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Jul 04, 2019 13:22:35

The wrong solution for distraction-free writing?

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Facebook must be on to the idea that I want to write. I saw an ad in my feed for something called a Freewrite portable typewriter.

This device has a mechanical keyboard and E-ink screen that can last for weeks on a charge. There is also built-in wifi for backups to various cloud services. The Freewrite modern typewriter is billed as a "distraction-free" writing tool. 

To me, US $549 is a steep price to pay for this type of device. I suppose typing on the Freewrite eliminates distractions that appear when typing on a computer, but if your phone is sitting next to you, the behavior hasn't changed. 

There is a new product called the Freewrite Traveler to be released in the fall. This device was designed specifically to write on-the-go and is available for pre-order for US $369.

This is the wrong solution to the problem of distractions while writing. Aren't there free or inexpensive apps you can install that allow you to block all distractions on a computer and focus on writing? The problem of distractions is a behavioral one, and in my opinion cannot be solved by a gadget like the Freewrite.

I would be curious to hear your opinion about the Freewrite product and whether you think there is value here.

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    @brandonwilson Just another expensive gadget :P I'd rather buy another laptop, install a distraction-free Linux operating system, and I'd get the same result at a cheaper price with more functionalities. Whatever works though

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 05, 2019 06:57:03
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      @brandonwilson @basilesamel Yeah, and on top of that the Linux machine is not stuck being only a writing tool forever. You can just install something else on top of it and turn it into the control station of your home (just an exampkle).

      Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | Jul 05, 2019 09:38:18
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      @basilesamel But you don't get that German-made mechanical keyboard... 🤣

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jul 05, 2019 07:39:36
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