Ducky Year of The Goat – Review (Basically a Shine 5)

A few weeks ago the Year of the Goat, this year’s Zodiac keyboard from Ducky, was released. I was exceptionally lucky to be one of the first in the UK to get one.

It’s the first RGB keyboard from Ducky to be released in the UK and follows past Zodiac keyboards by having a slightly unique chassis.

Does it live up to the previous years? Well in this review I hope to be able to answer that question.

Specifications

Model Name:DKON1508ST
• Type: Mechanical Keyboard
• Switch: Cherry MX mechanical switches
• Interface: USB 2.0 / USB 3.0
• Simultaneous key input: USB N-Key Rollover (NKRO)
• LED: RGB Color LED
• Keycap Material: ABS
• Legend printing:Double shot
• Dimensions:440 x 140 x 41mm
• Weight:1.5kg
• Origin of Production:Taiwan

As part of the manufacturing, Ducky have implemented a double layer PCB as the LED’s that are being used are also going to be larger than other companies. This, Ducky say should help with improved brightness overall.

It features more advanced versions of the regular Ducky lighting modes, with options that utilise the RGB ability of the keyboard itself.

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1 Comment

  1. Ike Miller December 27, 2015
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    Which beta firmware did Ducky send you?
    Because the only betas they sent me were 1.03 and 1.04. 1.03 fixed “Reactive mode advanced” color cycling stuck color bug that happens after 200+ keypresses (once you get over 1000, the key may even shut off completely), and 1.04 fixed absolutely _NOTHING_; all it did was lower the max LED brightness considerably, far too much to be usable (the space bar bug still exists).
    This was Ansi 108 keys…did they send you an ISO firmware that actually fixed BOTH the space bar/FN *and* reactive mode advanced bug, WITHOUT lowering the LED brightness?

    If they did, PLEASE ask them to double up on their email replies and send me the fix for the FN+Space bug (Ansi keys) that does NOT also destroy the max LED brightness 🙁 They haven’t replied back since sending me the broken 1.04 (I mean it works if you like super dim LED’s as a fix, haha, but no FN space fix)

    And then Shine 5 users will need this fix also 🙁

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