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Cougar 500K Gaming Keyboard Review

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Cougar 500K Gaming Keyboard Review

By Tom Jaskulka

Manufacturer: COUGAR
Product Name: Cougar 500K Gaming Keyboard
Model Number: KBC500-WRNSB
UPC: 871520002634
Price As Tested: $79.99 (Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by COUGAR.

After Cougar’s fully featured 700K mechanical keyboard & 700M aluminum gaming mouse were released in 2014, a streamlined mechanical 600K & ergonomic 600M followed close behind. It’s not surprising then, in early 2015, that Benchmark Reviews has the opportunity to take a closer look at Cougar’s newest gaming keyboard; the 500K.

Working their way down the product stack, the 500K offers similar features as their flagship gaming keyboard (the 700K) at a lower price point, including features not found even on the 600K. While full N-Key rollover, amber LED backlit keys, dedicated macro/media keys and on-board switching profiles are still part of the package, the Cherry mechanical switches won’t make the jump from the 700K’s $150 price point to the more mainstream 500K. Offering as much or more than other $79 gaming membrane keyboards, the 500K offers a more affordable option for users looking for modern feature sets in a keyboard. Is it worth stepping down from the high-end? Will the membrane planks of yester-year forever live in the shadow of their mechanical “superiors,” or will the feature set of the 500K justify its place? Join us as we take a closer look!

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COUGAR 500K Gaming Keyboard

The COUGAR 500K is nothing less than a full revolution in the gaming keyboard market. A fully featured gaming keyboard, loaded with all the functionality you are ever going to need for both enthusiast and pro level gaming. All this with the COUGAR design that has already changed the way gaming peripherals are seen. A Full-NKRO Membrane Keyboard that shatters forever the limits of what this class of keyboards was thought capable of.

The 500K is the first membrane keyboard ever to be able to compete face to face, in any kind of environment, with high end mechanical keyboards several times its price. Its Full NKRO, reliability, ultra-fast reaction speed and professional level functionality are totally state-of-the-art technology that will take you to the apex of the gaming food chain.

Features & Specifications

Product name

COUGAR 500K gaming keyboard

Key switch

Membrane switch

Processor

32-bit ARM Cortex-M0

N-key rollover

Yes

Full key backlight

Yes

Game type

FPS / MMORPG / MOBA / RTS

On-board memory

Yes

Polling rate

1000Hz / 1ms

Repeat rate

1X / 2X / 4X / 8X

Material

Plastic

Software

COUGAR UIX™ SYSTEM

Additional programmable G-keys

6

Palm rest & FPS palm rest

Yes

USB pass-through

Yes

Interface

Golden-plated USB plug

Cable length

1.8m Braided

Dimension

230(L) X 487(W) X 40(H) mm

Weight

0.9kg

Specifications taken from the manufacturer’s product page.


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