Ducky Shine 7 Blackout - MK Exclusive First Release - RGB LED Double Shot PBT Mechanical Keyboard

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Ducky Shine 7 Blackout Mechanical Keyboard

Available Switches

Cherry MX Black thumbnailCherry MX Black
Cherry MX Brown thumbnailCherry MX Brown
Cherry MX Blue thumbnailCherry MX Blue
Cherry MX Red thumbnailCherry MX Red
Cherry MX Silver thumbnailCherry MX Silver
Cherry MX Silent Red thumbnailCherry MX Silent Red



  • RGB LED Primary LEDs: RGB (SMD)
  • RGB LED Control LEDs: RGB



  • MK First Release Exclusive
  • Black zinc alloy top case 3x stronger than aluminum
  • PBT Double Shot seamless keycaps
  • Supports RAZER Chroma Broadcast, Ducky Macro 2.0, and Ducky’s newest RGB software
  • German-made Cherry MX key switches
  • 3 level adjustable feet
  • Brand new RGB backlight modes
  • Includes either Year of the Rat or Year of the Ox spacebars
  • Detachable USB-C cable
  • Dual layer PCB

Details and Specifications

ModelShine 7
SizeFull Size
Switch StemsMX
Physical LayoutANSI
Logical LayoutUS QWERTY
Frame ColorBlack
Frame Top MaterialZinc Alloy
Frame Bottom MaterialPlastic
Primary LED ColorRGB
Control LED ColorRGB
Hotswap SocketsNo
USB Key RolloverFull
Multimedia KeysYes
Switch Mount TypePlate
Built in Audio PortNo
Built in Mic PortNo
Windows CompatibleYes
Mac CompatibleYes
Linux CompatibleYes
Dimensions5.28" x 18.03" x 1.49"
Weight3.17 lbs

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  • It was worth the wait!
    Due to the pandemic, supply chain issues and popularity, I had to wait months and months and months. But it was worth it! I finally have my Ducky, threw the Corsair in the trash.
    The quality is top notch and I haven't had the paint chipping issue. I like the fact you can program the keyboard on the keyboard itself, no software needed. But the software does make it nice and easy. The RGB leds are nice and bright but not in your face bright, I like that. Typing is not spongy, clunky, or too loud. For me I think the brown switches are the sweet spot.

  • I love this keyboard. The quality it A . Feels like a cadillac.

  • Love the keyboard, only gripe is it chips like crazy which makes it look cheap. Looking for something else now.

  • shine 7 blackout edition, love the way the red silent switches feel, have had the keyboard for lil over 2 years. Unfortunately the paint chipped less than one month of owning it specifically by the spacebar area.

  • I got the shine 7 blackout edition with silver switches, and couldn't be happier. I've had my keyboard for about a month now and haven't really noticed any of the paint chipping off in excessive amounts. Only have one spot on the top of the keyboard thats chipped and another on the bottom right corner, but not anything that would make me dislike the keyboard.

    RGB effects look amazing, the keycaps and switches feel great. I absolutely love the blackout look of this keyboard and can see myself using this as my primary gaming keyboard for a long time. Software is easy to use, but I do wish that It offered more. Compared to corsair and razor's rgb softwares, the things you can customize with this one are quite limited. For example, I absolutely love the raindrop mode on this keyboard, but you cannot change the brightness of the RGB effects, thus making it look quite dull to the other RGB modes. I also cannot have two active rgb effects. ex: i enable raindrop mode on my whole computer, then want to add type lighting as well, i have to enable the type lighting on the individual keys I want it on and it will take place of the raindrop mode and will not run both at the same time. (sorry if i am not explaining it well)

    I'm sure this keyboard will hold up very well, but to be honest I don't really move my keyboard much unless I am cleaning it or my desk from dust so I can't be sure how well it would hold up if you were moving this keyboard from one area to the next often.

  • A disappointing failure of a product. Bought with blue switches. This keyboard is premium priced but what you get is decidedly not so. The problems lie in construction and quality control. The LEDs are a tossup, backlight is not too bright. There is no software for macros. Colors can be changed out of the box, on the keys themselves.The keycaps are sort of muddy and the shine through is not good. This keyboard is comically heavy which can be a plus for some. The blackout paint easily and quickly chips away. I repeat, THE MAIN SELLING POINT OF THIS EDITION EASILY AND QUICKLY CHIPS. The switches are lubricated haphazardly and have noticeable squeaking and pinging sounds out of the box. I was also the victim of frequent, vicious shocks by the metal case and eventually, the keyboard was fried. The keyboard feet are very weak and, combined with the weight of the keyboard, meant that even slight pushes sends the keyboard slamming down onto the desk (probably not good for the internals). Would not recommend, not by a longshot. If you're deadset on the Shine 7, maybe look at the gunmetal version instead.

