Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Pretty much, from the onset of mechanical keyboards going mainstream, Corsair has been at the forefront and was one of the first major companies to offer products when that time arose. Of course, we were one of the many that had the original K65 and K95 keyboards, and both products spent many hours under our fingers. This is not to say that there were not some teething problems, but in the quest, Corsair went on to keep improving designs and looking into the small issues that plagued their original designs, they gladly put them in the past and have been on point delivering high-end mechanical keyboards without fail ever since.
Bolstering the desire to look to Corsair for your mechanical keyboard needs is the fact that unlike many other manufacturers, Corsair got into developing products with exclusivity to their switch choices. While most know about Cherry MX red, brown, black, blue, and green, it did not seem that this was adequate for what Corsair had intended to do with their newer offerings. Introduced in the K70, we reviewed not too long ago, Corsair brought forth the clear bodied, silver stemmed, Cherry MX Speed switches.
While the feel is much like a Cherry MX red, the speed variant uses a shorter throw to actuation, hence the speed name. The second reason Corsair moved to this switch is the clear body, as it allows for some of the brightest LED light shows that will flood the entire top of the keyboard with light. The third reason is more marketing genius than anything else, as we have yet to see any other company use these switches, so if they interest you, you must go to Corsair to obtain this technology.
Today, we have the latest of the mechanical keyboard lineup from Corsair with their K95 RGB Platinum mechanical gaming keyboard. With all the heritage of the previous designs, keeping to what has worked best over the years, the appearance of this keyboard is obviously Corsair. This does not mean they have sat on their heels and just added a fancy name to the end of it, quite the contrary. Not only is the K95 RGB Platinum the most advanced RGB keyboard we have seen from them, but Corsair also took the time to listen to the masses and add in features which were not present previously. Macro keys, profile keys, an ingenious reversible wrist rest design, added locations of LED illumination - the list goes on and on.
If you happen to be in the market for a new mechanical keyboard, Corsair has set a new standard of what we should expect from them in the future. This keyboard squashes many of the concerns of the days gone by and is why we strongly urge you to take the time to look at what Corsair is offering now, as this is the best of the best that we have ever seen from them.
Following the chart which can be found on the Corsair product page for the K95 RGB Platinum, we will be jumping around quite a bit, but they do deliver quite a bit of important information. Initially, we see that the K95 RGB Platinum is backed with a two-year warranty against defects, and all told it weighs in at 1.324kg. Out of the 118-key layout of this design, the majority of the switches are Cherry MX Speed switches, but they do also use rubber dome switches to back eight of them. Dimensionally, the K95 RGB Platinum is a touch wider than previous designs, measuring 465mm in width, the depth is slightly longer too at 171mm, and the back edge of the keyboard stands 36mm off the desk. In this design, we also find six dedicated G-keys for Macros down the left edge of the K95 RGB Platinum. The report rate is set by default at 1ms, and also is designed to offer anti-ghosting and NKRO over USB.
The right side of the chart explains that this keyboard is extended, not only dimensionally, but in features as well. There is the onboard memory to save profiles and Macros, and be able to take it all with you should you need to travel with it. There are six dedicated multimedia keys, which also includes a roller style, volume adjustment, wheel. There is also a wrist rest in this design, which is not only detachable but is also reversible with optional textures applied to the top of it. The K95 RGB Platinum uses an all new version of the CUE software which can now run multiple devices in one suite, the cable is braided, there is a Windows lockout key, and the layout is shown with an "NA" but ours is a QWERTY, standard US layout.
Other things worth mentioning that are not found in the chart is that there are a few versions of this K95 RGB Platinum as well. We received the black-colored version with Cherry MX Speed switches, but this color is also available with Cherry MX brown or Cherry MX red switches as well. We also spotted a gunmetal color option to the K95 RGB Platinum, but as far as we can tell for what is available online, it is served up with only the option of Cherry MX red switches at this time. We also know that all versions ship with a set of FPS and MOBA keycaps which are like what we have seen in the past, and they also ship with a standard plastic key cap puller.
As of this moment, the K95 is only released to the public so that we can offer you a review of it at this time. The actual release for availability to the masses appears to be the end of January, and then you will find any pre-listed links of this product for actual sale at that time. What we are seeing, is that no matter which color or switch you wish to use, the pricing is the same. This holds true for locations as well. It does not matter if you shop online at Newegg or Amazon, or if you want to walk into a big box store like Best Buy, so you don't have to wait, the K95 RGB Platinum will be sold at $199.99. This is quite a bit to shell out for a backlit mechanical keyboard; there is no doubt about that fact. However, it seems that Corsair has streamlined the design and the software, is offering us the best we have seen in RGB LED lighting, and come up with enough features that we feel it will not take much for you to appreciate what you will be getting for this price.
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- CPU: Intel Core i7 5930K - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: KLevv Cras DDR4 3000 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
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- Case: SilverStone TJ11 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
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