+ Aesthetically pleasing
- No included wrist rest
+ Wide colour selection
- Super bright indicator light
+ Good typing experience
Ducky One 3 TKL - Matcha
It’s definitely been a while since we reviewed a keyboard, I am a sucker for a good keyboard that can help improve my productivity and comfort while working all day. This is why I am trying out the Ducky One 3 TKL in Matcha.
Unboxing & Design
The Ducky One 3 comes in a black box that has the logo and the model, a pretty plain box with nothing much going on.
Upon opening the box, you will be greeted with the following items:
Ducky One 3 TKL Matcha
Type-A to Type-C cable
On first impression, I noticed that the keyboard had a very strong pastel finish but the extra keycaps had strong green accents just in case one wants to dress it up.
If this is a little too subtle for your liking, there are other options which are in the colours, Fuji, Daybreak, White, and Classic.
The keyboard comes with a more solid body thanks to the plastic bodice and metal baseplate. The metal definitely adds more weight making it look so much more premium and expensive compared to other keyboards in this price range.
Unfortunately for us RGB-crazy people, this keyboard doesn’t come with any RGB lights; it does however come with individually backlit keys that can be set up by following the instructions provided in the manual.
This keyboard also has the usual light indicator for Caps Lock and other media keys, the light it comes with is super bright and cannot be adjusted. Pro-tip, don't stare at it in the dark.
The key caps, on the other hand, are made out of double-shot PBT keycaps which have a frosted finish and are shine as well as stain-resistant. Straight out of the box, the keyboard is different compared to other ones I’ve tried before because of the frosted keycaps.
In terms of ergonomics, the Ducky One 3 comes with three keyboard tilt angles for a better experience. I prefer using the highest tilt as it allows me to rest my wrist on the table when typing making it more comfortable.
Unfortunately, the Ducky One 3 doesn’t come with a wrist rest but one can opt to buy it separately.
This keyboard is equipped with Cherry MX switches and my keyboard has brown switches. Cherry MX Switches are globally known for their performance, durability, and comfort towards their user.
Aside from being equipped with Cherry MX Switches, this keyboard is also hot-swappable so if Cherry MX switches are not your cup of tea, the choice of switches is endless.
Apart from the normal keyboard keys, this keyboard also comes with customizable media keys. The manual provided is rather short but one can download the full user guide on Ducky’s website.
Typing was not difficult and I did not leave any unwanted fingerprint marks on the keycaps even while snacking (not telling you to snack and type).
After using this keyboard for a week to type out scripts, this keyboard is actually great and performs really well despite my furious typing (certified keyboard warrior). It also didn’t take me long to transition from my 60% keyboard to this keyboard, errors were nonexistent after the first hour of usage.
While everything is smooth, I specifically love the frosted PBT keycaps because they really did not pick up any grease (yes, I ate chips while typing). I also did not need to exert too much force no matter the key I was pressing, overall a good build.
Buy or No Buy?
Personally, I find the Ducky One 3 TKL a great upgrade from my previous keyboard, the frosted keycaps, the design, and the overall build screams classy; ready to sass up any PC setup.
If you are looking for a keyboard that is perfect for work and something that is aesthetically pleasing, you should definitely look into the line of Ducky One 3 TKL. However, if you are looking for a keyboard for your gaming shenanigans and something that screams bold, perhaps another Ducky keyboard would do the trick.