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Cougar 600K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Jun 24, 2015 8:09 pm
TweakTown Rating: 84%Manufacturer: COUGAR

Cougar 600K Mechanical Keyboard

 

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As we peer down on the left side of the 600K, we can see the textured plastic lower section that wraps around the top and bottom edges of the keyboard. In the middle of that, we also see the angled, brushed aluminum plate, that offers a brass screw near the back.

 

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At the top left edge of the board, we find the repeat rate buttons, and they can be set to one press every time a key is pressed, on up to eight key presses for each individual key input. To the right of the buttons are slits exposing the LEDs that denote which of the modes is currently active.

 

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The main section of the keyboard offers the typical layout of keys. Another thing about the exposed plate design holing all of these switches, is that when you fill it full or Pringles and Doritos, all you really need to do is lift the keyboard and shake it a bit to clean anything that may have gotten dropped between the keys.

 

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At the top right hand side of the 600K, we start off with the lighting button that allows the arrows and WASD keys to illuminate if desired, and next to that is a Windows lockout key. Moving more to the right, we find the play/pause, stop, rewind, and fast forward keys. Below that on the aluminum plate, they continue the multimedia keys offering the mute, volume down, and volume up buttons.

 

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As for the rest of the keys on the keyboard, again it is very typical, except for two of the keys. The Scroll Lock and Pause Break keys are dual function, and is how you would swap between 6K (6-key rollover) or NK ( full n-key rollover) support.

 

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As we move to the right side, we find a mirror image of what the left side offered, even down to the brass screw that also matches the Cougar name plate on the top edge of the keyboard.

 

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Spinning the keyboard just slightly more to the left, as we reach the back edge of the keyboard, we almost immediately run into the USB 2.0 pass-through port.

 

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This braided cable comes out of the keyboard with a huge rubber support grommet dead center of the back. The single fat cable then breaks down into two plugs. Both are gold plated, both say Cougar on the connection, but on the flip side, one had a keyboard printed on it, and the other has a USB symbol to denote which is for what.

 

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The underside of the keyboard is very smooth across its surface without much shaping or design to strengthen the aluminum top plate that rides above this. The front corners of the board offer small rubber pads, and at the back, the only pad to be found is on the extendable feet.

 

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We get that many do use the flip out feet to increase the angle of the keys, but we do wish that these feet ran side to side, as in our use we collapsed these quite a few times.

 

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Stepping back a bit, and clicking in the wrist rest, we find the left side has a rubber palm rest, and along with the product naming in the middle, we find the use of more brass colored bits to match the rest of the design.

 

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The rubber pad is removable as it is held in place with magnets, and while the shape is definitely wrong, it can indeed be used on the right hand side of the keyboard for those who just prefer to use the arrow keys while gaming.

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