Ducky One 2 Skyline Keyboard Review 3

Ducky One 2 Skyline Keyboard Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The Ducky One 2 Skyline (non backlit, full size) is a recent release and is available for $99 from their primary distributor Mechanicalkeyboards.com in the USA as of the date this review was written. European customers will find it at Caseking for €129.90 (inc. VAT).
  • Unique set of stock keycaps across the Ducky One 2 series
  • Well built with seamless doubleshot legends on thick PBT keycaps
  • Extensive on-board functionality control
  • USB Type-C connectivity over the micro-USB from before
  • Good set of accessories adding to a package providing decent value for money
  • Some of the extensive onboard functionality can be complicated and confusing the first few times
  • One-year warranty is short
For all intents and purposes, this review covers the broader Ducky One 2 series of keyboards as well, and the non-backlit versions at the very least. A different case and keycap set covers the Horizon and Midnight full size keyboards, and there are equivalent TKL versions of all three available as well. The keycap set alone is a major selling point here—for some context, a 108-key Horizon keycap set alone retails for $49 from Mechanicalkeyboards.com today, which makes the entire keyboard look like a relative bargain by comparison. Cherry MX switches are among the most expensive mechanical switches to purchase even for companies, and the added accessories all just help sweeten the deal further to where, even at $99, the One 2 Skyline comes off as a relative bargain if you are looking for a well-built keyboard that will last for years.

There is a specific set of features integrated here, be it the detachable cable going off a USB Type-C port on the keyboard or extensive onboard functionality via dip switches or pre-programmed functions and profiles alike. One can re-assign keys and record macros on-the-fly, and the seamless doubleshot injection technique is still great to behold since it is extremely hard to do on ABS plastic, let alone thick PBT plastic. The various combinations of colored cases and stock keycaps out of the box provide for a keyboard you would have selected out of preference, and the lack of backlighting is not necessarily a deal breaker here. For those who prefer it, Ducky makes these with single color and RGB backlighting as well, although those specific versions are not yet out for the One 2 series.

Another thing to note here before making a decision on this purchase is whether you prefer, or at least do not mind, onboard controls for customization over a software driver. Granted, having these options is always better than not at all, and the pre-programmed functions for media control and quick Windows/program controls are appreciated, so consider it as a feature for the price point and deem it valid or not. Adding both onboard and software functionality adds to the cost, and we will see this in the upcoming review of their higher-end Shine 6 keyboard, which also comes at a higher price point. As it is, the One 2 Skyline from Ducky offers more than the standard cookie-cutter formula for mechanical keyboards and checks a lot of boxes in my book.
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