It’s 2017 and best mechanical gaming keyboards are getting better and bigger the more the industry develops. To keep up with the competition, companies have to step up their game to put something new and amazing on the table. Through the years the mechanical gaming keyboards have stuck on being the most desired type of gaming keyboards there is leaving the chiclet and membrane keyboards somewhere in the background. It’s become more difficult to choose the best gaming keboards 2017.
But companies like Razer and Logitech are now actually trying to create new and fresh technologies in the world of the keyboard switches to try and match the great feel and quality of the mechanical switches. Although switches such as The Razer Ornata Chroma’s mecha-membrane switches and The Logitech G910 Orion Spark’s Romer-G switches get as close as they can be to the Cherry MX switches, can they become the new gaming keyboards’ thing?
In this article, we will not only show you which type of switches is more favored, but we will present you the seven best gaming keyboards of the year. Just with these seven keyboards, there is a wide variety – from standard mechanical keyboards to over-the-top gaming keyboards, from keyboards that have RGB lighting to ones that only have LAD lighting, from keyboards with amazing keycaps to keyboards with not that amazing keycaps. These seven keyboards just have it all. But at the end it’s not only about looks and switches, but what the gaming keyboard has to offer to the client – the comfort, the enjoyment of the gaming, and the standard they deserve for what they have paid for.
Comparison Chart with Best Gaming Keyboards to Buy in 2017
|Best Gaming Keyboard to Buy||Switches||Price Range|
|Corsair k70 RGB Rapidfire||Cherry MX Speed||$$$|
|Razer BlackWidow Chroma||Razer Green||$$$|
|Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB LED||Cherry MX||$$|
|Logitech G910 Orion Spark||Romer-G||$$$|
|Razer Ornata Chroma||Mecha-membrane||$|
|Cougar Attack X3 RGB||Cherry MX||$$|
|Logitech G610 Orion Brown||Cherry MX||$|
1. Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire Review
We start off with The Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire. This is a new version of the widely known non-RGB Corsair K70 mechanical gaming keyboard. Some of the advantages the Rapidfire has are the new Cherry MX Speed switches and great vibrant RGB lighting.
Best Corsair Gaming Keyboard – Features and Design
Created with nice black anodized brushed aluminum. We have dedicated media keys on the top right-hand side of the keyboard with nice volume wheel which allows you to make quick adjustments without having to pause or stop what are you doing.
At the back, we have BIOS and polling rate switch with the addition of USB pass-through.
The USB pass-through is well positioned at the back of the keyboard and you can easy plug-in your flash drive, hard drive or even mouse. The corsair branded escape key is a new nice touch included on this keyboard. The package also includes rubberized wrist rest which can be detached easily, plus and additional key caps set for FPS players. Those additional key are slightly more rubberized and they feel a lot nicer while gaming. The keyboard has two sets of stands. One for the back and one for the front if you have to lift it for whatever reason. The front stands do not have rubber feet but the back stands do have rubber to prevent them from sliding.
The Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire lighting deserves a special mention since it’s one of the richest and vibrant RBG lightings among the keyboards available on the market now. The colors are vivid, they glow extremely bright. You can control the brightness by choosing between three levels of brightness. The corsair’s lighting software is one of the most versatile when it come to controlling the RGB. You have at your disposal rainbows, pulses, waves and many more effects. For every built-in effect, you can change the alternating speed or number of colors. The RGB customization is virtually unlimited. You can even create your own lighting effect which suits you and share it with the RGB profile community on corsairs website.
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The keyboard is named “Rapidfire” and that’s mostly because of the authentic Cherry MX Speed switches. The first gaming keyboard to feature those speed switches is Corsair K70 Rapidfire itself. Their actuation is ultra-fast, only 1.2 mm rather than 2 mm for the traditional Cherry keys and the actuation force is only 45g. That’s almost twice as fast vs standard keyboards and that’s a huge advantage, especially in gaming. Doesn’t matter what game you are playing, having this competitive edge over you opponents is going to make the difference between winning and losing. On the other hand, this light activation and shorter actuation can be uncomfortable when it comes to everyday typing.
