Choose your Cherry MX key switch
It wasn’t too terribly long ago when the field of mechanical keyboards was pretty sparse. Not anymore. There are lots of options out there, the newest of which is the Attack X3 from Cougar.
Cougar says the Attack X3 will appeal to “purist gamers,” ones who want a high-quality mechanical plank that’s both durable and elegant. To deliver those traits, Cougar gave the Attack X3 a brushed aluminum frame around a set of original Cherry MX key switches.
Buyers can choose between Cherry MX Blue, Brown, Red, and Black key switches, each of which offers a different tactile and audible response. I tend to prefer Cherry MX Blue switches for its punchy response and audible clicks, though there are definitely quieter options available (see here for a basic primer on the different Cherry MX key switches).
The Attack X3 covers the essentials, like a 1,000Hz polling rate (1ms response time) and N-Key rollover in USB mode. It also has dedicated media keys, full-key backlighting with five steps of brightness, 10 programmable keys, and onboard memory to store up to three profiles inside the keyboard. The benefit of doing that is you can bring the keyboard to a LAN party or switch PCs and still have access to your profiles.
Cougar says the Attack X3 will debut in Europe this month followed by a U.S. release in the first quarter of next year. it will run $120 MSRP.