Shawn Blanc goes old school in a brief yet thoughtful review:
It is an interesting device. Fascinating and interesting and frustrating and wonderful, all in its own ways. How often do writers today pine for a distraction-free writing tool, one which gives you nothing but your thoughts, a blank page, and the means to put your words onto that page. This typewriter is the very embodiment of what so many wish for today.
When typing on The Royal, you have no option other than honesty. Every mistake, typo, or other error made — by you or the Royal, it does not matter — is there for all the world to see. Imprinted with ink onto paper is your pathetic, but honest, attempt at prose.
I’ve always had a fascination with typewriters. It’s kinda cool to consider that some of the most revered literature was probably written via typewriter. Makes me wonder how many hours F. Scott Fitzgerald slaved over Gatsby or Hammett over The Maltese Falcon.