Got a Freewrite by Astrohaus? Want to Write a Review?
Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened.
I’ve spent the morning combing the web, but I can’t find any user reviews. The few reviews I did find were based on a few minutes spent with the Freewrite. Flavorwire, for example, talks about using it, but their piece was based on a brief visit to the Astrohaus offices. It was about as deep as the hands-on report I wrote at CES 2015, and both could do a better job at helping potential buyers decide if the Freewrite is worth the high cost.
So if you have one, or bought one and returned it, I’d like to hear from you.
I’m inviting reviews of the Freewrite, or just comments if that’s what you’re comfortable with writing. Send me an email, or leave a comment, and we can discuss the matter.
For those who didn’t follow every bit of gadget news over the past year and a half, the Freewrite (formerly the Hemingwrite) is a new and expensive take on the word processor. It features a mechanical keyboard, a 6″ E-ink screen, Wifi, storage for a million plus pages of text, and not much else.
It’s running software that is intentionally limited so that the Freewrite can only be used as a word processor. Sure, it can upload your docs to cloud services like Dropbox and Evernote, but the Freewrite lacks even a backspace key or cursors (and I’m not even sure it can download docs, either).
Many writers, including George RR Martin, keep a second computer on hand to fill the same need as the Freewrite. Those machines usually have their connectivity disabled (and most apps deleted) so that the writer can work without distraction.
For example, you could copy the idea of a Freewrite by taking a $150 Chromebook, installing a distraction-free writing app, and then leaving the Wifi turned off. Or, you could get an Alphasmart Neo for $30 on Ebay and use that.
And with that kind of competition, is the Freewrite really worth it?
I would tend to agree with Teleread and say that at $500 the Freewrite is not worth the expense, but then again I have not spent any serious amount of time with one.
I have ordered a Freewrite, and I plan to post a review, but if you have a Freewrite everyone would still like to hear from you.
I have a bunch of questions, but I don’t want to deluge you with queries so let me ask the most open-ended one:
What do you think of the Freewrite?