I've been noticing for the past few years that after typing relatively exclusively on laptop keyboards at home for nearly a decade, certain fingers are somewhat weaker when typing, to the point that typing certain key combinations results in problems sometimes:
- liting (lifting)
- lauhing (laughing)
- uit (quit)
I experience similar issues with other fingers (e.g. missing the
. key and extraneous stretching for the Y and 6 keys), so it isn't just that I'm right-handed. The problem is compounded when I'm entering passphrases and can't see the letters I'm entering, resulting in invalid input (e.g. asword rather than password).
I seem to experience fewer problems when using the US Dvorak layout—though the issues don't entirely disappear, like how I just typed isss instead of issues. Moreover, my speed is ~10-15 WPM slower than my QWERTY speed pre-Dvorak according to several typing tests I've taken, though I do make fewer typos (presumably because of this overarching issue with not hitting keys hard enough). I am currently migrating back to QWERTY because I've been having trouble typing on another person's keyboard where I can't easily switch to Dvorak.
It's almost as if some of my fingers are frozen sometimes, limiting my fingers' mobility/actuation force. Would my fingers benefit from a mechanical keyboard with key switches like the Cherry MX Brown or Blue switches, where more force is required to depress those keys? The idea is to strengthen the troublesome fingers, but maybe I've been hitting the laptop keys too hard where I'm used to a normal desktop keyboard?