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Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak Keyboard Review

In-depth review of Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak featuring RGB lightning, Specifications, Box Contents, Design, Performance, & Build Quality.

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Review Summary

You can expect all the same great features from the Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak Edition as with the Ducky One 3 series, but with a little compromise in its RGB lighting. Despite this, this is one of the most visually beautiful keyboards available, thanks to its high-quality construction, sturdy chassis, and meticulous attention to detail. It’s a good keyboard, but its small size won’t appeal to everyone. However, this premium typing experience has honestly surpassed all expectations from consumers. Because of how fantastic it is, this keyboard will make its way into your travel bag because of its enhanced portability.

Hours Tested: 2.5 weeks
Tech4Gamers Recommended Award

  • Design - 9/10
  • Features - 7/10
  • Build Quality - 9/10
  • Value For Money - 8/10


  • PBT Keycaps
  • Hot-Swappable
  • Dual-layer PCB
  • Sleek Bazel Design


  • No Software
  • No Wireless Support

Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak is the latest manifestation of Ducky’s dedication to perfection. Known for their quality and customer satisfaction, Ducky aims to redefine the keyboard experience. This review looks closer at the Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak, a keyboard that promises more than just functionality. With a legacy that includes the iconic Ducky One 2 Mini RGB, this invention aims to push the boundaries of the 60% keyboard market. Is it still the go-to choice, or has Ducky set a new standard? Dive into our in-depth review to uncover the answers!

Key Takeaways

  • The Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak is a customizable mechanical keyboard with dual-tone true PBT Keycaps, a hot-swappable PCB, and advanced features for enhanced acoustics.
  • It is for users who enjoy customizing their mechanical keyboards, particularly those interested in a hot-swappable PCB for easy tinkering and improving keyboard sound quality.
  • It is not for users seeking a keyboard with vibrant RGB lighting, as the Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak features PBT keycaps with non-transparent legends, limiting light transmission.

Let’s kick things off by exploring the specifications.

Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak Specifications
Structure Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak
Trigger switch Cherry MX mechanical switches
Connection interface USB 2.0
Keycap material PBT
Output key number USB N-Key Rollover
Printing technology Double-shot
Dimensions 335x110x40 mm
Weight 627g

Box Contents

These contents are included inside the box:

  • Ducky stickers
  • Documentation
  • Keycap puller
  • Switch puller
  • Braided USB-C cable
  • Plastic dust cover
  • Set of extra PBT keycaps

Discovering Ducky’s unboxing experience is like finding a hidden gem in the keyboard world. It may not be the cheapest, but it’s a steal compared to other top-tier options. The extras included scream quality and attention to detail – a clear mark of excellence.

Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak Keyboard — Box Contents
Box Contents (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Design & Features

Ducky’s latest update focuses on authentic acoustics, a solid stance, balanced tuning, and a great typing experience, bringing it closer to custom keyboards. The Daybreak variant has a dynamic deep blue theme and subdued yellowish-green accents. It may not be everyone’s preference, but it’s a welcome change. The 60% Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak is our focus today, with other size options available. Despite the absence of arrow keys, which I rely on for work, the keyboard remains impressive. The design, featuring hot-swappable key switches, is appealing, and the minimal branding is a plus. While the plastic build may raise concerns, the spray-painted metallic sheen adds a touch of style. The RGB backlit keys enhance the overall aesthetic.

Ducky One Mini 3 First Look
Ducky One Mini 3 First Look- Image By Tech4Gamers.

RGB Backlit Keys

Connect the USB-C cable to power the keyboard in the upper left corner. The RGB features vibrant colours, but it only has standard effects onboard. No accompanying software is available, so adjusting RGB effects and recording macros is done on the board.

It’s a matter of personal preference—I prefer peripherals with dedicated software for easier control over RGB lighting and macro recording. I won’t support onboard controls. Use FN + Alt + T to toggle between RGB cycles.

Here are the available Modes:
1. Wave Mode (Default)
2. Color Cycle
3. Rain Drop
4. Ripple
5. Rainbow Reactive
6. Reactive
7. Halo
8. Breath
9. 100% Full Backlit
10. Radar
11. Backlit Off

Ducky’s RGB is standard, reflecting colours beautifully off the white backplate. Keycaps won’t shine through like previous versions, making the RGB display less flashy. The conventional bottom row allows for potential RGB upgrades by replacing keycaps.

Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak Keyboard — RGB Lightning
RGB Lightning – Image By Tech4Gamers.

True PBT Keycaps

Ducky’s keycaps are tough and won’t get shiny. Quack Mechanics uses a cool method for sharp legends. The frosted finish fights the print, giving a good grip. Made for heavy use, they lack front lighting. Though they need a push to come off, the PBT set feels nice. No need to customize them since they match the board. A puller might scratch, but it won’t show during use. Overall, these keycaps are great and stay clean.

Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak Keyboard — PBT Keycaps
PBT Keycaps – Image By Tech4Gamers.

Build Quality – Optimized Construction

The One 3 Mini, like other non-Mecha Ducky boards, is all plastic. Despite its reasonable cost and not feeling overly cheap, it does bend a bit under pressure. Improvements behind the scenes include a thick pad between the PCB and top plate and an extra layer of EVA foam underneath to reduce noise. The multi-layered cushioning enhances switch acoustics and minimizes unwanted sounds, though I’d prefer a thicker foam layer at the case bottom. Overall, it’s a solid build with thoughtful noise reduction.

Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak Keyboard — Solid Construction
Solid Construction – Image By Tech4Gamers.

