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I Used a Ducky One 2 Rosa, and Now I Love It

Ducky One 2 Rosa

I Used a Ducky One 2 Rosa, and Now I Love It

Do you like mechanical keyboards and the Lunar New Year? I do! That’s why I bought myself a Ducky One 2 Rosa, the special version of the Ducky One 2 keyboard themed for Year of the Ox. Now, I am extremely easy to sell things to. Slap some Lunar New Year-themed stuff onto something, and I’ll throw money at you like it’s going out of style. However, let’s see if this keyboard is worth purchasing.

What Does Ducky Channel Promise with the One 2 Rosa?

Ducky One 2 Rosa keyboard
The keycaps have three different color schemes. (Coffee stains not included.)

Ducky Channel promises several features, most of which are on all versions of the One 2 keyboard. Let’s examine those.

Great for Gaming and Everyday Use
Ducky One 2 Mechanical Keyboard (Kailh Box Brown)
  • 108 keys with double-shot PBT keycaps
  • RGB LED backlighting
  • Genuine Kailh Box Brown switches
  • Dual-layer PCB
  • Detachable USB-C cable
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Bezel Design

Ducky Channel redesigned the One 2’s bezel. However, they did their best to maintain the One’s sleek design while improving the comfort and appearance of the keyboard’s frame. However, this is also a full-size keyboard. So, some portions of the keyboard—like the arrow keys—have a larger bezel than others.

Double-Shot PBT Keycaps

Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) keycaps are becoming more common. However, most standard mechanical keyboards continue to be outfitted with more economical acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) keycaps.

ABS keycaps are smooth, relatively durable, and cheap to produce. However, they wear down during usage, and older keycaps may become thin or even crack. They can also become shiny and almost greasy if they’re too cheap.

On the other hand, PBT keycaps are more expensive to produce because the material is more rigid, making it harder to mold into the keycap shape. However, they’re more durable than ABS ones. Typically, they have a sort of “sandy” texture and a matte finish.

Cherry MX Switches

They’re the standard for a reason. Cherry MX switches are reliable, durable, and responsive, all the things you want out of a mechanical keyboard switch. At least, that’s all the things I want out of a keyboard switch. You can get your Ducky One 2 Rosa with Cherry MX Blue (Clicky), Red (Linear), Brown (Tactile), Black, Silver, or Silent Red switches.

USB-C HID

The keyboard’s interface is a sleek USB-C with a 1000 Hz polling rate, meaning it sends signals to your computer 1000 times per second.

Three Leg Heights

You can choose the most comfortable height and angle for your keyboard with adjustable legs set to three different settings.

Keyboard Indicator Lights

The keyboard has separate indicator lights for Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, and Arrow Key functions.

My Modification Choices for My Ducky One 2 Rosa

I have made a few changes to the de facto construction of my Ducky One 2 Rosa. First of all, there is one customizable feature: the switches. I chose Cherry MX Reds for this keyboard. My rationale was that I wanted the keyboard for work (Hi, this is what I do for work), and I needed a keyboard that was light to the touch so I could write for hours on end without getting achy fingers.

Additionally, I’m not even sure I’ve ever used the cable with the keyboard for anything. If I’m being candid, I don’t know where it is. I don’t think I even unwrapped the little twist tie on it. It’s not a bad cable or anything; I just use this keyboard with my laptop, and it only has USB-C inputs. So, I swapped the cable for an Anker 6ft USB-C to USB-C cable.

I did not make any significant modifications to the keyboard.

The Best Parts of the Ducky One 2 Rosa

Cherry MX Red switches lack the tactile click sound of Cherry MX Blues. However, you always have clicky switches if you bottom the keys out like I do.

Obviously, my review is colored by my choices in keyboard switches. If you choose a different type of keyboard switch, you’ll have a different experience with the keyboard. However, let’s review some things I like about the keyboard.

PBT Keycaps

The first thing I love is the PBT keycaps. I’ve had a lot of keyboards with cheap ABS keycaps, and I can’t stand when the keys start to get greasy and slick. I love the feel of the PBT, and the matte colors look beautiful.