  • Love this keyboard - Got it with blue switches. It is an upgrade from my Ducky Shine 4. My only gripe is the fact that the paint is chipping which makes it look super cheap. It started chipping pretty early in use and now the whole left side bottom edge corner is worn off. I still like my keyboard, but I probably wouldn't have purchased it for $160 knowing it was going to chip.

  • Back again. Bought 8 MK's this year, this is still one my top two (Varmilo Silent Reds is the other). It is the best weighted, super stable, and solid. Thousands of lines of code produced, still love it.
    Following up as I bought a full set of custom side printed OEM key caps from an artisan company -- completely seamless install and fit.
    So this is also a great keyboard for those that like modding keycaps. The solid design, coloring, and even LED -- I type on pieces of art.
    PS: All my keebs bought from mechanicalkeyboards, who has been killing it on pricing and service -- you guys work hard, thank you.
    PPS: paint chip was an early run issue, mine is flawless

  • This keyboard is my first foray into enthusiast mechanical keyboards. My wife is a huge fan, and convinced me to make the upgrade from my corsair. She also has a ducky keyboard, and the real selling factor for me was actually the weight of the products. Both of our keyboards have incredible heft to them. Not like they are additionally weighted down, but just feel extremely solid. The build quality is superb, and impossible to find a flaw in. The keys feel great, and everything works exactly as you would expect it to. The blackout addition looks very cool, and the lighting customizations are fun as well. Highly recommend the keyboard.

  • Paint chipping off, as what others have suggested here in the comments and in reddit. Return it and have it repaint would cost $50 for the shipping. If possible, try something else and avoid the frustration--this is a price range that you got tons of choice. I made the wrong choice and hope you won't.

  • I would avoid. while this keyboard feels premium. The QC is horrible. Original keyboard I received had a dead switch. I sent it back and got another and that one had a dead switch as well. To MK credit I received the new keyboard in 2 days. I would just go with Logitech or Corsair as their QC will be much better.

  • Keyboard is great, but the paint is chipping off. I will never buy another Ducky keyboard. 100% unacceptable for a $159 keyboard.

  • This is my second review of the Ducky Shine 7 Blackout. Back in December of last year, I bought this keyboard, and very quickly, the paint started to chip off. I got in contact with MK who had superb customer service, and they sent me a new faceplate so I could change it myself. We did this as I was not in the U.S and I couldn't send the Keyboard off.

    The caveat was that I would lose my guarantee, if I did the repair myself, which I understood. About half a year later of having the new faceplate, and the paint has chipped even more aggressively than before. I understand a statement was made saying the issue was solved, but I really don't know if I want to spend another 160 USD to make sure it does.

    This keyboard has left a very sour taste in my mouth and it looks like Ducky even has something to learn from other companies who do black metal schemes without any color chipping issues.

  • I rather like this keyboard, but yeah, the paint is 100% chipping off. It's chipping on spots where I don't even touch it, like the upper left side by the escape key. I'm pretty disappointed, because I bought from this store *specifically* for that blackout paint job, paying customs for it to be imported, and the paint looks kind of crappy now.

    I've had this keyboard for over a year now, I bought it last March. It's been my work keyboard during the COVID times, so I've only been using it daily since mid-March.

    Apparently, since I've had it for over a year, I'm just out of luck. I'll try emailing anyway, because if I can get a new faceplate, I would really like one. Like, this really wasn't cheap! My invoice has nearly 200$, and that's probably USD which means it's really dear in CAD. I hate that a treat I bought myself from a company everyone spoke highly of is just. Not as pretty as it should be.

    I replaced the keycaps that came with it with some black pudding style keycaps from HyperX, and I love them. I also wanted to keep the original fancy spacebar pretty!

    In conclusion: It gets a '3'. The keyboard itself is very nice, and I really like it, and it would be a 5. The paint though is super terrible, and that gets a 1.

  • As of this review, I've had this keyboard almost three months.
    Functionally, I love the way it feels and types. But, as stated multiple times before, the paint has issues. The bottom left corner of it has begun to come off, and fingernail pressure indeed will take off more paint. I'm hoping that I had received one from a batch before the paint issue was supposedly fixed.

    I can't rate this board a 1 because other than a cosmetic defect, I love it. But, seeing how I used another major company's keyboard for years that also had a metal top plate painted black, I think a three is fair since it should be reasonably fixable (and, it may have already been fixed on boards bought after mine).

