Ducky Shine 3 Mechanical Keyboard Review


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Ducky Shine 3 Mechanical Keyboard Review

By Jason Vaught

Manufacturer: DuckyChannel International Co., Ltd.
Product Name: Ducky DK9008 Shine 3
Model Number: DK9008S3-CUSALAAG1
UPC: 4711467196354
Price As Tested: $149.99 (AmazonNCIX)

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.

Ducky Shine 3 DK9008 Green LED Angled View

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


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