Ducky & HyperX Made A BABY Gaming Keyboard!
This is the HyperX x Ducky One 2 Mini, which is the result of a collaboration between two of the most interesting brands in the keyboard sector. Now there is no denying the fact that compact keyboards are very, very popular among keyboard enthusiasts, so it’s not surprising to see some exciting new products popping up.
We can start a whole conversation that would last for hours and hours discussing the chassis, the PCB, the switches, the stabilizers, switch lubes, the list just keeps going on. However, there is another market where people are looking for something to start with, something that offers good quality switches, good stabilizers, RGB lighting, customizability, but most importantly something that comes in a small compact form factor.
Now most of you are aware of Ducky and the amazing mechanical keyboards they offer. Most of you are also aware of HyperX, they make great gaming peripherals, so it’s very refreshing to see both of these players collaborate to bring you this limited edition mechanical keyboard. Limited is the operative word since unfortunately they are only making 3,700 units worldwide and they are going to be priced at $110 USD, which is $10 more than the standard One 2 Mini from Ducky.
So what’s really new? Well there is actually not a whole lot new with this keyboard. In fact, from the outside it looks identical to the standard model. You get the 60% layout with the same chassis that’s made out of plastic, and HyperX comes in with their dual-tone red and black color scheme. The bottom now has this bright red glossy finish that looks pretty cool, but it’s not my cup of tea. I prefer matte finishes but it doesn’t really matter because no one’s going to look at the bottom anyway. I should also mention that this keyboard still comes with the two step angle adjustments just like the standard One 2 Mini. By the way, since this is a limited edition run each unit is laser marked with its own unique edition number, so if you want to feel special this is probably the keyboard for you.
Out of the box you get a removable USB Type-C cable, it’s not braided, which I love so thank you HyperX and Ducky. You also get a keycap puller, additional red color keycaps, and a Ducky Year of the Rat spacebar, which looks really nice especially with the LEDs enabled. The keycaps are double shot PBT with excellent matte texture and the LED shine through looks phenomenal. One thing that did bother me was the HyperX Escape key looks inconsistent compared to the rest, it for sure is not Double Shot PBT, it’s just regular ABS plastic. It’s a bit of an odd move for a limited edition keyboard in my opinion.
RGB lighting looks great, the white floor really helps emphasize the lighting in darker situations just like the standard Ducky keyboard. This keyboard is also driverless just like the standard model, so make sure you don’t lose the included manual because it walks you through the secondary functions, recording macros, RGB lighting control, etc, basically everything we have come to expect from a Ducky keyboard.
What’s really new is the implementation of HyperX Red linear-style switches. If you recall these are the same switches from the HyperX Alloy Origins full-size keyboard that I looked at a while back. Now to be honest they remind me of Gateron Reds, which isn’t really a bad thing because they are pretty fast and you don’t experience any tactile bump given their linear characteristics. The actuation point is slightly lower at 1.8mm, with a total travel distance of 3.8mm, so it’s technically faster than Cherry MX Red switches. You also get a lifespan of 80 million keystrokes versus 50 million on Cherry switches. These also use the same MX stem design, so you can easily swap out the pieces with your own set of custom keycaps, which is pretty cool.
Also, let’s not forget that Ducky made this keyboard, and they wouldn’t ever be willing to sacrifice on quality, so when you combine these new switches with good stabilizers and high quality Double Shot PBT keycaps the typing and gaming experience feels different and better compared to your average mechanical keyboard.
Finally, I want to conclude with some of my own thoughts about this keyboard. While it is amazing to see both HyperX and Ducky collaborate to bring you this limited edition keyboard – which I’m pretty sure is going to run out in the next 24 hours once this article goes live, so you better get to it as fast as possible – I really wish they offered this in larger quantities so that it would give Ducky exposure in regions where you can’t easily buy a Ducky keyboard. Now I’m not into 60% keyboards and this form factor is certainly not for me. The small size significantly affects my workflow when I’m editing in DaVinci Resolve or creating charts in Excel, because it doesn’t come with dedicated arrow keys or a dedicated Delete key and that’s something that I truly missed from my Varmilo VA87M TKL keyboard. I just really love that keyboard and it suits me well. I would have been perfectly fine with the One 2 SF, which is a 65% layout that has dedicated arrow and Delete keys. That would have made life a lot easier for me personally, but this One 2 Mini is just not for me.
On that note, thank you so much for reading, I hope you all are staying safe and healthy. If you’re interested in a full in-depth review of the Ducky One 2 Mini, you can check out our review right here. We have also done a lot of coverage on these keyboards, which again are super popular keyboards at the moment. I’m sure a lot of you will be excited about this collaboration, and if you really want one of these you better get to it as fast as possible because like I said it is a limited edition run.