Ducky x Fallout Keyboard Review: The Perfect Peripheral for Wasteland Fans

April 15, 2024 by No Comments

Fallout is one of those old gaming franchises that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. This is fantastic news for fans of the series – it dates back to 1997 – and a fantastic fact for collectors who make up a huge portion of the die-hard Fallout fanbase. For the ultimate Fallout fan, there’s the Ducky x Fallout One 3 RGB Keyboard, a brilliant licensed creation from the Taiwanese manufacturer that’s the perfect peripheral for those looking to explore the vast waste of the Fallout universe on PC.

Introducing: Ducky One 3

Being a lifelong Fallout fan, I was immediately struck by the first-blush perfection of the Ducky x Fallout keyboard as soon as I unboxed it. It arrives in excellent form from Overclockers, housed in a themed box with Fallout branding bursting from the cover. That was the start of my intense relationship with Ducky One 3, which didn’t take long to occupy my radar before the Fallout crossover emerged from its vault.

At first glance, the Ducky One 3 looks like a ‘normal keyboard’. The Ducky x Fallout model comes exclusively in full-sized format, which is a little disappointing as I prefer ‘tenkeyless’ designs, but it’s not a deal breaker. Once you start handling the Ducky x Fallout keyboard, you’ll quickly realize how polished and well-built the device is. It weighs a ton and is arguably the most solidly built keyboard I’ve ever used – it really does feel like it could survive a nuclear apocalypse.

In terms of the overall structure of the Ducky x Fallout keyboard, everything is where you’d expect it to be. For the Fallout fan, the branding is on point, with Vault-Tec colors running across the keyboard — and true fans can pop out some of the keycaps and replace them with limited-edition, Fallout-themed caps that are cool and authentically designed. There’s also something special about those keys – they feature Ducky’s ‘quack mechanics’, a term used to describe the production process of the keycaps – they’re made from PBT, known as the best, strongest plastic possible for keycaps.

Now, pairing those PBT keycaps with Cherry Silent Red switches I opted for dreamy typing and button press results. It’s an exceptional keyboard for gaming or work, the sound, typing, bounce back and tuning are almost flawless. It takes little weight to manipulate the keys, and the feedback provided by the cherry silent red switches is nothing short of amazing. I’m writing this review on the Ducky x Fallout keyboard, funnily enough – and it feels great.

The Ducky Fallout keyboard also comes with Cherry Blue, Cherry Red, Cherry Brown and Cherry Speed ​​Silver switches to help match your personality.

Practical performance

Let’s look at the more practical parts of this Ducky x Fallout review. At £159.99 (this is what the keyboard retails for On the Overclockers website), the Ducky x Fallout keyboard is on the higher end of the peripheral spectrum, but that’s a small price to pay for the budding Fallout fan interested in PC gaming.

I’ve used the Ducky x Fallout keyboard in a wide variety of games, including:

  • Fall 76
  • Battlefield 2042
  • Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3
  • Escape from Tarkov
  • Rainbow Six: Siege

While this isn’t the kind of keyboard an esports pro player would choose, it has a solid profile and positioning that makes it excellent for gaming. However, this is where one of my minor gripes emerged. I find the keyboard legs aren’t that great at holding up ‘under strain’. If you’re a gamer who moves their keyboard around, or perhaps is short on space, you’ll find the keyboard’s weighted friction legs fold easily – I decided to leave them fully folded. This is happening.

On that note, my second gripe should be mentioned. The keys are very high-profile, standing out against the keyboard frame – which looks amazing thanks to the deep-feeling RGB lights – but it obscures some aspects of the keyboard, namely the ‘lock indicators’. I found that I couldn’t notice if I pressed the Scroll Lock or Caps Lock key because the number pad obscured the little white lights from my view.

I’m also not too happy with the lack of ‘see-through’ or backlit keycaps – it makes the keyboard difficult to use in the dark, and RGB doesn’t help the situation much either. If you’re not a touch-typer or familiar with keyboard layouts, you’ll have problems:

Like I said, minor pain.

One element that bugs users is the lack of software. Ducky offers none in the application and all RGB features are controlled via hotkeys on the keyboard. It’s not a huge deal, but for some, it might prevent a sale.

Ultimately, I can happily assert that the Ducky x Fallout Keyboard is one of the best PC peripherals I’ve ever used. As a Fallout fan, the color palette and subtle branding speak very clearly to me, and the cherry silent red switches combined with the ‘quack mechanics’ of the keycaps make for an excellent typing experience. It smacks of durability and feels like one of the most premium keyboards I’ve ever used, even if it’s not much Expensive Best keyboard I’ve ever used – it’s amazing. Now, I’m going to take my ducky keyboard and venture back into the wasteland – see you there.

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