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Pro Cherry MX key switches
You can choose from Brown, Red, and Black switches to suit your specific needs. You can also change the keycaps to virtually anything you fancy - Cherry MX switches are the most popular mechanical switches by a long shot, which means you can customize your keycaps (change color, 3D print your own custom caps, etc).
Pro No software needed
The Shine 5 has all the backlighting effects built into it. To switch RGB lighting, there are keyboard combinations you can use to quickly switch between the modes. There is a custom color picking, as well as 8 modes (Full backlight, breathing, color cycle, wave, snake, raindrop, reactive, reactive advanced). You can also change the speed of many of the effects using Fn+left/right arrow keys.
Pro Great build quality
The Ducky Shine 3 has a dual layer PCB, plate mounted switches, laser printed and UV Coated keycaps.
Pro Lots of lighting modes
There are 14 pre-programmed lighting modes available, as well as 2 cusomizable modes (which you can blend together). To access the first 7 pre-programmed modes, press Fn+F9 - these are the more basic patterns with fewer colors (solid, single color breathing, solid color change, red/green waves, snake. single color & single key reactive, radiant reactive, linear reactive). Pressing Fn+F10 toggles through solid color change, colorful waterfall, color changing snake, color raindrop, colorful single key reactive, colorful radiant reactive, colorful lineal reactive.
The 2 custom modes can be activated through Fn+F11/F12. You can set per-key colors and brightness, and pressing the same button combination will make those keys breath.
Pro ABS Double-shot keycap
There are two layers of plastic in the Shine 5's keys - the print is part of the underlayer of the keycap, which means it won't wear out and allows light to shine through the printed area.
Pro On board memory for profile/setting storage
The ducky will remember all your customisation settings for the lighting and other profile settings even if you turn it off or use it on another computer.
Pro USB cable is detachable and replaceable
You can easily replace the cable with a different color or different length.
Pro Unique "logo" on spacebar to celebrate Chinese zodiac signs
The default spacebar logo is a simple one, however they include a replacement spacebar that corresponds with the Chinese zodiac year (currently year of the ram). This adds an optional design flare to an otherwise simple and professional looking keyboard.
Con No software available
Setting up custom lighting can be a real hassle because there is no software available for download to assist you. You'll need to manually set the RGB value (from 0-7) to pick the right colour/brightness, then tap each key you wish to shine that colour. Then switch the color, and tap more keys. Repeat until you are satisfied. In addition, editing the layout in the future is another pain, as there is no easy way to copy the color already on the keyboard. You will need to trial and error to match the same colour.
Con No added features
The Ducky Shine 5 is a great high quality keyboard, although it doesn't come with nice additions like USB passthrough, a wristwrest, cable management, or play/pause keys.