The Ducky Shine 5 carries the goods and the legacy from Shine 4 shape, design and the modern looks. Hairline finish texture is used on the cover to enhance and emphasis a better quality and premium feel. It uses a removable feet design; this takes into account for different users with different preferences. Unlike traditional keyboard feet, detachable feet are more stable, flexible and durable.
The Ducky Shine 5 is the first model that comes with ABS double shot backlit keycaps. ABS double shot keycaps are built by two different colors of plastic combined. The keycap surface and the character will not be worn out. The LED lights can emit the light through the keycaps like other ABS backlit keycaps. Double-shot key caps are designed and engineered in a way to give the users the best feel and experience we can and at the same time decorated with special pattern to achieve the best look and usability all at once.
Ducky uses a new technique called "2 Double-layer PCB" to improve the backlight and color choice. We put all SMD RGB LEDs on the second Double-layer PCB. Apparently, the SMD LED that we are going to use is larger than other keyboards that you can see on the shelf. This lead to the result of Cherry RGB switches able to improve the brightness with better outcome.
The Ducky Shine 5 is powered by an ARM M3 micro-controller. This powerful controller allows advanced functions as well as stunning backlighting effects.
Under USB, the Ducky Shine 5 can handle any number of simultaneous key presses. You can use the keyboard confidently in any situation knowing that there will never be ghosting or key blocking issue.
Ducky Shine 5 uses the fastest rate available under the USB interface, and updates the keyboard's status to the computer every 1 millisecond. This is to minimize the delay from when the keys are pressed and signal received by your computer.
Ducky brings adjustable repeat rate and repeat delay to USB keyboards. You can fine tune the repeat rate and repeat delay for gaming or your specific applications.
Note: USB Repeat Acceleration may work differently in different applications. Please use a suitable setting accordingly.
Details and Specifications
Brown Cherry MX
Primary LED Color
Special LED Color
Keycap Print Method
Keycap Print Position
USB Key Rollover
Switch Mount Type
Built in Audio Port
Built in Mic Port
18.11" x 6.06" x 1.33"
1 Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty
* products listed with free shipping are eligible for standard domestic shipping at no additional charge.
enzo penza on 07/28/2017 08:05pm
i absolutely love the ducky shine 5. i have had 2 mechanical keyboards before this: a k70 (mx blues are WAY too loud) and a strafe (mx silents feel extremely mushy and i dislike them). these are nothing compared to my ducky shine 5.
i purchased mine with mx browns. the space bar is extremely sturdy compared to other keyboards. the double shot keycaps are amazing as well. plus this thing is built like a tank, even though its made of plastic, it has the best build quality ive seen in a keyboard.
its not perfect however. i would really like a software instead of whippin' out the manual every time i want to change the lighting. another thing is compared to my corsair boards, the lights are a lot more dull. my final gripe with the ducky shine 5 is at the angle is sit at, the LEDs under the space bar are clearly visible through the gap.
i kinda wish i waited for a ducky shine 5 with mx reds was in stock, but nonetheless im extremely happy with my purchase and i would recommend this board for anyone who is willing to drop $150 on a keyboard.
Seyha on 01/31/2017 06:16pm
I have never invested in a mechanical keyboard because I was still using a $30 keyboard and mouse combo a long time ago when I built my computer (about 5 years ago). I did a LOT of research and I ultimately was going to get the K70, but reddit brought up the name Ducky when I did one final search. I looked into the Ducky Shine 5 and fell in love with the YOTG edition and I am glad I chose this keyboard. I plan on buying another one soon except with the Cherry MX Browns as I kind of rush bought the blues because I couldn't wait haha. Overall, keyboard: 100/10.
Adam on 07/12/2016 05:17pm
Ducky definitely knows how to keyboard and the Shine 5 proves it. As far as I'm concerned, this is the best back-lit mechanical out there, hands-down.
With all the programming stored on the hardware you'll soon wonder why you ever messed around with that clunky manufacturer software (I'm looking at you Logitech). The preloaded lighting routines are brilliant and each has 7-8 different animation rates. I find myself changing the routine when I'm bored and varying it's speed on a whim (my favorite is the rain effect). There is a set of uniform-color and a set of color-blending lighting routines. The uniform color can be customized in RGB or chosen from a preset palette shown by pressing fn space. The keyboard has 6 profiles of which 5 allow programmable macros. Along with a customized lighting routine, each profile stores 2 custom zones which are sets of keys that may either be individually colorized, or uniformly breathing.
