Welcome a rainbow of quacking ducks to your keyboard these holidays

Duckeys keycaps
(Image credit: Duckeys)

 

Custom keycaps are a great way to add a personal touch to your keyboard at a relatively low price. The artisanal keycaps rabbit hole is deep and you can find all kinds of caps to suit different setups or tastes. You can get super bright ceramic RGB keycaps, or go the other direction completely with some nice Noctua brown and beige keys. With so many options, keycaps make a great gift for the PC gamer in your life, and often at a reasonable price.

While Dino caps that look like they might bite your fingers off are a great choice, friendlier rubber duck keycaps are currently a favourite. They add a cuteness and levity to an otherwise serious board, and of course they pair especially well with keyboards like the Ducky One 3, which happens to be one of our all time favourite mechanical boards. Some sweet, duck-key on Ducky action.

Duckeys is a cap seller out of Boston that specialises in these viral duck keycaps. They're known for the bright yellow little rubber ducks, sometimes in hats, and often with bonking sticks of some kind. Yellow was never really my colour of choice, so it's great to see Duckeys has finally released its second series of little cuties, which comes in a range of hues.

The new series of ducks are still solid colours, beak and eyes aside, but this time you can choose between a rainbow of options. That makes it a little easier to match your duck to your setup, as opposed to having a little yellow guy looking a bit out of place. Imagine a rainbow of ducks, right there on your keyboard.

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The new mystery box options are also very cool, with a special shout out to the frozen-in-ice duck that looks a bit like an Eiscue Pokémon. The quackbar space bar option is also a long delight, but is currently sold out, so might make for a better birthday gift than a stocking stuffer.

What's even cooler about these keycaps is they can quack. You'll need to grab the Duckeys Voicebox software from the website, which is currently only available for Windows. But once installed and set up your ducks should be quacking away as your fingers pulverise them into oblivion. 

The Duckeys range in price, but they're a relatively inexpensive little gift starting at $US10 no matter your preferred colour. The Mystery Keycap packs go for a little more at $US12 and contain a randomly hatted duck from the allocated series.

If you're not quite sold on these little keycap cuties make sure to check out the Duckeys Instagram to see them in action. Or have a look at our other great list of holiday gifts for the PC gamer in your life.

Hope Corrigan
Hardware Writer

Hope’s been writing about games for about a decade, starting out way back when on the Australian Nintendo fan site Vooks.net. Since then, she’s talked far too much about games and tech for publications such as Techlife, Byteside, IGN, and GameSpot. Of course there’s also here at PC Gamer, where she gets to indulge her inner hardware nerd with news and reviews. You can usually find Hope fawning over some art, tech, or likely a wonderful combination of them both and where relevant she’ll share them with you here. When she’s not writing about the amazing creations of others, she’s working on what she hopes will one day be her own. You can find her fictional chill out ambient far future sci-fi radio show/album/listening experience podcast right here.

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