Usage & Final Thoughts
Testing keyboards and mice is always fun because it gives me a reason to game! For the 600K I did a good bit of gaming as well as typical everyday typing etc. The first thing that you will notice about this keyboard when you start using it is the feel of the Cherry MX Blue key switches. To me these keys feel much easier to press and are quite comfortable to use. I would say Cherry MX Blue switches are great for users who game as well as do a good amount of typing.
As I mentioned in the unboxing video for this keyboard it will work right off the bat, no drivers or software is needed. When you plug it in the keyboard you will notice that the WASD and arrow keys will light up bright orange. These are the only keys on the keyboard that light up. You can adjust the brightness up or down and there is a breathing mode as well.
I have been using the 600K for a few weeks now and I really enjoy it. It is the perfect balance of a gaming keyboard and a keyboard I can use to write reviews and do other typing tasks. I think that has a lot to do with the Cherry MX Blue key switches. The keyboard is very comfortable and I really like the FPS palm rest as well, especially of course when gaming. The added multimedia keys are a bonus, especially when I want to easily turn down the volume in a game.
While the WASD keys are backlit I would have liked to have seen a fully-backlit keyboard. Almost every gaming keyboard out there is fully backlit, so not having that on a keyboard that costs $100+ is a little bit of a let down. Also with the 600K you are not able to reprogram or set up any macros via software. That is something some gamers will miss.
Right now the 600K can be purchased online for around $129. Its big brother the 700K is only $20 more at $149. With the features that you lose I would say just spend the extra $20 and get the better keyboard. At the end of the day though this is a great keyboard with a lot of features gamers and even normal users will appreciate. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Cougar 600K Gaming Keyboard an 8 out of 10 score.
– Very comfortable
– Does not require any drivers or software
– Available in 4 different Cherry MX flavors
– Aluminum design
– FPS palm rest
– Not fully backlit
– Not able to program individual keys or set macros