Cougar Attack X3 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
From the left side of the Attack X3, we start off with a very familiar view of a Cougar keyboard. The black plastic frame wraps around the back and the front edge, as well as running along the bottom. These are all used to either encase the edge or support the brushed aluminum plate that supports the switches. We can also see that laying it flat on the table results in the key caps being angled slightly away from the user.
The larger section of the keyboard and the 74 keys shown here all have black key caps with opaque legends. Even without lighting active at this time, everything is easy to read and to locate the secondary functionality is just as easy.
Along the top, using the F-keys for dual functionality, we start out with the F1 through F4 keys. These are used for M1 through M3 denoting the three profiles you can swap through, and the F4 key is used to cycle through the LED lighting options.
The F5 through F8 keys are used for the polling rate adjustments. While this can be set in the UIX software, if you need to change it on-the-fly, you can use the function key with these to change from 125, 250, 500, or 1000Hz options.
Switching gears, the F9 through F12 are then used for multimedia functionality. There Cougar offers a play/pause button, one to stop the track, previous track, and next track features.
The thirty-three keys to the right side of the Attack X3 covers the commands, arrows, number pad, and a few more multimedia keys. All of which are mechanical as well, except for the three multimedia keys here, which are rubber dome switches.
Again, you can select the rollover support in the software, but it is just as easy to change them on-the-fly using the Print Screen and Pause Break command keys while pressing the Function key.
As to the trio of rubber dome switches, these continue the multimedia functions, offering a mute key, volume down, and volume up.
Extending the feet under the keyboard as we look at the right side of the Attack X3 offers us not only the back of the keyboard raised, but it allows the key caps to now be angled toward the user for a more ergonomic attack to the keys.
Under the keyboard, we find two rubber feet at the front edge, and the flip out feet in the back have rubber tops which act as the feet for the back, even when they are not flipped out. There is a product sticker in the center of the panel, and also, a quality control sticker that is placed over one of the screw holes. So if you do decide to open this keyboard, Cougar will know, and likely void your warranty.
We already made mention of the rubber used to top the flip out feet in this design, so that whether collapsed or extended, the Attack X3 has a grip on the desk. Once extended, these feet offer three-eighths of an inch increase to the back of the keyboard.
The 1.8 meters of cable is sleeved with a black braid of cloth to cover the cable before terminating in a USB 2.0 connection that has the Cougar name imprinted on it to make it easier to find in the rear I/O panel. The only thing missing is a Velcro cable strap, as this keyboard is fully programmable and stores it all onboard the device, it would help to make traveling a bit easier with this product.
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