A writer needs good tools. There’s no two ways about it. Some can be quite simple: a good desk, a comfortable chair… that sort of thing. It gets more complicated when it comes to writing instruments, because questions proliferate. Do you like to work longhand, or with a keyboard? Do you like notebooks or journals? Do you prefer a laptop? And setting has a bearing on this, depending on where and how and when you prefer to work.
For some years I used a MacBook Pro, and I was perfectly happy with it. Eventually I switched to the iMac I currently use, though I liked the freedom of movement afforded by the MacBook. However, here’s the thing: I don’t really need a backup machine so much as I need a well-designed and portable writing platform. The barer-bones MacBooks are attractive, but they’re too small for my hands, and even then they’re really more device than I require.
I looked at Chromebooks, which people seem to like. I wasn’t impressed. They’re okay, and I suppose it would be all right to use one, but I’m not one hundred percent thrilled with the experience I had when testing them out. I started seriously looking for a vintage Royal Quiet De Luxe, because all I really, really need is something for recording text.
But then I found Freewrite, and got curious.