Corsair’s been on a roll recently with their latest products all offering superb performance and top notch RGB lighting effects. We’ve been looking at their various mice over the past few weeks (Corsair Scimitar Pro, Corsair Harpoon, Corsair Glaive) and have neglected their keyboards since reviewing the K70 Rapidfire back when we were still working under the G3AR moniker. Having the K95 RGB Platinum shipped in to us was quite refreshing and Corsair’s attention to detail and premium workmanship on the device made it an absolute pleasure to review. So let’s get into it shall we!
First up, the tech specs:
Key SwitchesCherry® MX RGB SpeedKeyboard BacklightingRGBDimensions465mm x 171mm x 36mmMacro Keys6 dedicated G-keysReport RateUp to 1msMatrix100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover on USB
Keyboard SizeExtendedOn-board MemoryYesMedia KeysSix dedicated multimedia keys, incl. Volume Up/Down rollerWrist RestFull length, detachable, dual-sided with soft touch finishCUE SoftwareEnabledCable TypeBraided FiberWIN LockYes
The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is Corsair’s high-end keyboard made for enthusiast gamers. Everything about the keyboard’s design screams premium and after plugging it in for the first time, you’ll be awestruck by the RGB lighting that immediately activates. The actual keys used in the K95 RGB Platinum are Cherry MX Red Speed switches and they feel great when typing or gaming. Corsair have also released a variant of the K95 RGB Platinum that features Cherry MX Brown Switches for those of you that prefer non-clicky quieter keys but as with all keyboards though, it all comes down to individual user preference as to which switches you’d prefer.
A wrist-rest that you can detach and flip over for either a rubberized textured surface or non-textured soft touch surface is included with the keyboard. The keyboard itself has an aircraft grade brushed aluminium frame and feels sturdy enough to withstand multiple years of gaming. A rather thick braided cable protrudes from the back of the keyboard and a USB port can be found right next to it. A single row of textured macro buttons on the left hand side of the keyboard and media keys on the right hand side above the numpad rounds off the design. Corsair really went all out in producing a keyboard that not only looks great but feels great too. Since the keys are actually placed onto the frame itself and not within cut out sections as seen with other keyboards in circulation, the K95 RGB Platinum is incredibly easy to clean. Just flip it upside down and any loose dirt or grime will fall out quite easily. However, be warned that the keyboard itself is quite a dust magnet and while it may be easy to wipe or shake off the loose dust, you may have to do this rather often depending on your work/gaming environment.
The K95 RGB Platinum differs slightly from the K95 Vengeance in that there are less programmable macro buttons on the keyboard. Two columns of macro keys have been removed from the left side of the keyboard and Corsair have added a brand new lightbar to the top edge of the keyboard. Hardcore RTS, MMO or MOBA gamers might miss the extra macro buttons but since I barely use more than 5 macros on a keyboard anyway, I personally didn’t. The lightbar might seem overly excessive to some but RGB lighting fanatics will be chuffed. The lightbar is not just tacked on either. It actually features 19 zones that can be individually set to any colour within the RGB spectrum via Corsair’s CUE software.
As mentioned above the key switches used in the K95 RGB Platinum are Cherry MX Speed switches so both gamers and hardcore typists will feel far less keyboard fatigue when using the device thanks to the way these switches operate. The keyboard focuses on responsiveness and the Cherry MX Speed switches require just 1.2mm of movement and 45g of actuation force for a key press to register. This does take some getting used to at first, especially if you’re making the jump from a non-mechanical keyboard.
The keys are well spaced and Corsair have included a couple of extra textured keycaps for gamers and a keycap removal tool. The keyboard also has a cable management groove cut out of the bottom should you want to run a cable underneath it and use the USB passthrough at the back of the device. The macro keys on the left hand side are textured and placed just the right amount of distance away from the other keys to prevent accidental usage in a heated gameplay session.
Using Corsair’s CUE software, you’ll be able to download additional RGB profiles for the keyboard or set up your own and create a spectacular lightshow. You can also rather easily create macros and assign these to any of the keys on the keyboard. The keyboard also features 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover. This means that whenever you press multiple keys, the commands get sent through and simultaneous keystrokes always register. This also means that even if you are typing at incredibly high speeds, you won’t end up with typos as a result of input delay since there really is none noticeable at all.
The additional media keys round off the device perfectly and since they are placed in the right hand corner of the keyboard they are unobstructive. The metallic scroll wheel for volume control placed next to the mute button is something that I quite liked and lastly, the 8mb onboard storage for CUE profiles means that users can literally plug in their keyboard into any pc and still have their settings carry over.
Overall, the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is a premium, top of the range keyboard with very little competition except for Corsair’s own K95 RGB Vengeance keyboard. Users that want a high-end keyboard with breathtaking RGB lighting effects, ultra responsive keys and premium workmanship all around will not be disappointed with the K95 RGB Platinum. The only downside to all of this is the keyboard’s price. At €199.99 or the RRP of +-R3250 in South Africa, the K95 RGB Platinum may be a tad pricey for the average or more casual gamer.
In summary, the Corsair K95 RGB is a high-end keyboard catering towards gamer’s that require ultra responsive performance along with breathtaking RGB lighting effects.
Recommended stores to purchase from in South Africa:
- Rebeltech – Online
- It Worx SA – Retail + online
- Computers only – Retail + online
- Matrix Warehouse Kyalami – Retail
- Matrix Brooklyn – Retail
- Wootware – Online
- Loot – Online
- Spy Computing – Retail
- Landmark – Retail
- Computers 1 – Retail
- Real Design Difference – Retail
- Scenic Route – Retail
- Direct Technology Solution – Retail
- The Pc Shop – Retail
- Ae Software Solutions – Retail
- Compusys – Retail
- Independent Group IT Solutions – Retail