Cougar Attack X3 review
Cougar Attack X3 Overview
- Cherry MX mechanical switches.
- Red LED backlighting.
- Media control hotkeys.
- Dedicated volume control buttons.
- Brushed aluminum backplate.
Cougar is a premier gaming company that makes a variety of mice, keyboards, power supplies, computer cases, and more. Their newest gaming mechanical keyboard is the Cougar Attack X3. This keyboard has a lot of features that gamers will love, but lets get started looking at some photos of this keyboard.
Cougar Attack X3 Unboxing
The Attack X3 comes in an attractive box touting the benefits of the keyboard. This keyboard has a 1ms response time and is available in Cherry MX Brown, Blue, and Red switches.
The Cougar Attack X3 is a full-sized keyboard and it comes with a small instruction booklet. Once you plug the keyboard into your computer, you should be prompted to download and install the Cougar UIX software. You can also manually download the software and instructions from this page.
This keyboard has the ability to run in either 6-Key Rollover or N-Key Rollover modes. You can change the polling rate between 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500Hz, and 1000Hz. The higher the number, the faster the response time of the keyboard potentially is.
At 125Hz, the standard USB polling rate, the keyboard input can be sent to the computer every 8ms. While in 1000Hz mode, input can be sent every 1ms. This can potentially give you better reflexes in your gaming sessions.
The Cougar Attack X3 has two flip-out feet for increasing the angle of the keyboard. The black bottom of the keyboard is made of plastic, and overall the keyboard feels fairly light while still feeling sturdy.
The Attack X3 has a pretty standard key profile with a steady incline across all rows. We found the keyboard to be fairly comfortable for extended typing sessions. As you can tell in this photo, the aluminum backplate curves around the edge of the keyboard and looks pleasing to the eye.
Cougar Attack X3 Keys and Switches
The Cougar Attack X3 uses Cherry MX switches, the best mechanical switches available. Our model has Brown switches, but you can also find this keyboard with Red or Blue switches.
As expected with Cherry MX switches, these felt great for typing. Brown switches are also great for people looking for quiet mechanical keyboard.
Overall, the font used on these keycaps are nice and bold without crossing the line into cheesy. Above the numpad, this keyboard has a great set of volume control keys that will let you quickly mute and adjust the volume on your computer.
In the below typing test of the Attack X3, you can hear this keyboard in action at 103 WPM!
One downside of the Attack X3 is the non-standard bottom row. The bottom-left keys (Ctrl, Function, Alt) are larger than a normal keyboard, leaving the spacebar to be smaller. Most people don’t prefer this setup, and it makes using aftermarket keycaps difficult.
Cougar Attack X3 Backlighting
The Attack X3 has one-color red LED backlights. There are 5 different backlighting modes – off, low, medium, max, and breathing. The max-lighting setting is very bright, and the status indicator lights (caps lock, scroll lock, num lock) are built into those keys. If the Caps Lock key is lit, that means caps lock is on.
One downside to the backlighting is anything towards the bottom of the keycaps (like the numbers row) don’t light up as bright as the symbols at the top due to the LEDs being top-mounted.
The UIX software can be used to setup different “modes” which are stored on your keyboard. You can have 3 different modes which can have different macros, swapped keys, lighting profiles, and more.
The UIX will also let you change the different performance settings of the keyboard and set up different profiles that launch based on the game you’re playing as well.
This UIX software isn’t too difficult to navigate though it does feel a bit rudimentary. It does a better job than most keyboard software we’ve seen, though.
Cougar Attack X3 Mechanical Keyboard Overall Verdict
We really like the Cougar Attack X3 as a great gaming keyboard under $100. In this price range, you usually don’t get Cherry MX switches which is a huge selling point. The volume control buttons are also a very nice feature to have, and the keyboard feels very well built despite being lightweight. The Attack X3 is very much deserving of our Editor’s Choice award!