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COUGAR 600K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

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COUGAR 600K Keyboard Testing & Results:

The COUGAR 600K Keyboard was put through over a week of use and testing. During this time, it was used in everyday use, surfing the Internet, ranting on forums, and of course, some gaming. As a keyboard is personal to each and every individual, how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This rather subjective review is best to provide you the feedback from use rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one keyboard to another. It's pretty easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a keyboard through words rather than leaving it for you to decide what a 7 or 8 really means. No guessing game – here's what I liked, and here's what I hated.

Testing Setup:

 

 

I'll be honest here, I’m still stuck on the NovaTouch from CM, with the Topre switches. I'm deeply in love with that keyboard so it was hard to change it up again. But every now and then I do have to make some sort of change, and often that is how I find my next love – previously the CM Trigger with Green Switch... oh those are so good too. But, as always, I make the change for SCIENCE! Okay, not really, but for your sake – have to tell you it's worth it or not, right?

 

Everyday Use:

For everyday use, the COUGAR 600K is quite the nice typing experience. If you've never used a mechanical keyboard before, you might want to consider the sound of a mechanical keyboard if you might be typing in a room with others. Blues are relatively "loud" when it comes to typing, even if you're not the type to bottom out. There are some o-rings you can get that help reduce noise while maintaining most of the switch's feel, but it can still be too loud for some. You will want to do some research on your switch type to find what is right for you. After using the Topre switches, the Blues seem extremely violent in sound and took a bit of getting used to again. With that said, I preferred Green switches prior to the Topre, which were even louder.

If you already know about mechanical keyboards, then this keyboard feels quite alright, and you're already prepared for the noise. The only thing I noticed with the key layout that I found a little weird, is a little bit of a larger gap between the 5 and 6 on the number row. There seems to be a larger (though intentional) gap here for some reason. It threw me off a bit for a while. Not sure why it bothered me, but both in feel and looks I couldn't help but notice. In general, I felt this keyboard was above average for everyday use.

Working:

I use a lot of different keyboards at work. I have my own in my office, but I seem to use several others throughout the day as well: laptops, other people's, crash carts, etc. I only seem to get annoyed when the layout is really different. The 600K follows a standard layout and besides the aforementioned gap between the five and six, it has a number pad and is easy to type on. I really didn't find any issues for using the keyboard for any means of work. The only real issue I might complain about, which is easily controllable, is my lack of use of the 8x repeat rate. Because I haven't used this feature in a long while, I found myself deleting much more than I wished to. I inevitably switched back to the 1x repeat rate, but was happy that it was just a button press away. I really enjoy the high repeat rate for gaming, so I'm glad I have quick options for getting both a working world and a gaming world in the same keyboard.

Gaming:

As with most of COUGAR's keyboards, it's designed for gaming. The lighting represents the usual gaming stances at either the WASD or arrow keys, helping you find your way, even in the dark. The added secondary wrist rest wasn't my favorite thing. I like a clean desk, so when I'm not gaming I'd put it away, but then I wouldn’t go to get it when I started up a game. So when I did use it, I guess it was kinda neat, but really it wasn't for me. With that out of the picture, it wasn't a bad setup. It has become harder and harder to argue one mechanical over the next as being "better" for gaming. In this case, the 600K is a great keyboard to start with; so it's not surprising that it just works for gaming.

The only argument I can come up with against gaming with this keyboard is the lack of macro keys. If you are one to need them for your MMOs, then you might have to check out another of COUGAR's releases, such as the upcoming 700K. Otherwise, she's very responsive (especially at the 8x repeat rate), clicky clacky as needed, and durable for rage beatings between waves.




  1. COUGAR 600K Mechanical Keyboard: Introduction
  2. COUGAR 600K Mechanical Keyboard: Closer Look
  3. COUGAR 600K Mechanical Keyboard: Specifications & Features
  4. COUGAR 600K Mechanical Keyboard: Testing & Results
  5. COUGAR 600K Mechanical Keyboard: Conclusion
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