June 16, 2024

In the middle of January, Astrohaus will begin distributing the Freewright Alpha, which is the most affordable digital typewriter in its Freewright portfolio. The Freewright Alpha will cost $349. On the other hand, as of right now, you may preorder it on the company’s website in either black or white.

It is the successor of the original Freewrite, which retailed for $649, as well as the portable Freewrite Traveller, which was priced at $499 and was released in 2020. For the purpose of assisting you in concentrating on writing, the Wi-Fi-enabled typewriter, much like its predecessors, does not have any distractions such as web browsers or emails. Following the completion of your work, the device will wirelessly synchronise your papers with various software providers such as Google Drive and Dropbox, allowing you to modify and share your works.

The Alpha is here

The Alpha, on the other hand, does away with the E Ink display in favour of a reflective monochrome LCD screen, which helps to keep prices below average. Although it weighs nearly half as much as the original, it is heavier than the Traveller. Additionally, it only has one screen instead of two, which is a significant disadvantage.

Freewrite digital typewriter Astrohaus

New battery life

On the other hand, Astrohaus asserts that the Alpha should have a battery life that is far longer than 100 hours while still being compatible with USB-C. In addition, the Alpha brings back the mechanical switches that were absent from the Traveller. It provides Kailh Choc V2 low-profile switches, which are more compact than the Kailh Box Brown switches that were included in the first edition. Additionally, the new typewriter allows you to move your pointer around a page in the same manner that the Traveller does, which is a functionality that was absent from the design of the previous model.

Astrohaus was able to gather $446,742 through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that was launched in 2022. This news comes after the Alpha’s planned shipment date was announced. In the beginning of this year, the firm started delivering orders and immediately offered an early supporter discount of $80.