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15-04-2014


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Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S keyboard review

Although DuckyChannel International Co., Ltd. Company was founded in 1998 and is one of the major Taiwanese manufacturers, in our area it is unknown. Its products are considered as standard for the quality of performance in its occupation, namely mechanical keyboards of classic design.

First 10 years Company was focused on of OEM-manufacturing and was an agent for many of the largest manufacturers of computer devices, in particular for the Japanese company EIZO that produces high-quality screens. The production under brand Ducky was established only in 2008. Currently the producer has 12 mechanical keyboards which are divided into three separate lines: Zero, G2 Pro and Shine. However there are no many differences between them and mainly they consist in the features of the LED backlight, availability USB- cable positions of course pricing.

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

Our familiarity with Taiwanese manufacturer will begin with the keyboard Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S which refers to the most affordable line of Ducky Zero. A distinctive feature of this model is the use of tactile non-click Cherry MX Brown switchers.  However, also there are options with Cherry MX Black, Blue and Red switches.

Producer

Ducky Channel

Model

Zero DK2108S

Interface

USB

Connection

Cable

Sample rate

1000 Hz

Form factor

Classical

Switchers

Mechanical (Cherry MX Brown)

Button number

Main

105

Additional

4

Key Rollover

Two modes: infinite

and up to 6 keys

Button backlighting

LED (blue), 8 brightness levels

Keyboard angle of inclination

7° and 13°

Cable length

1,8 m

Color

Black

Dimension

442x139x41 mm

Weight

1,2 kg

Software

OS

Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 (8.1)

Warranty period

12 month

Producer website

DuckyChannel International Co., Ltd.

Package and content

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S keyboard is supplied in a black cardboard box. Its dimensions are relatively small and design is not attractive. It includes only a few logos with a detailed description of the device capabilities, mainly represented in the form of a series of icons.

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

Manufacturer immediately draws our attention to the fact that the keyboard is not equipped with drop channels for accidentally spilled liquids.

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

Delivery set includes 4 additional gray caps WASD-block and puller for these keycaps, special dust cover, warranty brochure as well as manual with description of basic parameters and list of functional actions.   

Design and element layout

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

Regarding visual side the keyboard Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S is quite an ordinary device, which is made in a classic form factor with a full keyboard. In addition there are very strict shapes, very small side frames and unusually large thickness, especially in comparison with usual membrane keyboards.

Looking for a this product in the memory appear a certain nostalgia for the 90’s, when such legendary good reliability models IBM Model M2 and Mitsumi Classic were wide spread and used.

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

According manufacturer, Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S has a lower level of reliability. In the base of the keyboard a special two-layer printed circuit board is used, and its black color housing is made of thick ABS-plastic with a little textured surface. Interface 1.8 m thick cable with USB connector is additionally equipped with ferrite filter and is necessary to suppress high frequency noise in electrical circuits.

This keyboard does not have only full protection from spills. Of course, in case of contact with a few drops the device will not be damages. But if you will spill a cup of tea or any other beverage the keyboard will be irreplaceable damaged.

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

The quality of a new item is very high along with overall housing rigidity. It is present as monolithic piece of plastic with on-board set of mechanical keys. Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S has neither backlashes nor gaps between housing parts. Besides there are no any typical sounds when trying to pressure or torsion, and its central area do no sag at separated legs.

However, due to this reliable design weight of the device is more than 1.2 kg, which at first glance seems like a disadvantage, but in fact turns into an advantage. Due to the weight, as well as the presence of a large rubber feet on the bottom of the housing the keyboard wonderful clings to desktop surface and does not change its position during the active typing or online battles of your favorite game.

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

The length and width are quite small - 442x139 mm, respectively, it means that the keyboard does not take too much space. Same height is from 18 to 35 mm in normal mode and up to 46 mm with spread out legs. The legs increase the inclination of the upper part from 7° to 13°. Although the result of this spread will be increased of keyboard sliding on the desktop, because folding legs are not equipped with rubber tips.

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

The keyboard layout is classic. It is made according American standard with a single-level key [Enter]. Right [Shift] and [Backspace] in this model are full. Blocks of arrows and system keys, as well as a separate numeric keypad also did not have any changes.

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

In fact, Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S has changed only the location indicators Lock-keys. They are integrated directly into the appropriate buttons, and in their place four additional keys are located: three for volume control and one to open the calculator.

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

One more pleasant feature of the keyboard is functional imposition of certain actions related to key [Fn]. However, there are only 2 visually marked: [Fn]+[F9] -that allows to lock the keys [Windows], and [Fn]+[F12] – changes mode of Key Rollover function from 6 (6KRO) to infinite (NKRO) and vice versa.

Arrangement other functional activities is described in the user guide. So, to increase or decrease the keys brightness you should apply a combination [Fn]+[↑] and [Fn]+[↓] respectively. To jump to the required mode of brightness level you can use a combination from [Fn]+[1] to [Fn]+[7]. Combination [Fn]+[8] runs a pulsed illumination mode, and [Fn]+[0] shuts it off . Also using the combination [Fn]+[S] it is possible to save the selected mode of backlighting which will be activated each time you start your PC. By default, the backlighting is turned off.

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

The main feature of Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S keyboard is its keys, which are based on mechanical switches Cherry MX Brown. They are characterized by the tactile response and the absence of typical clicks at pressing. These switches are considered as the most balanced and equally suitable for gaming, due to a close operate and release points, as well as for typing. Pressing force required to operate the switches (i.e. of the pass in 2mm) is 45 g (55 g peak position). For full-pressing at 4 mm pass is necessary to apply a force equal to 60g.

For better clarity we suggest to familiarize with the comparison of some switches characteristics of Cherry MX line:

Switcher type

Response

Click

Force before response , g

Force before full pressing, g

Red*

Linear

No

45

65

Brown*

Tactile

No

45 (55 peak position)

60

Blue*

Tactile

Yes

50 (60 peak position)

65

Clear

Tactile

No

55 (65 peak position)

95

Black*

Linear

No

60

90

Green

Tactile

Yes

80 (90 peak position)

105

* – available in various model Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S types

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

Keycaps are high profile, i.e. they have classical trapezoidal shape with cylindrical upper edge. In addition they have smooth surface and are characterized by the presence of the UV-coating. At the base the dimensions of the cap are 18 x 18 mm and 12 x 14 mm at the upper edge and the height is 11 mm.

An important feature of key construction is the creation of a different keycaps angle of slope: the far row of keys is more inclined to the user, and the near has a little slope away from the user. As a result, such solution has a positive effect on the convenience and speed of typing. However to replace one or the other cap will be impossible otherwise ergonomics will be damaged.

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

However, the process of caps removing for cleaning (or cleaning the entire keyboard) is very easy, especially when using the packaged puller. You need to pick up the necessary cap and gently pull it up. Slight problems can occur only with the removal of long keycaps that have a pair of additional fasteners. At the same time the scope of delivery includes replaceable WASD- block of gray color (without Cyrillic symbols), allowing you to quickly find the right keys in the case of keyboard application during gaming.

Symbol application on key surface is quite qualitative although it has its some peculiarities. It is performed by laser engraving either in Latin or Cyrillic alphabet. Readability of symbols is high, but because of gray color only in good ambient light or activated backlighting.

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S Ducky Channel Zero DK2108S

Backlighting is blue (in addition orange backlighting is available) and characterized by very high brightness at maximum capacity. However the uniformity is not so smooth due to the particular conditions of LED layout. They are placed on top of a mechanical switch, i.e. directly under the Latin characters. Due to this fact it is worse to read the Cyrillic, additional symbols and long signs.


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