The overall quality of the Shine 5 is what you'd expect at this price range. The cover is a anti-finger-smudge brushed plastic and the keys are mounted on a solid metal backplate, giving the board a satisfying weight. That combined with 5 rubber feet mean this guy won't accidentally be nudged around your desk.
Perhaps the weakest part of this board is the usb connection. The mini usb connector goes in a little awkwardly (yet snuggly) and the cable management leaves something to be desired: There is just one wire notch (facing forward) which is too wide to securely hold the provided cable. If this makes you uneasy, I imagine an easy fix would be to buy a thicker cable.
Final verdict-- If you are considering this keyboard because you want a full size RGB backlit mechanical, there is no need to look any further because you've already found the best.
Note on switches: The Brown's are an excellent choice for those who do an equal amount of typing to gaming (or, like myself, type but don't want that loud double click from blues). If you want this for gaming I'd recommend a linear switch (black/white/red).
*I bought the Shine5 from MechanicalKeyboards.com over a month ago. I have been a mechanical user for 5 years.
Michael Sobelman on 06/15/2016 06:59pm
Oh my god it's beautiful. Before I bought this, I did my research. I looked around, I looked into Ducky's reputation, I watched all the reviews I could find. Why? because $165 is a lot of money for a keyboard. but oh my god is it beautiful.
To start out, it has a decent amount of heft and it feels solid. It is a plastic frame, but don't think for a second that means it's flimsy. Its not.
Setup was a breeze, within 10 minutes I had set up macros, set custom lights and made a really nice looking 2 color rotating pattern. (when you change the colors on one of the 1 color modes it actually just adds in the other 2).
That brings me to the RGB LEDs. When I was looking at this I watched a bunch of videos, and I assumed that since it's difficult for cameras to pick up different LED's that it would look good, but different when I got it in person. If anything it only looks better. The lights are really bright, the white board under the lights reflects the light really well and it looks awesome. 11/10 best lighting I have ever seen!
MechanicalKeyboards.com did a great job of shipping it to me as well! It got here in 3 days and it was in perfect condition upon arrival. This is an awesome website which I would happily shop from again, and I will be directing friends here should they be interested in a keyboard! Great job from both Ducky and MechanicalKeyboards.com!
Anessa Sk on 03/22/2016 02:38pm
The extra space bar came in broken.
Besides that everything was good.
Nick on 02/24/2016 06:54pm
Awesome keyboard, even at the high price point. The build quality on this thing is much better than the K70, and the LEDs are much brighter. The software-free interface is a real plus too. No clunky slow software to clog up your computer. Pure simplicity.
Unfortunately I was extremely unlucky and received a defective board. Upon receiving the device I plugged it in to find that the board will freeze itself in a solid white LED mode when I attempt to change the lighting. Once this occurs there is no way to snap it out of this frozen white LED mode unless you unplug the board for several seconds and switch the power mode when you plug it back in.
Thankfully though, the team here at Mechanical Keyboards have been amazing so far, and are helping me get this sorted out. My keyboard is currently sent back to them for repair and I'm hoping for good news!
Asim Qureshi on 02/22/2016 06:50pm
Great keyboard, I just got mine a few days ago, great shout out to Mechanical Keyboards. So far I am loving this keyboard. No software, no issues, fantastic build quality, great keys and amazing backlighting. Very impressed so far.
Coming from a Logitech G910, there is quite a bit of a difference between the keys. I love how much more tactile feedback you get with the MX Browns then you do with the Romer G keys used in the G910.
* Great Build Quality
* MX Brown Keys - beautiful to type on.
* All the bundled accessories.
* Works really nicely with the Ducky fullsize arm rest.
All in all, i'd give this a hearty recommendation for anyone who wants a great keyboard that will last for a long long time.
Cory on 02/21/2016 01:37pm
Received this yesterday, they threw in a free ducky wrist rest. very happy about that.
