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Ducky MIYA Pro Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed May 22, 2020 at 07:48 am
Ducky MIYA Pro Picture
7.9
Mixed usage
8.8
Gaming
3.4
Mobile/Tablet
7.6
Office
8.1
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
Compact (65%)
Mechanical
Yes

The MIYA Pro is a collaboration keyboard between Ducky and Varmilo. This keyboard comes in multiple aesthetics and you can choose between a lot of different Cherry MX switches when placing your order. It's a small 65% compact keyboard that has dedicated arrow keys. The board is very well-built and offers a great typing experience thanks to the doubleshot PBT keycaps and stable keys. The board features white-only backlighting but still supports lighting effects. The keyboard can easily be found on mechanicalkeyboards.com and can be quite a bit harder to find elsewhere.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed usage

The Ducky MIYA Pro Panda is a good overall keyboard. It feels sturdy and provides a great overall typing experience. You can also get it in multiple different Cherry MX switches, which is great to better suit your personal needs. However, it doesn't have the best ergonomics and the spacebar feels somewhat a bit different than the other keys, which can bothersome. On the upside, it has nice white backlighting and dedicated arrow keys which are very useful for navigating text.

Pros
  • Dedicated arrow keys.
  • Solid and durable build.
  • Wide variety of Cherry MX Switches.
Cons
  • Only white backlighting; no RGB.
  • Spacebar stabilizers feel different than rest of the keys.
8.8 Gaming

The Ducky MIYA Pro is an excellent gaming keyboard. With Cherry MX Brown switches, our unit has a short pre-travel distance and the keys feel responsive. The doubleshot keycaps shouldn't fade over time and the white backlighting is good for playing in darker environments, even if the keys aren't translucent. You can also map macros on all keys, which is useful.

3.4 Mobile/Tablet

The Ducky MIYA Pro isn't designed to be used with mobile devices and tablets.

7.6 Office

The Ducky MIYA Pro is a good keyboard for the office. Some might feel like its ergonomics aren't good enough, but you shouldn't feel too much fatigue when typing on it for long periods. It's a very well-built keyboard and it provides a great overall typing experience. It also comes in various types of Cherry MX switches, but our unit with Brown switches is quiet, which is great for an open-office environment.

8.1 Programming

The Ducky MIYA Pro is a great keyboard for programmers. It offers a great typing quality and the board feels very durable. However, it doesn't have the best ergonomics and can only be used wired with a single device at a time. On the upside, the ability to set macros and the fact it can be used on pretty much any operating system is useful, but you don't have access to the software on macOS and Linux.

  • 7.9 Mixed usage
  • 8.8 Gaming
  • 3.4 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.6 Office
  • 8.1 Programming
  1. Update 7/16/2020: We've adjusted the Build Quality score after getting user feedback concerning a mistake in our review.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.4" (3.5 cm)
Width 13.4" (34.1 cm)
Depth 4.3" (11.0 cm)
Weight 1.5 lbs (0.7 kg)

The Ducky MIYA Pro is a compact keyboard that doesn't take too much space on your desk and leaves more room for your mouse.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

Update 07/16/2020: We've raised the Build Quality to 8.5 as we previously thought the PageDown key's LED was broken. However, after user feedback, we understand that the PageUp and Down keys are indicators for the number row or the F-key row respectively. One of the two LEDs is always turned off depending on the row you're using. The review has been updated.

This keyboard is very well-built. The plastic frame feels durable and rigid with very little flex to the board. Overall, it feels quite like the Ducky One 2 Mini, but the spacebar's stabilizers are softer, which makes it feel different than the other keys. On the upside, the doubleshot keycaps feel very durable and the USB-C cable is detachable.

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

The ergonomics of the Ducky MIYA Pro are pretty standard. It only has one incline setting and doesn't come with a wrist rest. However, the keyboard isn't too high, so you shouldn't feel any fatigue during long typing sessions.

9.7
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color White
Brightness Settings
Yes
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes

This keyboard only supports white backlighting. The lights are at the top of the switches and can be customized with effects in the software. The keycaps aren't shine-through, although you can see some lighting through the green keycaps. The PageUp and PageDown keys act as light indicators to let the user know if they're using the number row or the F-key row. Note that other MIYA Pro variants, or other Ducky keyboards like the Ducky Mecha Mini, have full RGB backlighting.

Design
Cable
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 5.2 ft (1.6 m)
Connector (Keyboard side) USB type-C

The Ducky MIYA Pro has a Varmilo branded USB-C cable, which looks less cheap than the generic one found on the Ducky One 2 Mini and the Ducky Shine 7.

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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
No
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Extra Controls
No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad No
Windows Key Lock
Yes

By default, the Ducky MIYA Pro doesn't have any media keys. However, you can easily program macros when using the software, which enables you to remap some keys to media controls. You can also use Fn+Windows Key to lock the Windows key, which is great when gaming. Additionally, there are a lot of extra commands you can do, but you'll need to use the manual to know which combo of keypresses do which command. Pressing Fn+PageUp turns the top row into a number row, while Fn+PageDown turns the top row into the F-key row. If you want a keyboard with media hotkeys, consider the Varmilo VA87M.

Design
In The Box

A typical MIYA Pro box comes with:

  • Ducky + Varmilo MIYA Pro keyboard
  • USB-C cable
  • Dust cover
  • Keycap remover
  • Manuals

However, since there are multiple variants, some come with different add-ons. Our unit is the Panda version, which comes with a Varmilo large 900x400mm mousepad, extra spacebar, arrow key and Esc keycaps, and with a panda plushie, which you can see here. These add-ons vary depending on the variant of the keyboard you get.

