Cougar is a German manufacturer of PC components that was founded in 2007. The company originally focused on cases and PSUs, but recently diversified towards gaming peripherals as well. A year ago we had a look at their first and, at the time, the most advanced keyboard and mouse they had to offer. Following the success of their 700-series peripherals, Cougar released nearly a dozen additional keyboards and mice during this past year, designed to cover many tastes and budgets. Today we are having a look at one of their newest keyboards and mice, the Attack X3 mechanical gaming keyboard and the 450M optical gaming mouse respectively.

The Attack X3 keyboard and the 450M mouse are targeted at what Cougar considers the "average gamer" class, trying to offer appropriate gaming functionality and high quality at a competitive price. The two devices we're looking at today aren't strictly a bundle, but within Cougar's product lineup they are practically complementary goods for the market segment Cougar is after.

Of all the peripherals we look at, those meant for the "average gamer" are perhaps the most interesting. Unlike flagship products where pricing is rarely a concern and virtually every feature can be (and is) added, for products aimed at the mass market manufacturers need to balance functionality and design with the needs of the market, and ultimately cost concerns. I dare say that having a restriction of some kind forces manufacturers to be more creative, as rather than simply adding the most bells and whistles they need to do proper research and put some real thought into what they're building if they're going to be successful in the mass market. Trying to strike a delicate balance between functionality, quality, features and price is not an easy task; manufacturers have to make sure they provide what buyers will consider the essential gaming features without creating an overpriced final product.

That brings us to today's review of Cougar's Attack X3 keyboard and 450M mouse. While these aren't budget-priced parts - the keyboard is still $80 or so - for gaming peripherals these are mid-range products, or at least a lot closer to it than the twice as expensive 700 series. The 700 series products were very well designed and built, and if Cougar can maintain this level of quality with the X3 and M450, then they should have a winner on their hands. To that end we will be thoroughly examining the advantages and disadvantages of the Attack X3 mechanical keyboard and the 450M optical gaming mouse, evaluate their quality, test their performance and assess their value.

Cougar Attack X3 Mechanical Keyboard - Key features and specifications

  • Cougar UIX System
  • Cherry MX Mechanical Switch
  • Aluminum brushed structure
  • N-Key Rollover in USB Mode
  • 1 kHz Polling Rate
  • Full key backlight
  • Dedicated Media keys
  • Non-slip rubber foot
  • Braided cable & golden-plated connectors

Cougar 450M Gaming Mouse - Key features and specifications

  • Omron Micro Switches
  • Braided Cable
  • Ergonomic Ambidextrous Design
  • 3-Stage DPI LED Display
  • On-the-fly DPI Tuning
  • Gaming Grade Scroll Wheel
  • 2 Side buttons (on each side)
  • Multi-Color Backlight
  • 32-Bit ARM processor / 512KB On-Board Memory
  • 5000 DPI Optical Sensor
  • Eight programmable buttons
  • Anti-Slip Flanks
  • Cougar UIX system
  • Braided cable & golden-plated USB plug
The Cougar Attack X3 Mechanical Keyboard
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  • boskone - Monday, April 4, 2016 - link

    I do on occasion, despite being right-handed. When I'm on the phone sometimes it's handy to be able to write and use the mouse at the same time. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Friday, October 21, 2016 - link

    I do. I switch to the rght hand for (seldom) FPS gaming, though. In all other games it can stay left. Reply
  • cosmotic - Monday, April 4, 2016 - link

    I love that you guys are using testing equipment to test the switches! It's too bad the developers of the software for this thing made such a mess. Reply
  • LordConrad - Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - link

    I'll stick with my Unicomp Classic keyboard, buckle spring keyboards are the best. Reply
  • Mikuni - Thursday, April 7, 2016 - link

    What's the point of a polling rate setting rather than being always at max? Reply
  • smartbubble - Friday, April 22, 2016 - link

    Thank you for this review! In my opinion such keyboard will be a good purchase. I will buy it for sure soon. Of course when it occur I will share my opinion too Reply
  • silverblue - Sunday, June 12, 2016 - link

    $83 from Amazon US, £102 from Amazon UK for the MX Brown switches... but I can find it for £81 for the same model, again with MX Brown switches, from Kikatek. If I ever get bored of my generic keyboard, it could be an option. The 450M is about £30 from the same site, and its code name suggests it should be paired with the 450K keyboard which has a mechanical feel and is splash-proof. They appear to have a keyboard-mouse combination through their range, from the 500 to 600 and 700. Reply

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