  • Paint still has flaking off issues

  • Now hear me out. I don't remember when I bought this keyboard. Maybe 2018 or 2019. I did however buy it though in the silent red keycap or switch. Don't get me wrong I really enjoy this keyboard. People are complaining about the paint chipping. Honestly, it's really cool the way mines has chipped.I like how heavy the keyboard is and it has very very good lighting effects. I really enjoy the rain one. Anyways I appreciate this thing. I use it alongside a Logitech 903 for some nice lighting patterns on the less in both. I got mines with the year of the dog but it looks like a fox what do I know. Even if It didn't chip the rating would still be a 5/5. I came from some really terrible keyboards. I have really terrible typing but this keyboard hasn't sped my typing up but has refined it. I think I'm too slow for faster than light touch typing but I have learned to do it but not fast enough. My wpm before this was at least 10 now it's bordering 25-50 with fifty being because I used like 3 letter words. Uhh, It has a full function row something that was missing on my last two keyboards. I think the 10 key rollover is broken on mines but still here's an example if it works like this. nhsioadfup;jnpbisoandfubxznipcvouyh. I was pressing it like a -piano. Maybe its your hand or palm? esdx uhjnbrw5zic4g. Maybe it's not that it doesn't record but it is supposed to get all the keys? Oh well, still a flawless design. YOu can change everything or almost everything about the keyboard on the keyboard itself almost nothing required except a USB port. There is downloadable software but ngl ( not gonna lie ) I can't prefer whether or not I like the new or the old update. It seemed to change Wave to horizontal only on the kb and I can't change unless it's on the software. I never got the recording thing to work because I have never tried. I also quite don't get it. It's a small addition but tat Calculktor button not Cal for calendar is really friggin useful. Or well I really just like it. It just launches a calculator but its saved me some effort looking for it in windows. I really appreciate the lock warning not being on the caps but over in the area between the Numpad and the volume keys another nice thing. It's not a volume wheel but honestly, wheels are overrated and you get Volume Down Volume Up and Volume Off/Mute/Volume 0. The warning or lock keys are nestled right there and don't bleed any color other than white. I just have to say again I'm glad every key can get illuminated. I was given the orange keycaps. I feverish prayed I would get a dark blue sky blue or purple. But I have grown to like it. The software is really light but not lightweight. It can't do a couplet things you can't with just the FN directional keys or the F10 or space ( Fn Space triggers Color space you can select between as many colors as there are on the board. THe program allows mostly more refined color say you like magenta but brighter or softer. ) uhhh 10/10 I will for no reason as nothing has broken yet probably buy the next Shine 8. Note I don't think others will like the board as much as you will. Enthusiasts will probably say build it yourself and after building a pc yeah no thanks. I'll stick to building PCs. It seems too difficult to get something like this yourself. I haven't researched or actually asked but maybe it's easier. I hope I've mentioned everything if not just explore it yourself. I had to wait sometime but I have a K55 and an Anne Pro ( brown ) before this andits 1million times better. I honestly don;t see the appeal for TKL and smaller. Im young but ehh maybe I'm missing something. The paint chipping makes it look like its undergone some time in the military. It truly makes it look better.

  • Paint has chipped all over the front and side of the keyboard. Multiple cases of this happening if you do a quick search. Contacted MK to see if they could do anything but due to it being out of the one year warranty period, they said they could do absolutely nothing. Extremely disappointed in Ducky and MK, it's a $160 keyboard

  • My top keyboard w/ MX Browns.
    Hefty, good build, layout spacing perfect. LED lighting can be changed on board, easier than other manufacturers to change (I use Linux exclusively).
    Cannot talk enough about how the metal an weight makes all the difference. Super stable, no flex, stays in place, feels like a dream no matter how fast you go.
    Absolutely fantastic, get you one.
    PS: No paint chipping, heard that was an early run issue. Bought this later in the build cycles

  • Paint has started to chip??

    Appears to be a common issue?

  • Great keyboard. Very well made.
    A space with an image clinging to the keyboard case. It was removed, put the usual not custom - everything is fine! Nothing catches anywhere.
    Since I need the keyboard to use, and not for showing off, I am completely satisfied.
    Keycaps that are included in the set (blue color) are of lower quality than standard black ones.
    Another point, under the space bar there are two powerful LEDs, this is in addition to the one that stands on the switch, they shone directly into my eyes, apparently I'm sitting at a small angle to the keyboard. They stand a little below the metal case, I pasted a white electrical tape on the metal case under the space bar. Now you can see the glow from these diodes, but there is no direct light in the eyes. It turned out very well, I'm a master.:)))
    I can't say anything about the paint yet, I just started using it.
    In General, I recommend the keyboard to everyone.

  • Great keyboard, nice weight, great quality!

  • This is my first mechanical keyboard, and it has been an absolute pleasure so far. The Cherry MX Brown switches are solid, and coupled with the metal plate gives the entire board a solid feel and much more muted sound than I expected given some of the concerns people have with the noise levels on other boards.

    I haven't seen any paint chipping, and my fingers are cross that this truly was fixed.

    With the software, you can get the 16.7M colors on each key, but only 1000 colors if you program it on the board (which is so incredibly easy to do).
    I wish Ducky allowed macro programming with software, as keying in macros is tedious and not intuitive at all.

  • Revising back to a 4: I was able to mail my keeb back for a replacement faceplate, it does not scratch with fingernail pressure, had to pay shipping one way but it came back quick, total turnaround time was ~2 weeks. Newer models hopefully have this fixed out of this box.

  • For me so far the keyboard has been fantastic, the cherry mx browns feels great and you can feel the quality of this keyboard. I haven't encountered any paint chipping so far so keeping my fingers cross it doesn't affect me. Also I do wish the lighting was a little brighter but the it's adequate and it doesn't really bother me.

