This is a quick unboxing of the ultimate writer’s indulgence, The Ernest Hemingway Freewrite Signature Edition, aka The “Hemingwrite,” from Astrohaus. It’s a branded, upscale version of the Freewrite with a polished aluminum chassis and green keycaps with the same excellent Cherry MX Brown switches and heavy base.
As an owner of the original Freewrite and Freewrite Traveler, I have a lot of experience with the Astrohaus platform dating back to 2017. Conceptually, it’s a modern interpretation of a digital typewriter that saves your work both locally and to various cloud services (including email) and is meant as a simplified, distraction-free writing device. You’re meant to type and not worry about editing, which you can do later on a more traditional computing device.
While all of these devices are relatively expensive, I feel that most writers are used to occasional indulgences. Whether it’s finding the perfect keyboard, software, pen, paper, chair, desk, etc., there is definitely something to the concept of your environment and tools making it “easier” to write, even if it’s purely psychological. I know I’ve indulged myself time and again with such things, and really, if it produces results, why not? In other words, if you’re a writer, get out there and write, then write some more any way that you’re able to!
Very nice, thanks for the video.
What are the two objects to the left and right of the screen – do those lever looking things move to some effect? Thanks.
Yes, I link to the past reviews for the full breakdown if you want more detail (functionality is exactly the same on this model), but the lever on the left lets you select between the A, B, C folders and the lever on the right lets you turn WiFi On, Off, New (for a new connection).
Bill, I completely agree – the Freewrite devices are not ‘cheap’ but it’s hard to put a price on something if it improves the creative process, especially if that process, and therefore the device, is something one spends hundreds or thousands of hours with each year.
I bought the Hemingway as soon as I saw it, and rustled up the money afterwards! There’s always that intake of breath before pressing the button to commit, but my comparison was not so much between the price of the Hemingwrite and other writing devices, but between how much I spend on writing compared to my other creative pursuits as a photographer and recording musician. I dread to think how much I’ve spent over the years on music software alone – writing is a comparitively cheap date, and deserves a treat now and then!
Good luck with your writing!