Ducky Shine 7 Keyboard Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Apr 03, 2020 at 08:00 am
Ducky Shine 7 Picture
9.2
Gaming
2.8
Mobile/Tablet
8.0
Office
8.3
Programming
4.9
Entertainment / HTPC
Connectivity Wired
Size
Full-size (100%)
Mechanical
Yes

The Ducky Shine 7 is a great keyboard with exceptional gaming performance, amazing customization options, and outstanding build quality. Its doubleshot PBT keycaps feel durable, with key legends that are clear and legible. The Cherry MX Brown switches on our unit provide an outstanding typing experience, with great tactile feedback and responsiveness, and you can get the keyboard with the switches of your choice. The keyboard's settings are easily accessible without the need of its companion software, including customization for the RGB backlighting. There's no USB passthrough or dedicated media controls, but its premium build and sublime typing quality more than make up for it.

Our Verdict

9.2 Gaming

The Ducky Shine 7 is an outstanding gaming keyboard. The Cherry MX Brown switches on our unit feel light and responsive, and its latency is amazingly low. You can reprogram or assign a macro to any key; however, there are no dedicated macro keys for MMOs. It's available in various Cherry MX switches, so you can choose the switches that you prefer.

Pros
  • Outstanding typing quality.
  • Superb build quality.
  • Macro-programmable keys.
  • Low latency.
Cons
  • Cheap USB-C cable.
2.8 Mobile/Tablet

The Ducky Shine 7 is a wired-only keyboard and can't be used with mobile devices.

8.0 Office

The Ducky Shine 7 is a good office keyboard. It's well-built and comfortable to type on for an extended period. Typing feels light with the Cherry MX Brown switches, and you get great tactile feedback, assuring that each keystroke was registered. Also, there are multiple Cherry MX switch options available.

Pros
  • Outstanding typing quality.
  • Superb build quality.
  • Quiet typing noise with Cherry MX Browns.
Cons
  • Cheap USB-C cable.
  • Customization software limited to Windows.
8.3 Programming

The Ducky Shine 7 is a great keyboard for programming. Typing feels very responsive with the Cherry MX Brown switches. The key spacing and the excellent PBT keycaps make it easy to type with high accuracy, and it doesn't feel tiring to type on without a wrist rest. You can reprogram or set a macro to any key, and all customizations can be done on the keyboard, including the RGB backlighting.

Pros
  • Outstanding typing quality.
  • Superb build quality.
  • Macro-programmable keys.
Cons
  • Cheap USB-C cable.
  • Customization software limited to Windows.
4.9 Entertainment / HTPC

The Ducky Shine 7 is bad for use with a home theater PC. You have to run a cable from the couch to the computer since it's a wired-only keyboard, and the lack of a trackpad means you need a mouse for navigation. On the plus side, it's great for dark room viewing thanks to its RGB backlighting.

Pros
  • Outstanding typing quality.
  • Superb build quality.
Cons
  • Cheap USB-C cable.
  • Wired-only.
  • No trackpad.
  • 9.2 Gaming
  • 2.8 Mobile/Tablet
  • 8.0 Office
  • 8.3 Programming
  • 4.9 Entertainment / HTPC
  1. Updated Mar 19, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
1.5" (3.7 cm)
Width 18.0" (45.7 cm)
Depth
5.3" (13.5 cm)
Depth With Wrist Rest
N/A
Weight
3.09 lbs (1.400 kg)

The Ducky Shine 7 is a large, full-size keyboard. It's also quite heavy, mainly due to its rigid zinc alloy top plate. For a smaller keyboard, check out the Ducky One 2 Mini V1 or the Obinslab Anne Pro 2. If you need a compact board but still need arrow keys, take a look at the Ducky MIYA Pro.

9.0
Design
Build Quality
Keycap Material PBT

The Ducky Shine 7's build quality is outstanding. It has a plastic bottom with a zinc alloy top plate that feels solid and hefty, showing no signs of flex at all. It has high-quality doubleshot PBT keycaps, similar to the ones on the Ducky One 2 Mini V1. The keys are very stable, although some of the function keys and the spacebar wobble a bit. The rubber feet are very grippy and, combined with its hefty weight, doesn't move when bumped. The main downside is that the included USB-C cable feels a bit cheap, as it tends to retain kinks that are hard to straighten out.

6.5
Design
Ergonomics
Board Design
Straight
Minimum Incline
Medium Incline
Maximum Incline
11°
Wrist Rest No

The Ducky Shine 7 has okay ergonomics. It has a fairly low profile with a natural four-degree incline, and it provides two additional incline settings. It doesn't come with a wrist rest, but most people should be comfortable without one. The keys are well-spaced and angled in a way that makes typing very enjoyable for long periods. For a similar keyboard with better ergonomics, take a look at the Das Keyboard X50Q; it has a lower profile and includes a wrist rest.