  • Keyboard is great and feels great. Running MX Silent Reds.
    My only complaint is some of the keycaps have like a "wear" to them which is annoying for a brand new product.
    Some keys have the issue where the light comes through partially so you cannot unsee it once you see it. It's almost like dirt or something is stuck in parts of the letter. For example, the letter D on my keyboard, the left line of D is blackish, so the backlight only shines through the right side of the letter D.
    This issue is noticeable in roughly 40-60% of my keycaps, which again, is annoying for a new product.

    I won't return this product as it still looks and feels great. I haven't yet experienced paint chipping but considering I see other reviews about it already I'd say I'm due for it soon.

  • the keyboard screams quality and feels great with Mx brown, but it has one issue major issue which is the color coming off :(
    and the drivers lack support for macOS.

  • An update of my review below:

    Several areas along the left edge and below the spacebar have experienced significant paint chipping, for a $160 product this is disturbing to say the least. I think it's fair to say my usage is light to moderate at most. Chips took ~6 months to show up.

  • I bought the Shine 7 in gunmetal as a return stock- good condition- on a whim. I have used it constantly since arriving and the quality is on a whole other level than I expected. I had never used a Ducky keyboard but have used the Durgod k320 Nebula with reds and it just wasn't quite the feel I was seeking coming from a Blackwidow Ultimate. The Mx Blues, while slightly quieter than the Razer greens (Thank God) are fantastic and the feel/quality of the "clicks" is just. satisfying. The keyboard is one thing, but I also wanna shout out to MK for getting it here quickly and answering questions I had. I don't think I've dealt with a company with such emphasis on customer service before.

  • Love the keyboard but paint chip is still a problem, I bought it in May 2020 and I talked to MK and they told me to the best of their knowledge this issue has been fixed. I had it one week and a corner began to chip away away. I would avoid this color altogether. I havent heard anything related to this issue with the gun metal . Besides that the keyboard is great and I decided to purchase the gun metal instead. MK was great and refunded me my money.

  • Ducky Shine 7 - Very nice keyboard and extremely happy for the most part. My only complaint (and this is predicated on the premium price of it) is that I can validate that the key caps have issues with the light coming through. Some are brighter than others in certain areas. That said, I believe the manufacturing process is exceedingly difficult so only knocking it down 1-star. Other than that (and really the lighting is not a big deal) this keyboard is amazing. It's heavy and I love it for that. It looks and feels extremely high quality. I had no issues at all (like some previous reviews) with key caps sticking or anything similar. Yes, the RGB control and macro will take getting time but at the end of the day, the typing experience is fantastic

  • This keyboard is amazing, my previous keyboard was a Cooler Master Masterkeys Pro L, but it broke down after 3 years. After much debate I settled for this one, I saw the reviews and everyone spoke positively about it, mostly at least, this keyboard was actually cheaper than the my previous keyboard when I first got it 3 years ago.

    I got this one with Cherry MX Blue switches this time around. Man, I love the sound and the clickyness of the keys. I'm not really into RGB so I just turned it off using the FN keys. The keys feel nice too, this is my first Double Shot PBT keyboard, as the CM Masterkeys Pro L was using ABS ones and it comes with USB-C to boot! Bye bye MicroUSB.

    All in all, I'm really happy with this keyboard, and I got lucky with the spacebar, as I got the Year of the Rat one (exactly the one I wanted). I run it driverless/softwareless as I have no need for RGB or that much customization.

  • Really NICE! I had some old IBM commercial keyboards that I really liked. They were built like a tank but were getting old. I replaced one of my setups with a Logitech G610 that was also very nice. It was white backlit and had a volume control, and it worked with my KVM switch. The volume control was a feature that I didn't realize I needed until I had it. Now it is a requirement for me. A few months ago I searched for a new keyboard for my other computer setup. A "premium" German brand did not save color settings when changing computers with my KVM switch. The volume knob also wobbled. I also tried 2 premium brands from a big box electronics store. Same results.

    I wanted a nice keyboard, but not too flashy with a good build quality, and I got used to having a volume control on the keyboard so that became a requirement. This has 2 volume buttons and a mute button that work fine. I also wanted backlit keys. Other keyboards stored their color profiles on the computer so using a KVM switch did not work. This stores the colors on the keyboard and when switching to the other computer, it keeps it's settings. I like that it is RGB, but does not require software installed on your computer.

    The Cherry brown switches seem fine although I am not that picky on that as long as the keys register properly. The only thing I see as a negative is the alternate key assignment (4$, 5%, 6^, etc) are side by side instead of below the primary character. I guess I will get used to that, and it's really nitpicking. Some users complained that some keys did not show properly when backlit. The one I received does not have that issue. Other users also complained that the backlight is not that bright, and I agree, but it is bright enough and I have no problem with it.

