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    Default Cougar 600K Keyboard Oring Mod

    If you are a mechanical keyboard user like myself, you know that you have many choices in key sets. Most of the mechanical keyboards I have are now either brown or black switches since they are much quieter than the blues.

    So I recently reviewed the Cougar 600K keyboard and I really enjoyed using the Cherry MX Blue Keys. I've had other keyboards in the past that use they same keys but I've never held onto them long before making a change. I typically don't like using cherry MX blue keys that often due to how noisy they can be and my wife hates being in the same room as me when I am typing on it. But with the 600K, I really like the fit and feel and also the plug and play options were really what I wanted in a keyboard so I swapped out my Func keyboard which had the brown mx keys. But after a few weeks of use, they really bothered me on how loud the blues can be.

    I've been pondering on doing the oring mod for a while on my other keyboards so I decided to do it on the 600K first to see if I really liked it.

    I purchased a set of WASD Blue Orings - Model # Blue 40-A-R for $18 on Amazon. Yes, they are a little pricey and you can probably find some cheap Generic ones on ebay for cheaper, but since I wanted to do it right, I pulled the trigger on this set and got it in the mail a few days later.
    I also purchased a WASD key puller. While this wasn't 100% needed, I got it to make my life easier with pulling the keys. Plus it was only $6 for it on Amazon.

    Here are some pics of the progress, I first started off by pulling the keys on the number pad section first and worked my way around the keyboard one row at a time.

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    So here is the break down:

    Time it took to complete: Roughly 30-40mins with WASD Key puller, If I didn't have the key puller it might have taken longer. I also made my job easier by using a set of tweezers to get the orings onto the back side of the keys.

    Making sure to put the keys back in the right spot is key, what I did was put the box for the keyboard next to me since it has a large image of the keyboard which clearly shows the key layouts. If that is not a option for you, make sure you take a pic of the keyboard prior so you don't mix up your keys.

    Pros of the mod: I would say that the mod was what I expected it to be. It really reduced the key down force tack level. I would say by more than 50%. With the blue keys, since the key switch has a clickety clack sound as it is, you won't eliminate that click noise out right, but the key stone slapping against the switch has reduced a lot due to the orings. So the Orings did what it was designed to do.

    Cons: Very time consuming (not really a con) and the WASD Orings are pricey. Generic options are available if you don't want to spend so much.

    All in all, was the mod worth my time? yes, I think it was.. The sound dampening is really great and if you really like the clickety clack noise, you don't complete lose it... Its just been reduced. The long term durability of the WASD Orings are unknown at this time, but from what I have read, reviews have been very positive. If you have a cherry MX Brown switch keyboard and is looking to do this mod, you will have a pretty silent keyboard operation. I plan on doing this to my other keyboards with brown switches soon so I will post my results when it happens. I will update this thread as time is carried on.

    I also ordered 3 sets (different color types) of generic eBay orings so I can compare the difference. Those are coming from China so I should see those in a few weeks.

    Hope you enjoyed this.
    Kenny

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    Default Re: Cougar 600K Keyboard Oring Mod

    How does it feel under your finger tips?.
    Despite the noise, I really got use to them and like the feel when they bottom out from my taps.

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    Default Re: Cougar 600K Keyboard Oring Mod

    I'm glad you're trying this out. I've been thinking of doing it to the Ducky and the Razer on my boy's machine. (Just for the peace and quiet mind you).

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    Default Re: Cougar 600K Keyboard Oring Mod

    Quote Originally Posted by vinman View Post
    How does it feel under your finger tips?.
    Despite the noise, I really got use to them and like the feel when they bottom out from my taps.
    On the 600K, the keyboard "key slap" wasn't bad, but the orings really helped it the noise. You don't lose that feeling completely since the keys still bottom out, but the oring does offer a "softer" feel. I guess you really have to try it out to really say you like it or not.. to me at least, it can be completely subjective.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gu3 View Post
    I'm glad you're trying this out. I've been thinking of doing it to the Ducky and the Razer on my boy's machine. (Just for the peace and quiet mind you).

    Scott
    Thanks Scott, I can say that using the keyboard over the weekend, you won't be disappointing. It's a relatively cheap mod to do. I have the Razer keyboard also, but the one I have has black keys. I haven't used it in a while and its been sitting in the box. I might try using some of the generic orings when they come in. The next keyboard I am going to do is my DAS Keyboard with blue keys and Func with brown keys.

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    Default Re: Cougar 600K Keyboard Oring Mod

    They really kill you in terms of price on these as soon as they add a computer related label. These are actually plumbing supplies, we buy them in bulk and in similar sizes pay less for 1000 pieces than what these are selling for. NewEgg runs the Rosewill branded set for ~$5 on Flash at times.

    I keep thinking about doing this with my Func KB-460....I've just been too lazy to do it.

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    Default Re: Cougar 600K Keyboard Oring Mod

    Quote Originally Posted by Ciarlatano View Post
    They really kill you in terms of price on these as soon as they add a computer related label. These are actually plumbing supplies, we buy them in bulk and in similar sizes pay less for 1000 pieces than what these are selling for. NewEgg runs the Rosewill branded set for ~$5 on Flash at times.

    I keep thinking about doing this with my Func KB-460....I've just been too lazy to do it.
    I agree! $18 is a bit on the high side, Since this was my first time I just pulled he trigger on it. But now that I ordered other kits on eBay, I can use these as comparisons and see if there is really any difference. The eBay kits cost me $1.50 for 125 pieces.. I ordered 3 different sets. (color wise) and they "supposedly" have diff sizes. We'll see when they arrive.

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    Default Re: Cougar 600K Keyboard Oring Mod

    Yeah, I wonder.

    I know they're just "O"-rings, but I wonder about the density (squishiness), and whether it varies in a predictable manner on those bought from a Plumbing Supply place, or e-bay, or McMaster or whatever...

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    Default Re: Cougar 600K Keyboard Oring Mod

    Good mod Kenny, a bit more expensive but if fulfilled the purpose, then nothing more to say.

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