The new electric typewriter is just plain boring—and that’s precisely the point

This article titled “Is Freewrite ‘smart typewriter’ hipster bait or thoughtful tech?” was written by Jenny Judge, for on Friday 27th May 2016 08.00 UTC

It was with trepidation that I advanced on my local cafe in New York, clutching the handle of my Freewrite “smart typewriter” like a spy en route to a briefcase switch.

An electric typewriter that promises digital connectivity without the distractions, Freewrite has largely been dismissed by the tech press. Even the pop culture mavens of Mashable denounced it as “pretentious hipster nonsense”, excoriating its weight (four pounds), diminutive screen (5.5in) and hefty price tag ($499).

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