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DK9008G2 PRO vs DK2108 vs WASD v1

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I've been looking for my first mechanical keyboard for a while now and these are the boards that have really grabbed my interest. I want a no-nonsense keyboard that performs well in all areas. I play all sorts of games (FPS, MMO, RTS...) and I still have to do a lot of work for school (essays and spreadsheets). I don't want usb ports, I don't want backlighting, I don't want a detachable cable and I don't want macro keys. Media keys across the top would be a nice bonus but I find I don't use them much anyways on the keyboard I currently have.

To give you an idea of what I'm using currently, its a $18 Logitech K200. I like the activation force and general feel of the keyboard but in some situations when I'm gaming and typing, I'm running into problems where every keystroke doesn't register. In terms of the switch I want, I think I'm leaning towards browns. Regardless of which type I get, I'm going to be installing o-rings regardless.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126191

Now, onto the main topic... The three keyboards that I have found that I like are those listed in the title. My question is, what is the difference between the Ducky DK9008G2 PRO and the Ducky DK2108? Are there any advantages with going for the WASD keyboard (customization does nothing for me so I'm only interested in its performance) over the Ducky boards listed?

I'm located in the US so if there is a product that you recommend, could you point me in the direction of a trusted retailer?

The DK9008G2 PRO I've located on tankguys.com and the DK2108 I've found on mechanicalkeyboards.com

Any further assistance would be much appreciated.
post #2 of 11
I just got a DK2108 the other day and I'm loving it. Definitely fits what you're describing, we wanted the same things it seems.

Ducky is really top notch, this thing is solid. It weighs a ton for a keyboard, but I see that as a good thing. Has rubber feet that also help to keep it firmly planted. Keys feel wonderful compared to rubber domes, obviously.

One small disappointment (my fault for not looking more closely before buying) is that the media keys are just volume control - mute, up and down. I'm really missing play/pause. There is also a calculator button, which I love, a windows-key lock toggle and a toggle switch for NKRO (not sure why).

It's my first mechanical, so I can't really give a comparison, but I am feeling like I might have preferred some tactile feedback (brown switches instead of black). Not a downside of this keyboard at all, just saying to choose wisely. Also, I think I'm probably wrong, haha.

Anyway, It's your call but I can say for sure that you're probably not going to do any better than Ducky when it comes to the price/quality ratio. I wouldn't worry about price though. Just go with whichever board best fits the features you're looking for, you're going to have it for a long time.

EDIT: I bought my 2108 from mechanicalkeyboards.com, btw. No issues there, smooth transaction and it arrived in good shape.
post #3 of 11
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Price to me is a very important factor. Spending $70-$100 on a keyboard plus o-rings is a stretch for me at the moment.

Does anybody know if there is any significant performance difference between the DK9008G2 PRO or DK2108? The only difference I can determine is the removable cable, DIP switch, WASD backlight, and different media keys on the DK9008G2 PRO. I'm aware of the OCN DK9008G2 PRO but I haven't been able to locate any good pictures. Is everything exactly the same including the removable cable and WASD backlight (I know there is a slight aesthetic difference with the OCN logo)?
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Originally Posted by Bullwinkel View Post

Price to me is a very important factor. Spending $70-$100 on a keyboard plus o-rings is a stretch for me at the moment.

Does anybody know if there is any significant performance difference between the DK9008G2 PRO or DK2108? The only difference I can determine is the removable cable, DIP switch, WASD backlight, and different media keys on the DK9008G2 PRO. I'm aware of the OCN DK9008G2 PRO but I haven't been able to locate any good pictures. Is everything exactly the same including the removable cable and WASD backlight (I know there is a slight aesthetic difference with the OCN logo)?

The idea of a "performance difference" between mechanical keyboards is largely non-existent, the only reasons to go for one board over another are the build quality, aesthetics and feature set.

Personally if your budget would stretch I'd go for the WASD.

You can also see more recommended boards here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1369214/recommended-mechanical-keyboards/
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Paradigm84 View Post

The idea of a "performance difference" between mechanical keyboards is largely non-existent, the only reasons to go for one board over another are the build quality, aesthetics and feature set.

Personally if your budget would stretch I'd go for the WASD.

You can also see more recommended boards here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1369214/recommended-mechanical-keyboards/

Ok fair enough. From what I've gathered, both the Ducky boards and the WASD board are top tier gear. Whether one is of higher build quality at that point is probably a moot point. So if the feel of the keyboards are the same and their durability are practically the same then the decision is down to features. The Ducky boards both offer more features than the WASD. If I buy the WASD board I would be paying for a marginally better build and customization options that I neither want nor need. What would somebody use a "Four buttons On/Off Dip Switch" for?

Is there a reason why the Ducky Shine II gets more up votes than the DK9008G2 PRO or DK2108? The shine variant just appears to be a DK9008G2 with backlights.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by wampastompa View Post

I just got a DK2108 the other day and I'm loving it. Definitely fits what you're describing, we wanted the same things it seems.

Ducky is really top notch, this thing is solid. It weighs a ton for a keyboard, but I see that as a good thing. Has rubber feet that also help to keep it firmly planted. Keys feel wonderful compared to rubber domes, obviously.

One small disappointment (my fault for not looking more closely before buying) is that the media keys are just volume control - mute, up and down. I'm really missing play/pause. There is also a calculator button, which I love, a windows-key lock toggle and a toggle switch for NKRO (not sure why).

It's my first mechanical, so I can't really give a comparison, but I am feeling like I might have preferred some tactile feedback (brown switches instead of black). Not a downside of this keyboard at all, just saying to choose wisely. Also, I think I'm probably wrong, haha.

Anyway, It's your call but I can say for sure that you're probably not going to do any better than Ducky when it comes to the price/quality ratio. I wouldn't worry about price though. Just go with whichever board best fits the features you're looking for, you're going to have it for a long time.

EDIT: I bought my 2108 from mechanicalkeyboards.com, btw. No issues there, smooth transaction and it arrived in good shape.

The Ducky Zero is looking better and better the more I look. I think I'm gonna wait till MK restocks the brown variant (hopefully at $78 and not $84).
post #7 of 11
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I was looking to see what Microcenter offers in terms of mechanical keyboards and I came across a couple Duckys. The first two links don't have any indication of what the model was so I called up my local store and the only thing they could tell me was the model number was DK2108. The next two links are what appear to be DK9008g2 Pro boards. There doesn't appear to be anybody in the store who has any idea of what these boards are so I'm going to see if I can't talk them down any.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/406827/Mechanical_Keyboard
http://www.microcenter.com/product/406828/Mechanical_Keyboard

http://www.microcenter.com/product/397707/Keyboard_with_Red_Switch
http://www.microcenter.com/product/370020/Ducky_Gaming_Keyboard
post #8 of 11
those prices are pretty high, just order it from mechanicalkeyboards.com if you're going to get one of those
post #9 of 11
Hey, FYI - I didn't notice at first but the 2108 keycaps are laser printed, not laser etched. Not a big deal, but the white of the WASD keys is already fading.

The keycaps themselves are very nice PCB, but the printing will wear off somewhat quickly. I'll probably buy a replacement set at some point.
post #10 of 11
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I wouldn't have to pay for shipping so the price would within $7 for the 2108 and it would be cheaper if I got the 9008. I'm going later today to see what switches they have in stock.
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