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.
The Ducky One 2 Mini isn't designed to be used with mobile devices or tablets.
The Ducky One 2 Mini 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 Mini 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 TKL, full-size, and a 65% variant, the Ducky One 2 SF.
The Ducky One 2 Mini'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. If you want a similar keyboard but with even better build quality, check out the Ducky Mecha Mini.
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. If you'd prefer having the freedom of easily swapping out your switches, check out the Glorious GMMK instead.
The Ducky One 2 Mini'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. If you prefer a board with dedicated arrow keys, get the SF version of this keyboard or take a look at the Ducky MIYA Pro.
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.
Unfortunately, it seems like the Ducky One 2 Mini isn't compatible with the Ducky RGB software, while other size variants of this keyboard are, just like the Ducky Shine 7. Instead, the Mini has all features built inside the board. so it still has the features, but without an interface. 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 key does what function.
If you want a compact keyboard that has software support, check out the Razer Huntsman Mini.
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 Ducky One 2 SF), a tenkeyless version, and a full-size board, the Ducky One 2. 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 one of the most customizable keyboards we've tested to date. You can get it in a variety of switches and Ducky's lineup includes TKL and full-sized keyboards, so really, you can get the type of keyboard you prefer the most. Despite its compact size, it offers outstanding typing quality, even better than the Razer BlackWidow Lite, so it's also a good choice for office use. Also see our recommendations for the best mechanical keyboards, the best keyboards for writers, and the best gaming keyboards.
The Razer Huntsman and the Ducky One 2 Mini are rather different keyboards. The Huntsman has a full-size board that has proprietary optical clicky switches while the Ducky has Cherry MX Brown switches, although it's available in a wider switch variety. The Ducky is also a compact 60% format, but it's also available in more formats. Unfortunately, the Ducky doesn't have software and all customization has to be done on the board directly.
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 Ducky One 2 Mini and the Glorious GMMK are fairly different boards. While we reviewed the full-size format of the Glorious, it's also available in a compact 60% layout. The Glorious has a hotswap board, which is a lot more versatile than the Ducky. You can choose and easily swap your switches. On the other hand, the Ducky comes with better PBT keycaps that feel thicker and provide a better typing quality overall.
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 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.
The Ducky One 2 Mini is a slightly smaller variant of the Ducky One 2 SF and the two keyboards perform very similarly. They each have the same features and are available in a wide variety of switches. The only difference between our units is that the Mini has Cherry MX Brown switches, which are quiet, and the SF has Blue switches, which are loud to use in an office environment.
The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 and the Ducky One 2 Mini are both great mechanical keyboards. While the Anne Pro 2 can be used wired or wirelessly, the Ducky One 2 Mini is wired-only. Both keyboards are compact 60% keyboards that feel very well-built. While both provide an excellent typing experience, the Cherry MX Brown keys on our One 2 Mini was more enjoyable to use than the Gatreon Browns on the Anne Pro 2. On the other hand, the Anne Pro 2 has software available, while the Ducky can only be customized by pressing keys on the keyboard itself.
The Ducky One 2 Mini is slightly better than the HyperX Alloy Origins. The Ducky is available in a variety of switches, including Cherry MX Red, Blue, or Brown, so you can get the switch you prefer. It doesn't have software, but all macro programming can be done on the keyboard. The HyperX has software to set macros and customize RGB lighting, and it uses proprietary linear switches.
The Ducky One 2 Mini is very different than the full-sized Corsair K95 PLATINUM. The Ducky has doubleshot PBT keycaps and offers an excellent typing quality. However, it doesn't have dedicated macro keys or navigation arrow keys like the K95. The Corsair is also available in very quick Cherry MX Speed switches.
The Ducky One 2 Mini is a better overall keyboard than the Vortex Race 3 thanks to its full RGB backlighting. Both these mechanical keyboards are available in a multitude of switches, which is great. The Ducky has a 60% compact design without arrow keys, while the Race 3 has a similar footprint, but features more keys, including arrow keys. The Race 3 has a full metal frame, which makes it a bit sturdier. Although both our units have Cherry MX Brown switches, they feel a bit different and the Ducky has a bit more tactile feedback.
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.
The Ducky One 2 Mini is very different than the Wooting one keyboard. The Ducky has a smaller compact design while the Wooting is a TKL design. Also, the Ducky uses more typical mechanical switches while the Wooting uses optical switches, and allows for analog inputs. These switches also allow for pre-travel distance customization and everything can be controlled inside a nice app, which the Ducky lacks.
The Ducky One 2 Mini is a far better keyboard than the AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard. It has full RGB lighting, all its keys are programmable, and it's better built. It also offers one of the best typing quality we've tested. On the other hand, the lack of dedicated arrow keys on the Ducky might be a deal-breaker for some, and the AUKEY has them.