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Alpha Raven Black
$349.00
Ultra-Portable
Less than 2 lbs. and ready to go on the train, across the country, to the park, or wherever.
Instant On
Alpha is ready in an instant. No booting up or loading software; you're instantly met with a writing canvas.
Continuous Saving
Alpha is constantly saving your writing to the device and can store up to one million words.
Optimized For Writing
Alpha keeps your writing flow going by intentionally limiting editing capabilities. No spell-check, copy/paste, or grammar suggestions to break concentration.

Display

full-size mechanical keyboard

Comfortable Control

Display

write There, Now

Alpha has an instant refresh LCD display, perfect for focused drafting.

Instant refresh and anti-glare
2-4 lines of text to stay focused
Ambient lighting allows use under direct lighting
Won't wash out

full-size mechanical keyboard

Typing Nirvana

Experience the perfect writing companion keyboard powered by Kailh Choc V2 low-profile key switches for quiet yet satisfying typing and reduced finger fatigue.

Glide from one word to the next on the perfect blend of performance and comfort.
Choc V2 low-profile key switches for satisfying typing
Reduced finger fatigue

Comfortable Control

Compose with Poise

Use the kickstand to tilt Alpha as you sit at a table, or fold it to type comfortably on your lap in a chair. An integrated palm rest provides support for your wrists in any position.

Use kickstand for comfortable angle
Integrated palm rest for your wrists

100-Hour Battery Life

Stay plugged out

With its compact design and battery life of 100 hours, Alpha takes you further on your creative journey.  Always be ready when inspiration strikes.  

Automatic Cloud Syncing 

Safe And Secure

Alpha is constantly saving your writing locally to the device AND to the cloud.

All documents are automatically backed up once connected to Wi-Fi and are accessible in Freewrite’s web application, Postbox. Documents can also be synced to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Evernote.

If you’re ever off the grid, transfer documents offline by connecting Alpha to your computer with the included USB cable.

No Pressure, Just Prose

Your New Drafting Platform

Minimizing distractions is key to unlocking your creative potential. Unleash your creativity and achieve your literary goals with Freewrite.

Easy draft switching and 'WASD' arrow keys help you move quickly within your documents
Over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates to stay current
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Based on 57 reviews
60%
(34)
16%
(9)
16%
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4%
(2)
5%
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Megan Shaw (Opelika, US)
Alpha

The alpha is my first Freewrite device and I am loving it. I have written more in a week then I have in months. The keyboard and rest is also easy on my wrists.

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Barbara Erichsen (Moses Lake, US)
I love it, but…

I wanted a light easy way to write on the go, I thought Alpha was the answer. For the most part, it is. There are 2 problems I’ve found that bug me.
One is the flat keys. When I use the Alpha, I’m miissing the indentation that the smart typewriter has.
Two - which is a problem that’s much worse- if you carry your Alpha in the leather/felt case, or any case that’s soft or it can move in, it turns on. The power button not only is too shallow, it’s also super responsive. So when you reach your destination & pull it out again to use, you’ll find a lot of lines of nonsense typing. Not a dealbreaker- but REALLY annoying.

Other than that It’s light, responsive, & fits easily on your lap. The screen isn’t great, but it’s not really there to be anything more than checking your place. I love it, & I’m totally hooked on it.
I just wish it didn’t type on its own while packed.

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David de Young (Helsinki, FI)
Review of Alpha by owner of original Freewrite and Traveler

As a proud owner of all three Freewrite devices, I love the feel of the Alpha’s mechanical keyboard and the clackity clack sound (though it annoyed my wife, who was driving). The e-ink screen on the Alpha shows three lines of text. But who needs more than three lines? If I am freewriting an article, it's the maximum I want to see to better focus on what I will type next instead of being concerned about what I’ve written. That’s for the editing process!

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Dirk Vis (Rotterdam, NL)

Didn't know I was gonna find a better keyboard than the ones I already had. I use it daily to write drafts and at the end of the day edit them on my laptop. Works super smooth, and it's making everyone jealous.

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Adrian Krajewski (Poznan, PL)
Still a bit more Beta than Alpha ;)

Hi,
First of all, I love the device - it looks and feels top-notch wonderful. The only thing that I feel was not properly flagged is the fact that Alpha is the only device you offer without keyboard layouts that go beyond English. I've already discussed it via [****] and so I know (and am glad) that the layouts are coming sometime in the future, but the thing is that - as your fan ever since, well, the beginning - the thing that I've waited for was a proper Polish keyboard layout. It was when you finally introduced a useable Polish layout that I decided to order my Alpha :)
Summing up - I love the device and will be using it nevertheless, but the keyboard issue is something I'll be keeping my eye out for.