    My requirements are not all that much, QUALITY, business looks, backlit, volume control, and works with my KVM switch. Finally I found this and I am very happy with it. I have no doubt this keyboard will last a very long time and I am going to order another for my other computer setup.

    Highly recommended!

  • The product I received was great. Though I have not used it for long, the keycaps are all great and function correctly. There is the key here and there that has some kind of noticeable blockage, although for me this is not something that matters too much. The only keycap I've had that was subpar was the extra enter key that got sent with it, which for some reason was cut unevenly so it wouldn't sit properly on the board. The backlighting is also kind of dim in my opinion.

    **To anyone looking to buy this keyboard**
    I'm not quite sure I'd recommend it. Though I enjoy it and my experience is sound, it seems to be quite a gamble. The keys are quite nice and the build is very sturdy. As far as 100% keyboards go it's definitely one of the best options out there - assuming you get a good one. If you're up for the toss up then I'd recommend this KB, but this is absolutely not the pick if you're looking for a reliable purchase you can sleep soundly having bought.

  • As much as I love this keyboard, it's amazing - except for the paint. Along the bottom row the paint has been chipping and peeling, specifically where I rest my thumbs. It breaks my heart because otherwise, this keyboard is absolutely amazing, hefty and beautiful (I went with the mx brown switches because I don't like the clicking sound as much as the tactile, and it's great for my office environment, never had a complaint yet, and it's a spectacle to look at for everyone who passes me by). As such, I'm sorry to put this at only 3 stars, as, despite the quality of everything, the paint chips, and for the price that shouldn't happen.

  • This is my first Ducky keyboard and the most I have ever spent on a mechanical keyboard.

    - Would not function with my KVM (IO Gear GCS1644) - even after upgrading the firmware on both the keyboard and the KVM. I also tried both N-Key Rollover and 6-Key Rollover modes plus tired both USB power modes with no luck.
    - Backlight isn't quite bright enough. It's not terrible, but not great. Even on the brightest setting, the LEDs still have that strobe (rapid blinking) effect that I find annoying.
    - Macro recording is an exercise in frustration. The instructions are not clear - it took me some trial and error to figure out that you've got to select the timing for every single key press. That seems like an odd setting. While I understand where being able to set specific timing for each key could be beneficial, having that as the default setting with no way to turn on a system wide default timing mode (same speed as you type is the default) seems strange to me. This is another annoyance, but not a deal breaker.
    - Macro recording key combination ( [Fn Ctrl] for three seconds ) keeps disappearing. The only way I have found to restore it is to unplug the keyboard from USB, wait a few seconds and then plug it back in. I have been doing a lot of testing and making myself familiar with my new keyboard so it's possible that I am somehow pressing a combination of keys that's causing this. I have written Ducky support for help on this.
    - If you change the position of the function [Fn] key, it seems to mess everything up. I wanted a menu key to the left of the rightmost control key which is possible to configure through the DIP switches on the back of the keyboard, but once this new configuration is set the menu key acts as a function key sometimes - like when starting the macro recording process - and the function key acts normally at other times - like selecting profiles or color modes. I quickly grew tired of trying to determine when and where the function key was really the function key and when and where the menu key was the function key and ended up just setting the DIP switches back to default.

    Heavy and sturdy. Seems quality built from my first few days with it.
    Love the brown switches. Feels perfect for me - right amount of pressure, not too loud, hopefully last a good ten years or more.
    More macro keys than I could have ever wished for. Far more than the eight that the Perixx keyboard I replaced this Ducky with had.
    Configuration options WITHOUT software requirements. I primarily run Linux so having to have a Windows machine to configure macros or colors every time I want a change is out of the question.

    Overall, I am very happy with the keyboard. I'd dance a jig if they'd fix that strange timing in the macro recording and maybe even lose the strobing LEDs at full brightness, but again these are annoyances and not deal breakers.

  • Fantastic Keyboard, the feeling is great, the -BUILD- quality is great, and the software, while barebones, works just fine.

    Unfortunately, it only deserves 2 stars because the paint quality is terrible. After only some months of use, the black paint started CHIPPING, you heard that right. CHIPPING off the frame where I rest my thumb. The first time I passed my finger to see what that grey spec was, a lot of paint just fell off, and it just won't stop.

    I may just paint it, because I don't feel anybody will take accountability for this horrible quality oversight. I recommend the keyboard, yes but I believe it's a gamble whether or not you will get one with decent painting quality.

  • I had a hyperx fps alloy mx cherry blue cause it was on sale. The more I used it the more I hated the loud clicky or tactile sound they made. Now I went for a Ducky Shine 7 with silent mx red. I'm not used to it just yet but it will help with my late night gaming with it being not so loud.

