Don’t beat yourself up if you’re not familiar with the Cougar brand. It’s a German company that’s been in the game since 2007, though its presence in the United States is largely overshadowed by companies like Razer and Logitech, two of the bigger dogs in the gaming peripherals scene. But likeRoccat, another device maker headquartered in Germany, Cougar is making an effort to establish a higher level of brand recognition on our home turf by releasing competitive gaming gear that blend form and function.
The product we’re looking at here is Cougar’s 600K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. It’s a subdued version of Cougar’s flagship 700K intended for people who want the look and feel of the higher end plank, but not necessarily all the features (or price) that it comes with.
“We knew that there were people who simply weren’t interested in the plethora of functions offered by high end keyboards, but at the same time didn’t want to settle for a lower end one. For all those people, who just want a pure, high quality mechanical keyboard in a durable and elegant design, we created the Cougar 600K,” said Lio Huang, Marketing Dept. III Director, Cougar.
To Cougar’s credit, it didn’t simply take an ordinary keyboard and add a bit of “Look at me!” styling to justify the “gaming” descriptor. Despite the lack of custom drivers and software, there are a few gaming elements here that we’ll cover in detail, such as LED backlit WASD and arrow keys. This is also a mechanical plank that’s available in four different Cherry MX flavors (yes, we’ve tasted them, and no, they’d don’t taste like their colors) — Blue, Black, Red, and Brown.
|Key Switch:||Cherry MX Blue mechanical|
|Processor:||32-bit ARM Cortex-M10|
|N-Key Rollover:||Yes (USB mode support)|
|Game Type:||FPS / MMORPG / MOBA / RTS|
|Polling Rate:||1000Hz / 1ms|
|Repeat Rate:||1X / 2X / 4X /8X|
|Material:||Aluminum / Plastic|
|Interface||Golden-plated USB plug|
|Cable Length:||1.8m braided|
|Dimension:||230 (L) x 467 (W) x 40 (H) millimeters|
9.06 (L) x 18.38 (W) x 1.57 (H) inches
|Weight:||1.1kg / 2.4lbs|
|Price:||$130 to $140 (street) – Find It At Amazon|
For a primer on other types of key switches, check out our recent five-way mechanical gaming keyboard roundup. I’d also suggest reading our evaluation of the Das Keyboard 4 Pro, which is another Cherry MX Blue keyboard that’s comparable in feel to Cougar’s 600K. They’re not required reading, though both will give you points of reference.