87 total reviews

Smart Typewriter (Gen3)

Smart Typewriter is a dedicated drafting device for anyone who writes without the distraction – or temptation – of browsers, email, or notifications.  Get in writing flow and develop more prolific writing sessions by separating the drafting and editing processes.  When it is time to edit, your drafts wirelessly sync to the cloud for export into your software of choice. Push your productivity forward and tap into writing joy!

Draft now, edit later. Our original distraction-free writing tool, now even better.

  • Postbox access- Our free cloud application used to configure your Freewrite, access your documents, and set-up 3rd party syncing
  • New display - Latest generation E Ink™ panel with frontlight for easy reading day or night
  • New keyboard - Box brown switches - durable with the same great tactile feel
  • Longer battery life - Improved battery life with a new more efficient processor
  • Latest software - includes a draft manager and 'WASD' arrow keys to move within your documents
  • Big storage - Up to 1 million words internal memory
  • Wifi - Built-in automatic cloud backup syncing to Postbox and 3rd party services: Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, and/or OneDrive
  • Aluminum body - Durable die-cast all-aluminum body with retractable handle
  • Universal keyboard - Support for writing in 60+ languages with 85+ keyboard variants
  • Freewrite Plus compatible - Take your drafting to the next level with advanced features
  • Warranty - Protection against manufacturer defects for 90 days

Customer Reviews

Based on 87 reviews
Melinda Winograd (Exeter, US)
Life changing

Ok so I googled “distraction free writing tool” last year when I realized my dream of writing was being undermined by my ADHD’s Pathological Demand Avoidance in combination with access to internet. I’m also dyslexic. For all those reasons, I can’t sit at a desktop for long periods of creative writing. I can do reports for work, i can edit poems/drafts, etc but the first step never happened.

Back to my search: Freewrite was the first result (sponsored result). I looked, it was too expensive. I tried going back to pen and moleskine. That worked alright, but I still had to then type it out (never happened).

I returned to the Freewrite website.

I read reviews. Watched YouTube videos about the different models. Shied away from the cost.

Returned again several months later. By that time I was depressed. So I read the return policy, and finally pressed “add to cart.”

I have a 12 day writing streak, I carry the damn thing everywhere, I named and labeled it, I gave it a special pillow to keep next to me at night if I wake up with thoughts.

After 5 days of constant typing, my dad asked rather nervously if he could try it. He has so many stories from his life of travels. Great stories that I’ve always loved to hear and know others would love, too. I’ve begged him to write them down. But at the same time, this Smart Typewriter was *my* find and *my* research and I wasn’t sure I wanted to share.

I did, though.

He typed 7 words and then ordered his own.

My dad has had his Smart Typewriter for 36 hours and he’s already outperformed me 😂 we’re both *obsessed* and we love the kindle-style screen. We’re long time kindle fans.

Honestly I don’t think I have any complaints. At one point I thought it might be nice to upload old work I’ve written on other devices, and then they announced a subscription plan for doing just that. I don’t have old work to upload really, I just thought it was a feature that would be useful for serious writers.

Anyway, we’re obsessed. We had to label our typewriters so we can tell them apart.

Maybe someday you’ll read this review and look me up to find I’ve published a book!

Everly Lockhart (Austin, US)

I used to only write a max of 400 words in 30 minutes. I could never get beyond that. Now, I can write 740 words in 30 minutes no problem!

Crimson Bennett (Colorado Springs, US)
The best thing I didn’t know I needed.

I spent so much time perfecting a manuscript that at some point I forgot how enjoyable it was to just write. To let the ideas pour out without worrying about editing. And for my second manuscript, having the Freewrite is a world of a difference - in the best way possible. I’m super thankful that a tool like this exists. Chef kisses all around.

Ben in West Yorkshire, UK (Oldham, GB)
Beautiful machine

I am finding the Freewrite so enjoyable to use. I've taken it on the train and can do a bit of writing in bed before I get up. It's always ready and it really helps get me drafting.

Manny Grimaldi

I love it. Can’t do without the flow!

Technical Specifications

BODY Aluminum
DISPLAY E Ink™ screen with frontlight
Writing canvas – 121mm x 68mm
Status window – 113mm x 18mm
KEYBOARD Full-size mechanical keyboard with Kailh Box Brown keyswitches
Unified keyboard supporting 85+ keyboard layout variants
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 for charging, offline data transfer, and as Host (e.g. can plug in external keyboard)
POWER Internal lithium-ion polymer 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 Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bambara, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Eurkey, Faroese, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hausa, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latvian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Mongolian, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Vietnamese, and Wolof

See a list of all 85+ keyboard layout variants
SIZE 11.7” x 9.3” x 2.8” (298mm x 237mm x 70mm)
WEIGHT 4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)