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Ducky Shine 3 DK-9008 Tuhaojin Gold (Cherry Green switches) Review

The Ducky Shine 3 DK-9008 Tuhaojin Gold is a phenomenal keyboard and without question one of, if not, the best I have used in my 15 years of reviewing hardware.

First impressions are extremely positive. lifting the keyboard from the box takes a little effort, due to the high grade materials used throughout. The dual layer PCB and aluminum chassis all add to the weight, conferring a reassuring feeling of build quality.

In operation, the Ducky Shine 3 DK-9008 Tuhaojin Gold is a pleasure to use long term. I actually put the keyboard to test by using it to complete three of my last reviews for Kitguru. While there was an initial learning curve based around the depth of actuation moving from MX Blue to MX Green switches, it didn’t take me long to adapt to the enhanced resistance.

While some of the flashy lighting options may be a little gaudy for some people, there are options to use a simple solid lighting mode, or even to disable it completely. The lighting on the new Ducky Shine 3 is a significant improvement over the last generation model. It is more consistent and is capable of going much brighter.

While the MX Green switches may prove too taxing for many typists and gamers, Ducky are selling this keyboard via CCL with a variety of switch options available. The Green Switch option we tested today is actually the most expensive, coming in at around £200 inc vat. If you like a little less resistance, then a good choice would be the MX Brown key version, on offer for £183.95 inc vat. Whichever version you opt for, the Ducky Shine 3 DK-9008 Tuhaojin Gold will be a great long term investment.

Pros:

  • Stellar build quality.
  • MX Green switches are very close to the older ‘clicky’ IBM keyboards of yesteryear.
  • Fantastic lighting options.
  • great attention to detail on the gold paintwork.
  • Engineering standards are the best we have seen.
  • DIP configurations and dedicated function keys add a lot of user tweak ability.
  • Perfect OSx compatibility.

Cons:

  • It is very expensive.

Kitguru Says: If you have the cash on hand, we can’t think of a better keyboard you could get.
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Rating: 9.5.

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