HyperX Ducky One 2 Mini mechanical keyboard is small in size and big on lighting features
These days, a desktop PC setup doesn't have to imply a hulking box with bulky keyboards and accessories. Users who prefer minimalist designs or have limited space now have plenty of options ranging from mini PCs to wireless mice, narrow-bezel displays, or ultra-compact keyboards.
The amusingly named HyperX Ducky One 2 Mini mechanical keyboard is an ultra-compact limited edition keyboard designed for gaming PC setups that can also work for typical office use. As a 60 percent keyboard, it drops the dedicated arrow keys and NumPad keys in favor of a smaller footprint akin to the latest Razer Huntsman Mini.
HyperX sent us a unit for our impressions and, after a few days of heavy use, we're impressed by the quality and general typing experience. The per-key RGB red switches, PBT keycaps, and uniform key feedback make typing a breeze. It may look tiny, but the keyboard doesn't feel cramped at all. Clatter is higher-pitched than our Rosewill K85 Brown switches while being much softer than our Razer BlackWidow V3 Green switches.
There are, however, several smaller nitpicks that frustrate the experience somewhat. Firstly, the dark gray font on the keycaps contrast poorly against the black keycaps meaning it is difficult to read each key if the backlight is disabled. Secondly, the printing on the sides of the keycaps are not lit at all and so they are even more difficult to see. A whiter font color would have addressed both of these issues as seen on many laptops with keyboard backlight options.
The next notable disadvantage is that the edges and corners of the keyboard are raised in contrast to the flatter Rosewill K85 or Razer BlackWidow V3. Though this improves rigidity, it also means that dust, crumbs and hair will collect between the keys more easily over time. You'll have to remove each key individually to clean off most of the dirt underneath.
Fortunately, the drawbacks don't detract from the core typing or gaming experience. We find the HyperX Ducky to be comfortable and responsive with accessible RGB features that don't rely on optional software.
The HyperX Ducky One 2 Mini is now available in limited quantities for $109 USD in the United States and $149 in Canada. See the official product page below for more information on its specifications.