The New Das Keyboard II

Do you know what is your typing speed? Have you ever compared your typing speed with your friends or colleagues? Do you boast and feel proud knowing you can touch type?

Well, I have (but that happened many many years ago).

Touch typing is one of the ways to improve your typing speed. However, it may be tough to teach an old dog new tricks. Don’t worry, with the new Das Keyboard II, I guess you have no choice but to learn how to touch type! Imagine a blank keyboard with no indicators of the keys.

The new Das Keyboard II

The keyboard costs a whooping $89.95USD. That’s a little over RM300 for a “basic” keyboard without additional multimedia keys. It’s so damn expensive you must be expecting gold in them.

Guess what? There is gold in the keyboard! The Das Keyboard II is equipped with gold-plated key switches. That enables the Das Keyboard to be “rated up to 50 Million key strokes where as regular keyboards barely reach 10 to 15 Million strokes”.

With a hefty price tag like that, I’d rather learn it the hard way. I learned to touch type during my early secondary years. One of my best friends taught me a very basic lesson on it and the rest was history. All he taught me was…

You see the two marker on the “F” and “J” keys? Put your left index finger on the “F” and your right index finger on the “J”. Put the rest of your fingers on the other keys and memorize the rest of the keys that are around it.

That was all I needed. Of course, you’ll need a lot of practice as well. Thank goodness for IRC back then. I can say that I practised at least a few hours daily! ;-)


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