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.
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.
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I really love how it helps me concentrate on the plot and the writings, and the “send” function is very useful to me
This has been a great purchase and I love using my freewrite everyday. It has everything that I would have asked for and nothing that is missing. Actually I like the fact that there are no arrow keys - really prevents me from trying to fix the typos etc. The keyboard is beautiful and very enjoyable to type with, battery life is long enough to last almost a week, the e-ink screen is beautiful, and sync/email is a lifesaver compared to Alphasmart I used to use. I only wish the service allowed a direct Dropbox/Google interface without a need to go through postbox. I don’t have anything against postbox except concerns that it doesn’t have even basic security features like 2 factor authentication. I hope that in a future firmware upgrade the need to go through postbox will be removed. Overall, delighted with this purchase.
The two "new" buttons are in a too convenient place and you can easily delete your draft. Upload often! I know the point is to just write but for the occasional oops in spelling or punctuation out would be nice to be able to move the cursor without losing your whole document. Overall it's a nice beginning.
Freewrite Smart Typewriter (2nd Gen)
I’ve been writing for years, both for school and for myself. Even so, nothing has kept my focus like the Freewrite. With this, I have been able to double my word count within the same half-hour writing bursts as before. The no-backlight option does wonders for my eyesight as well. No more eye strain when writing! I have absolutely no regrets purchasing this genius invention.
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Supports software mapping of 30+ languages.
E Ink™ screen with frontlight|
Writing canvas – 121mm x 68mm
Status window – 113mm x 18mm
Full-size mechanical CherryTM MX brown keyswitches|
Available in American (ANSI) and International (ISO) keyboard layouts
|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 data and charging port|
Internal LiPo 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||English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, Greek, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Korean, Chinese, Japanese. See a list of keyboard layouts here.|
|SIZE||11.7” x 9.3” x 2.8” (298mm x 237mm x 70mm)|
|WEIGHT||4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)|