K70 RGB Rapidfire Specifications
- 100% Cherry MX mechanical switches
- Dimensions – 17.2 in x 6.5 in x 1.5 in
- Weight – 2.65 lbs.
- 45 g actuation force
- 1.2 mm actuation point
fiThe Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire is the fastest keyboard on the market today with shorter actuation distance and lighter actuation force than the other mechanical keyboards out there. This might be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on your viewpoint. It’s beautiful thanks to the rich and vivid RGB lighting. It’s comfortable. It’s just a smart choice. That’s why is number one on our list.
- Ultra fast Cherry MX Speed switches
- Brushed aluminum frame
- USB Pass-through
- LED Display
- Great RGB lighting with limitless customization
- No dedicated macro keys
2. Razer BlackWidow Chroma Review
We continue with Razer BlackWidow Chroma and only by looking at it, you can tell that this is durable keyboard created entirely with gaming in mind. This keyboard is pretty identical to its predecessor – Razer BlackWidow Ultimate with just a few differences: non-Cherry MX switches, fancy RGB lighting and about 40$ added onto the price.
Best Razer Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Features and Design
Let’s start with the physical properties of BlackWidow Chroma. We see a matte finish, it has one USB 2.0 pass-through, analog 3.5 jack for headphones as well as your microphone. At the bottom, we find rubber feet which in my opinion are a bit undersized. The flip-up feet, on the other hand, are pretty decent sized and they are also rubberized. It isn’t among the biggest keyboards out there. It saves a lot of desk space and BlackWidow Chroma accomplishes that by lacking a large wrist rest unlike most of the gaming keyboards. But that’s not necessarily a disadvantage. Actually, the short wrist rest support is comfortable enough.
The first thing you’ll notice about Chroma’s keys is they are not Cherry MX. They have high actuation point and make nice clicky noises. Razer advertises that the actuation weight is 50g but I’m not sure if that’s true. The Cherry MX Blue switches have 50g actuation weight and when I compare Chroma with a keyboard which has a Blue switch in it, the Blue is much lighter. This might be a problem if you are light typist with weak fingers maybe this is not the best choice for you because you are going to have a hard time pushing these keys. There are also five macro keys which are well placed at the far left side of the keyboard. They are fully programmable.
The Razer BlackWidow Chroma software is ridiculously easy to use. You can customize the keyboard lighting the way you like. You have at your disposal lighting effects like a rainbow, wave, pulsing color shift and much more. Unfortunately, the colors are not that saturated as they are in Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire for example. Many of the colors look similar and that’s a disadvantage.
Razer BlackWidow Chroma Specifications
- Life span of 80 million keystroke
- 45 g actuation force
- 16.8 million customizable color options
- Five additional macro keys
- Braided fiber cable
- USB pass-through
- Dimensions – 18.52 in x 7.17 in x 1.54 in
- Weight – 3.31 lbs
- Simple, colorful illumination
- Streamlined design
- Great gaming and typing performance
- Excellent software
- Macros are hard to configure
3. Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB LED Review and Specs
When you open the box and take a look at the keyboard you are not going to notice a big difference between this keyboard and the previous Corsair Vengeance K70 keyboard. But once plugged in, 16.8 million colors bring this keyboard to life and make the difference. It’s definitely a colorful, beautiful keyboard. Now let’s see what Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB LED mechanical keyboard is made of.
Features and Design of Corsair Vengeance K70
The Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB has a nice black anodized brushed aluminum finish. It’s slightly bigger than it’s predecessor, the K70. About 1.4 inches bigger if we have to be accurate. This doesn’t make a big difference and the keyboard will fit easily on your desk. The K70 RGB comes with a detachable rubberized wrist rest. At the bottom, there are for feet for elevating the keyboard and prevent it from sliding. At the back, there is a switch for changing between five different profiles you can enable. There is also a braided dual USB chord and we should mention that the second connector is just an extra power for the RGB lighting because this keyboard consumes a lot of energy. In terms of the keys, again not much has changed. You get a standard keyboard 104 keys layout without additional macro keys. There are dedicated media keys which are standard and consist of Stop, Back, Play/Pause, Forward and Mute buttons along with a very useful volume slider. At the top we find a button controlling the illumination level and windows lock key. The keys themselves feel nice. They are kind of rubberized and 100% anti-ghosting. One thing that’s missing is an extra set of textured W, A, S, D keys and that’s bad news for FPS players but you can live with that since the keys are good enough anyway.
