Cougar Attack X3 Mechanical Keyboard
With a price of just under 100 €, the keyboard is also quite pricey and now also available with other CHERRY MX switches as well as with RGB illumination
Product name: Gaming keyboardCOUGAR ATTACK X3
Key switch: CHERRY MX, mechanical switches
N-key rollover: Yes (USB mode support)
Complete background illumination: Yes
Gamy type: FPS / MMORPG / MOBA / RTS
On-board memory: Yes
Polling rate: 1000 Hz / 1 ms
Material: Aluminium / plastic
Software: COUGARs UIX™-System
Programmable Keys: 10
Cable lenght: 1,8 m, sleeved
Dimension: 170(L) X 467(W) X 40(H) mm
Weight: 0.9kg (1.98 lb)
- Good build quality
- Cherry MX Brown keys
- The UIX Software is simple to use (only online)
- Pricey but worth it
- Not homogeneous illumination of the keys
- Feet too small (for my tastes)
Today I will test a mechanical keyboard from Cougar, the Attack X3, which draws attention to itself with a robust construction and bright red background illumination. You can read in the following review, how this particular keyboard has surprised me during the use and what impression it left on me after a couple of weeks’s use.
But first a look at the technical details:
|Product name||COUGAR ATTACK X3 Gaming Keyboard|
|Key switch||Mechanical Cherry MX|
|N-key rollover||Yes (USB mode support)|
|Full key backlight||Yes|
|Game type||FPS / MMORPG / MOBA / RTS|
|Polling rate||1000Hz / 1ms|
|Material||Aluminum / Plastic|
|Software||COUGAR UIX™ System|
|Cable Length||1.8m Braided|
|Dimension||170(L) X 467(W) X 40(H) mm
6.69(L) X18.39(W) X 1.57(H) Inch
|Weight||0.9kg (1.98 lb)|
Packaging and Contents
The Cougar ATTACK X3 is delivered in a black box, on the front of which a large picture of the keyboard itself can be found, as well as the model name and the reference to built-in CHERRY MX switches. Of course, the key features of the keyboard and the possibility to configure the keyboard with Cougar’s own software called Cougar UIX are also not missing.
The contents of the box are not so impressive: apart for the keyboard itself, there is only a short manual in the package.
Description and Build
Immediately noticeable right on the packaging, there is a picture of the keyboard that is not exactly like any other completely black colored keyboards that are usually in the market, but a rather light-colored keyboard which stands out from the large crowd of keyboards around. The detached keys are surrounded by a base plate made of brushed aluminum, which gives the keyboard a lot of value and stability which few competitors have. The design with the bevelled sides does not appear too aggressive or even obtrusive, but rather moderate and coherent. The manufacturing quality of the keyboard is easy to describe as very good, the cable is very tightly attached without being too stiff with a strain-relief rubber grommet to the keyboard casing.
The Cougar ATTACK X3 keyboard uses the “standard” keyboard layout with three additional volume buttons in the upper right corner, these are the mute button and volume – / +. The top row, the Functions keys, are double function and divided into groups. From left to right, we have then the custom profile keys, the controls for the LED backlighting, the polling rate and the multimedia. Writing on the keyboard is very comfortable, though the user will hear some noise as the mechanical switches make the click, but the Cougar ATTACK X3 with its CHERRY MX Brown switches is remarkably quiet. The keyboard itself wants to meet an ergonomic requirement by being slightly oblique, but the feet are a bit too small for me and only raise the keyboard minimally.
The key caps have a clearly legible inscription, but are not perfectly illuminated due to the mechanical design. This is due to the design of the CHERRY MX switch with each button individually illuminated. Together with the aluminum plate, this still results in a very impressive illumination of the entire keyboard, yet with the above mentioned drawbacks. The brown CHERRY switches are very popular with many users with their tactile and quiet action, since even upon a pressure force of 55 grams and a movement of only two millimeters the switches click very quietly and precisely.
A Closer Look
I had the Cougar ATTACK X3 several days in practical use and I must say that this is one of the few keyboards that is a lot of fun to use, due to its unobtrusive appearance and the very precise and especially quiet Cherry-MX-Brown keys.
The illumination effect can be modified by the user in 5 different modes. Using the FN + F4 combination, you have the following variations: 100% – “Breathing effect” – Off – 33% – 66%. In the same way, you can also set the polling rate. with the key combination FN + F5 to F8 which results in polling rate steps that go through 125 Hz – 250 Hz – 500 Hz and 1000 Hz.
The only “drawback” which has disturbed me a little bit, is the fact the feet are too short so that the keyboard is for me a little too flat. But you can get used to it very quickly and after a few days you will not notice it anymore.
The software Cougar UIX, which unfortunately is available only online, right after the first installation will update the keyboard firmware, in order to have always the most recent version. The update runs automatically and immediately after the software has recognized the keyboard. Even later from time to time the process will run automatically, otherwise the software is very clearly designed and can be operated simply and without complications.
The UIX software is divided into three basic areas: performance / key assignment and light control. Talking about performance, the user can select the polling rate, just as on the keyboard with the of FN + F5-8 combination, as well as adjust the keystroke delay and, of course, the desired rollover function.
The Key Assignment function is self explanatory, each key can be individually assigned, and the function can be save as a profile and later used “on the fly”.
Regarding the light control function, the illumination of the keyboard can be easily set and recalled up by fast access using FN + F4.
With the ATTACK X3, Cougar has introduced a first class all-round keyboard to the market. The deliberate not inclusion of equipment is here however more worth as for example an additional USB connection.
The workmanship is outstanding and the quality is very good. This starts with the cable and ends with the cleanly turned screws in the aluminum panel. Technically, the keyboard is up-to-date, with the use of the CHERRY MX buttons, in this case the brown version. Only the particular non-homogeneous illumination design of the keys could be criticized. The UIX software is simple and easy to use, however it has to be downloaded from the website since thre is no driver CD. The only noticeable shortcoming that this keyboard has in my opinion would be the small feet, but should not be a problem in general since it is a matter of personal preference.
With a price of just under 100 €, the keyboard is also quite pricey and now also available with other CHERRY MX switches as well as with RGB illumination.
I enjoyed the keyboard very much, and can only recommend it as an absolute all-rounder.
Acknowledgments: I would like to thank Cougar for providing the test sample.