Today we’ll be taking a look at a quacky product from a very quacky company. It’s the Ducky One. A full size mechanical keyboard that features renowned high quality german Cherry MX switches. We decided to go little bit funky and chosen the SKU with an orange transparent case, with white back light and of course, it wouldn’t be complete without those Cherry MX Blue switches.
In terms of build quality and design, it’s great as expected of Ducky. There will be a little bit of creaking here and there but it poses no issue to the structural integrity of this keyboard. I even tried to flex it as hard as possible using brute strength and the keyboard didn’t give a damn. For the keycaps, they went with ABS Double-Shot Keycaps. In layman terms, the keycap construction is comprised out of 2 types of plastic fused together to make a single keycap. The benefits are the keycaps are strong, durable and the characters won’t wear out unlike printed keycaps. They don’t feel as solid as PBT keycaps but they’re great nonetheless.
Design wise, it’s pretty minimalistic overall and they look like a plain mechanical keyboard other than the orange chassis in this case. The bezels are really narrow and makes the keyboard give off a very compact feel despite being a full size mechanical keyboard. On the bottom, we get a 1.8m long soft rubber detachable cable. It’s not braided unlike it’s competitors but it’s still good overall. The connector is using a micro-USB one instead of the mini-USB commonly seen on most keyboards. For cramp tables and workspaces, they implemented cable routes into the design. So, you could route the cables in which ever way you’d like to achieve your ideal keyboard location. Such as, pressed closed up to a laptop. Check out our video review.
Ergonomics wise, I find it really easy to achieve a comfortable typing position as the keyboard is designed with an incline that faces the user slightly as opposed to a completely flat keyboard. They even implemented a ‘two-stage feet’ design. Which is great as you could have more options of elevation. Now, the best bit I liked about Ducky keyboards is the on-keyboard mouse function that is really useful in situations where we do not have enough space to use a mouse and it would be really awkward to the trackpad of your laptop while needing to type on the keyboard. You can enable/disable this by pressing the FN+Num Lock key and the entire keypad area would function as a fully functional mouse.
Now, like all Ducky keyboards, they feature a Software-less Design. Which generally mean, no finnicky downloadable softwares needed as all you need is built-in to the keyboard itself via an on-board menu system. Using this was a little bit complicating at first especially for first-timers. But, after getting used to it, the process is really intuitive and you get a sense of achievement after taking all that time to make the keyboard truly yours. The included manual was pretty handy in this case as it would tell you all you need to know.
Even though the Ducky One lacks physical macro keys. It makes up for it by introducing a macro hotkey function. There are 6 user profiles you can choose from. Profile 1 is the default profile while Profile 2-6 are user customizable. To select profiles, simply hold the FN + Number keys 1-6. Each number corresponds to a user profile. To customize your preferred macro profile, please do refer to the user guide that is included as it included all the details you’ll need to know. It was certainly handy for me.
Now for the back light modes. You can switch in between preset modes or customize your own. The are 6 default modes in total which are, Full BackLight Mode, Breathing Mode, Raindrop Mode, Reactive Mode, Ripple Mode, and finally Full BackLight Off with Fn+10. To adjust the brightness, hold FN and tap the up or down arrow key to increase or decrease the brightness. There are 7 brightness levels to choose from. For the speed of the lighting effect, hold FN and tap the left or right arrow key to increase or decrease the speed of the lighting effect. For custom lighting, there are 2 custom profiles, CM1 and CM2. To select them, press FN+F11 for CM1 or FN+F12 for CM2. Once selected, some default keys will light up along with the Caps Lock key that will server the purpose of displaying the current brightness of the LED. To adjust the brightness, simply hold Caps Lock and tap on the up or down arrow keys to increase or decrease the brightness. Then with the brightness of the LED that you’ve chosen, tap whichever key you want and it will light up accordingly. To cancel a selected key, simply tap on it and it will turn off. With this system, you can have custom profiles that will light preferred keys or keys with different brightness setting. To end it all, press Caps Lock + Scroll Lock to save your setting.
Now for my thoughts on the Ducky One full sized mechanical keyboard. Overall, I like it a lot. It can satisfy the most simplest of people to the hardcore computer enthusiast. It features a minimalistic design that doesn’t stand out, it’s versatile, features good build quality and you can count on it to be there for you when you need it. The on-board menu system is really intuitive and well thought of as well. Most importantly, typing on it was a comfortable and it was overall joyful user experience.