Keyboard

By pamela4454 - updated: 8 months ago - 17 messages

Some of you type 200 wpm. Is there a keyboard that is helpful at reaching such high typing speeds? I am trying to get my speed up so I can get transcription work. But no way can I get up to 200 wpm--even 100 wpm. Any input as to how this is achieved please let me know.
By user751476 - posted: 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I can't even reach 100.
By pamela4454 - posted: 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Me neither. I would like to know if some of the ones that reach 200 are using a particular keyboard that helps achieve a high level.
By user751476 - posted: 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I would guess anything that has Cherry MX Brown switches to them since those feel stellar to type on.
By pamela4454 - posted: 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Cherry mx brown switches. Well I will see what direction that points me in. Thanks.
By mcspeller - posted: 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I type at around 115 WPM. The only input you need are your fingers. I started improving on laptop keyboards as my fingers slowly started to stick to the home row keys. Hell, I hit 100 wpm average with a $11 keyboard from Walmart!
By pamela4454 - posted: 9 months, 2 weeks ago

My main problem is hitting a key inadvertently on my way to the correct key. But it is good to know that it can be done if I keep working at it. How long did it take you to get to that speed?
By mcspeller - posted: 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I remember starting in 2014 at 20 WPM with hunting and pecking. When I learned to touch type I peaked at 80 WPM almost instantly. It was only in August when I started practicing and reading all of these interesting quotes. In September, I started typing at 100 WPM consistently. Now that I'm confident in my typing, I just have to read the quote and let my fingers do their thing.
If pressing a key on accident is your problem, try to type slower than you feel you can. It builds muscle memory!!
I strongly recommend learning to touch type; you can feel the words coming off of your fingers as if they were rolling off of your tongue.
By pamela4454 - posted: 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I do touch type. Maybe I am going to fast. I used to type 75 back in the day when I didn't do much typing-- And it wasn't a flat laptop keyboard so I will go very slow to see if I can improve the accuracy and rebuild muscle memory to fit this keyboard. Thanks
By ze_or - posted: 9 months, 2 weeks ago

keyboard seriously doesn't matter with speed. I type on things ranging from $300 (HHKB Pro JP type-s) to my laptop keyboard. I easily have 100 wpm+ on average.

If you feel like you have to adjust between keyboards, you clearly are doing touch typing wrong, as I can type on anything from a laptop keyboard, planck keyboard, ergodox keyboard, or that new macbook keyboard with little to no travel with barely any difference in speed.

No one can consistently type 200 wpm(unless you learn stenography). The person regarded as the fastest typist today, Sean Wrona averages about 175 wpm. It is more important to be able to type consistently than fast especially in a work environment.

If you are willing to put the effort to relearn typing I would suggest alternate layouts like the Colemak layout. I personally use the Dvorak layout but I believe Colemak is better for most. Don't expect instant results, but it is sure to make your typing more efficient and consistent.

Just don't expect buying something alone will make you a better typist.


A reply to another user in this thread: if you think Cherry MX brown is stellar you haven't tried a lot of things yet.
By hunterz1200 - posted: 9 months, 1 week ago

Holy hell ain't that the truth. I type consistently ~140WPM and my keyboard has nothing to do with it. I started out when I was around 13 years old typing on the cheapest school-grade computer keyboard I'd ever seen in my life. Did it matter? Not one bit. I went from around 40WPM to a pretty decent 90WPM in just under 6 months.

These days I'm typing away on a custom KBDfans Tofu HHKB build but to be honest, it doesn't really matter all that much. As long as you type on the same thing consistently you'll increase your speed. If you get good enough at typing you'll be able to switch over from garbage membrane keyboards to HHKB boards, to your average "gaming keyboard" fairly easily. A lot of it comes down to the layout of the board, too.

TL;DR - stick with the same board or layout when you're just learning how to type quickly and you won't have any issues. If you want to switch to anything super odd then you'd better be ready to re-learn a bit. (I'm talkin' ortholinear, 40%, 60%, split, etc.)
Updated 9 months, 1 week ago
By boi - posted: 9 months, 1 week ago

I've been typing using the built-in keyboard on my chromebook my whole life. I can type over 130 WPM. The keyboard really doesn't matter- the problem is probably just with how you're practicing.
By igknighting - posted: 9 months ago

I'd also like to know. I'm progressively getting faster but I'd like to know if there is any special kind of keyboard that could help me improve my accuracy especially - because that's where most of my faults come from.
By 5705412 - posted: 9 months ago

I am curious about the stenography, I'd like to learn it because I want to be a fast typist.
By shunk - posted: 9 months ago

I \have no idea what this means
By mcspeller - posted: 9 months ago

Accuracy, for me, comes from the shape of the key cap. I use those Lenovo keyboards at school occasionally and my accuracy shoots up. When I use a laptop keyboard, my accuracy takes a dive with my WPM. Also, just practice; you need a developed muscle memory of whatever layout you have in order to minimize mistakes.
By mokmoon123 - posted: 8 months, 3 weeks ago

You can use alternate keyboards, but it is still possible to type way faster than the average person using a normal keyboard you can get for free like I do.
By bart9782 - posted: 8 months ago

Well, I usually work at home and I'd been looking for the optimal keyboard.
My notebook keyboard is good (Lenovo Thinkpad), at home I use an external monitor and keyboard, I tried many different membrane keyboards before, but I ended up buying a mechanical keyboard, that many uses as a gaming keyboard.
My Logitech G513 is wonderful to type with, also very comfortable as it has a nice palm rest.
After the short break-in period of typing I noticed an improvement in speed, also in accuracy so I decided to test my typing speed.
My speed improved from an average went from 45 to 70 WPM, not sure if this keyboard is the reason, but it is a pleasure to use.