HyperX teamed up with well-liked mechanical keyboard maker Ducky to make a brand new restricted version colorway of its compact, 60 percent-sized Ducky One 2 Mini. Along with splashing this keyboard with a matte black body surrounding the keys and a shiny cherry pink hosing on the underside, it makes use of HyperX’s Red linear mechanical key switches.
Every of these switches is roofed in Ducky’s sturdy keycaps, that are mentioned to keep up their grippy texture and their key label regardless of long-term use. This mannequin prices $109.99, and you may decide it up by means of HyperX’s online store starting on Tuesday, May 12th. Solely a complete of three,700 models might be made.
When it comes to niceties, the One 2 Mini has loads of them. This keyboard plugs in through a USB-C to USB Kind-A cable, so it’s easy to plug it in at your desk with out trying. Its rear toes characteristic two top settings, supplying you with extra choices should you desire a barely angled keyboard as an alternative of all-or-nothing choices for top. HyperX’s supplied switches are nice to sort on, and whereas the texture of the journey is extremely subjective, the “thock” sound and really feel satisfies my wants. HyperX claims they’ve a 80 million click on lifespan. PBT, the important thing materials that Ducky makes use of, feels nice, however whether or not the 60 % type issue works for you is one other factor fully.
As I touched on earlier, this 60 % keyboard is extremely space-efficient. I share a desk with my associate, and this mannequin is likely to be a godsend if area is a commodity. In case you’re not conscious, the 60 % determine is relative to a completely sized keyboard with a row of perform keys, directional keys, and a full quantity pad. The Ducky One 2 Mini lacks all of these options, as an alternative opting to cram in a bunch of choices you could execute if you maintain the Fn key.
It’s intelligent to have entry to each perform accessible in a smaller keyboard. But, navigating to seek out the place every of those choices is hidden across the keyboard all however asks you to rethink how you employ the whole machine. Easy shortcuts like adjusting the amount, utilizing arrow keys, and attempting to do the Home windows + Prt Scn shortcut to take screenshots would require some learning up on. I needed to maintain the handbook subsequent to me whereas I used the One 2 Mini to entry a few of the macro and RGB backlight choices.
After over per week of utilizing the Ducky One 2 Mini, I believe it’s the proper match for my desk. It’s small, succesful, and the switches are quiet sufficient to not disturb my associate an excessive amount of, not like my Durgod 80 % mechanical keyboard that makes use of Cherry MX Brown switches. It’s nice to make use of with video games, although from the attitude of a author, the quantity of compromises when it comes to executing a few of the most simple keyboard capabilities, like utilizing directional keys to pilfer by means of copy, is tough on a 60 % type issue keyboard.