The K70 RGB has Cherry MX switches inside and you can choose between Red, Brown, and Blue. For those of you who are not familiar with the difference between those switches: the Reds are gaming switches with light weighting and fast actuation. You don’t have to bottom the key out when you are pressing in order to register a keystroke and that’s why they are so commonly used in gaming keyboards. The Browns are non-clicky. They are suitable for both typing and gaming. The Cherry MX Blue switch is more suitable for typing. It’s noisy and it’s harder to double tap. If you consider buying this keyboard, there’s a big chance you’re a gamer. In this case, you should definitely go for the Cherry MX Red switches.
One the Major selling point of this keyboard is the RGB lighting. Corsair Vengeance k70 RGB features a new software called CEU system. Unfortunately, this software is not what you call user-friendly. Even a task as simple as setting up a new lighting effect is not that easy. Almost certainly you’ll have to use Google to figure out how can you accomplish that. It seems Corsair has forgotten that not every user of their keyboard is a programmer. But once you get used to the software you’ll be able to create some really cool lighting effects. You can make any key do whatever you want, and with 16.8 million colors on your disposal, the possibilities are endless. If you want something simple, for example, one tone color, there are some presets.
Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB Specifications
- 65 g Actuation force
- 16.8 million customizable color options
- Detachable wrist rest
- Dimensions – 17.1 in x 8.3 in x 1.4 in
- Weight – 2.64 lbs
- 16.8 million customizable LED lights
- In-depth software
- Nice stylish look
- Thick braided USB chord
- Confusing software
- No USB slot
4. Logitech G910 Orion Spark Review
The Logitech G910 gaming keyboard is a mechanical gaming keyboard that uses mechanical switches. This time, though, instead of going with the standard Cherry MX switches most keyboards of this kind use, Logitech goes for its Romer-G mechanical switches. But the switches are not the only thing that differentiates this keyboard from other gaming keyboards – starting from its bigger than normal size, unique design, the difference of the keycaps, and the fact that it comes not with one, but two wrist rests. And adding the RGB backlights we can easily say that this is one of the most interesting and over-the-top keyboards of its kind.
Logitech G910 Features and Design
Starting off with the amazing design of the keyboard, the first thing we can notice is how enormous it actually is similar to the Razer Black Widow Ultimate and the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB. It will surely take up a lot of space on your desk. At the back, we can see the thick USB 2 cable with rugged protection and also the nice new addition by Logitech – the phone dock. Having to buy a phone holder in order to be able to check your notifications while gaming at the same time could be a real bummer, but Logitech got your back on this one. Thanks to the ARX app you can plug your phone and use it to control some of the keyboard settings – you can change profiles, use it as a media remote control or simply check your notifications, either way, that little extra something is more than welcomed. However, once you start using your phone while on the dock you can easily press one of the function keys by accident, but that is not a minor issue so no need for concern regarding this matter. On the bottom part of the keyboard, we have the rubber feet that prevent it from slipping and scratching your desk, and the two level adjusters.
But let’s look at the design of the keyboard a bit closer. One of the reasons this mechanical gaming keyboard is so big are the two additional rows of macro keys located on the left side and top of the keyboard. These keys are actually pretty conveniently placed as their position makes it easier to reach and use them instead of having them all placed on the left side or lined up above the function switches. On the top right corner, we have the usual media keys – Play/Stop, Pause, Forward, Back, and Mute, a volume adjustment wheel right next to the Mute button, and a Gaming mode key.But what can catch anyone’s attention is not only the structure of the keyboard itself but the structure of the keycaps.
