COUGAR 600K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard ReviewBluePanda -
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COUGAR 600K Keyboard Introduction:
When COUGAR first entered the peripheral market, some of its earliest products were not quite up to par, in my honest opinion. That has changed more recently, and now, in my opinion, it can be declared that COUGAR has officially joined the peripheral market on a competitive level. We recently took a look at the 700M, which was a clear competitor in the market; no longer just a "meh" product from some orange company called "COUGAR". In my book, at least, COUGAR is starting to make a name for itself, and starting to enjoy some brand recognition.
Today we'll be taking a look at the COUGAR 600K Mechanical Gaming keyboard. I've been sent the Cherry MX Blue switches (a good choice), but there are offerings for Cherry MX Black, Red, and Brown as well – so depending on what you like, there is likely something there for you. If you've never had a mechanical keyboard, I recommend reading up on the switches to see what you might like. I prefer a bit stiffer and clacky one than some, which is why Blue is my personal favorite. But staying a bit more focused, the 600K has something to make it stand out from some of the other mechanical keyboards on the market – it has an aluminum-brushed base structure. Rather than being another hunk of black plastic, it sits a little more classy on your desk with the brushed aluminum look. It provides some strength to it while maintaining the aluminum weight; and most importantly just looks bad ass. You'll notice later when we get a closer look that the keys kinda hover over this slab of aluminum.
The keyboard also provides a USB pass-through so you can plug in your mouse or other USB devices right there in front of you without trying to get to the back of your case. Although this isn't a novel feature, it's something that seems to come and go with various keyboards. There's plenty this keyboard has to offer, so let's get on with both looking and playing with it!
The box shots for COUGAR generally tend to be relatively elaborate, or at least descriptive and colorful. In the case of the 600K, we have actual images of the keyboard, as well as nice graphical images of features on the back. It's always nice to be able to see an image of the actual product if you're in a physical store and can't open the box (when one isn't on display). Personally I like to review my purchases ahead of time online and could really care less what the box looks like. However, when you are in a store buying something, a lot of the times, no matter what the item is, looks really do seem to matter.
The front of the box has the front of the keyboard on it with the keys lit up. The COUGAR logo is in the upper left corner and a large 600K is shown in bold orange letters in the lower left. A quick blurb of features is listed on the front of the box, which like the ones on the back of the box, can be found on the Specifications & Features page of this review. The back of the box goes on to show which MX switches this board is available in, as well as some of the other key features, including but not limited to: N-key rollover, brushed aluminum structure, 32-bit ARM processor, and USB pass-through. The back also shows that the wrist rest is removable and that there is an additional FPS palm rest on the left side that can also added or removed per your liking and game/preference mode. Before we open up the box, you'll notice along the edge of the box a simple orange sticker marking the switch type for the keyboard. Naturally the switch type doesn't change the keyboard appearance, so a quick method for determining which switch is inside is greatly needed. In this case you can see lucky MX Blues.
Opening up the box, the keyboard is well protected with foam on just about every edge, including the lid! The foam is very form fitting and takes a bit of effort to release the keyboard from, but is much preferred to being tossed around in a box during shipment. Inside the box, you'll receive: the keyboard, the wrist rest, the additional FPS wrist rest, a booklet to get started, and some nifty COUGAR stickers to stick on something. It's ready to go right out of the box – no need for drivers or anything to download. But before getting started, let's first take a closer look!