Ducky Mecha Mini Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jun 01, 2020 at 08:32 am
Ducky Mecha Mini Picture
8.0
Mixed usage
8.8
Gaming
3.8
Mobile/Tablet
7.8
Office
8.3
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
Compact (60%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Ducky Mecha Mini is a good compact 60% keyboard that's really well-built with an aluminum frame. It's an excellent choice for gaming as all keys are macro programmable and it has full RGB backlighting, but any customization has to be done on the keyboard itself since there's no dedicated software. It's available in a wide variety of Cherry MX switches, including Brown, Red, Silver, Blue, and Black, so you can get the switch you want, and the Brown switches we tested offer an outstanding typing quality. 

Our Verdict

8.0 Mixed usage

The Ducky Mecha Mini is good for most uses. It's an excellent gaming keyboard thanks to its RGB backlighting and macro programmable keys, but since it doesn't have dedicated software, all customization is done on the keyboard. It offers outstanding typing quality if you want to use it in an office or for programming, but it has limited ergonomics. It's available in a variety of switches and it's well-built, so it should last you a while.

Pros
  • Amazing build quality.
  • Outstanding typing experience.
  • Available in a wide variety of switches.
Cons
  • Included USB-C feels cheap and generic.
8.8 Gaming

The Ducky Mecha Mini is excellent for gaming. It's available in a variety of switches, and the Cherry MX Brown switches we tested offer a low actuation force. It has full RGB backlighting and each key is macro programmable, but unfortunately, it doesn't have software so all programming is done on the keyboard. It's well-built with an aluminum frame that should last a while.

3.8 Mobile/Tablet

The Ducky Mecha Mini is wired-only and isn't designed to be used with mobile devices.

7.8 Office

Good for office use. The Ducky Mecha Mini offers an outstanding typing quality with good spacing between keys to help reduce typos. It has limited ergonomics but it shouldn't be a problem typing for long periods due to its low profile. This keyboard is also compatible with Windows and only the calculator hotkey doesn't work on macOS and Linux.

8.3 Programming

The Ducky Mecha Mini is very good for programming. It has an outstanding typing quality, each key is individually-lit with RGB backlighting, and all keys are macro programmable. Unfortunately, it has limited ergonomics as it only has one incline setting and no wrist rest. It's fully compatible with Windows and almost every key works on Linux and macOS.

  • 8.0 Mixed usage
  • 8.8 Gaming
  • 3.8 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.8 Office
  • 8.3 Programming
  1. Update 6/22/2020: We've updated the keyboard's firmware to v1.05 to fix macOS compatibility issues.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.5" (3.8 cm)
Width 11.6" (29.5 cm)
Depth 4.1" (10.5 cm)
Weight 1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)

Being a compact 60% keyboard, the Ducky Mecha Mini is fairly small and won't take up too much space on your desk.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is amazing. The main feature of this keyboard is that the frame is aluminum, while the Ducky One 2 Mini has a plastic frame. The entire keyboard is very solid and the feet are robust. It has high-quality doubleshot PBT keycaps which are fairly stable and feel like they should last for a while. Unfortunately, like other Ducky keyboards, the included cable feels cheap and has kinks that don't straighten out easily. Luckily, it's detachable so you can replace it if you want.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
1
Wrist Rest No

This keyboard has okay ergonomics. It doesn't have a wrist rest and only has one incline setting, but due to its fairly low profile, it shouldn't be tiring typing on this keyboard for long periods.

10
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color RGB
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

The Mecha Mini has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. All customization is done directly on the keyboard itself as there's no software for the computer. If you prefer a keyboard with dedicated software to customize the RGB lighting, check out the Ducky Shine 7.

Design
Cable
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 5.9 ft (1.8 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) USB type-C

The cable feels cheap with a generic look as there's writing on it. Luckily, you can easily replace it with any USB to USB-C cable.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Multi-Device Pairing
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

This keyboard is wired only and can't be used wirelessly.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes

The Mecha Mini has quite a few extra features. All the customization is done directly on the keyboard as there's no software. There are two sets of hotkeys layers, one with 'Fn' and another with 'Fn+Alt'. There are DIP switches underneath the board, which allow you to enable the Windows key or change the key rollover mode, and the instructions for this are inside the manual. It's similar to the one on the Ducky One 2 Mini as you can see in this photo.

New to the Mecha Mini is the ability to permanently change the location of certain keys. For example, this allows you to change 'Caps Lock' to 'Fn', so it's easier to press the 'Fn' and navigate your page using the I, J, K, L keys.

It doesn't have a USB passthrough, but if that's important to you, look into the Drop ALT.

Design
In The Box

  • Ducky Mecha Mini keyboard
  • USB-C cable
  • Red Enter, Backspace, Escape, Arrow keys, and two extra keycaps
  • 1x black Enter key
  • 1x Year of the Rat spacebar
  • Keycap removal tool
  • Starter guide

The full instruction manual is available for download online.