It is almost amazing how Logitech manages to offer such variety of keycaps, and it’s on top of a single keyboard. Amazing, or more like confusing. As a beginning, the decision to have sharp-edged keycaps was a big mistake as they feel weird and uncomfortable against the fingers. Then to add to that almost all keys have a different shape and level of sharpness – the WASD and arrow keys have three edges, most of the other keys have two edges, Shift, Ctrl, and a couple more have no edges, and the Windows key is actually rounded. It all can just be a bit too much to handle all at once and will surely take some getting used to.
But what can catch anyone’s attention is not only the structure of the keyboard itself but the structure of the keycaps. It is almost amazing how Logitech manages to offer such variety of keycaps, and it’s on top of a single keyboard. Amazing, or more like confusing. As a beginning, the decision to have sharp-edged keycaps was a big mistake as they feel weird and uncomfortable against the fingers. Then to add to that almost all keys have a different shape and level of sharpness – the WASD and arrow keys have three edges, most of the other keys have two edges, Shift, Ctrl, and a couple more have no edges, and the Windows key is actually rounded. It all can just be a bit too much to handle all at once and will surely take some getting used to.
But aside from that, the switches themselves are actually really good. The new technology of the Romer-G switches that Logitech has come up with feels pretty close to the Cherry MX mechanical switches and has a very good endurance rating. If we have to compare the switches with a Cherry MX type of switch, we should most definitely go with the Cherry MX Brown, so have in mind that if you prefer the clicky, louder sound of the mechanical gaming keyboards you probably won’t be a big fan of the Logitech G910 Orion Spark keyboard.Another feature of the Romer-G switches that distinguishes it from other switches is that they feel like rubber dome when you apply pressure to them, yet they feel mushy and have that tactile sensation all at the same time. However, the Romer-G switches take a lot less time to register a keystroke.And underneath these amazing switches is the RGB backlighting that provides amazing light effect patterns, reliability and an even light coming right from the center of the key. Unlike the backlighting of The Corsair Gaming K70 RGB we have little to no light spreading underneath the keycaps, all the light is coming straight from the keys and not from the gaps between them which
And underneath these amazing switches is the RGB backlighting that provides amazing light effect patterns, reliability and an even light coming right from the center of the key. Unlike the backlighting of The Corsair Gaming K70 RGB we have little to no light spreading underneath the keycaps, all the light is coming straight from the keys and not from the gaps between them which
Another feature of the Romer-G switches that distinguishes it from other switches is that they feel like rubber dome when you apply pressure to them, yet they feel mushy and have that tactile sensation all at the same time. However, the Romer-G switches take a lot less time to register a keystroke. And underneath these amazing switches is the RGB backlighting that provides amazing light effect patterns, reliability and an even light coming right from the center of the key. Unlike the backlighting of The Corsair Gaming K70 RGB we have little to no light spreading underneath the keycaps, all the light is coming straight from the keys and not from the gaps between them which create a nice, cleaner look once the RGB LAD lights are on.
The Logitech G910 Orion Spark has a nice variety of light effects such as Breathing, Star (Twinkling) effect that you can customize, Full spectrum color cycle, Configuration color waves – Horizontal, from top to bottom, or out from the center, two color Reactive modes, and a mode that only shows the gaming keys depending on your profile, and finally a freestyle mode, and you can control the speed for all of them. You can control and set up all these patterns and keyboard settings with the Logitech Software. The software is really easy to work with and is available on the Logitech official site for free.
The Logitech G910 Orion Spark has a nice variety of light effects such as Breathing, Star (Twinkling) effect that you can customize, Full spectrum color cycle, Configuration color waves – Horizontal, from top to bottom, or out from the center, two color Reactive modes, and a mode that only shows the gaming keys depending on your profile, and finally a freestyle mode, and you can control the speed for all of them. You can control and set up all these patterns and keyboard settings with the Logitech Software.
