A couple of years ago, a device called the Freewrite was launched. In case you’re hearing about this for the first time, this was basically a digital typewriter of sorts that aimed to create a distraction-free writing experience for writers on the go. Since its only operation was for writing, users won’t be distracted by things like music, videos, internet, and so on.
Now it looks like the company behind the Freewrite is back and this time they have launched the Freewrite Traveler. This is an updated version of the original Freewrite and has been given a more portable design. While we wouldn’t call the original Freewrite big, the Traveler is definitely a lot more compact as it has a screen and keyboard combo that can be folded up much like a laptop.
However it will still retain its core features, such as an e-ink display which not only helps energy, but is also said to be easier on the eyes compared to LCD/OLEDs. It also boasts a 4-week battery life, and there will be support for document cloud syncing over WiFi where your documents will be compatible with writing apps such as Scrivener, Final Draft, or Word.
That being said, the focus on portability also means that the company had to do away with the built-in mechanical keyboard, but they claim that the new keyboard is a throwback to laptops from back in the day which still offered tactile feedback and enough resistance to make typing an enjoyable experience. The Freewrite Traveler is currently on Indiegogo seeking funding where if you pledge your support, you’ll be able to pick one up for $329 which is 45% cheaper than its retail price which will be $599.