The Ducky One 2 SF is a versatile compact 65% keyboard that's available in different sizes, from a 60% keyboard such as the Ducky One 2 Mini to a full-size variant like the Ducky One 2. You can also get it with different Cherry MX switches; our unit has Blue switches. Every key is macro-programmable, and you have to record macros directly on the keyboard since it doesn't have dedicated software. It has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys, and it's a very well-built keyboard with doubleshot PBT keycaps. Despite its small size, the keys don't feel cramped, and it offers outstanding typing quality. Even though it doesn't have a wrist rest, you shouldn't get too tired typing on it for long periods.
The Ducky One 2 SF is an excellent gaming keyboard. Every key is macro-programmable, but since it doesn't have dedicated software, you have to record macros directly on the board. It's well-built with full RGB backlighting. Also, the Cherry MX Blue switches we tested have a low pre-travel distance, and you can get it in a wide variety of switches.
The Ducky One 2 SF is a wired keyboard that isn't designed for use with mobile devices.
Good for office use. The Ducky One 2 SF offers an outstanding typing quality with the Cherry MX Blue switches. These switches are loud to use in an office environment, but you can get it with quieter ones. Unfortunately, this keyboard doesn't come with a wrist rest, but it's still comfortable to type on and has two incline settings.
The Ducky One 2 SF is great for programming. All keys are macro-programmable, but without dedicated software, all macro recording is done directly on the keyboard. It also has full RGB backlighting, great if you work in a dark environment. Its typing quality is outstanding, and even though it doesn't have a wrist rest, it's still comfortable to type on.
The Ducky One 2 SF is a compact 65% keyboard that has dedicated Page Up, Page Down, Delete, and arrow keys compared to its smaller variant, the Ducky One 2 Mini. This keyboard is also available in a TenKeyLess (TKL) and a full-size model.
The Ducky One 2 SF has an excellent build quality. The plastic frame is solid, but it flexes quite a bit. The doubleshot shot PBT keycaps feel great, and the RGB backlighting gets bright enough to combat glare even in well-lit environments. The keys wobble a bit, but it's not too noticeable, and the spacebar is fairly stable. The solid feet help prevent the keyboard from sliding around, but because it's a lightweight keyboard, it slides easily if you push on it too much. Unfortunately, the included cable feels cheap and kinks easily, similar to the Ducky One 2 Mini.
Okay ergonomics. There are two incline settings, but it doesn't have a wrist rest. Typing on this keyboard shouldn't cause too much fatigue, although the Cherry MX Blue switches on our unit may cause a bit more fatigue for some since they have a somewhat high actuation force.
The Ducky One 2 SF has full RGB backlighting with individually-lit keys. Since there's no dedicated software, all RGB customization is done directly on the board itself, and you can learn how to do it with the instruction manual. You can control the brightness on a per-key basis, but you can't adjust the general brightness of the backlighting.
The included USB-C cable feels cheap and generic, similar to other Ducky keyboards we've seen. The connector wobbles a lot when connected to the keyboard, but luckily, you can easily remove it and change it with another cable.
This keyboard is wired-only and can't be used wirelessly. If you'd like a wireless alternative, consider the Keychron K6.
The Ducky One 2 SF is loaded with extra features. Every key is macro-programmable and all programming is done on the keyboard since there's no dedicated software. You can download the instruction manual online to find out how to record macros. There are DIP switches underneath the keyboard to remap the location of the Caps Lock, Fn, Windows Key, etc. You can lock the Windows Key by holding down Fn, Alt, and the Windows key for three seconds. There's a layer of media hotkeys you can access with the Fn and Windows key. You can also play games - Minesweeper and Ducky Gamble - directly on the keyboard, which is a fun addition. There isn't a USB passthrough, but if you want a compact keyboard with one, check out the Drop ALT.
Unlike the Ducky One 2 Mini, we didn't receive an instruction manual with this unit. If you don't receive one, you can download the instruction manual online.
The unit we tested has Cherry MX Blue switches, but this keyboard is available in a wide variety of Cherry MX switches. The switches on this keyboard perform very similarly to the Blue switches on the Cooler Master MK730, and even though they have a small pre-travel distance, they require a good amount of force to actuate.
Like most Ducky keyboards we've reviewed, the Ducky One 2 SF offers an outstanding typing quality with the Cherry MX Blue switches. Despite its compact size, there's still enough space between each key to avoid typos, and the doubleshot PBT keycaps feel great. Even though it doesn't come with a wrist rest, typing on this keyboard isn't fatiguing for the most part, but the higher actuation force of the Blue switches may lead to more fatigue than if you were using the Cherry MX Brown switches.
The switches we tested are loud and may disturb others around you. However, you can get the keyboard in a variety of Cherry MX switches, including silent ones.
This keyboard doesn't have dedicated software, unlike the Ducky Shine 7. All macro programming and RGB customization is done directly on the keyboard, and since it has onboard memory, you can use your settings on another computer. You can download the instruction manual online to see how to record macros on the keyboard. If you'd like a Ducky keyboard with software to customize the RGB backlighting, consider the Ducky One 2 RGB TKL.
The Ducky One 2 SF has decent compatibility. It's fully compatible with Windows, and only the 'Calculator' hotkey doesn't work on Linux. On macOS, the 'Scroll Lock', 'Print Screen', 'Pause', and 'Calculator' hotkeys don't work, and the 'Insert' key works as a 'Help' key.
We reviewed the Ducky One 2 SF in black, and it's available in different sizes and in white, and you can see the differences below. Note that the 60% keyboards are known as 'Mini' and 65% keyboards are called 'SF', which stands for Sixty-Five. For the most part, we expect our results to be valid for the Ducky One 2 SF White. You can purchase each variant with a wide variety of Cherry MX switches, including Red, Brown, Silver, Black, etc.
|Ducky One 2 SF Black||60%, 65%, TKL, Full||RGB|
|Ducky One 2 SF White||60%, 65%, TKL||RGB|
If someone notices that their Ducky One 2 SF doesn't correspond to our review, please let us know in the discussions and we'll update the review.
The Ducky One 2 SF is an excellent gaming keyboard that you can purchase in a wide variety of Cherry MX switches. It's a slightly larger variant of the Ducky One 2 Mini and the two keyboards perform very similarly. What stands out about this keyboard is its outstanding typing quality. Sadly, it doesn't have dedicated software like some other mechanical keyboards, like the Razer Huntsman Mini. Also see our recommendations for the best mechanical keyboards, the best gaming keyboards, and the best keyboards for programming.
The Drop ALT is slightly better than the Ducky One 2 SF. Both are available in a variety of switches and neither has dedicated software. The Drop feels better-built, it has a USB passthrough, and it's fully compatible with most desktop operating systems. However, the Ducky offers better typing quality.
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 Ducky One 2 SF is a better keyboard than the Keychron K6. The Ducky offers a better typing experience and uses doubleshot PBT keycaps that feel great. It has software support and all its keys are macro-programmable. That said, the Keychron has much quieter switches and can be used wirelessly over Bluetooth.
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.
The Razer Huntsman Mini is slightly better overall than the Ducky One 2 SF, mainly because the Razer has dedicated software for customization. Besides that, there aren't many real differences. The Ducky is available in a wide variety of Cherry MX switches and the Razer is only available with linear or clicky switches.
The Ducky One 2 SF is better overall than the Keychron K3. The Ducky feels better-built, you can set macros to any keys, and it offers a much better typing experience. However, the Keychron is wireless, has multi-device pairing, and it has a function row. Both are available in a variety of switches, so you can easily get the ones you prefer.