The software is really easy to work with and is available on the Logitech official site for free. Unfortunately, the brightness of the RGB LAD lights cannot be control, but only dimmed, and we also can’t use the same freestyle mode again unless we recreate it. But what is strange is that the media and macro profile keys cannot be changed as they are always blue and orange and do not change as the other keys do with the change of the patterns. And last but not least, this keyboard comes with not only one, but two wrist rests, but what’s interesting is the way they are designed. Both wrist rest are actually wider on the left and nearer on the right which means that your left hand, or in many cases gaming hand, gets a wider resting area as you use it far more often when playing games, and the right hand gets, well, no resting area.
The keyboard is big enough as it is with its measurements being 19.9 by 8.3 by 1.4 inches, it weighs 3.3 pounds, and adding the wrist rests make it even bigger, but the space it takes is worth it. The keyboard has 104 keys, 9programmable G-keys which have 3 different layers of functionality per profile, and nice 45g actuation force similar to Cherry MX Red, and a lot of settings that make your gaming experience really easy and enjoyable. And one of the best things about it is that it can create a different profile for every game you are playing and customize the lighting effects to go with that specific game’s controllers. But still, is it worth it that price? Some people may agree that that’s a reasonable price for such an interesting and full of varieties keyboard, yet a lot of people would consider paying that much for a keyboard that doesn’t offer the feel and sound of the real Cherry MX switches.
Logitech G910 Orion Spark Specifications
- Dimensions – 19.9 in x 8.3 in x 1.4 in
- Weight – 3.3 lb
- 45 g actuation force
- 1.5 mm actuation point
- 16.8 million RGB colors
- 70 million keystrokes lifespan
The Logitech G910 Orion Spark is a unique keyboard that has a lot to offer at the table, maybe even a bit too much. Although the design and lights are more than amazing having too much of something is not a good thing, and that’s exactly the case with the sharp-edged keycaps, but if we look at the overall keys they are actually doing a really good job at trying to catch up with the mechanical Cherry MX switches, but are not quite there yet. As a whole, the Logitech G910 Orion Spark is a really great gaming keyboard compatible with all game genres.
- Great gaming performance
- Media keys and a volume adjustment wheel
- Full RGB LAD lights – equally lid keys
- Beautiful and unique design
- Easy to work with Software
- Weird shape
- The keys are not that good for typing
5. Razer Ornata Chroma Gaming Keyboard
The Razer Ornata Chrome Keyboard is considered to be the best gaming keyboard and is one of the biggest names in the world when it comes to gaming – mechanical keyboards, headsets, mice, etc. Unlike their other keyboards, though, The Razer Ornata Chrome keyboard uses an innovative technology in the switch market – the mecha-membrane technology. This new technology combines the activation of a dome switch and the click of a mechanical keyboard. Underneath the keycaps is a white plate which produces the RGB lights (that are one of the biggest selling points of this keyboard) offering us not only the typical for Razer green light but a wide variety of colors. With this new keyboard model, Razer also includes a silicone, leather-like material wrist to provide more comfort for the customer.
Razer Ornata Chroma Review, Features and Design
The Razor Ornata Chroma Gaming Keyboard is a low profile gaming keyboard. Unlike most standard keyboards which are slightly elevated, this one is flat, though, you do have the option to elevate it thanks to the two foldable feet located on the bottom where we also have six rubber anti-slip feet that prevent it from scratching your desk’s top. On the back and each of both sides, we have three cable channels which allow you to move the cable freely without the risk of damaging it. On the top, we can have all the programmable function keys, and also the indicators. Compared to Black Widow Razor’s indicators Razer Ornata Chroma’s are far more visible. They keyboard itself has a mostly matte finish with an oil-resistant frame which together with the coating of the keycaps prevents from leaving fingerprints.
One of the things that are pretty noticeable from the start is the white background behind the keycaps. The white plate is what produces the amazing light effects this keyboard has to offer which are probably one of the main things, if not the main one, that makes it stand out. The RGB lights produced by the white plate underneath the keycaps offer more than 16.8million colors that you can customize into your own unique light effect or use one the pre-set light patterns – Breathing, Fire(Burn), Reactive, Ripple, Spectrum cycling, Static and Starlight. But in order to use these amazing effects, activate the keyboard and control it, you need Razer’s special Software program Synapse 2.0.
