With my Filco mod reaching diminishing returns and my Holy Pandas on their way (finally!), I finally have the heart to disassemble their target board, a Ducky One 2 TKL. I was quite scared to mess it up, and was putting it off, since my digging told me that this is not an easy case to open (https://www.ptt.cc/bbs/Key_Mou_Pad/M.1517679344.A.83D.html, https://www.ptt.cc/bbs/Key_Mou_Pad/M.1515552566.A.31A.html, https://www.zfrontier.com/app/flow/16358).
You know the adage about creating the content you wish existed when you needed it? Here’s my attempt to contribute. The tag “guide” might be overstating the expertise since I did break 2 clips and bend others. However I do want to share my lessons and some pictures for anyone that might be interested in opening up this board.
Specifically I wanted to get a better idea for where the clip pairings are (horizontal positions to pry), and which the housing has the tooth / hole parts (which vertical direction to pry). As you can see the North/South sides are one way and the East/West sides the other. The last link above showed this already somewhat, but the pictures are overexposed, and I didn’t feel super well informed. Plus they are from the 100% keyboard whereas this is the TKL.
First off: Don’t forget to undo the 2 screws from the bottom. No brainer, right? But I seriously forgot this, was too eager to work on the housing. I loosened the North side (start from the center!) and was wondering why the East side was giving me such a hard time – only then I remembered the screws. Unscrewing literally allowed the loose corner of the top housing to almost pop open by itself.
Ironically, I still broke 2 tabs after that, probably because I then half-expected the West/South sides to also pop up more easily. They did not. Be patient and stay gentle til the end.
Anyways, here are detailed views of all sides:
North / West:
North / East
South side: (note: the pictures seem like repeating the North side and maybe a little confusing; I rotated the housing for easier handling)
South / East
South / center:
South / West:
I don’t know yet if they snap back tightly. But I’ll only find out when everything is finished – there’s no way I’d stress the plastic more and risk breaking more clips just to test it. As you can see, many are already bent and/or whitened.
I’ll report back when the mod is completed… in a month maybe?