Online Typing Programs: Typing Master Reviewed
Do you need to learn how to type without looking at your keyboard? If you want a program to teach touch-typing basics, you might consider purchasing Typing Master. This program gives detailed instructions on basic keyboarding techniques, and it allows users to practice their skills with a series of exercises. Read on for a full product review and buying information.
What Is It?
This program is available either as a downloadable software package or an online-only Java applet. The downloadable version is only compatible with Windows-based operating systems, while the online version is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux-based systems. In both instances, users have the opportunity to take two lessons at no cost. After this free demonstration, the online version of the program can be accessed by subscription. Subscriptions cost $24.90 for two months, $29.90 for six months and $34.90 for a year. The downloadable version costs $29.90 for a basic package and $39.90 for a premium package.
Typing Master features 13 lessons. Each lesson starts with tips and written instructions on how to type by touch. These instructions are helpful and concise, and they are occasionally accompanied by keyboard diagrams. After reading through instructions, you are asked to complete an exercise that covers typing concepts you have just read about. As you complete each exercise, a color-coded QWERTY keyboard diagram is shown, along with two hands. The keys are highlighted in a specific color as the exercise progresses. The finger assigned to that key is also highlighted in the key's color, making it easier to type by touch. After the exercise is over, you get a summary of the time it took to complete the exercise, gross and average words per minute speed, your overall accuracy percentage and an accuracy breakdown for each key.
What Are Its Pros and Cons?
Of the three typing programs I reviewed, Typing Master was best suited for adults with little to no typing experience. The instructions given before the typing exercises are the biggest factor in that judgment. However, the cost puts this program at a disadvantage when compared with the wide range of free tools made available by Typing Web. Additionally, people who already know how to type might find the instructions tedious to sit through.
Where Can I Find it?
You can download or buy membership to Typing Master by clicking here.
Come back tomorrow for a review of Dance Mat Typing, another touch-typing program.