Introduction

Founded in 2007, Cougar is a relatively new manufacturer that has been making efforts to enhance their global presence. When we posted our first review of their extravagant Challenger case back in 2012, Cougar was just taking their first steps into the North American market. Nowadays, their products can be found in most parts of the world. The German company originally started as a case and power supply manufacturer over seven years ago, but more recently they have branched out into the advanced gaming peripherals market. Today we are looking at two of these new peripherals, the 700K mechanical keyboard and the 700M gaming mouse.

The 700K and the 700M are Cougar's best keyboard and mouse at this point of time. The 700K can be shortly described as an aluminum body, fully programmable mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches, while the 700M is an advanced ergonomic gaming mouse designed specifically for FPS gaming. Their specifications are, at the very least, impressive; unfortunately, so is their retail price, and not in a good way. The 700K and the 700M are retailing for $150 and $70 at the time of this review, pitting them against a long list of other similarly impressive products available from a dozen other manufacturers. Do they have what it takes to stand out from the crowd? We will find out in this review.

Cougar 700K Mechanical Keyboard
Key Features and Specifications

  • Six programmable G-Keys
  • FPS Palm Rest
  • Individual Key Backlighting
  • 32-Bit Arm Processor
  • Cougar UIX System
  • USB & Audio Jacks
  • 1000 Hz Polling Rate
  • Full key backlight
  • On-the-fly macro recording key
  • On-the-fly mode switch key
  • Multi-media keys
  • Windows lock key
  • Detachable palm rest
  • Non-slip rubber foot
  • Braided cable and gold-plated connectors

Cougar 700M Gaming Mouse
Key Features and Specifications

  • Aluminum framing structure
  • Muzzle brake SR
  • Multi-Color Backlight
  • Fire/Sniper Buttons
  • 32-Bit ARM processor/512KB Onboard memory
  • Weight Adjustment
  • Tool-less Palm Rest Adjustment
  • Interchangeable Palm Rest
  • 8200 DPI Laser Sensor
  • Eight programmable buttons
  • Aero-dynamical system
  • Cougar UIX system
  • Cougar fusion
  • 1000hz polling rate / 1ms response time
  • On-the-fly dpi adjustment
  • 4-stage dpi led display
  • Omron micro switches
  • Gaming-grade scroll wheel
  • Gaming-grade mouse feet
  • Braided cable and gold-plated USB plug
The Cougar 700K Mechanical Keyboard
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  • Murloc - Monday, February 23, 2015 - link

    well the muzzle thing may help if you have to pull the cable laterally.
    Of course this is not a concern for most people.
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  • SirGCal - Monday, February 23, 2015 - link

    Anyone else notice the ANSI vs ISO keyboard arrangement in the software? Keyboard is ANSI, Software showed ISO. I didn't see anything in the description if it's switchable or something, perhaps I missed something? I have ISO keyboards but noticed the software... Reply
  • SirGCal - Monday, February 23, 2015 - link

    I meant hate, not have... Reply
  • Kepe - Monday, February 23, 2015 - link

    According to the article, only the space key is split, so the layout can't be physically changed from ANSI to ISO or vice versa. To be able to switch between ANSI an ISO, left shift and enter keys would need to have two switches as well. See here:
    http://deskthority.net/wiki/ANSI_vs_ISO
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  • Dr_Orgo - Monday, February 23, 2015 - link

    That split spacebar looks like a problem for some gaming setups. For Diablo 3 and Dota 2, my thumb rests directly in the middle of the spacebar. I could see that interfering with the spacebar press. It does look cool and fits with the design of the mouse, if that's your type of thing. Reply
  • Kepe - Monday, February 23, 2015 - link

    Why would this interfere with pressing the spacebar? Reply
  • Kepe - Monday, February 23, 2015 - link

    Oh nevermind, I didn't notice that the actual spacebar "key" was split into two. D'oh. I just saw the two switches without the keycaps on it and thought they have both switches under one, solid spacebar key. Which seemed a little odd to me. Reply
  • Grok42 - Monday, February 23, 2015 - link

    Too bad they don't make one without the number pad. The number pad built into a keyboard is such a throwback to the day before USB where you only had ports to hook up one keyboard and one mouse. These days, anyone who really uses the number pad purchases a separate pad for it so they can position it where they want for ease of use. I'm sure there are a few people who really like having an integrated number pad but there are more than enough keyboards to choose from and a dedicated gaming keyboard is obviously the kind of keyboard it should be obvious that it could be dropped. Reply
  • EJ42 - Monday, February 23, 2015 - link

    What are you smoking? What kind of games do you play? Tons of games have default keybindings set that use the numpad. Most all MMORPGs have Num Lock set to auto-run and the numpad / set to toggle walk/run. What is "obvious" about having fewer keys available to bind for your games? Are you just some lame FPS junkie? Reply
  • Sleepingforest - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - link

    Specifically for gaming, I'd rather have well integrated detachable function so I can trade off between ergonomics with the mouse and extra keys to bind to. Especially since a lot of modern mice carry a significant number of bunches which can help offset the loss of the numpad area. Reply

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