Ducky Channel DK9008 Shine 2 Keyboard Review
Published: 29th October 2012 | Source: Ducky Channel | Price: £149.99 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.