Cougar Attack X3 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


The mechanical gaming keyboard is quite busy these days, but we’ve seen quite a few fantastic keyboards from Cougar recently and I’m eager to see what their latest has to offer. The Attack X3 features a fully mechanical design, with a choice of four Cherry MX switches, red, brown, blue and black, so finding one that suits your personal preferences should be an easy task.

“The COUGAR Attack X 3 is a pro gamer’s dream, come true. Cherry MX Switches, fully configurable key functions (including macros), strong red backlight and a durable and visually stunning aluminum design. No superfluous buttons or additions, only what true gamers need.”

There’s a whole host of features that will appeal to gamers, starting with a durable and rather stylish brushed aluminium frame, high-end mechanical switches, 10 programmable keys, full backlighting, multimedia keys, NKRO and more.

The box has a nice image of hte keyboard on the front, as well as details of the Cherry MX switches and the latest Cougar UIX software.

Around the back, a much more detailed feature breakdown, covering the various switches available, N-Key rollover, built-in memory and more.

The Attack X3 comes hard-wired with a hard-wired USB cable, which is nice and long, making it easily placed if you have a large desk.

Microsoft Teams up with Intel to Bring Low-Cost Windows 10 Smartphones

Microsoft has been working with ARM-based processors for their smartphones up until now, having all of its Lumias powered by Qualcomm’s SoCs. Things are about to change later this year, having the corporate giant teaming up with Intel to release Intel-based Lumias along with its latest Windows Phone 10 OS.

Intel as announced at the Mobile World Congress that Windows Phone 10 is set to run on handsets and phablets powered by the company’s upcoming Atom X3 chips codenamed Sofia. Handsets powered by the X3 chips are said to have a price tag ranging from $75 to $249 and will not have a Windows Phone OS exclusivity, having Intel planning to integrate the X3 in Android-powered handsets as well.

While Windows Phone has only a 2.7% market share, as per the 2014 statistics, Aicha Evans, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Communication and Devices Group, is optimistic about the partnership between the two company giants. He hopes that this will also help Intel gain more ground in the hand-held devices market, a place currently dominated by the ARM chips.

Thank you PC World for providing us with this information

Intel Introduces Brand Levels for Their Atom Series

Intel doesn’t have the easiest naming system and it looks like they know that. They’re now adding branding levels to their Atom line of processors in a similar way as it’s already done with the Core processors. Starting from the next generation of Atom CPUs they will be offered in three distinct brand levels as in good, better, and best construct: Intel Atom x3, x5, and x7 processors.

The Atom x3 provides basic phablet and smartphone performance, the Atom x5 processor has more capabilities and features for people who want an even better experience, and the flagship Intel Atom x7 processor will provide the highest level of performance and capabilities for this family.

This is good news for all the ones that skip right to the next product when they read the word Atom, as I do. Because they ain’t all bad.

Thanks to Intel for providing us with this information

EVGA TORQ X5 and X3 Gaming Mice Now Availalbe in Europe

EVGA recently introduced the TORQ X5 and X3 gaming mice and now they’re available in Europe. Each of these mice was designed from the ground up to satisfy the needs of the gamers with high-quality sensors and Omron switches.

The EVGA TORQ X5/X3 mice support fully programmable buttons, onboard storage for saving up to 5 profiles, customizable RGB LED, On-The-Fly DPI adjustment, Omron switches as well as having an ambidextrous design to allow both left and right-handed users to handle the mouse.

The software package allows you to customise the colour, button settings, DPI and profiles. The EVGA Unleash software also has an OSD (On Screen Display) that makes it easy to see what profile or DPI setting you are using!

The new TORQ X5/X3 gaming mice are currently available from European etailers such as Scan in the UK while more shops will get the mice in the coming weeks.

Thanks to EVGA for providing us with this information

EVGA Introduced the TORQ X5 & X3 Gaming Mice

EVGA has introduced the TORQ X5 and X3 gaming mice to their lineup. Each of these mice was designed from the ground up for hardcore gamers and is using high-quality sensors and Omron switches. The EVGA TORQ X5 and X3 mice have eight fully programmable buttons and onboard storage for up to 5 profiles.

The X3 and X5 come with an optical sensor with 4000 and 6400 dpi respectively while the X5L is using a laser sensor with 8200 dpi resolution. The X3 is using a single colour red LED and has Omron 10m switches where the two X5 models support RGB lighting and have Omron 20m switches.

