Things Are Getting Tactile
The first thing I have to say is I’m not certain I like the selection of Cherry MX blue switches for gaming. They are heavier than the Cherry MX reds, and don’t seem to be quite as responsive when the action gets heated. Increasing the repeat rate didn’t help, as there didn’t seem to be any appreciable difference between 1x and 8x. This was only noticed in the faster games, with Deus Ex being just as enjoyable with the 600k as with my previous Cherry MX red based keyboard. I could see RTS and MOBA players thoroughly enjoying the COUGAR 600k with Cherry MX blue switches.
As for use as a typing keyboard (some of us still have to write things between fragging sessions), the COUGAR 600k is quite the performer. This is where Cherry MX blue switches shine, providing a decent amount of tactile feedback as well as a punchy audible noise when you pound the key down. Be warned that this might not pass the significant other (or coworker) approval test, as Cherry MX blue switches can be disruptive in quiet environments.
Wrapping It All Up
COUGAR has presented us with a great keyboard. The 600k is well constructed, using high quality materials and a sturdy structure that’ll hold up to the rigors of PC gaming. This unit is indeed a worthy younger sibling to the 700k with its more simplistic approach to setup and clean user experience. Basically, you can just plug it in and go.
While I’m not a fan of the Cherry MX blue switches used in our review unit, you aren’t stuck with this as your only option. The 600k can be configured with any one of the four mainstream Cherry MX key types, and I’d be curious to see what this keyboard is like with either red or brown switches.
Overall, I can definitely recommend the COUGAR 600k mechanical keyboard for those of you looking for a good gaming keyboard.
- A simple, straight forward keyboard without too many gimmicks
- Actually plug and play, no drivers needed
- Solid build quality
- Can be configured with any key type
- Personally not a fan of Cherry MX blue switches
- Repeat rate buttons didn’t provide any noticeable improvements
Overall Rating: 8.0/10.0