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From CM Master Keys Pro S (tkl) to Ducky One 2 Mini?

Thinking about switching from my current CM Master Keys Pro S (TKL) which I'm happy with, to the Ducky One 2 Mini because I would prefer having less width. Has anyone used it before? I've checked out a review and it seems good. In fact, at pccasegear.com.au, there aren't many mini options that forgo the arrow keys all together, and umart.com.au has even less options.

My currently keyboard has Cherry MX brown switches. Not unhappy with them, but thinking perhaps I should try red or blue and see the difference. Also the ducky has silver and several other switch types I've never heard about.

Anyone got experience with the Ducky One 2 Mini?
Would appreciate hearing your thoughts on it.

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I was in a similar situation. I came from a Quickfire TK with browns to the One 2 Mini with silent reds because I wanted to stop smashing my mouse against the keyboard anytime I had to do a quick 180º and I also disliked my experience with tactile switches.

The Ducky has every key you'd need through the use of FN (well, except for alt codes, but that's expected). It's small and works, and that's what I wanted. In regard to silent reds specifically, I expected a better time typing with their spec actuation point. They're not bad, but I seem to occasionally press some keys short of actuation - strangely, more so than with my CM keyboard with browns.

I might try the CM SK621 when it's available here with an ISO layout. The feel of the switches and the brushed aluminum body are very alluring. Since you seem to be an Apple guy, perhaps that one might be an even better match for you.

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I was in a similar situation. I came from a Quickfire TK with browns to the One 2 Mini with silent reds because I wanted to stop smashing my mouse against the keyboard anytime I had to do a quick 180º and I also disliked my experience with tactile switches.

The Ducky has every key you'd need through the use of FN (well, except for alt codes, but that's expected). It's small and works, and that's what I wanted. In regard to silent reds specifically, I expected a better time typing with their spec actuation point. They're not bad, but I seem to occasionally press some keys short of actuation - strangely, more so than with my CM keyboard with browns.

I might try the CM SK621 when it's available here with an ISO layout. The feel of the switches and the brushed aluminum body are very alluring. Since you seem to be an Apple guy, perhaps that one might be an even better match for you.
Have they adjusted the layout with that thing? The SK630 is absolutely terrible for typing and gaming, the board was just made to look cool and nothing else.

Regarding Ducky, I've had some issues with the stabilizers being loose on one side and I'm on my 2nd RMA round to get decent stabs. This is with silents:


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Have they adjusted the layout with that thing? The SK630 is absolutely terrible for typing and gaming, the board was just made to look cool and nothing else.
Can you elaborate?

Regarding the spacebar on the One 2 Mini, mine feels and sounds consistent throughout.

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Can you elaborate?

Regarding the spacebar on the One 2 Mini, mine feels and sounds consistent throughout.
Pretty much all the reviews of the SK630 smash it for the spacing of keys and completely flat keycaps, resulting in much more typing errors than normally

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Pretty much all the reviews of the SK630 smash it for the spacing of keys and completely flat keycaps, resulting in much more typing errors than normally
The spacing doesn't seem a problem at glance, at least for me, but I'd have to test it myself.

The flatness of the keys is, well, kind of by design. Even if it's not as efficient for some to type on them, it's hard to criticize a product whose form and/or function is not the result of an oversight, but rather the intentional decision to provide a different keyboard from the majority.

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Thanks for all the input guys.

Is the Ducky One 2 Mini similar to the SK630? Does it also have flat keys which are bad for typing? That would be a no-go for me because I type a heck of a lot. EDIT: Just checked it out now. I probably wouldn't go a chiclet keyboard though I actually found it really easy to type on when I had my Apple one (could push out 130+ words a minute max).

But I think I like the larger keys so want to stick with that.

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