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Ducky One 2 RGB TKL Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 29, 2020 at 08:20 am
Ducky One 2 RGB TKL Picture
8.0
Mixed usage
9.0
Gaming
2.5
Mobile/Tablet
7.8
Office
8.2
Programming
Connectivity Wired
Size
TenKeyLess (80%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Ducky One 2 RGB TKL is a very good wired mechanical gaming keyboard. Our unit uses Cherry MX Brown switches, which offer tactile feedback and very little noise. If that's not to your liking, it's also available in a wide variety of switch and color options. That said, every key is macro-programmable, but all the recording is done on the keyboard itself. Unlike the Ducky One 2 and Ducky One 2 Mini, it has dedicated software to customize the RGB backlighting. Certain variants of this keyboard may be difficult to find through all retailers.

Our Verdict

8.0 Mixed usage

The Ducky One 2 RGB TKL is a very good keyboard for mixed use. The Cherry MX Brown switches on our unit offer low pre-travel distance for a great gaming and typing experience. It's a very good choice for those working in an office environment, as the Brown switches are quiet and the ergonomics are overall comfortable enough to not cause any fatigue. Programmers will be happy that the keyboard has macro-programmable keys, but recording is done on the keyboard. It has RGB backlighting, but the companion software to customize it can't be used on macOS.

Pros
  • Solid build quality.
  • Available in a variety of switches.
  • Solid PBT keycaps.
  • Macro-programmable keys.
Cons
  • Clunky method of adjusting RGB backlight.
  • No wrist rest.
9.0 Gaming

The Ducky One 2 TKL is an excellent keyboard for gaming. The Cherry MX Brown switches on our unit have low pre-travel and don't require a lot of force to actuate. That said, it's available in a wide variety of switches. It has full RGB backlighting, which can be customized with the Ducky RGB companion software. Also, every key is macro-programmable and recording is done on the keyboard. Ergonomics are decent and while there's no wrist rest, the straight design should be comfortable enough for most people.

Pros
  • Solid build quality.
  • Available in a variety of switches.
  • Solid PBT keycaps.
  • Macro-programmable keys.
Cons
  • Clunky method of adjusting RGB backlight.
  • No wrist rest.
2.5 Mobile/Tablet

The Ducky One 2 RGB TKL is a wired-only keyboard and can't be used with a mobile device.

7.8 Office

The Ducky One 2 RGB TKL is a very good keyboard for office use. The ergonomics are only okay as it lacks a wrist rest, but typing should still feel comfortable. With the Cherry MX Brown switches on our unit, typing quality is outstanding and quiet and shouldn't bother those around you. That said, it's also available in a wide variety of switches. The build is also great, with a solid plastic frame and double-shot PBT keys that feel stable and well-spaced out.

Pros
  • Solid build quality.
  • Available in a variety of switches.
  • Solid PBT keycaps.
Cons
  • No wrist rest.
8.2 Programming

The Ducky One 2 RGB TKL is a very good keyboard for programmers. The Cherry MX Brown switches on our unit provide outstanding typing quality and should be quiet enough to not disturb those around you. That said, it's also available in a wide variety of switches. There are macro-programmable keys, but you have to record them on the board yourself. Also, there's RGB backlighting, but the companion software to customize it is limited to Windows.

Pros
  • Solid build quality.
  • Available in a variety of switches.
  • Solid PBT keycaps.
  • Macro-programmable keys.
Cons
  • Clunky method of adjusting RGB backlight.
  • No wrist rest.
  • 8.0 Mixed usage
  • 9.0 Gaming
  • 2.5 Mobile/Tablet
  • 7.8 Office
  • 8.2 Programming

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.5" (3.8 cm)
Width 14.2" (36.1 cm)
Depth 5.6" (14.1 cm)
Weight 2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)

The Ducky One 2 TKL is a wired, TenKeyLess (80%) keyboard that won't take up too much space on your desk. There's also a full-sized model, the Ducky One 2, and a compact 60% version, the Ducky One 2 Mini.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Ducky One 2 TKL's build quality is great. It's made of solid plastic that exhibits a small amount of flex. Keycaps are made of doubleshot PBT plastic that feels good to touch and fairly stable as they don't wobble or rattle. The feet are stable and the keyboard won't slide around easily when typing.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Incline Settings
2
Wrist Rest No

The Ducky One 2 TKL's ergonomics are only okay. It has two incline settings that feel very standard for a straight keyboard. While there's no wrist rest included, typing should still feel easy and comfortable.

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

The Ducky One 2 TKL's RGB backlighting is outstanding. You can alternate between various preset lighting modes, or set your own custom mode. You can also control the RGB backlighting in the Ducky RGB Software and controlling the backlight brightness is done by adjusting the brightness of each of the three color values. Also, there are variants that don't have any backlighting.

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

The Ducky One 2 TKL's cable is a standard, generic cable with the Ducky brand printed on the USB-C connectors. On the upside, it's detachable, meaning you can swap it out for a sturdier one.

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

The Ducky One 2 TKL 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

The Ducky One 2 TKL doesn't have many extra features. You can program macros only on the keyboard, and Windows Lock is achieved by pressing FN+Alt+Win for three seconds. There are no media hotkeys, but you program them with macros.

Design
In The Box

  • Ducky One 2 RGB TKL keyboard
  • USB-C cable
  • Keycap puller
  • User manual
  • Blue Enter, Backspace, Escape keycaps
  • 1x white spacebar
  • 1x white Enter keycap
  • 4x blue arrow keycaps
  • 2x branded blue keycaps

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Cherry MX Brown
Feel
Tactile
Actuation Force
44.7 gf
Pre-Travel
2.13 mm
Total Travel
4.01 mm

The Cherry MX Brown switches on our unit offer an exceptional typing experience. They provide tactile feedback and don't require much force to actuate. The keyboard is also available with a wide variety of Cherry MX switches, so your experience may vary.

