Ducky Channel DK9008 Shine 2 Keyboard Review

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Although it's not always the case, a general rule of thumb is that the more minimalist the packaging, the higher the quality of the product within. If that's true then the DK9008 should be an absolute star. The box has nothing but the model name on top. No logos. No pictures of fire-breathing dragons.

Inside things are equally sparse. Four coloured WASD keys, along with a key remover, a moulded dust cover, a small piece of documentation, and the USB cable are all we have. Although we can't think of much extra we'd need.

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At first glance the Shine 2 appears the same as just about every other mechanical keyboard that has crossed our desk in the OC3D offices. Of course there isn't much you can do to alter the 104 key layout that we're all so familiar with.

Underneath we have two very grippy rubber feet to keep the keyboard in place, two to jack the rear up to aid with typing comfort, and the USB connector for the cable tucked away in the middle.

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As you'd expect there are some extra modifiers above the function keys. We have, from F1 to F7, mute, volume up, volume down, play/pause, stop, track skip back and forward.  

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The lighting modes dominate the remaining keys. F8 (above) selects custom mode 1, the custom 2, lighting mode cycle, brightness up and down and the recording functions. Finally above the numpad are some shortcuts to Calculator, My Computer, eMail and browser.

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On the underside are four dipswitches that adjust two useful things and two rather odd ones. From left to right they; swap left Control and Capslock, swap left Alt and left Windows Key, disable the Windows key and switch between 6 key rollover and infinite rollover. Finally beneath each key is the true heart of the DK9008, the Cherry Red switches. If you know your keyboards you'll be nodding appreciatively and if you don't then these are the McLaren of the mechanical switch world.

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29-10-2012, 07:31:00

tinytomlogan
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Today we're taking a look at a high-end mechanical keyboard from Ducky Channel, the Shine 2.


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29-10-2012, 08:46:46

TuNk77
I wish Ducky Shine keyboards where available in my country.

But, I see that this particular keyboard is available for $146 in the US, witch is a bit unfair, when compared to the European prices.

29-10-2012, 08:48:32

fredrikfh
I really don't get the whole mechanical keyboard pricing. Some of them are good and cheap, others are good and expensive. Does really brand and shape matter that much?

I still use a Logitech Illuminated keyboard, which btw. is awezumz.

29-10-2012, 08:55:09

SPS
Great lighting features but apart from that I don't see why you wouldn't just pick up the K90 which is much reasonably priced and features the all-powerful volume scroller (which I couldn't live without now).

29-10-2012, 09:23:07

VonBlade
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Originally Posted by fredrikfh View Post
I really don't get the whole mechanical keyboard pricing. Some of them are good and cheap, others are good and expensive. Does really brand and shape matter that much?

I still use a Logitech Illuminated keyboard, which btw. is awezumz.
Like anything I think it's to do with volume. Those Cherry switches aren't cheap, and so if you are a low-volume manufacturer then you can't get the same wholesale prices, so the price goes up.

It's also dependant upon other features. This particular keyboard has n-key rollover. You can hold down the whole keyboard and every key registers. That's an expensive thing to implement.

So combine the two and you have a wildly differing price structure. Although equally there is some "brand pricing" as there is everywhere else. An Alienware isn't worth what they charge, a Vuitton bag doesn't cost more to make than a M&S one, the list is endless. Some manu's just choose to charge more.

29-10-2012, 10:40:31

andrewmchugh
Bronze!? WAT

04-11-2012, 23:01:06

jamdox
The 6-key/n-key rollover dipswitch is there for Mac compatibility, since the OSX (AFAIK) can handle 6 no problem, but gets confused with n-key rollover. In case that was one of the seemingly pointless options

16-11-2012, 10:57:50

Initialised
Do you know where I can get the Green LED version in the UK?

16-11-2012, 13:19:34

IsaacJDean
You could try tigerimports, even with shipping from overseas it's still about the normal price (not sure about duty/vat though)
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