The included software package allows complete control over the mouse. Customize the color, button settings, DPI and profiles. The EVGA Unleash software also has an OSD (On Screen Display) that makes it easy to see what profile or DPI setting you are using.

TORQ Mice Features

  • RGB LED can be customized from software (TORQ X5/X3L)
  • Onboard storage can support up to 5 separate profiles
  • Ambidextrous design supports right or left handed gamers
  • Adjustable DPI with On-The-Fly sensitivity adjustment
  • Highest quality materials and Omron switches
  • Robust software allows full control over mouse including Macro setup, profiles and OSD
  • Super low friction PTFE mouse feet

EVGA Unleash Features

  • Allows full control of the EVGA TORQ mouse.
  • Easy to switch between right/left handed mode.
  • Ability to reassign any of the buttons.
  • Designed with usability in mind.
  • Heads up display can show key settings at a glance.
  • Flexible macro and profiling system.
  • Angle Snapping support (Default Off)
  • Adjustable LED color and brightness.
  • Available for Windows 8, 7, Vista

No word on pricing or availability yet.

Thanks to EVGA for providing us with this information

Aerocool XPredator Avenger & XPredator X3 Avenger Get A Fresh Design

Aerocool Advanced Technologies have just introduced the latest editions of their popular chassis range. The new Avenger models are the latest additions to the XPredator super tower and the XPredator X3 high mid tower products. Both chassis are part of the performance gaming system series PGS-B, aiming for ambitious Gamers. New Avenger models are bringing a really fresh and exciting color-mix to the PGS-B series.

Aerocool took a very different approach when designing the chassis: Compared to the usual models, which feature a mix of black and red as well as white and blue, new Avenger models are using a mix of the colors gold and red. This fancy color combination is not only used on the outside but has been well implemented on the inside as well.

Users requiring much space, will love the XPredator Avenger super tower, which offers compatibility to almost all possible mainboard form-factors, including ATX, Flex-ATX, µATX, E-ATX as well as XL-ATX! Slightly more compact XPredator X3 Avenger supports form-factors such as ITX, Micro-ATX and standard ATX. Both chassis provide much space for hard drives, solid state disks, bay accessories and optical drives. XPredator Avenger features six 5,25 inch bays, six bays for 3,5 and 2,5 inch hard drives and SSDs as well as one (external) 3,5 inch bay.

In case of the XPredator X3 Avenger, up to eight 2,5 or 3,5 inch drives, three 5,25 inch drives, one additional (external) 3,5 inch drive can be easily mounted. Aerocool implemented one Hot Swap Slot on the outside front-panel of the XPredator X3 Avenger, which supports direct connection of 2,5 inch HDDs and SSDs. Both chassis are equipped with tool-free mechanisms and trays for the hard drive bays, allowing more fast and convenient mounting procedure.

Even in terms of cooling capabilities, no compromise has to be made. XPredator Avenger allows mounting of big CPU coolers with a total height of up to 18,5 cm and VGA cards with a total length of up to 33 cm. The midi tower XPredator X3 Avenger is offering much space for big CPU coolers with a height of up to 18,6 cm and high end VGA cards with a length of up to 31 cm. Plenty of room for watercooling systems and additional fans, a cable management system and pre-drilled holes for water-pipes are provided as well.

The very fresh design of the new Avenger models attracts attention, especially at LAN parties. A re-worked I/O panel is lo-cated in the center of the top panel of the XPredator Avenger, and brings some changes as well. Instead of three USB 2.0 and only one USB 3.0 ports, users have now access to two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. The Headphone and Mic jack as well as the eSATA port remain in the I/O panel. Both XPredator Avenger and XPredator X3 Avenger are supplied with a very use-ful two-channel fan controller, which is located in the I/O panel.

Aerocool XPredator Avenger and XPredator X3 Avenger are available at etailers and retails starting this week. Suggested manufacturers price as following:

  • Aerocool XPredator Avenger: 124,90 EUR (excl. Taxes)
  • Aerocool XPredator X3 Avenger: 104,90 EUR (excl. Taxes)

We look forward to reviewing these products in the near future, and the colour schemes do look like a breath of fresh air among the grey, black and white products we most often see.

Thank you Aerocool for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Aerocool.