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Cherry MX Brown
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
42.0 gf
Pre-Travel
2.06 mm
Total Travel
3.96 mm

The Mecha Mini we tested uses Cherry MX Brown switches, but it's available with Cherry MX Blue, Red, Silent Red, Black, or Silver. The Brown switches provide good tactile feedback and don't require a whole lot of force to actuate, but the other switches provide a different typing experience.

9.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Outstanding typing quality. The keys are stable and the Brown switches offer good tactile feedback before the actuation point. Despite being a small keyboard, there's good spacing between the keys to help reduce typos. Since it doesn't have dedicated arrow keys, it's harder to navigate through text, and if that's important to you, check out the full-sized Ducky Shine 7.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

This keyboard is quiet and shouldn't bother people around you.

Software and Operating System
5.6
Software and Operating System
Software
Software No Software
Account Required
No Software
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
No
Backlight Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
No
Software macOS Compatible
No

Update 06/22/2020: After user feedback, we've updated the board to the firmware v1.05 and it's now compatible with macOS. The review has been updated.

Unfortunately, this keyboard doesn't have dedicated software. All customization is done on the keyboard itself. All keys are macro programmable, you can save up to six profiles as it has onboard memory. If you want a compact keyboard with dedicated software, check out the Obinslab Anne Pro 2.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

Update 06/22/2020: After user feedback, we've updated the board to the firmware v1.05 and it's now compatible with macOS. The review has been updated.

The Mecha Mini is fully compatible with Windows and only the calculator hotkey doesn't work on Linux and macOS.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Ducky Mecha Mini is a compact 60% keyboard that's only available in this size and color. It's a variation of the Ducky One 2 Mini as it's built with an aluminum frame instead of plastic. It's available in a variety of Cherry MX switches, but the unit we tested has Cherry MX Brown switches. Besides typing quality, we expect our results to be valid for the other switches.

If you come across a Ducky Mecha Mini available in a different size or color, let us know in the discussions and we'll update the review.

Compared to other keyboards

The Ducky Mecha Mini is an excellent gaming keyboard that's really well-built, but there are many better mechanical gaming keyboards available, especially if you want one with dedicated software for customization. Also see our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best RGB keyboards, and best mechanical keyboards.

Ducky One 2 Mini

The Ducky One 2 Mini and the Ducky Mecha Mini are two very similar keyboards, and their differences come down to how they're built. The One 2 Mini has a plastic frame, while the Mecha uses an aluminum frame. They're overall the same keyboard.

Ducky One 2 SF

The Ducky Mecha Mini and the Ducky One 2 SF are extremely similar keyboards. Both are available in a wide variety of Cherry MX switches, offer outstanding typing quality, and don't have dedicated software. However, the Mecha Mini is slightly better because it's built with an aluminum frame.

Razer Huntsman Mini

The Razer Huntsman Mini and the Ducky Mecha Mini are very similar keyboards. The Ducky has a better build quality, and in addition to making less noise, the Cherry MX Brown switches on our unit provide a better typing experience than the Clicky Optical switches on the Razer. That said, both keyboards are available with different switches. The other big difference is that the Ducky doesn't have software support, which the Razer does.

Obinslab Anne Pro 2

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is better than the Ducky Mecha Mini. While both keyboards are available in a wide variety of switches, the Anne Pro 2 can be used wirelessly, with multi-device pairing with up to four devices, and you can also use it with its cable. It has dedicated software, which makes customization much easier. On the other hand, the Mecha Mini is better built and has better ergonomics as it has one incline setting. 

Ducky MIYA Pro

The Ducky Mecha Mini is slightly better than the Ducky MIYA Pro. The Mecha Mini has full RGB backlighting, it's better built with an aluminum frame, and it offers a better typing quality. The MIYA Pro is bigger so it has dedicated arrow keys and it has a dedicated software to customize the keyboard. 

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL

The SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL is better than the Ducky Mecha Mini. The SteelSeries has dedicated software for customization while all programming for the Ducky has to be done on the keyboard itself. It also has better ergonomics since it comes with a wrist rest. The Ducky is better-built and it offers better typing quality, but both keyboards are available in different switches, so you can get the switch you prefer.

Dygma Raise

The Dygma Raise is a better keyboard than the Ducky Mecha Mini. The Dygma is a split keyboard, you can place the two halves how you like, and it comes with a wrist rest. Although the Mecha Mini doesn't come with dedicated software like the Dygma, all keys are macro programmable on this keyboard. 

Drop ALT

The Ducky Mecha Mini is slightly better than the Drop ALT. They're very similar keyboards that are available in a variety of switches, and neither keyboard has dedicated software. The Ducky offers better typing quality, while the Drop has a USB passthrough.

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