Hi all, relatively new poster here.
I just received my Shine 3 from mechanicalkeyboards.com today. It's a MX Blue with the Red backlight. General impressions as a new user are quite good. The keys have a crisper action compared to my old CM mechanical keyboard with MX Blues that my wife took possession of. I suspect that the key caps are lighter. The overall size and feel is excellent, although I still have to get used to the key spacing. I did not order wrist rest at the time but I think I will have to put in my order now; is the full size wrist rest compatible with the Shine 3?
I think the build quality is "good" but just that. The board doesn't bend (much). On the table, in use, it is solid and stable. It also has considerable heft. That said, handling it does not give me a "carved from a block of metal" feel; I think my older CM QuickFire feels equally solid for half the price. Looking at the construction, I think I get this impression from a slight creaking I hear when grasping and lifting the board by the edges but I am not worried because it looks like "settling in" that I suspect will go away in short order. There is some loose plastic on the back surface of the keyboard. Again, not to call out undue concern; it is a solid keyboard but I do not feel it is the standard setter when it comes to solidity, particularly at this price.
The lighting modes are interesting. The color of the backlight is quite good. The red is rich. My only complaint is that the positioning of the LEDs vs. the numeric keys is such that the symbols are highlighted more brightly than the numbers. Below is my crummy phone picture...
Overall, I'm quite happy; since we built a PC for my wife and the QuickFire went to her, I have been using some freebie membrane keyboard from 10 years ago while waiting for the Shine 3 and K70 (with MX Blues) to show up. The Shine 3 arrived first, and I have no regrets about the purchase.Edited by sphinx99 - 8/14/13 at 5:55pm