Mechanically and physically, we found no issues with the Attack X3. In our usage, we found no flex to the board, or any resonance in the switches to cause vibrations felt in your fingertips over the long term. Having most of the optional settings out in front of you on the keys makes minor adjustments on-the-fly very easy to do without needing to venture into the software in the middle of a game. Everything works as intended, with NKROP fully supported over USB, and anti-ghosting that also works as intended so that every keystroke you make is read and recognized. We also like the adjustable light levels offered in the Attack X3, and at 100% there is no issue at all seeing every key from quite a distance.
The UIX software offers a lot of what you can find right on the keyboard, but there is still good reason to install it. If you wish to remap keys, it is a must, as well as those who use Macros with some regularity, as this cannot be done without the UIX in play. Also, if you wish to create game-specific profiles, you again need UIX to make this happen. The nice thing is, though, once the profile is set in the software, you can still make changes to the polling rates, lighting, or rollover modes as you go, allowing you to fine tune profiles while playing, and resetting the profile later, while not deep into the game. Even with an MCU we have not yet seen before, the Attack X3 held our profiles and settings without issue, and as we mentioned in the paragraph above, it can keep track of every keystroke at the same time without fail.
In the end, we feel that while most of the mechanical keyboard market demand that you pay $120 or more, sometimes near or above $200, the Attack X3 comes in with a much more budget friendly price while offering many of the same features. Looking for the best deal we could find, the $84.99 pricing makes this a standout product in the sea of keyboards being offered these days. Once the keyboard is set to your liking, and everything is saved in the UIX software, that also means it is then saved onboard the keyboard. This allows users to set up everything at home, pack up the Attack X3, and use it wherever you wish, without the need to reinstall the software everywhere you decide to play.
As we mentioned way back at the beginning of the review, for a newer release, you will be hard pressed to find a mechanical keyboard as well equipped or as feature rich as the Attack X3 mechanical gaming keyboard from Cougar at this price point, and is indeed worth every penny of the current asking price.
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- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
|Quality including Design and Build||94%|
|Bundle and Packaging||88%|
|Value for Money||99%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: Cougar delivers the Attack X3 mechanical gaming keyboard that just about anyone can afford! It is packed with features, it is solidly designed, and the fact that you can get all of this for less than $100 will surely turn heads of potential buyers.
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