full story with a coherent plot-line!

The device worked perfectly out of the box after I gave it a charge. My only caveat is that one of the clamps on the strap didn’t have it’s cover crimped on just right, however some heavy duty glue fixed that issue.

If you are looking for a novel experience in drafting, I cannot recommend this enough!

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Traveler
Oscar Nelson (Las Vegas, US)
Solid and fun

Great little thing! Solid and useful. Gets a lot of attention but it’s been good. Words words words!!!

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Traveler
Siw Maria Heede (Highland, US)
Freewrite the distraction free writing device

I love the compact size of the traveler. Only complain is that I wish the keyboard keys reacted faster to my writing pace.

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Traveler
Alison Colwell (Galiano Island, CA)
Worth The Hype

I've boon looking at the Traveler since the kickstarter, but couldn't justify the expense. I finally treated myself and I'm so happy. It's easy to use. My word count has doubled. I'm in love!

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Traveler
Jake Martin (Sioux Falls, US)
Speechless

So, I took the financial plunge and bought the Traveler. And it was worth every single penny. I am wonderfully pleased with the speed I am writing. I got two thousand words in one sitting (my goal for daily writing). I hadn't done that in a LONG time. The scissor-switch keyboard is fabulous to type on as well. I assumed my one issue with the device was going to be the E-Ink delay. The truth is, it actually heightens my speed. It's hard to explain how, but it just does. I use folder "A" for novel writing, "B" for short stories, and "C" for journaling. I absolutely love this device, and I plan to pick up the Smart Typewriter sometime soon!

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Traveler
Beth Weaver (Stockton, US)
Newbie

Just received a couple days ago, just in time for my first NaNoWriMo. A few kinks in getting the feel and operation of it. I'm a pen & paper person, but decided to give it a chances since an injury to my writing has made holding a pen difficult for lengths of time. So far i am enjoying the ease of use and how it fits nicely in my bag to take to appointments and such. I am able to get some writing in while waiting or during lunch. I got the carry case, which i'm very happy that it protects the traveler and I can carry it just in the case plus, there is room in it for some of my paper notes.

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Ernest Hemingway Freewrite Signature Edition
Chris Trotter (San Francisco, US)
Beautifully designed product

I have been amazed by not only the physical design on the product, as elegant as it is, but the utter simplicity of its abilities. I've gone from writing a couple hundred words a day to 1k almost overnight. So impressed. Bravo!

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Smart Typewriter (Gen3)
Christy McNamara (Los Angeles, US)
♡♡♡

I got my Freewrite Gen 3 Smart Typewriter in time for NaNoWriMo this year and it is fantastic! I stare at a computer for 10 hours a day, so when I get home the last thing I want to do is stare at my computer screen and write. Even writing by hand is torture because my eyes are so tired I don't care to stare at the page. The Freewrite's low profile allows me to be able to stare into the beyond as I write, or even close my eyes. It feels great to be writing again! The other feature that made me fall even deeper in love with this device is Sprinter. Being able to sync a document from Sprinter to my Freewrite is a beautiful thing. Now I can continue my project on my phone if I am out and about or during lunch break, and send it to my Freewrite and write more when I get home. This is a tool I am very glad to have added to my toolbox. Thank you!!! ♡♡♡

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Smart Typewriter (Gen3)
Hunter Rudnai (Denver, US)
Freewriting

I’m loving the freewrite so far. I’ve had it for a few days and it has been a joy to write on. The keys take me back to old pc keyboards with the clicking and clacking which I love and the freewrite makes it so I don’t worry about mistakes or editing. Just getting your thoughts down is much easier with it.