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Ducky Zero Series DK2108

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The Dk Shine 2 is the high-end of the Dk series, while the G2 PRO is the middle-end, followed by the low-endDk1008. The Dk1008 is now discontinued, but it is replaced with the new Zero series. The Zero series contains upgraded materials including dual layered PCB boards, dual layered keycaps, and 5 back lit LED keycaps (Caps, Num, and Scroll lock, F10 and F12). Function USB switch, N-Key Rollover, USB N-Key Rollover (USB NKRO), 6-Key, and Windows lock key capabilities are also included. The Dk2108 (Dk Zero) mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches are divided into black, blue, brown, and red switches. The Zero series’ name can be seen as derived from the saying “Returning to basics, starting from Zero”, or if one has no, or “Zero”, knowledge of keyboards, it is a gateway keyboard. The price of each switch differs ranging from 79 to 85 dollars.


The Ducky Zero Series production box front just like the Dkshine2 design simple and clean , only showing the name of the series. Zero's named source is Returning to basics, starting from Zero”,


Behind the box of Ducky Zero DK2108, shows the main function of the Zero series for example, lock Windows key, volume adjustment key, Cherry MX switch, PCB-layer board, laser engraved keycap and as well as support for USB N-Key Rollover. This keyboard is manufactured is in China.


This is only the sample version of the keyboard, but the final product will include accessories (WASD replacement keycaps, dust cover and keycap puller) as well as a user manual.


Ducky launched the “Zero Duck”, a duck designed specifically for the Zero Series.


The Duck behind Zero Ducky Zero Series user manual, the basic specifications and functions set instructions.


Two different viewing angles of the Ducky Zero DK2108.



Ducky DK2108 tilted design is better than ever so that no matter how tall the height of the last row is, typing will be more comfortable.


Ducky Zero DK2108 uses the USB interface. Since this is a low-cost entry model, they do not add the gold plating on the connector.


Close look at Ducky Zero DK2108.



Behind the back of Ducky Zero DK2108


Ducky Zero DK2108 F10, F12 key to lock Windows key, and switch to USB N-Key Rollover function, these buttons trigger via the Fn key in the lower-right corner.



Ducky Zero duck functionality as the Windows key, the entire keyboard only had one Windows key.


The F key has a pop out horizontal design for the Ducky Zero DK2108


Ducky Zero DK2108 has a raised round design for the Num Pad 5 button


Ducky Zero DK2108 keycap printing uses laser printing. If you don’t know what laser printing is, it is laser foam technology, which means that the black keycaps are added with special ABS materials. When the laser burner touches the keycap’s surface, in addition to the depression created, heated white bubbles fill the entire groove where the depressiong was made by the laser. This makes the white in the keycap very accentuated. However, by using this kind of keycap, the disadvantage is that playing for a long time may scale the colors due to the user's hand leaving prints. TheDucky G2 PRO contains extra UV coating to prevent the keycaps from darkening and getting dirty.


Ducky Zero DK2108 keycap from behind.


The test version of Ducky Zero DK2108 Cherry black switch feels easy for a straight up and down usage with less resistance. It does not feel like the previous black switch in which you would need more pressure.


Ducky Zero DK2108 uses a satellite proxy switch design, for users that want to remove the keycap more easily.


Ducky DK2108 Backspace key and the Enter key are long keys and also are based on the usage the design of the satellite switches.


As for the number pad elongated keys, they are also designed using the satellite proxy switches.


Ducky Zero DK2108 5 PUSH BUTTON: Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, Number Lock, F10, F12, are created using a two-color molding prcoess to produce these keycaps, the outcome produced are Illuminating keycaps, as opposed to adding a piece of transparent plastic in. As for the front of the printed portion, it is done the same way as the other keycaps using laser print technology.


Ducky DK2108’s special function keys F10 and F12 with their keycaps removed can seen below and above each of the mechanical switches is an LED light.


Ducky Zero DK2108 keyboard below standing and put away in Fig.


The Ducky Zero DK2108 canceled the wiring separation design to change and fix the outlet. With the outlet’s location in the middle pulling the wire from the left or right will be easier to adjust and make it more convenient.


Ducky Zero DK2108 dismantles easily, you do not need to remove the screws directly on the upper and lower lid separately. Simply use the latch between the fixed joints. However it is not recommended that one does not manually remove them to avoid causing damage.


Ducky Zero DK2108 internal ground wire design, wiring from the circuit board to the iron plate.


When the Ducky Zero DK2108’s plate screw is removed, you can then remove the under cover


Ducky's LOGO can be seen in Ducky Zero DK2108 circuit board. The PCB double-layered board uses the whole piece and reduces the failure rate.


Ducky Zero DK2108 in each of the mechanical axis of the rear diode, plus keys to avoid conflict.


When you plug in the USB cable, you can see the green light.


Ducky Zero DK2108 the left side Caps Lock key’s light is designed at the top of it.


Ducky Zero DK2108 function keys F10 and F12, also use green lights. The entire keyboard with back-lit keys uses the same color light.


Ducky Zero DK2108 the keyboard at level view.
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Any idea if this will come in a tenkeyless design and possible in nordic ISO layout?
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Do you know if this keyboard works under Mac OS X?
By working, I mean volume keys natively recognized by OS X.
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just bought this keyboard yesterday (mx brown switches) I love it so much. this is my first mechanical keyboard ever so I hope I made the right decision smile.gif
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Originally Posted by tanguyk View Post

Do you know if this keyboard works under Mac OS X?
By working, I mean volume keys natively recognized by OS X.
My Zero just arrived (first mechanical keyboard!) and it is almost perfect on both of the Macs I have access to. The volume and mute keys work, the only problem is that the calculator key isn't recognised. The Zero doesn't let you swap the command and alt keys, but since OS X already provides this functionality it's not really a problem.

The big surprise was that NKRO works! I thought Macs didn't support this, but the keyboard definitely registers more simultaneous key presses than I have fingers when NKRO is on.

I'm really happy with the feel of the keyboard so far, but I don't have anything to compare to. Now all I need is a tenkeyless version to use at work biggrin.gif
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The volume and mute keys work [...] The Zero doesn't let you swap the command and alt keys, but since OS X already provides this functionality it's not really a problem.

Thanks a lot for these informations!
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I just ordered this keyboard for work, shows up in another day or two. I'll be interested to see if it inspires me to finally retire my ancient Model M at home.
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Would love if they had a tenkeyless version, once you go tenkeyless, just can't go back to a full keyboard.
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I'm the opposite. I use the numpad for work especially, but then even in some games (when playing on Project 1999, 1-9 on the numpad are my spell gems). I like tenkeyless for a portable keyboard, but everything else I need the real deal.
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The volume and mute keys work, the only problem is that the calculator key isn't recognised.

Just received my keyboard. The 2 volume keys work, the mute key does not: it shows a OS X widget but the sound is not muted. Under Windows it works fine of course.http://www.overclock.net/t/1343893/ducky-zero-series-dk2108#

Edit: the mute button does not work on my hackintosh because of the sound card, not the keyboard cf https://github.com/tkrotoff/Gigabyte-GA-Z77-DS3H-rev1.1-Hackintosh/issues/3
Edited by tanguyk - 5/27/13 at 8:59am
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