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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.

See data about your writing session on the console screen
Draft manager and 'WASD' arrow keys to move within your documents
Capable of over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates.
Enhanced capabilities with Freewrite Plus
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Based on 79 reviews
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(44)
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Louise (Slatington, US)
Consistent, large quantity writing

I used to write and edit at the same time, making any bit of writing a large undertaking which means that I wrote infrequently and took a long time with it. This writer has fixed that by encouraging me to write more, longer pieces without worrying about how it would be finalized which has gotten more of my story on paper than anything else. As a writer, this sort of technology is truly indispensable!

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Kateline PerDue (Corona, US)
I love my Freewrite Alpha!

I have been wanting a Freewrite for so long! I saved up and was debating between the Alpha and the Hemingwrite and decided to go with the Alpha after seeing a something that mentioned getting the Alpha as a starter/introduction device and that really was a great bit of advice. It’s been wonderful! The portability of it, the ease of use, the simplicity of it, and the feel of it. I love the keys/ switches. It’s super satisfying! I’ve made a lot of headway with my writing and I am so excited to see where it all goes!
At first, my initial tester drafts did not save, but they have been good since then. It may have been because I didn’t get a chance to set up my cloud saving account until after I had done an initial test. Everything has been saving and uploading to the cloud seamlessly!
I am excited to save up again to get a Hemingwrite down the road!

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Sunny Whaley (New York, US)
Very nice

Yes very nice. I had bought the ink but needed to intuitively know all the keys. I can see the keys on the alpha and when I become more fluent will use both equally.

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Edouard Tavinor (Stuttgart, DE)
really nice single-use piece of technology

i got my alpha about 2 weeks ago (in April 2024 for those of you from the future) and i've been writing with it happily whenever i get the time. it has a good keyboard, starts up instantly and has as yet not lost any of my work (one reads horror stories online about this happening to others, but i hope it was mainly a problem with earlier versions of the software). some people would say that there is no way the components are worth 400$, and of course if all you wanted to buy were the components, they'd be write. however designing it, testing it, manufacturing it, providing a back-end, writing and maintaining the software all cost a significant amount of money, so i find the price perfectly fair.
do be aware of the screen. in bad light it soon becomes difficult to read.

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Martin Lindholm (Stockholm, SE)
Really good, but room for improvement

I’ve written some 20 000 words on the device, so far, and I’m very pleased with it. If I have any minor issues, it has to do with going back in the file and inserting text in front of what you’ve already written. For some reason, this is very sluggish. I know editing isn’t the purpose of the device, but since the ability is there, it gets a bit frustrating when the input lags.

I also became somewhat disappointed when I realised you can’t sync texts from Postbox back to the device. In retrospect, I remember reading about this limitation of the Alpha beforehand, but I just managed to forget about it until I actually needed the feature.

Even so, I’d say both of these drawbacks are minor issues that are probably also possible to solve with a future firmware update, should Astrohaus feel inclined to do so. The advantage of just tapping the red button and start writing on a real keyboard, hassle free, is — however banal and whimsical it may seem — actually worth the hefty price tag.

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 2-4 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.
⚠️ Critical Action: Update Alpha Firmware

All new Alpha owners MUST update their firmware to install critical bug fixes and performance improvements BEFORE using the device!



For instructions, visit this Help Article.

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