Some benefits of using the Mavis Beacon typing software are improved posture, better hand position, memorization of key locations, and lessons tailored to different skill levels, according to software developer Broderbund. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is the top-selling typing tutor software as of 2015.
The product is available in three versions: Family Edition, Personal Edition and "Kidz" Edition. The Kidz version is for ages 8 and up, while the other two editions are for adults. The software description claims that a user can gain basic typing mastery within eight hours of using the product. The software's training method consists of seven steps including setting a goal, developing basic technique, training with tailored exercises and taking timed tests.
The family version includes a group management system that integrates up to eight family members managed by a parent. The software is customizable in various ways, including the ability to customize text for typing tests and 12 themes to adjust the look and feel of the interface. The Family version is available for Macintosh and Windows for approximately $30 and includes three licenses that allow registration on up to three computers simultaneously. The Personal and Kidz versions are available for approximately $20 on DVD or via download.