Every once in a while, mainstream manufacturers take a leap of faith and partner with another manufacturer, to deliver a product that is the best of both worlds, potentially better than the sum of both parts. Instances like this are what has us here today, with not only one of the most compact keyboards we have reviewed at TweakTown, but with a partnership between a new but reliable switch brand, and arguably one of the best keyboard makers on the planet. While most mainstream users may admire Ducky for their “Year of the …” designs they have seen around the internet, like us, have never had the chance to have one under our hands to appreciate the caliber of the product they offer.
For those in the know of the higher-end mechanical keyboard game will know that Ducky already released the One2 Mini RGB keyboard, but until now, they were only available with Cherry MX or Kailh switches. Building on that design, HyperX had some of their ideas as to what could make this sixty-percent keyboard even better! Mainly by offering their in-house brand of HyperX red linear switches, but with other incentives to make you desire this version over the original. More specifically, a couple of the PBT keycaps are unique for this model, the color of the frame is different, and of course, a longer lifespan due to the use of the HyperX switches!
If you are familiar with the Ducky product, most of what you are going to see will be very familiar, but for those who haven’t, you are in for quite a ride! What you are about to see is one of the smallest, most portable, lightest, feature-rich mechanical keyboard, with absolutely no need for software! We do realize that the One2 Mini RGB from the cooperation of HyperX and Ducky is a niche product. Still, it helps both companies, as Ducky can offer more options to their users, and a mainstream company like HyperX gets a significant bump in quality and cool points by bringing Ducky out of the shadows and into the light for all to see.
However, if you do like what you are about to see, only 3700 are made, for the globe, as this is a limited edition product, which we feel you will like, no matter your stance on its form factor!
Bouncing between the information HyperX had ready and what we could confirm is still valid on the Ducky product page, we cobbled together the specifications chart you see above. From HyperX, we got the model number of this version, which is known as the HKBDMX-1C-US/G, but with availability in only one location, its model number becomes a non-issue when looking to obtain it. The One2 Mini is 302mm from left to right, it is 108mm front to back, and without one of the multipole feet used, the back of it sits 40mm high. Without the cable included, the keyboard weighs in at a svelte 599 grams, or 1.3 pounds, and comes only in the 60-percent form factor, which is a TKL, without the command and arrow keys!
Our HyperX version is based on HyperX red linear switches, which boast an eighty-million click lifespan, and shorter travel than standard mechanical switches of years gone by. We also see mentions of anti-ghosting support being included, as well as NKRO support, and even some multimedia functionality as well. The keycaps are double-shot PBT allowing the per-key RGB illumination to shine through, as well as adding longevity. The cable is slightly shorter than most but attaches to the keyboard via USB Type-C, which also means it is detachable, and the last thing we see is that the One2 Mini RGB from HyperX comes with a two-year warranty.
Crosschecking against the specifications at Ducky, we see mentions of things like the US QWERTY, ANSI layout. We understand that the frame is made of plastic, top, and bottom, but in this model, the top is black, and the bottom is bright red to go with HyperX colors! Each of the switches is mounted to a white plate, which helps to reflect the lighting adding a better glow to the One 2 Mini. A couple of other things worth a mention is that Ducky shows full Windows support, and even Linux, but with Mac, compatibility is limited.
We also saw from both camps the mention of Ducky Macro 2.0, and while you may think it is software, it is hardware, and is what allows the One2 Mini RGB to be customized with nothing more than time, keypresses, and testing to ensure it took!
With all of the information we gathered, we did get the MSRP. We do know that the Ducky One2 Mini RGB can be had at $99.00 at mechanicalkeyboards.com with free shipping, but again, your choices are lesser lived Cherry or Kailh switch options. If you want the collaborative model you are about to see from HyperX and Ducky, you will have to pay a tad more, but only to the tune of 109.99!
Sadly, with this being a limited edition product, the only place you will locate it at is the HyperX Online Shop, and as of this moment, we are not sure about tax and shipping.
After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.
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