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‘The $500 Freewrite word processor is pretentious hipster nonsense’

Mashable’s Christina Warren and Karissa Bell don’t mince words:

We see a lot of ridiculous tech products in our inboxes… But the Freewrite, which calls itself the “world’s first smart typewriter,” is ridiculous on another level.

The Freewrite is a $500 word processor. The device, which has Wi-Fi, a 5.5-inch e-ink screen and a mechanical keyboard, is designed to be a single-purpose writing tool. Files on the device are stored in plain text and can sync with Dropbox, Google Drive and Evernote.

Basically, it’s like a number of distraction-free writing apps that already exist for iOS, Android, Chrome and OS X — but in a device that weighs four pounds (slightly less than a Macbook Pro) and has a tiny screen. For the same price, you could have a 16GB iPad Air 2.

There’s a customer for every product, I suppose.