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lattyware,

I heard a lot about Dvorak keyboard. As a matter of fact, there are a couple excerpts on TypeRacer.com from articles on this keyboard. And all of them say that the superiority of Dvorak keyboard is actually a suspect.

Here at OCN, some members also stated that Dvorak keyboard is not for speed, but for reducing the strain on your wrist:thinking:.

Either way, I'm not planning on switching to another keyboard when I just got my first mechanical:p. But I am really curious about Dvorak too. Just report your experience to us:teaching:
    
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^ I have no experience with the Dvorak layout but it is theoretically supposed to be faster because all the most frequently used keys are under the home row, reducing finger travel.

I personally type at 130 WPM average on QWERTY, but my speed has plateaued at this for the past 3 years. I do want to push 150-160 so I'm considering switching to an alternative layout.
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I have typed up to 150wpm and my average of all time is around 110-111wpm.

I never train, it just comes natural. My finger position isn't even on the home row and I am confident enough to say that most people who type as fast or faster than me never really train either.

Just spend more time on the computer and the speed just kind of happens.. at least for me it did. I've been able to type this fast for as long as I remember.
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lattyware,

I heard a lot about Dvorak keyboard. As a matter of fact, there are a couple excerpts on TypeRacer.com from articles on this keyboard. And all of them say that the superiority of Dvorak keyboard is actually a suspect.

Here at OCN, some members also stated that Dvorak keyboard is not for speed, but for reducing the strain on your wrist.

Either way, I'm not planning on switching to another keyboard when I just got my first mechanical. But I am really curious about Dvorak too. Just report your experience to us
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Originally Posted by ChoboGuy View Post
^ I have no experience with the Dvorak layout but it is theoretically supposed to be faster because all the most frequently used keys are under the home row, reducing finger travel.

I personally type at 130 WPM average on QWERTY, but my speed has plateaued at this for the past 3 years. I do want to push 150-160 so I'm considering switching to an alternative layout.
You don't need another keyboard for dvorak - just swap the layout. Mine is blank anyway, so it really doesn't matter, if it isn't, they keys just don't have the letters they produce printed on - doesn't really matter.

Dvorak both reduces strain and speeds up your typing, you are moving your fingers less on average, which naturally results in faster typing. There is a learning curve, however, so it's not instant.

Dvorak is actually nicer, most of the countering stuff is either inacurate, or produced by people with an interest in seeing QWERTY remain dominant.

To be honest, I'd say try it - it's not *that* much effort, just give learning it a try and it's a skill you'll have - you don't forget how to type on a QWERTY board either, as some people suggest. The only real issue with Dvorak is keyboard shortcuts - stuff like ctrl+c is deeply embedded into my keyboard usage, and it took me a while to stop using it on reflex. You can feel the difference in how you type.
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To be honest, I'd say try it - it's not *that* much effort, just give learning it a try and it's a skill you'll have - you don't forget how to type on a QWERTY board either, as some people suggest. The only real issue with Dvorak is keyboard shortcuts - stuff like ctrl+c is deeply embedded into my keyboard usage, and it took me a while to stop using it on reflex. You can feel the difference in how you type.
Did you end up retaining your QWERTY WPM?

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I have typed up to 150wpm and my average of all time is around 110-111wpm.

I never train, it just comes natural. My finger position isn't even on the home row and I am confident enough to say that most people who type as fast or faster than me never really train either.

Just spend more time on the computer and the speed just kind of happens.. at least for me it did. I've been able to type this fast for as long as I remember.
I can do 150-160 on good bursts too. I can remember 6 years ago that my WPM was around 60-70, so my typing speed definitely has grown tremendously. Maybe with steady and persistent use my WPM will continue to go up on QWERTY?
Edited by ChoboGuy - 6/16/11 at 10:14am
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I always get messed up, like I have to think how to spell the word, or I mess up and switch around two letters and go back to fix it. I get around 72 wpm average, I've gotten 90 before when my brain isn't being slow.
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I would say videogames really helped me learn to type faster. When you need to type out something as fast as humanly possible in order not to die/wipe raid/not backup teammates.

Between wow, half-life, and cs/cs:s, your typing will get much faster.
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gl0ry,

Dude, your story just isn't helpful for someone like me who wasn't born for typing...but sarcasm aside, good for you man, I don't see the reason why you wanna go any faster, but let me know when you do. Btw, how's your new DAS treating you so far? You like it? Any review coming soon?

lattyware,

Ha, never thought of that! But now that you mentioned it, I think I've seen a picture of configuration window posted somewhere on OCN before. I might actually give it a try because when I type certain words, my fingers stretch in a really awkward way and I just don't like it. Thanks for the info!

Taylorsci,

I am exactly in the same boat!! I just have to stop sometimes and verbalize what I'm typing. Like for example, the word "subtleties." I can also burst in the very beginning of a long paragraph, and my WPM in my peripheral vision says 110wpm, and the it just suddenly drops because I have to think. We should create Official Typeracer.com group on this forum!

soogins,

Yeah, if you can buy me a 6990 twin frozr, I'll be all over the games. I'm still try to save up money so that I can buy a decent graphics board. Who knows when that happens though.
    
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mavis beacon... anyone?

Or just switch to dvorak, you'll have tons of fun.
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Was that a typing training software from some time ago, right?

Is it still available on net?
    
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