9.7
Design
Backlighting
Backlighting Yes
Color
RGB
Individually Backlit Keys
Yes
Color Mixing
Ok
Effects
Yes
Programmable
Yes

This keyboard has full RGB backlighting, and the keys are individually-lit. All customizations can be done directly on the keyboard, as the customization software is optional.

Note that the etching on the spacebar may look different depending on the edition, as Ducky often sends an extra spacebar with a random theme. In the case of our unit, the art that's etched into the spacebar represents the Year of the Pig in the Chinese calendar.

Design
Cable & Connector
Detachable
Yes (Wired Only Keyboard)
Length 5.2 ft (1.6 m)
Connector (Keyboard side)
USB type-C

The keyboard comes with a rubberized USB-C cable, with cheap-looking printing on it. It's removable, though, so you can replace it with a higher quality one if you want. Unfortunately, Ducky doesn't sell replacement USB-C cables separately.

0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing
No
Proprietary Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries

This is a wired-only keyboard and can't be used wirelessly.

Design
Extra Features
Media Keys
Hot Keys
Macro Programmable Keys
All
Trackpad / Trackball No
Wheel No
USB Passthrough
No
Numpad Yes
Windows Key Lock
Yes
Lock Indicator Caps, Scroll & Num lock

The Ducky Shine 7 is a very customizable keyboard. All of the keyboard's settings can be accessed directly on the keyboard, as it has onboard software. There are switches on the underside of the keyboard, similar to the Ducky One 2 Mini V1, which lets you change the location of the Windows key, the FN key, caps lock, etc. You can also access media controls through a combination of the FN + Windows key + the corresponding alphanumeric key. All of the various settings and hotkeys are detailed in the user guide. Additionally, all the keys are macro programmable.

If you want to lock the Windows key to prevent accidentally minimizing a game, press and hold FN + Alt + Windows key simultaneously for 3 seconds.

If you want a keyboard with dedicated media controls, check out the Razer Huntsman Elite. If you want a keyboard with a USB passthrough, consider the Das Keyboard Model S Professional.

Design
In The Box

  • Ducky Shine 7 keyboard
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • Keycap remover
  • User guide
  • Extra keycaps

Typing Experience
Typing Experience
Keystrokes
Key Switches
Cherry MX Brown
Feel
Tactile
Operating Force
55 gf
Actuation Force
43 gf
Pre-Travel
2.0 mm
Total Travel
4.0 mm

The Ducky Shine 7 can be purchased with your preferred type of switches. Our unit has standard Cherry MX Browns, but there are 6 other types, including Cherry MX Red, Blue, Black, Silver, Silent Red, and Nature White, which will all result in different typing experiences. The Brown switches have a satisfying tactile bump to indicate the actuation, and they don't require a lot of force to actuate. The pre-travel distance matches the 2mm advertised by Cherry almost perfectly. If you prefer having the freedom of easily swapping out your switches, check out the Glorious GMMK instead.

9.0
Typing Experience
Typing Quality

The typing experience on the Ducky Shine 7 is simply outstanding. The PBT keycaps feel great and the keys are extremely stable. The switches provide a good amount of feedback, and the keys are well-spaced, which helps with typing accuracy. Some people may find it fatiguing without a wrist rest, but the additional incline setting does help quite a bit. It's nearly identical to the Ducky One 2 Mini V1 but in a full-size form.

Typing Experience
Typing Noise
Noise
Quiet

Typing noise with the Cherry MX Brown switches is quiet and shouldn't bother others around you. However, it may be louder depending on the type of switches that you get.

9.0
Typing Experience
Latency
Latency Wired
5.8 ms
Latency Receiver
N/A
Latency Bluetooth
N/A

The Ducky Shine 7 has very low latency. You shouldn't feel any lag while on the desktop or when gaming.

Software and Operating System
9.2
Software and Operating System
Software & Programming
Software Name Ducky RGB
Account Required
No
Profiles
6+
Onboard Memory
Yes
Cloud Sync
No
Macro Programming
Onboard
Ease Of Use
Easy
Software Windows Compatible
Yes
Software macOS Compatible
No

The Ducky Shine 7 uses the Ducky RGB software for customization. This is optional and only for customizing the RGB backlighting, as all customization options are accessible on the keyboard itself. Furthermore, all macro programming is done on the keyboard. If you want a keyboard with software that allows for macro programming, check out the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2.

