Still on the fence with the Freewrite after yesterday's review? Here are a few new reviews to help you make up your mind.
I was following up on Kaz Augustin's scathing review of the hipster typewriter this morning when I found a couple hands on videos on Youtube as well as another review.
One video, by Alex Strick van Linschoten, is just his first impressions and is a little too short to be useful. But the other video, by Leslie Penelope, is a 13-minute long unboxing video. It's still a first impressions video, but Leslie does go into detail about why she bought the Freewrite.
She compares it to the Alphasmart Neo, that lovely little wordprecoessor which costs one-tenth of the Freewrite's price and is twenty times as useful. And even though Leslie starts the video cold (she knows nothing about the Freewrite's features, or lack thereof) she still demonstrates that the Freewrite only has limited functionality.
You can find her video at the end of the post.
Speaking of reviews, I found a piece The Atlantic published yesterday.
It is less a hardware review you can use to decide whether you should buy the Freewrite than it is a stream of consciousness hipster-like review. It's not a terribly useful article, but the piece does have the ironic distinction of reading like it was written on the device reviewed in the article.
That piece does make the point that the Freewrite is more or less designed for you to start drafting on the Freewrite and finish your work elsewhere, but it doesn't explain why you should start with the Freewrite at all when you could save yourself $500 and simply start and finish your writing projects on your computer or mobile device (or, as Leslie shows, on a $50 Alphasmart neo).
If you know a good answer to that, I am all ears.