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Freewrite (2nd Gen), Limited Edition

Keyboard guide
ANSI vs ISO keyboard guide

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.

Ansi vs ISO keyboard comparison

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.

Confused? Don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@astrohaus.com and we will make sure you get the right keyboard for your needs.

SOLD OUT! Sorry, we made a limited number and they are all gone. Stay tuned for future limited edition releases.

The 2nd gen Freewrite is now available in cream! This is the new and improved 2nd Generation (Fall 2017) with 2x real world battery life of the original.  

  • Best-in-class mechanical keyboard with Cherry Keyswitches (made in Germany)
  • Ultra low power and high contrast E Ink™ screen that looks like paper indoors and out.
  • 2nd generation design features larger battery and improved keyboard efficiency that results in 2x the effective working time of the original Freewrite.
  • Weeks of battery life and local storage for over a million pages
  • Rugged, lightweight aluminum body so you can write anywhere
  • ANSI keyboard version only at this time