The Ducky One 2 Mini is an excellent gaming keyboard that has a unique style. The variant we tested has Cherry MX Brown switches, but this keyboard is available in a variety of switches and sizes, as you can get a 60%, 65%, TKL, or full-size keyboard. It has one of the best typing qualities we've tested so far and it offers a lot of features built directly into the board, as it doesn't have an interfaced software. It allows for a lot of customization thanks to its RGB lighting and different colored keycaps.
The Ducky One 2 Mini is a great mixed usage keyboard. It's an excellent gaming keyboard thanks to the Cherry MX Brown switches that have a nice tactile bump. The double-shot PBT keycaps also feel very nice and offer an amazing typing quality, which is great whether you're playing, typing, or even programming. However, this keyboard can't be used via Bluetooth with mobile devices.
The Ducky One 2 Mini is an excellent gaming keyboard. The actuation force and pre-travel are low and the inputs feel responsive. It's also very well-built and provides great feedback thanks to the brown switches. The board is very customizable, although you have to do everything on the keyboard itself as there's no interface available.See our Gaming recommendations
The Ducky One 2 isn't designed to be used with mobile devices or tablets.
The Ducky One 2 is a good office keyboard. While its ergonomics aren't the best, it does have two incline settings, which helps to find the most comfortable position for you. The variant with the brown switches has one of the best typing experiences we've tested so far, but some people might not like the lack of arrow keys on the Mini version of the keyboard. The brown switches are also quiet and won't bother people surrounding you.
The Ducky One 2 is a great programming keyboard thanks to its amazing typing quality, great build quality, and full RGB backlighting. However, the Mini version without arrows might not be the best option and you might want to look at a bigger variant. Also, it's fully compatible on Windows, and only the calculator hotkey doesn't work on macOS and Linux.
The Ducky One 2 Mini is a very compact 60% keyboard that doesn't take much space on your desk. Note, however, that this keyboard is available in 65%, TKL, and full-size as well.
The Ducky One 2's build quality is excellent. The frame is made out of solid plastic, which feels durable. The board does have a bit of flex, but this won't matter too much for normal usage. The PBT double-shot keycaps have a high-end feel and longer keycaps also have Cherry MX switch stabilizers, which is great. The only downside of the keyboard is the generic cable that comes with it. It has markings on it and gives off a cheap feel. On the upside, it's detachable so you can easily replace it.
Although this keyboard has two incline settings, its ergonomics are just okay. It doesn't come with a wrist rest and its straight board isn't designed to have an ergonomic shape. Typing on this keyboard feels nice and you shouldn't feel any fatigue due to the board design.
The Ducky One 2 Mini has amazing backlighting. It supports full RGB lighting and its max brightness is good enough to see colors when using the keyboard in a well-lit environment. However, all the settings must be controlled on the board, as the software is built-in, and you don't have a downloadable interface.
The Ducky One 2 Mini's cable is disappointing as it just seems to be a generic, cheap-feeling USB-C cable. On the upside, since it's detachable, you can easily replace it.
This keyboard is wired only and can't be used wirelessly.
The Ducky One 2 Mini has a lot of features as everything is built-in the keyboard itself; it doesn't have any interfaced-software. This keyboard has two layers of hotkeys, one with the 'Fn' key, and one with 'Fn+Alt'. There are also DIP switches on the bottom of the board, so you can change the location of the Windows key, Fn key, Caps Lock, etc. We expect that only enthusiasts will look at this and can find the instructions inside the manual.
The Ducky One 2 Mini keyboard variant we tested uses Cherry MX Brown switches. It seems to take a bit more force to actuate than other brown switches and have a bit more pre-travel, but most people won't notice this.
Note: This keyboard is available in Cherry MX Red, Brown, Blue, Silver, and Silent Red switches, which will result in a different typing experience.
The Ducky One 2's typing quality is amazing. It's one of the nicest feeling keyboards we've tested so far. The keys are very stable and the brown switches offer nice tactile feedback just before the actuation of the keys. The mini version of the keyboard is a bit restrictive as it doesn't have dedicated arrows, so it might be a bit hard to navigate through your text, but some variants of this keyboard have them. Even if the board is small, the spacing between the keys is big enough and helps to reduce typos.
The Ducky One 2 Mini is a fairly quiet keyboard with its MX Brown switches. Note that different switches might be even quieter, or some like the Cherry MX Blue switches will have a very clicky noise. The variant we tested is fine to use in office settings as you won't bother people surrounding you.
Although the Ducky One 2 has a lot of features that are usually found inside a downloadable software with an interface, all those settings are built into the board. You can create six different profiles and can play around with the RGB settings, or record macros by using the Fn key. Using all the features can get pretty complicated, even if they are marked on the keycaps. We suggest taking a look at the manual to get a better description of which keycaps do what function.
The Ducky One 2 Mini's compatibility is decent. This keyboard is fully compatible with Windows, and only the calculator hotkey doesn't work on both macOS and Linux. It isn't compatible with smart mobile devices, but this is expected for this type of keyboard.
This keyboard is available in many different configurations. We tested the Mini/60% variant, with tactile, yet quiet, Cherry MX Brown switches. The board is also available in a 65% compact design with arrow keys (called SF), a tenkeyless version, and a full-size board. You can also choose between a wide variety of switches: Cherry MX Red, Blue, Brown, Silver, and Silent Red. Note that our review is only valid for the brown switches and the Mini variation.
The Ducky One 2 Mini is a much better mixed usage keyboard, but the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition is a better gaming keyboard. The Ducky has a great build quality with an excellent typing experience, but it doesn't have a dedicated software, so any customization has to be on the keyboard itself. However, the linear switches on the Razer make it exceptional for gaming, and it comes with a dedicated software.
The SteelSeries Apex Pro is a slightly better overall keyboard than the Ducky One 2 Mini. The customizable pre-travel distance on the switches makes the SteelSeries an outstanding gaming keyboard. The SteelSeries is a full-sized keyboard, but the Ducky is available in compact, 60%, 65%, TKL, or full-sized variations, so depending on the size, it doesn't take up as much space as the Apex Pro.
The Ducky One 2 Mini and the SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL are similarly performing keyboards. The Ducky Mini is a compact 60% keyboard, while the Apex 7 TKL is an 80% TenKeyLess keyboard. The ergonomics of the Apex 7 TKL are better thanks to its detachable wrist rest. While the Apex's wire is built-in, the Ducky is powered through a detachable USB-C cable. Both of the units we tested use tactile Brown switches, but the Ducky provided a better overall typing experience. The SteelSeries has a piece of companion software available for both Windows and macOS, while the Ducky has no software and all customization is done through the keyboard itself, which can be more difficult.