Ah, Ducky! It was nearly five years ago now since I first started looking into keyboards to replace OEM membrane ones, and due diligence was a must since I was blissfully ignorant of what my options were. Keyboards targeted at gamers were already present with Logitech and Razer doing great marketing and CORSAIR coming out with some new options people seemed to like. Ducky Channel International Co., or Ducky, as more popularly known by, had over 15 years in the game at that point, and their then recently announced Shine 3 keyboard seemed to be what everyone wanted. The world was smaller back then, however, with fewer retail channels carrying the brand that was seemingly a giant in Asia predominantly, so I went with another brand while continuing to question what could have been. In the years since, I have had my hands on over 100 different keyboards and things finally go full circle today with my first, but not last review of a Ducky keyboard. Thanks again to Ducky for sending a sample for TechPowerUp to examine.
As I mentioned before, Ducky is probably best associated with their high-end Shine series of keyboards, but they have a diverse portfolio, including non-keyboard product lines as well, to where I wanted to begin with their One series of keyboards instead—in particular, the One 2 (2nd iteration of the Ducky One series, if you will) lineup that has RGB-backlit, single-color-backlit, and non-backlit keyboards in both full size and TKL form factors. The specific sample I have here is the One 2 Skyline non-backlit keyboard that offers stock keycaps with a color scheme and a case to go along with it. Notice the triple tone color scheme going on here, and know also that there are two other such options—the One 2 Midnight and One 2 Horizon—if you want to go this route for customization beyond backlighting. There are other things under the sleeve as well, and we begin the review with a look at the specifications below.
|Ducky One 2 Skyline Keyboard (Full Size Version)|
|Layout:||104+4 key full size form factor in US ANSI layout; other language options available depending on your region|
|Material:||ABS plastic case, PBT plastic keycaps, stainless steel plate|
|Weight:||1.1 kg / 2.4 lbs.|
|Anti-Ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover USB|
|Media Keys:||Dedicated volume control|
|Dimensions:||135 (L) x 440 (W) x 40 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6.0 ft / 1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Choice of Cherry MX Red, Blue, Brown, Black or Speed (Silver) mechanical switch|
|Backlighting:||No, backlit versions available|