Cougar Vantar Scissor Gaming Keyboard
The Cougar Vantar Scissor Gaming Keyboard is a very nice and not so expensive scissor gaming keyboard with lots of interesting features that will make every late night gamer happy.
FN Key Shortcuts
8-Effect Customizable Backlight
Key switch - Scissor
Anti-ghosting keys - 19-Key Rollover
Interface - USB plug
Dimensions - 132(L) X 445(W) X 20(H)mm
Backlight - 8 Backlight Effects
Cable Length - 1.6m
Weight - 600g
- Good quality materials
- RGB programmable lighting effects
- Silent operation
- Anti-ghosting feature
- Small footprint
- Not so expensive
- The key caps are only partially visible
- The lack of tactile feedback
- Some wobbling under heavy gaming sessions
You are looking for a gaming keyboard, like the new RGB ones that are so trendy at the moment, but are on a tight budget? Look no further than the COUGAR VANTAR Scissor Gaming Keyboard. With this small gaming keyboard you can have the performance and the looks of much more expensive products, at a fraction of the cost. Plus, you have some extra bonuses. Let’s look at it more closely to see if it is worth it…
All our reviews start with a look at the specifications, and this is no different:
|Product name||COUGAR VANTAR Scissor Gaming Keyboard|
|Anti-ghosting keys||19-Key Rollover|
|Backlight||8 Backlight Effects|
|Cable Length||1.6m Braided|
|Dimension||132(L) X 445(W) X 20(H)mm|
Cougar targets with this keyboard gamers who want a silent gaming keyboard with silent quality feedback. This is no mechanical keyboard, rather a “scissor” switch type. What this means, is that under the key cap there is a plastic structure that resembles a couple of crossed scissors, hence the name. When you press the key down, the “scissors” close and the switch is activated. Letting it go will make a small spring push the cap upwards thus reopening the contact. This type of keys are usually found on laptops, due to the simplicity and silent operation they offer. Yet, they do not offer great feedback, since the key travel is very limited and there is no way to know exactly know when the key activates. It is cheap to manufacture, though.
Packaging and Contents
The carton box into which the keyboard is sold is small and slim. On a black background there is a picture of the illuminated keyboard and the main features of this product:
The back side of the packaging sports as usual more information:
The side of the carton box is uninteresting… Just a recap of the specs and model name:
As usual for Cougar, there is not much inside the carton box: just the keyboard and the small instructions booklet.
Description and Build
The Cougar Vantar Scissor Gaming Keyboard is small and thin, but still packs loads of features. The keyboard is flat and small if compared to normal gaming keyboards, being the small footprint sometimes an advantage though, if you think on going to lanparties or to a friend’s house. The long braided cable is enough for the tallest desks, being securely held in place to the keyboard housing. The front plate is made of plastic and has a sort of brushed aluminum look to it, which is not too bad actually.
The LED ring goes all around the keyboard, too. This is what probably makes this keyboard shine (pun intended).
Turning the keyboard over, we can appreciate the presence of 5 rubber feet and two additional plastic feet that can be flipped open to raise the keyboard a little bit.
The tag reveals all the details:
Once connected, the keyboard is immediately recognized and installed as a generic keyboard by the Windows Operative System: you will not need to install any software to make it work. I am not the type of gamer that likes flashy lights and blinking keyboards, so of the eight color combinations I decided to settle for the stable mono-color one, named “Constant” (well what else could it have been, right?). You can choose through “Rainbow 1”, “Rainbow 2”, “Breathing”, Wave”, “Constant”, “Rhythm”, “Customize” and “Ripple”.
You circle through the effects holding pressed the FN key plus the keys 1 to 8, and in some cases you can change the pattern with the arrow keys.
Another nice feature of the Vantar, is the fact that it has “anti-ghosting technology” on up to 19 keys, which are the ones gamers use the most, by the way. These 19 keys are: W, A, S, D, Q, E, Z, X, C, B, Tab, L-Ctrl, L-Alt, L-Shift, Space, and the four arrow keys.
Using the Keyboard
Using the keyboard for the past weeks has been quite a surprise, since I was not really expecting to have under my fingertips such a nice keyboard. I am used to using a mechanical keyboard for all my typing and gaming sessions (the rare ones I still manage to organize). The silent operation of the scissor keys have been a nice discovery, since I was used to hear that clickety-clack of the mechanical keyboard I used to fill up the silence of the lab late at night. the noise was sometimes so loud that during Skype calls, for instance I was asked to stop typing since they couldn’t hear me!
The Vantar changed all of this: the silent operation and the fact that I could finally turn off the office lights and still see the keyboard in front of me was a very nice surprise. Yet there are some strange quirks I found using this keyboard.
For once, even with the lights off, the key caps are only partially visible: the upper part of the letters is not perfectly lit, which makes it hard even with the raised keyboard to perfectly see the letters.
Secondly, the lack of tactile feedback took some time to get used to, since I was so used to the mechanical keyboard, but after some mileage and some “misfires” and typos, then I started to typing with “almost” the same speed as with the other keyboard.
Thirdly, even if the construction is sturdy, and the materials are of good quality, sometimes I feel the whole keyboard bends under the weight of the strongest keystrokes during gaming sessions. It does not bend so much, it kind of wobbles a bit up and down, but enough to feel the difference with a more sturdy keyboard. This is probably more due to the plastic unfolded feet than anything else, though.
The Cougar VANTAR Scissor Gaming RGB Keyboard is a very nice, light and colorful keyboard that will surely light up you late night gaming sessions. The RGB backlit keys are easy to use when writing a long document or even playing your favourite FPS. It is not a mechanical keyboard, but for the price it does not get any better, really, since you can take it home for less than 35€. This is the reason we decided to give this small but fully packed keyboard our GOLD AWARD.
Thanks to Caseking for having sent the product object of this review.
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