  • I love this keyboard! I recently upgraded from a Logitech G110 keyboard and what can I say except it was well worth the price. This is a premium keyboard and I am very satisfied with the feel and aesthetic of it. I was disappointed with the lack of video reviews because I like to do my research before buying high priced items, and It also made me nervous that the reviews seemed to be erratic. People seemed to either love it or hate it. Ultimately, I would buy this keyboard again. (Ducky Shine 7 Blackout Cherry MX Brown)
    -Numpad is excellent
    -Useful media keys
    -keys have a great feel when typing
    -RGB is beautiful
    -keyboard design is sleek
    -love the cherry MX Browns (Key pressure is perfect for me)

    -louder than membrane keyboards (if that is a concern)

  • It lives up to my expectations. It feels and looks good. On a handful of the keys the clear plastic (where the light comes through) appears shadowy. I knew about it before buying it, and it doesn't really bother me, but for high cost this issue should have been fixed IMHO. The RGB backlighting looks great, though. In general, I would recommend the Ducky Shine 7 to someone looking for a nice mechanical keyboard with RGB backlighting.

    Background: I am a casual user (a little gaming, and a little typing) and this is my first mechanical keyboard.

    Switches: Cherry MX Brown (my first time using Cherry MXes, but I like them so far)

  • I was initially hesitant to buy the Shine 7 due to issues I've read about the spacebar and uneven keycap quality. I'm happy to say my spacebar works perfectly and the keycaps, while I can see some unevenly lit, I don't find them defective. My understanding is that double shot caps all have this issue to some extent. It does not significantly detract from this board's excellent quality and I suspect some reviewers are, frankly, a little too harsh in their expectations. 5/5 from me

  • Got my Shine 7 a few weeks ago and I love it! Cherry Browns feel amazing! Only complaint is that a lot of the key caps have the blockage that stops the led from shining through. It's very noticeable on most of the keys when trying to show off my new keyboard. I hate that if I want to get it corrected then I'd either have to RMA it or just fork out more money for new key caps. But it doesn't affect the actual performance of keyboard and I still love it! Very heavy duty and solid feeling, and the key presses feel amazing on the MX Browns!

  • First keyboard I received had a year of the dog spacebar that didn't clear properly and got hungup with most key presses. It also had a section of the lower plastic case that bulged out where it met the upper metal cover. That one should've never passed QC at the manufacturer. Return was very easy. The second one I received has no issues and came with a year of the pig spacebar that clears properly. The quality is what I'd expect from the good Ducky reviews I've seen.

  • This is my first high end mechanical keyboard purchase. Had some lower quality ones in the past and thought they were good. After taking this out of the box and feeling the heft, I knew I was at a whole new level of keyboard. This thing is amazing. Types so smooth! Gaming feels awesome. So much more responsive than my old keyboard. If you are wanting a solid, smooth and high quality keyboard this is the ticket!

    The price was a hard point for me, but you can't take the money with you.

  • This is an extremely faulty, low-quality product in terms of consistency and range. Whether you get a good one or not is up in the air. I have spent $300 on Ducky keyboards in a short amount of time, and the spacebars on both were faulty. Many other people with low-star reviews complain about their spacebar keys getting stuck. Especially with the custom-print key, this seems to be extremely common. I am using the basic key with no print, and it is usable, but EXTREMELY suboptimal and discomforting. For whatever oversighted reason, the base extends inward, and prevents the spacebar key from smoothly travelling. That gets in the way every time, and is very annoying. I am worried it will eventually start to shave the material off over time. It negatively impacts my gaming and typing experience.

    The lighting is absolutely unacceptable for this pricepoint. Many of the keycaps have some kind of disgusting blockage over the area where light is supposed to shine through, and it is very noticeable when looked for. I admit, I did not notice until someone else pointed it out, but now I always notice it. It seems to be inconsistent between different people, though I have noticed a lot of other people complain about this as well. I would not pay $10 for this keyboard if I knew how it would be. I significantly prefer the default HP keyboard my desktop came with

    Other than that, it seems to be quite a nice keyboard. I'm very upset it will not be something which can work for me. For now, I will have to stick to my Ducky Shine 6, which also has the lighting problem (and a different spacebar issue). I'm just looking for a nice board that I can game and type comfortably with, but it does not seem like this is a brand which will provide that for me. I will be trying to look elsewhere in the future. I do not recommend this product if you would care about such specifics. They are things you can ignore to some extent, but are ultimately a disadvantage. Some people may have gotten one that does not have the spacebar issue, but I clearly can't speak on that behalf, and I don't think customers should be expected to take a gamble with their money on something which is busted a large amount of the time- if not always.

  • This is keyboard is great, the only 1 star reviews are from people who received defective/damaged boards, it happens folks. It is a little deceptive to rate 1 star based solely on that, especially when MK will replace it no questions asked. Anyways, this is probably the best keyboard I have ever had in my life, thank god ducky is using double shot PBT, feels so much better to type on. This thing is a tank too, heavy af, which is a good think. I just ordered my second one for the lab because after using this at home, nothing else compares lol.

