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Eliminate distractions with the Freewrite Traveler, a laptop that can only be used to type

The Atrohaus Freewrite Traveler is a "distraction-fee" writing machine that can do one thing: type. As a dedicated writer, the 1.8 lb computer only supports document creation and file management. However, the Traveler can sync with online services like Dropbox and Google Drive, and thanks to its E-Ink display, the device should last about 12-14 hours on a single charge (4 weeks standby).

Over the past year, feature phones like the Nokia 3310 have found their way into the pockets of those that want a less distracting phone and don’t mind sacrificing the bells and whistles of modern handsets. But what about authors and writers that want the convenience of a laptop without the distraction? Sure, there are a few dedicated writing machines on the market, but they are large, heavy, and a bit too clumsy to schlep around. However, Atrohaus is hoping to offer something new to the distraction-free writing machine market: the Freewrite Traveler.

The Traveler is a fairly unique device. While it is styled after the familiar clamshell build of a laptop, its sole purpose is writing. To that end, it seems a capable machine. It uses a small E Ink display that should offer good contrast and readability in any environment. Additionally, the E Ink screen allows the Traveler some major endurance.

Atrohaus estimates the Traveler’s battery will last 4 weeks. That estimate is assuming users will write about 30 minutes a day, which translates to about 14 hours of continuous use. While that’s not unheard of in the laptop market, keep in mind that the Traveler is a tiny device that measures 12” x 5” x 1” and weighs only 1.8 pounds.

The Traveler does include some WiFi capability which will mainly be used to sync documents to services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote. Additionally, documents are constantly autosaved to storage and secured with 256-bit encryption.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, and there’s a waiting list for the Traveler. Atrohaus is planning to launch a crowdfunding campaign this Tuesday, October 2nd. While this is definitely a niche product, if you’re a writer looking for a distraction-free machine to use on the go, this may be right up your alley. Just remember to turn off your phone for better focus.

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Sam Medley, 2018-10- 2 (Update: 2018-10- 2)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.