Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Many of the potential customers to keyboards want a few things up front. Mechanical seems to be the trend, as we see much fewer membrane switch keyboards as of late, but along with that, many want LED backlighting, and on top of it all, affordability is key. Not everyone out there needs RGB LEDs, they do not always need software if the keyboard is appropriately designed in the first place, and in the instance of the product we are testing today, and many do not need the number pad either. Sometimes the KISS process of designing a product is vital, and does in many instances, leave us with products that rise to the top in a sea of everyday choices.
With now ten keyboards in their current lineup, many involving all the bells and whistles we previous mentioned, Cougar has had a change of heart. There must be something to what we were saying, that many just do not need or want the bloat. In this specific instance, Cougar has made this new keyboard in two versions. There is the standard 104-key offering, but along with it comes the TKL variant, because unless you are left handed, the number pad is just wasted space on the gamers desktop. Of course, Cougar does not merely introduce an ordinary keyboard in the new series, there are still a few tricks up their sleeves with this design, and all are to the advantage of the user.
What we have for you today is the Cougar Puri TKL Gaming Mechanical Keyboard. It is the shorter of the two solutions, yet, at the same time, is our preference compared to the much broader 104-key options. The Puri sticks to the KISS principle, lacking any software support, yet delivers four intensity levels of LED illumination, twenty preset modes, and even offers customization without the need for your hands to leave the keyboard. The cable is detachable to make travel more manageable, and to aid in that angle of "mobility," Cougar delivers the best cover for a keyboard we have seen to date. Even if you are not short on cash and need a new mechanical keyboard, we feel that the Cougar Puri Gaming Mechanical Keyboards offer quite a bit with little invested, and we think it is well worth your attention to continue and have a look.
These specifications were borrowed from the Cougar Puri TKL product page, as we were sent the smaller version of the Puri series. The frame is made of plastic, in two parts, which stands proud of the Cherry MX switches, and helps to contain some of the over-glow from the white LEDs. The Puri TKL is 150mm from front to back, it is 370mm from side to side, and without the feet extended, it stands 40mm tall. All told, without the cable in the mix, the Puri TKL weighs in at a mere 1.2kg. Also, well worth the mention, is the addition of a sturdy, thick, plastic, tinted keyboard cover that comes along with the Puri Keyboards. The cover not only keeps dust out, but it is magnetically attached to the Puri and is also an extra step to weatherproofing or spill proofing the keyboard.
Other features of the Puri keyboards includes things like NKRO support out of the box so that no matter how fast you press the Cherry MX switches, or how many at a time you use, all presses will be registered. Speaking of switches, there are a few options from Cougar. Most will gravitate towards red switches, but eventually, you will be able to find the Puri keyboard with silver, black, brown, and blue switch options. The polling rate is set to 1000Hz or 1ms by default, and Cougar shows that this keyboard is great for FPS, MMORPG, MOBA, and RTS gamers out there, but keep in mind, there is not Macro programmability. The last thing to cover is the 1.8 meters of braided cable, which is detachable from the keyboard. Cougar also builds in two wire management tracks into the bottom of the keyboard, to help clean up the look of the desktop.
At this time, we were only able to locate the Puri TKL in retail outlets, but when news broke of these keyboards, pricing was offered as well. At the time they were publicly released, we were told that the Puri would be sold for $79.99, and the Puri TKL is to be sold at $69.99. What we find at Newegg, is that the Puri TKL is indeed retailing at just $69.99 for the blue or red switch variants, no signs of the other three options yet. We can only assume that with the Puri TKL listing at the MSRP, the same will ring true for the Puri and its full 104-key layout. With what we can recall, there have only been a few keyboards that released in this price range, and many are not as good as the Puri in either form. Even though we are still early in the review, we feel that the price will bring the masses to the door, and once they lay eyes on what is offered, it won't be long until you are clicking the buy button.
Chad's Peripherals Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS X99-E WS - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: KLevv Cras DDR4 3000 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Intel 730 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: SilverStone TJ11 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
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