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Smart Duck XS87 RGB TKL Mechanical Keyboard

Smart Duck XS87 RGB TKL Mechanical Keyboard

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Product Description
With an all-black look, full RGB LEDs, and hot-swappable switch sockets, Smart Duck’s XS87 mechanical keyboard has a lot going for it. Featuring full anti-ghosting technology, its 87-key TKL layout is one of the most popular keyboard sizes on the market Read More

Customer Reviews

(13 reviews)
91% would recommend to a friend
Nov 23, 2023
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Doesn’t come with keys.
I realize now that this keyboard does not come with keys. I was confused because there are keys in all of the photos. I was surprised when I opened the box. Reading further in the description, I see that you need to purchase a separate option with keys (which wasn’t available when I purchased). Perhaps I am the only person that was confused. Leaving this review in case it helps someone else from the same mistake.
Recommends this product? No
Oct 20, 2021
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Good for the price
I got this board as my second hotswap board. It was cheap, and it would allow me to easily try different switches. Especially now, after having build multiple boards involving different designs and mounts, I really appreciate the simplicity of this Smart Duck board if for nothing else than to test switches. When we return to the office (whenever that is) I plan to put silent switches in here, and it would serve as a discreet, solid board that wouldn't make me feel like I'd lost a limb if it were to go missing. The build quality gets no complaints from me for the price. The plate is solid metal, probably steel. Not the most supple or comfortable, but the planned silent switches kind of cancels it out. It has a slight brushed look to give the board its sole visual distinction. There is enough room in the plastic case beneath the plate for some archaic DYI foam packing. (The sheets of foam I'd bought entering the hobby seem to have been obviated by all the all-inclusive nature most keyboards seem to be sold in these days.) As for key mappings, I believe there is software, but I don't need anything beyond what I've learned to do in AHK, so there's no lack. Not a fancy board by any means, but the sub-$50 price tag would make you pause before pulling the trigger on even today's "no-brainer" "value king," the Keychron Q1. At least for some people it would....
Recommends this product? Yes
Mar 24, 2021
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not a bad board, especially considering the price. it's very light and fairly cheap feeling, but that's to be expected from such an inexpensive board. has 5 pin hotswap support so it's great for those new to the hobby because you'll easily be able to try a variety of switches. this board collects A LOT of dust and it's very visible.
Recommends this product? Yes
Feb 19, 2021
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Good keyboard, needs better drivers
Life everyone else, I struggled getting the correct drivers and they came from a sketchy google drive. I would recommend this, but know it's gonna be an uphill battle to get it working correctly.
Recommends this product? Yes
Dec 11, 2020
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A good solid keyboard, let down by (lack of) documentation and drivers
I got the one with Outemu Black switches - the switches are great! Nice and firm, responsive, smooth, quiet, really quite nice to type on (I have strong fingers - YMMV). There is no documentation and only suspicious Windows drivers (I have a Mac), so I am limited to changing lighting effects with hot keys (that are also not documented - I had to search the listing discussion to find a few hints). The backlighting is generally good, although being limited to only the built-in choices is, well, limited. The blue seems very dim compared to the other colours, but overall they are sufficiently vibrant. Lighting effects are quite good. Every now and again the keyboard seems to reset itself - all the LEDs go off and the keyboard is non-responsive, but it comes back again 5 second later. A little disconcerting, but it's only happened a few times since I got it. The keycaps are very reasonable - lightly textured and show the backlighting very well. The legends are large and clear, and visible on all keys. The texture on the case is a bit odd - it does look like brushed aluminium from a distance, but is clearly plastic up close. I have a feeling it will accumulate finger oils and smaller dust particles fairly easily. I haven't tried swapping switches yet, because I am enjoying the switches is came with too much.
Nov 18, 2020
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Smart Duck impressed me
Owned a Ducky One. The quality of the Smart Duck is as good or better quality than the Ducky but has more features. Really like so far.
Nov 17, 2020
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Good Typing, Good Lighting, Bad Documentation
After a few weeks using the keyboard, I really enjoy the quality of the key caps and chassis. The lighting effects (that I've been able to find) are really interesting and attractive. The main issue I have is with the manual, drivers, and other documentation. The only things I've seen are on a google drive link, which contain spelling errors and some very untrustworthy drivers. I've posted multiple times to to forum about it, and I have yet to receive any clarification.
Recommends this product? Yes
Nov 17, 2020
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Nice, with a few issues
The keyboard itself is great, awesome switches (I got the outemu reds with it), smooth and clean keycaps, and not too big or heavy. My main issues came with the driver, which first off isn't even in english, and secondly it had to be installed off of google drive, which was a bit sus tbh. After I got it installed though, the keyboard literally overclicks when you have the driver open, meaning it will register one key click as three or four at once. Also, even after closing it, some of the keys didn't register at all, for example when I was playing CS:GO, I would press the keys A and D to strafe and it wouldn't register both keys often. That may have been a physical issue but after having it for two weeks it is fine.
Recommends this product? Yes
Nov 16, 2020
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Wonderful keyboard!!!
I love this kb. I was concerned after reading 'budget' hot-swap keebs that come with Outemu switches would not accept any other switch type, other than Outemu's. The reason given was Outemu's had super thin copper connectors and would not accept higher quality switches that had thicker connectors. This appears to be false. I have not tried a lot of different switches but I had no problems popping in a full set of Kailh Box Jades (thick clicks). Maybe someone else can comment after trying other switches. I have not tried the software/driver, I will wait and hope it improves. The SmartDuck XS87 does everything I want it to do without the software. I love everything about it. Only thing that could make it better is a number pad... oh, and maybe stiffer legs. I can't slide it backwards without one or both of those legs buckling but that's really splitting hairs! This kb is INCREDIBLE and so was the price! Hope it lasts, time will tell but at the moment, I would certainly recommend.
Recommends this product? Yes
Nov 10, 2020
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Good value for money
Good value, looks good and was packaged well. The USB cable is braided, but the keyboard's cable routing channel doesn't grip it well. I ordered with Brown switches, and am happy with them. The software they include doesn't seem to work on a Mac and the documentation is pretty spotty. Good if you are looking to dip a toe in the mechanical keyboard world, but if you like them you will eventually start to look for something nicer.
Recommends this product? Yes
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