Captain Ratatype offers 8 courses on touch typing. English, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, Italian, German and French are available in different layouts.
- Design. Dividing the keyboard by color helps you understand where and which finger to put. In general, the design is pleasant, and the interface is user-friendly.
- Groups and ratings. In Ratatype, users can join groups and compare their progress. There is also an overall global ranking.
- Typing speed test. The site has a separate typing speed test. It is good for practice once you have finished the course.
- Suitable for teachers. In Ratatype, you can create a group for your class, administer it, and track progress.
- Tasks quickly get boring. Tasks in Ratatype are all of the same kind — entering either letters or repeating words. You will most likely get bored after a few lessons.
- Useless game mode. To diversify the training, creators added a game mode to the site. But it was implemented quite poorly. The only difference is that the Pacman image appears, mostly distracting rather than entertaining.
- Boring texts for the test. The touch typing test consists mostly of weird text, especially in English. Basically, it is a collection of incoherent facts, which is not interesting to read. The variety of texts is also very small.
- Advertising. It makes the nice design less enjoyable. However, the site is free.
Keybr supports seven languages, including several keyboard layouts for English. The site displays basic statistics: typing speed and number of errors. The exercises look like an endless set of words that gradually adapt to the user.
- Advanced technology. The site uses a special algorithm. It detects which letters you type worse and adds them to the assignment. That’s why the audience loves Keybr — it adapts to each specific user.
- Minimalistic interface. Just go in and start typing. Nothing more, straight to the point.
- You can add your own text. If you get tired of typing the set of letters that the site offers, you can insert your own text there.
- Training settings. If Typing Club is the iPhone in the world of typing software, Keybr is more like Android. It is fully customizable to your taste. You can increase or decrease the number of letters and words in an exercise, add capital letters and punctuation marks, change the interface and enable error correction.
- Multiplayer. Users compete with each other in a special mode. Whoever finishes the text earlier, wins.
- One class format. What you see in the screenshot is the only studying mode on the site. Even considering the well-thought-out algorithm, it quickly gets boring.
- Non-existent words. Most of the words in the exercises on Keybr are just a bunch of letters. They are compiled according to the phonetic rules of the language, but if there was an opportunity to type actually existing words, the site would be much more useful.
- No training. Keybr does not explain the basics of touch typing: position of hands, posture, general principles. Therefore, for absolute beginners, it is less suitable.
- Advertising. Keybr is free to use, but it has ads. They can be turned off via a one-time payment.
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