  • I purchased the shine 7 blackout edition and noticed right off the bat that the space bar was sticking with the YOTD space bar attached. Further looking at the keyboard, I noticed that the frame was bent inward towards the space bar causing it to stick. When I put the smaller black space bar on the keyboard the space key did not stick. This is my only con about the keyboard itself. I reached out to customer service and after sending a video and pictures they agreed to refund me for the keyboard. This was my first ducky keyboard and to have this happen after paying the high price for quality it is a little disappointing. After I get my money back for this keyboard I do plan on purchasing another shine 7 because I did like everything else about it besides the sticky space bar.

  • Before this, I had been using a Corsair K70 with Reds which was my first mech board. I've always heard the hype about Ducky and so, I made my first purchase with the Shine 7. My first thoughts and impressions: Solid and elegant keyboard.

    Initially, I purchased the MX Silent Reds however, I ended up swapping and returning for MX Browns. Overall, the quality and RGB of this board is amazing. My only gripe would be the keycaps. Not a lot but a small few handful keycaps have minor inconsistencies. Still, it's not a deal breaker and the board is still aesthetically pleasing. 10/10 would recommend.

  • Love the keyboard. Held it side by side with another one I had and could notice the difference in quality- especially in the keys. First time using double shot PBT keys. The feel is different and nice. I went with the black switch and love it. No space bar issues like I've read about. Was worried about that reading some of the comments below. The light doesn't shine through some of the keys and in kind of random spots on the keys though so that part is true, but its not enough for me to dock a point over. Thanks ducky! Fix those keys on the next one though will ya.

  • The keyboard I received was flawless. Worth every penny.

  • I have heard a lot of positive things about mechanical keyboards made by Ducky so I decided to finally splurge and ended up buying the Shine 7 (Blue Switch). Just couldn't pass up on features such as how it's made out of zinc alloy, and it comes with PBT Double-shot seamless keycaps. When I first held the keyboard, I knew that this was a premium keyboard. Its solid and sturdy and not too heavy. The RGB lighting is amazing, but as some people have commented, there are some spots on the keycap where the rgb light does not completely shine through. For me, this is something I could live with. I love the year of the dog spacebar. Well crafted and beautifully made. The spacebar has worked fine out of the box and I'm addicted to the sound it makes when I press down on it. I've used Cherry MX red and brown switches but the blue switch is now my personal typing favorite. This is now my favorite keyboard. I love coming home and typing on it. I currently own a HyperX Alloy Elite RGB (Cherry MX Brown), 3 Cooler Master CK550 (Gateron Red, Brown, and Blue Switch) and I have to admit that the Shine 7 has completely replaced these in my everyday usage. The Gateron blue switch is amazing and almost identical to Cherry MX blue switch, but on the Shine 7, the Cherry MX blue just sounds better and more enjoyable to type with.

  • The first Blackout Shine 7 I received has a defective RGB on the ESC. After emailing, they ended up exchanging it. The 2nd One seems to be fine so far. The Spacebar issue seems to have been resolved and the profiles from the software seem to work fine. The Year Of The Dog Spacebar is absolute bomb! The Cherry Brown switches feel smooth. The keyboard itself feels super solid.

  • I'm not a gamer, but I spend a lot of time on a keyboard and I have very large hands and I tend to be hard on them. This one is built like a tank and I am pretty sure it will hold up quite well. Went with the brown switches and they are perfect. No issue with keys sticking or missing. Use the keyboard with a ThinkPad and a desktop pc dual booting Windows 10 and Linux. Outstanding build quality. I liked it so much I ordered a TKL One2 for traveling.

  • Every thing is good. The key sounds sedate, which is the main reason I bought. Very nice!

  • spacebar kind of sucks, its sticky and doesnt always come up. probably wont buy another ducky keyboard.

  • Received this keyboard a couple days ago and it's been an absolute dream to type/game on ever since and I love the feel of the mx silvers. The different lighting modes are awesome and the RGB software is easy to use and user friendly, but I would not recommend updating the firmware the "wave" mode sort of got a downgrade (doesn't look as good as before, speed feels off) and it appears that the LEDs are possibly slightly less bright after installing the latest firmware. Sadly there is no way for me to recover the 1.0 version it shipped with. Also, as many others mentioned, not all the letters/symbols on certain key caps are fully lit by the backlighting because of the design (particularly the numpad keys), however this is quite a minor issue to me personally. These are all minor criticisms but worth noting for a $160 keyboard. Mechanically, it works flawlessly and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to drop this kind of money on peripherals.

  • By far the most well built keyboard I have ever owned.

    My only complaint is the QC issue others have reported related to the lettering on the keys. Light doesn't show through evenly on some of the keys. They are like dim spots but still completely legible in the dark. I would say about 20% of the keys have this issue on mine. Not a deal breaker for me but kinda annoying considering the price of this keyboard.

    I had to get a wrist rest. Didn't feel right to me without one. Now it's perfect!

  • Great overall, really solid heavy build, and typing and gaming are great on the mx silvers. They're very quiet and feel extremely responsive with the short travel time. Very easy on your hands for long typing/gaming sessions. I have had no issues with the spacebar whatsoever (using year of the dog keycap). That said, I have to wonder about QC with all of these reports of spacebar issues. My board has been great, but I might have got lucky.

