The Cougar 200K keyboard is a rather smartly designed product, with simple and appealing aesthetics that don’t scream at you, like most “gaming” products. The lighting effects are well done, the illumination levels are just slightly bright in a dark room, but the colour choices are appreciated.
Functionally, the keyboard does a great job at what it was designed to do. The build quality of the keyboard is fine for its price, and after many hours of hammering the keys like there was no tomorrow, there were no signs of stress, in the board itself or the scissor keys. The anti-ghosting capabilities are very good as well, and the ability to adjust the repeat rate is unique. There are no macros here, no dedicated switches, so MMORPG gamers will likely find the 200K lacking for their needs. FPS gamers should be satisfied though.
The feel of the 200K is, well, typical of all membrane keyboards– it’s mushy. There is no tactical response, no smoothness in key travel. If you’re a discerning typist, then you’ll definitely look elsewhere. For gamers, it’s fine, and compromises are to be expected for those on a tight budget.
Certainly, this board can’t compete with any mechanical keyboard on the market, but it’s also considerably less expensive. With a price tag of only $30 USD, the 200K is reasonably priced against the competition for what’s being offered here. If you’re in the market for an affordable gaming keyboard with smart styling and great features, the Cougar 200K is worth a good look.
Cougar 200K Scissor