If there’s one thing you can always rely on when it comes to Cougar products, it’s the exceptional build quality and performance. With their latest gaming keyboard, the Cougar Attack X3 RGB, Cougar hopes to inject a little extra LED pizzazz into their keyboard line, and the results are pretty impressive. The Cougar Attack X3 RGB is a more vibrant variant of the Attack X3 model. The X3 RGB is a powerful performer brimming with customization features specifically designed for competitive gamers. Furthermore, the X3 RGB serves as an excellent go-to keyboard for work, thanks to its responsive Cherry Switches that make typing so much more effective, and most importantly, enjoyable.
The Attack X3 RGB shares similar design aesthetics with its older brethren. It’s a lean keyboard with a clean and simple design approach that looks very attractive when sitting at the forefront of your gaming setup. Despite its simplistic style, little touches (like the brushed, chrome finish), give the X3 RGB an elegant and modern appearance. I’m a sucker for simplicity, and the X3 RGB is my personal favorite keyboard body design next to the excellent HyperX Alloy FPS.
"The Cougar Attack X3 RGB is a more vibrant variant of the Attack X3 model. The X3 RGB is a powerful performer brimming with customization features specifically designed for competitive gamers."
It’s not just the clean curves that make the X3 RGB so appealing, the keyboard’s durability is truly unique to Cougar. The X3 RGB is an absolute beast that scoffs at rough usage. If you have a tendency to hit those keys with full force, the X3 RGB can genuinely handle heavy usage thanks to the high-quality materials used.
Like the X3, the X3 RGB is a remarkable performer that can tackle any task with ease. Thanks to the countless optimization options that are available via the free Cougar App, you’re able to tweak the keyboard’s behavior to perfection. In fact, you’re given more options than you’ll probably ever need. The settings are almost identical to the X3, only now you’re given an extra toolbar for tweaking the LED lights. Here, you can set you RGBs to rotate with various effects, like: Cycle, Reactive, Arrow, Ripple, Wave and Rainbow. Reactive is my favorite setting as it directly responds to your typing with LEDs lighting up individually.
"Thanks to the countless optimization options that are available via the free Cougar App, you’re able to tweak the keyboard’s behavior to perfection. In fact, you’re given more options than you’ll probably ever need."
My testing sessions consisted of mostly FPS and Strategy games. There wasn’t much of an adjustment period with the Attack X3 RGB, and I felt comfortable landing head-shots within minutes. The keys have excellent tactility and just enough resistance to allow users to feel each key-stroke. The flawless responsiveness becomes especially important when playing MMOs, most notably when playing high-level characters where skills can take up the entire numerical line.
This may seem like a frivolous observation, but the distance, or rather negative space, between the keys becomes especially important in MMOs. Gamdias keyboards, for example, have keys that are too close to each other, which oftentimes results in a lot of double-clicking. The X3 RGB, on the other hand, has just enough space to give your hand the right amount of information for navigating keys without having to glance downward.
"The Attack X3 RGB handles gaming wonderfully, and I’d say that it handles everything else with equal precision. This is one of the few keyboard models that I would recommend to non-gamers as much as I would recommend it to hardcore gamers."
It’s the little things that make the X3 RGB increasingly better the longer it’s used. The extra weight, for example, gives the keyboard body the right amount of resistance to prevent sliding when FPS matches become too intense. I have a tendency to lean my weight forward, and this sometimes causes the keyboard to slip when I incidentally push too hard. With the X3 RGB, I feel like I could lean my entire body weight into the keyboard and it would still stay put. The chrome finish is another subtlety that I started appreciating after long usage. Since the entire base is made up of aluminum, you’ll never see dust or fingerprints left behind. Brushed aluminum does a great job of repelling finger oils, and dust doesn’t stick the same way it does on plastic. As someone who likes to keep their tech clean in appearance, these little touches make a tremendous difference when using the keyboard long-term.
The Attack X3 RGB handles gaming wonderfully, and I’d say that it handles everything else with equal precision. This is one of the few keyboard models that I would recommend to non-gamers as much as I would recommend it to hardcore gamers. The overall performance is simply outstanding, and even if you’re seeking a high-quality work keyboard, Cougar’s X3 RGB has you covered. The fact that you can choose between the original X3 and the more colorful X3 RGB models makes the purchasing decision even easier—although the ability to fully control the LEDs make the X3 RGB my personal winner!