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Cougar 700K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Review

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Posted February 28, 2015 by Sandy Bruce in Peripherals

Overview

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Release Date: now
 
Price at time of Review: $149.99 Amazon and NewEgg
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Aesthetics, Features, On the Fly, Orange LEDs, MX switches, Frame, light weight
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Single USB pass through, no LED color options
 
BOTTOM LINE:
The Cougar 700K is an awesome competitor in an already crowded market. It offers great value, excellent features and solid quality for the discerning gamer.
by Sandy Bruce
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TitanFall – Players fight as free-running foot soldier “pilots” who can command agile, mech-style exoskeletons—”Titans”—to complete team-based objectives.

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As soon as I turned on Titanfall, I programmed the G-Keys along the side of the keyboard for all of the mech weapons such as smoke, dash, missiles and my eject button. The sixth G Key was used for cloaking when on foot. It took a bit for me to get used to the softer Red MX switches . After I got accustomed to them, I see why they are so popular. Programing all of my most used keys helped me stay locked on the screen instead of looking down for keys every now and then. I still got shot in the face but not as often as before.

 

Final Fantasy XIII-2 – Explore a richly developed world featuring both new and familiar faces, and an exciting and highly developed strategic battle system. In this ongoing saga, the future is about to change.

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I love this game but it takes patience to program all of the various key combos for attack turns. Once programming the macros was finished, battles with common enemies were a breeze. Press one key to set a string of attacks and heals from multiple party members cascading across the screen. Boss battles should be a little easier as well since I set a heal and defend macro and an all out attack macro.

 

Darksiders 2: Players take control of Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The core gameplay is an action role-playing[2][hack and slash style. The game makes frequent use of interactive puzzle elements, requiring the player to think their way through a series of levers, doors, elevators, portals, etc. in order to traverse areas and reach objectives.

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I listed this game because of the ability to string together amazing combos for dealing serious damage and bring death to everyone like you were born to do. The best part is once you have unlocked an ability or combo, it will be displayed in the move listings. Programing massive combos is as easy as bringing up the move list, hitting the “MR” key, enter what is displayed on the move list, assign it a key, close out by pressing MR again. You are now ready to wreck havoc and send certain souls to the Land of the Dead.

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Aesthetics – The aluminum frame is easily the star of the show when it comes to aesthetics. The bright shine of the frame behind the stark black keys and bezels offers a stellar contrast. Surprisingly, the orange LEDs look great and are easy on the eyes. I came into this expecting them to be gaudy bright orange LEDs that would spend most time in the off position. I admit I was very wrong. The tint of the orange softens it a bit and the LEDs are not so bright to hinder the gamers vision in a dimly lit setting.

Ergonomics – The FPS rest ads an extra level of comfort that I would like on both sides of the detectable palm rest during long typing sessions. Yes I do work from time to time. There really isn’t much else in this area besides the adjustable rear feet. They offer a slight slant for those that need the extra height for comfort. The G-keys are perfectly placed to get down to business on the fly.

Features – There are way too many features to list all of them again. A lot of the features can be found of other mech keyboards as they are almost standard. What makes the same features special on the 700K is you don’t have to rely on an application to use or alter them. Cougar made “on-the-fly” the main focal point of what the 700k can do. Three different profiles are easily accessed by using the “M-keys”. Even in the middle of a game or task, the profile can be switched on the fly. The back lighting as a whole or individual keys can also be tweaked at will. Once you add in Fusion, the binding of mouse and keyboard to one cohesive unit, you have one killer advantage.

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There are only a few small gripes that I can make about the 700k: the single USB pass-through, only one FPS rest and no LED color purchase options. The $149.99 price tag is towards the top end of premium mechanical keyboard range, but not at the very top with the elites such as Das Keyboard, Func and a few others. Most of those are not RGB either so it will carry very little weight in my final judgement of the 700K. The features, appearance and on the fly abilities override any of the small complaints I have anyway. Welcome to the unforgiving Gaming Peripherals market Cougar. Having a PureOverclock Editor’s Choice Award winning Mechanical Keyboard in the stable is a great place to start. Well done! We are looking forward to the 600K, 500K and the 200K in future reviews.

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