Apr 6, 20181333 views

Ducky MIYA Panda Pre-order

Pretty excited about this set and board. This will be my first themed mech key set that I have purchased. I have used all kinda of keyboards through out my life, and liked the Logitech wave for a bit along with the Microsoft ergo too.
This seem to fit all the checks for a nice board for me with the caveat that there is no Bluetooth. Maybe thats an overrated feature, but would be nice to cut as many wires where I can. That being said, can not wait to get this later this month. The style of it, small form factor, cherry mx switches and the mat looks pretty slick too.
I will have to post a follow up once I get the actual board, but some of the wins for me on this are the following:
  • Backlit - I think this is a must have in todays modern world.
  • Aesthetically pleasing - I liked this theme, and Chinese artwork particularly. A lot to this but simply put for brevity.
  • Small form factor - I was originally eyeballing a WASD TKL with the function and editing keys, still may get that in the end. We shall see.
  • Standard or better key switches - this was a concern as some vendor use less than quality or off brand switches with terrible feedback, etc.
  • Upgrade to the current setup - sold my old Mac Pro with the keyboard, using my Logitech tv/PS4 keyboard while I filched around for a new replacement.
  • Price - This seemed decent in comparison to a lot of the other mechanical boards. There are a lot that are all over the field in terms of price/quality/functionality.
  • OS agnostic - This is important as I use macOS now, but see myself migrating back towards Linux for various reasons. But never know when I might be in Windows either, work laptop or something.
  • Key layout dip switches - Would be nice if it had the dip switches for the keyboard layouts , but nothing a few pulls and some software cant fix either.
Got this to tie me over until the Panda unit arrives. Super cheap, backlit, and stops me from using this weird Logitech one. (K400r)
Runner ups were :
  1. http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products/make/wasd-v2-87-key-mac-retro-custom-mechanical-keyboard.html
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Vortex-75-Keycaps-Cherry-Aluminium/dp/B071PC4D84/ref=pd_ybh_a_25?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=KTHTWRB6ZH1P4G37ZH3K
  3. https://caps-unlocked.com/va87mac-dual-os-standard-edition/
  4. https://www.amazon.com/Released-Matias-Tactile-Keyboard-Version/dp/B06VVM2M8P/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1522979959&sr=1-8&keywords=Matias+quiet+pro+mac
Would love to hear the communities feedback. Maybe I missed something , but after weeks of looking around at tons of them on Amazon, Reddit threads, looking on here, etc. But sometimes too much information makes it even hard to make a sound decision.

That looks like an awesome board. I started with Ducky keyboards and I’ve had nothing but good experiences with them. I still treasure my all Yellow edition full size ducky keyboard. Only thing I wish Ducky and Varmilo would do is get on the bandwagon of “Hotswappable” capabilities since there are now options like Massdrop’s CTRL, input club’s “Kira” and heck even the minivan is now going to be hotswappable.
I know that if I were new to the mech world hotswap ability would be an option I’d look for first, because I’d need to experience as many different types of switches and not through a switch tester. Fully typing with the switch will help me to really determine what I’d like. Although, now I have more than one fave so with hotswaps I can combine all my favorite switches into one keyboard. Still, I can’t wait for your review. Btw I bought my friend’s Varmilo pink Sakura line which was before the panda line. I ended up swapping out the keycaps since I found the images to look borderline 8 bit graphic. I ended up putting my Sa Carbon on this pink keyboard and I was shocked how much it looked better than the stock keycaps.
Yes, the Sakura pink and white is what got me looking too. That and the Ducky Rainbow. I wish it was RGB colored but that model doesn't have any backlit LED's at all. As for the hot swappable that definitely sounds neat. I will look into that. Thanks!