Cougar 450K Keyboard Review
Cougar 450K Keyboard Review
It looks like the April is a month of keyboards. Another keyboard from Cougar has found its way to our test lab. This time it’s the Cougar 450K. It’s pretty much the same design as our previously reviewed Cougar Attack X3 without aluminium backplate when it comes to form. But the main difference is that the Cougar 450K sports hybrid mechanical switches. Let’s have a quick look at the packaging and unbox this one.
It’s made of solid plastic material with almost no flex. It features very smooth matte surface with Cougar logo on top. The brushed kind of surface doesn’t pick any fingerprints at all. The whole keyboard feels to be quite massive and heavy. And it actually is, with 1kg of weight, it belongs to those heavier in its class.
Back side of the keyboard is red, and small rubberized feeds help to lift the keyboard for 1cm above the desk. The rubber pads are big enough and pretty sticky. You keyboard is not going anywhere during gaming.
The switch design is neither mechanical nor standard membrane as we know. In this case the key cap is pressing the membrane activation mechanism placed underneath and not directly the membrane. This makes the switch to provide enhanced stability and clear tactile feedback. Cougar claims to achieve lifespan of 20 mil. operations which is far away better than we see by standard membrane keyboards.
Thanks to the special switch design, the keyboard is splash-proof, and so if you were so lucky to spill your drink on keyboard during gaming, don’t panic, just clean it carefully with water. Although, keep in mind it’s splash proof, not completely waterproof. So we don’t recommend to hold it under water in any case.
As we can see the illumination is bit less intensive in comparison with the Cougar Attack X3. There are 4 modes to choose from on-the-fly by pressing FN+M1..M3 keys. The sealed hybrid switches have three color backlighting (yellow, green and red) and quite audible feedback, almost like by mechanical switches, but noticeably louder.
For lighting intensity comparison we took a photo of Cougar Attack X3 and Cougar 450K. As we can see the illumination is focused purely inside the key caps and provides little less intensity as by Attack X3.
As by all Cougar keyboards, there is no Windows key between left CTRL and ALT. Instead we can find FN key here. Holding FN+F9..F12 or FN+Print Scr/Scroll Lock/Pause key you have quick access to multimedia control. Should you wish to change your polling rate, you can easily do so by pressing FN+F5..F8 keys.
Cougar UIX Software is pretty intuitive and user friendly. Giving gamers the options to adjust variety of macros and save them in 3 different modes.
Cougar 450K specifications:
|Product name||COUGAR 450K Gaming Keyboard|
|Key switch||Hybrid mechanical switch|
|Game type||FPS / MMORPG / MOBA / RTS|
|Polling rate||1000Hz / 1ms|
|Anti-ghosting keys||26 keys|
|Software||COUGAR UIX™ SYSTEM|
|Cable length||1.8m Braided|
|Dimension||170(L) X 470(W) X 40(H) mm
6.69(L) X18.50(W) X 1.57(H) Inch
|Weight||1kg (2.20 lb)|
It’s clearly not a high-end gaming keyboard with all the features of enthusiast’s grade products, but it still offers valuable and reliable properties. There are three main reasons why would you like this keyboard. It’s build quality, 3x LED color illumination options and splash proof design. It’s also worth to mention the anti-ghosting feature and 1000Hz polling rate. Cougar 450K brings you some of the feature we normally see by expensive gaming keyboards. It’s capable of saving macros and key adjustment. User friendly Cougar UIX software allows easy access to all settings and macros. If we had to compare it to Cougar’s Attack X3 mechanical keyboard, then of course the Attack X3 would be definitively the winner, but you will have to put your hand much deeper in your wallet as well. So, at the end of the day, we can still give it at least our Silver Recommendation as it is a value keyboard with a decent number of features for €55. Although, gaming wasn’t the such a real deal, but it wasn’t bad either.
Splash proof design
3x color illumination
typing sounds bit strange