Onto the keyboard, it feels lovely, the coating on the caps is a pleasure to touch. the brown switches are awesome, and I love the keycap puller, though it is difficult to use on the bottom row.
the DIP switch functionality is amazing, I love how all the keyboard is controlled via hardware, as opposed to having some sort of bloatware running on my computer all the time (looking at you, Razer)
the authentic german switches are fantastic compared to the Razer ones I'm used to, the difference is like going from rock soled shoes to foam ones.
I do have a couple of gripes, however, the mini USB cable could be longer and nicer (seriously it has like specs written on it and stuff. looks like the cheapest cable they could find) a higher quality rubber or braided one would not go amiss. the gold connectors help to an extent, however.
my other con is with the symbols row. it appears to have been printed too small and the light on some of them doesn't shine through properly, but I intend to replace the caps anyway.
overall best keyboard I have ever owned
Robert Freiberger on 02/18/2016 01:04am
I have a Ducky Shine 4 with PBT keycaps which has the basic two color LED's, but with the PBT keycaps you can barely see any lighting. When I saw the Shine 5 came with RGB, I was really interested as I never liked Corsair and trusted Ducky for their quality on previous boards (Shine 4, Year of the Horse 60%). Wanted something for work and home, so I chose the Cherry Brown edition, which I had some bad luck in the past. Some times the switches felt dirty or scratchy, but the Shine 5 felt perfect, very snappy.
The keycaps while they are ABS, feel much thicker than on the Year of the Horse keyboard. The YotH keycaps are extremely thin but let lots of light through, on the Shine 5, it's still very bright but caps don't make any cheap sounds. All of the keys feel very similar in weight, even the space bar, back space, and tabs. Nothing is loose or tight with the stabilizers.
For the RGB coloring, I haven't played with the individual key lighting, just the default settings. I tend to like the rainbow mode that displays a falling rainbow very slowing across the keys. It's relaxing and doesn't make the keyboard look like a EDM concert distracting my eyes. Just enough lighting in a dark room to find the keys and enjoy the back lighting.
I also haven't played with the macros, can't speak how they are compared with other software based settings like Razer or Corsair.
Overall I really enjoy this keyboard and feels like a very solid design. No flexing noticed (but I'm not slamming down the keys), it's a great choice but a tad pricey.
Greg on 02/17/2016 07:38am
I bought the original Shine when it came out about 4.5 years ago and wanted RGB lighting so I bought a Shine 5. This keyboard so far is well worth the money. The typing feels even better than the original and the lighting is much more vibrant and full looking. I also noticed the build quality seems to be much more solid and I like the new brushed look. The outer casing appears to be metal/aluminum but is actually plastic, but I think this is a good thing because it means less finger prints.
The customization options are also pretty extensive. While some of the modes are probably impractical for everyday use, it's still nice to have them. Setting the lighting up for individual keys is surprisingly very easy once you spend a couple of minutes figuring it out. It's nice that everything can be done on the keyboard and you don't need to use software.
My only complaint is the manual is kind of confusing for setting up the macros, but this is minor for me.
Overall, I would highly recommend buying this if you want a good mechanical keyboard with RGB lighting.
Gary on 01/28/2016 11:23pm
I usually don't go for the backlit keyboards, but decided I wanted something to annoy my co-workers. A Ducky Shine 5 in "rain drop" mode seemed to be the perfect thing. Combining that with the reputation of high quality that Ducky keyboards have, this was an easy decision (after MK assured me that if any LED's were non-functional, they'd take care of it.)
MK shipped the keyboard extremely quickly, and I had it in hand within 2 days. All the LED's work perfectly, and the keyboard was actually built with a higher quality than I had expected. The brown switches feel as if they've been pre-lubed, as they don't even have that "gritty" feeling I've come to associate with new Cherry Brown keyboards.
Of course, nothing is perfect, and I'd be dishonest if I claimed that this keyboard was. That being said, there really are only three minor issues with the keyboard (for my use):
1. The keycaps are ABS instead of a higher quality PBT plastic. (Of course, that would have made this keyboard more expensive.) This is easily remedied with another product sold by MK (Vortex translucent PBT keycaps.)
