In this review, I’m taking a look at the new Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT keyboard.
Corsair is known to make some of the nicest and best peripherals on the market. They have always had superior quality and have looked amazing. Their latest keyboard, the K95 XT RGB Platinum is a gorgeous looking keyboard with a cool trick up its sleeve.
Big thanks to Corsair for sending this over for review!
What’s in the Box?
Included in the box of the K95 XT is the keyboard itself, three sets of replaceable keycaps, a keycap puller, a SUPER soft wrist rest and some documentation.
Design and Features
Design wise the K95 XT follows Corsair’s general look to a keyboard. It’s well built and rugged.
On the top of the keyboard is and RGB strip with an RGB Corsair logo to the left of that is the profile change button to change the lighting profile, a brightness button to change to backlight brightness and a ‘Gaming’ button that locks off the windows, ctrl and alt buttons during gaming so that you don’t accidentally press them.
Now going right from the Corsair logo is the CAPS, Num Lock and Scroll Lock indicator lights, Further down from that is the Mute button and the volume wheel. I really like seeing a volume wheel over buttons but that’s just a personal preference. The wheel is smooth and accurate and doesn’t have a deadzone.
Below this is the media keys to stop, play/pause and skip. This plus the mute buttons are the only buttons on the top part of the keyboard that are illuminated.
Back to the left of the keyboard are the macro keys that are on the K95, these are more special than regular macro keys as they are controlled via the elgato stream deck software giving you more customizability.
On the bottom of the keyboard are cable management tracks to help you hide the cable in your setup.
Also on the bottom are the height adjusting feet and 4 rubber feet to stop it from sliding around on the desk.
Another awesome design feature of the K95 is the USB passthrough to connect something like a mouse or headset receiver.
I love seeing USB pass throughs on keyboards as it reduces extra cable clutter on your desk
The keyboard is overall really sturdy and well built, there is basically no deck flex whatsoever thanks to the aluminum top plate and when typing there is no hollow ‘twang’ sound that some keyboards have.
Six Dedicated Macro Keys
Programmable with custom macros or key remaps for an in-game advantage.
Per-key RGB backlighting and a 19-zone LightEdge across the top of the keyboard deliver dynamic and vibrant lighting effects with near-limitless customization.
Elgato Stream Deck Software
Program special streaming commands and swap to the included S-key keycaps for convenient command over your stream.
An anodized aluminum frame with a 104/105-key ultra-durable PBT double-shot keyset is built to withstand a lifetime of gaming.
8MB Onboard Memory
With the 8MB of onboard memory you can save your lighting and macro profiles for on the go!
Cherry MX Speed RGB Switches
Ultra-reliable German-made CHERRY MX SPEED RGB Silver key switches are guaranteed for 100 million keystrokes, with a linear 1.2mm actuation for lightning-fast responsiveness.
(**Note: The K95 is also available in Cherry Blue and Brown switches)
The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT takes use of both Corsair iCUE and Elgato Stream Deck software to give you the best customizability. By using iCUE you can change the lighting patterns or per key colour to your preference.
However, One issue I had with iCUE is when I would lock the computer and re-open it, some keys would be different colours in a random pattern.
As you can see, I use the G Keys as my main keys for writing reviews so that I can do all my titles and formatting on the fly.
The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT can be found online for around $265 AUD and $200 USD. However, if you did some digging around you could probably find it a bit cheaper.
I love the Corsair K95, it’s a great keyboard, And is probably one of the best keyboards I have ever used!!It has a great set of features. I love that the ‘G Keys’ are controlled via the stream deck software to give them more functionality. Also iCUE has come a long way and is a pretty good suite of software nowadays.
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Disclosure: The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT review sample was supplied for reviewing but all opinions are of my own and not paid.
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I love the Corsair K95, it’s a great keyboard and has a great set of features. I love that the ‘G Keys’ are controlled via the stream deck software to give them more functionality. Also iCUE has come a long way and is a pretty good suite of software nowadays.