Stability and Customization

Check out its dual flip-out feet for adjustable typing angles. The back feet can be raised to your liking, providing options for comfort. The low case and even weight distribution keep the keyboard steady for gamers in intense environments. The front-to-back weight ratio is carefully designed for stability during gaming and typing. The One 3 Mini won’t slide, ensuring a seamless experience. Additionally, a cutout on the lower left side allows customization, like rearranging the bottom row or disabling Windows keys. Ducky even provides space for personalized cords on the casing.

Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak Keyboard — Dual Feets
Dual Feet – Image By Tech4Gamers.

USB-C Connectivity

The USB-C port on the One 3 Mini has enough space around it for personalized cables, perfect for mechanical keyboard enthusiasts who love unique designs. Disassembling is easy, with just a few screws holding the top plate, allowing quick customization like adding new foam. The hot-swap PCB makes it an ideal choice for keyboard experimentation and modification.

Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak Keyboard — USB Connectivity
USB Connectivity – Image By Tech4Gamers.

Sleek Bezel

The keyboard’s sharp edges enhance the two-tone body effect, aligning seamlessly with keycaps. The minimalist bezel design accommodates every keycap. Regular arrow keys are conveniently located at the bottom right, next to the right function key. The bonus is that the spare keycaps are included!

PRO TIP: Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak excels for customizable keyboard enthusiasts with a hot-swappable PCB.
Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak Keyboard — Sleek Bezel Design
Sleek Bezel Design – Image By Tech4Gamers.

Hot-Swappable Sockets

Ducky One 3 keyboards feature Kailh’s durable hot-swap sockets in vibrant yellow. Easily switch mechanical switches with the included puller. Enjoy swapping keycaps, but note potential interference on north-facing switches with different profiles. South-facing PCBs are a smoother fit.

Switches & Acoustics

Loving the Cherry RGB Silent Red switches on my new keyboard. They’re fascinating and surprisingly quiet. Ducky’s genius with EVA foam and Q-Bounce pads makes the typing experience top-notch, reducing noise and effort. The V2 plate mount stabs with orange stems are a game-changer. Stock stabilizers are fantastic – typing on this keyboard is beyond words. Can’t go back to my old one!

Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak Keyboard — Cherry MX Silent Red Switches
Cherry MX Silent Red Switches – Image By Tech4Gamers.

However, I do know that I loved typing and gaming on them immensely due to the combination of the PBT keycaps, the sturdy build quality, and the extremely soft typing feel that Ducky has provided. You’ll need to listen to them while typing to comprehend why they’re remarkable.

So, do you get what I mean? It’s almost quiet! The keystroke is pleasingly soft and light on the fingers.

If these switches don’t satisfy you, no worries! Use the hot-swap board for an instant replacement. No experience is needed—use the switch puller to swap out old switches. The keyboard offers various switch types, with crystal tops for vibrant RGB lighting on the white-coated aluminium plate.

Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak Keyboard — Switch Puller
Switch Puller – Image By Tech4Gamers.

60% Compact Keyboard

New 60% keyboards may seem compact, but don’t worry—all features are easily accessible. Controls for playback, volume, and RGB lighting customization are right at your fingertips, printed on the keycaps. No excuses for the lack of space. I’ve experienced zero input lag or latency while gaming and the linear switches make me feel quick and precise. This pre-built 60% keyboard crushes the competition, reaching the height of greatness.

WARNING: Avoid this keyboard if vibrant RGB lighting is a priority, as it features PBT keycaps with non-transparent legends, limiting light transmission. 
Ducky One Mini 3 Features
Close view of 60% keyboard – Image By Tech4Gamers.


Software is something that is lacking here. Although I’m not too fond of it when additional software is required to use a device, having the opportunity to record complicated macros or create a sophisticated lighting scheme is helpful for products like keyboards, where many individuals do it.

Since the keyboard provides for almost all of your needs, there is certain to be a steep learning curve associated with its use; thus, I believe that a simple software program would significantly improve the experience.

Should You Buy It?

Upon close inspection and careful evaluation of the Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak, my assessment is:

Buy It If

✅ You Enjoy Customizing Keyboards: If you enjoy customizing mechanical keyboards, appreciate a hot-swappable PCB for easy tinkering.

✅ You Prioritize Enhanced Acoustics: If you prioritize a keyboard with advanced features for enhanced acoustics, including dual-tone true PBT keycaps.

✅ You Prefer Compact and Stable Designs: If you prefer a compact 60% keyboard design focusing on a great typing experience and stability.

Don’t Buy It If

❌ You Crave Vibrant RGB Lighting: If you are looking for a keyboard with vibrant RGB lighting, the Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak features PBT keycaps with non-transparent legends, limiting light transmission.

❌ You Rely on Dedicated Arrow Keys: If you rely heavily on arrow keys for work, the 60% keyboard design omits dedicated arrow keys.

❌ You Prefer Dedicated Software Control: If you prefer keyboards with dedicated software for easier control over RGB lighting and macro recording, as the Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak relies on onboard controls.

Final Verdict

Ducky, a renowned keyboard brand, faced competition and user demands for innovations. The One 3 Mini Daybreak exceeded my expectations, offering advanced features like hot-swap PCBs and PBT keycaps. Though the 60% form factor may not suit everyone, it’s a fantastic choice for portable gamers and typists. The One 3 SF adds dedicated arrow keys for those preferring a slightly larger layout. The One 3 Mini is an excellent mass-produced keyboard with lubricated stabilizers and noise-dampening foam. Its performance rivals more expensive boards, and easy modifications enhance the overall experience. Subjective preferences aside, the Ducky One 3 Mini Daybreak impresses with its simplicity and high-end performance.

Recent Updates

  • January 17, 2024: A few text changes to improve readability. Also added image galleries.
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