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 have had the Freewrite since March but have only used it once. I was hoping to be able to do actual editing on it, but that doesn’t seem possible. Am I missing something?
Others have written at length about the merits of the Freewrite, all of which seem apparent to me. I write to lament the absence of a single feature: the ability to scroll up and alter my text. I think this change could be made as an optional firmware update for those of us seeking a word processor rather than a typewriter.
So far I have but one complaint, and unfortunately it is an issue that cannot be fixed with the chosen technology within the device. The amount of delay between me typing and the displayed word averages a complete word at a time. I often will be writing the second word before the first one even appears on the screen. I realize that using e-ink is the downfall to this so they're really is no point of me complaining. However it is a substantial fault in design that has caused considerable difficulty to type coherently consistently.
A combination of a nice mechanical keyboard, an e-ink display and a distraction-free system has proved a winning combination. I’ve more than doubled my daily word counts, without any noticeable loss of quality. When I pick up the Freewrite I know I’m drafting. Simple. And there’s something compelling about this device, the click of its keys, the sturdy design lines, that makes me want to hurry to my writing. I’m not limited to my office, either. I can write in the garden or the local park. It seemed like an expensive luxury, but the Freewrite has quickly become a valuable part of my process.
Freewrite Smart Typewriter (2nd Gen)