V – 8.5/10
P – 9/10
F – 10/10
D – 8/10
U – 8/10
Total – 8.7/10
Verdict: A great and versatile keyboard for gaming and work.
As a part-time gamer and full-time writer, I have always had a penchant for mechanical keyboards ever since I was introduced to them during the days when competitive gaming was still in its infancy. Whether it’s because growing up using a typewriter has got me used to the audible clicks or it just makes me feel productive, your guess is as good as mine.
I could begin to explain why I enjoyed typing on the Ducky Channel One mechanical keyboard, but that would mean there would not be enough space for the other reviews. To keep it short, typing on a mechanical keyboard is one of the best feelings a writer can have. Not only would the audible clicks pressure of the keys make you feel productive, it actually leads to a higher level of productivity when I’m working.
Although the response time for the keyboard is not as quick I expected it to be, it is still more than satisfying to continuously type away with. Thanks to the slim and narrow design of the bezel, the Ducky Channel One keyboard was kept with a simplistic and minimalistic look without any affecting its performance.
Backlight Modes Galore
The Ducky Channel One keyboard allows you to choose up to six different backlight modes, allowing you to have all sorts of fun with it. The first mode is the 100% Full Backlight Mode where all individual keys are lit up. You can also choose as to what colour and how bright you want it to be. The next would be Breathing Mode where each key rhythmically fade in and out of colour, creating a calm and peaceful setting.
Raindrop Mode is one of my preferred settings as a key will light up and fade out at any random time while the Reactive Mode is also a favourite as an LED will light up the moment pressure is added to a key. What makes these two modes great is you can also customise as to what LED colour would appear. The Ripple Mode is another function where each key press will generate a wave of light rushing outwards.
Cherry MX Switches
Using a mechanical keyboard is a lot like driving a Mercedes; you know it’s expensive, yet you buy it because you know nothing can go wrong with precise German engineering. True enough, the Cherry MX Blue switches installed in the keyboard were manufactured and tested in Germany. Known as one of the more common clicky switches, the Cherry MX Blue is the perfect type of switches to have in a keyboard for typists due to its tactile bump and its audible clicks.
Customisable Macro Keys
For further improvement into your typing abilities or gaming, the Ducky Channel One keyboard allows you to set up to five different macro key profiles, based on your preference. Now you can set different macro key profiles for various games that require some serious micro-managing of your resources. Another nifty feature introduced into the keyboard is the Windows common function keys, which allows you to fully utilise your Windows computer without having to use a mouse with just a click of a button.
Written by Wi-Liam