Ducky Channel DK9008 Shine 2 Keyboard Review
Published: 29th October 2012 | Source: Ducky Channel | Price: £149.99 |
So often when we're reviewing keyboard we have to spend an age going over the many macro recording options as that seems to be the big area of focus, and thus difference, between the keyboards available.
The Ducky Channel DK9008 Shine 2 takes a very different approach, dispensing with any macro options at all and focussing upon giving you complete control over the lighting options. Indeed when we look at all the possible customisation options on keyboards this is probably second only to the ultra-expensive OLED things, like the eternally vaporware/no-really-we're-making-it Optimus range.
The packaging gives you a good indicator of what to expect from the keyboard. In the same way that the truly posh have battered clothes and old cars but the nouveau riche want gold-plated Bentleys, when you've got enough confidence in your quality you don't need to shout about it and the Shine 2 definitely doesn't shout.
At its most basic level you have some features we've seen before. The lighting can be on or off, in varying intensities of brightness. The next most common lighting is just having the WASD or cursor keys lit up. But once you move to the custom mode things can really make you grin. Although there are only two possible custom modes, the ability to make your keyboard only light up exactly as you desire is fun to play with. You can have everything from only a single key illuminated to everything but a single key illuminated. Or, of course, anything inbetween.
Beneath those blue keys lay the heart of the DK9008, the ultra reliable Cherry Red switches. These have the lowest actuation weight of any of the switches in the Cherry range, and give as gentle and smooth a typing experience as you can get from a mechanical keyboard. Because of that softness of touch the loudness that everyone expects from a mechanical keyboard is absent. There is nice tactile feedback, but it's no louder than the average laptop style keys.
Of course not everything is roses. Unquestionably the biggest drawback for the DK9008 Shine 2 is the eye-watering price. We know that mechanical keyboards are more expensive than membrane or scissor models. Those Cherry switches aren't cheap and will last you a lifetime, but come with a suitable price-tag. However, even with that in mind the £150 asking price for the Shine 2 is much higher than many other similarly specced keyboards we've reviewed. This is even more of a downfall when you note that there are no macro options available. Lighting is nice to play with, but we've become so accustomed to being able to configure the keyboards that having nothing available to us is definitely a feature missing, rather than something you expect to lose to retain value.
So all in all you're getting the brilliance of the Cherry Red switches, the fun of the lighting, but paying a heavy price and missing any macro ability. For those reasons we can only award it Bronze.