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Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Keyboard Review

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Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Overview

The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is marketed as the next generation of the K95 platform. The K95 platform is, essentially, a mechanical keyboard with media controls and dedicated macro keys. Previous generations of the K95 had 18 dedicated macro keys or “G” keys as Corsair calls them, whereas the new Platinum version has 6 dedicated G-keys. The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum keyboard currently sells online for $199.99 (Amazon | NewEgg).

Above, you can see a layout similar to that of the Logitech G710, but adds RGB illumination and an aluminum frame. The aluminum frame adds to the weight, but also gives the keyboard a durable feel. K95 RGB Platinum comes in at just below 3lbs, this is ideal to keep the keyboard from sliding around while you type. There are only 6 macro keys, which should be more than enough for most games.

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K95 RGB PLATINUM comes with a set of MX-compatible keycaps for WASD and QWERDF keys for both first person shooter (FPS) and Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games. Each key is contoured, textured, and
soft to the touch, for easy identification by touch and added grip during gaming. A key-puller is also included to make removing keys quick and easy for cleaning and/or rearrangement.

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To utilize the keyboard’s built in USB pass-through, you’ll need to connect a second USB cord (bottom one in the above photo). These USB cables are beefy and don’t like to bend easily.

Corsair-K95-Platinum-Mechanical-Keyboard-USB-PassthroughThe inclusion of a USB pass-through on keyboards has become somewhat of a standard, thankfully, and the K95 RGB Platinum is no different. Unlike some of their competitors though, they do only have 1 port, instead of the 2 ports that competitors offer.

Corsair-K95-Platinum-Mechanical-Keyboard-Bottom-ViewCorsair actually did something interesting with the bottom of their keyboard. Normally, the bottom is boring and only a spot to hold collapsible height adjustments, but Corsair added this unique X channel. The idea for the X channel or the criss-crossed cable management channels is to allow users who utilize the USB pass-through for connecting a wired HID device, such as a headset, can now route the cable neatly and comfortably underneath the keyboard.


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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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