9.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

Like many of the Ducky keyboards, typing on the One 2 RGB offers an outstanding typing experience. Our unit has Cherry MX Brown switches, which offer tactile feedback right before the point of actuation. If you don't like the feeling of Brown switches, you can also buy it with Cherry MX Red, Blue, Black, Nature White, Silent Red, Silent Black, and Silver switches. The keycaps feel stable and nicely spaced out while the double-shot PBT coating feels nice to touch.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

The Cherry MX Brown switches on our unit are quiet and shouldn't bother those around you. It's available in a wide variety of switches, such as Cherry MX Blue, which are clicky and may be too loud for an office environment.

Software and Operating System
8.1
Software and Operating System
Software
Software Ducky RGB
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
No
Backlight Programming
Yes
Macro Programming
Yes
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

The Ducky One 2 TKL is compatible with the Ducky RGB software. As its name implies, the software is only for programming the RGB backlighting, not for setting macros.

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

The Ducky One 2 TKL has decent compatibility. It's fully compatible with Windows, but the Ducky RGB software isn't compatible with macOS or Linux. Also, the 'Print Screen' and 'Scroll Lock' buttons don't work on macOS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

Our unit has Cherry MX Brown switches, but you can choose to get it with Cherry MX Red, Blue, Black, Nature White, Silent Red, Silent Black, or Silver switches as well. It's also available in a variety of color variations, such as the One 2 Horizon TKL, One 2 Skyline TKL, and the One 2 Skyline TKL, all of which are listed below and may be easier to find on Ducky's website. Also, while this is the RGB model, you can also get it with White LED backlighting. You can see the label of our unit here.

Variant Color Sizes Backlighting Note Switches
Horizon Blue Compact 60%, TKL, Full -   Cherry MX Black, Brown, Blue, Red, White, Clear, Silver, Silent Red, Green
Bon Voyage White/Blue Full Size, TKL -   Cherry MX Black, Brown, Blue, Red, Silver,Silent Red
Skyline Gray Full Size, TKL -   Cherry MX Black, Brown, Blue, Red, White, Silver, Clear, Silent Red, Green
White White TKL RGB The 'Enter' button is blue. Cherry MX Black, Brown, Blue, Red, Nature White, Silver, Silent White, Silent Red
Pure White White Compact 60%, 65%, TKL RGB The 'Enter' button is red.  Cherry MX Black, Brown, Blue, Red, Silver, Silent Black, Silent Red
Black Black TKL RGB   Cherry MX Black, Brown, Blue, Red, Nature White, Silver, Silent White, Silent Red
Midnight Black Full Size, TKL, Compact 60% -   Cherry MX Black, Brown, Blue, Red, White, Silver, Clear, Silent Red, Mixed, Green
White Edition White Full Size, TKL White All keycaps are white. Cherry MX Black, Brown, Blue, Red, Silver
White LED White TKL, Compact White   Cherry MX Black, Brown, Blue, Red, Silver
Blue LED Black Full Size, TKL Blue   Cherry MX Black, Brown, Blue, Red, Silver
Pudding Edition Black TKL -   Cherry MX Black, Brown, Blue, Red, Silver, Silent Red

If we missed any variants, let us know in the discussions.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Ducky One 2 TKL is a wired, mechanical TenKeyLess (80%) keyboard with great build quality. Like many keyboards on the market, it's available in a wide variety of colors and switches. It has an outstanding typing experience with the Cherry MX Brown switches on our unit and can be compared to the Ducky One 2 Mini and the Ducky One 2, which are compact (65%) and full-sized keyboards, respectively. Unfortunately, the companion software to customize the RGB backlighting is limited to Windows. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best RGB keyboards, the best gaming keyboards, and the best mechanical keyboards.

Ducky One 2 Mini

The Ducky One 2 RGB TKL is a slightly better keyboard than the Ducky One 2 Mini. The One 2 TKL is compatible with the Ducky RGB companion software to customize its backlighting. That said, the Mini has a compact (65%) design and media hotkeys.

Ducky One 2 SF

The Ducky One 2 RGB TKL is a slightly better keyboard than the Ducky One 2 SF. The RGB TKL has companion software to customize its backlighting. That being said, the One 2 SF has a compact (65%) design and it has media hotkeys.

Varmilo VA87M

The Ducky One 2 RGB is a better keyboard than the Varmilo VA87M. The Ducky has programmable macros and compatible companion software. That said, the Varmilo has media hotkeys. 

Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition

The Ducky One 2 RGB TKL is a better keyboard than the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition. The Ducky has spare keycaps and a wide range of switches to choose from, whereas the Razer has proprietary switches. That said, the Razer has dedicated media hotkeys and superior companion software.

Ducky MIYA Pro

The Ducky One 2 RGB TKL is a better keyboard than the Ducky MIYA Pro. The One 2 RGB TKL 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.

Drop ENTR

The Ducky One 2 RGB TKL is a better keyboard than the Drop ENTR. The Ducky has RGB backlighting, and the Cherry MX Brown switches on our unit are lighter to press. Also, it comes with a companion software for customizations, unlike the Drop, which has none. However, the Drop is better built and is fully compatible with Linux.

Ducky One 2

The Ducky One 2 RGB TKL is a better keyboard than the Ducky One 2. The One 2 TKL has full RGB backlighting and companion software to customize it. That said, the full-sized One 2 has dedicated hotkeys and a Numpad.

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