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Cherry MX Brown
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
46.2 gf
Pre-Travel
2.36 mm
Total Travel
4.05 mm

Our Ducky MIYA Pro features Cherry MX Brown switches, but it's also available in Cherry MX Black, Blue, Red, Clear, Silver, and Silent Red. The keystrokes and typing experience will vary depending on the switch you choose. For our unit, it has a very smooth bump that adds small tactility and seems to have a bit more pre-travel than some other Cherry MX Brown switches we've tested.

8.5
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing quality of this keyboard is great. The PBT keycaps offer a nice feeling at the touch. Also, the keys are stable and comfortable to type on during long periods. Unfortunately, the spacebar feels somewhat different than the rest of the keys, which makes it a bit annoying every time you use it, which you don't get on the Ducky One 2 Mini. Nevertheless, the keys are still well spaced and the fact that it has dedicated arrow keys makes navigating text a lot easier. If you want a similar keyboard with even better typing quality, check out the Ducky One 2 SF.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

This keyboard is fairly quiet with Cherry MX Brown switches and is fine to type on in an open-office environment. However, note that other switches, like Blue switches, are noisier and won't be as ideal.

Software and Operating System
6.6
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Varmilo Keyboard
Account Required
No
Profiles
No Profile
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
No
Backlight Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

The Varmilo Keyboard software is fairly limited. It offers onboard memory, but you need to enable the gaming mode for the keyboard to save key customizations and macros. Also, you can't save multiple profiles, and while it supports full RGB programming, this board only has white backlighting, so setting a different color in the software simply turns off the backlight of the MIYA Pro Panda.

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

This keyboard has limited compatibility on most operating systems, although all alphanumerical keys work on all PC platforms. However, the software isn't available on macOS and some keys like Scroll Lock and Pause Break don't work. There's also no software and customization available on Linux. On the upside, you can program it on a Windows PC and use it on another computer after. Note that there's a Mac variant available, but we didn't test it.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Ducky x Varmilo MIYA Pro has many variants, although most of them are purely cosmetic. There are around a dozen different styles, and some of them come with add-on items, like the Panda version we reviewed. Also, every keyboard is also available in a wide variety of Cherry MX switches, and some even have full RGB lighting. This review is only valid for our unit, which is the MIYA Pro Panda White LED with Cherry MX Brown switches.

Compared to other keyboards

The Ducky MIYA Pro is a great compact mechanical keyboard, which stands out thanks to its unique aesthetics. It comes in a wide variety of different styles and backlighting, on top of being able to get the board with different switches. It's also nice to have a 65% layout with dedicated arrow keys, which most compact 60% don't have, making it easier to navigate text. However, the MIYA Pro doesn't feel as solid and doesn't provide as amazing of a typing experience as other Ducky keyboards. See our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best mechanical keyboard, or even the best keyboards for writers.

Ducky One 2 SF

The Ducky MIYA Pro and the Ducky One 2 SF are very similar keyboards. They both have excellent build quality and they're both available with RGB backlighting. The MIYA Pro has dedicated software, while the One 2 SF offers better typing quality and has media hotkeys.

Ducky One 2 Mini

The Ducky One 2 Mini is slightly better than the Ducky MIYA Pro, if you don't need dedicated arrow keys. The One 2 Mini feels a bit more solid and it features full RGB lighting. On the other hand, the MIYA Pro has a more unique style. Those two keyboards are very similar, but the spacebar of the MIYA Pro feels different than the rest of its keys, which can be annoying. However, if you write a lot and need arrow keys, the MIYA Pro might be the best option.

Varmilo VA87M

The Ducky MIYA Pro is a better wired keyboard than the Varmilo VA87M. The Ducky has macro-programmable keys and compatible companion software. That said, the Varmilo has media hotkeys and has a shorter pre-travel distance.

Ducky Mecha Mini

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. 

Obinslab Anne Pro 2

The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is a better keyboard than the Ducky MIYA Pro. On top of being able to be used wired like the Ducky, the Obinslab is also Bluetooth compatible with up to four different devices. It also supports full RGB lighting and has a nice software interface which makes customization easy. On the other hand, the Obinslab doesn't have dedicated arrow keys.

Vortex Race 3

The Ducky MIYA Pro and the Vortex Race 3 are two good keyboards that can be customized quite a bit. Even though the Ducky is a compact 65%, it's still wider than the TKL 75% Vortex, which offers more keys. The Vortex is also fully compatible with both macOS and Linux, and it also feels a lot more solid thanks to its metal base. On the other hand, our unit doesn't have full RGB lighting, although there is a variant with it.

Ducky Shine 7

The Ducky Shine 7 is a much more versatile keyboard than the Ducky MIYA Pro. The Shine 7 is a full-size keyboard that feels extremely solid and features full RGB lighting. It also has a much more complete software and it features a NumPad. On the other hand, the MIYA Pro is much more compact and still has arrow keys.

Razer Huntsman Mini

The Razer Huntsman Mini and the Ducky MIYA Pro have very similar overall performance. The Ducky is slightly bigger as it has dedicated navigation keys. The Cherry MX Brown switches on our unit of the Ducky have a higher actuation point than the Clicky Optical Switches on the Razer; however, both provide an excellent typing experience and both keyboards are available with multiple switch options. Ducky's customization software has fewer features and while our unit has white backlighting only, it's available with full RGB.

Ducky One 2 RGB TKL

The Ducky One 2 RGB TKL is a better keyboard than the Ducky MIYA Pro. The One 2 has two incline settings, full RGB backlighting, and better companion software to customize it. That said, the MIYA has a compact (65%) design and a white backlight.

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