Cougar 500K Keyboard
Fresh out of the box, we find that the 500K resembles the 700K quite a bit. Rather than the aluminum top plate though on the 700K, this time, with membrane switches being used, they opted to go with black plastic across the keyboard to match the front and back edges.
Because of the extra buttons on the left edge of the keyboard, this time, unlike the smoother sides of the 600K, the 500K has a large angled section that sticks out a fair bit past the main shape.
As for those six extra keys, they are marked G1 through G5, and all are programmable to do just about anything you may need them for. It could be to launch an application, it could be for Macros, it could also be for anything else you may need to add to your keyboard layout for day to day productivity.
At the top edge of the 500K, rather than repeat rate buttons, we find a on-the-fly Macro Record button, and three keys specifically marked M1 through M3 that can also be used to swap keyboard modes. This time, unlike in the 600K, the LED notches to the right actually function, and are set up to denote which repeat rate is currently in use.
The layout of the main section of the keyboard is pretty standard for what we are used to these days, but there is one major change to this design over most others. If you look to the space bar, you will see that it is split into two sections so that you can opt to reprogram the G6 key if desired.
At the top edge of the right side of the 500K we see that there is a lighting control button along with a Windows lockout button, and moving to the right we see some of the multimedia keys as well, separated with the lock LED lighting to denote the Caps, Scroll, or Number locks are active.
Moving back a bit to take in the rest of the right side of the keyboard, we find all of the usual suspects. The scroll lock and pause/break keys allow you to swap roll over modes with the Function key, and along with the main arrow keys, we also see that the 2, 4, 6, and 8 keys on the number pad can also be used for movement.
The right edge of the keyboard is much like we see on any keyboard. It is angled back a bit, and also angled to keep the styling that Cougar keyboards offer. While we did not see one on the other end of the board, on this end there is a brass coated screw that matches the brassy Cougar name plate that runs the top edge of the keyboard.
PRICING: You can find the Cougar 500K 1000Hz Membrane 32 Bit ARM Keyboard (KBC500-WRNSB) for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Cougar 500K retails for $79.99 at Amazon.
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