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Cougar Attack X3 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Cougar Attack X3 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
Cougar is back in the labs again as we take a look at its very well priced Attack X3 mechanical gaming keyboard. Is it for you? Come and take a look.
By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Feb 19, 2016 2:40 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: COUGAR

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

 

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Cougar has become well known in the peripherals game at this point, with various solutions that we here at TweakTown have had a very hard time to find fault with. This time around we lose the basic numerical naming that has come with all of our previous samples, but for the gamers out there, you still get everything you need in this keyboard. Cougar is offering a mechanical keyboard based on Cherry MX switches with four choices. It has bright red LED backlighting, and offers profiles, adjustable polling rates, NKRO and anti-ghosting, and even can be completely remapped with Macros as well. There is nothing that this design overlooks, even for the most avid gamers out there.

 

 

The mechanical keyboard we are offered this time around is the Attack X3, and our sample was sent with one of our favorite mechanical switches, Cherry MX blues. This is a full layout keyboard that includes all of the basic functionality along with a number pad to the right, but Cougar has also made full use of the F-keys along the top to offer users plenty of options without adding a ton of extra keys. This is something we are fond of as well, as most times the extra keys make keyboards too bulky, while at the same time, the larger designs also take up much more valuable desk space. With the Attack X3, you still are offered tons of features, without the hassle associated with keyboards that creep into the massive size category.

 

With all of this going on with the Cougar X3 mechanical gaming keyboard, we do have quite a bit to cover. That being said, it is almost like visiting with an old friend at this point, as the styling is very familiar, as is the feel and layout. Along with this, we again are offered the UIX system of software to take full control of the device, and as per the usual, the software is straightforward and easy to use. We also like that the frequently used customizable options are offered right on the keyboard by using the Function key plus another key for quick access. At this point, we may as well get right into what you should expect from the new Cougar Attack X3, so we can offer our opinion on just how nice of a mechanical gaming keyboard Cougar has delivered.

 

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Cougar offers us a very thorough specification chart to go over covering features, dimensions, and system requirements. We see at the top of the chart that this is the Attack X3 gaming keyboard, and is based on Cherry MX mechanical switches. While we were offered Cherry MX blue switches, users have the choice of these or black, red, or brown switches as well. It ships with 6-key rollover support as the default mode, the Attack X3 also supports NKRO mode as well.

 

The entire keyboard is backlit with red LEDs, and is built to support FPR, MMORPG, MOBA, and RTS games, and even sports onboard memory to keep track of profiles, Macros, and remapping. The Attack X3 offers variable polling rates with 1000Hz as its top choice, and next we see that this keyboard is built with a plastic frame, and as they usually do, the top surface is made from brushed aluminum. We covered the UIX system; we see that they show there are ten programmable keys, yet the software allows us to do almost anything we want to the keys. Nearer the bottom of the chart, we find that this keyboard is offered with a 1.8 meter braided cable with a USB 2.0 connection at the end, along with its dimensions and near two pounds of overall weight.

 

Over on the right, we see that Cougar lists the Windows operating systems that the Attack X3 will run flawlessly with, but we would also like to add that we have had not one single issue with Windows 10 either. At the bottom of the right side, we are again given the dimensions, but this time with renderings of the keyboard. This is so it is easier to realize, as it shows the width of 467mm and the length of 170mm in the top rendering. Below that we also see that there is the 40mm height shown, but this can increase once the flip out feet are put to use.

 

Not that the Attack X3 lacks anything, but we also know that price is a huge concern, and one of the best things about this keyboard is that what it does lack is a wallet-busting price tag. If you are to shop for this keyboard via Amazon, the pricing is set at $99, and if you are a Prime member, shipping is free. However, if you would like to save a bit more money on the purchase, you can venture over to Newegg where they list it for just $84.99. At, Newegg, unless a Premier member, you do have another $5.92 to add in for shipping, but even so the price is still less than the Amazon offer currently. It is rare that we even get to see sub-$100 keyboard roll across our desk and be based on mechanical switches, and without giving it all away up front, we feel that this pricing is more than justified compared to other mechanical offerings we have reviewed or purchased.

 

 

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