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post #1 of 20
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Hey, I´m looking for my first mechanical keyboard and I narrowed it down to these options, either Ducky Shine 3 which I like the most tho the cheapest I can get it is 210$, I can also get Filco for 200$, Max 200$, Das 180$, Quickfire Ultimate 150$, ZA0100 Topre Type Heaven 210$. I want it to be Full Size, I don´t care about customizable keycaps, Lighting would be nice, Brown Switches. I´m from Europe, Czech Republic. Do you think it is worth it to pay so much for Ducky? or Should I just go with Quickfire or something else? Thanks in advance to all of you:3 !
post #2 of 20
I have a Ducky Year of the Dragon limited edition. My GF has a CM Quickfire Rapid.

Both are nearly identical in form factor. The Ducky costs about 3 times as much as the CM.

Guess which one is actually better - the Ducky right? WRONG! Quickfire Rapid is so much nicer compared side by side. Better feel, better build quality, better looks. The only downside is the lack of backlighting.

If the Ducky YOTD and the CM QFR are indicative of the Shine 3 and QFU, I would definately go for the cheaper, better QFU. Especially since the QFU actually does have backlighting.
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You Actually seem convincing biggrin.gif I might reconsider and maybe get Quickfire. Well after all, I pay extra 60 dolars just becouse I´m from Europe. Both keyboards are 150dolars at it´s home region.
post #4 of 20
The qf ultimate is just a touched up pro, which is made by iOne not Costar like the other qf boards. It does not have the same build quality.

For those prices I would recommend either the Filco for rock solid build quality and feel or jump to the type heaven with topre switches.
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I have a Filco Majestouch 2 and a Ducky Zero.

The Filco I've had for close to a year, the finish on the keys is still in tact. The finish is pretty smooth but still grippy enough

The Ducky I've had for a few months and the finish is going glossy/smooth already. The finish is more grippy but seems to wear easily.

The Ducky has volume, mute, and calculator keys though, and caps/num/scroll lights on the keys themselves.


If the finish was better on the Ducky, I'd have two of them. I'm using my Filco over PS2 though (better response time compared to USB). Both have N-Key rollover
post #6 of 20
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Well Filco would be about 50 $ more expensive over QFU. Which is not a low amount. I think in my case its more about either QFU for 150 $ or Ducky for 210 $.
post #7 of 20
The difference in build quality between Ducky and Filco has narrowed considerably, so much that I would recommend the Ducky Shine 3 if you want backlighting, the Filco Majestouch-2 if you don't but want MX Browns, or the Type Heaven if you want topre switches.
post #8 of 20
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Ye, I might be getting Ducky Shine 3 from Qtan.
post #9 of 20
I have a ducky shine 3 with browns and it is practically equal in build quality/weight/feel to majestitouch. The old Ducky boards left a bit to be desired. Can't comment on their new Zero range, but I can only assume they've got a few corners to get the cost down.

In all honesty, when you get down to discerning the small differences between keyboards, you are really starting to become obsessive. I will admit that I am a bit obsessive when it comes to how much research and excitement goes into getting the perfect keyboard or mouse etc with obsessiveness comes $$. If you're not really that obsessive about it and you just want a board that has brown switches that won't just break in a few weeks, then there are really a LOT of products to choose from. If you want to start comparing the nitty gritty finer details at the high end of things, then it's really just personal preference and budget that narrow the choices.

I would have got a Filco, but I wanted back lighting and it's hard to beat the shine 3 on that front. On the other hand, for my work pc I have a $70 basic Cherry brand board with blue switches that is so flimsy it feels like it could break if I pushed too hard, but I don't care about that because it's essentially disposable and the main priority is the feel of the blues.
post #10 of 20
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Ok, I will be getting Ducky Shine 3 from Qtan for 186$, which I think isn´t to bad. (tho still undecided between brown and red switch, I already tried brown and tomorrow I´ll be trying red).
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