Ducky Shine 3 DK9008 Conclusion
Since the Ducky Shine 3 is not marketed specifically as a gaming keyboard, even though it has some special gaming features, I have based my review and ratings on it as a backlit mechanical keyboard in general.
The Shine 3 performs as well as my previous Cherry MX Blue mechanical, the DasKeyboard, in terms of typing. What this keyboard offers that the Das did not, is customization, media/multi-media keys, and backlighting (although form my understanding the newer DasKeyboards do feature some media keys now). All functions work as advertised, I even went to Ducky’s website and downloaded a digital copy of the manual for quick reference, which can be found here.
The Shine 3 sports a very sleek, no frills appearance. This, along with it’s UV coated keycaps make it pleasant to the touch, with a soft rubbery feel. The matte black finish helps hide your fingerprints, helping curb some of my OCDness about fingerprints on shiny surfaces.
The Shine 3′s dual layer PCB does add some considerable weight, but I think that is warranted and generally accepted as a standard with mechanicals. They’re made to take a lot of typing, and give the user a pleasant experience while doing so. This board is very sturdy, making it an option to be a lan-party keyboard very likely, although some would prefer a tenkeyless version.
Ducky has really gone all out when it comes to this keyboard’s functionality. Storing your settings and customization options directly on the keyboard has become a widely accepted standard, as it should be. All of it’s functions, from the multi-media keys, to the lighting effects, and to the LED brightness levels work perfectly out of the box without the need for software taking up valuable space on your system. Of course some people would prefer a keyboard that has some dedicated macro keys for gaming purposes, but that is a small sacrifice to keep the footprint of this keyboard at a manageable size.
After becoming personally acquainted with this peripheral, I view it as an exceptional value. I could also see the other side of the coin for others who might find $149.99 to be a bit too steep for a keyboard. Compared to a membrane keyboard it is way overpriced, but in the realm of the mechanical keyboard, it’s not too far off the mark of what the average retail price is.
I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a mechanical keyboard that features multiple customization options without the need for software. It truly is a prime example of what makes Ducky one of the industry leaders in mechanical keyboards.
+ Cherry MX Blues
+ N-Key rollover through USB
+ No software to install
+ On board memory for profile/setting storage
+ Loads of customization options
- No palm rest option
- No additional usb ports
- Cherry MX Blues might be too loud for some