Tech specs

Tech specs in detail

Parameters
Body
Polycarbonate
Display
Anti-glare FSTN LCD Display,
2–4 lines of text,
Writing canvas - 164mm x 25mm
Keyboard
Full-size mechanical keyboard featuring Kailh Choc V2 low profile tactile switches
Ports
USB Type-C for charging, offline data transfer
Size
12.6” x 8.5” x 0.8”
(320mm x 215mm x 22mm)
Weight
1.6 lbs (0.7kg)
Configure
Onboard storage
Embedded flash memory
Wi-Fi
2.4 Ghz Wi-Fi with capability for cloud syncing and over-the-air firmware updates
Power
Internal lithium-ion polymer battery 100 hours of running time projected
Supported 3rd party apps
Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Evernote
Supported keyboard languages
English
Traveler
Alpha
Smart Typewriter
Price
$499.00
$349.00
$649.00
Display
Display: E Ink™ screen
Writing canvas – 121mm x 70mm
Status window – 121mm x 15mm
Display: Anti-glare FSTN LCD Display,
2–4 lines of text,
Writing canvas - 164mm x 25mm
Display: E Ink™ screen with frontlight,
Writing canvas – 121mm x 68mm,
Status window – 113mm x 18mm
Keyboard
Keyboard: Full-size scissor switch keyboard
Keyboard: Full-size mechanical keyboard featuring Kailh Choc V2 low profile tactile switches
Keyboard: Full-size mechanical keyboard featuring Kailh Box Brown keyswitches
Size
Size: 11.3” x 5.0” x 0.97”
(288mm x 128mm x 24.7mm)
Size: 12.6” x 8.5” x 0.8”
(320mm x 215mm x 22mm)
Size: 11.7” x 9.3” x 2.8”
(298mm x 237mm x 70mm)
Weight
Weight: 1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
Weight: 1.6 lbs (0.7kg)
Weight: 4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)
Battery
Battery: Internal lithium-ion polymer battery
4 weeks of running time with regular usage defined as 30 minutes per day
Battery: Internal lithium-ion polymer battery
100 hours of running time projected
Battery: Internal lithium-ion polymer battery,
4 weeks of running time with regular usage defined as 30 minutes per day
Purposes
Purposes: Perfectly portable. Light, compact, and best for traveling.
Purposes: An instant creative canvas for budding writers.
Purposes: Classic and original.
Tiered mechanical keyboard and frontlight E Ink screen
Alpha
Traveler
Smart Typewriter
$349.00
$499.00
$649.00
Display: Anti-glare FSTN LCD Display,
2–4 lines of text,
Writing canvas - 164mm x 25mm
Display: E Ink™ screen
Writing canvas – 121mm x 70mm
Status window – 121mm x 15mm
Display: E Ink™ screen with frontlight,
Writing canvas – 121mm x 68mm,
Status window – 113mm x 18mm
Keyboard: Full-size mechanical keyboard featuring Kailh Choc V2 low profile tactile switches
Keyboard: Full-size scissor switch keyboard
Keyboard: Full-size mechanical keyboard featuring Kailh Box Brown keyswitches
Size: 12.6” x 8.5” x 0.8”
(320mm x 215mm x 22mm)
Size: 11.3” x 5.0” x 0.97”
(288mm x 128mm x 24.7mm)
Size: 11.7” x 9.3” x 2.8”
(298mm x 237mm x 70mm)
Weight: 1.6 lbs (0.7kg)
Weight: 1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
Weight: 4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)
Battery: Internal lithium-ion polymer battery
100 hours of running time projected
Battery: Internal lithium-ion polymer battery
4 weeks of running time with regular usage defined as 30 minutes per day
Battery: Internal lithium-ion polymer battery,
4 weeks of running time with regular usage defined as 30 minutes per day
Purposes: An instant creative canvas for budding writers.
Purposes: Perfectly portable. Light, compact, and best for traveling.
Purposes: Classic and original.
Tiered mechanical keyboard and frontlight E Ink screen

FAQ

FAQ

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a portable, distraction-free writing tool for serious and aspiring writers. It introduces a fast-refreshing LCD screen to the Freewrite lineup in a portable device that syncs to the cloud and provides an instant-on writing canvas.

If I already have a Freewrite device, should I get Alpha?

All Freewrite devices offer a distraction-free writing experience but cater to different needs. While Traveler is ideal for on-the-go writing with its compact design, and Smart Typewriter provides a tactile, traditional typing experience, both devices feature an E Ink screen. Alpha introduces an instant refresh LCD display paired with a quiet yet satisfying mechanical keyboard experience. Alpha is a great addition to your writing toolbox!

What type of screen does Alpha have?

Alpha has an instant refresh LCD display that shows 2-6 lines of text so you can stay focused. The screen is anti-glare, as well, and utilizes ambient light so that it can be used indoors or in direct light without getting washed out.

What type of keyboard does Alpha have?

Alpha’s keyboard features Kailh Choc V2 low-profile key switches for a quiet yet satisfying typing experience and reduced finger fatigue.

Does Alpha have arrow keys?

Yes. Alpha has WASD arrow keys to move within your drafts.

Can I move documents to my computer without the cloud?

Yes, absolutely and you can use Alpha entirely offline, if you'd like. Connect Alpha to your computer via the included USB-C. cable. When you do this, Alpha will appear as a USB Mass Storage Device, and you'll be able to move your drafts to your computer as you would with any other flash drive.

Is Alpha compatible with Freewrite Plus?
Unfortunately, Alpha is not compatible with any of the current features of Freewrite Plus. Adding Alpha compatibility is on our roadmap, but there is no timeline for its implementation.

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