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Ducky Shine 3 Mechanical Keyboard Review

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Ducky Shine 3 DK9008 Overview

The Ducky Shine DK9008 is not marketed specifically as a gaming keyboard, but it fits the bill nicely. Not to mention the fantastic typing experience that comes with mechanical keyboards.

At first glance the Ducky Shine 3 looks like your basic keyboard, with a few modifications of course. The layout is one everyone is familiar with, with only a few extra buttons above the keypad.

Ducky DK9008 Mechanical Keyboard

The multi-command buttons above the keypad, normally where your Num Lock, Caps Lock, & Scroll Lock indicator lights would be, provide convenient access for your Calculator, My Computer, E-mail Client, and your default browser’s Home Page. They are out of the box compatible with Windows and access the default windows action for each function.

Ducky Shine 3 DK9008 Multimedia button closeup

Customization and versatility of the Shine 3 is definitely an important aspect to Ducky, featuring dip switches on the bottom of the board to be able to allow further default layout changes, making the keyboard fit your specific needs. Making things more convenient, the Shine 3 features a removable mini USB to USB cable, making it easier to transport or simply move the keyboard without having to reach around the back of your PC

The dip switches alter the following:

  • Windows Key Disable
  • Control and Capslock Swap (Great for people who game)
  • Windows key and Alt swap
  • DEMO Mode (It’s important to note that you can set this to DEMO mode and power it from USB without a PC)

Ducky DP9008 Shine 3 Dip Switches

The Shine 3 features a dual layer PCB, making it a hefty and very durable platform for you typing needs. The key height is average (for mechanical keyboards), without exposing the posts. The bezel gets pretty close to flush with the bottom of each key, this will help keep some larger pieces of debris from collecting inside keyboard. The flip out feet provide a marginal height adjustment, but given the angle of the keycaps, it does change the feel of your typing experience.

Ducky Shine 3 Flip out Feet and Key height view

Ducky Shine 3 DK9008 Detailed Specifications

  • Model: DK9008S3
  • Place of manufacture: Taiwan
  • Interface: USB
  • LED Color: Green
  • Languages: US, Thai
  • Switches: Cherry MX Black, Blue, Brown, and Red

Here is a visual representation of how the Cherry MX Blue switch works. When you press down on this switch, you’ll feel a little bump and hear a high-pitched clicking sound the moment the keyboard input is sent to your PC. As you can see in the diagram, the switch is actuated when you press the key halfway down (right when the white piece starts to move downward). With some practice, you can use this feedback to type faster while using less effort because you can teach yourself to stop pressing when you hear the click and feel the bump instead of pushing the key all the way down (called “bottoming out”).

CherryMXBlue Diagram

Now let us take a closer look at some of the special features that sets the Ducky apart from its mechanical brothers.


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