They’re also really durable. I’ve taken the keycaps off to clean them several times and haven’t noticed any wear on them at all despite using them to write for eight or more hours daily.

One thing you will notice in the pictures of my keyboard is the nail polish stains on my keycaps. That’s because I’m gross and impatient. It’s not a defect of the keycap or the paint.

Cherry MX Switches

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: I love Cherry MX switches and don’t care if that makes me basic. I typically prefer clicky switches as I like the tactile click noise. I have trouble with my vision. So, the click sound helps me identify when the keypress should be registered more easily.

However, the Cherry MX Reds on this keyboard feel like a dream. They are so light and easy to press. It really takes the stress off my fingers and makes my job easier.

Cherry MX switches are the industry darling for a reason. They’re reliable, easy to access, and they work well. This keyboard is an excellent choice for someone looking for a higher-quality build with Cherry MX switches that don’t break the bank.

Expressive Theme

This is a very personal opinion, but I am a sucker for expressive themes in my gear. As a flamboyant Asian American, I love the Lunar New Year and have a blast every year. As I said above, you can pretty much slap some Lunar New Year stuff on anything, and I will eat that up like I’m starving.

However, this keyboard goes above and beyond with the expression. While many companies would likely focus on the keycaps, Ducky Channel decked out the whole frame in a glorious, slightly metallic crimson that’s sure to bring me good fortune in my everyday life.

The keys have three different color schemes: pink with black legends, black with red legends, and red with pink legends, giving the keyboard a cohesive but dynamic look.

The Worst Things About the Ducky One 2 Rosa

The one tricky thing about this keyboard is the limited availability of not only the keyboard but replacement parts for it. It’s almost impossible to find the keyboard now, and Ducky Channel does not sell replacement keycaps. This issue means that when the keycaps eventually wear out, I won’t be able to replace them.

Ducky One 2 Rosa
The switches are soldered to the PCB, which makes them harder to replace.

Additionally, the keyboard is soldered, meaning the switches are welded to the PCB. I have a soldering iron and soldering experience in building keyboards, but taking apart a whole keyboard and desoldering all the switches is a colossal task. Since they don’t make the keyboard anymore, I can’t just replace the entire unit either.

Alternatives to the Ducky One 2 Rosa

Smooth and Quiet
Ducky One 2 SF Keyboard (Kailh Box Red)
$109.00
  • 65% keyboard
  • Petite bezel design
  • Dedicated arrow keys, delete, page up, and page down
  • Black, double-shot PBT keycaps with backlit legends
  • Hotswap sockets
  • RGB LEDs
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03/12/2024 12:27 am GMT

Look, this keyboard is just a pretty Ducky One 2 unit. It is functionally the same build as every other full-size Ducky One 2. So, if you’re interested in this keyboard, pick up a Ducky One 2. I would recommend a Ducky One 3, but there is one significant difference between them.

The Ducky One 3 full-sized keyboard is hot-swappable, meaning the key switches can be removed from the PCB without a soldering iron. Hot-swappable keyboards can be less stable than soldered ones, and it is definitely possible to experience switch wobble when using a hot-swappable keyboard—more so than with a soldered one, for sure.

So, if you’re looking at this review as a guide and want the closest possible experience to what I have with my keyboard, get a Ducky One 2 unit. There are many units, both full-size and TKL, that you can still buy from many retailers. Ducky Channel recommends Amazon as one of their primary USA retailers.

  1. Ducky One 2 Mechanical Keyboard (Kailh Box Brown)
    • 108 keys with double-shot PBT keycaps
    • RGB LED backlighting
    • Genuine Kailh Box Brown switches
    • Dual-layer PCB
    • Detachable USB-C cable
    Buy Now

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  2. Ducky One 2 SF Keyboard (Kailh Box Red)
    $109.00
    • 65% keyboard
    • Petite bezel design
    • Dedicated arrow keys, delete, page up, and page down
    • Black, double-shot PBT keycaps with backlit legends
    • Hotswap sockets
    • RGB LEDs
    Buy Now

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    03/12/2024 12:27 am GMT

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