2. I could wish that the removable "feet" that raise the angle of the keyboard were a bit larger (so angle was raised more.) At the very least, it be nice if Ducky sold taller "feet" as an accessory.
3. The removable USB cable is just a standard basic cable. I'd have preferred a thicker braided USB cable. (In fact, one similar to what Coolermaster includes with the quickfire rapid would be perfect.)
Even with these issues, I still love the keyboard (and the excellent service from MK.)
Rashid on 01/23/2016 08:32am
I ordered 2. One is perfect. The other one has a few scratched buttons. some buttons with bad cuts and my backspace is switch is loose.
I also recommend you buy the wire puller from MK, the one ducky provides is not the best
Mark Midura on 01/15/2016 12:24am
Just received this today after months pining over wanting this. I'm in love. The backlight options are beautiful and fun to try out and the board quality feels very nice. Plug and play and ready to go! If you want a full-sized RGB keyboard then definitely give this a try!
Andrew Little on 01/08/2016 03:36pm
Just recieved my Ducky Shine 5 in the mail.
I have to say, you guys at Mechanical Keyboards are wonderful. Awesome customer support, awesome prices, and awesome shipping. Not one complaint about the quality of the product when it comes to shipping, it came in mint condition and delivered to her within 3-4 days as advertised.
As for the keyboard itself, it's absolutely stunning. From the LED displays on each individual key to the durability of the brush aluminum backplate, it's amazing. I highly recommend this keyboard. Ducky outdid themselves once again.My only complaint about this keyboard is that it doesn't come with a wrist rest. After using my K70 for the better part of a year now I am pretty used to wrist rests and I'm gonna have to go buy one separately now.
I will definitely be using Mechanical Keyboards in the future. You guys are awesome. For all you guys out there reading this thinking I'm getting paid to write this I'm not. I'm genuinely impressed with these guys and I guarantee you will be too.
Nate on 12/18/2015 03:44pm
It's now been over a month since it came in on November 12th.
It's faring well and I love this keyboard. The colors look amazing, especially since the color doesn't just shine through the letters but around the keys as well. The font is unique and it does come with the YOTG keyboard. There's a nice grainy texture on the keys. They chose to go with screw on rubber ends for the stand which I think was a great idea because it has better grip and makes it even more solid of a keyboard.
The ONLY con about this keyboard so far has been the LED's underneath the spacebar. Sometimes, depending on the angle I sit at, they shine right at me because of how low the led's are.
It's an amazing keyboard and shipping time was amazing, thank you Mechanical Keyboards.
Mills on 11/14/2015 11:12pm
Shipped next day, package came to CA quick from Nashville. Got here in 3 days with free shipping which is very impressive. Came in perfect condition. Keyboard is amazing. Giggled when playing with it. Cant stop finding reasons to type or watch the lights. Worth every penny.
Matt on 11/13/2015 12:05pm
I think it's trying to make love to my fingers. My fingers aren't saying no. The DAS that's now leaning against the side of my desk is calling them slutty. They don't seem to care.
I was worried about the overall slant angle being too steep (I don't get why makers tend to slant kbs toward you, it adds wrist strain), but it is only slight with the feet removed (10-15 degrees max). Keys are as solid as expected along with the switches and mounts and PCB overlay, keyboard material feels great, and the setup lets the Cherrys give perfect tactile feedback. They put the new processor to great use, the features come across as extensive and flexible.
I have only slight beefs: the cord mount on the underside really needs to be able to grab ahold of the cord so it doesn't pull and cause lateral pressure on the port (the Shine 4 had the same issue). The cord could stand to be a little longer too, although it reaches in my decently-spaced setup. There's a reeeally slight vibration on the larger keys feels like, maybe stabilizer-related.nothing slight adjustment should easily fix. The LEDs under the spacebar shine through the gap under the key when I lean back, but I dunno maybe I like it, kinda disco. I'd also like to see the next iteration have no overall slant angle at all, instead providing it completely through the use of the feet (which would be great to be able to attach to either front or back corners).
Thanks Mechanical Keyboards, you rock.
Jacob Holdeman on 11/13/2015 04:36am
I received the Keyboard a couple days after Mechanical Keyboards first got them in stock. Overall it has been a great upgrade from my K70 and I am loving the build quality.