Note that the given score only reflects the onboard software, as the Ducky RGB software only allows for customization of the RGB backlighting.

7.2
Software and Operating System
Keyboard Compatibility
Windows Full
macOS Partial
Linux Partial
Android No
iOS No
iPadOS No

This keyboard has decent compatibility. It's fully functional on Windows, and while all keys work on Linux, there's no software. On macOS, in addition to not having software support, the calculator, scroll lock, and pause/break keys don't work.

The compatibility score is based on the Ducky RGB customization software.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Ducky Shine 7 is available in two colors: blackout and gunmetal gray. There are several switches to choose from and they're all genuine Cherry MX switches, including Red, Brown, Blue, Black, Silver, Red Silent, and Nature White.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Ducky Shine 7 is a great keyboard for most uses. When compared to other similarly-priced keyboards, it feels undeniably better built, and the typing experience it offers is among the best. However, it lacks some features like a USB passthrough and dedicated media controls. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best keyboards, the best gaming keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.

Ducky One 2

The Ducky Shine 7 is better than the Ducky One 2 for the most part. The Shine 7 is better-built because it has a metal frame, and it has dedicated software for customization. Both keyboards are available in a wide variety of Cherry MX switches, and even though our unit of the One 2 doesn't have backlighting, it's also available with full RGB backlighting. If you plan on gaming, the Shine 7 has lower latency.

Glorious GMMK

The Glorious GMMK and the Ducky Shine 7 are very similar, with the main difference being that the Glorious has hot-swappable switches. That said, the Ducky is available in multiple Cherry MX switches. The Ducky has significantly lower latency, making it a better choice for gaming. We tested a full-size variant of the Glorious, but you can get it in a 60% or TKL size.

Corsair K70 RGB MK.2

The Ducky Shine 7 and the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 are both outstanding wired full-size gaming keyboards. The Ducky is much better built, but the Corsair has more features, like dedicated media controls and a USB passthrough. We tested both keyboards with Cherry MX Brown, but typing feels better on the Ducky because it has higher-quality PBT keycaps. Both keyboards are available in various Cherry MX switches.

Ducky MIYA Pro

The Ducky Shine 7 and the Ducky MIYA Pro are very different. The Shine 7 is a full-size keyboard, and the MIYA Pro is a compact 65%. The Shine 7 has better build quality, and its customization software is much easier to use. While we tested both keyboards with Cherry MX Browns, the Shine 7 feels better to type on because the MIYA Pro's spacebar feels mushy and can be quite annoying for some. Both keyboards are available in various Cherry MX switches. If you plan on gaming, the Shine 7 has significantly lower latency, resulting in a more responsive gaming experience. The MIYA Pro that we tested has white backlighting, but there are variants that have full RGB.

Razer BlackWidow Elite

The Razer BlackWidow Elite and the Ducky Shine 7 are both outstanding wired gaming keyboards. The Razer has more features, such as dedicated media controls and a USB passthrough, and its latency is lower. The Ducky offers a better typing quality when comparing the Cherry MX Brown against the Razer Orange switches, though this depends on the type of switches you get, as both keyboards are available in multiple switch options. The Ducky has PBT keycaps, whereas the Razer's are ABS.

HyperX Alloy Origins

The Ducky Shine 7 and the HyperX Alloy Origins are very similar. The main difference is that the Ducky feels better built because it has PBT keycaps. Both keyboards are available in various switch options. 

SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

For gaming, the Ducky Shine 7 is better than the SteelSeries Apex 5 Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, mainly because it has much lower latency. The Ducky also provides a better typing experience, and it's available in various Cherry MX switches, whereas the SteelSeries only has one option. The SteelSeries has more features, though, like a customizable OLED screen and dedicated media controls, and it comes with a wrist rest. Also, it has software support for macOS, which the Ducky lacks.

Corsair K95 PLATINUM

The Ducky Shine 7 and the Corsair K95 PLATINUM have similar overall performance, but they offer very different features. Build quality is much better on the Ducky, but the Corsair has dedicated macro keys, media controls, and its customization software has more options and better compatibility. Typing on the Cherry MX Brown switches feels much better to type on than the Cherry MX Speed on the Corsair, though both keyboards can be purchased with different types of switches.

Das Keyboard Model S Professional

The Ducky Shine 7 is a better keyboard than the Das Keyboard Model S Professional. The Ducky has a much better build quality, full RGB backlighting, and offers a better typing experience, along with being compatible with the Ducky RGB companion software. That said, the Das has USB passthrough.

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