Packaging and Accessories
Ducky sent the Shine 6 keyboard along with the One 2 Skyline we saw before directly from Taiwan, and as with that keyboard, this one arrived inside multiple layers of bubble wrap to add further protection to the packaging. With the wrap removed, we see a colorful product packaging using a dark blue background. On the front are some graphics, including an 8-bit world map along with the name of the company and product. This continues on the back and sides with the product name printed again above some salient specifications about the keyboard inside, including which Cherry MX switch is used (MX Black RGB in my sample).
There are no seals, but two double flaps on the side help with keeping the contents inside in place. Opening the box, we see yet more thoughtful packaging to protect the keyboard. Ducky has a second cardboard box that houses some of the contents, and a smaller cardboard compartment on the left to keep the accessories separate during transit. There is a small gap in the main compartment's front for a set of replacement keycaps (the color is randomly chosen by Ducky). This sample came with eight such keycaps in their Sea Blue color and includes four arrow keys, Backspace, both Enter keys, and the Esc key. Thick PBT plastic greets us here (average wall thickness of 1.39 mm), with doubleshot injected legends in white making these long-lasting as well.
The keyboard is inside the main cardboard compartment, and there is yet more protection offered by the use of a plastic clamshell that is made to fit the 108 keys on this sample. It has a Ducky logo in the top-right corner, and underneath the keyboard are a warranty card as well as a multi-language user manual. The latter half of the manual covers English speakers such as I, and I strongly recommend going through it to better understand the onboard controls available. An online version is available here for those who need it.
The rest of the accessories all come in the separate compartment in the left. We see a detachable keyboard cable with a rubber insulation on top here, as well as gold-plated connectors on each end. Given this keyboard was released in 2016, the use of micro-USB is not a surprise, but I would definitely expect Ducky to use USB Type-C for an eventual successor in the future. One of the unique things about the Shine 6 is integrated support for a mouse bungee to help direct the mouse cable in a specific direction. This is done via the next accessory set that includes two rubber pieces that go together, and we will take a closer look at these in action on the next page. Ducky also includes a replacement PBT plastic space bar keycap, and it is fairly plain in design with a few dots in a line to allow light to pass through. Presumably, the stock space bar keycap is different, and we will take a look at it shortly as well. Finally, we have a very nice wire-style keycap puller. Ducky helped introduce a sub-brand dedicated to keycaps last year, called Hardcap, and the keycap puller carries their name on the base, along with the logo on the other side. Wire keycap pullers are preferred over plastic ring pullers since they do not scratch the sides of keycaps when used and can also be used to remove multiple keycaps without needing to remove one each time, which makes removing several keycaps in succession faster.