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Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Keyboard Review

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Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Keyboard Review

By Jason Vaught

Manufacturer: Corsair Components, Inc.
Product Name: K95 RGB PLATINUM Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Model Number: CH-9127014-NA
UPC: 0843591086141
Price As Tested: $199.99 (Amazon | NewEgg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Corsair.

Corsair has revamped their K95 series with a new Platinum edition. The K95 RGB Platinum is a gaming mechanical keyboard featuring 100% cherry browns or cherry “speed” switches with RGB illumination and a slew of lighting effects. The “speed” switches, the variant we’ll be reviewing today, offers a short, 1.2mm actuation distance, that has no tactile bump or click.

What is the main reason to spend money on a “gaming” mechanical keyboard vs a regular keyboard? With membrane based gaming keyboards, your purchase depends mainly on features that you can only utilize during gameplay. But with a gaming mechanical keyboard, your priorities in performance to value are more broad. You’re looking for a long life keyswitch that offers tactile feel and a comfortable typing experience as well. This is what we should all look for in a gaming mechanical keyboard, does the K95 Platinum live up to these expectations? We’ll find out in this article for Benchmark Reviews.

Corsair-K95-Platinum-Mechanical-Keyboard-Top-Angled-View

Features & Specifications

Key Switches Cherry MX Speed RGB, mechanical, 45g actuation force, 1.2mm actuation distance.
Cherry MX RGB Brown, mechanical, 45g actuation force, 2.0mm actuation distance.
Guaranteed durability for >50M keystrokes, gold cross-point contacts
Backlighting Individually lit keys and per key programmable; 19-zone fully programmable LightEdge
Chassis Color Black (Worldwide) or Gunmetal (North America only at launch)
LED Color RGB
USB Pass-through Yes
Macro Keys Yes, 6
Matrix 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover on USB
Onboard Storage Yes, 3 profiles, fully customizable with actions and dynamic lighting effects
Media keys Six dedicated multimedia keys, incl. Volume Up/Down roller
Windows Lock key Yes
Wrist rest Full length detachable, dual-sided, with soft touch finish
CUE (Software) Enabled
Cable Braided Fiber
Dimensions 465(L) x 171(W) x 36(H) mm / 18.3”(L) x 6.7”(W) x 1.40”(H)
Weight 1.31 kg / 2.88 lbs.
Warranty Two years
MSRP $199.99


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2 comments

  1. Paul

    Great review! I have this exact same keyboard and enjoy it. I would love to see a comparison review of this keyboard but with the cherry brown switches instead of the speed switches. The speed switches are extremely sensitive but I can see how they got their name and unique feel. I’m really curious at the difference.

    1. Olin Coles

      The difference would only be evident in the stroke, as the Cherry MX Speed and Brown switches share the same 45g actuation force. Speed has a 1.2mm actuation distance, compared to 2.0mm for Brown. That 0.8mm difference appears noteworthy if you compare the numbers, but is not terribly significant in real-world use.

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