Freewrite’s $350 Digital Typewriter Makes use of a Tiny LCD Display

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Astrohaus' new Freewrite Alpha distraction-free digital typewriter.

As Apple is about to roll out a serious iOS replace right this moment, which makes digital distractions accessible on the iPhone’s lock display screen with out even having to unlock the machine, Astrohausdistraction-free digital typewriters look like much more of vital for many who write for a dwelling. The most recent mannequin, the Alpha, shrinks the {hardware}, the display screen, and the worth tag.

For these not conversant in the Freewrite lineup, the units can greatest be described as crosses between a laptop computer and a typewriter. They function full QWERTY mechanical keyboards paired with (till now) monochromatic digital paper shows optimized for one single function: writing. Though the units do embody wifi connectivity for syncing paperwork to different units, the Freewrites are distraction free and may’t entry e mail, surf the online, or hook up with social networks of any variety.

The smallest mannequin so far has been the Freewrite Traveler, that includes a folding ‘display screen within the lid’ design much like a laptop computer, however with a $500 price ticket that can alternately get you a effectively geared up Chromebook. The Freewrite Traveler stays a distinct segment product for devoted writers who battle to remain centered. The brand new Freewrite Alpha, by comparability, could attraction to a wider viewers.

A side profile shot of the Freewrite Alpha distraction-free digital typewriter showing how thin it is, plus its adjustable stand.

Weighing in at beneath two kilos, the Freewrite Alpha can simply slip into the laptop computer compartment of baggage and backpacks, with a design that’s fairly a bit slimmer than earlier fashions just like the Good Typewriter.

A close-up of the Freewrite Alpha distraction-free digital typewriter's redesigned keyboard.

One massive change on the Alpha is that the Good Typewriter’s box brown switches have been changed with Kailh’s chocV2 low profile switches for a keyboard that appears extra like what you’d discover on a laptop computer, though the keycaps can nonetheless be swapped out as wanted for those who choose typing on one thing much less flat.

Astrohaus' new Freewrite Alpha distraction-free digital typewriter.

The massive trade-off is that the bigger E Ink screens used on older Freewrite fashions are actually changed by an extended and slim “Reflective monochromatic FSTN LCD” show, which ought to be simpler in your battery. But it may additionally have some glare points relying on the place you employ the Freewrite Alpha, even with adjustable ft on the underside that may change the viewing angle. The show can also be restricted to exhibiting simply six strains of textual content with a 15pt font, or 4 strains when these of us with ageing eyes select to bump it as much as a 26pt font measurement.

A 4200 mAh, USB-C rechargeable battery guarantees as much as 100 hours of writing time on a single cost, and whereas the built-in reminiscence can maintain a million pages of textual content, the Freewrite Alpha additionally helps wifi connectivity to exterior storage companies like Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Drive, which makes getting paperwork onto different units a lot simpler.

At $500, the Freewrite Traveler was beforehand the most affordable choice accessible, however the Freewrite Alpha manages to get right down to a $349 worth level, presumably made potential with the swap to a primary LCD show. You may’t purchase it simply but, however you may reserve one for simply $1 forward of an upcoming crowdfunding marketing campaign.

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