That program gives you the opportunity to manage the keyboard´s LAD lights, micro keys, enable the gaming mode and more. This particular keyboard also comes with a comfortable, soft magnetic palm rest that connects with it through magnets located on the back of the wrist rest and the two front sides of the keyboard itself. The cushioning is low profile so it can match the keyboard, provides comfort and doesn’t get in your way when you are playing or typing as it allows your palms to slide freely on top of it.
But now let’s talk about the most important feature of The Razer Ornata Chroma – the mecha-membrane switches. The mecha-membrane technology is a true innovation as it combines the silicone dome switch and the mechanical switch that we see in, for example, The Black Widow Razer Gaming Keyboard. And although the keyboard manages to imitate the touch of a mechanical keyboard very well, you can still, of course, feel the difference.
But if we have to compare even further the switches feel most similar to Logitech Romer-G switches, but if we talk about sound and clicking it’s more similar to Cherry MX Blue, it’s not too noisy and doesn’t have that heavy bottoming out that other gaming keyboards have. The Razer Ornata Chroma’s keycaps are designed to decreases the time it takes to register an action and as we mentioned they are mid-height and not full sized which helps to maneuver through the keys a lot easier and faster. It supports 10-key rollover and 10-key anti-ghosting, and it is 1.3 by 18.2 by 6.7 inches and weighs 2.1pounds.
Like every product on the market, Razer’s keyboard had its pros and cons. One of the most noticeable features of the keyboard is the lack of headphones jack, a microphone jack and USB slots which can turn out to be pretty inconvenient for a lot of users. Another thing is that the Razer Ornata Chroma has shorter actuation than other Razer mechanical keyboards and it might end up feeling very heavy and problematical for some users. And for its price range, it has to offer a lot more than that. It will be hard for a keyboard of such kind to win the rivalry against the mechanical gaming keyboards that are not only more favored by gamers but can also be cheaper as you can find quality mechanical keyboards for 60-70dollars on the market.
Yet, it’s actually pretty hard to find a keyboard that offers such customizability for that cost. The diversity of color and pre-set light patterns is quite incredible for a keyboard of such kind. Its low profile allows easier control and can end up being more useful than a normal keyboard, but it can also end up being a problem when you decide to elevate the keyboard because it may not be comfortable using the wrist rest, in that case, might end up feeling weird. And although a lot of people find the wrist rest really comfortable and soft some people actually find the feeling of the material against their skin to be rather unnatural.
Razer Ornata Chroma Specifications
- Dimensions – 6.67 in x 18.24 in x 1.3 in
- Weight – 2.1 lb
- 16.8 million colors
- Ergonomic wrist rest
As a whole, Razer Ornata Chroma gaming keyboard is an amazing keyboard that serves its purpose and very well presents the new technology of the mecha-membrane switches to the world. Its simple, black, matt design together with the impressive light effects and a low profile can offer every customer an amazing gaming experience.
- Ergonomic wrist rest
- Good customizable lighting
- Good typing experience
- Lack of USB, microphone and headphone jack
- Limited features
6. Cougar Attack X3 RGB Review
The Cougar Attack X3 RGB Keyboard is a mechanical gaming keyboard with a plastic and aluminum-brushed frame that uses the Cherry MX switches. With this keyboard we get the familiar and liked by many mechanical keyboards feel and the nice click of the keycaps that varies from quiet to loud and easy to hard. This keyboard has an onboard memory so it can save all your settings, can set up to 30 macros, and similar to The Razer Ornata Chroma uses a special software, the UIX software. We have the RGB and LED lights that offer up to 9 light effects patterns that you can choose from. The Courage Attack X3 RGB is a nice, light keyboard, but unfortunately unlike The Razer Ornata Chroma, for example, it does not come with a wrist rest.
