We’ve had a lot of questions about how fast one can Tap. Well, we are not yet sure. The hardware limit is 120 WPM, but we don’t yet know how fast users will get. After all, the QWERTY keyboard has been around since 1873, while we’ve only been shipping Tap since early 2018. Still, the early indications are that people will be able tap very, very fast.
We do know that it only takes an hour or two of practice to learn the Tap Alphabet. But that is only the first step. In order to tap fast, you need to tap using what neuroscientists call Habit Formed Memory, though most of us call it Muscle Memory. This takes some time and practice.
Most of our Tappers have used a QWERTY keyboard since they were young. I personally have been a touch-typist for about 40 years. When I type on a QWERTY keyboard, I couldn’t even tell you where the letters were if I tried – but my fingers somehow know where to go.
I have been tapping now for just about a year – since our first prototypes were coming together. It has taken some time, but my tapping, (with one hand), is now just a little bit faster than my QWERTY typing – somewhere over 50 words per minute. New Tappers are posting speeds up in the 40’s and low 50’s, and speeds are increasing.
Here are some tips, from my experience, to help you build up speed quickly.
Above is a video of me Tapping at 52 WPM.