If you have $400 to throw down and act fast, you too can get in line to receive a Hemingwrite when it ships in September 2015. I won't be bothering, but it is a groovy gadget.
Based around a 6" E-ink screen, the Hemingwrite comes with Bluetooth, Wifi, a month-long battery life, storage for a million plus pages of text, and not much else.
The Hemingwrite is built for a single purpose - to write - and to that end it also will also ship with support for syncing your work with your favorite cloud apps (Evernote and Google Docs integration will be supported, at a minimum). Weighing in at 4 pounds, it's about the size of an old, old notebook - only much lighter. It's chief feature is the 78-key keyboard, which is designed to offer a satisfying tactile and audio feedback when your fingers hit the keys.
And for those who want to show off their trophy gadget while on the go, the Hemingwrite also has a handle:
That strikes me as a great way to destroy a $400 gadget, but what do I know.
I won't be getting a Hemingwrite, but I can see how it might be useful. I'd like to see someone explore the possibility of using this in conjunction with a smartphone for mobile blogging. A blogger could bang out a story on the Hemingwrite, sync it with their smartphone, and then upload the text (along with photos taken with the smartphone) so a co-worker can polish the story and publish it.
Okay, that doesn't sound nearly as useful as a laptop (on a BT keyboard paired with said smartphone), but I can see the appeal.
But I still won't be getting one. At 4 pounds and $400, the Hemingwrite is going to compete with my next laptop for both the space in my gear bag and for the dollars in my pocket, and I don't have enough of either space or money to be able to get both a laptop and a Hemingwrite.
It's shiny, yes, but I will have to admire it from afar.
But for the sake of curiosity, I will be getting a poor man's Hemingwrite. The Alphasmart Neo is an older, cheaper, keyboard-sized word processor which can do pretty much the same thing as the Hemingwrite (aside from the wireless connectivity). Powered by AA batteries, the Neo can be found for under $30 on Ebay.
It's not nearly as cool-looking as the Hemingwrite, but the Neo is light enough that I could potentially carry it in the same gear bag as my laptop. That is woth a lot to me.
But that's just me; what do you think of the Hemingwrite?