Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
To most, Cougar may still be a PSU, fan, and chassis company, but after what we saw with the 700M, we found Cougar is also trying to get to the top of the heap in peripherals as well. If you happened to have missed that review, we strongly urge you to go have a look, as it was there that we saw the high level of construction, the use of top-tier components, and software that just wouldn't quit. The way the market is today, it seems to take devices that are a step above the rest just to stand out, let alone get someone to actually buy it. However, with what we saw, the 700M was worth every penny required to own it.
Today, rather than addressing that highly regarded 700M from Cougar, we shift slightly left on our desktop to their latest mechanical keyboard. This time around, we get a culmination of many successful designs that proceed this keyboard. To give you a basic idea of what we mean, imagine something like the Corsair K Series keyboards with the black caps, LED lights, and that sleek aluminum plate; then, mix in a fair bit of the Logitech G710+. If that hasn't quite raised an eyebrow, we still need to add in a splash of ROCCAT Ryos LED lighting. Now, take all of that, stir it in a pot, and you have a very good sense of how Cougar is taking the best of the best, and dropping it into one sleek, and very unique looking mechanical keyboard.
If you haven't already guessed, today we are going to look at the latest peripheral from Cougar, the 700K mechanical keyboard. Of course, the 700K incorporates everything we addressed, but things are never just that simple. Cougar has taken liberties to individualize this keyboard outside of just slapping the Cougar name on the basic Corsair, Logitech, or ROCCAT design. Instead, they have taken their own route and have delivered something that could very well be the nail in the coffin to all of the aforementioned designs. Cougar seems to have found the perfect blend of all three, and delivers a product anyone would be proud to own and have on their desktop.
Cougar has no issues putting forth all of the information they think would be worthy of the customers attention, and does a nice job putting it all out front. The Cougar 700K is based on Cherry MX switches, but you do have choice of reds, blues, browns, and the blacks that we find in our 700K. Next, they note that this keyboard has a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 MCU onboard. The 700K supports six-key and NKRO, and is made for just about every game type. We then move back inside, as it shows there is 512KB of onboard memory, a 1000Hz / 1ms polling rate, and there is an adjustable repeat rate as well.
Next, we see that this keyboard is made of aluminum and plastic, and all plastic bits are molded in black, except for the key caps, which have been painted black. The aluminum is left in its natural state, and is brushed. The 700K also uses the UIX software to take control of the six G-keys, and LED lighting modes, both when in use and during "sleep" mode. The software also allows you to make and organize profiles and Macros. The rest of the specifications cover the additional palm rest, the extra audio jacks and USB port, the 1.8 meters of braided cable with gold plated connections, and finishes with the weight and dimensions.
When it comes to pricing, the 700K is not cheap, but let us add some perspective with comparative release day pricing first. The K90 listed at $139, the G710+ was $119, and the Ryos MK Pro was a whopping $169 when it released. Considering it is a mix of the best of the best of all three of these keyboards, we would almost certainly expect it to cost more than all three of these boards. However, when we were shopping around, we found that isn't the truth at all. In fact, Cougar has priced the 700K right in the middle at $149.99. Now, that is still up there in pricing, but for what you get in the 700K, we feel the price is more than justified, and with all things considered, it is a downright great deal.
PRICING: You can find the Cougar 700K for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Cougar 700K (BLACK switches) retails for $141.42 at Amazon, and the Cougar 700K (RED switches) retails for $149.99 at Amazon
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