Ducky Shine 3 Mechanical Keyboard Review
By Jason Vaught
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been self-supplied.
The Ducky Shine Series, arguably one of the best mechanical keyboards on the market, has released the Ducky Shine 3 DK9008S3. Often referred to as the YOTS or “Year of the Snake”, the 2013 Shine 3 is the offshoot descendant of the 2012 Year of the Dragon Shine 2 DK9087 (a tenkeyless version in the shine series). This model, like it’s predecessor, comes with a wide array of switch options including Cherry MX Black, Blue, Brown, and Red, and a wide array of LED color options including: Blue, Red, Green, White, Magenta, and Orange. With so many options, there is really no reason not to find the perfect fit for you in the Ducky Shine 3 DK9008S3-CUSALAAG1.
In this review, I will be utilizing the ever so satisfying Cherry MX Blue switch version of this keyboard. Cherry MX Blues have a “clicky” tactile bump when the activation point is hit, providing the most tactile feel, but also making them the loudest of the switch options.
Note: This is not the limited edition Ducky Shine 3 Snake, it is simply the 2013 Shine 3 DK9008.
The best and, in my opinion, only way to test a keyboard is to simply use it! I’ve been utilizing this wonderful peripheral for over 2 months now. I’m currently using it to type this review, as well as for all my gaming (including Diablo 3, Battlefield 4, Battlefield 3, and World of Tanks to name a few). It has officially replaced my old mechanical keyboard!
Features & Specifications
- Dual layer PCB for extra durability
- Detachable cable for convenience
- Full LED backlighting
- 2 User customizable backlighting profiles
- Reactive lighting mode
- UV Coated keycaps
- DIP Switches for extra settings
Ducky Shine 3 DK9008 Specifications
- Model: DK9008S3
- Place of manufacture: Taiwan
- Interface: USB
- LED Color: Green
- Languages: US, Thai
- Switches: Cherry MX Black, Blue, Brown, and Red
- Dimension: 442(L) x 140(W) x 41.5(H) mm / Weight: 1.4kg
- Polling Rate: 1000Hz