I was working on a post this morning on distraction free writing apps when I noticed that the Freewrite, that expensive retro word processor, was updated last fall.
The Freewrite features a mechanical keyboard and 6" E-ink screen The new model has been upgraded with a frontlight on the E-ink screen, and downgraded with a USB-C port.
Here's a video showing the second-gen Freewrite in action:
As you can see in the video, the Freewrite is designed to be a modern take on a word processor. It’s meant to be a writing tool only, which is why it doesn't have a web browser or email app, and why it supports plain text files only..
It can't even edit existing documents; you'll need to transfer them before you can do that. It has Wifi for syncing your documents with cloud services, as well as a USB-C port for charging and transferring documents to your PC.
According to the site, the Freewrite's battery is rated to last up to 4 weeks when typing for 30 minutes per day. Similar promises are made about ereaders, and depending on your writing style that could equate to days or weeks of use.