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Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 18

by Encore
Windows Vista / XP, Mac
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews) 24 answered questions

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Product Features

  • 10 arcade style practice games
  • over 2500 lessons to choose fro
  • Finger Positioning Exercises
  • Progress Tracking
  • English or Spanish Typing Instructions

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows Vista / XP, Mac
  • Media: Software
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0014ZQMXO
  • Item model number: 15340
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 27, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Typing software with new graphics, new games and more intuitive interfact that will make learning to type easier and more exciting than ever


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
119 of 124 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mavis Beacon Review October 31, 2008
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I thought it was a fairly good product. It was easy and fun to use, it was more like a kid's computer game than an adult product. Which could be a good or bad thing depending on your preferences. It did help me learn to type better I'm at 47 words a minute verses the 18 when I started. It has a Spanish language mode and even teaches you the numeric keys. So all in all I give it a 4 out of 5.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! December 4, 2008
I bought this product for my mother, who wanted to learn how to type faster. I gave it to her as an early Christmas present and she loved it. She's never had a typing class and this is just the thing for her, she's only been using it for about a week and you can already tell she's improving.
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84 of 93 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy! It doesn't advance properly. October 23, 2009
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I bot this for my 8yo daughter. She is doing great and enjoying it except for a program glitch: it doesn't advance properly - every 3rd or 4th lesson the program gives a lesson that includes all letters on the keyboard; as I saw in some reviews - you can get through the 'advanced' lesson and then it returns to a proper progression, BUT - it keeps doing this every 3rd or 4th lesson which is a real pain. Other reviews that I've looked up elsewhere (not just Amazon) say that the company acknowledges the problem but calls it 'minor'. I guess that means they don't think it important enough to fix. It is a very inconvenient problem in the program. Putting the glitch another way: you learn, say - 10 keys - then the next lesson will have all 26 letters in the lesson assuming you've learned all 26 when you've only learned 10 - you get past this lesson and it goes back to teaching you keys 11 & 12, you practice 12 keys for a couple of lessons - then the next lesson has the whole keyboard on it once again, and this repeats time and again. We're giving up and buying our 3rd typing program hoping it will work. (The first we tried, Typing Instructor for Kids - didn't advance at all - she learned the home keys and then it stayed on the home keys forever not advancing to other keys - aahh! - We just want to learn to type!). We will try "Typing Quick & Easy" this time. UPDATE Aug 2012: We have been using "Typing Quick and Easy" for nearly 3 years now and it works excellently - no program glitches! (Which is not to say it takes 3 years to learn to type!! This is being used by a child, now age 11, during homeschool lessons; she has learned the whole keyboard, but continues to do lessons to improve speed and accuracy.)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought it was defective, but wait... June 22, 2009
Read reviews first and they all said there was a possibility of getting one that was defective.That after the e,i lesson it skips to big words that you haven't learned the letters for. And guess what, that happened. But I tried something. I typed those big words best as I could and then the lessons went on normally after that. It's a glitch. So I have still been able to use the coarse. For those of you who have bought this and have come across this problem try this and see what happens with yours.I bought the 18 instead of the 20 because I got it cheaper and I was afraid of getting a defective one and losing my money but it turned out I could use it any way. So I wouldn't at this point be afraid to by the 20 knowing I could skip over the big words and get on with things.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars My copy was a dud November 5, 2009
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The copy I received was flawed. It could never go past the "ty" lesson even though I tried using several players' names. I read several other reviews afterwards and noted that other buyers had technical problems as well. I would suggest you buy this where you can easily return it. I ended up buying another brand at a local store. (Wish I could have given it a no-star rating but the lowest I could give was one star. Doesn't deserve even that when the product is faulty.)
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disapointed. January 17, 2009
I got this version after I returned the Deluxe 20 version. Unfortunately, it had the same bug in it. After learning the home base letters, it insisted on taking tests with all the letters on the keyboard. And the advanced test doesn't show up in lesson history. It seems like beginner is mixed up with advanced, which is very frustrating.

Very disapointed.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This product is defective October 14, 2009
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This product is defective. It has "a bug" in the code; during the first lesson, the program goes to The Chamaleon game and stays there, no matter what you do. You should stop selling this product, It's incompatible with the good reputation for quality and excellent cuatomer service that Amazon has earned throught the years.
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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Downgrade from version 16? September 14, 2009
My kids got a little experience with Mavis Beacon version 16 at school and liked it, so I got version 18 for them to practice at home. They tried it out and said it isn't as nice, the games are nicer on 16. I didn't believe them, so I went to school and tried out version 16 and they are right. I don't understand. Why would a program downgrade? Other than that, as far as I can see it is a nice program, good for getting lots of practice!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to follow directions are great and it's exactly what ...
Bought it for my niece, easy to follow directions are great and it's exactly what she needed.
Published 2 days ago by Frank A. Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 11 days ago by Shawkatara Sultana
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
I'm trying to improve my typing speed so I remember when I was in Jr high we used Mavis beacon, so I decided to purchase it and I love it. It is great and I really recommend it.
Published 12 days ago by Norma Rosales
5.0 out of 5 stars This program does not work on newer mac computers.
I'm sure this program is great but it does NOT work with a new mac computer. Unfortunately, it will have to go back.
Published 13 days ago by Debbie F
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent teaching technique
Excellent teaching technique. Quite interesting and helpful material as well as being fun and challenging, step by step, measurable progress.
Published 15 days ago by Logan Tyler
2.0 out of 5 stars Would not load for me
When I tried to install it on my computer with Windows 8.1, it gave me a registry error, took me to Broderbunder, but I could never resolve the issue. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Aphion
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 including shipping) Fast delivery The best typing tutor program
Exactly what I needed
Extremely cheap (Around $7.50 including shipping)
Fast delivery
The best typing tutor program ever
Published 22 days ago by GFxRocket
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical
Great for my grandkids learning to type
Published 1 month ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars This works great. I am glad of my purchase
I haven't done too much typing lately and I wanted a refresher course. This works great. I am glad of my purchase. I go back to it for practice and more efficient words per minute. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sooner
5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect for beginner typists
It's very helpful in my skill building in typing. I wish it had more ten-key skill building.
Just perfect for beginner typists.
Published 1 month ago by Deborah
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