10 Reasons Why Typewriters Are Better Than Computers

Typewriter refers to both the writer and machine.
  1. 1.
    My Smith-Corona Galaxie Twelve XII
    It's my metaphorical son.
  2. 2.
    No Batteries Required
    Sans electricity and no passwords needed. Ink ribbons are life!
  3. 3.
    No Viruses
    Besides a sticky key or jam (lucky for me, I haven't experienced either) nothing can slow a typewriter down. Just look at those keys!
  4. 4.
    No Distractions
    Unless of course you consider marvelling at this machine a distraction. I'm off the grid!
  5. 5.
    No Artificial Sounds
    This isn't your tablet's or computer's pre-rendered CLICK-CLACK. The typewriter has the most satisfying sounds and who doesn't love that iconic bell ring at the end of each margin?
  6. 6.
    Knowing every ink-blotted letter is stamped for good helps you think twice, improves your thoughts and your spelling.
  7. 7.
    It's a Printer
    Write before your eyes. There's a trance about seeing your words imprinted forever on the page.
  8. 8.
    Easy On The Eyes
    No blinding blue screens. Just you, the keys, and the page in the carriage.
  9. 9.
    Small Means Portable
    Even though it weighs around 20 pounds, having a machine without needing extra wires and battery life on the go is convenient.
  10. 10.
    More Personal Than a PC
    Every typist has a typewriter that speaks to who they are. I chose the last of the traditional typewriters before they went electric. My Smith-Corona is from c. 1977 and I like the retro-future look it has. Being one of the last of its kind, I have even more sentiment for the machine of yesterday.
  11. 11.
    There's a Typewriter Community!
    • World Typewriter Day and National Typewriter Day is on June 23 • "The Typewriter in the 21st Century" • "The Typewriter Revolution" Richard Polt • "Kytyper.com Bryan Sherwood" • "The Typewriter Database" • "Typosphere" and much more!