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Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Keyboard Review

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Mechanical Keyboard Final Thoughts

In the world of mechanical keyboards, they’re steadily becoming a dim a dozen. Razer, Corsair, Filco, Das, Ducky, Cooler Master, Vortex, the list goes on, all make good mechanical keyboards because of one thing and one thing only…The mechanical switch. For me it is all about the switch, personally, if it doesn’t have Cherry MX Blues or an equivalent (such as the Kailh switches on the Zalman ZM-K900M), then it’s not for me. I’ve tried and reviewed Cherry Reds and Browns, and nothing is more satisfying than the Blues, at least for me.

That being said, the Cherry “Speed” switches from Corsair are perfectly fine if you like a linear switch with a short travel. Think of it as a Cherry Red but with about half the distance. Since I type far more than I game, and I’ve had no issues gaming with Blues, I can’t recommend this switch unless you’re already familiar with and like linear switches, such as Cherry Reds. If you prefer a more traditional mechanical key, go for the Cherry Browns. The Cherry Browns retain tactile feel without the click.
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Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Conclusion

In terms of performance, the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum performed at my expectations. It is, after all, a Corsair product, and one would be hard pressed to find a Corsair product that didn’t please. Would you use this for your regular, every day keyboard? Well, maybe. Would you use this for your gaming keyboard? More than likely. It’s loud RGB lighting wouldn’t be appropriate at the job setting, but would fit in perfectly in your fortress of solitude. The Cherry “Speed” keys, while not my preference, are crisp and responsive with a very short travel distance. The CUE software, however, leaves a lot to be desired as it is somewhat buggy and convoluted. I’m confident Corsair is constantly improving this software and my concerns will be negated in the near future.

Appearance wise, the K95 RGB Platinum is stunning. The brushed black (or gunmetal) aluminum has an excellent finish and has a quality feel to it. The RGB lighting is bright and vibrant. The inclusion of MOBA/FPS textured and contoured keycaps is a nice touch.

The K95 RGB Platinum is solid. The wrapped cord is insanely thick, but feels like it will outlive the switches themselves. The aluminum frame is heavy duty and feels virtually indestructible. While I haven’t tried to destroy it, yet, the keyboard should hold up fine in a bag or box to take to your LAN party.

In terms of functionality, well, this is where things get tricky. Does it function perfectly as a keyboard? Yes, yes it does. Does it function well as a mechanical keyboard? Well that depends on your preference. If you like linear switches, then you’re good to go. If you want a tactile feel, then buy the Cherry Brown version. If you want anything else, sorry, you’re out of luck for now.

Value is where I had to knock off some points, priced at $199.99 (Amazon | NewEgg), this keyboard draws quite a premium compared to the competition. Ducky, Vortex, Cooler Master, and even Zalman have more affordable boards available, albeit they don’t have an aluminum frame, and some of them don’t have multimedia controls. A price point of $159-$169 would hit the sweet spot for this keyboard. Now, having said that, I would still happily pay $199.99 if it came in Cherry MX Blue. Your move Corsair.

I would recommend this keyboard to anyone who is looking for a high end keyboard with Cherry Brown switches. Again it would be better at a lower price, but this pricing follows Corsair’s normal pricing scales for keyboards in this class. I have seen some interest around the internet for the shorter throw switches, so for those of you who like linear switches and a short throw, this is the keyboard for you, it will perform perfectly. Twitch gamers who utilize a keyboard vs a controller, will enjoy the short throw Cherry “Speed” keys.

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+ Comes in Cherry brown switches
+ Braided nylon cord
+ USB Pass-through
+ 6 programmable “G” keys
+ RGB LED lighting
+ Aluminum frame
+ 8MB onboard profile storage
+ Detachable, dual sided wrist rest

Cons:

– Cherry “Speed” switches bottom out easily, hard to adjust
– CUE software a little overly complicated
– Lack of switch options (need it in Cherry Blues)
– Braided, attached cord is very thick and not very flexible
– High price

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 8.00

Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.

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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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