    The complaints about some of the keycaps blocking a bit of the backlighting are accurate. It doesn't bother me much, but it should have been addressed given the price. The USB cable has stayed in place just fine for me, and I use the board on my lap so it's moved around quite a bit with the cable just hanging off the back. The keycaps should have been perfect at this price, and there seems to be a bit of a QC lottery with the spacebar, but the build quality, features, and my overall experience still make it a 5 for me. Definitely recommended.

  • I honestly don't see what the problem is with the backlights. It seems to shine through pretty much perfectly on mine, not to mention the manufacturing of the keyboard is great. The only minor issue I found is on the far right end, some of the words aren't textured very well, but otherwise no complaints. This is definitely a top tier keyboard.
    (I got mx silent red, if that means anything.

  • the keyboard's space bar gets stuck and is impossible to use to play games.

  • Recieved my Shine 7 Blackout on time. The quality looks great feels well constructed and heavy. I got the blue switches. The only issue I have experienced is the spacebar seems to get caught on it's way up on the case. I flipped the space bar upside down and it seems to be better but it does still get caught on occasion. I think either the stabilizer functionality for the space bar is not functioning properly or the case is too close to the space bar or maybe a little of both? I can see a similar issue from what others are saying about the caps and not all the light coming through in the right places for the legends. For me it's not that bad but I guess for the price I paid I would expect it to be better. I would like to see what can be done to fix this spacebar though as it does impact typing significantly.

  • Going to agree with other reviewers about the PBT key caps. Lighting doesn't evenly show through many of the letters, numbers and symbols. I may look for an alternative key cap set and just keep the "year of the dog" space bar. Otherwise, it's solidly-built and works great. LED lighting is smooth. Would buy again, even knowing the key caps need replacing.

  • Received the keyboard before the ETA which was nice! This was my first Ducky keyboard and I was very excited to use it.
    Upon opening and setting up, I noticed that most of the key caps on the number pad and other miscellaneous keys on the board were not allowing all of the backlighting to shine through. I took off these caps, and like Adeel mentioned, there were strips of black plastic blocking the subscripts. Also as jt mentioned, on some of the other dim keys, there is no black strip blocking it, but it just doesn't let enough light through. Despite this, it isn't big enough an issue to return the entire board.
    Overall, will be keeping it because the performance is mechanically perfect, but it is just the key caps that are visually disappointing on this $160 board.
    Debating whether or not I should purchase a whole new key cap set just to resolve this, but it feels like I shouldn't be required to.

  • 1 to Adeel's comment: They keycaps on my blackout are just plain bad. Not talking about manufacturing defects but design flaws:

    1) On keys with a legend that includes a floating center piece of black (A,B,D,O,P,Q,R,Alt,Shift,Caps4,6,8,9,0,symbol keys, others) one or more black pieces of plastic block the backlight from illuminating the entire key legend. On the Pause key the entire bottom half of the e is not illuminated at all, same for top of e on the Home button. Looks outright defective but pulling the keycap and looking shows it is just how these cheap keycaps were made.

    2) In the Shine 7 keycaps the transparent plastic does not allow much backlight to show through, making them rather dim when illuminted. After swapping in the higher quality keycaps from my shine 4 the dimness is gone.

  • I've had this keyboard a few weeks now and it has been 100% unusable. The spacebar stops in the middle of the return and will stay activated. I have swapped out for both keycaps that came with the keyboard multiple times and it has the same issue.

    (from MK) Dear Eric, we're very sorry to hear about this issue. Please contact us to request an RMA so we can investigate and fix this issue for you. Thank you, The MK Team

  • just received it. nice keyboard, though the USB-3 wire is loose and sometimes disconnects. May need to purchase my own USB cord. Very satisfied with my selection. **Cherry MX Brown.

  • This is my first ducky keyboard that I have tried, I got the silvers keys, and I love the keyboard. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is into gaming and tech.

  • First off, this rating has nothing to do with the actual keyboard. The unit is amazing and I'm very happy with it mechanically.

    However, I am very disappointed in the molding process used on these PBT keycaps on the Shine 7. The feel and finish is incredible, but many of the keys have this black strip underneath the keycaps which significantly block light from passing through the keys. It looks extremely ugly and quite honestly shouldn't exist on a $150 keyboard.

    What really bothers me is that this doesn't exist on all the keys, but over 20 of my keys have this black gunk underneath the keycaps, which prevent the RGB from shining through evenly across all keys. I was told by MK that this is a normal issue with the molding process, and Ducky themselves have said so as well. However, this has apparently been an issue with Ducky keyboards for many years, with nothing fixed yet.

    Aside from that, the keyboard is amazing. But buyers need to know about this molding issue if they care about the RGB shining through their keyboard. Poor QC on keycap uniformity brings down an otherwise amazing keyboard.

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