NEWS – Although I don’t consider myself to be a great one. I still consider myself to be a writer and I know that email, text messages, and social media have a tendency to distract me when I have a deadline to submit a review or news post. But can a dedicated distraction-free device like the Freewrite solve a problem like that, or is it just another overpriced gadget?
This isn’t a review. I don’t have a Freewrite to test, but I stumbled upon it while I was on one of my distracted (see what I did there?) surf sessions. First of all, I think the Freewrite is clunky and well… ugly. It reminds me of something from the 1960s instead of 2021. I guess that’s the point though. There’s just the mechanical keyboard with Cherry switches for those of you who know about keyboards, and there are also a couple of physical switches along with a small e-ink display.
Freewrite has built-in WiFi, but it’s only used to sync your drafts to the cloud. You won’t be able to use this device to answer your emails or surf, which is the whole point. Notice I said “drafts”. That’s because you can’t really edit on this device. There are no arrow keys. All you have is page up/page down, and a backspace key. So you write, sync, and then edit on another device. I’m sorry, but I don’t understand why I’d want this over my MacBook or an iPad. Yes, I know about the distractions, but there’s a little thing called “do not disturb” mode that you can switch on when you need to work. Using a Freewrite while still having other devices around you that will beep and ping, will probably not really help you stay less distracted and if you can turn off notifications on those devices while you’re working, why would you even need the Freewrite? What am I missing here?
There’s also a travel sized Freewrite if you’re interested… It’s only $429 vs. $549 for the full-sized one. Interested? Tell me why and then head over to getfreewrite.com