Corsair K95 RGB Review

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Corsair K95 RGB Platinum 

The Corsair K95 RGB is truly something else, it looks good, feels good and plays good. It packs with countless features and this keyboard is one truly complete experience.

Features Include

  • Cherry MX Speed Mechanical Switches
    The Cherry MX Speed switches offer a 45g actuation force and a 1.2mm actuation distance. This means that these switches are very responsive hence the name MX Speed. They are very comfortable to type with and these switches are the most responsive switches we’ve tested in game
  • RGB Back-Lighting and LightEdge
    The RGB back-lighting offered on the K90 RGB is truly impressive. With individually lit keys and Corsairs LightEdge, Corsair takes RGB customization to the next level. Through Corsair Cue 2 gaming software, all your Corsair RGB peripherals can be in sync, from your Corsair mice, to water-cooling blocks
  • Macro Keys and Inboard Storage
    The K95 RGB features 6 customizable macro keys and 8mb onboard storage meaning wherever you take your keyboard, your preferences come with you. This was one of the downsides of older Corsair keyboards as RGB lighting went to default every time you moved your keyboard from one computer to another
  • USB Pass-through for Mice and Headsets
    The K95 RGB features USB 2.0 pass-through, which cuts the cords running on your desk down to one. Although this pass-through port is only USB 2.0, it can be used with both headsets and computer mice to seamlessly hide cables that would’ve otherwise been lying haphazardly along your desk.

Our Thoughts

The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum may truly be the pinnacle of mechanical keyboards. Coupled with the Cherry MX Speed Switches, this keyboard plays well in virtually all games you can throw at it. These switches are very responsive and the key caps Corsair used in this keyboard are reasonably comfortable for both gaming and typing. One thing that might bother some people is the font used on the key caps, though this doesn’t affect the keyboard at all its just down to use preference. Another additional feature of this keyboard is the inclusion of 6 programmable macro keys. Through the Corsair Cue 2 application these macros can be easily assigned to many functions, which proves useful for games such as MMOs. The keyboard also features 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover.

This keyboard features an aircraft grade aluminum build, which is sturdy and can handle light drops and falls. Under basic testing it does not twist and bend and for its steep price you’re getting what you pay for. This keyboard also features dual-sided detachable wrist-wrests which are easy to use and comfortable for long gaming periods. Underneath the keyboard is the inclusion of cable routes, so you can easily manage either the mouse, or headset cable which you have connected through the USB pass-through.

Other things that make the K95 a pleasure to use is the inclusion of media buttons, volume scroll and on the fly controls for windows lock, profile switching and alternating between the different color profiles. The volume wheel is very responsive and allows for very fine control of volume and is convenient in-game. The included color and profile controls also make it easy to seamlessly switch between profiles and lighting; and to disable the windows key in game, which is more useful than it may sound.

Corsair may have truly mastered RGB functionality in keyboards. The K95 has dynamic multi-color back-lighting with the inclusion of LightEdge. This allows for individually back-lit keys and the customization of the LightEdge around the keyboard. One of the problems with RGB, is companies not allowing for the customization of either specific keys or their logos, which may restrict you to the color scheme you can choose, else the logo or key will stick out like a sore thumb. On the K95, if its back-lit you can change its color. The LightEdge features, truly makes this a beautiful keyboard to have on your desk, whether you have flashing rainbow waves throughout the day or have it set to one single color.

Overall
The K95 RGB Platinum is overall a complete package when it comes to mechanical gaming keyboards. It features from our perspective the best and most responsive keys for gaming, which are also very comfortable to type with; virtually all the features you’d ever want from a mechanical gaming keyboard. It also features one of the best builds, in any keyboard yet. The only real negative to this keyboard is the price. The K95 runs for around $175 USD, which is a steep price to say for a gaming keyboard. That said you are truly getting what you pay for. Maybe hold off until Black Friday or the Christmas sales where you can get it for less or see our other recommended keyboards.

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