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TechShot: Ducky Keyboards

Over the last year or so, Ducky has quickly become king of the keyboard pond. But why exactly is that? What’s so special about these keyboards and why are they brushing off competitors like water from a duck’s back? 

If video content is more your style, we've made plenty of overview, unboxing type videos on the variety of Ducky Keyboards in another post recently.

Here’s all you need to know.

Ducky Keyboards

Mechanical – Firstly, Ducky keyboards are mechanical. What this means in Layman’s terms is better input feedback, multiple keystroke rollover, easier cleaning and generally much longer durability (than membrane).

ABS/PBT double-shot/laser engraved keycaps – two choices of plastics, with the latter being slightly pricier for a better-quality key (less likely to wear and become glossy). Both very durable and lightweight – ultimately preferential. The only other real difference is in the sound of the keys, with the latter being a lower/bassier tone than the former.

Cherry MX Switches – renowned for being the switches of choice in the industry, your Ducky keyboard can be chosen with the switches you want (green, brown, blue etc). That means you can tailor the sound and feel of your keys, making every stroke an utter delight…

N-key rollover – meaning you can simultaneously press as many keys as you like and have that input registered, with a guarantee of no ‘ghosting.’

USB Type C (1000Hz) – not only easy to connect up to your PC, but also super-fast. The 1000Hz ensures that not a single keystroke is missed.

Range of board sizes – there’s a board size for everyone when it comes to Ducky, with a product line featuring mini (60%), SF (65%), TKL (80%) and full-size keyboards.

RGB lighting – unless specified otherwise, the Duckys all come with their famous RGB back-lighting, which features all manner of preset programmes, plus the ability to fully customise it to your own liking.

Limited editions – available since 2009, Ducky have released limited edition boards based on the Chinese Zodiacs as part of their ‘Year of the…’ series, each featuring keycap art by a different artist. These boards have a unique look and offer all the normal customisation options you would expect to get. From time to time, they also release special stand-alone limited editions, such as the Ducky Varmilo MIYA Pro Panda Edition, which we unboxed just the other day.

And that’s pretty much all there is to it. The Ducky product line can look quite overwhelming at first glance, but fundamentally, beyond what the eye can see and what the names say, the majority are the exact same. There may be some differences here and there, but these are usually highlighted by Ducky wherever it’s relevant.

When it comes to choosing a Ducky, your main concern will be board size and switch type. But that’s basically it. All the rest is aesthetic and personal preference. 

Do you have a favourite Ducky? If so, which one and why? Let us know in the comments.

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Published on 23 Jan 2020

Last updated on 23 Jan 2020

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