Cougar Attack X3 Features and Design
From the first moment you unbox it, you can see that The Cougar Attack X3 RGB keyboard is not built the way most typical keyboards are. Instead of a solid plastic or aluminum skeleton, the top and bottom parts of the keyboard are made of black plastic and the middle one which supports the keycaps is an aluminum plate. It is pretty light compared to, for example, the HyperX Allow, but that, of course, doesn’t mean it’s not a good gaming keyboard. When we flip the keyboard, on the bottom, we can see the two keyboard risers in the top and the two anti-slip rubber feet on the bottom that prevent it from sliding while you play or type. On the back of the keyboard, we have the cable slot where we plug in the 1.8m long braided thick USB cable which actually allows you to connect the keyboard to the computer like you would any standard keyboard, you don’t need special settings on programs that you have to install beforehand. But what’s interesting about the USB cable itself is that it is actually split into two parts. These two gold-plated USB connectors have different functions, and as one of them is used to connect the keyboard to the computer, the other one is actually used to provide more power to the lights. And although some people claim that they see no difference with or without the second USB slot, the company recommends you use it. Similar to The Razer Ornata Chroma, this gaming keyboard doesn’t have a USB hub, a headphone or a microphone jack.
On top, we have a classic US keyboard layout with the LAD indicators on the top right and the function keys on the left. The LAD indicators are simple yet visible, which of course is pretty helpful, and use simple white LAD light. There are no special media keys on this keyboard, but you can access and control it, as well as the function keys M1-M3 through which you control the lighting effects, via the Fn key. Speaking of the lighting effects, we have 3 customized profiles and each of them has 3 lighting effects which is a total of nine effects you can choose from.
This gaming keyboard as well offers the impressive 16.8million color range presented by the Cherry MX RGB mechanical switches. Some of the effects you can choose from are – Rainbow, Ripple Arrow, Wave, and Reactive which you can control from the UIX software. The software controls the whole keyboard – you can change the keys, control the light effects, and save your profiles, and has two modes which are basic and advanced. This particular keyboard comes with Cherry MX Red, Cherry MX Blue, Cherry MX Brown and Cherry MX Black switches so you can choose depending on your preference.
If you prefer quieter keyboard with easily pressed keys you should go with the Cherry MX Red switches; if you prefer quiet, but hard to press keys –Cherry MX Black switches; if you want to go with the tactile bump and no click you should choose Cherry MX Brown switches, and last, but not least – if you want to enjoy the clicky sound and the tactile bump at the same time you should totally go for the Cherry MX Blue switches. All keys have the classic Cherry MX clear switch casing.Unlike most keyboards with this one we have the function key on the left and the Windows key on the right side which may be kind of hard to get used to at first, but it’s not such problem. The Cougar Attack X3 RGB gaming board supports 6K and NK rollover, has 1000Hz polling rate, 104keys in total. It is compatible with Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, 17 by 46 by 4cm and has 1 millisecond response time.
Unlike most keyboards with this one we have the function key on the left and the Windows key on the right side which may be kind of hard to get used to at first, but it’s not such problem. The Cougar Attack X3 RGB gaming board supports 6K and NK rollover, has 1000Hz polling rate, 104keys in total. It is compatible with Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, 17 by 46 by 4cm and has 1 millisecond response time.
Cougar Attach X3 RGB Specifications
- Dimensions – 18.39 in x 6.69 in x 1.57 in
- Weight – 1.98 lb
- 16.8 million colors
As a whole, The Cougar Attack X3 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard is a nice keyboard that serves its purpose really well and can satisfy a lot of gamer’s needs in terms of switches, light effects, and actuation. And although is pretty expensive having in mind the fact that the brand is not as well-known as, for example, Razer and Logitech, the keyboard still does a great job as a mechanical keyboard.
- Easy to work with Software
- Easy to clean
- Can save up to 30 macros
- Onboard memory
- Nice keycaps which feel good when you type
- Lack of USB, microphone and headphone jack
- Don’t have media keys
7. Logitech G610 Orion Brown Review
The Logitech G610 Orion Brown is a mechanical gaming keyboard that similar to a lot of mechanical keyboards uses the Cherry MX switches, and this particular one comes with the Cherry MX Brown switches. It’s a really simply build a keyboard with a classic design, nothing too fancy, and if you are familiar with the Logitech G810 you will find little to no difference between the two. Unlike its most rivals out there that are extremely popular for their amazing colors presented by a variety of light effect patterns, the Logitech G610 Orion Brown does not have RGB lighting. It uses a software similar to The Razer Ornata Chroma and other gaming keyboards. And just like the Cougar Attack X3 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard it also doesn’t come with a wrist rest.
Logitech G610 Features and Design
The Logitech G610 Orion Brown is a solid, all-around black gaming keyboard. It has a matt smudge-resistant finish on top and over all of the keycaps and then we have a glossy finish on the sides and back. On the bottom, we have five anti-slip rubber feet and two flip down legs that have three levels of elevation – flat, 4degrees angle and then 8 degrees angle. Similar to other gaming keyboards in this list, this mechanical gaming keyboard as well doesn’t have any USB hubs, audio jacks or microphone jacks. When looking at the keyboard one of the first things that is really noticeable is the volume wheel located on the top right corner. Its place and size make it really comfortable to work with and it is actually pretty handy as it offers an easy volume adjustment. Right underneath the volume adjustment wheel we see the flat, matt, circle media keys that similar to the wheel itself are easy to access and work with, and together with them we also have three extra circle keys sitting on the left side of the volume wheel – the Game button, the brightness adjustment button and the Mute button. Their simple design feels good against your fingers as it’s not over the top yet it’s interesting and adds a bit of a pop to the overall look of the keyboard. Right next to the gaming switch we have the white LAD indicators and the function keys.
As we already mentioned, the Logitech G610 Orion Brown keyboard uses the Cherry MX Brown mechanical switches. And although this keyboard also comes with the Cherry MX Red switches we are specifically looking at the Cherry MX Brown ones for this particular keyboard. When we talked about the Cougar Attack X3 RGB mechanical gaming keyboard, we explained in a little more detail about the difference between the Cherry MX switches so we already know that the Cherry MX Brown switches have the tactile bump and no click so it’s a pretty quiet keyboard compared to the Cherry MX Blue switches.
Before Logitech went with the traditional for them Roman-G switches, which you can see with, for example, the G810 and G910, but for this keyboard, in particular, they had decided to go with Cherry MX switches because they saw and knew that that was what customers wanted and were and still are looking for. After all these switches are a real industry standard for mechanical switches for gaming keyboards and have the quality all manufacturers try to imitate and want. And although RGB lights are what is seems like a lot of customers want, this time Logitech decided to go with a more simplistic keyboard by not including the popular RGB lights. Instead, the Logitech G610 Orion Brown gaming keyboard has only white LAD backlighting underneath the keycaps, and even though it doesn’t have that variety of colors the RGB keyboards have to offer, it still has 5 lighting effect modes you can choose from – Fixed, Breathing, Star effect, Light wave and Key press.
The light patterns are, of course, controlled by a Logitech software that overall controls the whole keyboard. You can download it for free from the Logitech website and with it you can set up different profiles, change the function of the function keys, disable some keys if needed, fix the light settings and last, but not least, control other Logitech G-series devices such as mice and headsets.
The Logitech G610 Orion Brown mechanical gaming keyboard is 17.5 by 6.0 by 1.4 inches and weighs 2.8 pounds, it has a 45g actuation force, supports 26K rollover, and is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
In conclusion, although the keyboard is as minimalistic as possible and doesn’t follow all the latest gaming keyboard trends at the end of the day it’s a really nice gaming keyboard. It feels great to type on, has the nice mechanical keyboard feel thanks to the Cherry MX Brown switches, though, if you are a fan of the noisier, clicky sound of mechanical switches this keyboard may not be the one for you. And lacking RGB lights doesn’t mean it lacks on the ability to impress with its simple, yet really nice light effects that come with the white LAD light of this model.
- Well-placed media keys
- Three different height levels
- Simple and nice software
- No RGB lights
- No USB, audio and microphone jacks